Julie’s Family Favorite Coconut Crisp Cookies

3 06 2012

It has been far too long since I’ve done a blog!! I know…. I really enjoyed blogging when I had the time off – can’t believe I had a year and a quarter off. Do not take anything for granted – when I had that time off it seemed like one day turned into another and I really enjoyed my days!! It was wonderful – unless I win the lottery -well reality hits and I’m back working again. I am working part-time and I do believe some things are “meant to be” and “fate” has it’s way. I was thinking that when I came back from our trip to Portugal that I had to find a job. (That’s a tough thought to carry around when you are enjoying a holiday) When I got home it was only a couple of days later when I got a call from a good friend that she needed someone to work in her accounting firm and if I could put the word out. Amazing! Well I called back and said “me!!!” She did hire me and it has been just the right thing for me.

So…….. enough about me…… I am so grateful for all of you that read my modest little blog! Sometimes I can see from what country people are “checking me out” – Russia, Malaysia, Latvia, Portugal, U.S.A. and many others. I really am so thrilled. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed in our day to day lives but when I see that other people all over the world are reading my comments on life I am so very very grateful. Life is very precious. Take things easy …. I find as I get a bit older for some reason life is getting easier. It doesn’t mean there is more money – in fact we just saw on tonight’s news there are a lot more people retiring than people starting in the work force. So the benefits for people retirement age will not be around forever. It is kind of scary. For you younger people – you do not know how much a benefit it will be to you later in life if you just start to put away $50 a month or more into an RRSP. ASAP!!!

So I am going to share with you one of our Popham family cookie recipes. (that was my maiden name) – my grandparents were from Yorkshire, England on my father’s side and on my Mom’s side my grandparents were from Scotland.

Coconut Crisp Cookies

2 cups coconut

21/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

Mix coconut, oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Add all other ingredients and mix well. (it might be easier to use your hands.)

Drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Press lightly with a floured fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet at least 10 minutes. Enjoy! These freeze well! Don’t forget to check out my website or refer it – http://www.jacksjule.com


Butter Tarts – Delectable and Easy!

18 04 2012


Doesn’t this seem like a sign of Spring?  I took this picture last year while Jack and I were Washington.  This young deer was only interested in the foliage around her.

I am so sorry it has been so long since I last wrote.  Lots has been happening.  I got a job right after getting back from Portugal – it’s in a busy office so I have to admit it has changed my routine somewhat.  I really like it and now instead of getting up at 6 ish after Jack leaves for work to make my double shot latte and check out the internet and try to prepare a blog or  work on my website at http://www.jacksjule.com or take Mom to an appointment now I have to decide what clothes to wear and whether I have time to stop for gas on the way to work.

So …… I know you are wondering what recipe I will post today since it is supposed to be a cooking blog.  I am going to give you my favorite recipe for Butter Tarts.  I make these mostly at Christmas.  I don’t bother to make my own pastry  – I buy the Tenderflake mini tart shells – I think they come in the freezer section about 36 in a box.

My recipe is simple –                  Butter Tarts

Remove about 30 mini tart shells from freezer and place on a cookie sheet.

Combine the following in a small mixing bowl:

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup raisins, broken pecans, crushed walnut pieces (optional) (this is the total of all combined)

Beat all with the beaters until bubbles form and then spoon mixture into the tart shells until almost full.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool as filling is extremely hot.  You will be a hit with your friends!  These freeze really nicely.  Quite often I have made these twice at Christmas time but they take no time to whip up so it’s not too time consuming!  Enjoy and have a great week and please don’t be so shy – leave a comment on my blog or if you like on my cooking page on Facebook at Julie’s Cooking.  Also don’t forget you can address all you shopping needs at my website at http://www.jacksjule.com


Paradise in Portugal

27 02 2012

Consolacao (Sunbathing on the Rock Beach) - That's me!

The waves can be very high in the area of Cabo Carvoeiro.   Beautiful landscapes here. There is a lighthouse and a restaurant called Nau dos Corvos which means Crow’s Nest.  It is a great spot for 360 degree picture taking on the roof of the restaurant and sightseeing.  It’s a nice drive along the shoreline and there are many spots to stop along the way for more pictures.  You can see the Berlengas Islands.  If you want you can take a ferry to the Berlengas Islands.  Sometimes the ride can sometimes be a little rough (it’s ocean) .  It is an hour and a half trip but well worth it.  There is a bird sanctuary and it is a great way to spend the day.

We are leaving for Portugal very soon to visit family and friends.  My husband’s father is having his 90th birthday and our nephew is getting married.  So much to celebrate!!  I have been twice already and really enjoy it there.  I find the culture so different than what I grew up with in Canada.  I find the people very warm, family people and they really embrace their roots and look forward to their festas and Carnival, beaches, parties, and barbeques.  It seems as life is less stressful there.  Sometimes when one is on a holiday it can seem that way but I think it may be true of the Portuguese.  I do not miss the fast-paced life of city-living while we are there.  Last time we were in Portugal we saw a farmer and his wife riding home from the farm after a long day on their cart being pulled by a mule.  I will miss Mia, my new kitty.  When I get home it will be back to reality.  I would like to get a part-time job in April.  I am planning to have international students stay with us in the summer.  We hosted 2 young girls from Taiwan a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it – I still keep in touch with both by email.  Maybe one day we will see them again.  While I am gone I would be thrilled if you would check out my website at http://www.jacksjule.com  (it’s called “Julie’s Cooking”) and you can have a look around and if you feel like shopping there are a variety of stores you can order from online too.  So I won’t say goodbye – instead  ate logo which means see you later in Portuguese. Please check out my other blog at: http://www.jacksjule.blogspot.com and if I would love your comments!! See you again in March!

Love Squid – Makes me miss Portugal!

22 11 2011

Marinated Grilled Squid with Sambal Vinaigrette
by Chef Rob Feenie

20 tubes squid, cleaned and rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon, segments only
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped thyme and parsley
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
2 to 3 tbsp Sambal Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Frisée to garnish

Cut a few slashes in the squid with the tip of a sharp knife. Combine olive oil, garlic, lemon segments and juice, fresh herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour over squid and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat grill to high heat. Cook the squid 20 to 30 seconds on each side. Place squid in the middle of a bowl or plate. Top with frisée and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serves 4.

Sambal Vinaigrette
1 tbsp sambal (chili relish)
¼ tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

In a small bowl whisk together sambal, garlic, lemon juice and rice vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about ⅔ cup.

We do miss Lulas in Portugal.  You can have them in a salad, room temperature, barbequed or sauteed in a frying pan.  They are good for an appetizer or you can eat them as an entree.  In Canada we fry them up with batter and call them calamari and it is a popular starter on menus.  After having Lulas naturally I don’t care much for calamari as much.  In our local Greek restaurant we asked for squid and it was done nicely -very natural but not everyone in Canada is used to that.  I , on the other hand and of course my Portuguese husband was mpressed!

If you want to go to Portugal for a vacation we would be happy to let you know of some of my husband’s recommends.  I have been twice now and am looking forward to our next trip.  Scenery, food, wine, beaches – you can’t miss!  If you have family there too – you are lucky!