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Food on Friday ~ Chowder

chowder breathes reassurance, it steams satisfaction

As if you didn’t know, a chowder is a rich soup or stew, often of fish, typically popular in New England and Atlantic Canada ~ usually served with crackers for some insane reason.  Chowder does travel; I have had a great clam chowder at a diner on Ghirardelli in San Francisco.  Although now thought of as a strictly American / New England dish, chowder probably originates in Normandy and / or Cornwall.  At one time England was said to be an island made of coal and surrounded by fish, both perfect for the cooking of a great seafood chowder.

As the year turns, the nights draw in and the weather becomes colder and wetter, a steaming bowl of chowder is a fabulously warming dish to serve to a hungry Englishman.

Something different from well plated by Erin; roasted cauliflower chowder, (very healthy), originally from Two Peas and Their Pod cookbook by Maria Litchy.  Erin also has a great recipe for crockpot potato soup, which is pretty damn close to being a chowder.

Roasted Cauliflower Chowder

And from Heidi at Foodie Crush there’s a slow cooker corn chowder; this is made with a blend of almond milk and cashew milk.  Interesting.

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

A while ago I was 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).

salmon-chowder

Super Salmon Chowder

A great collection from delicious magazine.  Their winter soup recipes include this fabulous looking and great sounding smoked bacon, leek, and butter bean chowder from Debbie Major. I have tried this recipe, and it’s fantastic.

Smoked Bacon, Leek, and Butter Bean Chowder

Again from Delish magazine we have a collection of 17 chowders to help you transition from summer to fall.  I especially like the look of this New England clam chowder recipe by A Family Feast with its added bacon and salt pork ~ very traditional.  Personally I would never thicken a chowder with flour or corn starch, I’d use potato instead.

New England Clam Chowder

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

try beer and crusty bread with your chowder

So, This Is Air Travel?

For an Englishman to take a road trip in California, he first has to get to California.  This is not quite as simple as it may seem.

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P1020649First, there was getting to Manchester airport, then the seven and a half hour flight to New York.  This wasn’t so terrible ~ right up until I had to go though US immigration.  I knew this was always bad, which is one reason I only took carry-on luggage with me ~ no frustrating wait at baggage reclaim, walk off the flight and directly to customs and immigration.  Important tip; there are stores in the USA, only ever take carry-on luggage with you.

I had a two-hour layover before my connecting flight from New York to San Francisco, and going through US immigration and customs used up most of that.  Of course I then had to go back through security before I could get into departures for the San Francisco flight.  I was the very last person to board that aircraft ~ they closed the door right behind me, I had made the flight with five minutes to spare.

SFairport

After Newark, San Francisco airport is nice.  From San Francisco I had another flight to John Wayne airport in Orange County.  That was the easy part, I even got to sit next to a cute girl on that leg of my journey.

P1020653Arrived in Orange county at around eight thirty pm.  Walk right off the flight across the road to the car rentals in the parking garage.   Maybe because I was tired I was talked into a car upgrade, and came away with a Dodge Challenger.  Trust me, an Englishman shouldn’t ever drive a black Dodge Challenger.

Maybe because I was tired I got totally lost on the way from the airport to where I was staying that night.  I spent quite a while driving up and down Orange County backroads.  Eventually arrived at my destination around ten pm.

Total travelling time, door to door, including endless hours standing in line, 36 hours.

Air travel is all about standing in line.

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email:   jackcollier7@talktalk.net.

 

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