Food on Friday ~ Californian Style

healthy eating is a way of life

Deep into lockdown and I am not feeling at my best.  The edict here is that we should stay at home, not going out at all except for ‘essential’ purposes.  Well, for me shopping for food is an essential reason to get out of the garret.  And face it, when one can’t go anywhere nor meet with friends, then cooking is one of the few real pleasures left in life.  Ergo, the dishes this week are things that look and sound good.  Maybe all these recipes are healthy and very nutritious, but this week that’s all secondary to simple pleasure.

Not only that ~ these recipes remind me of warmer and better times spent in California.

From Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest we have 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles.  I like easy thirty-minute recipes. Turmeric is supposed to have lots of interesting health benefits.

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

Another 30 minute dish, this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker; Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella ~ how very Californian.  This is quick, nutritious, vegetarian comfort food.  Rosemary is another herb with lots of health benefits attached to it.

Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

At Cooking with a Wallflower one of Andrea’s top ten recipes is this Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles.  I enjoy making a stir fry and this vegetarian dish looks so very easy for a lunch or dinner at any time.

Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles

Here in England, in the depths of winter, a hearty soup is always welcome on the dinner plate.  Holly at Spend with Pennies has something that would remind me of warmer and better times vacationing in California.  A Crock Pot Taco Soup ~ and almost everyone has a crock pot tucked away in a kitchen cupboard.  Allegedly this soup is so easy it practically cooks itself.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I’ve realised that the recipes this week all have some kind of Californian connection.  So, how could I not include something like these Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw and Roasted Pineapple Sauce.  From epicurious.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Our collection this week comes from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 20 of My Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter.  From this fabulous list I’ve chosen to feature this great looking Chicken Tortellini Soup.  If you buy a rotisserie chicken this dish is so quick and easy.

Chicken Tortellini Soup


jack collier


Santa Monica, CA

11 responses

  1. I love taco soup as well as fish tacos! Everything looks fab! 💗

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    1. I have never had a fish taco. It will be a new culinary experience for me. 😉

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      1. They are the bomb! 💗

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  2. That Thai chicken and noodles looks delicious! I’m in CA and we do have some amazing Thai and Mexican food out here… That chicken tortellini soup looks good too!

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    1. Thank you retrodee. I adore your look and your blog. Although the ‘bullet bra’ has to be one of the biggest fashion mistakes ever.
      I’ve spent quite a lot of time in SoCal, I love your beaches, and I used to like your restaurants.
      I’d take you to dinner any time. ❤

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  3. mmmm all look so yummy making me wish i was in the garret with you and Marmy sharing a meals and then some. I am good at cleaning up not so good at cooking.
    Hope you start feeling better.
    Peace n Love

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    1. Dear Jack,

      I agree with slave sindee. These yummy dishes are so enticing! All of them are making me very hungry and teasing my appetite!

      When it is advisable to stay home and maintain spatial distancing so as to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus, going out to have some sumptuous meals or exquisite cuisines may not always be possible. Therefore, I would like to offer you and your family and friends some tempting and mind-bogglingly presented food in one of my posts entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in Edible Art, Glorious Food and Festive Season 🍣🥗🍜🍲🍱” published at

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      1. Thank you ever so.
        Your comments make me smile. ❤

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    2. These days my cooking is positively below par.
      But, on a good day Marmy and I eat very well. 😉

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  4. Delicious treats indeed! Take care JC! Hug Marmaduke for me and Garfield hugs too!

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    1. Thank you sweetheart. ❤
      You take care in little red dot.

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