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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:52 pm

Tonight is beef pot pie, made with a cream cheese pastry. The beef is from our Christmas roast, and the veg are green beans, carrots and corn.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:34 pm

Smoked haddock tonight. Very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:18 pm

Tonight we're having pork roasted with sauerkraut & thinly sliced onions, with garlic mashed potatoes and greens beans with balsamic dressing.

It's ready to go into the oven; my husband is supposed to put it in at quarter after 5:00.

I got a great deal on the roast (less than $4.00)! It's almost 2 lbs., enough for two sets of dinners and some leftovers.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:29 pm

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Tonight is beef pot pie

I made my first pot pie over Christmas. Portobella mushroom pot pie, I rather liked it and will have to make it again.

I usually make pie with puff pastry or mashed potato top.

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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:34 am

Doesn't a mashed potato top make it "shepherd's pie"? Puffed pastry is good, but a different pie experience.

I love POT PIE! Correctly made, the interior is the hottest man-made substance in existence.

As for us, we had take out Vietnamese, from a new place here in our little town...
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:19 am

If I say so myself, I make very good pot pies! I like the cream cheese pastry; it's easy to make, tender, and flaky. It browns nicely, too. I always use carmelized onions, whatever the rest of the filling.

I used to make Catherine's pastry (lard and butter). It was divine, but heart attack in a pie tin!

I love shepherd's pie, too...it's been ages since I've made one. But I'm happy to say that ground lamb is available here, so I'll probably make some soon.

Tonight is pork quesadillas: left-over roast, red bell pepper, sharp cheddar inside, and topped with salsa & Greek yogurt (in lieu of sour cream). We're going to have a side salad of spinach with carrots, red onion and olives.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:24 am

Dread Scott wrote:
Doesn't a mashed potato top make it "shepherd's pie"?

Only if it has the sheperd's pie filling! Lamb is used for shepherd's pie (or in our case soya mince!), beef for cottage pie but the potato top can be used with any filling.

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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:23 pm

Aha! That's right... I'll bet it's been 20 years since I've had any, when I visited the UK.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:22 pm

Tonight will probably be flatbread pizza. Great for leftovers!
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:34 am

Casserole time...or rather, it was.

I chopped up roast pork, sauerkraut, and some onion, mixed it with ham gravy and a bit of mustard, topped it with mashed potatoes & some grated cheese...it was a big hit. My husband liked it even more than I did (and even one of the cats decided to clean an almost empty dish. He's our omnivore).

Tonight my husband is in NYC for the day (lucky bum), so I'll have something he can't/won't eat...probably a turkey and black bean burrito with plenty of hot salsa!

Oh, we still have enough of the pork roast left for one more dinner! I'm going to chop it fine and mix with homemade BBQ sauce. We'll have faux pulled pork sandwiches and I'll make some German coleslaw or saute red cabbage & apples with a splash of cider.

The pork roast was almost 2 lbs. and it was enough for 5 meals for both of us.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:23 pm

Last night, this yummish delight: Cauliflower soup (recipe from thepioneerwoman.com) made by my Ever-Lovin', with help from the li'l Snapper (17 mo.).

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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:00 pm

That sounds good.

I just saw a recipe on the NYT website for a pasta dish with olives, red sauce & olives, plus carmelized cauliflower...there was a photo, and did it look good!
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:21 am

Last night was beef stew over wide egg noodles (I'm having the last bit for lunch today).

Tonight is savory bread pudding. I'm using the dressing leftovers from Thanksgiving; I made a sausage dressing.

I'm going to add sauteed mushrooms and some thin slices of onion, a bit of cheese, crumbled bacon and some leftover challah and egg and milk before I put it in to bake. We'll have a spinach side salad as well.

Swiss Steak on Friday, over egg noodles. It's so easy...just get a marinating steak and pound it; sear both sides and put into a slow cooker with a large can of tomatoes and one large sliced white onion. Cook while you're at work.

Serve over noodles. It's good; very flavorful.

I think I'll be roasting a chicken over the weekend, and we'll have mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans and carrots. Lots of leftovers for the week!

The leftover turkey from Thanksgiving will go into a red turkey chili, too. I have some heirloom beans I got at the farmers market. That's for me, my husband won't eat chili...or turkey...or beans. So I'll freeze it in small portions for lunches and single dinners.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:47 am

The bread pudding was a success.

And the Swiss Steak is cooking even now...tomorrow I think I'll make the chili.

All good cold weather foods!
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:55 am

(Sorry, I'm even more obsessed with food in the cold weather months.)

I've been thinking about good desserts for this time of year.

Rice pudding. Tapioca pudding. Bread puddings (sweet).

Baked apples. Fruit compote.

What else?
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:15 am

The New York Times has an article on making puddings from leftovers like rice, noodles, and bread. I just love bread pudding!
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:53 pm

I love bread pudding except on reading the recipe American bread pudding is what we call bread and butter pudding.

I'll have to get the recipe out for my bread pudding, which is more of a heavy fruit cake.

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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:04 pm

I had a savory one for the first time just a few months ago and really enjoyed it. It's such a good way to use up leftovers!

I'll probably make something like the one we had last night again, but I don't know what the changing ingredients will be. Smile

Fruitcakes aren't too popular here, maybe that's why the changes. (Don't look at me, though...I make fruitcake, too, though it's not the 'traditional' recipes you find around here.)
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:29 am

(British) Bread Pudding

This is a ration recipe so has a little less sugar in then otherwise so adjust the sugar to taste. The pudding can be served hot with custard or cold like a cake.

8oz stale bread
2oz fat (suet, margarine or cooking fat) melted
2oz sugar
1/2-1 tsp grated nutmeg
pinch mixed spice
1-2 tbsp marmalade
3-4oz mixed dried fruit
1 egg (I leave this out and it still comes out well)
little milk

  • Break bread into small pieces and put in a basin, add enough cold water to cover. Leave for 30 mins then squeeze the bread hard to extract any surplus moisture.
  • Put bread into a basin, add the rest of the ingrediants and enough milk to make a sticky consistency.
  • The pudding can be steamed or baked but baking is recommended if you intend to serve it cold.
  • To Steam Put the pudding mixture into a greased 1.5-2pint basin. Cover with greased proof paper and steam for 1.5 hours.
  • To Bake grease a 7" cake time, put the mixture in and bake in the oven at 180C, 350F, gas mark 4 for 1hr-1hr15mins or until firm. If serving as a cake allow to cool, sprinkle with sugar and cut into squares.
Fruit cake is very popular here, usually a heavy, spiced cake. Very good with a nice cup of tea Smile

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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:20 pm

That looks wonderful.

I will definately make that soon.

For tonight, I have no idea what we'll be having...my leg is still sore (pinched nerve) and standing isn't much fun. I haven't been doing a lot of cooking this week.

Last night we splurged...Roquefort, pheasant pate, and crackers, with wine. There is a glorious cheese shop nearby, Farmstead Laiterie, and my husband seems to find himself there quite often.

The night before was sushi; tuna and salmon rolls, plus a rice roll with sesame and vinegar.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:31 am

H'mm. Well, I need to do a Frugal Clean-Out of the fridge.

Tonight, I think, pasta in red sauce with mushrooms & bell pepper, with some scraps of cheese.

Tomorrow I'll roast a chicken; it's thawed and ready to go.

Edited to say that my husband decided he wants the chicken tonight! He picked up some baking potatoes, so it'll be simple. Roast chicken, baked potatoes, green beans.


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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:06 pm

I'm roasting a chicken tonight- I picked up a couple on sale today and put the others in the freezer. I think we'll have Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and carrots with spinach salad on the side. I may make a fruit salad for dessert, as I have a several lonely pieces of fruit in my fruit bowl and a little bit of Cool Wip in the freezer. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:53 am

Tonight we had Hamburger Helper with canned peas and bread and butter. Cottage cheese and mandarin oranges and banana slices for dessert/salad. How ya like them apples, foodies!?


(our 11 year old son whipped it up!)
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:24 am

I ate plenty of Hamburger Helper growing up!

Good for your son, you must be proud of him. I'm glad he can cook. Very Happy

Well, my husband forgot to put in the potatoes, so we had baked French Fries instead.

The chicken turned out very well, he's really pleased with himself. cheers

Me, too--it was delicious. I'm having some of the cold chicken on my salad today for lunch.
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PostSubject: Re: What's for dinner?   Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:12 pm

What is 'Hamburger Helper'?

Is it minced cow in an aerosol can or something?
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