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Food on Friday ~ Shellfish

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?

Grilled Lobster


Many, many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

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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…).


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.


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.


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.


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).


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?).


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).


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.)


Blueberry Pomegranate Mint Limeade

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


Food on Friday # 34 ~ Salmon (mostly)

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.


Food on Friday # 34 ~ Lunch

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


2o lunchesFor 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.

From Real Simple I can give you 26 hearty satisfying lunches.  There are some really good sandwiches, soups, and salads here, including this turkey salad with tomato and avocado.


ravioli_veg_soupFinally 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.


Food on Friday # 31 ~ Salads and Stuff

In some parts of the world it’s practically summer already ~salad days are back with us.  Some say that salads are boring ~ the last refuge of a cook who has completely run out of ideas.  Well now, I don’t think any of the fabulous salads and stuff in this Friday’s food blog are boring.  I’d be happy to be served any of these platters, anywhere, any time ~ (after 11 o’clock in the morning that is…).

Tieghan Gerard, (aka Half Baked Harvest), has this fabulous looking display ~ the new crudité platter, she says she mostly sourced from Trader Joe’s, (I know that chain, great stores).  Also from Tieghan there’s a 30 minute Asian basil beef and mango noodle salad.


The New Crudité Platter

Finally from Tieghan Gerard this week, something I just had to show you, her loaded Greek quinoa salad.


Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad

Meanwhile, back at Tasting Everything, Anne has an, irresistible steak salad, as well as this (gluten-free, quick and dirty), simply delectable kale caesar salad recipe.  Methinks Anne has a lot of kale to use up.


Simply Delectable Kale Cesar Salad

From lovely California girl Averie Sunshine at Averie cooks we have this kale ceasar salad with fried chickpeas, and a chicken orozo salad…  and I had to look up orozo.


Chicken Orozo Salad

From Seattle girl and Le cordon bleu graduate Heather Chisto I can offer you a cuban quinoa bowl with spicy lemon cashew dressing, a lemony verde quinoa salad, as well as this wonderful looking grilled salmon nicoise salad with meyer lemon chive vinaigtette.  I know my friend in Southern California would love to be served this dish.


Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad with Meyer Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

Heather has some irresistable salads, so how about this Vietnamese shrimp noodle salad.


Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Salad

One more salad from Heather is this great looking grilled chicken souvlaki greek salad.  Nice.


Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Greek Salad

More that’s very California, from the flourishing foodie; blood orange and avocado salad with a citrus tahini dressing and salted pistachios ~ you know nuts are very good for a body?


Blood Orange and Avocado Salad with a citrus Tahini Dressing and Salty Pistachios

More avocado from Todd Porter and Diane Cu, the White On Rice Couple; grilled avocado salad with corn pico de gallo & chimichurri dressing.  And I know my friend in SoCal has access to a lot of really good avocado.


Grilled Avocado Salad with Corn Pico de Gallo & Chimichurri Dressing

You may remember that I detest sushi, but from Petra at Food Eat Love, here is an elegant fish and salad meal I could enjoy; parma ham wrapped salmon with roasted veg and a cucumber salad, (hey I’d be happy with just the cucumber salad).


Cucumber Salad

For something that’s easier to take into work, what about this high maintenance egg salad sandwich from Chicago girl and culinary school graduate Laura at A beautiful Plate.


High Maintenance Egg Salad Sandwich

Cookie + kate have this very easy anything goes kale salad with green tahini dressing.  Given that it’s a 15 minute dish with tahini dressing, I’m certain my friend in Orange County will like this recipe.


Anything-Goes Kale Salad With Green Tahini Dressing

So, this isn’t a salad.  So sue me.  From Karen at Honestly Yum I offer you the perfect cheese platter.


The Perfect Cheese Platter

And, Finally for this week, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is we have this very interesting pimento cheese chicken salad on honey butter biscuits.  Jessica is a Pittsburgh girl, and her biscuits are nothing like what we know as biscuits in England.


Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits

A very big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s collection of recipes.


Food on Friday # 28 Mostly Chicken

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.

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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.

garlic ranch chicken

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.


Food on Friday # 27 ~ California

For this Food on Friday it’s either recipes from California Cooks, or recipes for things I know they eat, (drink), in sunny California.  (And, that’s pretty easy, because I know that in SoCal they will eat just about anything, and drink absolutely anything….)

Elise at Simply Recipes has her kitchen in Carmichael, Sacremento County, and has a great skillet shrimp and asparagus recipe for you to try.  I know my friend in Orange County will like this dish, especially as it only takes 30 minutes and she can use a shed-load of garlic.


Skillet Shrimp and Asparagus

California girl Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has these damn delicious looking southwestern egg rolls with cilantro avocado sauce.  Cilantro, (coriander), and avocado are ingredients I know they are big on in Southern California, my SoCal friend is always going on about cilantro, and avocado, and garlic if it comes to that.

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Southwestern Egg Rolls With Cilantro Avocado Sauce

Also from Damn Delicious I loke the look of this cilantro lime chicken, (coriander for goodness sake).

cilantro chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

From SoCal, the lovely Aveire Sunshine at Averie Cooks there’s this recipe for buffalo chicken burrito bowls… I should really know what a burrito is ~ I not even certain I know what buffalo chicken is. ha ha ha


Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowl

I don’t know what an Enchilada is either, and Kate is now a Kansas Ciy girl.  But, from Cookie + kate we have how to make perfect enchilada sauce.


Perfect Enchilada Sauce

I know what tacos are, because they sell them here in England.  So, from Wine Country, Anne at Tasting Everything gives you the best chicken taco recipe (with mango salsa and homemade tortillas).


The Best Chicken Taco Recipe (With Mango Salsa and Homemade Tortillas)

Heather Christo has a nifty taco recipe with something I know they grow in California, blood oranges.  So, blood orange honey ginger glazed pork tacos look pretty good.


Blood Orange Honey Ginger Glazed Pork Tacos

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest is also doing tacos.  This time corned beef tacos with beer battered fries ~ well now, battered fries, (we call them chips), are a new one on me.  (And, Californians would not believe what the English use for corned beef ~ for a start it comes in a can.)


Corned Beef Tacos With Beer Battered Fries.

They do like going out for their pizza in California, but here is something different and easy to make at home. From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, margherita French bread pizza.


Margherita French Bread Pizza

This recipe from Petra at Food Eat Love is in here just because I believe my lovely friend in Orange ounty would like crab and avocado roll in lobster and crab broth.


Crab And Avocado Roll In Lobster And Crab Broth

Now, and finally, from Jane’s Italian Kitchen we have how to make perfect crispy bacon without the mess.  I’ve seen what passes for bacon in California, and trust me, they can use all the help they can get.


Perfect Crispy Bacon Without The Mess

What do Californians drink with their food?  Judging by what I’ve seen on my road trips out there, a Californian will drink anything with alcohol in it when they’re eating.  Beer, saki, tequila, wiskey, wine…. but they will also have my favourite drink along with food ~ water…  For something a little different, Haether Christo has a nifty rose and tarragon gin lemonade.  (This may not be a good idea, some ladies can get tearful after drinking gin, and tarragon is an aphrodisiac ~ honest.)

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Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

A big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.  I hope to be back in California very soon.



Food on Friday #26 ~ Noodles

Noodles?  Noodles you ask?  What can one do with noodles except boil them?  You would be surprised.  No, you are going to be very, very, surprised.

Cooking with a Wallflower, (aka Andrea), has these basil garlic noodles, which she says is a 25 minute dish.  I believe her, and I believe these will make a great midweek dinner.  Even my friend in SoCal has time to make this dish, and I know she loves garlic.


Basil Garlic Noodles

Another very easy dish, this time from the Flourishing Foodie, ramen noodle stir fry, really this is a 20 minute one pan meal ~ brilliant for the single person, like me.


Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

The White On Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Diane Cu, have a dish I am going to try very soon; pork and kimchi noodle stir fry.  This is a 30 minute dish ~ for a single guy living alone, a 30 minute stir fry is brilliant!


Pork and KimChi Noodle Stir Fry

And now for something completely different from Cookie + kate pesto squash noodles and spaghetti with burst cherry tomatoes, nice…  This is a 30 minute vegetarian / vegan dish, and I love cherry tomatoes.


Pesto Squash Noodles And Spaghetti With Burst Cherry Tomatoes

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.


Bright And Healthy Coconut Soup With Rice Noodles And Mussels

From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is, there’s this delicious sounding 30 minute crispy salmon with creamy basil noodles.  Another one my California Girl would enjoy, when she can find the time.


30 Minute Crispy Salmon With Creamy Basil Noodles

For the more adventurous, what about black rice noodles?  Petra at Food Eat Love has a gloriously simple recipe for black rice noodles with bacon and mushrooms.  Hmmm, wonder if I can buy these things in my backward donkey town.


Black Rice Noodles

And finally for this Friday, Chung-Ah, (Damn Delicious), has 10 quick-fix Asian noodle recipes to share, including Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta.  Sounds great!


Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

I feel as though I should end this post with a picture of Kung Fu Panda, and his dad’s secret ingredient noodle soup…  But, here’s a picture of Marmaduke posing in front of a local restaurant instead.  Really, the restaurant is aboard that paddle steamer ~ and really, it’s not so good.




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