I am slow getting started with this round of IHCC. Nigel Slater is the new chef until the end of September. I am excited to try some of his recipes, but not just yet! This week is Potluck Week. Since I missed cooking with Mark Bittman early in the group’s life I want to do his recipes for PotLuck. I read his bok, FOOD MATTERS ages ago and have lots of recipes marked. Seemed a logical choice.

Starting with someting sweet and SUGAR FREE.

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    1 cup sugar Splenda
    1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
    1 1/2 cups chopped nuts {I used pecans}
    4 egg whites [about 130 gms], {I would use a few more grams next time} lightly beaten until just foamy
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Pinch salt

Heat the oven to 350°F.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula or your hands.
Use a nonstick baking sheet, or line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Use a small cookie scoop and make balls with the mixture,
each measuring about 1 tablespoon. Place balls on the pre-
pared sheet about an inch apart.
Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least 30′minutes Store in an airtight container.

I remember Mom making a cookie like this when I was little.

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They didn’t last long around our house because we all loved coconut and pecans.

Check out the other POTLUCKS with the IHCC members.

So! I joined a new group! Yep! Another one! Once a month cake. How can you possibly go wrong with that. AND it’s all BUNDT cakes BUNDT BAKERS!! SCORE!!

This month is Easter Month so the theme is an Easter Bundt! And that brought to mind Easter Basket. Lots of colors. Grass. Perfect! How about a multi-colored pastel swirl bundt? [And somehow it looked different in my head!]

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This is a Pound Cake Bundt

    3/4 cup milk
    1 1/4 cups sugar {I used 1 cup Splenda and 1/4 cup sugar.}
    1 cup butter
    3 eggs
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 300°.• Grease and sugar* small 4 to 5 cup Bundt” Pan

In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar, butter and eggs until very light and fluffy. Add milk mixture; mix well. Add all remaining ingredients; mix until smooth, about 2 minutes. Spoon into prepared pan.
Bake at 300° for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack. 16 servings.

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This month’s bundt is hosted by Tara of Noshing with the Nolands.
thanks, Tara, for doing all thisl


For the rest of the Bundt Baker’s Easter Cakes visit

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or ask to join our Private Facebook group. All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs or our Pinterest board.

This months Bundts:

Donna has many Asian or Asian style dishes in her cookbooks. They have been some of my favorites over the last few years. Like all the other easy recipes the end result is delicious. And her Thai Red Beef Curry (Gaye’s Pick) is no exception.

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The mix of the sweet coconut cream with the spicy red curry paste is a beautiful balance. The butternut pumpkin/squash adds to the sweetness without making it cloyingly sweet. Even without the Kaffir lime leaves (which I have NOT been able to find anywhere) it was a tasty dish. The recipe is on page 104 of Donna’s modern classics and you can find it HERE!
Check out Gaye’s Curry. Then visit with Sarah for her curry.

If you would like to join us in Wednesdays with Donna Hay, just leave us a comment. The more the merrier.

Which translates into darn good fresh veggie quiche!! Lots of leeks {first time fresh from MY garden}, sweet peppers, celery, carrots, and very, very little custard.

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One of my favorite things to make is quiche. But I don’t make them as often as I would like because they usually call for TONS of eggs. Not this one – one whole egg and one yolk. {I used two whole eggs instead.} That’s it!! And some cream. I am wondering if I can use this little bit of custard in some other quiches!

While the veggies and custard were VERY tasty, the star of the show was the Gruyère sprinkled on top. The smoky flavor just took the quiche to a much higher level!! I will be very sad when this one is gone….oh, wait, I can make another. Maybe with some squash this summer from the garden, or eggplant, or Romas, or…shoot, the possibilities are endless.

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More quiche can be found on French Fridays with Dorie and the recipe is on page 158 in Dorie’s around my French table.

Once a month I get to cook/bake with an awesome bunch of bloggers who live all around the world. Each month a theme is announced and then we all get busy and find something that goes with the current theme. Sometimes it is easy – PIE! Sometimes it is hard – literary meal! This month I thought would be difficult but it turned out, once I got my thoughts straight, to be quite simple. Come up with a dish using just 3 ingredients!!!

Now how on earth can you make any…… nevermind. Lots of things are possible

How about MAC AND CHEESE?

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    2 cups elbow macaroni
    1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
    3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

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Cook elbows in salted water until al dente and drain. Return to saucepan.
Add in 1/2 and 1/2 and grated cheese.
Stir until cheese melts and the mixture is thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

OR how about Peanut Butter Cookies?

    1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
    1 egg
    1/2 to 1 cup sugar (and you can sub out about 1/2 of that for Splenda if you like.)

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Peheat oven to 325.
Mix the three ingredients together.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake 8 – 10 minutes.
EAT!!

Okay I could go on but thought I better quit with two goodies. But that’s not all there is for lunch. Check with the other Let’s Lunchers by visiting Linda over at Free Range Cookies who is hosting our lunch this month.

Visit…what? Interesting! A white cake. A little like a sponge cake. A good base for just about anything you might want. According to Nick Malgierei,


    “The cakes don’t derive from an ancient Hebrew recipe, but were originated in the convent of a community of French nuns called the Sisters of the Visitation, colloquially known in French as the “Visitandines.”

Just an interesting tidbit. I wondered why they were called Visitandines.

Easy to make I ended up with three 4 1/2″ ‘tarts’ from the full recipe.

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I just think the fluted sides make a cake rather elegant. I plan to use one for Strawberry Shortcake

and will figure out what to do with the other two later. Ice Cream Sundae? Little Frosted Cake? We’ll see!! {But had to go out of town unexpectedly so all you have for now is cake. I’ll let you know what I use them for!}

The recipe is on page 436 of Dorie’s around my french table

And see what the other Doristas did with their Visitandines.

The Northeast is expecting more snow this week. But the people in Belize are enjoying sunshine and temps in the lower 80s. I bet Peggy was thinking of those warm temps when she chose Belize for us to visit this month. March is a good month to visit. Not too hot, but warm enough to enjoy.

IN case you are wondering where Belize IS –

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It is part of Central America and stomping grounds of the Maya. Belize used to be British Honduras but gained independence in 1981.

The cuisine is, of course heavy in seafood, coconuts, fruit, and is an amalgamation of all ethnicities including British, Mayan, and Mestizo.

These POWDER BUNS are a cross between a biscuit and a scone.

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    2 Cups All Purpose Flour
    1/2 Cup butter
    1/2 Cup Brown Sugar or White Sugar
    1/2 Cup Raisins {I left these out}
    2 Tsp Baking Powder
    2 Medium Eggs
    1 Tsp Vanilla
    1 Tsp Cinnamon
    1 Tsp Nutmeg
    1/2 Cup Coconut Milk or Evaporated Milk
    1 Cup Shredded unsweetened Coconut {The original recipe explains how to cut and clean a fresh coconut, but…..}

Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
Sift the flour and cut in the butter ’til crumbly. Add in the sugar, raisins spices, baking powder and grated coconut.
Beat the eggs, vanilla and milk together. Mix with the dry ingredients. The dough will be quite sticky.
Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.
Bake 15 – 20 minutes ’til nice and brown. You can serve these with butter or maybe some jam. They are tasty enough just by themselves.
The original recipe is HERE.

I wish I had had time to explore more of the Belizean recipes I found. Maybe next time. But you can find more on the round-up which will be on My Kitchen My World in a few days.

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