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.
Some say that we should aim to eat a couple of portions of oily fish a week. And, that fish like salmon is a rich source of omaga 3, which does good things like stave off heart disease. All I know is that a well cooked salmon steak is much more fun than taking cod-liver-oil capsules.
When I mentioned to my friend in Orange County that I was intending to do a post on salmon recipes, she said I should include some other ‘fishy’ dishes. So there is also a cod recipe here. Who am I to ignore a smart woman?
First up this Friday, from Cooking up the Pantry, we have a pretty easy dish for a dinner with an Indian flavour, cheats salmon tikka.
Cheats Salmon Tikka
This is a really good post from Elise at Simply Recipes, because it also gives you some tips on buying salmon, (and other fish). Leaving that aside, I’m certain my friends will like this dish, salmon with lemon cream sauce, partly because you could also save some and have it cold as the basis for a great salad.
Salmon With Lemon Cream Sauce
This recipe fascinates me, so I make no excuse for including it today, even though it was only just in Food on Friday #32 which was all about BBQ. From Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, I really must cook this cedar plank salmon with watermelon feta salsa. (that’s if my friend ever lets me near her barbecue again).
Cedar Plank Salmon With Watermelon Feta Salsa
Cooking fish in foil is a brilliant idea. If Chungah from Damn Delicious hadn’t had this garlic butter salmon in foil recipe, I would have had to invent it myself. You really must try this, it’s so quick, easy, and so damn delicious.
Garlic Butter Salmon In Foil
This is different, 30 minute cajun salmon with salted lime butter, fromPennsylvania girl Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is. You know what? I think this is a 20 minute dish, which will please my friend in Orange County no end.
30 MInute Cajun Salmon With Salted Lime Butter
I found this site by courtesy of at Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower. So then, Lisa at Healthy nibbles + bits is a lawyer turned food blogger, and she has this summery salad for you. Summer teriyaki salmon salad, which is an easy 35 minute dish In the same post she also has the start of her free 4-week meal planning challenge ~ pretty cool.
Summer Teriyaki Salmon Salad
From English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that should satisfy anyone’s craving for seafood. I give you salmon with scallops, pickle sprats, and roasted fig quinoa. taa daah!!! You know what? I would much rather eat this plate of seafood than I would like sushi.
Salmon With Scallops, Pickle Sprats, And Roasted Fig Quinoa
At the suggestion of a close friend I include this elegant recipe from Tasting Everything; cod with summer vegetables. The picture shows a very elegant dish as befits Anne, who is a professional chef from the California wine country.
Cod With Summer Vegetables
And, finally this week, from Heather Christo we have a bit of a collection for you, starting with grilled tahini glazed salmon with cucumber noodles. I’m very certain my friend in SoCal will like this dish.
Grilled Tahini Glazed Salmon with Cucumber Noodles
and then, how to cook salmon in 15 delicious ways, including this BLT salmon salad with creamy avocado green goddess dressing.
BLT Salmon Salad With Creamy Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
Also, how about this post? How to perfectly cook salmon ~ how cool is that?
How To Perfectly Cook Salmon
May I say thank you to all the cooks featured this week.
Eating a good lunch is important, if you’re not going to fade in the afternoon.
A lot of working people miss out on lunch, or buy from a deli, or eat at some greasy spoon, (cheap café or restaurant serving fried food), or Mexican joint, or have something even more unhealthy such as ‘pot noodles’. Instead of that, why not make your own lunch to take to work?
This week I’ve found some quick, easy, simple lunches for you. Many of these you can mostly prepare at the weekend for the week ahead. As it’s coming up to summer, and I don’t want to get into anything made with bread, (I’m avoiding wheat and flour at present), there are some salads here.
For hot food, the first thing you need to do, if you’re taking a great lunch to work, is check out the facilities in your lunch room. Do you have a microwave? If you do, then you are all set to make any of these recipes ~ but remember, you can’t microwave foil…
First this week, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have this bacon potato salad. Averie has this as a side dish, but I think it will make a great lunch, and should keep chilled in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days. And, if you make a batch, you can also use this as a side dish with your evening meal.
Bacon Potato Salad
From Chungah Rhee, (aka Damn Delicious), another potato dish you can prepare ahead ~ sausage, potato, and green bean foil packets. If you have an oven in the lunch room you could cook these packets at work, or you could cook them ahead and eat them cold, or whatever… And, you could swap bacon for the sausage…
Sausage Potato And Green Bean Foil Packets
Another potato dish, which you could eat cold or warmed in the lunch room microwave. From Heather Christo, smoky potatoes with asparagus and chorizo.
Smoky Potatoes With Asparagus And Chorizo
We are heavy on the potatoes this week because you can prepare them in advance, they are a better source of carbohydrates than bread, and they make a great base for a work-lunch salad. Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this grilled potato salad with almond-basil chimichurri and 7-minute eggs. And, that’s one substantial lunch.
Grilled Potato Salad With Almond-Basil Chimichurri And 7-Minute Eggs
Elise at Simply Recipes gives us this Mediterranean potato salad, personally, as a complete lunch I would add bacon or chicken pieces to this recipe, or use it as a great side dish.
Mediterranean Potato Salad
Anne is a professional chef in Wine Country, and on her site Tasting Everything she has this easy, light, and healthy feel-good fresh and light citrus and avocado salad recipe.
Feel-Good Fresh And Light Citrus And Avocado Salad
For me, the secret to having a good lunch at work is to make too much food for dinner. If you choose your dinner menus well, then what you don’t eat at dinner, you can take to work the following day, or the day after. But, if you’re not that organised I have some lists of easy recipes for lunches you can make from scratch. From Ariel Knutson at thekitchn we have 23 make-ahead lunches to get you through the work week, while from Allyson Dickman of Brit+Co there are 17 make-ahead lunches to get you through the work week. And, The Everygirl has 15 lunches to make ahead for work.
Finally for this week. After looking around the web for a long time, getting frustrated, I finally found this post from Eating Well ~ cheap healthy lunch ideas for work. There are 51 recipes in this post, most of which I could make ahead and take to work during the week. The recipes include this ravioli & vegetable soup, which will freeze if you make a batch and is perfect if you have a microwave in the lunch room.
Thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.
Chicken is a really useful, (cool, nifty, neat), main ingredient for a lot of tasty and easy recipes. However, chicken can be quite boring ~ but not in these fabulous recipes.
So, from the lovely San Diego girl Averie Sunshine there’s this easy lemon chicken with caramelized lemons. I like easy and this dish both looks and sounds interesting.
Easy Lemon Chicken With Caramelized Lemons
Another citrus chicken dish from Anne at Tasting Everything; spicy citrus chicken, she says is an awesome chicken breast recipe! ( the bang is hers )
Spicy Citrus Chicken
I really like meals I can make in just one pan ~ in this case a skillet. Heather Christo has this fabulous looking recipe for creamy tomato baked chicken and pasta. I have to try this.
Creamy Tomato Baked Chicken And Pasta
Another one pan dish, this time from Chungah at Damn Delicious. One pan garlic chicken and veggies ~ as well as garlic this recipe uses ranch dressing, which I know is a big favourite with my friend from Southern California.
One Pan Garlic Ranch Chicken
As well as one pan dishes, I really like 20 minute meals. From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest there is this 20 minute basil cashew chicken. Chicken and cashews are a great combination. I think my friend in Orange County will like this dish because not only does it take 20 minutes from start to finish, it also calls for 4 cloves of garlic…
20 Minute Basil Cashew Chicken
Also from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have Kimchi chicken and bacon fried rice. cool.
Kimchi Chicken And Bacon Fied Rice
OK, this isn’t chicken, but the title of this Friday’s post is Mostly Chicken. From Petra at Food Eat Love, how about cauliflower mac & cheese with guinea fowl in a sticky lemon sauce?
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese With Guinea Fowl In A Sticky Lemon Sauce
Chicken does not just need to be the main course. Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a cool recipe for a delicious spicy Thai chicken coconut soup with okra and mushrooms. (for me, I would leave out the okra…OK I hate okra)
Spicy Thai Chicken Coconut Soup With Okra and Mushrooms
What to drink with chicken? Other than a very light beer, club soda, or sparkling water… for really good white wine, what about an Italian Verdicchio?
A great big thank you to all the cool cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.