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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Cod, Black Radish and Turmeric
many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chive and Brie Frittata
thanks for all the recipes shown to us by some great cooks in this week’s Food on Friday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Chicken Lettuce Cups
thanks so much to all the great chefs featured in this week’s Food on Friday
enjoy your cooking and healthy eating
email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Super Salmon Chowder
Thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Easy Lifestyle Changes Could Save You A Small Fortune.
There 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- STOP 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).
- 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.
- Plan ahead and buy stuff in the sales, at discount stores, and in thrift stores.
- Claim all your tax and other benefits. Use the internet at learn what you can really claim.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.