Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dzintra and Vicki choose a recipe

I have been so lucky to meet Dzintra when I entered into the world of blogosphere. In fact, she was my first visitor, and now I think of her as a friend. She is in Australia and I am in the USA. Through our blogs and emails she talked about taking a cookery class and has shown so many beautiful photos of her ventures while in her class, including being head chef at the College Restaurant for one of the projects. (I hope I got that right Dzintra) (:

Well to make a long story short, I told her that I had fallen in love with Donna Hay magazine from Australia. I found it tucked in the back recesses of the magazine rack in a book store over a year ago... and just HAD to have that magazine, so have subscribed. It's my favorite magazine.

Recently I mentioned to Dzintra that I had just received my newest issue, #44/April-May 2009. She went and got the same issue too. What fun! Now we could compare notes!

Then she suggested a wonderful plan! We would each choose a recipe (or 2 or 3) from this issue, make it at home... and then blog about it! I couldn't wait to decide what recipe/s I wanted to make.

After reading through the whole magazine I chose two recipes from the article titled: "Sage" (for those who might be interested - pgs 96-106).

The sage, onions, garlic and lemons came from my garden... and then the prep began!

I decided to go to the attic for my trusty turkey roaster... maybe that would make a more moist chicken... (it did!)

and another of my favorite kitchen gadgets, a meat thermometer...

The chicken came out moist and delicious!

the risoto had a hearty taste, with a touch of sweetness from the sherry...

I set the table and called to the gang ... "Chow's on!"

The only thing I regret is that my hubby and boys didn't quite care to be photographed eating their food, but I can say that it was devoured with lots of good comments like ... "this is so good Mom!"and "why haven't you fixed this before?"

What a fun suggestion Dzintra! Thank you! I hope you had a very Happy Birthday this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing which recipe/s you have decided to make. I've so admired the scrumptuous food you've displayed from your class, and can't wait to see your handiwork!

Note: I'm looking for other publications from other countries that are similar to Donna Hay. I currently subscribe to the USA's Martha Stewart, Canada's Anna Magazine, and of course Australia's Donna Hay. Soooo, if anyone out there reads this post and can refer others to me, I'd love it! ...France, Italy, Norway, Germany, the asian countries ... or who knows... any country! I love discovering ... and yes, I'm a magazine junkie. Pretty silly, I know... but I love the big color photos and the down-home made classy kind of food that these magazines display. (:


  1. Vicki,
    The meal looked just yummy!
    My hubby has been cooking for me since I injured myself and we have been enjoying a few barbecued meals accompanied with lots of colorful salads and veggies. He lost 30lbs in 6 weeks and needed to take a stress test at the heart clinic on Friday so his goal was to be in shape for it so he wouldn’t have to under go surgery. Both my family doctor and heart specialist were quite impressed by his achievement and now he doesn't have to see the big dogs until this time next year! As of today he has once again started both me and my son on a calorie count with his counter he created, one for male and the other for female.Hope I can stick to it for a while, one really needs to have the desire .

    I think it is just great you and Dzintra are sharing recipes and I look forward to enjoying them from afar. I may just try one or two along the way!
    Hugs Annabelle

  2. Fabulous fabulous post Vicki!!! Now I have to choose my one...hopefully in the next couple of days. I felt just like I wanted to sit down and join you all...Dzintra ♥

  3. PS Thank you for your lovely birthday wishes...I would love it if you would be able to cook me a meal...I'll just have to be satisfied with one through cyberspace...and i just ate this one LOL...Love to you, Dzintra ♥

  4. I have to say that although I complain about my country a lot, we do have fantastic magazines. If you want interiors, our Inside Out is a great choice- vintagey-modernish and casual- very Australian. Then there's Homes and Antiques or Living Etc from the UK...The World of Interiors is often fabulous, though it's an expensive one. I used to have a serious magazine addiction about 10 years ago- buying 2 or 3 a week, and that's not good on a welfare budget!