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Food on Friday ~ Shellfish

Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the lobster.

There are shellfish, and then there are scary shellfish.  Shrimp are really easy to cook ~ it’s pretty much impossible for a reasonable cook to make a mess of a shrimp recipe, but after that maybe things get a little more difficult.  This week we have a mixture of easy shrimp dishes and some other shellfish, which you may think are scary, but aren’t really.

For our first dish for this week, from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français, we have these seared scallops on peas with chorizo.  This is really an easy dish to make, and would be a brilliant light dinner or impressive starter.  As it happens, I like scallops.

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Here’s an interesting, gluten-free dish from Heather Christo.  Paleo Beet Pesto with Spicy Herb Shrimp.  This easy 25 minute recipe ticks so many boxes for me, including; Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Beets ~ beets are another of those superfoods…  Anyhow, I also like shrimp.

Paleo Beet Pesto with Spicy Herb Shrimp

Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower has this super quick and easy recipe for Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp, I’ve made this dish several times, and I love it.  Serve with rice, noodles, or salad.

Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp

Another shrimp dish, this time from Chungah at Damn Delicious.  This is a cool 5 ingredient dinner, Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp.  I really like the look of this 25 minute dish.  But then I really like all Cungah’s sheet pan recipes.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp

Well, I’m certain my friend in Orange County will love this dish from Anne at Tasting Everything; bright and healthy coconut soup with rice noodles and mussels.  On the other hand, I can’t see my friend making this for herself, so maybe I’ll cook it for her the next time I visit SoCal.  Personally, mussels aren’t my favourite shellfish, but this is a great recipe.

Bright and Healthy Coconut Soup with Rice Noodles and Mussels

This is a completely fabulous recipe from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes; Cioppino, a San Francisco Fisherman’s fish and shellfish stew.  You need the freshest possible crab, shrimp, clams / mussels, and a good white fish, but it makes a brilliant dish.  I love it.

Cioppino

And, finally for this week ~ Lobster.  And we have a collection of 35 Lobster Recipes from Great British Chefs.  This collection includes this classic Grilled Lobster from Bryan Webb.  Just how impressive do you want to be?

Grilled Lobster

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Many, many thanks to all the great cooks featured 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

 

Healthy in Body, Mind, and Spirit

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

P1040484For most of my life I have had the vague impression that something was wrong with me.  That I didn’t quite fit in.  That I was different from everyone else.  It’s not until recently that I discovered I have been suffering from something called Borderline Personality Disorder for most of my life.  It was then that I made what I think is the wisest decision of my entire life; I would get myself well.

I’m so good at beginnings, but in the end I always seem to destroy everything, including myself.  ~  Kiera Van Gelder

Fairly obviously, I had no really clever ideas when it came to mental self-help, so I decided to begin by trying to be physically healthier and fitter.  I sort of invented a fitness programme, which had some dramatic results, like I lost 18 pounds of excess weight in 6 weeks.

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.  ~  Plato

Very recently, something very interesting has been happening to me.  As well as being physically fitter and healthier, I am also getting well from these Borderline Personality Disorder personality defects, or negative character traits, or bad habits, or whatever you want to call them.

1Thai-Salmon-in-FoilThis recovery from suffering from mental ill-health to enjoying mental health, has almost exactly matched my recovery from physical ill-health to physical health.  It’s not that I was physically sick before.  The fact is I was just not physically healthy, in the same way that most of modern society is not physically healthy.  Like most people I was a little overweight, my blood pressure was far too high, I wasn’t eating right, I was drinking too much coffee, for a while I had been drinking far too much booze, I wasn’t getting enough exercise…  But now, I have turned my unhealthy lifestyle around into something much better and much healthier, including eating a mostly Paleo Diet. (The dish pictured opposite is Thai salmon in foil )

Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand.  If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good.  ~  Jason Statham

Now, as my physical body is becoming fitter and healthier, so my mind and spirit are becoming fitter and healthier.  Dramatic improvements in my mental and spiritual health have exactly matched the improvements in my physical health.  I’m not only physically, mentally,and spiritually well, I now also believe in myself.  I know I am not strange or different.  Now I am confident and happy in just who I am.

Just like your body and lifestyle can be healthy or unhealthy, the same is true with your beliefs.  Your beliefs can be your medicine or your poison.  ~  Steve Maraboli

The Ancient Greeks and the Romans knew all about this more than a couple of thousand years ago.  Hence the Latin quotation above.  Mens Sana in Corpore Sano ~ a healthy mind in a healthy body.

To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.  ~  The Buddha

I firmly believe that I cannot have good health in just one aspect of my being, without also being healthy in the other two.  To be well, I need to be fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit ~ just one or two out of three can’t and won’t work.

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