Slow cooking is everything fast food is not.
The weather here in England sucks just now. I’ve caught a cold, and I’m feeling miserable. The last thing I feel like eating is a pretty salad, or sandwiches, or pie. What I really crave right now is something hot, nourishing, tasty, salty, and filling. And I don’t really feel like spending ages in the kitchen. So how do I manage that neat trick?
So what better than to get your crockpot out of the cupboard?
There are loads of fabulous slow-cooker / crockpot recipes out there; and these are just a few…
From San Digeo girl Averie Sunshine we have a crock-pot pressure cooker chicken tikka masala, which you should be able to make in just a half an hour, (if you have a suitable multi-cooker), and you should also allow time for the chicken to marinade. This looks like a great recipe, which you could also make in your standard crock-pot, it will just take longer (but you probably don’t have to let the chicken marinade first).
Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Crockpots are great at soups, and Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has come up with this great slow cooker creamy wild rice soup with butter roasted mushrooms ~ this dish looks utterly fabulous.
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms
Another soup, this time pretty seasonal from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes, we have this slow cooker pumpkin soup, which is vegan, gluten-free and Paleo ~ and how good is that?
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup
Chung ah at Damn Delicious has this very seasonal dish of slow cooker butternut squash turkey chili. This is something you can leave in the crockpot all day while you’re at work, add in the final bits and pieces (cilantro and squash) when you get home, and you have a brilliant dinner. Plus lots of leftovers for lunches at work later in the week.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Turkey Chili
The incredibly adventurous Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français recently posted a recipe for slow cooked paprika pork, another dish you could leave in the crockpot all day on low. I love sweet paprika, but I’m really, really tempted to also add smoked paprika to this dish. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
Slow Cooked Paprika Pork
Seattle girl Heather Christo has this amazingly attractive dish of slow cooker turkey sweet potato chili, with some great looking salad garnish added at the end. I suspect those jalapeno peppers will make for a pretty hot chili.
Slow Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
Joanne Schweitzer at No Plate Like Home has a cool recipe for slow cooker Italian pork, and I love the sound and look of this for something other than turkey over the holiday season.
Slow Cooker Italian Pork with Rosemary and Garlic
So, for those of us who like recipe collections, Country Living has 50+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights ~ what could be better for the working woman who’s trying to have a real life? Among these 50+ recipes there’s this slow cooker creamy beef stroganoff from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb. Ten minutes to prepare, and all day in the slow cooker while you’re at work ~ perhaps not working much.
Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff
Just about a year ago I did another post of slow cooker recipes, you can check that post and it’s recipes out here.
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Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude.
I saw a girl driving a shocking pink car today. It could have been worse, it could have been a guy driving a shocking pink car. (It could have been the Pink Panther.) I started to wonder if anything really looked good in pink, and I came up with pink drinks for a summer’s weekend.
Well, actually you could drink these pink drinks at any time of the year, but I think they all look very summery and cooling for a stinking hot and humid day.
And yes, there are cocktails called The Pink Panther, the recipes vary, but girls should beware of all of them.
The ever elegant Heather Christo has some very ‘cool’ drinks recipes, including; spicy watermelon sangria, cherry pomegranate ginger vodka lemonade, and this really pretty in pink watermelon cucumber gin lemonade.
Wetermelon Cucumber Gin Lemonade
Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has some really great looking ‘pink drinks’ too; frozen watermelon rosé sangria slushies, raspberry rosé tequila kombucha, and this vicious sounding jalapeno bloody mary.
Jalapeno Bloody Mary
San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a drink that’s sort of pink in this Malibu sunset, which is made with pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, with some added cherries. Malibu Coconut Rum is a pretty cool spirit with lots of mixers; try it with Coca-Cola for a different tasting Cuba Libre.
Watermelon, Fresh Herbs and Sotol Cocktail
Seattle girl Heather, the Flourishing Foodie has this recipe for a rhubarb collins, and she also tells us how to make simple syrup ~ an essential ingredient for many, many long cocktails.
Chungah at Damn Delicious has this dead easy and very refreshing strawberry thyme prosecco ~ I love that Chungah uses limoncello in this recipe. This drink is very pink indeed.
Strawberry Thyme Prosecco
And finally for now, found in Allrecipes magazine, we have this recipe for Jewel’s watermelon margaritas created by Rainbow Jewels. How cute.
Jewel’s Watermelon Margaritas
Please always drink responsibly ~ you know it makes sense. Girls, beware apples laced with anything alcoholic, narcotic, or soporific.
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Good food begins and ends with good talk.
Some say that a Mediterranean diet is good for you. And, that if you eat a mostly Mediterranean diet you’ll be healthier and live longer. All I know is that you should always have a really good extra virgin olive oil.
From Greece, tzatziki is basically a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and mint, and you can buy it from your local store, or you can even make your own. The Bojon Gourmet has this nice little farro and cucumber salad with feta, dill, and mint that not only would be nice with some tzatziki, but also combines its flavours. Both would go nicely with some grilled goat.
Farro and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Dill, and Mint
And now, from Heidi at foodiecrush we have this outrageous herbacious Mediterranean chickpea salad. (I had to include this just for the name of the dish.)
Outrageous Herbacious Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
From Heather Christo this week we have Mediterranean pasta with grilled swordfish, lemons and gremolata. Gremolata is also dead easy to make for yourself. (I love grilled swordfish, but some say we shouldn’t buy swordfish ~ I will go on eating it, because whatever I do won’t affect how much fish the Japanese rape from the sea.) This 25 minute dish is perfect for a barbecue with the kind of friend who doesn’t expect a burned burger in a cheap bun.
Mediterranean Pasta with Grilled Swordfish, Lemons, and Gremolata
Sardines are a quintessentially Mediterranean dish, and Petra from Food Eat Love has some super taste combinations in this dish of fresh sardines, roast baby beets with whipped avocado and feta. As you’d expect it’s the beetroot that going to take the longest to cook here.
Fresh Sardines, Roast baby Beets with Whipped Avocado and Feta
This is another Mediterranean dish I love, grilled lamb kebabs, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. (Do you want to know my own secret ingredient for grilling Mediterranean style? 7Up ~ when the charcoal gets too hot and the meat looks like it might burn, I sprinkle 7Up over the grill.) Tieghan’s is a half-hour dish, but one should really marinade the lamb overnight.
Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs
Dana at The Minimalist Baker has the ultimate Mediterranean bowl, looks fabulous, and it’s easy, healthy, and gluten-free. However, I would definitely add a little more extra virgin olive oil.
The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
Cod Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Tray Roast
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We may all be sensitive to gluten.
In yesterday’s post I wrote about how bad gluten can be for some people, and how bad modern American wheat is for everyone. Ergo, today’s Food on Friday features gluten-free recipes for those of us who don’t want to consume wheat flour, and for those of us who may have some degree of non celiac gluten intolerance.
Heather Christo’s website holds all allergen free, and mostly gluten-free recipes. Not only do they all sound delicious and nutritious, but all of Heather’s dishes look absolutely beautiful. Recently, as well as featuring grilled nectarine balsamic chicken, blackberry coconut oatmeal muffins, (both vegan and gluten free), and telling us everything we need to know about gluten free beer, Heather has a great recipe for grilled salmon, strawberries, and nectarine kebabs. Looks fantastic.
Grilled Salmon, Strawberries, and Nectarine Kebabs
San Diego cook Averie Sunshine has a great recipe for spicy baked eggs and hash brown casserole, a pumpkin and cheesy baked potato casserole, as well as this creamy and crispy hash browns frittata, and Averie says all of these are both vegetarian and gluten-free.
Creamy and Crispy Hash Browns Frittata
Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has this really easy recipe for garlic shrimp spring rolls with tamarind vinaigrette, Vietnamese inspired and gluten-free. This should be ready in 35 minutes and would make a fabulous midweek dinner.
Garlic Shrimp Spring Rolls with Tamarind Vinaigrette
Todd & Diane, the White on Rice Couple have a stack of vegetarian and gluten-free recipes. But being a meat-eater, I really like the look of this sriracha roast chicken with sriracha gravy.
Sriracha Roast Chicken with Sriracha Gravy
From Group SOI, purveyors of Italian Food Solutions, we have a quinoa salad with cardamom and coriander extra virgin olive oil. Quinoa has become one of the most popular health foods, as it’s high in protein, has all nine essential amino acids, and is gluten-free.
Quinoa Salad with Cardamom and Coriander Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you want to be gluten-free, but you must have noodles, then try Ramen Noodles. Ramen Noodles should be gluten free, but it’s always worth checking the labels. So, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these 15 minute garlic butter Ramen noodles. What could be easier for a midweek dinner?
15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles
For those of us who like recipe collections, Woman’s Day has 40 delicious dinner recipes you won’t even realize are gluten-free, including this fantastic looking balsamic chicken with apple, lentil, and spinach salad. This very easy dinner should be ready in just 25 minutes.
Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad
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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.
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?
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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.
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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Cricket is paradise in the summer sun.
Summer is upon us, in some parts of the world it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, and in England we’re playing summer sports; cricket, tennis, and gardening. OK, the English love gardening. However English Gentlemen mostly like sitting in the garden sipping something cool while we watch our Good Lady doing all the hard work. So, some summery drinks…
I really like the look and sound of this strawberry summer water from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is. And, if you liked, instead of using fresh or sparkling water you could chose a very light white wine instead. (In passing Jessica says she’s only ever been to a spa once in her life!!!! Come on guy, pay for her to go to a cool spa!!!)
Strawberry Summer Water
The ever-artistic Heather Christ has these apricot gin and tonics. Heather says they are perfect for summer sipping, and I for one believe her.
Apricot Gin and Tonics
For some unknown reason, we English drink Pimms in summer ~ never did like the stuff myself. However, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has an interesting take on Pimms with her strawberry melon elderflower Pimms cup. Looks very nice indeed.
Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup
This watermelon, fresh herbs, & sotol cocktail from Todd at Honestly Yum sounds very cooling. I suppose that if you’re all out of sotol you could get by with tequila instead.
Watermelon Fresh Herbs & Sotol Cocktail
Todd & Diane, the White On Rice Couple, have this great post about a great drink; the watermelon margarita. Want to know how to make the perfect watermelon margarita? Then just click on the link.
‘Inside a Watermelon’ Margaritas
Finally for now, from the lovely Averie Sunshine, I bring you grilled pineapple strawberry lemonade sangria. I ask you, what’s not to like?
Grilled Pineapple Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
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