Cricket is paradise in the summer sun.
Summer is upon us, in some parts of the world it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, and in England we’re playing summer sports; cricket, tennis, and gardening. OK, the English love gardening. However English Gentlemen mostly like sitting in the garden sipping something cool while we watch our Good Lady doing all the hard work. So, some summery drinks…
I really like the look and sound of this strawberry summer water from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is. And, if you liked, instead of using fresh or sparkling water you could chose a very light white wine instead. (In passing Jessica says she’s only ever been to a spa once in her life!!!! Come on guy, pay for her to go to a cool spa!!!)
Strawberry Summer Water
The ever-artistic Heather Christ has these apricot gin and tonics. Heather says they are perfect for summer sipping, and I for one believe her.
Apricot Gin and Tonics
For some unknown reason, we English drink Pimms in summer ~ never did like the stuff myself. However, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has an interesting take on Pimms with her strawberry melon elderflower Pimms cup. Looks very nice indeed.
Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup
This watermelon, fresh herbs, & sotol cocktail from Todd at Honestly Yum sounds very cooling. I suppose that if you’re all out of sotol you could get by with tequila instead.
Watermelon Fresh Herbs & Sotol Cocktail
Todd & Diane, the White On Rice Couple, have this great post about a great drink; the watermelon margarita. Want to know how to make the perfect watermelon margarita? Then just click on the link.
‘Inside a Watermelon’ Margaritas
Finally for now, from the lovely Averie Sunshine, I bring you grilled pineapple strawberry lemonade sangria. I ask you, what’s not to like?
Grilled Pineapple Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
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Real Men don’t eat quiche.
Not all frittata are called frittata, sometimes they’re called a quiche, and in this part of the world they may be called a ham and egg pie. The thing is a good frittata is an extremely versatile dish. One can make it for lunch, or a light dinner, and then have it for breakfast, lunch at work, or dinner with a salad the following day.
This is an interesting, quick, and easy recipe from Averie at Averie Cooks ~ kale and tomato frittata. You can make this in 10 minutes, or if you’re like my friend in Southern California ~ a half-hour.
Kale and Tomato Frittata
This is a fabulous recipe from Heather Christo ~ frittata with shitiake mushrooms and goat’s cheese. Some say they’re not a fan of goat’s cheese, without ever actually having tried it. Trust me, this is a great combination.
Frittata with Shitiake Mushrooms and Goat’s Cheese
Chive and Brie Frittata
From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is we have a spiralized sweet potato, kale, and bacon quiche, which looks a fabulous dish. This recipe may also be better than a normal frittata to take to work for lunch because of the pasty base.
Spiralized Sweet Potato, Kale, and Bacon Quiche
Seasonal Vegetable Frittata
I know that my friend in Southern California like butternut squash, (don’t ask me why), so just to please her I have found this recipe from English Lady Petra at Food Eat Love ~ butternut squash frittata. I guess I could make it for my friend in SoCal…
Butternut Squash Frittata
In this part of England the nearest thing we usually get to a frittata, or a quiche for that matter, is a ham and egg pie, (sometimes and egg and bacon pie). Savoury pie isn’t something I’ve often seen in my travels around the USA, but you guys should really try this old-fashioned egg and bacon pie. What a great recipe for a picnic, or as something to take to the office for lunch.
Old Fashioned Egg and Bacon Pie
Finally for this week’s Food on Friday we have another one of those recipe compilations. This one from All Recipes UK has 62 different frittata for you, including this dead easy onion frittata from Maria Antoniette.
I’m afraid my friend Marmaduke
only likes his eggs soft boiled.
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