Blackberry Roll–A Low Sugar Lovely Autumn Treat

Filed Under (Rolls) by Lisa on 25-09-2009

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A few days ago I went out blackberry picking. I decided to make a roll with some of the berries I picked.

I found a recipe for black berry roll on this website:

I modified the recipe as usual and came up with my own version. Here it is.

Blackberry Roll

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
¼ cup olive oil margarine
¾ cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
A few shakes cinnamon
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cut up blackberries
A few shakes white sugar
1 tsp rum extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 tbsp white sugar. Mix well. Now add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix and knead until a soft dough forms. Roll out the dough on parchment paper into a large rectangle. In a bowl add the blackberries. Pour the rum extract over the blackberries and mix well. Spoon the blackberry mixture onto the rolled out dough. Sprinkle with a few shakes of white sugar, and a few shakes on cinnamon. Roll up into a roll (around the parchment paper). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve warm with frozen yogurt or ice cream.

The roll turned out really well. The only thing I would change about the recipe is to use a bit more sugar in the dough (maybe 3 tbsp instead of 1).

I think this recipe would be great for anyone who has diabetes since it has almost no sugar in it (aside from the natural sugar in the blackberries).

The blackberry roll is super yummy served warm with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Homemade Pizza My Favorite

Filed Under (Pizza, Supper) by Lisa on 24-09-2009

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Last night I had the kitchen to myself. I decided to take advantage of the peaceful situation and make one of my favorite foods for dinner: pizza!

Pizza is my ultimate favorite food. I love making pizza from scratch, and it really isn’t as unhealthy as many people think. A home made oven baked pizza loaded with vegetables and all the trimmings can actually be quite healthy.

I think pizza has a bad reputation from all the restaurants (in particular fast food places) that make their pizza’s with so much oil and grease. To top it off many of these places but few or no vegetables on their pizzas either. The pizza sauces and the dipping sauces only add to the unhealthiness of these pizzas.

My home made pizza’s are loaded with vegetables, and other low fat and calorie ingredients. From the low fat cheese to the low fat and calorie sauces (I used pesto and barbeque both low fat/calorie.

For the crust I used my mom’s pizza crust recipe that she has been tweaking for years. It’s made with half whole wheat flour which makes the pizza much more ‘filling’ they any kind of pizza you will ever find in a restaurant. I added many spices and herbs to the dough to make the crust extra zesty.

Here is my mom’s pizza crust recipe

Pizza Crust (makes 2 large crusts)

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp yeast
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
½ tbsp olive oil
1 1/3 cup skim milk (warmed for one minute in the microwave)
dehydrated onion bits (to taste)
garlic powder (to taste)
parsley flakes  (to taste)
basil flakes  ( to taste)
Oregano flakes (to taste)
Light parmesan cheese (to taste)

Place the flours salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the yeast. Add the cheese, spices and herbs and mix well. Add the oil and the skim milk and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Set the dough in a warm place (cover with a towel )and let it rise for one hour. Roll the pizza dough into crust size and shape. Place on pizza pans and set aside. Cover with your pizza sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza for about 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F.

I made two different kinds of pizza with only slight differences between the two.
For one pizza I used barbeque sauce and for the other I used pesto. Both pizzas I used chicken breast which I cut up and spiced and cooked before putting on the pizza. I also used a small amount of cut up Ukrainian sausage on both pizza’s. For vegetables I loaded both pizza’s up with mushrooms, and red pepper. On the pesto pizza I also added lots of olive slices (I thought pesto sauce went better with olives then barbeque sauce). For the cheese I used low fat marble cheese on both pizza’s.

The pizzas turned out super yummy and filling. The crusts were thin and soft and super zesty. The toppings were combined created a melody of flavors.

What are your favorite kinds of pizza? Do you have a pizza crust recipe that you love?

My First Apple Cobbler

Filed Under (Apple Cobbler) by Lisa on 11-09-2009

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This afternoon I had the desire to make some dessert. Since we still have apples outside on and under our apple trees, I thought I would make something with apples in it. I decided to make an apple cobbler. This was my first time making, eating, and seeing an apple cobbler before (I didn’t see any images of it when I searched for recipes online).

I found a recipe at for apple berry cobbler and modified it greatly it suit my preferences. Here is my version of apple berry cobbler.

Apple Berry Cobbler

Apple Berry mixture
2 cups peeled cored apples cut into small pieces
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp white sugar
Several shakes of cinnamon

Cake Topping Mixture
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1/4-1/3 cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup low fat berry yogurt
1 large egg
3 tbsp olive oil margarine melted
A few shakes of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish (I used a 8 X 12 dish) Prepare apples. Place the apple and the blackberries in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and sugar, and stir until evenly  coated. Pour apple berry mixture into prepared pan evenly. Sprinkle with desired amount of cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, a few shakes of cinnamon and baking powder. Add the yogurt and melted margerine and mix well. Add the egg and stir until well blended. The dough will be fairly thick and sticky. Spoon or place (with your hands) the dough onto the apple berry mixture. Use a rubber spatula to coat the apple-berry mixture with the dough more evenly. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean the cobbler is done. Serve plain or with frozen yogurt.

The apple-berry cobbler turned out super yummy and flavorful.  I first had the cobbler hot out of the oven with some frozen yogurt. It was super yummy. However I had another piece later in the day when it had cooled off completely plain and it was even better!




Do you like apple cobbler? Is this what apple cobbler is suppose to look like?

Autumn Apple Blackberry Crisp

Filed Under (Apple Crisp) by Lisa on 04-09-2009

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This summer we moved to a super old house. The age of the house is unknown, but it is likely 80-100 years old.

The yard has very established landscaping in desperate need of some TLC. Some of the trees in need of some major care are huge apple trees. These trees produce huge amount of apples. However many are rotten, or have bugs or other creatures in them by the time they are ripe. Most of the apples that fall from the tree go directly into the compost. However yesterday I decided to try to save some. I collected as many of the best looking apples from the ground, and set to work in the kitchen peeling, cutting and coring the apples. I don’t know how many apples I used but I would guess around 20. I chopped all the good parts of the apple and set them aside.

The yard also has a few small blackberry bushes. I decided to pick some of those as well yesterday afternoon.

I found a recipe for apple crisp at and decided to give it a whirl. I made huge changes to it, and came up with this.

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Crumb Layers (bottom and top)

1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp olive oil margarine
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup chopped walnuts


6 cups peeled cored cut up apple
1 cup of fresh or frozen blackberries
5 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp white sugar
A few shakes of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 9X13 baking dish.

To make the crumb mixture: In a large bowl combine all the ingredients expect the margarine and the walnuts. Mix thoroughly. Cut in the margarine. Now add the walnuts and mix well.

To make the filling mixture: Place the apple and the blackberries in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with cinnamon. Add the lemon juice and white sugar. Mix well.

Add about half of the crumb mixture to the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Set the rest of the crumb mixture aside. Now add all of the apple berry mixture to the baking dish. Top with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Serve warm plan ot with ice cream or frozen yogurt. Enjoy.

This recipe was a HUGE hit! Within less then 24 hours (with 3 people in the household) ¾ of the crisp is gone already.

I highly recommend this recipe to all apple crisp lovers. The berries make this recipe a cut above most traditional apple crisp recipes!



Spinach and Mandarin Salad

Filed Under (Appetizers, Lunch, Salads) by Lisa on 02-09-2009

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While I was in Nova Scotia this summer my uncle D introduced me to a new kind of salad; spinach and mandarin salad. I have always been a bit skeptical of mixing fruit and vegetables, in a salad together. However I gave his salad a try, and I loved it. I asked for the recipe, and he gave it to me verbally. I didn’t have a pen or paper at the time so I just tried to remember it. I think I remembered the ingredients just not the amounts.

I recreated this salad for lunch today and it was marvelous.

Here is my recipe.

Spinach and Mandarin Salad

Fresh spinach
One large mandarin orange
½ pinch salt
A couple shakes of black pepper
¼ tsp or less white sugar
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Place the spinach in a bowl. Cut each piece of mandarin orange in half and mix the orange pieces into the salad. In a small bowl add the vinegar, olive oil, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Mix well. Pour over salad. Toss, and serve.


This salad is super yummy! The orange pieces make it taste very refreshing. The juice from the orange also adds a lovely flavor to the dressing of the salad.

This is one of my favorite salads now that I will be making often!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Filed Under (Breads) by Lisa on 02-09-2009

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This morning I was craving some banana bread. I took out our Mountain View Elementary School cookbook, and found the one banana bread recipe in it (on page 47). I modified the recipe greatly and came up with my own version. Here it is.

Banana Bread

¾ cup not packed brown sugar
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
3 large bananas
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp rum extract
½ cup sour milk (skim milk and white vinegar)
2 large eggs
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the walnuts, and chocolate chips.

In a blender add the banana, brown sugar, rum and vanilla extracts, sour milk, olive oil, and eggs. Blend until smooth. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until smooth. Add the batter to a prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy J

The banana bread turned out super yummy. It’s a simple, soft sweet bread with a little crunch from the walnuts.