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Food on Friday ~ one pot meals

When you’re cooking a delicious meal, it’s easy to feel good about life.

Living alone in the garret, meals that I can make using just one pot / pan / baking sheet really appeal to me.  I like cooking, but I don’t like washing-up afterwards, so the fewer pots and pans I use the better.

If you can make your whole meal in your slow cooker / crock pot, then that also counts as just one pot.

As for me, not only do I try to make all my meals in just one pot, I also try to use no more than 5 ingredients, (not including herbs and spices), and make meals that require no more than 20 minutes of prep time.

First this week we have a soup recipe from Dana at The Minimalist Baker; 1-pot golden curry lentil soup.  I bet this would be fabulous after a long walk on a cold autumn’s day.  This vegan dish takes about 90 minutes to make, but most of that is it just simmering away on its own.

1-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup

Now from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a cold fighting chicken noodle soup.  You’ll only need one pot and about a half hour to make this wonderfully warming autumnal dish.  And maybe it fights two kinds of cold…..

Cold Fighting Chicken Noodle Soup

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a collection of pumpkin recipes for this fall, and knowing how Americans like their pumpkins coming up to Halloween, I thought I would feature this creamy pumpkin soup with grilled cheese croutons.  You are going to be able to make this in less than a half-hour

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has posted this great looking recipe for one pan sesame chicken.  admittedly you’d want to serve this with rice, but these days I make my rice by using a microwaveable packet, so that doesn’t really count as using a second pan.  hahahahaha

One Pan Sesame Chicken

Moving on to a slow cooker recipe, there’s this gorgeous looking healthy slow cooker turkey an white bean chili, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  I like that Tieghan has served this dish with sliced avocado.

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

Found for us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes there’s this great one skillet dish from Lisa Lin; pasta skillet with chicken sausage, cheese & spinach.  Ready in just 30 minutes and so easy to make in just one skillet ~ and if you don’t have a skillet, get one.

Pasta Skillet with Chicken Sausage, Cheese & Spinach

Our collection this week is from Country Living magazine again; 33 quick and easy one dish-meals ~ I know a girl in California who might find this collection most helpful when it comes to meal planning.  From these 33 recipes I particularly like the honey-soy glazed salmon with mushrooms and peppers, for a $12 spend and 35 minutes it doesn’t get any better and easier than this.

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon with Mushrooms and Peppers

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jack collier

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This is Marmaduke’s idea of what goes into a one-pot meal.

Food on Friday ~ Cookies

Life is better with fresh baked cookies in it.

In everything I’ve shared with you in Food on Friday, I haven’t posted much about baked stuff, mostly because I’m terrible at baking.  I have no idea why that is ~ but there you go.

On the other hand, I do like cookies, (except we call them biscuits here in England), and if I ever called at a friend’s house and they’d made any of the cookies / biscuits featured in this week’s Food on Friday, I guess I’d have to force myself and eat some / a lot.

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have some nice looking browned butter coconut chocolate chip cookies.  Tieghan says these are both delicious and easy, and I have no doubt that she’s correct on both fronts.  Anyhow I like both chocolate and coconut, and I like them better together.

Browned Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some more chocolate chip cookies, (why not?), this time Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a great recipe for soft and chewy cherry chocolate chip cookies.  Andrea says these cookies are a perfect snack for road trips, and as you all should know, I love road trips.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

You know what?  When it comes to cookies you almost can’t go wrong if you add chocolate, and Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has one of my favourite combinations with her chunky chocolate and hazelnut cookies.

Chunky Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies

As you might expect Dana, the Minimalist Baker has some very good recipes for cookies, and this recent post caught my eye.  So how about; vegan trail mix cookies (gluten-free + grain-free), would you like to try those?  I had thought of featuring Dana’s recipe for 1-bowl ginger cookies (gluten free) but thought you may like the trail mix recipe better.

Vegan Trail Mix Cookies (Gluten-Free + Grain-Free)

A blog post about cookies would not be complete if it didn’t include a recipe for traditional Scottish shortbread.  So here, from Scottish-at-Heart.com we have the best Scottish shortbread recipe.  Although there are actually two recipes and a lot of other good information in this link.  And, if you’ve never had proper Scottish shortbread ~ then try some, right away.

Scottish Shortbread

I am really not certain how his would work in the USA, but here in England we also have savoury ‘biscuits’, and across the pond you may even call these biscuits instead of cookies.  Anyhow, from Petra at Food Eat Love I’m giving you a recipe for chilli cheese buttermilk biscuits.

Chilli Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits

And finally for this week, what would Food on Friday be without a recipe collection.  So from Baking Mad we have a whole bunch of cookie recipes, (they don’t say how many and I haven’t counted them), ((actually there are 57 recipes on this page, and that’s so cool)).  To go with a coffee I particularly like the look of the vanilla sugar cookies from Nielsen-Massey.

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

cookies are just so versatile and moreish

this is melt in your mouth toffee

from Averie Cooks

Food on Friday ~ Easy Summer Dishes

All I’ve got’s this lazy summer afternoon, food, and wine, and you…..

Face it, on a nice warm summer’s day, the last thing we want to do is spend ages in the kitchen.  These dishes are perfect for summer, and they’re all amazingly easy; the kind of recipes where you can do much of the prep work in your yard, in the sunshine…..

It seems a while since I did a Food on Friday, so let’s see if I can still pull together a good menu.  There are a lot of peaches involved this week.

First for this Friday we have summer spaghetti with tomatoes and burrata from Chungah at Damn Delicious.  (I guess if you can’t get burrata then a mozzarella would work pretty well too.)  This really is a 25 minute meal which would be perfect for lunch, a light dinner, or to take to work and zap in the microwave.

Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Burrata

Next this week we have a fabulous 30 minute recipe from Sabrina Modelle; grilled salmon with peach salsa.  This dish has so much going for it; you can cook the salmon on the BBQ, which means you can make the whole recipe in your yard.  Anything with grilled salmon looks really special, so this is something you can serve to guests.  And, best of all, it’s a 30 minute recipe that will make a great lunch, dinner, or something to take to work the following day.  (This recipe was found for us by Elise at Simply Recipes).

Grilled Salmon with Peach Salsa

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has posted a lot of great recipes recently, but for this Food on Friday I’ve chosen to feature this 25 minute recipe for pesto zucchini and peach pizza with burrata.  This really is a taste of high summer, and so very easy to make.  Again you could serve this dish at lunch, dinner, as a snack, or take some to work the following day ~ maybe.

Pesto Zucchini and Peach Pizza with Burrata

From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks, we have this very, very easy recipe for sheet pan summer vegetables and chicken.  I love sheet pan recipes, they are just so simple and there is so little clean-up afterwards.  Averie says this easy, healthy, one pan meal should be ready in half-an-hour or so.

Sheet Pan Summer Vegetables and Chicken

The Minimalist Baker concentrates on vegetarian recipes of 10 ingredients or less that take less than a half-hour to prepare.  This cheesy spaghetti squash pasta will actually need about an hour and a half , including cook time, but the prep is dead easy.  This 9 ingredient dish looks fabulous

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats says this following recipe is THE SALAD OF THE SUMMER; or less shouty, the best summer panzanella salad.  You know what?  Jessica may just be right, this easy dish looks delicious.

The Best Summer Panzanella Salad

For something to drink that isn’t sucking down beer from a bottle, Jessica also has this delicious pinot peach sangria ~ another sangria recipe, and more peaches……  You can’t have too much of a good thing.

Pinot Peach Sangria

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

A little while ago Food on Friday was about summer vegetables and salads.

Some perfect side dishes to go with this week’s recipes.

Food on Friday ~ Winter Soups

The most beautiful foods for this cold winter season.

We have just had the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  When winter comes howling in like a wolf perhaps only a hot, nourishing bowl of soup will do.

These days we don’t have to rely on ‘seasonal’ vegetables, our stores hold a wide range throughout the year, so these recipes include things that my mom couldn’t have made in winter when I was are kid.

So everyone, here are some totally smashing recipes for winter soups.

I know that in Southern California you can still get squash at the store.  So perhaps my friend in Orange County will like this recipe for butternut squash soup with toasted seeds and crispy sage leaves from Yvette’s Gourmet Kitchen.  I’m pretty certain this dish is vegan.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Seeds & Crispy Sage Leaves

This is a real ‘stick to your ribs’ recipe from Heather Christo; roasted sweet potato and butternut squash soup with cilantro sauce.  Just the job for this freezing cold weather.  You could make this as a vegetarian dish if you used vegetable stock rather than chicken stock.  Just how colourful is this!?

Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup with Cilantro Sauce.

Another sweet potato soup.  This time Cookie + kate have a sweet potato, kale, and chickpea soup.  Kate says this is a hearty and delicious one-pot meal, and I like one-pot recipes.  As far as I can tell this recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and will only take you 45 minutes to make.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Chickpea Soup.

For a healthy, colourful, and easy to make soup, you could try this creamy roasted red pepper tomato soup from Dana, the Minimalist Baker.  This 30 minute recipe is vegan, (it uses coconut milk), full of antioxidants, and looks delicious.  If you check out this recipe there are also links to a half-dozen more soup recipes from Dana.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

I absolutely love the look of this french onion and potato soup from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. And, you have just got to do the cheesy bread topping.  What a great lunch, or maybe you could have it as a starter, (without the cheesy bread topping).

French Onion and Potato Soup

If you want a filling soup that really is a meal all by itself then you couldn’t do much better than this creamy tortellini soup from In Dianes Kitchen.  Seems that this is version #2 of this soup ~ maybe you should check out version #1 too.  Diane also has a recipe for a delicious creamy potato soup, and a really rich loaded potato soup.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

This week’s collection is from delicious magazine.  Their winter soup recipes include this fabulous looking and great sounding smoked bacon, leek, and butter bean chowder from Debbie Major. I have to try this recipe.

Smoked Bacon, Leek, and Butter Bean Chowder

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday~ Mediterranean

Good food begins and ends with good talk.

Some say that a Mediterranean diet is good for you.  And, that if you eat a mostly Mediterranean diet you’ll be healthier and live longer.  All I know is that you should always have a really good extra virgin olive oil.

From Greece, tzatziki is basically a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and mint, and you can buy it from your local store, or you can even make your own.  The Bojon Gourmet has this nice little farro and cucumber salad with feta, dill, and mint that not only would be nice with some tzatziki, but also combines its flavours.  Both would go nicely with some grilled goat.

Farro and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Dill, and Mint

And now, from Heidi at foodiecrush we have this outrageous herbacious Mediterranean chickpea salad.  (I had to include this just for the name of the dish.)

Outrageous Herbacious Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

From Heather Christo this week we have Mediterranean pasta with grilled swordfish, lemons and gremolata.  Gremolata is also dead easy to make for yourself. (I love grilled swordfish, but some say we shouldn’t buy swordfish ~ I will go on eating it, because whatever I do won’t affect how much fish the Japanese rape from the sea.)  This 25 minute dish is perfect for a barbecue with the kind of friend who doesn’t expect a burned burger in a cheap bun.

Mediterranean Pasta with Grilled Swordfish, Lemons, and Gremolata

Sardines are a quintessentially Mediterranean dish, and Petra from Food Eat Love has some super taste combinations in this dish of fresh sardines, roast baby beets with whipped avocado and feta.  As you’d expect it’s the beetroot that going to take the longest to cook here.

Fresh Sardines, Roast baby Beets with Whipped Avocado and Feta

This is another Mediterranean dish I love, grilled lamb kebabs, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  (Do you want to know my own secret ingredient for grilling Mediterranean style?  7Up ~ when the charcoal gets too hot and the meat looks like it might burn, I sprinkle 7Up over the grill.)  Tieghan’s is a half-hour dish, but one should really marinade the lamb overnight.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs

Dana at The Minimalist Baker has the ultimate Mediterranean bowl, looks fabulous, and it’s easy, healthy, and gluten-free.  However, I would definitely add a little more extra virgin olive oil.

The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl

For hose of us who like recipe collections, Olive magazine has 19 of the best Mediterranean recipes, including this cod, cherry tomato, and green olive tray roast.  Looks smashing doesn’t it.

Cod Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Tray Roast

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jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Strawberries

Summer, you just have to have strawberries and champagne.

We have just had the tennis circuit here for Wimbledon Fortnight.  The glitterati and beautiful people who are lucky enough to get into the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club eat strawberries by the ton and drink champagne by the boat load.

I don’t much like watching sports, but I do like strawberries and cream ~ actually my favourite is strawberries with chocolate ice cream.  Some new evidence says strawberries are good for you.  Strawberries may prevent age-related mental decline.

We should really only ever buy organic strawberries, as this lovely summer fruit often contains the residue of 20 or more synthetic chemicals, (probably because strawberries are mostly made of water they take up every pesticide that gets anywhere near to the strawberry beds).

Anyway, here are some cool strawberry recipes for a warm summer.  And, who knew that strawberries are an aphrodisiac?  After all, the pomegranate and strawberries are the fruits of Aphrodite.

First this week we have Petra at Food Eat Love who has some different dishes  with strawberries; strawberry bread and butter pudding with dulce de leche, and beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip.  Petra says this is a true 10 minute dish which makes a great snack or starter.  Hey, you could take this to work with some salad for a midweek lunch.

Beef Spring Rolls with a Strawberry and Soy Dip

Here’s a fabulously beautiful dish from Heather Christo; saffron strawberry quinoa salad.  Great for a summer barbecue because it holds it’s flavour well in the sunshine, vegan and gluten free, and for you Californians, you can now buy saffron at Trader Joes.  This brilliant dish should take you about 40 minutes to prepare.

Saffron Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Dana, the Minimalist Baker has this strawberry arugula salad ~ and the sweet strawberries perfectly complement the peppery arugula and toasted pecans.  Wonderful on a hot day with a glass of fizz.  This is so easy and will take you about 30 minutes.  I’m pretty certain it’s vegan and gluten free.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Toasted Pecans

A really cool recipe from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; lemon ricotta cheese stuffed french toast crepes with vanilla stewed strawberries.  What a great desert, breakfast, or evening-time snack.  OK, this is going to take you an hour to make, but what a great way to pass an hour.  Not to mention you can prepare a lot of this in advance.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries 

Now for something to go with just about anything, Cookie + kate have a good-looking strawberry salsa to tempt our palates.  You can make this in 10 minutes and it’s definitely vegan and gluten free, (leaving aside any chips or crackers to have with it).

Strawberry Salsa

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries

From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine, something I think you’ll like; strawberry layer cake with strawberry frosting.  Averie cheats a little in that she starts with a 15 oz box of white cake mix, but after that this pretty easy recipe is all her own.

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is has found this really fun and very adult recipe from Joy the Baker; strawberry raspberry rosé slushies.  This is definitely a n’awlins recipe because not only does it have a bottle of dry rosé wine, it also contains a good splash of Campari.  (You could go totally wild and add brandy too.)

Strawberry Raspberry Rosé Slushies

Finally for this week, from Absolut, makers of Swedish vodka, we have 75 drinks with strawberries including the famous strawberry kick.

Vodka and strawberries are a very dangerous mixture to give to your Lady Friend.  You have been warned.

Personally, I liked champagne with strawberries, for preference Lanson Black Label or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.  A good Prosecco is nice with strawberries too, and much cheaper than a good champagne.  Sometimes it’s a damn shame I don’t drink anymore.

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jack collier

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