one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak
And that’s how to make Planters’ Rum Punch, an Englishman’s preferred drink to go along with a summer barbecue. The strong is Caribbean Dark Rum, (or try Woods 100), and the sour is fresh lime juice. You can guess the rest ~ (simple syrup and iced water).
Well now, this coming Monday, the 28th of May, is Memorial Day in the USA. It’s also the Spring Bank Holiday here in Great Britain. For some of us this is the first real day of summer, more or less ~ although the weather in most of England and America hasn’t been very summery of late.
Particularly in the USA, this coming Monday is the time to clean the cobwebs of that old barbecue, dust down the patio furniture, invite some friends overs, and hang out in the yard eating, drinking, and shooting the
So, for this week’s Food on Friday I’m going to feature stuff that goes well with kicking back outdoors.
I know a very nice American girl who really likes cilantro and lime. So, first to the BBQ this week is Jessica Merchant from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her blog How Sweet Eats. Jessica has this cool recipe for Cilantro Lime Flank Steak, and while it will only take you 20 minutes to cook in the broiler, you need to start marinading the steak on Sunday. Make plenty and take the leftovers to work on Tuesday, (if there are any leftovers).
Cilantro Lime Flank Steak
From San Diego we have the sunshine girl Averie with her Grilled Steak Kabobs, (funny we call these things kebabs in England). You will want a good top sirloin steak for these rich looking skewers. Again, these will cook very fast on the grill, but you want to allow at least 4 hours for the marinade to work.
Grilled Steak Kabobs
If you don’t like steak, then what about these Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs from Chungah at Damn Delicious. Again this dish will only take you 20 minutes to cook on the grill, but you need to allow a couple of extra hours for the marinade to do its work. Looks tasty to me.
Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs
To go with all this meat you’re going to cook on your freshly cleaned BBQ, you’re going to need some salad, and from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this good looking dish; Avocado Corn Caprese Salad, dressed with a honey balsamic vinaigrette. Looks so delicious and refreshing.
Avocado Corn Caprese Salad
From the Californian White on Rice couple we have a very different Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad, something you can make on your BBQ in under half an hour ~ while you’re grilling your other vegetables too. (If you’re cooking any vegetables…)
Grilled Romaine & Corn Salad
I know that most of you like the recipe collections I feature, and here’s another one. From Olive magazine we have the 32 Best Ever BBQ Recipes to help you enjoy the sunshine this coming Memorial Day. I particularly like this very quick and easy recipe for Miami-Style Blackened Fish Sandwich with Smoked Paprika Mayo ~ ready in just 20 minutes. Me, I’d use salmon, tuna, or swordfish to make a really top-notch blackened fish sandwich.
Miami-Style Blackened Fish Sandwich with Smoked Paprika Mayo
Should you want to make a dessert for your guests, then Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found us a collection of 9 Crowd-Pleasing Desserts for Your Memorial Day Party. I particularly like the look of this Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake recipe by Cindy Rahe.
Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
And finally this Friday, for those of us who aren’t content just to suck back beers, we have another collection from Wide Open Eats, 20 Best Big Batch Cocktails for Backyard BBQs and Lazy Sundays. As a very practiced consumer of alcoholic beverages I particularly like the look of this Pitcher Hurricane Cocktail. this recipe is to make a gallon of the stuff. Personally I’d just tip in a whole bottle of both dark rum and light rum, (and I’d also miss out the metrosexual umbrellas), but that’s me for you.
Pitcher Hurricane Cocktail
the English version of Memorial Day is observed on Remembrance Sunday, as near as possible to November 11th
It’s a solemn occasion.
Sometimes we search for one thing, but discover another.
These are not just weeknight dinners, these are Food on Friday weeknight dinners. These recipes also make great leftovers that you can take to work for lunch.
OK, I know that if you’ve had a busy day at work, the last thing you may feel like doing is cooking a meal for yourself ~ but hey! These are all healthy, tasty, and pretty damn easy recipes.
Go on, cook something, you may just find peace and contentment after a hectic day ~ cooking soothes the mind.
First this week, for those of us who can’t decide between salad and pizza we have this Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread from Averie Cooks. San Diego girl Averie says this is both fast and easy ~ it should be ready for you and your special guest in 30 minutes.
Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread
Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has found these Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls at Foodie Crush. These should be delicious as an easy dinner, or an appitiser, or in a burrito, taco, or lettuce wrap. And just how fabulous does this shrimp bowl look! Foodie Crush also has a collection of 25 Super Healthy Bowl Recipes ~ how cool is that!
Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl
Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found us another quick and easy shrimp and pasta recipe. From Sheryl Julian we have a dish of Spring Shrimp with Peas and Mint ~ sounds and looks delicious.
Spring Shrimp with Peas and Mint
As if we all liked shrimp, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has this 30 minute recipe for Sweet Corn Chimichurri Butter Shrimp with Polenta. If you’re not so keen on polenta you could also make the dish with rice and quinoa. (I love shrimp recipes.)
Sweet Corn Chimichurri Butter Shrimp with Polenta
From Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb I have a 30 minute dish that should be popular with my American friends; Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Mac and Cheese isn’t so popular in England ~ don’t ask me why….
Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
And now a cool collection from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have her 15 Best Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinners. All of these can be made in 30 minutes or less. Today I’m featuring Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup, and Chungah says this is the easiest, most comforting soup ~ ever. You should have this on your plate in only 20 minutes, and how great to take to work the following day!
Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup
Smoky Steak and Mushroom Stroganoff
luckily neither Marmaduke nor I have to actually work for a living these days
Good food is as welcome as the flowers in May.
It must be a couple of months since I last wrote a Food on Friday post so for today I originally decided that I was just going to choose some recipes that I really like the sound of, rather trying to stick to a theme.
Well actually, there will be a bit of a theme, I wanted to feature dishes which are pretty easy, don’t take so long to prepare, and will taste really good on a warm, early summer day. But, quite by accident there’s a lot of avocado this week. Must be something to do with some Mexican festival that happens tomorrow.
First up this week, from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest, we have these cool baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado. You should really make your own crepes, but you can buy crepes at stores like Trader Joe’s, and just assemble the fillings. This 25 minute dish will make a great brunch on any nice early summer’s day.
Baked Egg Crepes with Spring Herbs and Avocado
From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a nice recipe collection; 8 fast pasta dishes for busy weeknights. Here in England we don’t go much on Mac and Cheese, but from this collection there’s this super looking creamy broccoli mac and cheese. Qucik, easy, healthy, and nutritious.
Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Joy the Baker has this dangerous sounding dish; mango and jalepeno guacamole. I suspect that you’d want to accompany this with beer, rather than tequila.
Mango and Jalepeno Guacamole
Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks has this nice and very easy dish; taco stuffed avocados ~ and you couldn’t get much more Cinco de Mayo than that. (Actually, I’m English and I know damn-all about Mexican food, or Cinco de Mayo.)
Taco Stuffed Avocados
And now for something completely different; Heather Christo has this brilliant idea which should appeal to all American men ~ the DIY guacamole bar. (At least it should keep the guys out of trouble for a while.)
DIY Guacamole Bar
And now, to celebrate National Guacamole Day, we give you 10 amazing guacamole recipes, brought to you by Shape magazine. This collection includes the amazing celery-spiked guacamole with chiles from bon appétit.
Celery-Spiked Guacamole with Chiles
Finally for this week, and realising that for those of you in the USA the 5th of May is a bit of a holiday, with a slight Mexican touch. From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have 8 ways to show your love of avocados this Cinco de Mayo. Leaving aside a great recipe for guacamole, this collection also includes this interesting chicken posole salad ~ what a smashing idea, and wouldn’t the leftovers be good for lunch at work the following day?
Chicken Posole Salad
Just in case you’re not already satiated with avocado, check out 52 genius ways to get your avocado fix, from delish magazine. This also has lots of guacamole recipes, including BLT guacamole ~ and how cool is that?
Marmaduke is not a big fan of avocado
Cooking can be fun, washing up almost always isn’t.
In my view, one pot meals are the way to go, particularly if you’re busy with work and everything. There’s nothing worse than taking your plate to the sink after dinner, and then realising you also have a mountain of dirty pots and pans to wash up in the aftermath. I don’t know anyone who gets their kicks from tackling a mountain of washing up.
So, why not give some of these great one pot recipes a try.
This is a nice looking recipe for a dish I really like. From No Plate Like Home we have one pot thick New England clam chowder. This is also known as Boston Clam Chowder and it’s a perfect winter comfort food you can make in one pot in under an hour.
One Pot Thick New England Clam Chowder
Another fabulous one pot soup this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker. This hearty chipotle black bean tortilla soup needs just 50 minutes and one pot to prepare, and Dana says it’s very ‘hands off’. This Mexican-inspired soup is also vegan and gluten-free. How cool is that?
Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
This is a dish I must try, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this one pot chili cheese pasta. Looks like a great recipe you can make in one pot in one hour, and while it’s cooking you can prepare some salad to go along with it. Also what a great dish for taking leftovers to work for a nourishing lunch.
One Pot Chili Cheese Pasta
Not only is this a one pot meal from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, you should be able to prepare this one pot 30 minute creamy tomato basil pasta bake in less than a half-hour. There are quite a few ingredients involved, but I think it would be well worth it.
One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
This is a more ambitious one pot meal from Simply Recipes, a Moroccan pot roast, originally posted by Sally Vargas. This is going to take you some 3 hours to prepare, so it’s probably not an everyday meal ~ unless you use your slow cooker? But for a one pot weekend dinner for you and your guests it looks fantastic. The spice mixture should please everyone, (almost everyone).
Moroccan Pot Roast
This is a meal I wanted to feature; slow cooker beef stew with dumplings, just because it reminds me of my misspent youth. I eventually found a recipe on the Good Housekeeping site ~ which is worth visiting anyway.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings.
For those of us who love recipe collections, we have this from Country Living; 33 quick and easy one-dish meals, and there are some great and some fabulous recipes in this collection. Among all the dishes I would like to have featured is this cilantro lime chicken and rice, from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.
One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice
For some it’s heir favourite time of the year ~ others aren’t always so fortunate, so we’ll try hard to make this a happy Christmas for the whole world.
Anyway, back to food for this Christmas. I’ve no doubt that you’ve got all the main stuff organised ~ the Christmas Dinner I mean. But what about all those snacks, and breakfasts, and afternoon teas that you’re going to want to provide over this festive season?
What about all those extras? Well, this Food on Friday might just give you some good ideas.
First this week we have this really cool snowflake pull-apart monkey bread from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest. Loaded with butterscotch and cinnamon ~ what a great breakfast, or something extra sweet to have with your afternoon tea!
Snowflake Pull-Apart Monkey Bread
From No Plate Like Home, how about this eggnog quick bread with rum infused glaze? What a great idea for afternoon tea, or for something to have at parties. You know what? I’ll bet this will go down a treat.
Eggnog Quick Bread with Rum Infused Glaze
Next from the archives of Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français we have this Christmas tarted up treacle tart with ginger and pecans. Jeez! This looks so rich and tasty~ I love treacle tart!
Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans
Now for something that’s a cross between sweet and savory ~ from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have honey hazelnut baked brie. I really like baked brie, and this recipe looks fabulous with a sweet and sour honey sauce.
Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie
Here’s something sweet and irresistible from Averie Cooks; melt in your mouth toffee. Averie says it’s perfect for cookie exchanges, or as a hostess gift, or for parties. This toffee looks good to me.
Melt In Your Mouth Toffee
Well, something no drinks party should be without is a brilliant cheese board. So Chungah at Damn Delicious offers us some tips on how to create the perfect holiday cheese board. Looks damn delicious to me.
The Perfect Holiday Cheese Board
And, talking about drinks, Country Living has this brilliant collection of drinks recipes; 30 Christmas cocktails for a holly jolly holiday season. Among the recipes is this cool white Christmas mojito from Half Baked Harvest.
White Christmas Mojito
Have a very Happy Christmas
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A barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.
It’s officially summer, (well according to most people), and that’s a time to cook food out of doors. Barbecues, are more an excuse to have a social gathering than a way of cooking food, especially in America. Menus and recipes should perhaps be chosen with that in mind.
You know what? I’m terrible at barbecues.
Something traditionally American for an American barbecue; sticky bourbon ribs. Except this time it’s from English girl Amanda Wren-Greenwood living in France, and her blog Chez la Rêve Français. This is a 2 hour recipe, but I’m certain the results will be worth it.
Sticky Bourbon Ribs
Now, from another English girl Petra, and her blog Food Eat Love, we have; a perfect day for a smoking barbecue. You know what? All my attempts at a barbecue smoke too much….
A Perfect Day for a Smoking Barbecue
at Cooking Up The Pantry gives us a dish that will take some time, but it’s traditionally English and will wow! your guests; barbecued leg of lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary. I love rosemary ~ the herb I mean.
Barbecued Leg of Lamb with Lots of Garlic and Rosemary
Here’s something we probably wouldn’t have at a barbecue in England; braised bbq beef sandwich. This is from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes and it simply looks delicious.
Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich
I know that you like collections, so here’s a great collection from Country Living; 50+ grilling recipes for an epic summer cookout. This collection includes this very interesting coffee and brown sugar coated skirt steak. Hmmmmm.
Coffee and Brown Sugar Coated Skirt Steak
One of the ‘must haves’ at any barbecue is some great salads. Chungah at Damn Delicious has this light and delicious looking shrimp cobb salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette. Shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado… what’s not to like.
Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Heather Christo always makes a great looking salads and appetisers. For those of you who like collections she has 10 of the best amazing healthy huge salads, including this seared tuna with chilli and mango cilantro ginger vinaigrette. Fabulous.
Seared Tuna with Chilli and Mango Cilantro Vinaigrette
And for something to drink at your BBQ, I give you the 10 best lip-smackingly food margarita recipes. (Is lip-smakingly even a word?)
there are also some great barbecue salads
in last week’s Food on Friday
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.
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?
Many, many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.