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Many people don’t understand the humble Brussels sprout.
With the holiday season coming up fast it’s already time to start thinking about the food we traditionally serve at our family get-togethers. One of the vegetables that’s an absolute must here in England over the holidays is the humble Brussels sprout ~ do not ask me why, because left to my own devices I probably wouldn’t eat the little brassica ever again. (The farty facts are true. But so is the fact that sprouts are really very good for you.)
One interesting factoid about the humble sprout, anybody who knows anything knows that sprouts are better after they’ve been ‘frosted’. Ideally you don’t pick Brussels until after the first few hard frosts of the year ~ ergo, don’t waste your money buying fresh Brussels sprouts, frozen are
far better just as good.
However, this holiday season I will be cooking a side dish of Brussels sprouts, so let’s find some interesting recipes to choose from.
First up this week is this from Heather Christo, Brussels sprouts with bacon, red onion, and avocado. This is an easy 30 minute dish, and like all Heather’s recipes it’s allergen free. You could turn this into a vegan dish if you missed out the bacon and chicken stock, but that would maybe be missing the point?
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Red Onion and Avocado
Another Brussels sprouts recipe with bacon; this recipe for pan roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, dates, and halloumi is from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. Halloumi that’s a strong cheese.
Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, and Halloumi
This is very different from Chung ah at Damn Delcious, and something I would never have thought of on my own, brussels sprouts gratin. This looks like a very rich dish, with milk, cream, and cheese ~ and we also have bacon, garlic, and shallots.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
I’m pretty certain this is a vegan dish from Cookie + kate, but anyhow kung pao brussels sprouts are certainly different and interesting. If this doesn’t grab you as a vegan Brussels sprouts dish Cookie + kate also have roasted brussles sprouts and crispy baked tofu with honey-sesame glaze. (Is honey strictly vegan?)
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
Something a little simpler from San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks; balsamic roasted brussels sprouts ~ and I am going to try this 35 minute recipe this weekend.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This is a recipe that should appeal to my friend in Orange County, from California girl Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have golden beets and brussels sprouts. This vegan dish should take you about an hour to make.
And, finally for this week, for those who like recipe collections we have 25 brussels sprouts recipes from Martha Stewart. Included is this simple 30 minute recipe for sauteed brussels sprouts. This may well be the side dish I make over the holidays.
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
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Fall, the year’s last and loveliest smile.
Except here in England we call it autumn, and in parts of America it’s more like high summer than fall. In Orange County, Southern California, the temperature hit 100 degrees this week and the U.S. National Weather Service has an on-going Excessive Heat Warning for that part of the world.
Meanwhile, where I live in the North of England it’s about 55 degrees and distinctly autumnal, dull, grey and wet, so hot comfort food is a good idea for me.
First up this week is Joanne Schweitzer, from No Plate Like Home, who brings us this cheesy ham and turkey noodle casserole. This is a brilliant dish if you have leftover ham or leftover turkey, or both…. you know what? This is a brilliant dish whichever way you look at it.
Cheesy Ham and Turkey Noodle Casserole
If you are vegetarian, or perhaps vegan, then you will love the whole food recipes from Cookie + kate, (Cookie is the dog). This week we have a hearty vegetable paella, which you should be able to make in an hour, but as most of that time is just leaving the dish alone in the oven, you can get on with other things while your paella is cooking. (I’m pretty certain this is a vegan recipe.)
Kitchen Gadget lover Diane, from Dianes Kitchen, has what I think is a fairly quick and delicious recipe for a chicken gnocchi soup, and if you think this doesn’t look like it’s a warming dish for a blustery fall evening, then there’s no pleasing some people… hahahahaha
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
This is another great looking recipe for a really warming and hearty soup. From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have this one-pot chicken and rice soup. (It should really be chicken, rice, and lots of vegetables.) I love one-pot dishes, and you should be able to make this fall recipe within the hour.
One-Pot Chicken and Rice Soup
One big thing about the fall, (autumn), is that it’s time to dig out your slow cooker / crockpot from the back of whatever cupboard it’s been in all summer long. Tieghan, at Half Baked Harvest, has a brilliant vegetarian / vegan slow cooker dish; slow cooker potato and cauliflower curry. This is perhaps a 5 hour cooking time dish, so you may want to have your slow cooker on while you are at work, (get a timer).
Slow Cooker Potato and Cauliflower Curry
In the autumn and winter I like roasted vegetables, (with whatever entree, or just with chopped bacon). I have included this recipe from Dana at Minimalist Baker, just because I was so damn intrigued. Dana says that these oil-free roasted vegetables totally work. I haven’t tried this recipe as yet, but I certainly will this weekend. Obviously this is another vegan dish.
Oil-Free Roasted Vegetables
For those of us who like recipe collections, Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has her favorite fall inspired recipes 2017, including this delicious looking and sounding chicken pot pie with garlic cheddar biscuits. My mouth is watering.
Chicken Pot Pie with Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
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Summer, you just have to have strawberries and champagne.
We have just had the tennis circuit here for Wimbledon Fortnight. The glitterati and beautiful people who are lucky enough to get into the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club eat strawberries by the ton and drink champagne by the boat load.
I don’t much like watching sports, but I do like strawberries and cream ~ actually my favourite is strawberries with chocolate ice cream. Some new evidence says strawberries are good for you. Strawberries may prevent age-related mental decline.
We should really only ever buy organic strawberries, as this lovely summer fruit often contains the residue of 20 or more synthetic chemicals, (probably because strawberries are mostly made of water they take up every pesticide that gets anywhere near to the strawberry beds).
Anyway, here are some cool strawberry recipes for a warm summer. And, who knew that strawberries are an aphrodisiac? After all, the pomegranate and strawberries are the fruits of Aphrodite.
First this week we have Petra at Food Eat Love who has some different dishes with strawberries; strawberry bread and butter pudding with dulce de leche, and beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip. Petra says this is a true 10 minute dish which makes a great snack or starter. Hey, you could take this to work with some salad for a midweek lunch.
Beef Spring Rolls with a Strawberry and Soy Dip
Here’s a fabulously beautiful dish from Heather Christo; saffron strawberry quinoa salad. Great for a summer barbecue because it holds it’s flavour well in the sunshine, vegan and gluten free, and for you Californians, you can now buy saffron at Trader Joes. This brilliant dish should take you about 40 minutes to prepare.
Saffron Strawberry Quinoa Salad
Dana, the Minimalist Baker has this strawberry arugula salad ~ and the sweet strawberries perfectly complement the peppery arugula and toasted pecans. Wonderful on a hot day with a glass of fizz. This is so easy and will take you about 30 minutes. I’m pretty certain it’s vegan and gluten free.
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Toasted Pecans
A really cool recipe from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; lemon ricotta cheese stuffed french toast crepes with vanilla stewed strawberries. What a great desert, breakfast, or evening-time snack. OK, this is going to take you an hour to make, but what a great way to pass an hour. Not to mention you can prepare a lot of this in advance.
Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries
Now for something to go with just about anything, Cookie + kate have a good-looking strawberry salsa to tempt our palates. You can make this in 10 minutes and it’s definitely vegan and gluten free, (leaving aside any chips or crackers to have with it).
Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries
From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine, something I think you’ll like; strawberry layer cake with strawberry frosting. Averie cheats a little in that she starts with a 15 oz box of white cake mix, but after that this pretty easy recipe is all her own.
Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting
Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is has found this really fun and very adult recipe from Joy the Baker; strawberry raspberry rosé slushies. This is definitely a n’awlins recipe because not only does it have a bottle of dry rosé wine, it also contains a good splash of Campari. (You could go totally wild and add brandy too.)
Strawberry Raspberry Rosé Slushies
Vodka and strawberries are a very dangerous mixture to give to your Lady Friend. You have been warned.
Personally, I liked champagne with strawberries, for preference Lanson Black Label or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. A good Prosecco is nice with strawberries too, and much cheaper than a good champagne. Sometimes it’s a damn shame I don’t drink anymore.
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Early Summer Salad Days
The sky is bright blue, the breeze is warm, and the sea is as calm as it gets. Even here in England it’s warm enough to be thinking salads for lunch and dinner, rather than something hot, filling, and comforting.
For the busy independent lady there are a lot of upsides to making a salad for dinner; it’s a healthy option, salads are usually quick and easy, and you can have some for dinner and take some to work for lunch the following day(s). The major downside is that you may have to go to the store more often to stock up on really fresh ingredients ~ however, if you learn to shop fast and efficiently, (like a cool guy goes to the store), than that’s not such a big issue.
These dishes are mostly vegetarian, vegan, and maybe gluten-free.
Talking about sunshine; from Averie Cooks California girl Averie Sunshine has this pink and purple potato salad. This looks so ‘pretty’, and isn’t is so much nicer to have a visually attractive dish? A really good potato salad is such a versatile dish, and this one looks so much better than an average, run-of-the-mill potato salad.
Pink and Purple Potato Salad
Averie also has a pina colada fruit salad for us for dessert. Personally, if I was making this I’d eschew the idea on using n0n-alcoholic pina colada mix and splash in some booze.
Pina Colada Fruit Salad
Next, from Cookie and Kate, (Cookie is the dog), we have this quinoa broccoli slaw with honey-mustard dressing. This is vegetarian, but I have no idea if quinoa or almonds are gluten-free. I think this dish would be great alongside Averie Sunshine’s pink and purple potato salad.
Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing
Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing
From English girl Petra at Food Eat Love we have this most excellent and truly amazing Tasmanian olive leaf tea jelly tricolore salad. This recipe isn’t vegan because we use mozzarella cheese, but I guess you could substitute that for a vegan cheese.
Tasmanian Olive Leaf Tea Jelly Tricolore Salad
Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has spring green tossed with beets, avocado, tomato, blood oranges to give us roasted beet salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette.
Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
From Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is, we have this dead easy and very tasty marinated mozzarella melon salad. Remember, if you want to make a vegan dish there are plenty of vegan ‘cheeses’ to choose from.
Marinated Mozzarella melon Salad
Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, how about this gorgeous nectarine panzella salad. You can make this in less than a half-hour, it’s vegan and gluten free. What’s not to like.
Nectarine Panzella Salad
Thank you to all the great cooks featured
in this week’s Food on Friday.
Brunch ~ because Mimosas go with Bacon.
Brunch ~ I was pretty certain that the word is an Americanism, until I looked up the etymology and found ‘Brunch’ first appeared in England in the late 19th Century. However, I think brunch is a great idea, and I have a date for brunch aboard the Queen Mary at Long Beach. You know what? A meal taken in the later part of the morning, combining both breakfast and lunch, gives one a long afternoon in which to do lots of fun stuff before taking that lazy pre-dinner nap.
Strictly speaking, some of these recipes can be served for breakfast, a snack, lunch, or dinner, but I think all of them would be great at a classy brunch with a close friend.
First for this week, fresh from Cookie + Kate, we have 14 spring brunch recipes, including this arugula and cremini quiche with gluten-free almond meal crust.
Arugula and Cremini Quiche with Gluten-Free Almond Crust
Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has found these fabulous Belgian Waffles with Mango Blueberry Compote, courtesy of the sweet and adventurous Rebecca at Sugar and Soul.
Belgian Waffles with Mango Blueberry Compote
Andrea also has this collection from May 2016; 10 Brunch Recipes Perfect for Mother’s Day ~ including this utterly fabulous roasted garlic asparagus and bacon eggs Benedict with basil avocado cream sauce. How delightfully decadent.
Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Bacon Eggs Benedict with Basil Avocado Cream Sauce
Sweet Potato and Mozzarella Egg Skillet
Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is also thinks it’s time for brunch with this strawberry citrus Easter punch ~ and then there are these toasted sesame sriracha devilled eggs. I love devilled eggs, and devilled kidneys if it come to that.
Toasted Sesame Sriracha Devilled Eggs
You can’t have too many egg recipes for a really lavish brunch, and this is a fabulous suggestion from Cooking Up The Pantry; baked eggs in potato skins with chilli. This gluten and dairy free recipe will make a fabulous snack too.
Baked Eggs in Potato Skins with Chilli
Here’s something delicious looking from Heather Christo; Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones, which are vegan and gluten free. In a half hour or so you could have this perfect addition to your Easter brunch….
Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones
If you like recipe collections, then you are going to love this; 75 Easy & Delicious Brunch Recipes along with 40 Recipes for the Best-Ever Mother’s Day Brunch, both from Country Living Magazine. These grab and go spinach and ham bakes are in both collections ~ but you can’t have too much of a good thing.
Grab and Go Spinach and Ham Bakes
a great big thank you to all the super cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Eating is a Necessity, but cooking is an Art.
If you don’t have a sheet pan, get one. It’s a super way to cook an easy and healthy meal in about 30 minutes, especially a sheet pan midweek dinner, especially if you’re a very busy person trying to hold down a full-time job as well as have a real life.
Chungah at Damn Delicious has some great sheet pan recipes, sheet pan garlic butter shrimp, sheet pan steak and fries, and this one, sheet pan garlic butter salmon. Looks nice for a healthy dinner. I know my friend in Southern California would lake me to make this for her sometime.
Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon
Cool San Diego girl Averie, of Averie Cooks also likes 30 minute sheet pan dishes like this sheet pan Italian chicken and vegetables, sheet pan orange chili salmon, and Averie also has another salmon dish, sheet pan honey lemon salmon. If you like honey, then this dish is for you, particularly if you live in SoCal and have a lemon tree in your yard.
Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon
Found for us by How Sweet It Is we now have a recipe from Alyssa at The Recipe Critic; Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables ~ another delicious 30 minute recipe ~ and just how cool is that?
Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables
From Kansas City girl Katherine at Cookie and Kate we have this vegan and gluten free balsamic butternut, kale and cranberry panzanella. Enjoy.
Balsamic Butternut, Kale and Cranberry Panzanella
This is different, damn easy, and so damn fast. From Karen at Honestly Yum we have sweet potato nachos ~ made with chips in 3 minutes…. well maybe 10 minutes all together. If you want to graze or snack in front of the TV with a beer or glass of wine then these are for you.
Sweet Potato Nachos
This is a meal to gladden the heart of any true Englishman; found for us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have sheet pan fish and chips from Boston cook Sheryl Julian. Brilliant!
Sheet Pan Fish and Chips
I hope you’ve realised by now that a sheet pan is your new secret weapon ~ if your busy, and don’t really have time to cook, then try one of these 20 sheet pan suppers you’ll love, found just for you by Becca DiCenso at Eat This, Not That. I like the look of this chimichurri chicken and potato sheet pan meal from Dara at Cookin’ Canuk, and how about one pan honey roasted turkey and vegetables from Katie Jasiewicz at Katie’s Cucina?
One Pan Honey Roasted Turkey and Vegetables
thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Easy, Fast, Warming, Nourishing, Winter Recipes.
In my quest to find you some easy recipes which will not only make a great winter’s dinner, but can also be taken to work for lunch the following day, I have come back to soups, broths, and stews. Home made soup is such a great idea for the very busy boy and girl.
There are a three recipe collections for this Food on Friday; from Cookie and Kate, Tieghan Gerard and Averie Sunshine. I know my friend in Orange County likes these recipe collections ~ so enjoy sweetheart.
Firstly this week, another delicious-looking dish from Heather Christo, this time it’s a steamed lentil veggie bowl with tahini broth. Strictly speaking this isn’t a soup, but it’s an easy 20 minute dish, allergy free, gluten-free, and dairy free. My friend in Orange County should like this because she can buy pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joes…
Steamed Lentil Veggie Bowls with Tahini Broth
Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has this brilliant, easy, and very healthy 30 minute Asian chicken soup. Packed with vegetables and taste, Jessica also seems to think it’s a cure for the common cold. Who knew?
30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup
Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has also found this really warming dish at The Flourishing Foodie; butter onion tomato soup with pasta and parmesan. While this dish only takes 20 minutes to prepare, there’s a ninety minute cooking time, so maybe this is something you want to make at the weekend. It looks gorgeous.
Butter Onion Tomato Soup with Pasta and Parmesan
Chungah Rhee from Damn Delicious says this easy 35 minute dish is packed with every vegetable she had to hand, and the superfood quinoa soup looks like it.
Superfood Quinoa Soup
The lovely San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a cool recipe for tomato, greens, and beans soup, which she says is accidentally both gluten-free and vegan. Ah, not quite vegan in my case because I would use organic chicken broth as the base.
Tomato Greens and Beans Soup
Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup
Tieghan Gerard at half baked harvest has posted her 20 favourite winter crockpot recipes, including a crockpot crispy caramelised pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash, and this crockpot French onion soup with cheesy French toast. Cool.
Crockpot French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast
Finally for this week, another collection, Averie Sunshine also has her 15 best fast and easy soup recipes, including this easy 30 minute minestrone soup, which is better than The Olive Garden version, allegedly. Looks good.
Easy 30 Minute Minestrone
a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
happy cooking and happier eating
How many of us overindulged a little over the Holiday Season?
In some parts of the world the holidays began with Thanksgiving, November 24th 2016, and in some other parts of the world the holidays continued until Epiphany, last Friday, January 6th 2017. Most of the people I know partied and overindulged on food and booze right through December 2016 until January 1st this year. A lot of the people I know put on a little weight, and have New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and exercise more. Good Luck with that.
However, perhaps to help a little, here are some nutritious, simple, cleansing dishes to tempt our jaded palates. As far as exercise goes, in addition to my usual long walks, this year I’m checking out something called PiYo, which is an amalgam of Pilates and Yoga ~ allegedly. (There is no way I’m spending any money on video courses / programs ~ but take your choice.)
All of these easy, cleansing dishes would make a great light dinner and something fabulous to take to work for lunch.
First up this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have a simple cilantro and lime rice, (please, it’s called coriander in England). Andrea says this would go well in a burrito, but that’s really missing the point, isn’t it?
Cilantro and Lime Rice
Found for us by Jessica at how sweet it is, I am seriously going to make this fabulous looking winter salmon salad. I would strongly encourage my friend in SoCal to give this the once over as it also contains radishes and avocado, along with salmon another couple of her favourites.
Winter Salmon Salad
A very healthy vegetarian recipe from Kate Taylor at Cookie + kate we have chickpea salad with carrots and dill. This is crisp, fresh, sharp, and protein rich ~ if you want a change make it with cilantro instead of dill.
Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill
And now, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these wonderful looking spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowls. As well as tuna this dish uses lots of cleansing superfoods; mango, cilantro, garlic, radishes, and avocado.
Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl
Recovering pastry chef, the Bojon Gourmet, has a great recipe for a winter salad; beet citrus and chicory salad with ricotta salata and pistachios. This is a seriously low calorie dish, (when it comes to the calories you can actually use), and beets are one of these superfoods we hear so much about.
Beet Citrus and Chicory Salad with Ricotta Salata and Pistachios
Next from Heather Christo we have a 3 day soup cleanse, which looks a lot nicer than some ‘cleansing recipes I’ve seen.
Three Day Soup Cleanse
Finally this week, another great collection, this time from Delicious; 50 fast recipes to kick start that winter cleanse. One of the 50 featured recipes is this nice and easy sweet miso steak with ramen. What’s not to like?
Sweet Miso Steak with Ramen
a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Brrr, its November. With Autumn well and truly down on us like a wolf at the fold, I thought it was time for some hot, nourishing, easy dishes. The featured ingredient this week is chicken thighs ~ which are not everyone’s favourite thing. To be honest, I have struggled to make a dish I like using chicken thighs.
However, all of these recipes look and sound great, and I can’t wait to try out a couple.
From Elise at Simply Recipes there’s this Sally Vargas one-pan paprika chicken with potatoes and tomatoes. Although it will take an hour to make, (15 minutes preparation, 45 minutes cooking), this is a really simple dish.
One-Pan Paprika Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes
Also from Elise at simply recipes we have this great lemon chicken dish. This is really finger food and would go great with a really sharp beer.
Here’s something I really like the sound of. From Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is we have sticky apple cider bbq chicken. This recipe uses both apple cider and apple cider vinegar ~ what’s not to like.
Sticky Apple Cider BBQ Chicken
This recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest can use either chicken breast pieces or chicken thighs. Actually I think the Hawaiian bbq skewers with sriracha honey butter will work better with chicken thighs. You know what? This is a 30 minute dish, and it looks fabulous.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Skewers with Sriracha Honey Butter
I really, really, like the look of this Thai coconut curry chicken from Chungah at Damn Delicious. This recipe uses whole bone-in chicken thighs, and should be ready to eat in under an hour. How good is that?
Thai Coconut Curry Chicken
This dish from Heather Christo doesn’t just use chicken thighs, (although you could make it like that), it uses a whole jointed chicken; thighs, legs, wings, breasts… But It also uses a lot of my favourite herb, rosemary. So, I’m going to try this recipe for rosemary cherry balsamic roasted chicken. Yummy…
Rosemary Cherry Balsamic Roasted Chicken
I’ve included this recipe for crispy balsamic chicken by Lyndsay Funston for two reasons. Firstly because I am going to cook this tomorrow, and secondly it’s from a site called Delish who have a handy post entitled 20 amazing chicken thigh recipes. Lots of ideas there. Enjoy.
Crispy Balsamic Chicken
Finally for this Food on Friday we have a link to the vegetarian / vegan Cookie + kate. (Cookie is the dog ~ a vegetarian dog? Really?) This is a great, great post, so it’s included even though there isn’t a chicken thigh in site. From Cookie + kate; what to cook in November.
What To Cook This November
Thank you ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.
I know a girl who doesn’t really like apples. Well, she is from California.
Apples are such an English thing. But what can one do with an apple, other than peel it? You would be surprised what a brilliant addition apples can make to a
hell heck of a lot of dishes.
For a start apples make cider, and one can do a
hell heck of a lot with cider. First up this week we have maple apple cider from the very cute Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.
Maple Apple Cider
Also from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest there’s crockpot cider braised short ribs with sage butter mashed potatoes. Very nice and very nourishing on a cold autumn evening. And, following last week’s Food on Friday you should all know just exactly where your slow cooker is.
Crockpot Braised Short Ribs with Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes
There are thousands and thousands of recipes for food and drinks involving cider, but with Halloween coming up, here’s something only a real witch could drink. From KC’s Bookshelf, via hocuspocus13, we have this stupifying concoction, a perfect fall wine. This recipe includes the superfood beet juice. (On your own head be it.)
A Perfect Fall Wine
Cider will eventually turn into apple cider vinegar, (cyder). This stuff is excellent in so may ways, but you should really look for the genuine organic article. My friend in Orange County swears by Bragg organic raw apple cider vinegar. Want to turn your apple cider vinegar into a perfect basis for a salad dressing and a complete restorative body-cleanser and cure-all? Well then, make a tincture of apple cider vinegar with rose hips and rosemary. I’m lucky, I can collect great wild rose hips and rosemary right near the garret.
Apple Cider Vinegar with Rose Hips and Rosemary
I couldn’t possibly do a post about apples without including an apple pie, and this apple cranberry pie from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower looks delicious. Sadly, I have a complete blind spot when it comes to baking, so I may not ever try this wonderful recipe. Also from Andrea we have a great autumn breakfast; pumpkin Dutch baby pancake with caramelised brown sugar apples. Nice.
Apple Cranberry Pie
There’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that says I can’t bake. Maybe I should try. Maybe I should try this recipe from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes ~ a wonderful apple coffee cake. Never even heard of this, but it looks delicious, and I so like the idea of using apples in a cake. Apples seem so much better than the idea of carrots in baking!
Apple Coffee Cake
It’s autumn, and for a lot of us that means soup. Heather Christo has this parsnip, apple soup with bacon fried apples, you could turn this into a vegan dish by missing out the bacon. I love parsnips, and I’m going to make this soup over the weekend.
Parsnip, Apple Soup with Bacon Fried Apples
Even though this dish from The Kale Box is called pumpkin spiced fall medley, it’s less pumpkin and more sweet potato and apples, which suits me fine. Looks a great change from our average vegetable side dishes.
Pumpkin Spiced Fall Medley
This next recipe may only use a couple of apples, but I tried this last Sunday, and you can take it from me, those apples make all the difference in the world. For a dish with a truly international flavour, English girl Amanda, who lives in rural France, offers us Tuscan roast pork, from her site Chez Le Rêve Francais. I love Tuscany, and I loved making and eating this dish. (I must admit that these days I roast everything inside a roasting bag, which means that I retain a lot of juices with the meat, which always make a fabulous sauce.)
Tuscan Roast Pork
And finally for this week, from Cookie and Kate, (Cookie is the dog), we have a vegan recipe for apple steel cut oatmeal. In England we call this porridge, and I’m not usually a fan. This looks like a great breakfast.
Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal
A big big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.