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Food on Friday ~ Strawberries

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).

Strawberry Salsa

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

Finally for this week, from Absolut, makers of Swedish vodka, we have 75 drinks with strawberries including the famous strawberry kick.

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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Food on Friday ~ Tuna

Always choose fish from a sustainable source.

Perhaps for some good reasons Tuna is nowhere near as popular as salmon.  However tuna makes a very healthy meal, and perhaps should appear more often in our menu planners.   But, always choose sustainable tuna to eat.

Many people eat canned tuna, which is OK if there’s nothing better on offer.  However, if all you’ve ever had is tuna out of a tin, then you’re missing out on one of life’s great experiences ~ fresh tuna steaks grilled on the barbecue.

Tuna is also an essential ingredient if you’re thinking of home-made sushi.

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has a fabulous recipe for a spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowl.  This is a complete sushi dinner in 30 minutes! Looks great doesn’t it?  Tieghan also has a recipe for Korean avocado tuna sushi roll.

Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Some tuna canapés from Petra at Food Eat Love; sesame crusted tuna and watermelon soldiers, and you should be able to make these in 15 minutes.  Great to serve with drinks in your yard on a sunny day.

Tuna and Watermelon Soldiers

This is a brilliant idea from Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ healthy snack boxes for an entire week’s lunches.  Greek yogurt tuna salad, an entire week in one twenty-minute tuna salad meal prep.  Now there’s no excuse for not taking a healthy lunch to work every day.

Tuna Salad Meal Prep

From our BBC good food I can offer you this Moroccan-spiced tuna, ready in 10 minutes.  Now that’s a fast, easy, healthy, and tasty dish.

Moroccan-Spiced Tuna

For those of us who really like recipe collections Cooking Light offers up 38 of their favourite fresh tuna recipes; including this very easy sesame albacore tuna.

Sesame Albacore Tuna

And, another recipe collection from delish; recipes to make you rethink tuna.  This includes an incredibly easy dish from New Orleans; poached tuna with kumquats and jalapeno.

Poached Tuna with Kumquats and Jalapeno

Drinks.  For most of these dishes you may want to drink a Japanese beer like Asahi or Sapporo, or perhaps a really good traditional sake, (try buying at Tengu Sake online).  However, Fiona Beckett at Matching food & wine, has some great wine suggestions to go with tuna.

What’s the Best Wine Match for Tuna?

And if you want to grill your tuna on the barbecue, try grilling your fish on a cedar plank.

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Easy Weeknight Dinners

Nothing is better than going home to good food.

For some of us, midweek dinners can be a real chore, so we resort to take-out or pre-prepared meals bought from our local supermarket.  Yet we can do better than that.  These recipes are all delicious, easy, quick and healthy.  So why not try spending a half-hour cooking something, rather than buying an

The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is spend ages standing at the stove making dinner.  So, from Averie Cooks we have this baked ham and cheese omelette, and ham and cheese are such a great pairing.

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelette

A pasta bake is such an easy and versatile dish, and Amanda Wren-Grimwood, at Chez Le Rêve Français, has this great recipe for a chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  Most of us should be able to whip this up in a half-hour.  Looks delicious to me.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

If you are having friends over, or you just want something more exotic, Petra at Food Eat Love has this onglet steak with loaded fries.  This will take you 10 to 15 minutes to prepare, and you can make yourself a great salad while it’s all cooking.

Onglet Steak with Loaded Fries

Talking of great salads, Tieghan Gerad at Half Baked Harvest has just posted this utterly beautiful Tuscan summer stone fruit, tomato, and burrata panzanella salad.  I love Tuscan and this is one recipe I am certainly going to put on my own regular diet.

Tuscan Summer Stone Fruit, Tomato and Burrata Panzanella Salad

If you are vegetarian, or vegan, then maybe try this fresh tomato spinach garlic pasta from San Francisco Lady Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  This dish has just a few ingredients and should be ready in 30 minutes.

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta 

Finally for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes ~ including this fabulous chicken lazone.  Always worth keeping some chicken breasts in your freezer, all you have to do is remember to take what you need out of the freezer in the morning and put it in the refrigerator.

Chicken Lazone

If you have a slow cooker, then try using that to make a weeknight dinner, which will last you a couple of days ~ and you can also take to work for lunch.  There are some slow cooker recipes on an earlier post of mine.

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Food on Friday ~ Barbecue

A barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.

It’s officially summer, (well according to most people), and that’s a time to cook food out of doors.  Barbecues, are more an excuse to have a social gathering than a way of cooking food, especially in America.  Menus and recipes should perhaps be chosen with that in mind.

You know what?  I’m terrible at barbecues.

Something traditionally American for an American barbecue; sticky bourbon ribs.  Except this time it’s from English girl Amanda Wren-Greenwood living in France, and her blog Chez la Rêve Français.  This is a 2 hour recipe, but I’m certain the results will be worth it.

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Now, from another English girl Petra, and her blog Food Eat Love, we have; a perfect day for a smoking barbecue.  You know what?  All my attempts at a barbecue smoke too much….

A Perfect Day for a Smoking Barbecue

at Cooking Up The Pantry gives us a dish that will take some time, but it’s traditionally English and will wow! your guests; barbecued leg of lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary.  I love rosemary ~ the herb I mean.

Barbecued Leg of Lamb with Lots of Garlic and Rosemary

Here’s something we probably wouldn’t have at a barbecue in England; braised bbq beef sandwich.  This is from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes and it simply looks delicious.

Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich

I know that you like collections, so here’s a great collection from Country Living; 50+ grilling recipes for an epic summer cookout.  This collection includes this very interesting coffee and brown sugar coated skirt steak.  Hmmmmm.

Coffee and Brown Sugar Coated Skirt Steak

One of the ‘must haves’ at any barbecue is some great salads. Chungah at Damn Delicious has this light and delicious looking shrimp cobb salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette.  Shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado…  what’s not to like.

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Heather Christo always makes a great looking salads and appetisers.  For those of you who like collections she has 10 of the best amazing healthy huge salads, including this seared tuna with chilli and mango cilantro ginger vinaigrette.  Fabulous.

Seared Tuna with Chilli and Mango Cilantro Vinaigrette

And for something to drink at your BBQ, I give you the 10 best lip-smackingly food margarita recipes.  (Is lip-smakingly even a word?)

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there are also some great barbecue salads

in last week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday ~ Salads

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

I know you guys love recipe collections, and this week we have a collection from Cookie and Kate, 20 epic salad recipes ~ including this cool Thai mango salad with peanut 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

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Thank you to all the great cooks featured

in this week’s Food on Friday.

jack collier

jack collier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Frittata

Real Men don’t eat quiche.

Not all frittata are called frittata, sometimes they’re called a quiche, and in this part of the world they may be called a ham and egg pie.  The thing is a good frittata is an extremely versatile dish.  One can make it for lunch, or a light dinner, and then have it for breakfast, lunch at work, or dinner with a salad the following day.

This is an interesting, quick, and easy recipe from Averie at Averie Cooks ~ kale and tomato frittata.  You can make this in 10 minutes, or if you’re like my friend in Southern California ~ a half-hour.

Kale and Tomato Frittata

This is a fabulous recipe from Heather Christo ~ frittata with shitiake mushrooms and goat’s cheese.  Some say they’re not a fan of goat’s cheese, without ever actually having tried it.  Trust me, this is a great combination.

Frittata with Shitiake Mushrooms and Goat’s Cheese

Heather has another fabulous-looking frittata, which was first featured in the Eggs post of Food on Friday ~ chive and brie frittata.

Chive and Brie Frittata

From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is we have a spiralized sweet potato, kale, and bacon quiche, which looks a fabulous dish.  This recipe may also be better than a normal frittata to take to work for lunch because of the pasty base.

Spiralized Sweet Potato, Kale, and Bacon Quiche

From Amanda Wren-Grimwood at Chez Le Rêve Français we have this wonderful seasonal vegetable frittata ~ and I think that’s brave for an English Lady living in France!

Seasonal Vegetable Frittata

I know that my friend in Southern California like butternut squash, (don’t ask me why), so just to please her I have found this recipe from English Lady Petra at Food Eat Love ~ butternut squash frittata.  I guess I could make it for my friend in SoCal…

Butternut Squash Frittata

In this part of England the nearest thing we usually get to a frittata, or a quiche for that matter, is a ham and egg pie, (sometimes and egg and bacon pie).  Savoury pie isn’t something I’ve often seen in my travels around the USA, but you guys should really try this old-fashioned egg and bacon pie.  What a great recipe for a picnic, or as something to take to the office for lunch.

Old Fashioned Egg and Bacon Pie

Finally for this week’s Food on Friday we have another one of those recipe compilations.  This one from All Recipes UK has 62 different frittata for you, including this dead easy onion frittata from Maria Antoniette.

Onion Frittata

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I’m afraid my friend Marmaduke

only likes his eggs soft boiled.

jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Fish

all men are equal before fish

It’s possible to make some very boring, and even quite nasty meals with fish ~ stargazy pie for one ~ but there are some great recipes out there ~ just don’t make it over-complicated.  For this week’s Food on Friday we have some fantastic fish dishes from some fabulous cooks.  There will be no pieces of salmon among these recipes ~ sometimes salmon is just a cop out, and sometimes farmed salmon isn’t so healthy.

Since most fish dishes cook really quickly, a nice piece of fish makes a great midweek dinner as well as something special for when you have more time.  Choose your fresh fish with care.

Fist up this week; crispy miso cod from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français.  This is an easy dish, but you have to give the fish long enough in the marinade to let it really absorb the flavours ~ it’s worth it.  If you’ve never cooked with miso before, give yourself a treat, buy a jar, try a miso recipe, I hope you’ll love it.

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Crispy Miso Cod

Cod is such a great fish ~ cod and chips is a great English dish ~ that I make no excuse for more dishes featuring this white fish.  Here we have roast cod and cherry tomatoes from Heather Christo.  If you haven’t tried it before, fish and tomato is a magical combination.

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Roast Cod and Cherry Tomatoes

From Petra at Food Eat Love we have a very quick, very easy, and very interesting dish; quick cured,pan fried cod with sauce verte.   Really, this is a 20 minute recipe you could serve as a starter or a light meal.  I love the colours in this dish.

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Quick Cured, Pan Fried Cod with Sauce Verte

As a change from cod, we have another white fish, sea bass.  This recipe for crisp skillet sea bass with pistachio butter is from Jessica Merchant, at How Sweet It Is, and it should take you about 40 minute from start to plate ~ looks fabulous.  And for good measure, from BBC Good Food, here’s another 27 sea bass recipes.  You know what?  Unless you’re a fisherman, and have caught the bass yourself, I wouldn’t necessarily choose sea bass over cod.

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Crisp Skillet Sea Bass with Pistachio Butter

For those of you in California we have another really colourful sea bass recipe, this time from Averie Sunshine; orange glazed Chilean sea bass with dill, cucumber, and orange champagne relish.  Trust me ~ there’s no champagne in this, and if you have cider vinegar you’ll do just fine.

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 Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Dill, Cucumber, and Champagne Relish

Finally for this week we have a recipe collection from The Huffington Post Canada; 23 cod recipes you’ll want to cook tonight….  Among the great dishes is this simple black cod, black radish, and turmeric, which I’d serve with rice and a side salad.  It’s a simple dish from a simple guy at Six Course Dinner ~ and trust me, the fish isn’t actually black.

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Black Cod, Black Radish and Turmeric

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P1030584many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

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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

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I owned a book,

and it had never been opened.

So all I knew of books was that there were words on the cover,

and some more words on the spine.

And then, one day,

I opened the book and started to read the words inside.

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Vincent  ~ Don McLean

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We can only go so far in making our life the way we would wish it to be.

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Food on Friday # 47 ~ Slow Cooker

Here in England the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness in truly upon us.  Outside my garret the temperature is about 50 degrees, and there’s a brisk wind to encourage the adoption of hat, scarf, and gloves.   For me, that means that salads are pretty much a thing of the past until April 2017.  Instead, the crockpot or slow cooker makes a return.

For anyone with a busy lifestyle, this is good news.  Meals can be prepared in the evening, left pretty much to their own devices while you’re at work, and you’ll have at hot dinner when you get home.  Better still, the leftovers will probably make you another couple of meals for later on during the week.

You may have to get smart with the timer, but what the heck!  This is not rocket science.

First up this week we have from Tieghan Gerad from Half Baked Harvest, with her crockpot beef chili.  I love that Tieghan calls her kitchen ‘the barn’.  So? I call where I live ‘the garret’.

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Crockpot Beef Chili

I am definitely going to try this next dish from Damn Delicious.  Chungah makes this slow cooker chicken and corn chowder look great.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

I know that some of you really like dishes from The Pioneer Woman, well I found this slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce cups recipe via Heather Christo.  If it’s still warm enough where you live to have a salad, this is a great mixture of crockpot and crisp salad ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

Next, something really interesting from the lovely Averie, slow cooker stuffed  pepper soup.  I like stuffed peppers, and the thought of making them in a soup form sounds fabulously warming for a cold autumn night.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Now, a recipe I found by accident when I was looking for something else.  From Love Food Eat based in Bangalore in India, Chinmayie gives us a vegetarian dish; shell bean vegetable soup.  Looks fantastic.

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Shell Bean Vegetable Soup

So, from English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that’s as far away from Chinmayie’s bean soup as you can get; cured, slow, prosecco chipotle cooked, pulled brisket.  I have to try this.

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Cured Slow Cooked Pulled Brisket

Nicky is from Cheshire in England, and on her site Kitchen Sanctuary she has this great recipe for slow cooked Scottish beef stew.  Nicky says it’s perfect for Burns Night, which is long past, but I think it’s also perfect for Halloween, which is almost upon us.  Halloween is really a Scottish festival anyway.

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Slow Cooked Scottish Beef Stew

My friend from Orange County really likes me to include a recipe collection in Food on Friday, so finally for this week from Midwestliving we have 35 favourite chicken slow cooker recipes, including this red wine braised chicken.

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Red Wine Braised Chicken

You should also check out my earlier post; Food on Friday #24, which is also a slow cooker.

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liebster-12A very big thank you to everyone featured today.

Jack Collier

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