Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage

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Holy jumpin jones … do I have a pizza recipe that’s about to blow your mind!!

But first, a little story …

A couple of weeks ago Food Bloggers of Canada advertised for their members an opportunity to participate in The Little Potato Company event – each lucky blogger would recipe a couple bags of spuds – make something jazzy – blog about it – and we’ll all live happily ever after.

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So I entered. I did so without even thinking much about it … seriously, this little blog wasn’t going to get the chance – there are so many stinking out of this world bloggers that are members of Food Bloggers of Canada , why would I get the chance of spud serendipity?

Fast forward 2 weeks … and this shows up!! 2 Bags of Something Blue Potatoes & 2 Bags of Fingerlings

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Of course, the first thing I do is call my mom. And this is how the conversation went ;

“Ma, you need to come to my hose to eat potatoes … I just scored 4 wicked cool bags”

“For free?”

“ yes mother, for free …please come over”

“Dear child, no one in their right mind gets as excited as you do over potatoes … but I’ll be over as soon as possible” 

I wish I made that up. I WAS PUMPED!! The Little Potato company chose me … and I hope I did them proud with my

Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage.

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While I was compensated with these potatoes, all opinions are my very own … and now, the good – bad – and beautiful about these little taters.

 Yays:

-          They are little, cute and perfect for roasting alongside your holiday meal

-          LOVE the packaging and how compact they fit in my tiny refrigerator

-          LOVE the burst of blue

-          LOVE the thin skin

-          LOVE that this is a Canadian company

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Nays:

-          I wish the purple run throughout the potatoes ( this may be me, just being picky)

The Beautiful :

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And now, let’s talk pizza.

Seriously when it comes to pizza – quality matters to me, especially when I’m making it at home. I want fresh – I want exotic – I was sweet- spicy – tangy – rich – a crunchy crust, and chewy dough… and I want it to all work together … read : Pizza Snob. And this one … BLEW MY MIND. It’s not too spicy, but there’s a kick and the honey … oooohhh the honey … and the sage … and the walnuts.

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Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage

 Pizza Dough (you can of course, also use store bought!!)

3 Cups Flour

1 Tbsp quick acting yeast

1 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 1/4 Cups of Water

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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, olive oil and water. Mix until well combined.

Pour out onto a floured surface, and knead until a smooth ball forms.

Using the original bowl, lightly spray grease. Place your dough back in, and allow to rise for at least 30 minutes.

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The Pizza

Ingredients:

10 small purple potatoes  thinly sliced, about 1/4 inch thick
½  cup olive oil, divided ¼ cup x ¼ cup

3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp sea Salt

1 Tsp ground black pepper

1 Tsp curry powder

1 Tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp ginger powder

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ cup sliced brie cheese

½ cup thinly sliced turkey kielbasa

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ Cup + 2 tbsp honey ( divided)

1/2 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce

4 fresh sage leaves

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 oc.

In a bowl, combine potatoes, ¼ cup olive oil, garlic & spices. Set aside and allow to marinade.

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In a smaller bowl, combine walnuts, ¼ cup of honey and sweet chilli sauce.

Roll out prepared pizza dough.

Top with marinated potatoes

Sporadically spread your cheese

Add turkey

Sprinkle on your cranberries & top with marinated walnuts.

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Bake for 30 minutes.

While baking, in a small frying pan add ¼ of olive oil and sage leaves allow to crisp for 8 minutes. Remove from oil and set aside.

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Remove pizza from oven – add sage leaves and drizzle with 2 tbsp honey.

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Verdict, Mama LTSL Loved the pizza … so did Papa … and I ate it twice again this week aka — grab some The Little Potato Company Spuds and PUMP UP THE PIZZAAAA!!

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Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

You know that feeling you get when you’re grocery shopping and you gaze upon a shiny box of a brand spankin’ new product. Excited and intrigued – – you pick it up, have a read about what all the jazz is about and then pop it into your cart.

Well that’s what happened, when my eyes pondered onto this bad boy.

How great does that sound, Cardamom Chai tea – it’s pre-packaged, not sweetened however it already comes with milk. The idea is, you just add water.

I thought – – cool, maybe it’s like a loose tea. I got home, opened it and brewed myself a cup.

My first observation, it was not loose tea. In fact it was simply a powdered substance. I added the water and at first, no sugar or sweetener. I wanted to see what it actually tasted like at first.

I took a sip. …. Let’s just say, NOT MY CUP OF TEA.

I added a little sugar, to see if a little sweetness could help the situation. It was a no go.

So, what did I like – – I like the idea that there was a strong taste of cardamom…. That’s about it.

And didn’t like? – It tasted like powder. The pre-packaged convenience of already adding powdered milk to the tea did not work well for me. While drinking the tea, I had to continuously stir it, so that the mixture wouldn’t settle at the bottom *yuck*. And even still, after consuming the cup – -there were strange bits at the bottom *yuck*.

I had to try it – – it sounded so good!! Would I buy it again? – no. Well, not to drink it as tea. But as I usually do when I find a product I don’t like – – I made muffins.

And so, Cardamom Chai Tea, turned into Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins. And these muffins, well they made all well in the world again.

Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

1 box spiced cake mix

3 eggs

1 Cup warm water

1/3 Cup Milk

1/3 Cups Olive oli

1/4 Cup Cardamon Chai Mix

1/2 Cups Slivered Almonds

2/3 Cups Chopped date + 12 whole to top your muffins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together spice cake mix and cardamon chai mix.

Add the eggs, water, milk and oil. Mix until well combined.

  

Add almonds and chopped dates.

Fill your prepared pan and top with whole dates.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Fluffy – full of rich spices – the crunch of nuts and the simple sweetness of the dates. Now we’re talking yum!

Stay sweet darlings

ps. don’t forget to enter for your chance to win 100 + Cookies & some holiday goodies. It could be YOU this time!!

Xox