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January 2016 - Vol 7, Issue 1          
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Another Raving Fan
Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip

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Welcome to 2016! Arise and claim your blessings. Each year we make resolutions on how to improve our lives and be better individuals, yet our commitment seems to wane along the way. What if we just did it?! No excuses, no procrastinations, no starting and stopping. Understanding that if we can conceive it, if we can believe it, we can also achieve it.  Let's make this year one of fulfillment, manifesting our destiny, rising above whatever challenges we may face.

It is wonderful to see and hear the optimism of people to start the New Year.  I am also reminded of how fragile life can be.  Since the start of the year I have three friends that have passed or had close loved ones pass.  My sincere condolences to their families.

Our emotions often rob us of the energy and desired objectives necessary to succeed.  Let's revisit our life purpose and express to the world the fundamental truth that the important thing in life is to live the life we dream of living and be the person we were meant to be.

I am very humbled and honoured to be once again receiving another community award, this time from The Ontario Black History Society on January 31st.

In February I will be launching my cooking show, "Fusion Cooking With Chef Selwyn" on Afroglobal Television.

We thank you and continue looking forward to your support!

Romans 15:13 -
"Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Stay Blessed,


Chef Selwyn
President & Executive Chef
The Art of Catering Inc.

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Another Mouth Watering Recipe
Sunday Surprise Waffles


2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Chopped pecans or walnuts



1.  Place both flours into a large mixing bowl.  Fold together.  
2.  Add the flax seed and baking powder and blend.
3.  Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.  
4.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Be sure all the ingredients are incorporated together.  
5.  In a separate bowl place the 4 eggs and slightly beat with a whisk.  
6.  Add the vanilla and milk and stir.  
7.  Pour in the melted butter.  
8.  Add the applesauce and mix well.  
9.  Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture.  
10. Blend well so everything is moistened.  
11. Heat waffle iron.  
12. Pour the batter on the waffle iron and top with the nuts.  
13. Cook until brown.


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How To Have A Healthy Breakfast Every Day In Less Than Ten Minutes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That goes double for your children. They need a good start. They need to have energy in their body to learn, play and socialize. You can help them get started with a healthy breakfast. Even busy parents can get the job done.

Here's how to have a healthy breakfast every day in less than ten minutes.

breakfast bacon eggsStep One: Prepare.
The weekends are the time when most families get their errands done. That means grocery shopping for the upcoming week. Sit down for a few minutes and plan the week's breakfasts. Think about what you can make ahead.

  Great make ahead ideas include:

*Whole grain waffles - pop them in the toaster in the morning before school. If you flavor them with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, they may not even need syrup.

*Fruity pancakes - pop them in the toaster. Add apple chunks or other fruit to the mix. Then your children can eat them by hand on their way out the door.

*Oatmeal - steel cut oats warm up nicely in the microwave.

  Other quick breakfast ideas include:

pancakes and berries*Yogurt with granola and fruit topping (You can cut up the fruit ahead of time)

*Egg sandwiches. Try English muffins, a slice of cheese and scrambled or a fried egg.

*Smoothie with protein powder. A smoothie is delicious and with a yogurt base and lots of fruit it can also be healthy. Add a scoop of protein powder to the mix to make sure your children have enough energy to get them through their morning successfully.

Step Two: Shop from your list.

Once you've decided what to serve your kids in the morning, make a list of the ingredients you'll need. Head to the supermarket and make sure you shop from your list.

breakfast fish eggs Step Three: Do what you can ahead of time.
Spend an hour on Saturday or Sunday night preparing some meals ahead of time. For example, you can make a double batch of waffles and pop them in the freezer. In the morning all you need to do is put them in the toaster and serve. Breakfast in less than ten minutes.

Step Four: Commit to the process.
Yes, you're busy. Find ways that your children can help you prepare breakfast. For example, can they slice fruit? Can they stir the steel cut oats? Can they set the yogurt toppings on the table? Get the whole family involved.

Breakfast is an essential component of a healthy diet. With a little planning and forethought you can make sure your entire family is well nourished. And you can accomplish it without too much trouble, stress or headaches.

Remember, breakfast is important for you too. Be a good role model and sit down with your kids for that first meal of the day.

Another Raving Fan

"Thanks so much for your work Saturday night.  The food was absolutely superb!  Got many many compliments on it!
Very well done.  And most importantly, Mom was happy!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sandy Thomas

Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip
Make Ahead Waffles 

waffles stacked Here's how to have ready to grab waffles any day of the week:

Follow your favourite waffle recipe (see 'Sunday Surprise Waffles').

When waffle is finished cooking, lift lid and remove the waffle to a wire rack to cool.  Continue making waffles until all the batter has been used. When the waffles are cooled place a piece of waxed paper on the counter.  Place one waffle on the wax paper. Place another piece of wax paper on top of the waffle.  Then add another waffle. Continue alternating wax paper and waffles until all the waffles are stacked and ending with wax paper.  Wrap tightly in freezer wrap.  Freeze.  Waffles are good for up to 2 months. 

To reheat: 
Place the waffles in a toaster on low setting.  You can also place waffles in an oven to reheat.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place then directly on the oven rack and bake 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.