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Food on Friday ~ Thanksgiving

there is always something for which to be thankful

Well, it’s Wednesday not Friday, but there wouldn’t be much point in my publishing some Thanksgiving recipes the day after the event.  So forgive my erroneous title, it’s for a good cause.

You know that we don’t have Thanksgiving here in England, and that some of the things you serve make no sense to me; candied yams for one.  Yet, part of me wishes we did have a Thanksgiving feast in the dark months before Christmas.

There is at least one earlier Thanksgiving post here, you can click on the link of you’d like to see last year’s dishes.  Also check out my November 13th post Food on Friday ~ Mid Autumn.

Have a very happy day tomorrow.

So, first up this week we have a Candied Yams recipe from Lena Abraham at Delish magazine.  (I don’t believe I’ve ever had yams…..)

Candied Yams

This is another dish I really don’t get, but I understand goes down very well on the Thanksgiving board.  From Gimme Some Oven; The Best Green Bean Casserole.  This dish is also really healthy. Enjoy.

The Best Green Bean Casserole

All great meals need a light appitiser that one can also use as a snack with drinks if friends call around.  Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has this very easy recipe for Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Twists.  I just know these will disappear fast…..

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Twists

One of the most critical things about a turkey dinner is the gravy.  Ergo from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have; How To Make the Best Turkey Gravy.  Looks good to me.

How To Make the Best Turkey Gravy

To start off your Thanksgiving day with a very seasonal holiday breakfast we have these Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  These would also go well as a dessert with coffee after dinner.

Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Our collection this week is from Country Living magazine; 68 Easy Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas the Family is Sure to Love.  From this collection I have chosen to feature their Ginger Pumpkin Pie.

Ginger Pumpkin Pie

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

oh yes, cook a second turkey for the dog

but where are the trimmings?

Food on Friday ~ Mid Autumn

autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower

It’s the middle of fall, Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, we’d like to make a start on Christmas shopping, and most of us are trapped in one sort of a lockdown or other.  But there is nothing to stop you going grocery shopping, and then honing your chef skills.

These recipes have a kind of mid-autumn, pre Thanksgiving flavour.  In one case I would strongly recommend serving a decent sherry or Madeira to go along with the cake.  In fact, why not treat yourself to a decent glass of something any way.  You deserve it, and you probably won’t be driving to work today.

(BTW for new readers, and if you just don’t know, if you click on the highlighted recipe name you will go right to that dish on the chef’s own website.)

First up this week, from Half Baked harvest we have this delicious looking 4 Cheese Sage Pesto Florentine Lasagna.  How great would this be to make ahead for your Thanksgiving parties?  (NB.  Women should be very careful of too much sage.)

4 Cheese Sage Pesto Florentine Lasagna

Another pasta dish from Diane at In Dianes Kitchen; a very warming Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole.  (Noodles are pasta too.)  This is a very easy dish, even most of my fellow single men could make, (and most single men cannot cook).

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Now a really pretty midweek dinner from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; Honey Garlic Shrimp Farro Bowl with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.  And how fabulous to serve this if you have friends over for a pre or post Thanksgiving lunch.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Farro Bowl with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb has a very seasonal dish in this Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole, (with marshmallows).  Being English I’m not quite certain if this is an entree or a dessert.  No doubt someone will enlighten me.

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Joy Wilson at Joy the Baker has come up with what has to be the longest recipe name ever, (and that’s saying something here), Dad’s Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie.  You have got to make this just so you can tell your guests what it’s called.

Dad’s Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie

And finally for this week.  As you would expect from Heather Christo we have an extremely pretty dish, this time a Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake, which is both vegan and gluten free.  How brilliant for afternoon tea around thanksgiving, although I’d serve this with sherry and not tea.

Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you have never tried a good Maderia wine, then you have no idea the heaven you’re missing out on

Food on Friday ~ Lockdown

now that I’m in enforced lockdown I’ll be eating canned goods for another week

None of these following recipes are unhealthy canned goods.

First this week from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have delicious Parsmesan Pistachio Pork Tenderloin.

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Now from Tiegha Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust.  That looks wonderful.  Me I’m eating pie out of a can!

Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust

From Diane at In Dianes Kitchen, how about these Asian Pork Meatballs ~ I wish.

Asian Pork Meatballs

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us her Best Ever Beef Stew.

Best Ever Beef Stew

Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais has a wonderful recipe for her Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry.

Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry

And Finally for this week, Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl, from the Minimalist Baker.  I would make this if I was allowed out to the store.

Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke and I still have a little fresh food left

The Snake In My Head

you cannot fix something if you don’t know it’s broken

Each and every one of us is programmed ~ what we think, what we believe, how we behave, what we like and what we dislike are automatic responses, programmed reactions and actions buried deep in our subconscious.  Our conscious minds only govern what we do about 10% of the time, and most of the time what our conscious minds do, think, and feel is based on all that stuff way down in our unconsciousness.  So, if you are scared of snakes, it isn’t a conscious thing, it’s actually a primeval race-memory so far down in your subconscious you don’t even know it’s there until the first time you come across a serpent.

If you have problems in your life, if you can’t handle certain situations, if you keep lurching from one disastrous relationship to another, then you are not consciously doing that on purpose.  A string of dysfunctional relationships in your past, and the likelihood that you will repeat the same mistakes over and over again in the future, means that there is something dysfunctional with the tapes in your unconscious mind.

The scary thing is that all that programming, all of your beliefs, behaviors, and opinions were put there before you were seven years old.  The adults in your life; your parents, your wider family, older siblings, teachers impressed their thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, habits, and prejudices upon your unformed mind while you were still a child.  And there was nothing whatsoever you could do about it.  Ergo, if you are a borderline alcoholic, drug addict, a heavy smoker, or obese ~ it’s not all your own fault.  If you’re promiscuous, dishonest, and continually finding yourself in toxic relationships, then that’s not completely your fault either.  It’s because you were taught all those things when you didn’t know any better.

Before I was five years old I was taught that women are lying bitches, and that men who have anything to do with women are bad.  I was taught that sex is nasty, dirty, and wrong.  I was taught that love is meaningless, that interpersonal relationships are always toxic, and that sex outside of marriage is a sin that will send me to hell.  I know who did that to me.

It took me right up until a few days ago to realise this, to truly know what was broken in me.  Right up until a few days ago my life was dysfunctional, I was unable to have a stable relationship, I couldn’t ever be truly open, honest, trusting, or loving.  My life was toxic.  I drank to much to escape the way I always acted and reacted.

If that is anything like you, then look deep within to find out what is broken in you.  Then, when you know what’s broken you might have some chance of fixing it.  Be like me and kill the snake in your mind.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it wasn’t all her own fault that Red Riding Hood liked wolves just a little too much

Better Sleep

true happiness means getting enough good sleep

insomnia is subtle torture

Sleeping well is vitally important to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  Conversely, insomnia is stressful and will eventually make you ill.

Scientific surveys tell us that most people require between 6 and 8 hours of good sleep every night.

You can’t store sleep up in advance, but you can make up for lost sleep afterwards.

For good sleep you should go to bed at the same time every evening, and get up at the same time every morning.

Sleep medication only works for a little while.  One should never take sleep aids for longer than a couple of weeks.

Smokers will never get a settled night’s sleep until months after they quit.

Booze may send you to sleep, but thereafter it ruins your night’s rest.  Drinkers will never get a settled night’s sleep until they have had a little sobriety.

Drinkers will tend to have vivid and sometimes disturbing dreams.

Caffine in coffee or tea has very little effect on sleep.

Eating late at night will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.  Don’t eat within two hours of going to bed.

The blue light from your phone or tablet will stop you from falling into deep REM sleep, the kind of sleep we all need.

Watching TV in your bedroom late into the night will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

A lack of real daylight during waking hours will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Plenty of fresh air and exercise during the day promotes good sleep.

Bedrooms should be cool, dark, and quiet.

Your subconscious mind should associate your bedroom with only two things; sleep and sex.

Some say they can get by on 2 or 3 hours sleep a night.  And that the only time they have problems is when they are trying to sleep.  All I know is that early to bed and early to rise make one healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t spend too long gazing at the moon

that’s for lunatics

Food on Friday ~ Eat Hearty

autumn, a time for rich hearty meals

What with everything that’s happening in the world, and now that fall is upon us, perhaps the time has come to ditch our lighter diets, and instead fill our plates with rich and hearty foods.  And, let’s be honest, we could all do with some comfort food right now.

And, of course, autumn does mean apples.  And, piles of leaves.  And, Rose Hips.  And Pumpkins.

Although, please wear a warm scarf.

With all that in mind, first for this Friday we have Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, and her Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice.  I don’t yet know what this tastes like, but it looks and sounds fabulous.

Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have a Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili.  This is a healthy, hearty, vegetarian, comfort food meal.  Switch the cheese and you can have it vegan, or add chicken for those who like that.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili

Another chili recipe, this time from Country Living; Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili.  This is one of Country Living’s 60+ Best Pumpkin Recipes to Delight Your Family All Fall Long ~ a very good collection.  Look no further for your pumpkin recipe ideas.

Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili

Autumn is a time for soups and stews, and Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a copycat recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.  I don’t know what this is like at an Olive Garden, but it looks great here.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Our collection this week is from Woman’s Day; 35 Delicious Fall Soups to Make on a Chilly Day.  From there I’ve chosen to feature a Corn and Potato Chowder.  How good does that look?

Corn and Potato Chowder

For Dessert, Diane offers us this Apple Pan Pie, which here we would call an apple crumble.  Fabulous served with cream or even ice cream.

Apple Pan Pie

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

kids and dogs love fallen leaves

so do we young at heart

Food on Friday ~ Weeknights

keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you

Now that the nights are drawing in, we perhaps look for warming, nutritious, comfort food, especially on a weeknight.  After a hard day at work we don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen, and these are all easy weeknight recipes.

First this week from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a warming Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.  If you don’t happen to have an instant pot, this recipe is still very easy to make in your regular stock-pot.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili.  Made with ground turkey and served with sliced avocado and egg, this is a really simple and delicious fall staple.

Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili

Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a fabulous English staple; Chicken and Leek Pie.  I happen to really like this dish, eaten great hot or cold.

Chicken and Leek Pie

Sylvia at Feasting at Home has a collection of globally inspired Fast and Easy Weeknight Dinners.  I very much like the look of this easy Kimchi Fried Rice, a 20 minute vegetarian dinner.

Kimchi Fried Rice

From Delish Magazine we have a collection of 80 easiest weeknight dinners, from which I’ve chosen to feature this dish of Cheesy Baked Meatballs.

Cheesy Baked Meatballs

And also this great looking Caprese Chicken Pasta, ready in just 30 minutes.

Caprese Chicken Pasta

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jack collierjack

collier7@talktalk.net

if in doubt you could always opt for dark beer, bread, and cheese

Food on Friday ~ Autumn

fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose

In a couple of days time we will have the Autumn Equinox, the harvests will be taken in, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness will be upon us.  I expect that you’re like me and wondering where the year went to, and how come I don’t remember what happened.

I believe that this coming Tuesday September 22nd is a time for me to make a fresh start, throw off the constraints of a summer that didn’t have much good going for it, and begin again.

A good place to start our move into Autumn, or Fall if you will, is with some good food, great recipes, and hopefully some very good company.

First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious and her warming, nutritious, delicious One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.  We all like one pan dishes don’t we?

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

Now, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has The 35 Most Popular Fall Recipes.  From this collection I’ve chosen a Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf.

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf

To go with your chicken, and for the warmer days still to come this year, from Dana at Minimalist Baker we have a Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing.  And, just how pretty is that?

Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This is a super collection from Jessica Merchant’s How Sweet Eats; 45 Of My Favorite Fall Dinner Recipes.  With so much to choose from how about a Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons?  You need to keep this recipe by you for Halloween.

Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This might almost be the ultimate fall dinner recipe collection ever; from Delish Magazine 61 Unbelievably Easy Fall Dinner Recipes.  From this cornucopia I’ve chosen these Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops.  If you think that pork chops only come in the dry and overcooked variety, then you should try this recipe.

Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops

Or maybe this is the ultimate Fall Recipe Collection; 50 Apple Cider Recipes You Need in Your Life this Fall.  From this Country Living apple collection I’ve picked a Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you are lucky you still have rosehips in your garden, and they make up some great medicinal recipes

Random Jottings ~ Healthy Routines and Rituals

the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

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exercise hard and vigorously six days a week

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when you eat is as important as what you eat

breakfast around 07:30

lunch at one o’clock

and dinner at seven in the evening

don’t ever eat late at night

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try not to get into the routine of drinking every night

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rise and go to bed at the same time every night and morning

including at weekends and on vacation

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get into the habit of walking instead of driving everywhere

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

aim to walk 10,000 paces a day

every damn day

 

Food on Friday ~ Weeknights

after a long day at work cooking is probably the last thing on your mind

Even though I am a gentleman of leisure there are times when I’m rushed for time and don’t feel like cooking anything complicated nor time-consuming for dinner.  And for most people, I know there is much more pressure on your time.  So this Friday I’m concentrating on easy recipes that are perfect for weeknights.

Even tough you might be tired and under time pressure after a hard day at work, please take the time to enjoy cooking and eating your meals.  Be mindful of your food.

First up, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these weeknight style Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos ~ with Street Corn Salas and Lime Crema.

Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos

From Holly at Spend with Pennies, how about this Easy Tuna Casserole?

Easy Tuna Casserole

This is really easy from Ali at Gimmie Some Oven; Brown Butter Lemon Pasta.  And, I agree with Ali here, buy the very best ingredients you can afford, especially for  simple dishes such as this.

Brown Butter Lemon Pasta

For a side dish, or just something healthy on its own, from Cookie + kate we have this Easy Tomato Salad ~ how wonderful if you have tomatoes growing in your own garden.

Easy Tomato Salad

This is not the first time I’ve blogged about weeknight dinners.  Back in May 2018 there was another post entitled Weeknight Dinners.  Among the recipes I covered there is this Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread.  From Averie Cooks.  Looks delicious.

Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread

Our collection this Friday is from Delish magazine; 80 Easiest Weeknight Meals Ever, and I’ve chosen to feature this fabulous looking Spinach Lasagna.

Spinach Lasagna

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the simplest meal ever

just add cheese

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