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Food on Friday ~ Brunch

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

Lovely Wine Country girl Averie Sunshine has her 15 Favourite Breakfast and Brunch recipes, which includes this sweet potato and mozzarella egg skillet, yummy comfort food ready in 15 minutes.

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

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

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday ~ Sheet Pan

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

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thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Easy Soups

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tomato Greens and Beans Soup

From Kansas City, Cookie and Kate give us 15 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, among which is this fabulous sounding 45 minute recipe; creamy Thai carrot sweet potato soup.  Really warming I’ll bet.

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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.

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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.

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Easy 30 Minute Minestrone

dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

happy cooking and happier eating

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ 2017 Cleansing

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Sweet Miso Steak with Ramen

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dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 49

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.

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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.

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Lemon Chicken

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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…

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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.

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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.

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What To Cook This November

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Thank you ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday #48 ~ Apples

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

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liebster-12A big big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Gluten Free

Gluten is bad for a guy.  At least that’s what I’ve been reading.  I only vaguely know that gluten is found in flour, and I’ve mostly eschewed wheat flour anyhow.  As I don’t use milk I don’t eat breakfast cerials either.  Here’s a clue to gluten, it’s basically glue, so a gluten-free diet or reduced gluten diet sounds like a good thing.  Some people suffer from celiac disease, which means they must have a completely gluten free diet.  There is evidence that reducing the amout of gluten you eat / drink helps to reduce unsigtly tummy bloating, and women especially don’t want a beer belly.  There are some easier ways to reduce abdominal bloating, and cutting down on gluten is one.

My Top Tip ~ Stop Drinking Beer.

Gluten – Free Recipes

From the kitchen of Cookie + kate, (Cookie is the dog), we give you double tomato pesto spaghetti with zucchini noodles.  You can make this a vegan dish if you don’t use parmesan.  Without parmesan I would use plenty of olive oil and black pepper.

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Double Tomato Pesto Spaghetti With Zucchini Noodles

Also fom Cookie + kate, and using mango ~ a fruit I want to eat more often, there’s this Thai mango salad with peanut dressing.

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Thai Mango Salad With Peanut Dressing

Now from the ever interesting Heather Christo, I offer you this nice looking nectarine ginger sesame chicken salad.  If you want a vegetarian / vegan dish, then miss out the chicken.

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Nectarine Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

Here’s a mixture I wouldn’t have thought of; mango and fennel salad.  A dish with a hint of Asian form Sabrina at Organic is beautiful. Now, if we ever get a hot day in England I will try this.

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Mango and Fennel Salad

A lady I haven’t featured before, Mona from Queen of my kitchen has these gluten-free spicy cheese straws.  It’s pretty difficult to buy this kind of really tasty gluten-free stuff at your local store.

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Gluten-Free Spicy Cheese Straws

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has this nice looking and nice sounding recipe for Vietnamese meatball lettuce wraps with mango salad + cilantro-basil cashew sauce.  Tieghan says this is a 30 minute dish, from start to finish.  It’s on mu menu for the weekend.

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Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Finally for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious, Thai salmon in foil.  This is a great 20 minute dish that works well with all types of sides, including fries, rice, green beans….  The dish uses sweet chili suace and lots of garlic, both of which I like a lot.  It also uses srircacha, a hot sauce, (which I had to look up).

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Thai Salmon in Foil

Thank you ever so much to the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

hbz-insta-amandabisklook good and feel good, eat healthy food

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday # 36 ~ Summer

There is no overall theme to this week’s Food on Friday ~ except these are all great summer recipes from great cooks.

Starting this week with nectarine and fried mozzarella caprese salad from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  You know what?  I’d like to be able to make a salad that looked half as good as any of Tieghan’s dishes, (I didn’t realise that pansies were edible…).

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Nectarine And Fried Mozzarella Caprese  Salad

We are all very used to eating food out of season, hell I can buy decent salad greens here in England at any time of the year.  But I think we would all agree that local produce, in season, is far better quality than anything that’s been shipped thousands of miles before it gets into your local store.  And, fish is something that a gourmet should only eat when it’s fresh and in season.  English Girl Petra from Food Eat Love has this smashing recipe for Torbay sole with scalloped stuffed courgette flower….  Torbay is a great little harbour town on the English Riviera.  Out of the way, quiet, and well worth a visit.

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Torbay Sole With Scallop Stuffed Courgette Flower

Now from Anne, a professional chef from the California wine country, we have this absolute umami corn on the cob recipe.  It’s well worth checking out Anne’s Tasting Everything blog for some super recipes.

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Absolute Umami Corn On The Cob

I recently featured this recipe for thai larb chicken lettuce cups, but I liked it so much I’m putting it in again as a nice summer snack / appetiser.  It’s from the White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Dianne Cu.

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Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups

Here’s a very quick and easy summer snack / appetiser recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes.  This 15 minute shrimp scampi would go really well with a couple of cold beers, (or in my case fizzy water).

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Shrimp Scampi

So, from the vegetarian / vegan Cookie + kate, (I’m pretty certain Cookie the dog isn’t vegetarian, but what do I know?), we have this mega crunchy romaine salad with quinoa.  (Am I the only person in the free world who has never eaten quinoa?).

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Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad With Quinoa

And the final food recipe for this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this spicy summer vegetable chili.  This is a great dish to use up all that stuff you’ve got hanging about in your refrigerator.  This is also a vegetarian / vegan recipe, (or at least, I belive it is so).

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Spicy Summer Vegetable Chili

For something to drink instead of beer on those hot summer days, we have this blueberry pomegranate mint limeade, also from Cooking with a Wallflower.  (Why do Americans drink out of jam jars, instead of proper glasses?  Weird.)

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Blueberry Pomegranate Mint Limeade

liebster-12A great big thank you to all the cool cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 31 ~ Salads and Stuff

In some parts of the world it’s practically summer already ~salad days are back with us.  Some say that salads are boring ~ the last refuge of a cook who has completely run out of ideas.  Well now, I don’t think any of the fabulous salads and stuff in this Friday’s food blog are boring.  I’d be happy to be served any of these platters, anywhere, any time ~ (after 11 o’clock in the morning that is…).

Tieghan Gerard, (aka Half Baked Harvest), has this fabulous looking display ~ the new crudité platter, she says she mostly sourced from Trader Joe’s, (I know that chain, great stores).  Also from Tieghan there’s a 30 minute Asian basil beef and mango noodle salad.

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The New Crudité Platter

Finally from Tieghan Gerard this week, something I just had to show you, her loaded Greek quinoa salad.

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Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad

Meanwhile, back at Tasting Everything, Anne has an, irresistible steak salad, as well as this (gluten-free, quick and dirty), simply delectable kale caesar salad recipe.  Methinks Anne has a lot of kale to use up.

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Simply Delectable Kale Cesar Salad

From lovely California girl Averie Sunshine at Averie cooks we have this kale ceasar salad with fried chickpeas, and a chicken orozo salad…  and I had to look up orozo.

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Chicken Orozo Salad

From Seattle girl and Le cordon bleu graduate Heather Chisto I can offer you a cuban quinoa bowl with spicy lemon cashew dressing, a lemony verde quinoa salad, as well as this wonderful looking grilled salmon nicoise salad with meyer lemon chive vinaigtette.  I know my friend in Southern California would love to be served this dish.

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Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad with Meyer Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

Heather has some irresistable salads, so how about this Vietnamese shrimp noodle salad.

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Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Salad

One more salad from Heather is this great looking grilled chicken souvlaki greek salad.  Nice.

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Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Greek Salad

More that’s very California, from the flourishing foodie; blood orange and avocado salad with a citrus tahini dressing and salted pistachios ~ you know nuts are very good for a body?

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Blood Orange and Avocado Salad with a citrus Tahini Dressing and Salty Pistachios

More avocado from Todd Porter and Diane Cu, the White On Rice Couple; grilled avocado salad with corn pico de gallo & chimichurri dressing.  And I know my friend in SoCal has access to a lot of really good avocado.

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Grilled Avocado Salad with Corn Pico de Gallo & Chimichurri Dressing

You may remember that I detest sushi, but from Petra at Food Eat Love, here is an elegant fish and salad meal I could enjoy; parma ham wrapped salmon with roasted veg and a cucumber salad, (hey I’d be happy with just the cucumber salad).

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Cucumber Salad

For something that’s easier to take into work, what about this high maintenance egg salad sandwich from Chicago girl and culinary school graduate Laura at A beautiful Plate.

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High Maintenance Egg Salad Sandwich

Cookie + kate have this very easy anything goes kale salad with green tahini dressing.  Given that it’s a 15 minute dish with tahini dressing, I’m certain my friend in Orange County will like this recipe.

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Anything-Goes Kale Salad With Green Tahini Dressing

So, this isn’t a salad.  So sue me.  From Karen at Honestly Yum I offer you the perfect cheese platter.

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The Perfect Cheese Platter

And, Finally for this week, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is we have this very interesting pimento cheese chicken salad on honey butter biscuits.  Jessica is a Pittsburgh girl, and her biscuits are nothing like what we know as biscuits in England.

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Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits

A very big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s collection of recipes.

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Food On Friday # 30 ~ Easy Fast Food

At the request of my friend in Southern California, some easy recipes.  There are a couple of rules for this week’s dishes ~ they must take no longer than 30 minutes, and use no more than a half-dozen ingredients, (more or less).

This first dish from Petra at Food East Love certainly qualifies on both counts, chorizo with wild garlic and beans uses 4 ingredients and should take any cook less than 15 minutes.

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Chorizo With Wild Garlic And Beans

A second dish from Petra, who says its a 20 minute cook, olive oil chicken with butter beans and pink peppercorns.

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Olive Oil Chicken With Butter Beans And Pink Peppercorns

So this next recipe is from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest uses a few more ingredients than my ideal half-dozen, but a 20 minute dish that looks this good, the simple California style omelet, has to be worth a try.

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Simple California Style Omelet

From Heather Christo in Seattle we have a 15 minute hot shrimp corn and basil salad, and this only has 8 ingredients, including things like salt….  (but also check out Heather’s 30 minute citrusy grilled fish tacos with citrus slaw and orange cashew sauce ~ if you feel like a BBQ).

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Hot Shrimp, Corn And Basil Salad.

Here’s a dish with only 8 ingredients which can be ready in only 20 minutes.  From San Diego’s lovely Averie Sunshine we have easy honey mustard chicken, (with optional broccoli).

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Easy Honey Mustard Chicken

Also from Averie there’s theis 20 minute dish, which I think is a bit of an empty-the-refrigerator possibility ~ better-than-takeout cashew chicken.

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Better~Than~Takeout Cashew Chicken

And now, from Kansas City girl Kate, (Cookie + kate), we have a vegan dish ~ cilantro-pepita pesto with squash ribbons and fettuccine.  This is a 30 minute recipe containing ten ingredients, if you include the salt and olve oil.

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Cilantro~Pepita Pesto With Squash Ribbons And Fettuccini

Chungah from Damn Delicious has this very easy, one pan, 20 minute dish of baked lemon butter tilapia, (although I think you could use any white fish).

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Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

From a site I haven’t featured before ~ The Woks of Life ~ Sarah has made these 15 minute lazy asian noodles.  (If you don’t have a small wok, you can use a deep frying pan, or do what I did, ditch the frying pan and buy a small wok, (say 8 inch)).

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15 Minute Lazy Asian Noodles

Most of my meals are cooked in less than 20 minutes in my small wok.  So here’s another dish from The Woks of Life, (cooked in a skillet… ha ha ha).  This is a 30 minute dish, but I know my friend in Orange County will adore these salmon teriyaki bowls.

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Salmon Teriyaki Bowls

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a 15 minute miso glazed shrimp recipe, which looks fantastic.  But then, Andrea says this chicken and zucchini noodles in coconut-peanut sauce dish takes 35 to 40 minutes, (so sue me).  If you already have a cooked chicken breast in the refrigerator, then it’s more of a 20 minute cook.

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Chicken Zucchini Noodles In Coconut Peanut Sauce

Finally for this week, I don’t know if it’s possible to get any easier than this simple olive oil and parsley pasta from The Flourishing Foodie ~ very Italian Rustic.

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A Simple Olive Oil And Parsley Pasta

Thank you to all the great cooks I’ve featured this week.

jack colliier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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