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Food on Friday ~ Summer Salads

create healthy habits, not restrictions and rules

It’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s time for a cool drink and a fabulous salad.   After all this self-isolation, comfort eating, and processed food it’s time to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  And we all know that salads are brilliant at this time of year.  Preferably eaten in the sunshine and fresh air.

This quick, healthy arugula salad with lemon balsamic dressing is from Erin Clarke, at Well Plated by Erin.  It’s listed as a side dish, but I think many of us would be happy to have this for an al-fresco lunch, maybe with some salmon or chicken added.

Arugula Salad

This is fabulous from The Bojon Gourmet; vegan caprese salad with peaches and arugula.  Here a vegan mozzarella is used, but if you don’t want to be so strict you could choose an alternative.  BTW, I love heirloom tomatoes.

Vegan Caprese Salad with Peaches & Arugula

And now for something completely different from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; panzanella with marinated chickpeas and chimchurri.  Bread in a salad, now that is different!

Panzanella with Marinated Chickpeas and Chimchurri

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a recipe for heirloom tomato soba noodle salad, and as I already said I like heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Soba Noodle Salad

Trust Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais to come up with something decadent; an asparagus, broccoli, and endamame salad.  Looks deliciously different.

Asparagus Broccoli and Endamame Salad

Finally this week is from Chunghah at Damn Delicious, how about this grilled Greek chicken salad, served with tzatziki dressing?

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a Mediterranean Salad

from Heather Christo

Food on Friday ~ Lazy Summer

roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer

So, what is it?  Spend the days isolated in lockdown?  Or do we get out into the yard, have family over, have friends round, or just enjoy ourselves in the warm summer sunshine?

I guess you all know which end of the spectrum I’d prefer.  But then, at my age I’m not so risk-averse.

Should you wish to try some alfresco dining then I heartily commend these recipes to you.

Since we can’t go travelling the world, there’s a cosmopolitan flavour to the dishes this week.

First up, from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français, we have this Tuscan roast pork with apples.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Tuscany; Florence, Sienna, Pisa…..  but the food there is fabulous.  Amanda captures the atmosphere perfectly with this dish that would be great on any alfresco dining table.

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Tuscan Roast Pork with Apples

Since you probably don’t want to go trogging off to stand in line at IKEA, I offer you this Swedish meatball pasta, from Chungah at Damn Delicious.

Swedish Meatball Pasta

From semi-professional taco eater Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb here’s a dish of Cajun shrimp and rice, cooked in a skillet, so easy and so delicious.  Great with a salad.  I’ve had a very similar dish in the West Indies, on a beach of silver sand.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

To go along with any of the dishes this week, or as a fabulous, healthy meal in its own right we have this beautiful Mediterranean Salad from Heather Christo.  She does make good looking dishes.

Mediterranean Salad

Our collection this week comes from Good Housekeeping Magazine their 75 quick summer dinner ideas for easier weeknights ~ weeknights? Hell!  These dishes are great at any time.  From this collection I’ve chosen to feature this grilled Moroccan steak and carrots.  It’s worth getting the spices and doing this properly, you’ll love it!

Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots

And for desert, or as an alfresco brunch, we have this blueberry Dutch baby panckake from Andrea at Cooking with a Walflower.  Fantastic with vanilla ice cream.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

blackened shrimp kale Caesar salad

an odd fact,

women like kale much better than guys do

June 20th ~ The Summer Solstice

the longest day of the year has special meanings for all spiritual people

This far north, the sun rises today at 04:27, and does not set until 21:45, some 17hrs 17min and 55sec later.  That’s the true day length, but this close to the sea, this far north, it’s fully light here from about 03:30 until 22:42, as a matter of fact it never really gets dark today.  Full Nautical Twilight is a very strange phenomenon.  Of course our clocks are slightly wrong because noon at the Greenwich Meridian today is at 13:01.  That’s politicians and orbital drift for you.

The spiritual significance of the summer solstice lies in embracing the sun and its life-giving power, and if you live as far north as I, then you will know how much better you feel in summer, as opposed to the dank, cold, dark days of winter.  The summer solstice is also a time of new beginnings, and I am fully aware that I need to make and stick to some solstice resolutions.  How much better to make new resolutions in summer as opposed to almost the shortest days of the New Year.

My first resolution, aim, goal is to be physically, emotionally, and mentally stronger, fitter, healthier ~ loss prone to illnesses.

And my second is to be kinder, more supportive, more charitable, more accepting and understanding, friendlier and more loving.

The third and last resolution for this solstice is that indefinable and immeasurable thing; to be a better man.

Some say that the only goal worthy of a man is to be superior.  And that, it doesn’t matter how we treat others, what really matters is how they treat us.  All I know is that I would rather be a very nice guy, living a really great life, than a jerk.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I hope and trust you can enjoy the warm, live-giving sun at this solstice.

Food on Friday # 36 ~ Summer

There is no overall theme to this week’s Food on Friday ~ except these are all great summer recipes from great cooks.

Starting this week with nectarine and fried mozzarella caprese salad from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  You know what?  I’d like to be able to make a salad that looked half as good as any of Tieghan’s dishes, (I didn’t realise that pansies were edible…).

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Nectarine And Fried Mozzarella Caprese  Salad

We are all very used to eating food out of season, hell I can buy decent salad greens here in England at any time of the year.  But I think we would all agree that local produce, in season, is far better quality than anything that’s been shipped thousands of miles before it gets into your local store.  And, fish is something that a gourmet should only eat when it’s fresh and in season.  English Girl Petra from Food Eat Love has this smashing recipe for Torbay sole with scalloped stuffed courgette flower….  Torbay is a great little harbour town on the English Riviera.  Out of the way, quiet, and well worth a visit.

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Torbay Sole With Scallop Stuffed Courgette Flower

Now from Anne, a professional chef from the California wine country, we have this absolute umami corn on the cob recipe.  It’s well worth checking out Anne’s Tasting Everything blog for some super recipes.

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Absolute Umami Corn On The Cob

I recently featured this recipe for thai larb chicken lettuce cups, but I liked it so much I’m putting it in again as a nice summer snack / appetiser.  It’s from the White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Dianne Cu.

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Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups

Here’s a very quick and easy summer snack / appetiser recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes.  This 15 minute shrimp scampi would go really well with a couple of cold beers, (or in my case fizzy water).

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Shrimp Scampi

So, from the vegetarian / vegan Cookie + kate, (I’m pretty certain Cookie the dog isn’t vegetarian, but what do I know?), we have this mega crunchy romaine salad with quinoa.  (Am I the only person in the free world who has never eaten quinoa?).

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Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad With Quinoa

And the final food recipe for this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this spicy summer vegetable chili.  This is a great dish to use up all that stuff you’ve got hanging about in your refrigerator.  This is also a vegetarian / vegan recipe, (or at least, I belive it is so).

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Spicy Summer Vegetable Chili

For something to drink instead of beer on those hot summer days, we have this blueberry pomegranate mint limeade, also from Cooking with a Wallflower.  (Why do Americans drink out of jam jars, instead of proper glasses?  Weird.)

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Blueberry Pomegranate Mint Limeade

liebster-12A great big thank you to all the cool cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Summer to Fall

LOVE IN SUMMER

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summer love’s bliss

Summer to Fall

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I said November

and you saw the gold of the Fall

I smelled the mould

and you heard the grey geese call

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I touched your hand

and you brushed your lips on my cheek

you heard the band play

and I heard discordant screech

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I saw brown leaves drop

but you saw the umber and gold

I saw a poor apple crop

and you tasted hot cider mulled

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Autumn, and you said that it’s time

I stood there in silence

you just walked away

the end of a romance

Like Summer it had its day

by Jack Collier

Autumn

summer turns to fall

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