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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 ~ Sheet Pan

Eating is a Necessity, but cooking is an Art.

If you don’t have a sheet pan, get one.  It’s a super way to cook an easy and healthy meal in about 30 minutes, especially a sheet pan midweek dinner, especially if you’re a very busy person trying to hold down a full-time job as well as have a real life.

Chungah at Damn Delicious has some great sheet pan recipes, sheet pan garlic butter shrimp, sheet pan steak and fries, and this one, sheet pan garlic butter salmon.  Looks nice for a healthy dinner.  I know my friend in Southern California would lake me to make this for her sometime.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon

Cool San Diego girl Averie, of Averie Cooks also likes 30 minute sheet pan dishes like this sheet pan Italian chicken and vegetables, sheet pan orange chili salmon, and Averie also has another salmon dish, sheet pan honey lemon salmon.  If you like honey, then this dish is for you, particularly if you live in SoCal and have a lemon tree in your yard.

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Found for us by How Sweet It Is we now have a recipe from Alyssa at The Recipe Critic; Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables ~ another delicious 30 minute recipe ~ and just how cool is that?

Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables

From Kansas City girl Katherine at Cookie and Kate we have this vegan and gluten free balsamic butternut, kale and cranberry panzanella.  Enjoy.

Balsamic Butternut, Kale and Cranberry Panzanella

This is different, damn easy, and so damn fast.  From Karen at Honestly Yum we have sweet potato nachos ~ made with chips in 3 minutes….  well maybe 10 minutes all together.  If you want to graze or snack in front of the TV with a beer or glass of wine then these are for you.

Sweet Potato Nachos

This is a meal to gladden the heart of any true Englishman; found for us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have sheet pan fish and chips from Boston cook Sheryl Julian.  Brilliant!

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

I hope you’ve realised by now that a sheet pan is your new secret weapon ~ if your busy, and don’t really have time to cook, then try one of these 20 sheet pan suppers you’ll love, found just for you by Becca DiCenso at Eat This, Not That.  I like the look of this chimichurri chicken and potato sheet pan meal from Dara at Cookin’ Canuk, and how about one pan honey roasted turkey and vegetables from Katie Jasiewicz at Katie’s Cucina?

One Pan Honey Roasted Turkey and Vegetables

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

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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 ~ Easy Soups

Easy, Fast, Warming, Nourishing, Winter Recipes.

In my quest to find you some easy recipes which will not only make a great winter’s dinner, but can also be taken to work for lunch the following day, I have come back to soups, broths, and stews.  Home made soup is such a great idea for the very busy boy and girl.

There are a three recipe collections for this Food on Friday; from Cookie and Kate, Tieghan Gerard and Averie Sunshine.  I know my friend in Orange County likes these recipe collections ~ so enjoy sweetheart.

Firstly this week, another delicious-looking dish from Heather Christo, this time it’s a steamed lentil veggie bowl with tahini broth.  Strictly speaking this isn’t a soup, but it’s an easy 20 minute dish, allergy free, gluten-free, and dairy free.  My friend in Orange County should like this because she can buy pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joes

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Steamed Lentil Veggie Bowls with Tahini Broth

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has this brilliant, easy, and very healthy 30 minute Asian chicken soup.  Packed with vegetables and taste, Jessica also seems to think it’s a cure for the common cold.  Who knew?

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30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has also found this really warming dish at The Flourishing Foodie; butter onion tomato soup with pasta and parmesan.  While this dish only takes 20 minutes to prepare, there’s a ninety minute cooking time, so maybe this is something you want to make at the weekend.  It looks gorgeous.

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Butter Onion Tomato Soup with Pasta and Parmesan

Chungah Rhee from Damn Delicious says this easy 35 minute dish is packed with every vegetable she had to hand, and the superfood quinoa soup looks like it.

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Superfood Quinoa Soup

The lovely San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a cool recipe for tomato, greens, and beans soup, which she says is accidentally both gluten-free and vegan.  Ah, not quite vegan in my case because I would use organic chicken broth as the base.

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Tomato Greens and Beans Soup

From Kansas City, Cookie and Kate give us 15 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, among which is this fabulous sounding 45 minute recipe; creamy Thai carrot sweet potato soup.  Really warming I’ll bet.

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Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Tieghan Gerard at half baked harvest has posted her 20 favourite winter crockpot recipes, including a crockpot crispy caramelised pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash, and this crockpot French onion soup with cheesy French toast.  Cool.

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Crockpot French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast

Finally for this week, another collection,  Averie Sunshine also has her 15 best fast and easy soup recipes, including this easy 30 minute minestrone soup, which is better than The Olive Garden version, allegedly.  Looks good.

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Easy 30 Minute Minestrone

dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

happy cooking and happier eating

jack collier

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 # 54 Party Drinks

Christmas Party Booze

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

Some people like parties, and some people like drinking.  For people who like a lot of both, here are some drinks that should probably go down well at Christmas Parties.  Good Grief!

Remember, anyone can make a really strong cocktail that will get people very drunk very fast ~ but how good a party does that make?  So here are some more tastefully interesting drinks.

First up this week is a great looking cocktail I found on Jessica Merchant’s site how sweet it is we have this great recipe for rose champagne mojitos.  I would serve these to my discerning guests.

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Rose Champagne Mojitos

For a different take on the mojito, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this brilliant looking White Christmas Mojito.

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White Christmas Mojito

If your guests arrive cold and shivery, Tieghan also had a smashing recipe for hot maple apple cider in Food on Friday # 48, which was about apples.

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Maple Apple Cider

Here’s something for a Californian Christmas.  Recovering pastry chef, the bojon gourmet has these rosemary, pomegranate and grilled meyer lemon vodka sparklers.  Don’t try saying all that after drinking five or six of those things.

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Rosemary Pomegranate and Grilled Meyer Lemon Vodka Sparklers

From Chungah at Damn Delicious there’s a simple and easy strawberry pineapple mimosa, although in England we call champagne and orange juice Buck’s Fizz, and we make it a lot stronger.  Add a splash of brandy to that and you’ve got yourself a fresh juice Barbotage.  Consume that Barbotage very carefully.

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Strawberry Pinapple Mimosa

This recipe for holiday rum punch, by Tracy Shutterbean, (aka Tracy Benjamin), is straight from the San Francisco bay area.  I’ve drunk rum punch in San Francisco, and I know that if you’re not careful this punch could get you very drunk.  Nice.

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Holiday Rum Punch

At some time during your own party, you may want to retire to a quiet corner, perhaps with a special friend, and enjoy a glass of the water of life.  If you don’t know about whisky, here’s a post from Todd and Diane in LA, the White On Rice Couple, telling you all about the different types of whisk(e)y.  Back in the day I drank Laphroaig ~ too strong and too sophisticated for most ordinary men.

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If all that wasn’t enough, from Country Living magazine here are 28 Christmas cocktails that will make you forget all about the presents.  These are are pretty easy, including this winter wonderland cocktail, originally from Nicole at the Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie.

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Winter Wonderland Cocktail

How about some appetisers to go with all this booze?  Heather Christo has the ultimate vegan appetizer platter, Damn Delicious has cheesy garlic bread, and easy firecracker shrimp, Cooking up the Pantry has cheese and mustard puffs,  Half Baked Harvest has a cheese fondue boardor you can check out Food on Friday # 25 ~ Bar Snacks.

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Easy Firecracker Shrimp

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WAF Landscape Christmas Cards.qxdjust don’t be a crass American and serve beers in the bottle, give your guests a glass.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 50

The sweet potato, also known as the yam in some parts of the world, is yet another thing we English have imported from the Americas.  I cannot say that this root vegetable is one of my favourite foods, but it seems to a Thanksgiving staple.  Thank goodness we English haven’t imported the Thanksgiving tradition from the Americas!

The sweet potato is supposed to be another of those superfoods, so I guess I should make more of an effort with this useful vegetable.  These recipes should be enough to tempt anyone to add sweet potatoes to their menu.

First up this week, something with a distinctly USA flavour, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, from the Flourishing Foodie.  If you want to make this it should take you about an hour and a half.

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Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

This is such a gorgeous looking dish from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet it is, and it’s a snack / finger food / party food / side dish…  At least I think so.  And, Jesicca’s sweet potato galette with caramelised shallots looks so good that one can forgive the couple of hours it will take you to make one.

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Sweet Potato Galette with Caramelised Shallots

This loaded sweet potato dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious strikes me as being very American.  It’s ‘loaded’ with mini marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ~ is this a desert, finger food, or a side dish to go with the turkey?  This Englishman is confused by everything to do with Thanksgiving.

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Loaded Sweet Potato

From the lovely Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this sweet potato casserole with butter pecan crumble topping.  Allegedly perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This is about a 90 minute dish, but a lot of it can be preassembled ready for final cooking on whichever holiday you like.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Crumble Topping

Here’s a dish I really want to try; crispy roasted sweet potatoes with bourbon maple butter, from Half Baked Harvest.  Tiegan Gerard says this recipe should be ready in an hour.  Looks great.

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter

If you want sweet potatoes as a side dish you couldn’t do much better than these caramelized onion whipped sweet potatoes from Heather Christo.  This vegan recipe should take you about 45 minutes all told, which isn’t bed for something as interesting as this dish.

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Caramelized Onion Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Finally for this week, from Country Living we have 32 delicious new ways to prepare sweet potatoes, including these loaded sweet potato skins courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Sally uses grated cheese and bacon, and says these are great as a side dish or as a snack on game day.  I think I agree.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

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dscf0002A great big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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