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Food on Friday ~ Mother’s Day

All that I am I owe to my mother…….

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA, so I guess today’s recipes have a slightly ‘Mothering Sunday feel’ about them ~ maybe.

Mother’s Day in America goes back to the 19th Century, and it’s always had a  commercial angle to it ~ the early Mother’s Days n the USA were backed by Wannemaker’s Retail stores.  And here I thought Mother’s Day was the invention of Hallmark.

Bur remember, these recipes and recipe collections aren’t just for Mother’s Day, they’re great for any day of the year.

I can cook, but for some reason I can’t bake, (I blame my single-guy oven).  But it might be nice to bake a cake for Mother’s Day, and Averie Sunshine has this recipe for the best pineapple upside down cake.  OK, it may take you an hour and a half to make, but doesn’t it look worth it!

The Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Most mothers like to use up leftovers, so here’s a Korean based recipe from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower to use up leftover rice; mushroom kimchi fried rice.  This great dish should take you only about 30 minutes to make.

Mushroom Kimchi Fried Rice

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has a very special, very easy, and mess free recipe for parchment baked lemon salmon and potatoes with dill yogurt, that would be great for a busy mother, or a busy anyone if it comes right down to it.  This great looking dish will be ready in just 30 minutes.

Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt

From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have 10 best recipes for Mother’s Day brunch.  From this collection I especially like the look of this smoked salmon potato leek torta.  Fabulous!

Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Torta

Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has 10 quick and easy baked chicken recipes for us ~ whatever you’re doing this Mother’s Day, you don’t want to be spending all of it in the kitchen.  From this collection I particularly like the look of this oven fried chicken with honey mustard glaze.

Oven Fried Chicken with Honey Mustard Glaze

And now, celebrating whole foods, Cookie + kate have a bumper collection of 25 cheerful Mother’s Day recipes (plus last minute gifts), Nifty!  There are so many fabulous dishes in this collection, but I especially like the spinach pasta with roasted broccoli & bell pepper.  This is vegetarian, and very easily vegan and gluten free.  Cool!

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Bell Pepper

And finally for this week’s food on Friday, and with Mother’s Day coming up, let’s look at this collection of cocktails made from ‘Mother’s Ruin’ ~ gin.  (If you don’t call gin mother’s ruin in your country ~ well maybe it’s a very English expression).  So from Olive Magazine we have the best gin cocktail recipes.  I have a friend who doesn’t necessarily like gin, but she may like this very pretty gentian white lady cocktail ~ the pansies look so cool.

Gentian White Lady Cocktail

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

this picture is specially chosen by my teddy bear, Marmaduke, for his mommy this Mother’s Day

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Food on Friday ~ Cinco deMayo

Good food is as welcome as the flowers in May.

It must be a couple of months since I last wrote a Food on Friday post so for today I originally decided that I was just going to choose some recipes that I really like the sound of, rather trying to stick to a theme.

Well actually, there will be a bit of a theme, I wanted to feature dishes which are pretty easy, don’t take so long to prepare, and will taste really good on a warm, early summer day.  But, quite by accident there’s a lot of avocado this week.  Must be something to do with some Mexican festival that happens tomorrow.

First up this week, from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest, we have these cool baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado.  You should really make your own crepes, but you can buy crepes at stores like Trader Joe’s, and just assemble the fillings.  This 25 minute dish will make a great brunch on any nice early summer’s day.

Baked Egg Crepes with Spring Herbs and Avocado

From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a nice recipe collection; 8 fast pasta dishes for busy weeknights.  Here in England we don’t go much on Mac and Cheese, but from this collection there’s this super looking creamy broccoli mac and cheese.  Qucik, easy, healthy, and nutritious.

Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Joy the Baker has this dangerous sounding dish; mango and jalepeno guacamole.  I suspect that you’d want to accompany this with beer, rather than tequila.

Mango and Jalepeno Guacamole

Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks has this nice and very easy dish; taco stuffed avocados ~ and you couldn’t get much more Cinco de Mayo than that.  (Actually, I’m English and I know damn-all about Mexican food, or Cinco de Mayo.)

Taco Stuffed Avocados

And now for something completely different; Heather Christo has this brilliant idea which should appeal to all American men ~ the DIY guacamole bar.  (At least it should keep the guys out of trouble for a while.)

DIY Guacamole Bar

And now, to celebrate National Guacamole Day, we give you 10 amazing guacamole recipes, brought to you by Shape magazine.  This collection includes the amazing celery-spiked guacamole with chiles from bon appétit.

Celery-Spiked Guacamole with Chiles

Finally for this week, and realising that for those of you in the USA the 5th of May is a bit of a holiday, with a slight Mexican touch.  From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have 8 ways to show your love of avocados this Cinco de Mayo.  Leaving aside a great recipe for guacamole, this collection also includes this interesting chicken posole salad ~ what a smashing idea, and wouldn’t the leftovers be good for lunch at work the following day?

Chicken Posole Salad

Just in case you’re not already satiated with avocado, check out 52 genius ways to get your avocado fix, from delish magazine. This also has lots of guacamole recipes, including BLT guacamole ~ and how cool is that?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke is not a big fan of avocado

Food on Friday ~ Cauliflower

Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.  ~  Mark Twain

Most will regard the humble cauliflower as a boring side dish ~ at best.  Perhaps something not to put into one’s shopping cart on a regular basis.  But, as I hope these smashing recipes from some great cooks will show you, there are a lot of exciting dishes you can make with this cruciferous vegetable.  Cauliflower is from the same plant family as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts and is said to be even better for you, in some ways, than these green vegetables.

First this week we have these cool cauliflower rice carne asada bowls with mango salsa, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  This whole meal will take you an hour to make, but you can do so much with the leftovers afterwards.  Lunch at work, tacos, burritos, topped with a fried egg…

Cauliflowere Rice Carne Asada Bowls with Mango Salsa

Cauliflower cheese is a classic dish, but this creamy cauliflower gratin from Chungah at Damn Delicious is just a little bit special.  Again this easy dish will take you about an hour, and again this is something that you can reheat in the microwave at work.  Or have with a nice steak for dinner later in the week.

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

Next, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower there’s this cool dish to think about; zucchini lentil pasta with mashed cauliflower.  Made with mushrooms, squash, and grape tomatoes ~ with a side of creamy mashed cauliflower.  It looks very delicious for a midweek dinner.

Zucchini Lentil Pasta with Mashed Cauliflower

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Yvette’s Gourmet Kitchen has this brilliant looking recipe for roasted cauliflower with almonds and capers.  I think you can have this dish ready in 30 minutes. It’s vegan if you use a vegetarian substitute for the Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Capers

Here’s something exotically different and up-market from Petra at Food Eat Love; cauliflower soup with beetroot and gin cured salmon.  This dish is something for a really posh dinner party ~or be even posher than that and serve to your house-guests at breakfast.  The dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare, but you have to cure the salmon for 36 hours before that.

Cauliflower Soup with Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon

A blog-post of cauliflower recipes wouldn’t be anything without a soup.  Ergo from Alanna at the Bojon Gourmet we have cauliflower and yellow split pea soup with turmeric and curried ghee.  Both cauliflower and turmeric are supposed to be very good for you.  This is a great soup to make a lot of, to take to work later, as it will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Cauliflower and Yellow Split Pea Soup with Turmeric and Curried Ghee

And finally this week we have our list, this time from delish. So, how about 70 crazy creative things to make with cauliflower????  These 70 cool recipes include this loaded grilled cauliflower by Lauren Miyashiro, which should take you about 20 minutes to prepare.

Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

cauliflower is easy to grow, even if you only have a small garden, it’s pretty decorative too.

Food on Friday ~ Booze

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.

Some of you may be giving up alcohol for lent, or to lose weight, or to control your cholesterol ~ in which case here are some cool drinks you may well be missing out on.

Or, some of you may be determined to have a good time now that we are really in the deep dark depths of winter ~ in which case here are some cool drinks to help you get the party going.

Whatever, please drink responsibly. Don’t end up feeling as though you need to give up booze for good and all.

First this week, and bearing in mind that we have just had Valentine’s Day, San Diego girl Averie Sunshine offers us this very aloholic kiss on the lips cocktail.  Who could possibly say no?

Kiss On The Lips Cocktail

Continuing the St. Valentine’s Day theme, Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest offers us this delicious looking rose and ginger paloma.  Nice if you like tequila and roses ~ who doesn’t?

Rose and Ginger Paloma

I’m not certain I’d ever have tried this cocktail from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, but having seen some of the things The Girl Riding Shotgun drinks I’m pretty certain that spicy blood orange beergaritas will find a few takers, at least in Orange County anyhow. Highly alcoholic.

Spicy Blood Orange Beergaritas

Another blood orange cocktail, this time from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower; blood orange vodka soda ~ or you could substitute tequila for the vodka, if you don’t like vodka.  This is just so easy, but please squeeze the fresh orange juice for yourself.

Blood Orange Vodka Soda

One of the things about booze is that it plays havoc with your cholesterol levels and the triglycerides in your blood.  This recipe for Mumbai mules from the Bojon Gourmet could help a little, as it contains cumin, which is good for you.

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Mumbai Mules

On a really cold winter’s day there’s not much better to come home to than a hot toddy.  Cookie + kate have a very easy recipe for a classic hot toddy ~ and you can make this as strong as you like.  Also, try making a hot toddy with dark rum for a completely different and interesting flavour.  My favourite was always Woods 100 Old Navy Rum.

Classic Hot Toddy

I like recipe collections, and I hope that you do too.  From the chi-chi Town and Country Magazine we have a collection of 21 winter cocktails to help you survive the cold.  From their collection I’ve chosen to feature a Porto Santo, which rivals a Long Island Iced Tea for a total booze-fest.  You could always get your guy to take you to the Island of Madeira to try your first Porto Santo cocktail.

Porto Santo

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I hope that you,

and all the great drinks’ mixers

featured this week

had a lovely St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Learn Self-Discipline

No person is free who is not master of themselves.

Self-discipline and self-control aren’t easy ~ these admirable character traits are not something we are born with, and usually most people don’t really develop self-discipline and self-control until they are well into adulthood.  Some sad people never learn any real self-discipline and self-control at all.  They are doomed to live meaningless, unfulfilled, unhappy, and unenlightened existences.

The exercise of self-discipline and self-control is difficult and complicated, needing willpower, flexibility, and judgement.  To live fully rewarding lives we must continually be completely honest with ourselves, yet at times withhold the whole truth from others.  To be free of disappointment, pain, and suffering we must assume total responsibility for ourselves and our own actions.  It’s no good breaking our abstinence from alcohol or cigarettes just because some other people seem to having a good time smoking and drinking.  That is just giving the power to control our lives to others whose own judgement is very suspect.

We must also have the self-discipline and self-control to reject responsibility that is not truly ours.  I am not my brother’s keeper, nor are you responsible for what your sister does with her life.

True self-discipline and real self-control means being organised and efficient, living wisely, and living in balance and harmony with yourself and the Cosmos.

A key part of this is the ability to delay gratification ~ don’t always stop at the pub on the way home from work, don’t always get angry when questioned, and don’t always eat that last sandwich even when you are not hungry.  Keep an eye on the future, think about what your actions are going to mean tomorrow, next week, next year.  Do you want to be an angry and overweight alcoholic?  Well, by the sound of it that’s where you’ll be heading if you don’t learn some self-discipline and self-control.

Let hunger sharpen your awareness.  Abstain liquor and frivolous recreation, which dull the mind and weaken the body.  ~  Laura Joh Rowland.

It’s all about replacing bad and self-destructive habits with good habits that will enhance your life in the longer term.  Instead of stopping off at the pub on the way home from work, three or four times a week, go to the gym instead.  You won’t get the immediate buzz of getting drunk, but you will get the long-term buzz of being a fitter, healthier, much better person.

Either I’m lucky, or I have a lot of willpower, because I seem to have more than my share of self-discipline and self-control ~ (and even I self-destruct from time to time).  I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t pick up cheap women in bars for meaningless sex.  I’m fit and healthy, I walk at least 5 miles every day, exercise, and I do yoga.  My weight is right where it should be, my blood work is excellent, and my heart is strong.  I don’t go to work at all, and yet I’m wealthy enough to do what I like when I like.

And nobody has ever given me one damn thing. Everything I have I have earned for myself through hard work, self-discipline, and self-control.

The answer is easy.  Stop pissing your life away like a fool, and start really living instead.  Replace your bad and self-destructive habits with good habits that will enhance your life in the longer term.

If I can do it, anyone can.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Monday ~ Vegetarian and Vegan

Vegetarian and vegan dishes are supposed to be good for us.

Once, long ago, I lived a vegetarian lifestyle.  I got to like vegetarian and vegan dishes.  I got to like fruit and vegetables that I’d never heard of, let alone eaten before.  That lifestyle ended when the vegetarian girl I was trying to impress dumped me.

These days I will prepare and eat vegetarian and vegan dishes, but I do not live a vegetarian or vegan life any more ~ I like steak far too much for that.

However, all of these dishes are either vegetarian or vegan, and they all look very cool and delicious.  So why not eschew meat every once in a while?

Firstly this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have this vegetarian skillet lasagna.  Now this recipe does use cheese, however you could substitute the mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan with a vegan cheese.  There is a cool video attached to Tieghan’s post.

Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna

From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this very cool roasted curried cauliflower and chickpea salad.  This is a vegetarian dish or vegan if you don’t use the Greek yogurt in the dressing.  This dish should be ready in 45 minutes, and it would make a great lunch or light dinner ~ especially if you make enough to take a portion to work the following day

Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Another spicy dish, this time from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; kung pao noodles.  As it goes one could eat this noodle dish by itself, or as a side dish, or one could add another ingredient say carrots julienne to make a great vegetarian dinner.  (or for those of us who aren’t totally vegetarian or vegan, we could add shrimp / chicken / beef…)

Kung Pao Noodles

Another vegetarian noodle dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; shiitake mushroom garlic parmesan noodles.  This delicious dish will only take you 20 minutes to prepare, and if you want to make it vegan you can swap vegan cheese for the parmesan.

Shiitake Mushroom Garlic Parmesan Noodles

I am not a fan of tofu, but if you want to be vegetarian or vegan I can almost guarantee that you will have to eat this soya bean curd.  At least the lovely Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a nice recipe to make the tofu taste good.  Her sesame garlic tofu looks pretty appetising.  For tofu that is.

Sesame Garlic Tofu

I love recipe collections, and this is a great post from Cookie + kate who always have vegetarian recipes on their blog.  So from 17 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, I’d like to feature something that isn’t a soup; homemade vegetarian chili, which is vegan and gluten-free if you follow the recipe quite strictly.

Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Another recipe collection, this time from Good Housekeeping, 37 hearty vegetarian recipes for the whole family. From this list I’m featuring creamy vegan linguine with wild mushrooms ~ the secret ingredient in this recipe, to make it creamy, is nutritional yeast.  You should be able to make this dish in less than 25 minutes.

Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

A very big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.

 

Food on Friday ~ One Pot Meals

Cooking can be fun, washing up almost always isn’t.

In my view, one pot meals are the way to go, particularly if you’re busy with work and everything.  There’s nothing worse than taking your plate to the sink after dinner, and then realising you also have a mountain of dirty pots and pans to wash up in the aftermath.  I don’t know anyone who gets their kicks from tackling a mountain of washing up.

So, why not give some of these great one pot recipes a try.

This is a nice looking recipe for a dish I really like.  From No Plate Like Home we have one pot thick New England clam chowder.  This is also known as Boston Clam Chowder and it’s a perfect winter comfort food you can make in one pot in under an hour.

One Pot Thick New England Clam Chowder

Another fabulous one pot soup this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker.  This hearty chipotle black bean tortilla soup needs just 50 minutes and one pot to prepare, and Dana says it’s very ‘hands off’.  This Mexican-inspired soup is also vegan and gluten-free.  How cool is that?

Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup

This is a dish I must try, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this one pot chili cheese pasta.  Looks like a great recipe you can make in one pot in one hour, and while it’s cooking you can prepare some salad to go along with it.  Also what a great dish for taking leftovers to work for a nourishing lunch.

One Pot Chili Cheese Pasta

Not only is this a one pot meal from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, you should be able to prepare this one pot 30 minute creamy tomato basil pasta bake in less than a half-hour.  There are quite a few ingredients involved, but I think it would be well worth it.

One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

This is a more ambitious one pot meal from Simply Recipes, a Moroccan pot roast, originally posted by Sally Vargas.  This is going to take you some 3 hours to prepare, so it’s probably not an everyday meal ~ unless you use your slow cooker?  But for a one pot weekend dinner for you and your guests it looks fantastic.  The spice mixture should please everyone, (almost everyone).

Moroccan Pot Roast

This is a meal I wanted to feature; slow cooker beef stew with dumplings, just because it reminds me of my misspent youth.  I eventually found a recipe on the Good Housekeeping site ~ which is worth visiting anyway.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings.

For those of us who love recipe collections, we have this from Country Living; 33 quick and easy one-dish meals, and there are some great and some fabulous recipes in this collection.  Among all the dishes I would like to have featured is this cilantro lime chicken and rice, from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday ~ Comfort Food (Soups)

Comfort food is absolutely moving upscale.

Here in England the weather outside my garret is cold, dark, frosty, wet, and very windy.  Like a lot of people around here I’ve just got over the flu, and I still feel cold and shivery.  What I need to eat most is something hot, nourishing, and comforting ~ like a bowl of home-made soup.

These great soup recipes are mostly easy to make, don’t cost so much, but are absolutely upscale meals you could serve to any guest.

Ergo, first up this week, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, we have this silky ginger sweet potato soup.  I love the idea of adding fresh ginger to a soup recipe.  This recipe is vegan I think.

Silky Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Another pretty soup, this time from Petra at Food Eat Love; celeriac and cumin soup with watercress.  This looks as though it would keep us warm in the cold winter nights.  Cumin is an interesting spice with lots of health benefits.

Celeriac and Cumin Soup with Watercress

Chungah at Damn Delicious has this great recipe for roasted cauliflower soup, with lots of garlic and herbs.  Looks fabulous to me!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

From Amanda at Chez Le Rêve Français we have a recipe for fat-free potato and leek soup ~ and I do love leek and potato soup. This recipe is pretty easy, fat-free, and gluten-free.  Oh so warming on a cold winter’s day.

Fat-Free Potato and Leek Soup

Dana at Minimalist Baker has a fantastic recipe for a 1-pot everyday lentil soup ~ and I do love one-pot recipes. This recipe uses just 10 ingredients and should only take you 30 minutes to make.  If you don’t like lentils you could use white beans or chickpeas instead.

One-Pot Everyday Lentil Soup

Here’s a very interesting and filling soup from In Diane’s Kitchen; Cajun shrimp, hot sausage & pasta soup ~ Wow!  This recipe is chock full of noodles, hot Italian sausage, shrimp, and a really great broth.

Cajun Shrimp, Hot Sausage, and Pasta Soup

And last but not least for this week we have a cool recipe from Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks; easy 30-minute homemade chicken noodle soup.  I like easy recipes you can prepare in 30 minutes or less.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke’s comfort food is

a couple of soft-boiled eggs

Food on Friday ~ Recipe Collections

To me, good recipes are priceless

Well, I don’t know about you but I like it when I find a recipe collection post.  It means that I can easily find a choice of ‘similar’ dishes to choose from.  These posts are like miniature on-line cook books.  How nifty is that?

Ergo, with that in mind all the posts featured this week are recipe collections.

To begin, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 15 quick and easy healthy recipes.  What could be better, and I do like the recipes we get from Damn Delicious.  Among these 15 recipes is one for honey salmon in foil ~ and just how impressive is that for a quick and easy dish, (you should be able to make this in an half-hour).

Honey Salmon in Foil

Next, from San Diego girl Averie at Averie Cooks we have 15 skinny chicken dinners ready in 15 minutes… And these fast dishes are all healthy and gluten free. WOW! My pick from this collection is Averie’s easy 15-minute ranch chicken and vegetable skillet.

Easy Ranch Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

This is interesting from Heather Christo, who always gives us delicious allergen free recipes; healthy dinner ideas for dinner tonight!  There are 10 recipes in this collection, and I have chosen to feature Heather’s grilled steak with arugula and cherry tomato and basil salsa.  This should take about 35 minutes to make a fabulous dinner dish.

Grilled Steak with Arugula and Cherry Tomato and Basil Salsa

Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest has seven easy fall dinners, well we’re just out of autumn into winter but these are still great recipes, including the sheet pan sticky pomegranate chicken.

Sheet Pan Sticky Pomegranate Chicken

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has given us her 17 most popular recipes of 2017…  This includes her peaches and cream steel cut oatmeal, and if I was ever going to eat oatmeal I would choose this dish.

Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal

Now here’s a big recipe collection from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 18 weeks of healthier meal ideas!  126 of my favorite weeknight meals.  Fabulous!  From Jessca’s long list I just had to feature the rosemary chicken, bacon and avocado salad.  I know that in some parts of the world it may not feel quite warm enough to have a salad for dinner, but I know my friend in Orange County will like this dish.

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Finally for this week, from Country Living, we have 95+ easy dinners that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  Talk about a recipe collection!  I confess I almost didn’t make it past the first recipe for stovetop chicken pot pie before choosing a recipe to feature.  But, as a change from chicken we have 20 minute honey garlic shrimp from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday ~ Winter Soups

The most beautiful foods for this cold winter season.

We have just had the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  When winter comes howling in like a wolf perhaps only a hot, nourishing bowl of soup will do.

These days we don’t have to rely on ‘seasonal’ vegetables, our stores hold a wide range throughout the year, so these recipes include things that my mom couldn’t have made in winter when I was are kid.

So everyone, here are some totally smashing recipes for winter soups.

I know that in Southern California you can still get squash at the store.  So perhaps my friend in Orange County will like this recipe for butternut squash soup with toasted seeds and crispy sage leaves from Yvette’s Gourmet Kitchen.  I’m pretty certain this dish is vegan.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Seeds & Crispy Sage Leaves

This is a real ‘stick to your ribs’ recipe from Heather Christo; roasted sweet potato and butternut squash soup with cilantro sauce.  Just the job for this freezing cold weather.  You could make this as a vegetarian dish if you used vegetable stock rather than chicken stock.  Just how colourful is this!?

Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup with Cilantro Sauce.

Another sweet potato soup.  This time Cookie + kate have a sweet potato, kale, and chickpea soup.  Kate says this is a hearty and delicious one-pot meal, and I like one-pot recipes.  As far as I can tell this recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and will only take you 45 minutes to make.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Chickpea Soup.

For a healthy, colourful, and easy to make soup, you could try this creamy roasted red pepper tomato soup from Dana, the Minimalist Baker.  This 30 minute recipe is vegan, (it uses coconut milk), full of antioxidants, and looks delicious.  If you check out this recipe there are also links to a half-dozen more soup recipes from Dana.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

I absolutely love the look of this french onion and potato soup from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. And, you have just got to do the cheesy bread topping.  What a great lunch, or maybe you could have it as a starter, (without the cheesy bread topping).

French Onion and Potato Soup

If you want a filling soup that really is a meal all by itself then you couldn’t do much better than this creamy tortellini soup from In Dianes Kitchen.  Seems that this is version #2 of this soup ~ maybe you should check out version #1 too.  Diane also has a recipe for a delicious creamy potato soup, and a really rich loaded potato soup.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

This week’s collection is from delicious magazine.  Their winter soup recipes include this fabulous looking and great sounding smoked bacon, leek, and butter bean chowder from Debbie Major. I have to try this recipe.

Smoked Bacon, Leek, and Butter Bean Chowder

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke and I

Wish You A Merry Christmas

 

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