Life is so endlessly delicious.
I have a friend, (really… I do have a friend), who tells me that she doesn’t have time to cook and eat properly. You know what? Everybody has enough time in the day to cook a great evening meal, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, without spending hours in the kitchen. Or maybe my friend is just crap at time management.
There are some rules / guidelines / suggestions for not spending hours and hours preparing your regular evening meal, and rule # one is, only use one pan. If you can’t see the sense in that then go and sit in a darkened room for a couple of hours.
From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia. This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia. Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut… and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.
Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia
Next, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have sheet pan chili lime chicken and peppers. This is another dead easy 30 minute dish, which you could start preparing the night before if you want to give the chicken longer to marinade.
Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken and Peppers
OK, so this dish is pushing the 30 minute rule by 15 minutes, but you can get ready-prepared quinoa. Anyhow, like everything from Heather Christo this vegan roasted vegetable quinoa salad looks fabulous, and it’s also vegan and gluten free.
Vegan Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Best Chinese Orange Chicken
If you want something even more exotic than Chinese orange chicken, then the cute Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this Chicken Biryani as prepared by Sheryl Julian.
And yet another wok dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, asparagus and shiitaki mushroom stir fry. This is a simple and very quick vegan and gluten free dinner after a busy working day. Now and again I might add shrimp to this…
Finally for this week, from Country Living magazine, we have 40+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights. This collection includes a fantastic red-eye brisket stew from Marian Cooper Cairns, you can put this in your crockpot in the morning and it will be ready to eat when you get home from work.
If that’s not enough, then how about 201 quick and easy weeknight meals to get you to the weekend?
a great big thank you to all the 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
Occasional Dishes for Christmas.
At this time of year, when we’re busy with shopping for gifts, food shopping, visiting family and friends, it’s easy just to eat snacks on the run. It’s also very easy to get very bored with turkey. Here are some fairly simple dishes you can cook to make your pre and post Christmas evenings, lunchtimes, and mornings a little more interesting.
Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked harvest has given us this pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin, looks delicious, and I will be definitely making this dish for dinner on Christmas Eve. There is some real comfort food here to take away the stresses of Yuletide.
Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Chungah at Damn delicious offers us sheet pan steak and veggies. You can’t find an easier meal than this and it looks damn delicious too.
Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
The lovely Averie at Averie cooks has this dead simple dish of curry coconut sweet potato fries with cucumber dill dip. Great to snack on or as a side dish with steak or pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin.
Curry Coconut Oil Sweet Potato Fries with Cucumber Dill Dip
Something a little different from Cooking Without Limits; nests of meat stuffed wine vines rolls for Christmas. I’ve had these in Greece, and I can tell you they are a fabulous dish.
Nests of Meat Stuffed Wine Vines
If you have a house full of guests over Christmas, just what can you make at breakfast time that doesn’t involve loads of pans and mess. Well, thanks to Elise Baur at Simply Recipes and Sheryl Julian, you can make this ham and cheese breakfast casserole, and it will satisfy the hungriest house guest.
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
I really like lamb, and although I don’t cook it often, I will be roasting a leg of lamb for this coming New Year’s Eve. So this recipe for slow roast lamb with ancho chilli and garlic marinade from Australian Cooking Up The Pantry is very apposite today. But beware, this dish will take around 6 hours in the oven.
Onion Brie Appetisers
a great big thank you to all the cooks featured this Christmas, and throughout 2016
have a very Merry Christmas
Brussels Sprouts are one of those vegetables which should be much better liked than it is ~ it’s a superfood packed with nutrients and health-giving trace elements. In England we typically only serve brussels sprouts at Christmas, but I guess that in the USA they are a popular side dish at Thanksgiving.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas you need all the oven space you can get, so first up this week we have a crockpot dish. From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have slow cooker balsamic brussels sprouts, and while this may take 4 hours to cook, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Next from the lovely Southern California girl Averie, at Averie Cooks, we have another slant on balsamic brussels sprouts ~ roasted this time. This is a 35 minute dish, so it will cook while the turkey is resting.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Here’s something fun and very different from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; nutty wild rice & shredded brussels sprouts stuffed mini pumkins. This dish may persuade even the hardest die hard brussels sprouts hater to try the damn things.
Nutty Wild Rice and Shredded Brussels Sprouts Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Another roasted brussels sprouts recipe, this time from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower; teriyaki glazed roasted brussels sprouts. Andrea says this is only a 15 minute dish, so it’s great if you’re pressed for time.
Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Another interest in recipe, from Cooking Up The Pantry, brussels sprouts with chorizo and red onion. Add some garlic and you have a really powerful dish.
Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo and Red Onion
Or, you could just boil your brussels sprouts and add a little butter. This is a very simple recipe from Epicurious.
Buttered Brussels Sprouts
Finally for this week, from Cooking at the New York times we have their 17 best brussels sprouts recipes for Thanksgiving, including this 45 minute dish of roasted brussels sprouts with garlic by Mark Bittman. One thing’s for certain, this dish is going to make you stink a little bit.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
A very big thank you
to all the great cooks
featured in this week’s
Food on Friday
The sweet potato, also known as the yam in some parts of the world, is yet another thing we English have imported from the Americas. I cannot say that this root vegetable is one of my favourite foods, but it seems to a Thanksgiving staple. Thank goodness we English haven’t imported the Thanksgiving tradition from the Americas!
The sweet potato is supposed to be another of those superfoods, so I guess I should make more of an effort with this useful vegetable. These recipes should be enough to tempt anyone to add sweet potatoes to their menu.
First up this week, something with a distinctly USA flavour, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, from the Flourishing Foodie. If you want to make this it should take you about an hour and a half.
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup
This is such a gorgeous looking dish from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet it is, and it’s a snack / finger food / party food / side dish… At least I think so. And, Jesicca’s sweet potato galette with caramelised shallots looks so good that one can forgive the couple of hours it will take you to make one.
Sweet Potato Galette with Caramelised Shallots
This loaded sweet potato dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious strikes me as being very American. It’s ‘loaded’ with mini marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ~ is this a desert, finger food, or a side dish to go with the turkey? This Englishman is confused by everything to do with Thanksgiving.
Loaded Sweet Potato
From the lovely Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this sweet potato casserole with butter pecan crumble topping. Allegedly perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is about a 90 minute dish, but a lot of it can be preassembled ready for final cooking on whichever holiday you like.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Crumble Topping
Here’s a dish I really want to try; crispy roasted sweet potatoes with bourbon maple butter, from Half Baked Harvest. Tiegan Gerard says this recipe should be ready in an hour. Looks great.
Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter
If you want sweet potatoes as a side dish you couldn’t do much better than these caramelized onion whipped sweet potatoes from Heather Christo. This vegan recipe should take you about 45 minutes all told, which isn’t bed for something as interesting as this dish.
Caramelized Onion Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Finally for this week, from Country Living we have 32 delicious new ways to prepare sweet potatoes, including these loaded sweet potato skins courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally uses grated cheese and bacon, and says these are great as a side dish or as a snack on game day. I think I agree.
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
A great big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.
Here in England the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness in truly upon us. Outside my garret the temperature is about 50 degrees, and there’s a brisk wind to encourage the adoption of hat, scarf, and gloves. For me, that means that salads are pretty much a thing of the past until April 2017. Instead, the crockpot or slow cooker makes a return.
For anyone with a busy lifestyle, this is good news. Meals can be prepared in the evening, left pretty much to their own devices while you’re at work, and you’ll have at hot dinner when you get home. Better still, the leftovers will probably make you another couple of meals for later on during the week.
You may have to get smart with the timer, but what the heck! This is not rocket science.
First up this week we have from Tieghan Gerad from Half Baked Harvest, with her crockpot beef chili. I love that Tieghan calls her kitchen ‘the barn’. So? I call where I live ‘the garret’.
Crockpot Beef Chili
I am definitely going to try this next dish from Damn Delicious. Chungah makes this slow cooker chicken and corn chowder look great.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder
I know that some of you really like dishes from The Pioneer Woman, well I found this slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce cups recipe via Heather Christo. If it’s still warm enough where you live to have a salad, this is a great mixture of crockpot and crisp salad ingredients.
Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups
Next, something really interesting from the lovely Averie, slow cooker stuffed pepper soup. I like stuffed peppers, and the thought of making them in a soup form sounds fabulously warming for a cold autumn night.
Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
Now, a recipe I found by accident when I was looking for something else. From Love Food Eat based in Bangalore in India, Chinmayie gives us a vegetarian dish; shell bean vegetable soup. Looks fantastic.
Shell Bean Vegetable Soup
So, from English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that’s as far away from Chinmayie’s bean soup as you can get; cured, slow, prosecco chipotle cooked, pulled brisket. I have to try this.
Cured Slow Cooked Pulled Brisket
Nicky is from Cheshire in England, and on her site Kitchen Sanctuary she has this great recipe for slow cooked Scottish beef stew. Nicky says it’s perfect for Burns Night, which is long past, but I think it’s also perfect for Halloween, which is almost upon us. Halloween is really a Scottish festival anyway.
Slow Cooked Scottish Beef Stew
My friend from Orange County really likes me to include a recipe collection in Food on Friday, so finally for this week from Midwestliving we have 35 favourite chicken slow cooker recipes, including this red wine braised chicken.
Red Wine Braised Chicken
You should also check out my earlier post; Food on Friday #24, which is also a slow cooker.
A very big thank you to everyone featured today.
Are they shrimp, or prawns? It all depends on where you come from.
Some of you may know that I’m working to be much fitter and healthier than I used to be, and part of that programme involves eating better. Resolved:
- Plan more interesting meals drawing on cuisines from all around the world.
- Buy only fresh, organic, or wild caught produce ~ when I can get it.
- Add more seafood to my menu.
I’m not the world’s best when it comes to seafood, so I’m going to start with some easier dishes.
Shrimp / prawns are usually easy recipes, but I’d almost always get them shelled and deveined ~ it’s a pain in the ass otherwise.
First up this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, a dish that can satisfy all three of my healthy diet criteria. Brazilian inspired honey garlic butter shrimp. This 30 minute dish uses cilantro, jalapeno, and coconut milk. I think my friend in Orange county will like this. Tieghan has served this with fried yellow plantains ~ not really my cup of tea, I may choose stir fry celery instead. (Jeez, I’ve failed on my first resolution already….)
Brazilian Inspired Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp
Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has really easy 10 minute dish that is perfect for a midweek dinner, and will make a great basis for a salad to take to work the following day, (or day after that). So; ginger sesame garlic shrimp ~ serve with rice, noodles, or a salad, or in my case stir fry vegetables.
Ginger Sesame Garlic Shrimp
Heather Christo always makes fabulous looking salads, and this southwestern chipotle shrimp salad is making my mouth water. This is a 30 minute dish, and you should make enough so that there’s some to take to work for lunch the following day.
Southwestern Chipotle Shrimp Salad
This is a great dish for using up stuff you have in your refrigerator / freezer. From California girl Averie at Averie Cooks; Szechuan shrimp stir fry with fried rice. Look this is a dead easy recipe that should take you 15 minutes from start to finish.
Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry with Fried Rice
This classic dish from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower, is found in many Chinese restaurants; salt and pepper shrimp. This is so easy, and you should have it and its side dish of rice or noodles ready in 25 minutes.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp
This is a seriously delicious dish from Pennsylvania girl Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is; Thai coconut curry shrimp noodle bowls. I really like the look of this recipe, which should take you about 35 minutes to make.
Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Noodle Bowls
From lovely Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this sweet and spicy dish of honey orange firecracker shrimp. This 30 minute recipe would be great as a party dish, or to serve with rice or noodles as a lighter dinner.
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp
Easy Thai Shrimp Soup
Thank you ever so much to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday,