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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Cod, Black Radish and Turmeric
many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chive and Brie Frittata
thanks for all the recipes shown to us by some great cooks in this week’s Food on Friday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Super Salmon Chowder
Thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
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.
Rose Champagne Mojitos
For a different take on the mojito, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this brilliant looking White Christmas Mojito.
White Christmas Mojito
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 board, or you can check out Food on Friday # 25 ~ Bar Snacks.
Easy Firecracker Shrimp
just don’t be a crass American and serve beers in the bottle, give your guests a glass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
A great big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.