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Food on Friday ~ Summery Pink Drinks

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.

Malibu Sunset

At Honestly Yum Todd has this cool and very pink watermelon, fresh herbs and sotol cocktail.  Sotol is from Mexico, it’s a bit like tequila, only crazier.

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.

Rhubarb Collins

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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Drinks for a Summer Saturday

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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday ~ Eggs

Eggs ~ so what can you do with the humble egg?

Eggs are incredibly nutritious ~ a real superfood, filled with all the good stuff you need for a healthy immune system.  And, eggs are cheap, easy to cook, and don’t have to be boring ~ as this week’s recipes will show.

For anyone pressed for time, or someone who wants a hot lunch at work, Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has this omelette in a mug.  It’s cooked in the microwave.  I’ve tried to cook eggs in the microwave before, and had an egg explosion most times.  Elise says the secret is to add liquid to the eggs ~ and use a large enough mug.  I’ve tried her method, and it works brilliantly, (I buttered the bottom of my mug first).  Good Food doesn’t get easier than this.

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Omelette in a Mug

Simple Baked Eggs are almost as easy as the omelette in a mug, except you need an oven and not a microwave.  Even Cosmopolitan Magazine has a collection of 12 baked eggs recipes worth getting out of bed for.  But anyone, even the most ineptly boring guy can make a good, delicious, healthy hot meal in 10 minutes by baking eggs.  There are a stack of recipes for baked eggs, but this one is from Cooking Without Limits.

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Baked Eggs

Right, listen up, this is another dead easy dish for you very busy folk and healthy eaters.  Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is has this great recipe for a 15 minute spinach burrata omelette with avocado salad.  Look, anybody can make a great meal in 20 minutes with this recipe, even really inept boring guys.

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15 Minute Spinach Burrata Omelette with Avocado Salad

Dana from Portland, Oregon, (aka Minimalist Baker) has an easy recipe for a simple vegan omelette, and OK I don’t even pretend to understand the various types on non-carnivores, but I like the look of this easy dish.  The secret is this omelette uses tofu, and not eggs.  I guess you can make exactly the same recipe with eggs, and I guess you can make a lot of egg-based dishes with tofu.  hmmmmm.

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Simple Vegan Omelette ~ (tofu)

Tiegan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest always has some interesting and good-looking recipes ~ this grilled pineapple caprese eggs Benedict with coconut-almond hollandaise certainly caught my eye and whetted my appetite.  Look, the only even remotely hard part of this dish is the Hollandaise, and the’s dead easy in the food processor.  Try it, you’ll like it.  Also from Tieghan in Food on Friday #43 we have a grilled potato salad with almond-basil chimichurri and 7 minute eggs.

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Grilled Pineapple Caprese Eggs Benedict with Coconut-almond Hollandaise

This is a totally fantastic recipe from Erica at Honestly Yum; Turkish Eggs, also called Çilbir.  I’ve eaten this tasty little dish all over the Mediterranean, just don’t call it Turkish Eggs in Greece.  I think my friend in Orange County will like this because of the yogurt, cilantro, garlic, and pepper in there along with the eggs.

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Çilbir ~ Turkish Eggs

Finally for this week we have a collection from the meticulously gluten and allergen free Heather Christo; 10 egg-celent ways to spice up your breakfast eggs.  Among the fantastic dishes here we have this beautiful chive and brie frittata.  This looks so very, very good.

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Chive and Brie Frittata

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dscf0043thanks for all the recipes shown to us by some great cooks in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Salmon

Let Food Be Thy Medicine ~ Hippocrates.

Maybe because it’s winter here in England, but I don’t feel that I am eating a healthy diet.  Maybe it’s because I’m in England in winter that I have a stinking head cold…  Whatever it is, I have not enjoyed food over the last few days so let’s try something completely different.

Something is telling me I should eat more fish, and I don’t mean traditional English fish, chips, and mushy peas, thousands of calories and lots of carbs…  Ergo, let me start off my new diet with some easy salmon recipes.

With healthy eating in mind we have a fabulous looking dish of Paleo red curry braised salmon with sweet potatoes from Heather Christo.  Paleo is good, I think.  This 45 minute recipe not only uses coconut oil and coconut milk, it also has enough garlic.  Nice.

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Paleo Red Curry Braised Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

This is a fabulous 30 minute entree from Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is; winter citrus butter salmon.  Depending on who you like to read, butter is actually very good for you ~ like all things if not taken to excess.  I love the look and sound of this dish.  This Saturday I will try the taste test.

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Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

Next, a fabulous recipe from Molly in Hawaii, beet cured gravlax.  As well as salmon and the more traditional ingredients, Molly has added a few of her own, including beets.  OK, this dish takes 3 days to cure, (at least), but being originally from Maine, I’m guessing Molly knows her fish.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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Beet Cured Gravlax

Here’s a collection with a difference for you, from Jess at Paleo Grubs, 43 Paleo salmon recipes everyone will love ~ including this simple dish of roasted beets with salmon, broccoli and avocado.  All good ingredients.

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Roasted Beets with Salmon Broccoli and Avocado

Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has a fantastic recipe for Asian salmon cooked in foil ~ and trust me, this is a brilliant way to cook salmon.  This dish uses fresh ginger and lots or garlic, as well as honey ~ all on the superfoods list.

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Asian Salmon in Foil

Angeleno Girl Karen from Honestly Yum has an interesting winter salmon salad.  I like this because, as well as salmon, it’s got some really cool ingredients; avocado, grapefruit, radishes, and fennel.  Really cool medicinal food is your basic fennel ~ I need to do a post about that.

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Winter Salmon Salad

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

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Salmon Teriyaki Bowls

Here’s another collection for you, from Real Simple Magazine, 10 healthy salmon fillet recipes, including this spicy salmon with bok choy and rice.  This dish is quick, easy, and very healthy ~ at least I believe it’s a very healthy meal.

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Spicy Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice

And finally for this week  ~ I was idly 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).  Who knew you could make a healthy chowder?

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Super Salmon Chowder

dscf0002Thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday # 31 ~ Salads and Stuff

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

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

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The New Crudité Platter

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

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Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad

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

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Simply Delectable Kale Cesar Salad

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

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Chicken Orozo Salad

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

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Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad with Meyer Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

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

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Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Salad

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

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Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Greek Salad

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

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

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

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Grilled Avocado Salad with Corn Pico de Gallo & Chimichurri Dressing

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

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Cucumber Salad

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

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High Maintenance Egg Salad Sandwich

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

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Anything-Goes Kale Salad With Green Tahini Dressing

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

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The Perfect Cheese Platter

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

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Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits

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

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