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Food on Friday ~ Sheet Pan

Eating is a Necessity, but cooking is an Art.

If you don’t have a sheet pan, get one.  It’s a super way to cook an easy and healthy meal in about 30 minutes, especially a sheet pan midweek dinner, especially if you’re a very busy person trying to hold down a full-time job as well as have a real life.

Chungah at Damn Delicious has some great sheet pan recipes, sheet pan garlic butter shrimp, sheet pan steak and fries, and this one, sheet pan garlic butter salmon.  Looks nice for a healthy dinner.  I know my friend in Southern California would lake me to make this for her sometime.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon

Cool San Diego girl Averie, of Averie Cooks also likes 30 minute sheet pan dishes like this sheet pan Italian chicken and vegetables, sheet pan orange chili salmon, and Averie also has another salmon dish, sheet pan honey lemon salmon.  If you like honey, then this dish is for you, particularly if you live in SoCal and have a lemon tree in your yard.

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Found for us by How Sweet It Is we now have a recipe from Alyssa at The Recipe Critic; Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables ~ another delicious 30 minute recipe ~ and just how cool is that?

Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables

From Kansas City girl Katherine at Cookie and Kate we have this vegan and gluten free balsamic butternut, kale and cranberry panzanella.  Enjoy.

Balsamic Butternut, Kale and Cranberry Panzanella

This is different, damn easy, and so damn fast.  From Karen at Honestly Yum we have sweet potato nachos ~ made with chips in 3 minutes….  well maybe 10 minutes all together.  If you want to graze or snack in front of the TV with a beer or glass of wine then these are for you.

Sweet Potato Nachos

This is a meal to gladden the heart of any true Englishman; found for us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have sheet pan fish and chips from Boston cook Sheryl Julian.  Brilliant!

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

I hope you’ve realised by now that a sheet pan is your new secret weapon ~ if your busy, and don’t really have time to cook, then try one of these 20 sheet pan suppers you’ll love, found just for you by Becca DiCenso at Eat This, Not That.  I like the look of this chimichurri chicken and potato sheet pan meal from Dara at Cookin’ Canuk, and how about one pan honey roasted turkey and vegetables from Katie Jasiewicz at Katie’s Cucina?

One Pan Honey Roasted Turkey and Vegetables

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thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Comfort Food

Ultimately, food is the most satisfying form of comfort.

Even though spring has arrived in more southerly parts of the world, it’s still cold and wintry here in Northern England.  Trust me, there’s still a need for comfort food here in the colder parts of the world.

First for you this week, from Joanne at No Plate Like Home is a great English staple ~ shepherds pie.  Usually made with ground beef, but sometimes with ground lamb, this 45 minute dish is a fantastic midweek dinner.

Shepherds Pie

And next, from English Foodie abroad at Chez le Rêve Français, we have another savoury pie, this time a  chicken and leek pie.  This looks a fabulous dish, which should take you around an hour to make.

Chicken and Leek Pie

Now for something easier and quicker from Chungah at Damn Delicious, there’s this great sheet pan steak and fries.  I really like dishes we can make in just one pan.

Sheet Pan Steak and Fries

Soup is also a wonderful winter comfort food, and from Canadian girl Heather at the flourishing foodie I can offer you this cauliflower, leek, and carrot soup.  Would be great with some crusty bread and fresh butter.

Cauliflower Leek and Carrot Soup

Something that isn’t a savoury pie, but kind of ticks all the pie boxes.  From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, there’s this great looking Irishman’s beef brisket burrito.  I’m not usually a fan of burritos, but I really like the look of this dish.

Irishman’s Beef Brisket Burrito

Another Irish Beef dish, this time Irish Beef Stew from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes.  You know what?  In England we really like Irish Beef, but St. Patrick’s Day does nothing for most of us ~ maybe the English history with Ireland is just too long and chequered ~ and likely to more so as Brexit plays out..

Irish Beef Stew

Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, some real late-night comfort food.  This rich, but vegan and gluten free brown sugar spiced banana rum cake.  So, what’s not to like?

Brown Sugar Spiced Banana Rum Cake

A big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Fish

all men are equal before fish

It’s possible to make some very boring, and even quite nasty meals with fish ~ stargazy pie for one ~ but there are some great recipes out there ~ just don’t make it over-complicated.  For this week’s Food on Friday we have some fantastic fish dishes from some fabulous cooks.  There will be no pieces of salmon among these recipes ~ sometimes salmon is just a cop out, and sometimes farmed salmon isn’t so healthy.

Since most fish dishes cook really quickly, a nice piece of fish makes a great midweek dinner as well as something special for when you have more time.  Choose your fresh fish with care.

Fist up this week; crispy miso cod from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français.  This is an easy dish, but you have to give the fish long enough in the marinade to let it really absorb the flavours ~ it’s worth it.  If you’ve never cooked with miso before, give yourself a treat, buy a jar, try a miso recipe, I hope you’ll love it.

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Crispy Miso Cod

Cod is such a great fish ~ cod and chips is a great English dish ~ that I make no excuse for more dishes featuring this white fish.  Here we have roast cod and cherry tomatoes from Heather Christo.  If you haven’t tried it before, fish and tomato is a magical combination.

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Roast Cod and Cherry Tomatoes

From Petra at Food Eat Love we have a very quick, very easy, and very interesting dish; quick cured,pan fried cod with sauce verte.   Really, this is a 20 minute recipe you could serve as a starter or a light meal.  I love the colours in this dish.

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Quick Cured, Pan Fried Cod with Sauce Verte

As a change from cod, we have another white fish, sea bass.  This recipe for crisp skillet sea bass with pistachio butter is from Jessica Merchant, at How Sweet It Is, and it should take you about 40 minute from start to plate ~ looks fabulous.  And for good measure, from BBC Good Food, here’s another 27 sea bass recipes.  You know what?  Unless you’re a fisherman, and have caught the bass yourself, I wouldn’t necessarily choose sea bass over cod.

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Crisp Skillet Sea Bass with Pistachio Butter

For those of you in California we have another really colourful sea bass recipe, this time from Averie Sunshine; orange glazed Chilean sea bass with dill, cucumber, and orange champagne relish.  Trust me ~ there’s no champagne in this, and if you have cider vinegar you’ll do just fine.

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 Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Dill, Cucumber, and Champagne Relish

Finally for this week we have a recipe collection from The Huffington Post Canada; 23 cod recipes you’ll want to cook tonight….  Among the great dishes is this simple black cod, black radish, and turmeric, which I’d serve with rice and a side salad.  It’s a simple dish from a simple guy at Six Course Dinner ~ and trust me, the fish isn’t actually black.

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Black Cod, Black Radish and Turmeric

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P1030584many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Eggs

Eggs ~ so what can you do with the humble egg?

Eggs are incredibly nutritious ~ a real superfood, filled with all the good stuff you need for a healthy immune system.  And, eggs are cheap, easy to cook, and don’t have to be boring ~ as this week’s recipes will show.

For anyone pressed for time, or someone who wants a hot lunch at work, Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has this omelette in a mug.  It’s cooked in the microwave.  I’ve tried to cook eggs in the microwave before, and had an egg explosion most times.  Elise says the secret is to add liquid to the eggs ~ and use a large enough mug.  I’ve tried her method, and it works brilliantly, (I buttered the bottom of my mug first).  Good Food doesn’t get easier than this.

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Omelette in a Mug

Simple Baked Eggs are almost as easy as the omelette in a mug, except you need an oven and not a microwave.  Even Cosmopolitan Magazine has a collection of 12 baked eggs recipes worth getting out of bed for.  But anyone, even the most ineptly boring guy can make a good, delicious, healthy hot meal in 10 minutes by baking eggs.  There are a stack of recipes for baked eggs, but this one is from Cooking Without Limits.

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Baked Eggs

Right, listen up, this is another dead easy dish for you very busy folk and healthy eaters.  Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is has this great recipe for a 15 minute spinach burrata omelette with avocado salad.  Look, anybody can make a great meal in 20 minutes with this recipe, even really inept boring guys.

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15 Minute Spinach Burrata Omelette with Avocado Salad

Dana from Portland, Oregon, (aka Minimalist Baker) has an easy recipe for a simple vegan omelette, and OK I don’t even pretend to understand the various types on non-carnivores, but I like the look of this easy dish.  The secret is this omelette uses tofu, and not eggs.  I guess you can make exactly the same recipe with eggs, and I guess you can make a lot of egg-based dishes with tofu.  hmmmmm.

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Simple Vegan Omelette ~ (tofu)

Tiegan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest always has some interesting and good-looking recipes ~ this grilled pineapple caprese eggs Benedict with coconut-almond hollandaise certainly caught my eye and whetted my appetite.  Look, the only even remotely hard part of this dish is the Hollandaise, and the’s dead easy in the food processor.  Try it, you’ll like it.  Also from Tieghan in Food on Friday #43 we have a grilled potato salad with almond-basil chimichurri and 7 minute eggs.

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Grilled Pineapple Caprese Eggs Benedict with Coconut-almond Hollandaise

This is a totally fantastic recipe from Erica at Honestly Yum; Turkish Eggs, also called Çilbir.  I’ve eaten this tasty little dish all over the Mediterranean, just don’t call it Turkish Eggs in Greece.  I think my friend in Orange County will like this because of the yogurt, cilantro, garlic, and pepper in there along with the eggs.

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Çilbir ~ Turkish Eggs

Finally for this week we have a collection from the meticulously gluten and allergen free Heather Christo; 10 egg-celent ways to spice up your breakfast eggs.  Among the fantastic dishes here we have this beautiful chive and brie frittata.  This looks so very, very good.

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Chive and Brie Frittata

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dscf0043thanks for all the recipes shown to us by some great cooks in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Bad Day at Black Rock

coping with only one hand

in the film noir bad day at black rock Spencer Tracy plays a one-armed man coping with deception, difficulty, and danger.  a few days ago i sprained my right wrist, and from my limited recent experience, coping with anything while you can only use one hand is damn difficult.

typing this blog post with my left hand is much harder than you’d think ~ maybe there are keyboards specially adapted for only one hand.

basic daily tasks ~ washing, shaving, and dressing are taking me a long time and much thought.  going out, for example to do some shopping, is just not going to happen.  how vulnerable is having only one good hand making me feel?

locked-doorhousehold chores are unbelievably time consuming ~ cooking and washing up the dirty dishes takes so much effort it will have to be take-out food and ready-meals until i can use both hands again.  i did some laundry yesterday, and found i can’t neatly fold clean stuff.  if i lost the use of my right hand on a long-term basis, either i’d have to send out my laundry, or get a home-help.  (there’s a snag with a home-help for me; nobody is allowed to come into my garret.)

other ordinary tasks such as bed making are problematic with only one good hand ~ and i have no idea how i’m going to tie my shoelaces.

all this makes me realise that if one doesn’t have the usual complement of fully functioning bits, then one’s day-to-day life becomes difficult, slow-paced, frustrating, expensive, and maybe reliant on others.

P1020817a really good society would give extra help to those less fortunate, to those with physical, or mental, or other problems.   however, i don’t see too many signs that we’re living in a good society right now.  at least, my sprained wrist should get better soon, and in England treatment for my sprained wrist is ‘free’.  i’m kind of glad that i don’t live in the USA today.

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dscf0036jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Chicken

Our Bodies Are Our Gardens

Busy people who have aspirations towards being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit have a problem.  Eating well, eating clean and healthy, almost always means one should cook for oneself because buying ready-made meals, buying takeout, eating out, or eating out of cans almost always means you’re eating a fair degree of unhealthy junk.  And, cooking for yourself takes up time and energy, which might be in short supply at the end of a busy day.

Ergo, busy people need fairly quick, easy, and healthy recipes. In last week’s Food on Friday we were talking about healthy salmon, which lends itself to eating well, and this week we’re doing chicken, which is also a good healthy staple.  But, buy decent fresh, uncooked, healthy chicken, (and salmon), not the cheapest crap your supermarket has on special offer.

I know some of you like links to recipe collections, (some of you even pay good money to have people send you recipe collections and shopping lists), so from Cooking Light we have 50 healthy chicken breast recipes, including this sauteed chicken with sage browned butter.

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Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

And, from Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious I can offer you 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes to use up all those nice pieces of chicken you have languishing in your refrigerator and freezer.  I like the look of this easy grilled chicken, especially as our chef says we’ll never need another grilled chicken recipe after this 25 minute dish.

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Easy Grilled Chicken

If all those ideas weren’t enough, Country Living has 64 of the most delicious things you can do with chicken for dinner.  Wow!  Originally from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy, one of the 64 dishes is this avocado caprese skillet chicken ~ so easy, and avocado is supposed to be very good for you.

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Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has some interesting dishes in her 5 easy chicken recipes for a weeknight dinner. I especially like her honey chipotle shredded chicken, because even though it takes a while to prepare, once it’s dome you can save the prepared chicken and use it in so many cool ways.

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Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken

I have to remind myself that not everywhere in the world is suffering from an English winter.  Not everyone is feeling cold, grey, and miserable and in need of winter comfort food.  In that case Heather Christo offers us this gluten free fried chicken cobb salad ~ I may forget the drizzle and make this tonight.

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken Cobb Salad

Francophile English lady, Amanda, of Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a wonderfully warming chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  This looks quick, (30 minutes), easy, healthy, (broccoli is good).  And, I like a good pasta bake.

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Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

You probably won’t remember, (why should you?), but in Food on Friday #33 we had a whole lot of cool and sexy chicken dishes, among which was Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups from the White on Rice Couple.  As a slight change on the healthy lettuce cups theme, I can give you a recipe video for easy chicken lettuce cups from the Best Recipe Box.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Cups

dscf0002thanks so much to all the great chefs featured in this week’s Food on Friday

enjoy your cooking and healthy eating

jack collier

email ~  jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Salmon

Let Food Be Thy Medicine ~ Hippocrates.

Maybe because it’s winter here in England, but I don’t feel that I am eating a healthy diet.  Maybe it’s because I’m in England in winter that I have a stinking head cold…  Whatever it is, I have not enjoyed food over the last few days so let’s try something completely different.

Something is telling me I should eat more fish, and I don’t mean traditional English fish, chips, and mushy peas, thousands of calories and lots of carbs…  Ergo, let me start off my new diet with some easy salmon recipes.

With healthy eating in mind we have a fabulous looking dish of Paleo red curry braised salmon with sweet potatoes from Heather Christo.  Paleo is good, I think.  This 45 minute recipe not only uses coconut oil and coconut milk, it also has enough garlic.  Nice.

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Paleo Red Curry Braised Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

This is a fabulous 30 minute entree from Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is; winter citrus butter salmon.  Depending on who you like to read, butter is actually very good for you ~ like all things if not taken to excess.  I love the look and sound of this dish.  This Saturday I will try the taste test.

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Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

Next, a fabulous recipe from Molly in Hawaii, beet cured gravlax.  As well as salmon and the more traditional ingredients, Molly has added a few of her own, including beets.  OK, this dish takes 3 days to cure, (at least), but being originally from Maine, I’m guessing Molly knows her fish.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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Beet Cured Gravlax

Here’s a collection with a difference for you, from Jess at Paleo Grubs, 43 Paleo salmon recipes everyone will love ~ including this simple dish of roasted beets with salmon, broccoli and avocado.  All good ingredients.

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Roasted Beets with Salmon Broccoli and Avocado

Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has a fantastic recipe for Asian salmon cooked in foil ~ and trust me, this is a brilliant way to cook salmon.  This dish uses fresh ginger and lots or garlic, as well as honey ~ all on the superfoods list.

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Asian Salmon in Foil

Angeleno Girl Karen from Honestly Yum has an interesting winter salmon salad.  I like this because, as well as salmon, it’s got some really cool ingredients; avocado, grapefruit, radishes, and fennel.  Really cool medicinal food is your basic fennel ~ I need to do a post about that.

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Winter Salmon Salad

Most of my meals are cooked in less than 20 minutes in my small wok.  So here’s a dish from The Woks of Life, (cooked in a skillet… ha ha ha).  This is an easy 30 minute dish, and I know my friend in Orange County will adore these salmon teriyaki bowls.

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Salmon Teriyaki Bowls

Here’s another collection for you, from Real Simple Magazine, 10 healthy salmon fillet recipes, including this spicy salmon with bok choy and rice.  This dish is quick, easy, and very healthy ~ at least I believe it’s a very healthy meal.

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Spicy Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice

And finally for this week  ~ I was idly wondering if one could make a decent salmon soup, it turns out there is a shed-load of brilliant salmon soup recipes around on the internet.  From Yummly I can offer you a collection of the 10 best salmon soup recipes, (trust me there are a lot more than 10 salmon soup recipes on this site).  Looking through Yummly’s recipes I found a super salmon chowder from Andrea Beaman at Further Food, (which is another cool site).  Who knew you could make a healthy chowder?

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Super Salmon Chowder

dscf0002Thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

21 ways to save money

Easy Lifestyle Changes Could Save You A Small Fortune.

Red_RoseThere some very basic things you can do which, added together, will save you a great deal of money.  These changes to the way you live your life are not difficult, they’re not complicated, and they will not take up a lot of your time.  In fact, all of these things are what my granny used to call; ‘basic common sense’.  Get on with it, smell the roses, save yourself some money, and live a better life.

  1. Pay off all your credit and store card bills.  The average interest rate on credit card debt is around 16%, with some banks charging as much as 79.9% per annum, this is just extortion and usury.  Far better to borrow elsewhere, at a cheaper rate, and pay off your plastic.
  2. Use the internet and find cheaper providers for your gas, electricity, water, mobile phone, (cell phone), land line telephone, internet, cable television, and car insurance.  Switch to the cheapest provider because customer service will always suck, no matter who you are with.  And, by the way, do you really need all those rubbish TV channels?
  3. Lower the temperature of your heating, and raise the temperature of your air conditioning by a couple of degrees.  We all pay far too much for heating and cooling our homes.
  4. Lower the temperature at which you wash your clothes.  There is a 30C setting on my washing machine, (about 90F), and most of the time that’s what I use.  This gets rid of most dirt and stains, but it does not get rid of germs, and it’s not hot enough to get whites clean.  So, I still always wash my bed linen and whites at 90C, (about 200F).  Mind you, I always use biological washing powder which works well at lower temperatures.
  5. Always make a shopping list.  Far too many people go into a store and come out with a whole bunch of stuff they don’t really want or need, while forgetting the important thing they went in for.  Make a shopping list and never, ever make impulse purchases.
  6. Try own-brand goods.  Very often the own-brand products are just as good as the more expensive named-brands.  Quite often own-brand products are made in the same factories and on the same production lines as named brands.  Stores always try to make you buy the most expensive, premium goods.
  7. Never buy ‘designer labels’  ~  don’t be a logo whore, and who wants some other guy’s name on their clothes and shoes anyway?  It’s pathetic.
  8. Learn to do DIY.  I hate contractors, repair men, decorators, gardeners, with a passion.  If it needs doing then 90% of the time I do it myself.  Learn to decorate, put up a shelf, fix a leaky tap, (faucet), and save yourself an absolute fortune.
  9. Make your travel arrangements early and do it on the internet.  Always shop around for the cheapest deal.  Always pay by credit card.  Get a brochure from the travel agent for information and to give you a comparison.
  10. Learn to drive properly.  Almost everyone I know is a crap driver, especially women.  Almost everyone I know drives too fast, races between the lights, uses the accelerator hard and the brakes hard, and sits in the wrong gear.  Drive a little slower and learn what anticipation means and you will not only use less petrol, (gas), there will be much less wear and tear on your car.
  11. p1020966Don’t always buy the newest, top-of-the-range car.  A low mileage used car, or the basic model in the new car range can save you thousands.  Remember, the biggest cost of owning a car is depreciation.  Most cars will lose between 50% – 60% of their value in the first 3 years.  (Just don’t buy an Edsel ~ people will laugh.)
  12. Walk, don’t drive.  If you don’t have far to go and don’t have much to carry, don’t drive, walk instead.  That won’t only save you money, walking will do wonders  for your health and fitness.
  13. Give up smoking / vaping.  Both will seriously damage your health, both can kill you, and both will cost you a fortune.  A pack of 20 cigarettes will cost you about £7 in the UK and about $7 in California, (USA prices vary by state).  So, a 10 a day habit will cost you about £1,300 per annum in the UK and $1,300 a year in California ~ a lot of money for a disgusting habit that’s killing you.
  14. Cut down on your drinking.  Too much booze will make you fat, ill, and temporarily or permanently stupid ~ it will eventually kill you.  How much booze is too much?  If you drink  a bottle of wine a night, or 4 bottles of beer, or a quarter of a bottle of spirits, then you are drinking far too much.  Decent booze is hellishly expensive.
  15. Cincinnati KidSTOP GAMBLING.  Gambling is exactly the same as throwing your hard-earned money in the trash.  Gambling is an addiction, and all gamblers lose heavily over time, always, with no exceptions, (not even the Cincinnati Kid).
  16. Never, ever, join a gym, and if you have gym membership, then cancel it.  Most people with gym memberships don’t go often enough to get their money’s worth.  Gyms are poor value for money and bad places for most people to exercise ~ you’re breathing stale air, being made to listen to loud music, and you’re indoors under artificial lights.  Nasty.  Exercise for free instead.
  17. Plan ahead and buy stuff in the sales, at discount stores, and in thrift stores.
  18. Claim all your tax and other benefits.  Use the internet at learn what you can really claim.
  19. Never use pay per view TV or TV services such as Netflix ~ this is just stupid.  Do you really need to dumb down so much as to sit in front of the TV, and pay extra for the privilege, over and above whatever stupid cable subscription you are already paying for this crap?
  20. Never, ever buy extended warranties on things like a car, new washing machine, or television.  These warranties are scams, not worth the paper they’re printed on, and cost a fortune.
  21. Stop buying expensive pre-prepared, ready meals.  Learn to cook instead.  ‘Ready meals’ are full of unmentionable crap, and are terrible value for money.

Remember, when you want to save money, when you want to stop wasting money, the internet is your friend.  You may think you don’t have the time to spend on internet research, trust me, you do have loads of spare time, it’s just that you waste that too.  Stop ruining your mind by watching hours of drivel on the TV, stop ruining your health by spending time in your usual sleazy pub / bar, and stop making excuses.

Never, ever, sign anything you don’t understand.  Never, ever, trust a salesperson.

Take back control of your own life, and take control of your finances, it’s a lot easier than you think.

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Wall Streetjack collier

jack collier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Easy Soups

Easy, Fast, Warming, Nourishing, Winter Recipes.

In my quest to find you some easy recipes which will not only make a great winter’s dinner, but can also be taken to work for lunch the following day, I have come back to soups, broths, and stews.  Home made soup is such a great idea for the very busy boy and girl.

There are a three recipe collections for this Food on Friday; from Cookie and Kate, Tieghan Gerard and Averie Sunshine.  I know my friend in Orange County likes these recipe collections ~ so enjoy sweetheart.

Firstly this week, another delicious-looking dish from Heather Christo, this time it’s a steamed lentil veggie bowl with tahini broth.  Strictly speaking this isn’t a soup, but it’s an easy 20 minute dish, allergy free, gluten-free, and dairy free.  My friend in Orange County should like this because she can buy pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joes

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Steamed Lentil Veggie Bowls with Tahini Broth

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has this brilliant, easy, and very healthy 30 minute Asian chicken soup.  Packed with vegetables and taste, Jessica also seems to think it’s a cure for the common cold.  Who knew?

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30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has also found this really warming dish at The Flourishing Foodie; butter onion tomato soup with pasta and parmesan.  While this dish only takes 20 minutes to prepare, there’s a ninety minute cooking time, so maybe this is something you want to make at the weekend.  It looks gorgeous.

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Butter Onion Tomato Soup with Pasta and Parmesan

Chungah Rhee from Damn Delicious says this easy 35 minute dish is packed with every vegetable she had to hand, and the superfood quinoa soup looks like it.

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Superfood Quinoa Soup

The lovely San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a cool recipe for tomato, greens, and beans soup, which she says is accidentally both gluten-free and vegan.  Ah, not quite vegan in my case because I would use organic chicken broth as the base.

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Tomato Greens and Beans Soup

From Kansas City, Cookie and Kate give us 15 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, among which is this fabulous sounding 45 minute recipe; creamy Thai carrot sweet potato soup.  Really warming I’ll bet.

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Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Tieghan Gerard at half baked harvest has posted her 20 favourite winter crockpot recipes, including a crockpot crispy caramelised pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash, and this crockpot French onion soup with cheesy French toast.  Cool.

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Crockpot French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast

Finally for this week, another collection,  Averie Sunshine also has her 15 best fast and easy soup recipes, including this easy 30 minute minestrone soup, which is better than The Olive Garden version, allegedly.  Looks good.

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Easy 30 Minute Minestrone

dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

happy cooking and happier eating

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ 2017 Cleansing

How many of us overindulged a little over the Holiday Season?

In some parts of the world the holidays began with Thanksgiving, November 24th 2016, and in some other parts of the world the holidays continued until Epiphany, last Friday, January 6th 2017.  Most of the people I know partied and overindulged on food and booze right through December 2016 until January 1st this year.  A lot of the people I know put on a little weight, and have New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and exercise more.  Good Luck with that.

However, perhaps to help a little, here are some nutritious, simple, cleansing dishes to tempt our jaded palates.  As far as exercise goes, in addition to my usual long walks, this year I’m checking out something called PiYo, which is an amalgam of Pilates and Yoga ~ allegedly.  (There is no way I’m spending any money on video courses / programs ~ but take your choice.)

All of these easy, cleansing dishes would make a great light dinner and something fabulous to take to work for lunch.

First up this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have a simple cilantro and lime rice, (please, it’s called coriander in England).  Andrea says this would go well in a burrito, but that’s really missing the point, isn’t it?

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Cilantro and Lime Rice

Found for us by Jessica at how sweet it is, I am seriously going to make this fabulous looking winter salmon salad.  I would strongly encourage my friend in SoCal to give this the once over as it also contains radishes and avocado, along with salmon another couple of her favourites.

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Winter Salmon Salad

A very healthy vegetarian recipe from Kate Taylor at Cookie + kate we have chickpea salad with carrots and dill.  This is crisp, fresh, sharp, and protein rich ~ if you want a change make it with cilantro instead of dill.

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Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill

And now, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these wonderful looking spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowls.  As well as tuna this dish uses lots of cleansing superfoods; mango, cilantro, garlic, radishes, and avocado.

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Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Recovering pastry chef, the Bojon Gourmet, has a great recipe for a winter salad; beet citrus and chicory salad with ricotta salata and pistachios.  This is a seriously low calorie dish, (when it comes to the calories you can actually use), and beets are one of these superfoods we hear so much about.

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Beet Citrus and Chicory Salad with Ricotta Salata and Pistachios

Next from Heather Christo we have a 3 day soup cleanse, which looks a lot nicer than some ‘cleansing recipes I’ve seen.

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Three Day Soup Cleanse

Finally this week, another great collection, this time from Delicious; 50 fast recipes to kick start that winter cleanse.  One of the 50 featured recipes is this nice and easy sweet miso steak with ramen.  What’s not to like?

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Sweet Miso Steak with Ramen

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dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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