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Food on Friday ~ Summery Pink Drinks

Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude.

I saw a girl driving a shocking pink car today.  It could have been worse, it could have been a guy driving a shocking pink car.  (It could have been the Pink Panther.)  I started to wonder if anything really looked good in pink, and I came up with pink drinks for a summer’s weekend.

Well, actually you could drink these pink drinks at any time of the year, but I think they all look very summery and cooling for a stinking hot and humid day.

And yes, there are cocktails called The Pink Panther, the recipes vary, but girls should beware of all of them.

The ever elegant Heather Christo has some very ‘cool’ drinks recipes, including; spicy watermelon sangria, cherry pomegranate ginger vodka lemonade, and this really pretty in pink watermelon cucumber gin lemonade.

Wetermelon Cucumber Gin Lemonade

Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has some really great looking ‘pink drinks’ too; frozen watermelon rosé sangria slushies, raspberry rosé tequila kombucha, and this vicious sounding jalapeno bloody mary.

Jalapeno Bloody Mary

San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a drink that’s sort of pink in this Malibu sunset, which is made with pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, with some added cherries.  Malibu Coconut Rum is a pretty cool spirit with lots of mixers; try it with Coca-Cola for a different tasting Cuba Libre.

Malibu Sunset

At Honestly Yum Todd has this cool and very pink watermelon, fresh herbs and sotol cocktail.  Sotol is from Mexico, it’s a bit like tequila, only crazier.

Watermelon, Fresh Herbs and Sotol Cocktail

Seattle girl Heather, the Flourishing Foodie has this recipe for a rhubarb collins, and she also tells us how to make simple syrup ~ an essential ingredient for many, many long cocktails.

Rhubarb Collins

Chungah at Damn Delicious has this dead easy and very refreshing strawberry thyme prosecco ~ I love that Chungah uses limoncello in this recipe.  This drink is very pink indeed.

Strawberry Thyme Prosecco

And finally for now, found in Allrecipes magazine, we have this recipe for Jewel’s watermelon margaritas created by Rainbow Jewels.  How cute.

Jewel’s Watermelon Margaritas

Please always drink responsibly ~ you know it makes sense.  Girls, beware apples laced with anything alcoholic, narcotic, or soporific.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

guys need a cocktail recipe book

 

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Food on Friday ~ Comfort Food

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.

Shepherds Pie

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

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Easy Soups

Easy, Fast, Warming, Nourishing, Winter Recipes.

In my quest to find you some easy recipes which will not only make a great winter’s dinner, but can also be taken to work for lunch the following day, I have come back to soups, broths, and stews.  Home made soup is such a great idea for the very busy boy and girl.

There are a three recipe collections for this Food on Friday; from Cookie and Kate, Tieghan Gerard and Averie Sunshine.  I know my friend in Orange County likes these recipe collections ~ so enjoy sweetheart.

Firstly this week, another delicious-looking dish from Heather Christo, this time it’s a steamed lentil veggie bowl with tahini broth.  Strictly speaking this isn’t a soup, but it’s an easy 20 minute dish, allergy free, gluten-free, and dairy free.  My friend in Orange County should like this because she can buy pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joes

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Steamed Lentil Veggie Bowls with Tahini Broth

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has this brilliant, easy, and very healthy 30 minute Asian chicken soup.  Packed with vegetables and taste, Jessica also seems to think it’s a cure for the common cold.  Who knew?

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30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is has also found this really warming dish at The Flourishing Foodie; butter onion tomato soup with pasta and parmesan.  While this dish only takes 20 minutes to prepare, there’s a ninety minute cooking time, so maybe this is something you want to make at the weekend.  It looks gorgeous.

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Butter Onion Tomato Soup with Pasta and Parmesan

Chungah Rhee from Damn Delicious says this easy 35 minute dish is packed with every vegetable she had to hand, and the superfood quinoa soup looks like it.

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Superfood Quinoa Soup

The lovely San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a cool recipe for tomato, greens, and beans soup, which she says is accidentally both gluten-free and vegan.  Ah, not quite vegan in my case because I would use organic chicken broth as the base.

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Tomato Greens and Beans Soup

From Kansas City, Cookie and Kate give us 15 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, among which is this fabulous sounding 45 minute recipe; creamy Thai carrot sweet potato soup.  Really warming I’ll bet.

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Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Tieghan Gerard at half baked harvest has posted her 20 favourite winter crockpot recipes, including a crockpot crispy caramelised pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash, and this crockpot French onion soup with cheesy French toast.  Cool.

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Crockpot French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast

Finally for this week, another collection,  Averie Sunshine also has her 15 best fast and easy soup recipes, including this easy 30 minute minestrone soup, which is better than The Olive Garden version, allegedly.  Looks good.

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Easy 30 Minute Minestrone

dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

happy cooking and happier eating

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 50

The sweet potato, also known as the yam in some parts of the world, is yet another thing we English have imported from the Americas.  I cannot say that this root vegetable is one of my favourite foods, but it seems to a Thanksgiving staple.  Thank goodness we English haven’t imported the Thanksgiving tradition from the Americas!

The sweet potato is supposed to be another of those superfoods, so I guess I should make more of an effort with this useful vegetable.  These recipes should be enough to tempt anyone to add sweet potatoes to their menu.

First up this week, something with a distinctly USA flavour, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, from the Flourishing Foodie.  If you want to make this it should take you about an hour and a half.

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Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

This is such a gorgeous looking dish from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet it is, and it’s a snack / finger food / party food / side dish…  At least I think so.  And, Jesicca’s sweet potato galette with caramelised shallots looks so good that one can forgive the couple of hours it will take you to make one.

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Sweet Potato Galette with Caramelised Shallots

This loaded sweet potato dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious strikes me as being very American.  It’s ‘loaded’ with mini marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ~ is this a desert, finger food, or a side dish to go with the turkey?  This Englishman is confused by everything to do with Thanksgiving.

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Loaded Sweet Potato

From the lovely Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this sweet potato casserole with butter pecan crumble topping.  Allegedly perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This is about a 90 minute dish, but a lot of it can be preassembled ready for final cooking on whichever holiday you like.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Crumble Topping

Here’s a dish I really want to try; crispy roasted sweet potatoes with bourbon maple butter, from Half Baked Harvest.  Tiegan Gerard says this recipe should be ready in an hour.  Looks great.

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter

If you want sweet potatoes as a side dish you couldn’t do much better than these caramelized onion whipped sweet potatoes from Heather Christo.  This vegan recipe should take you about 45 minutes all told, which isn’t bed for something as interesting as this dish.

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Caramelized Onion Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Finally for this week, from Country Living we have 32 delicious new ways to prepare sweet potatoes, including these loaded sweet potato skins courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Sally uses grated cheese and bacon, and says these are great as a side dish or as a snack on game day.  I think I agree.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

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dscf0002A great big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food On Friday # 30 ~ Easy Fast Food

At the request of my friend in Southern California, some easy recipes.  There are a couple of rules for this week’s dishes ~ they must take no longer than 30 minutes, and use no more than a half-dozen ingredients, (more or less).

This first dish from Petra at Food East Love certainly qualifies on both counts, chorizo with wild garlic and beans uses 4 ingredients and should take any cook less than 15 minutes.

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Chorizo With Wild Garlic And Beans

A second dish from Petra, who says its a 20 minute cook, olive oil chicken with butter beans and pink peppercorns.

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Olive Oil Chicken With Butter Beans And Pink Peppercorns

So this next recipe is from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest uses a few more ingredients than my ideal half-dozen, but a 20 minute dish that looks this good, the simple California style omelet, has to be worth a try.

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Simple California Style Omelet

From Heather Christo in Seattle we have a 15 minute hot shrimp corn and basil salad, and this only has 8 ingredients, including things like salt….  (but also check out Heather’s 30 minute citrusy grilled fish tacos with citrus slaw and orange cashew sauce ~ if you feel like a BBQ).

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Hot Shrimp, Corn And Basil Salad.

Here’s a dish with only 8 ingredients which can be ready in only 20 minutes.  From San Diego’s lovely Averie Sunshine we have easy honey mustard chicken, (with optional broccoli).

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Easy Honey Mustard Chicken

Also from Averie there’s theis 20 minute dish, which I think is a bit of an empty-the-refrigerator possibility ~ better-than-takeout cashew chicken.

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Better~Than~Takeout Cashew Chicken

And now, from Kansas City girl Kate, (Cookie + kate), we have a vegan dish ~ cilantro-pepita pesto with squash ribbons and fettuccine.  This is a 30 minute recipe containing ten ingredients, if you include the salt and olve oil.

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Cilantro~Pepita Pesto With Squash Ribbons And Fettuccini

Chungah from Damn Delicious has this very easy, one pan, 20 minute dish of baked lemon butter tilapia, (although I think you could use any white fish).

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Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

From a site I haven’t featured before ~ The Woks of Life ~ Sarah has made these 15 minute lazy asian noodles.  (If you don’t have a small wok, you can use a deep frying pan, or do what I did, ditch the frying pan and buy a small wok, (say 8 inch)).

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15 Minute Lazy Asian Noodles

Most of my meals are cooked in less than 20 minutes in my small wok.  So here’s another dish from The Woks of Life, (cooked in a skillet… ha ha ha).  This is a 30 minute dish, but I know my friend in Orange County will adore these salmon teriyaki bowls.

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Salmon Teriyaki Bowls

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a 15 minute miso glazed shrimp recipe, which looks fantastic.  But then, Andrea says this chicken and zucchini noodles in coconut-peanut sauce dish takes 35 to 40 minutes, (so sue me).  If you already have a cooked chicken breast in the refrigerator, then it’s more of a 20 minute cook.

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Chicken Zucchini Noodles In Coconut Peanut Sauce

Finally for this week, I don’t know if it’s possible to get any easier than this simple olive oil and parsley pasta from The Flourishing Foodie ~ very Italian Rustic.

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A Simple Olive Oil And Parsley Pasta

Thank you to all the great cooks I’ve featured this week.

jack colliier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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