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Food on Friday ~ Chowder

chowder breathes reassurance, it steams satisfaction

As if you didn’t know, a chowder is a rich soup or stew, often of fish, typically popular in New England and Atlantic Canada ~ usually served with crackers for some insane reason.  Chowder does travel; I have had a great clam chowder at a diner on Ghirardelli in San Francisco.  Although now thought of as a strictly American / New England dish, chowder probably originates in Normandy and / or Cornwall.  At one time England was said to be an island made of coal and surrounded by fish, both perfect for the cooking of a great seafood chowder.

As the year turns, the nights draw in and the weather becomes colder and wetter, a steaming bowl of chowder is a fabulously warming dish to serve to a hungry Englishman.

Something different from well plated by Erin; roasted cauliflower chowder, (very healthy), originally from Two Peas and Their Pod cookbook by Maria Litchy.  Erin also has a great recipe for crockpot potato soup, which is pretty damn close to being a chowder.

Roasted Cauliflower Chowder

And from Heidi at Foodie Crush there’s a slow cooker corn chowder; this is made with a blend of almond milk and cashew milk.  Interesting.

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

A while ago I was wondering if one could make a decent salmon soup, it turns out there is a shed-load of brilliant salmon soup recipes around on the internet.  From Yummly I can offer you a collection of the 10 best salmon soup recipes, (trust me there are a lot more than 10 salmon soup recipes on this site).  Looking through Yummly’s recipes I found a super salmon chowder from Andrea Beaman at Further Food, (which is another cool site).

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Super Salmon Chowder

A great collection from delicious magazine.  Their winter soup recipes include this fabulous looking and great sounding smoked bacon, leek, and butter bean chowder from Debbie Major. I have tried this recipe, and it’s fantastic.

Smoked Bacon, Leek, and Butter Bean Chowder

Again from Delish magazine we have a collection of 17 chowders to help you transition from summer to fall.  I especially like the look of this New England clam chowder recipe by A Family Feast with its added bacon and salt pork ~ very traditional.  Personally I would never thicken a chowder with flour or corn starch, I’d use potato instead.

New England Clam Chowder

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

try beer and crusty bread with your chowder

Food on Friday ~ Healthier Eating

It’s not a short term diet ~ it’s a long term lifestyle change

I’ve been spending a little time thinking about leading a healthier life ~ well you do when you get to a certain age.  Fresh air, sunshine, exercise, meditation, reading self-improvement books, listening to inspirational podcasts, and eating the ‘right’ foods.  The snag is there are as many ideas about what constitutes a healthy diet as there are diets.

However, for me eating better means cutting out a lot of fat, being as gluten-free as I can manage, and not eating dairy ~ I’m slightly lactose intolerant anyway.  Instead of those things I’m not going to eat I’m planning on a lot more organic fruits and vegetables.  Ergo, today’s recipes are kind of leaning towards the long term lifestyle change I’m working on.

One benefit of the healthy eating plan I’m working towards is that, in general, the recipes are very easy.

First up this week, from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have this easy cucumber salad, and you can’t get a simpler recipe than this one.

Easy Cucumber Salad

Next, from Heidi at Foodie Crush we have this great recipe for the best BBQ chicken ~ chicken is firmly part of my healthier lifestyle.

The Best BBQ Chicken

There’s gluten-free, and there’s not eating anything made from wheat, and then there’s the fact that sometimes you’ve just got to have pasta.  This slow roasted tomato basil pasta is as healthy as pasta can get ~ from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats.  Personally, I will be using gluten-free pasta ~ gluten is nasty stuff.

Slow Roasted Tomato Basil Pasta

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has this cool recipe for a corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad ~ this is such a quick recipe, and as I said sometimes one just has to have pasta.

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

This is a fabulous dish from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; one pan garlic herb chicken and asparagus ~ and it doesn’t get any better than that.

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus

Oily fish is an important part of a healthy eating lifestyle, and from Delish we have 45 healthy salmon recipes, including this brilliant foil pack grilled salmon with lemony asparagus ~ it seems that lemon is good for you.

Foil Pack Grilled Salmon with Lemony Asparagus

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

canned and processed food is not part of a healthier lifestyle

Food on Friday ~ Cinco deMayo

Good food is as welcome as the flowers in May.

It must be a couple of months since I last wrote a Food on Friday post so for today I originally decided that I was just going to choose some recipes that I really like the sound of, rather trying to stick to a theme.

Well actually, there will be a bit of a theme, I wanted to feature dishes which are pretty easy, don’t take so long to prepare, and will taste really good on a warm, early summer day.  But, quite by accident there’s a lot of avocado this week.  Must be something to do with some Mexican festival that happens tomorrow.

First up this week, from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest, we have these cool baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado.  You should really make your own crepes, but you can buy crepes at stores like Trader Joe’s, and just assemble the fillings.  This 25 minute dish will make a great brunch on any nice early summer’s day.

Baked Egg Crepes with Spring Herbs and Avocado

From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a nice recipe collection; 8 fast pasta dishes for busy weeknights.  Here in England we don’t go much on Mac and Cheese, but from this collection there’s this super looking creamy broccoli mac and cheese.  Qucik, easy, healthy, and nutritious.

Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Joy the Baker has this dangerous sounding dish; mango and jalepeno guacamole.  I suspect that you’d want to accompany this with beer, rather than tequila.

Mango and Jalepeno Guacamole

Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks has this nice and very easy dish; taco stuffed avocados ~ and you couldn’t get much more Cinco de Mayo than that.  (Actually, I’m English and I know damn-all about Mexican food, or Cinco de Mayo.)

Taco Stuffed Avocados

And now for something completely different; Heather Christo has this brilliant idea which should appeal to all American men ~ the DIY guacamole bar.  (At least it should keep the guys out of trouble for a while.)

DIY Guacamole Bar

And now, to celebrate National Guacamole Day, we give you 10 amazing guacamole recipes, brought to you by Shape magazine.  This collection includes the amazing celery-spiked guacamole with chiles from bon appétit.

Celery-Spiked Guacamole with Chiles

Finally for this week, and realising that for those of you in the USA the 5th of May is a bit of a holiday, with a slight Mexican touch.  From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have 8 ways to show your love of avocados this Cinco de Mayo.  Leaving aside a great recipe for guacamole, this collection also includes this interesting chicken posole salad ~ what a smashing idea, and wouldn’t the leftovers be good for lunch at work the following day?

Chicken Posole Salad

Just in case you’re not already satiated with avocado, check out 52 genius ways to get your avocado fix, from delish magazine. This also has lots of guacamole recipes, including BLT guacamole ~ and how cool is that?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke is not a big fan of avocado

Food on Friday ~ Cauliflower

Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.  ~  Mark Twain

Most will regard the humble cauliflower as a boring side dish ~ at best.  Perhaps something not to put into one’s shopping cart on a regular basis.  But, as I hope these smashing recipes from some great cooks will show you, there are a lot of exciting dishes you can make with this cruciferous vegetable.  Cauliflower is from the same plant family as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts and is said to be even better for you, in some ways, than these green vegetables.

First this week we have these cool cauliflower rice carne asada bowls with mango salsa, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  This whole meal will take you an hour to make, but you can do so much with the leftovers afterwards.  Lunch at work, tacos, burritos, topped with a fried egg…

Cauliflowere Rice Carne Asada Bowls with Mango Salsa

Cauliflower cheese is a classic dish, but this creamy cauliflower gratin from Chungah at Damn Delicious is just a little bit special.  Again this easy dish will take you about an hour, and again this is something that you can reheat in the microwave at work.  Or have with a nice steak for dinner later in the week.

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

Next, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower there’s this cool dish to think about; zucchini lentil pasta with mashed cauliflower.  Made with mushrooms, squash, and grape tomatoes ~ with a side of creamy mashed cauliflower.  It looks very delicious for a midweek dinner.

Zucchini Lentil Pasta with Mashed Cauliflower

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Yvette’s Gourmet Kitchen has this brilliant looking recipe for roasted cauliflower with almonds and capers.  I think you can have this dish ready in 30 minutes. It’s vegan if you use a vegetarian substitute for the Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Capers

Here’s something exotically different and up-market from Petra at Food Eat Love; cauliflower soup with beetroot and gin cured salmon.  This dish is something for a really posh dinner party ~or be even posher than that and serve to your house-guests at breakfast.  The dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare, but you have to cure the salmon for 36 hours before that.

Cauliflower Soup with Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon

A blog-post of cauliflower recipes wouldn’t be anything without a soup.  Ergo from Alanna at the Bojon Gourmet we have cauliflower and yellow split pea soup with turmeric and curried ghee.  Both cauliflower and turmeric are supposed to be very good for you.  This is a great soup to make a lot of, to take to work later, as it will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Cauliflower and Yellow Split Pea Soup with Turmeric and Curried Ghee

And finally this week we have our list, this time from delish. So, how about 70 crazy creative things to make with cauliflower????  These 70 cool recipes include this loaded grilled cauliflower by Lauren Miyashiro, which should take you about 20 minutes to prepare.

Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

cauliflower is easy to grow, even if you only have a small garden, it’s pretty decorative too.

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

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