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.
Ultimately, food is the most satisfying form of comfort.
Even though spring has arrived in more southerly parts of the world, it’s still cold and wintry here in Northern England. Trust me, there’s still a need for comfort food here in the colder parts of the world.
First for you this week, from Joanne at No Plate Like Home is a great English staple ~ shepherds pie. Usually made with ground beef, but sometimes with ground lamb, this 45 minute dish is a fantastic midweek dinner.
And next, from English Foodie abroad at Chez le Rêve Français, we have another savoury pie, this time a chicken and leek pie. This looks a fabulous dish, which should take you around an hour to make.
Chicken and Leek Pie
Now for something easier and quicker from Chungah at Damn Delicious, there’s this great sheet pan steak and fries. I really like dishes we can make in just one pan.
Sheet Pan Steak and Fries
Soup is also a wonderful winter comfort food, and from Canadian girl Heather at the flourishing foodie I can offer you this cauliflower, leek, and carrot soup. Would be great with some crusty bread and fresh butter.
Cauliflower Leek and Carrot Soup
Something that isn’t a savoury pie, but kind of ticks all the pie boxes. From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, there’s this great looking Irishman’s beef brisket burrito. I’m not usually a fan of burritos, but I really like the look of this dish.
Irishman’s Beef Brisket Burrito
Another Irish Beef dish, this time Irish Beef Stew from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes. You know what? In England we really like Irish Beef, but St. Patrick’s Day does nothing for most of us ~ maybe the English history with Ireland is just too long and chequered ~ and likely to more so as Brexit plays out..
Irish Beef Stew
Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, some real late-night comfort food. This rich, but vegan and gluten free brown sugar spiced banana rum cake. So, what’s not to like?
Brown Sugar Spiced Banana Rum Cake
A big thank you 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
Occasional Dishes for Christmas.
At this time of year, when we’re busy with shopping for gifts, food shopping, visiting family and friends, it’s easy just to eat snacks on the run. It’s also very easy to get very bored with turkey. Here are some fairly simple dishes you can cook to make your pre and post Christmas evenings, lunchtimes, and mornings a little more interesting.
Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked harvest has given us this pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin, looks delicious, and I will be definitely making this dish for dinner on Christmas Eve. There is some real comfort food here to take away the stresses of Yuletide.
Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Chungah at Damn delicious offers us sheet pan steak and veggies. You can’t find an easier meal than this and it looks damn delicious too.
Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
The lovely Averie at Averie cooks has this dead simple dish of curry coconut sweet potato fries with cucumber dill dip. Great to snack on or as a side dish with steak or pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin.
Curry Coconut Oil Sweet Potato Fries with Cucumber Dill Dip
Something a little different from Cooking Without Limits; nests of meat stuffed wine vines rolls for Christmas. I’ve had these in Greece, and I can tell you they are a fabulous dish.
Nests of Meat Stuffed Wine Vines
If you have a house full of guests over Christmas, just what can you make at breakfast time that doesn’t involve loads of pans and mess. Well, thanks to Elise Baur at Simply Recipes and Sheryl Julian, you can make this ham and cheese breakfast casserole, and it will satisfy the hungriest house guest.
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
I really like lamb, and although I don’t cook it often, I will be roasting a leg of lamb for this coming New Year’s Eve. So this recipe for slow roast lamb with ancho chilli and garlic marinade from Australian Cooking Up The Pantry is very apposite today. But beware, this dish will take around 6 hours in the oven.
Onion Brie Appetisers
a great big thank you to all the cooks featured this Christmas, and throughout 2016
have a very Merry Christmas
Here in England the winter is now grey, wet, and miserable. In some parts of the USA, the winter has come howling in with a vengeance. The time for salads has passed in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and we all need something warming and comforting on the table. I need no excuses to devote another Food on Friday to soups ~ even though it’s not so long ago that I gave you all a post about Late Summer Soups.
I love this recipe from Chungah Rhee at Damn delicious. Perfect for a cold winter’s night, a rich and warming potato ham chowder. Trust me, it’s easy, filling, creamy, and very delicious.
Potato Ham Chowder
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
I love French Onion soup, but the way I make it takes forever. Petra at Food Eat Love has this recipe for French onion and marrow soup she says takes about a half an hour. Who am I to argue?
French Onion and Marrow Soup
Elise Buaer at Simply Recipes has a really thrifty and nourishing soup for turkey leftovers ~ Mom’s turkey soup. And don’t worry if it’s too late to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey because Christmas is just around the corner.
Mom’s Turkey Soup
Heather Christo always has beautifully photographed dishes, and this vegan roasted butternut squash soup is no exception. This serving is garnished with coconut cream and fresh chives. And remember, Heather’s recipes are always deliciously allergen free.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
From Gura at Cooking Without Limits I can offer you something different, packed with ‘superfoods’ ~ a sweet potato soup with ginger. I have to try this, and maybe I can persuade my friend in Southern California to try making this recipe too.
Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger
Finally for this week, from House and Garden Magazine we have this smashing collection of easy soup recipes, including this Indian chickpea soup. I love Indian food, (that’s Asian Indian, not Native American). I also love all these recipe collections I’m finding for you.
Indian Chickpea Soup.
A very big thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday
Except this isn’t Friday, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I wanted to post some ideas for Thanksgiving dishes before this Thursday, and give you time to go to the store. These are mostly desserts and booze, with a few other interesting things thrown in.
As Thanksgiving falls in the Autumn, (hahahahaha, a little English humour there), apples feature quite heavily in these recipes. Accordingly I’d like to remind you of Food on Friday # 48, which is all about apples and includes a few ideas I think could be super for Thanksgiving. (What do I know, we don’t do Thanksgiving in England.)
So, first up this week is a great recipe for a desert, or for something to have in the evening, or on Friday. From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this delicious looking apple pear pie. And if that wasn’t tasty enough we have Andrea’s favourite Thanksgiving dishes for 2016.
Apple Pear Pie
Also from Andrea, how about this fabulous autumn drink ~ apple pear cider.
Apple Pear Cider
This is a decliciously cute recipe from Jacelyn Delk Adams at Grandbaby Cakes, a site I haven’t featured before, caramel apple cheesecake. Doesn’t it look fabulous?
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
From Heather Christo, one of her gorgeous looking dishes, with one of her trademark very long names; pumpkin caramel and chocolate ganache tart with potato chip coconut crust. Heather says this recipe is both vegan and gluten free.
Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tart
Autumn Sangria with Apples Pomegranate and Figs
Another drink, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; pomegranate ginger paloma. As well as tequila this recipe uses honey, fresh ginger, and mint leaves. Nice, but make mine without the tequila. If that wasn’t enough, from bon appetit we have a collection of 25 Thanksgiving cocktail and drink recipes. Jeez.
Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
Finally for this week, something that no Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be complete without; the stuffing. From Elise at Simply Recipes we have a sausage, sage, and cornbread stuffing recipe, (we don’t get cornbread in England).
Sausage Sage and Cornbread Stuffing
If all that wasn’t enough, Country living has 37 recipes for your best Thanksgiving stuffing ever, including this slow cooker cranberry pecan stuffing from one of my favourite cooks, Chungah at Damn Delicious.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
a great big thank you to all of the cool cooks
featured in this Tuesday version of Food on Friday