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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 ~ interesting side dishes

You like your potatoes more interesting?

If you’re unlucky side dishes can be really boring, even when the rest of the meal is fabulous.  None of these sides are anything less than interesting, and some of them are good enough to make a tasty snack all on their own.  So, what’s not to like?

I love the look of this recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; crispy oregano smashed potatoes with feta and lemon ~ wow!  Such a fabulous side dish that you could just eat this as a super-filling snack, (and oregano is such a great herb).

Crispy Oregano Smashed Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us these great slow cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes ~ she says this crockpot dish is so damn easy.  Well, it does look so damn good for something that only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and then can be left to cook while you’re doing something else ~ like going to work.  It would be a great accompaniment to Chungah’s bacon scallops too.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Another potato dish, this time from Amanda at Chez Le Réve Français; cheese and onion potato cakes.  This very, very easy 20 minute dish would make a tasty supper as well as a much more interesting side dish than ordinary mashed potatoes.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

Something different from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; cheesy cauliflower mash.  Allegedly this tastes like mac and cheese but has the texture of mashed potatoes.  Weird but nice.  Looks good for a 20 minute dish that would be an interesting side, snack, or something to take to work the following day.

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Do you want something spectacular made with potatoes?  Then what about these Tahini whipped potatoes with cilantro chili sauce from Heather Christo?  I bet these are some spicy potatoes.  I’d like to choose Heather’s Peking cranberry lacquered turkey to go with this.

Tahini Whipped Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Sauce

This is a spectacular dish for a romantic dinner for two.  From the lovely Alina at Passion Cook we have salad tulips, (aka devilled cherry tomatoes).  Pretty, or what?

Salad Tulips, (aka Devilled Cherry Tomatoes)

If you like green beans, then you will love these loaded skillet toasted green beans from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It is.  Allegedly, these are the most unboring green beans you can get.  Not bad for a 30 minute dish.  Would go well with Jessica’s unboring bourbon fig + gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin.

Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans

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

all of these dishes be nice at a Champagne Sunday Brunch, say in Long Beach

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Easy Dinners

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.

There are three basic variations on the one pan rule, the wok, the crockpot and the sheet pan.

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

Now, from Serious Eats we have 21 stir fry recipes to prove that your wok is your best friend.  I like the look of this best Chinese orange chicken, brought to us hot and fresh from The Food Lab.

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.

Chicken Biryani

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…

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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.

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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

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Chicken

Our Bodies Are Our Gardens

Busy people who have aspirations towards being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit have a problem.  Eating well, eating clean and healthy, almost always means one should cook for oneself because buying ready-made meals, buying takeout, eating out, or eating out of cans almost always means you’re eating a fair degree of unhealthy junk.  And, cooking for yourself takes up time and energy, which might be in short supply at the end of a busy day.

Ergo, busy people need fairly quick, easy, and healthy recipes. In last week’s Food on Friday we were talking about healthy salmon, which lends itself to eating well, and this week we’re doing chicken, which is also a good healthy staple.  But, buy decent fresh, uncooked, healthy chicken, (and salmon), not the cheapest crap your supermarket has on special offer.

I know some of you like links to recipe collections, (some of you even pay good money to have people send you recipe collections and shopping lists), so from Cooking Light we have 50 healthy chicken breast recipes, including this sauteed chicken with sage browned butter.

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Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

And, from Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious I can offer you 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes to use up all those nice pieces of chicken you have languishing in your refrigerator and freezer.  I like the look of this easy grilled chicken, especially as our chef says we’ll never need another grilled chicken recipe after this 25 minute dish.

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Easy Grilled Chicken

If all those ideas weren’t enough, Country Living has 64 of the most delicious things you can do with chicken for dinner.  Wow!  Originally from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy, one of the 64 dishes is this avocado caprese skillet chicken ~ so easy, and avocado is supposed to be very good for you.

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Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has some interesting dishes in her 5 easy chicken recipes for a weeknight dinner. I especially like her honey chipotle shredded chicken, because even though it takes a while to prepare, once it’s dome you can save the prepared chicken and use it in so many cool ways.

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Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken

I have to remind myself that not everywhere in the world is suffering from an English winter.  Not everyone is feeling cold, grey, and miserable and in need of winter comfort food.  In that case Heather Christo offers us this gluten free fried chicken cobb salad ~ I may forget the drizzle and make this tonight.

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken Cobb Salad

Francophile English lady, Amanda, of Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a wonderfully warming chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  This looks quick, (30 minutes), easy, healthy, (broccoli is good).  And, I like a good pasta bake.

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Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

You probably won’t remember, (why should you?), but in Food on Friday #33 we had a whole lot of cool and sexy chicken dishes, among which was Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups from the White on Rice Couple.  As a slight change on the healthy lettuce cups theme, I can give you a recipe video for easy chicken lettuce cups from the Best Recipe Box.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Cups

dscf0002thanks so much to all the great chefs featured in this week’s Food on Friday

enjoy your cooking and healthy eating

jack collier

email ~  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 # 53 Winter Soups

Here in England the winter is now grey, wet, and miserable.  In some parts of the USA, the winter has come howling in with a vengeance.  The time for salads has passed in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and we all need something warming and comforting on the table.  I need no excuses to devote another Food on Friday to soups ~ even though it’s not so long ago that I gave you all a post about Late Summer Soups.

I love this recipe from Chungah Rhee at Damn delicious.  Perfect for a cold winter’s night, a rich and warming potato ham chowder.  Trust me, it’s easy, filling, creamy, and very delicious.

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Potato Ham Chowder

From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower we have this great looking leftover turkey noodle soup, and Andrea also gives us a nourishing leftover turkey and dumpling soup.  Looks great to me.

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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

I love French Onion soup, but the way I make it takes forever.  Petra at Food Eat Love has this recipe for French onion and marrow soup she says takes about a half an hour.  Who am I to argue?

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French Onion and Marrow Soup

Elise Buaer at Simply Recipes has a really thrifty and nourishing soup for turkey leftovers ~ Mom’s turkey soup.  And don’t worry if it’s too late to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey because Christmas is just around the corner.

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Mom’s Turkey Soup

Heather Christo always has beautifully photographed dishes, and this vegan roasted butternut squash soup is no exception.  This serving is garnished with coconut cream and fresh chives.  And remember, Heather’s recipes are always deliciously allergen free.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

From Gura at Cooking Without Limits I can offer you something different, packed with ‘superfoods’ ~ a sweet potato soup with ginger.  I have to try this, and maybe I can persuade my friend in Southern California to try making this recipe too.

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Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger

Finally for this week, from House and Garden Magazine we have this smashing collection of easy soup recipes, including this Indian chickpea soup.  I love Indian food, (that’s Asian Indian, not Native American).  I also love all these recipe collections I’m finding for you.

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Indian Chickpea Soup.

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dscf0002A very big thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 52

Except this isn’t Friday, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  I wanted to post some ideas for Thanksgiving dishes before this Thursday, and give you time to go to the store.  These are mostly desserts and booze, with a few other interesting things thrown in.

As Thanksgiving falls in the Autumn, (hahahahaha, a little English humour there), apples feature quite heavily in these recipes.  Accordingly I’d like to remind you of Food on Friday # 48, which is all about apples and includes a few ideas I think could be super for Thanksgiving.  (What do I know, we don’t do Thanksgiving in England.)

So, first up this week is a great recipe for a desert, or for something to have in the evening, or on Friday.  From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this delicious looking apple pear pie.  And if that wasn’t tasty enough we have Andrea’s favourite Thanksgiving dishes for 2016.

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Apple Pear Pie

Also from Andrea, how about this fabulous autumn drink ~ apple pear cider.

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Apple Pear Cider

This is a decliciously cute recipe from Jacelyn Delk Adams at Grandbaby Cakes, a site I haven’t featured before, caramel apple cheesecake.  Doesn’t it look fabulous?

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

From Heather Christo, one of her gorgeous looking dishes, with one of her trademark very long names; pumpkin caramel and chocolate ganache tart with potato chip coconut crust.  Heather says this recipe is both vegan and gluten free.

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Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tart

Also from Heather we have this collection of Thanksgiving cocktails for before the feast, including this autumn sangria with apples pomegranate and figs.

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Autumn Sangria with Apples Pomegranate and Figs

Another drink, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; pomegranate ginger paloma.  As well as tequila this recipe uses honey, fresh ginger, and mint leaves.  Nice, but make mine without the tequila.  If that wasn’t enough, from bon appetit we have a collection of 25 Thanksgiving cocktail and drink recipes.  Jeez.

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Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

Finally for this week, something that no Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be complete without; the stuffing.  From Elise at Simply Recipes we have a sausage, sage, and cornbread stuffing recipe, (we don’t get cornbread in England).

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Sausage Sage and Cornbread Stuffing

Elise also tells us how to make perfect mashed potatoes, sweet potato and pork Thanksgiving stuffing, make ahead mashed potatoes, and how to make gravy.  Cool.

If all that wasn’t enough, Country living has 37 recipes for your best Thanksgiving stuffing ever, including this slow cooker cranberry pecan stuffing from one of my favourite cooks, Chungah at Damn Delicious.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

flaga great big thank you to all of the cool cooks

featured in this Tuesday version of Food on Friday

Happy Thanksgiving

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 51

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.

Other than the slightly bitter and boring taste, there is one very good reason the polite English don’t eat brussels sprouts very often ~ wind.  Brussels sprouts really stink up the house.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

dscf0002A very big thank you

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 # 46 Shrimp

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:

  1. Plan more interesting meals drawing on cuisines from all around the world.
  2. Buy only fresh, organic, or wild caught produce ~ when I can get it.
  3. 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….)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Also from Chungah we have 15 easy shrimp recipes, including what may be the easiest stir fry ever; easy shrimp and broccoli, and also this easy Thai shrimp soup.

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Easy Thai Shrimp Soup

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

liebster-12jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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