Summer Catch-Up

Posted Wed, 08/12/15

Lack of foody blog posts over the last several months is not due to an absence of culinary experiences, but rather a lack of time or energy in which to write about them. Without going into details, various personal catastrophes involving myself or family members have seemed to occur in steady onslaught fashion, wearing down my natural enthusiasm for just about anything, including my passionate inclination to write. The urge disappeared for a long time, but has recently been creeping back into my daily routine.


Firstly, several new recipes have been added to Food Fare since April (most with photos included). Savory Stuffing Cakes became the result of leftover boxed stuffing and my use of it:


Savory Stuffing Cakes (preparation)      Savory Stuffing Cakes


Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Rice is my version of a childhood favorite, the inclusion of dill weed and broth made from chicken bouillon cubes being the only deviations from Mum's original recipe:


Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Rice


I also experimented with my recipe for Couscous Mini Bells, adding chicken and mushrooms for a nice variation (Chicken & Mushroom Couscous Mini Bells):


Chicken & Mushroom Couscous Mini Bells


Along the way, I messed with a standard variation of meatloaf (using a tiny amount of beef mixed with egg-breadcrumb filler and baked with small white potatoes and baby carrots):


Meatloaf variation. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


Other new recipes (all from Food Fare contributors) include Bak Kwa Burgers, French Vanilla Chai Cake, Kiwi Crumble Bars, Potato, Cauliflower & Onion Pakoras and Stuffed Bread Bowls.


Secondly, I have the "ups and downs" on two restaurants I visited with Mum over the last few months:


  • Thumbs Down: Granny Annie'sGranny Annie's: I'll never frequent this restaurant again. It was horrible - lackluster service, and the food was nothing to write home about. Their self-named "famous" scones were doughy and tasteless. Mum could not eat the turkey plate she ordered because the gravy was beyond salty, so she finally settled for a side dish of tater tots. The apple turnover for dessert was just another scone heaped with gobs of sickeningly sweet frosting. Not recommended!

  • Village Inn. Highly recommended!Village Inn: Wonderful food, and nearly perfect service. I realize Village Inn is a chain restaurant, but the variety and quality of dishes offered is impressive and on much better par than some of the top tier eateries I've tried. My recent favorite meal is their Denver Omelet, which is perhaps the best I've ever tasted (including my own recipe). Mum enjoyed their tomato-basil soup tremendously. We plan to return to Village Inn for our joint birthday celebration later this month, and probably on many other occasions before the year draws to a close as well. Highly recommended!

We live, eat and learn . . .

 

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New Recipe Contributors

Posted Wed, 08/12/15

Food Fare has two new recipe contributors:


Julie Amalia: Julie Amalia lives in Indonesia with her parents, two older sisters and younger brother. She currently works at her parents' company, but is obsessed with sports, particularly running, food, dance and books. At present, she is also interested in the world of cooking, photography and blogging. In her Julie's Food & Photog blog, she shares her homemade food endeavors as well as meals eaten during her travels.


Whitney Binzel: Whitney loves cooking, especially Indian food. Her blog Whitbit's Kitchen contains mostly Indian recipes, but she cooks everything. She usually cooks what she craves, but is often spontaneous. Most of the Indian food Whitney cooks is Northern Indian, although now and then she prepares Southern Indian and Gujarati. Because she was born and raised in Alabama, she also whips up Southern specialties. Whitney lives in Arkansas with her German Shepherd Luke, terrier mix Penny and her Bengali boyfriend, Kshitij.


Welcome aboard, ladies!


We also lost a recipe contributor earlier this year. Jackie Labrecque-Daigle passed away in May 2015 after a brief illness. Jackie was my Mum's cousin, both of them born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Jackie and Mum were more like sisters than cousins, being born only two months apart. Jackie developed her own cooking style over the years, creating several original recipes. She especially liked baking, and perfected the well-known Pastry Pie Crust. She also liked to prepare savory dishes, including her tomato sauce specialty which is available at Food Fare. Jackie is sorely missed.


Click here to learn more about becoming a recipe contributor to Food Fare.


Give it a whirl!

 

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Friday Mishmash

Posted Fri, 04/10/15

The other night, I tried sipping E&J Brandy but just couldn't take it straight. After I mixed it with some cream soda, it was quite agreeable . . .

 

E&J Brandy with cream soda. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

(Above): E&J Brandy with cream soda.

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On an unrelated note, I'm a weirdo when it comes to hot dogs. For the most part, I like hot dogs plain - no condiments, except mustard on occasion. I also don't like bread overload, so I tend to pinch off the excess before eating. The modified hot dog doesn't look as good as the original, but it's the only way I can eat it.


Normal hot dog. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.    My idea of a normal hot dog. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

(Above, left to right): Normal hot dog; my idea of a normal hot dog.

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By the way, I give the pinched-off bread excess to the birds and squirrels who frequent the back deck!

 

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Quirky Snacks

Posted Wed, 04/01/15

The Quirky Snacks Cookbook was released yesterday . . .

 

Food Fare's Quirky Snacks Cookbook contains more than 60 snack recipes from Avocado English Muffins to Yalanchi (Iraqi rice-stuffed tomatoes). Best of all, the cookbook is free!

 

Quirky Snacks Cookbook

 

The Quirky Snacks Cookbook is only available in PDF format (855 KB; 51 pages; photos and recipe index included). Click here to download.


Enjoy!

 

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Boston Egg Salad

Posted Sun, 03/15/15

Today's delicious "brunch" with a snappy twist (green olives):


Boston Egg Salad. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

(Above): Boston Egg Salad. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

 

Boston Egg Salad

2 to 3 small eggs, hard-cooked

Salt & black pepper to taste

Mayonnaise to taste

6 to 8 green olives with pimiento, sliced in half

Boston (butter) lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

Paprika for garnish


In a small cooking pot, boil eggs until hard-cooked (about three to four minutes). Allow eggs to cool before peeling. Chop egg and place into a bowl; mash with a fork until egg mixture breaks down. Add salt and black pepper to taste; stir in mayonnaise to desired consistency. Place lettuce on a plate; scoop egg mixture on top and garnish with paprika. Serve.

 

I named the dish Boston Egg Salad only because of the inclusion of Boston lettuce rather than paying homage to Beantown.


It was quite tasty and satisfying for a Sunday brunch for one . . .

 

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