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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

It's a bit of an experiment tonight. Chicken marinated in tandoori paste and served on top of a mango salad. Poppadoms on the side. I don't think this is a very traditional recipe but it is touted to be 'healthy' and we've decided to lighten up at least a couple of nights a week.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Another request for the zucchini salad recipe. It looks fabulous.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

If you ever plan to visit New Zealand, come in late Feb - March. The weather is glorious. I haven't been posting much as we've been exhausting ourselves at beaches and parks. Yesterday we went to a market and picked up all sorts of delicious things before finding a beach to swim at, so tonight is going to be a snacky mish-mash of those items and leftovers. Nothing really goes together of course, but I'm sure it will taste good nonetheless.

Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella
Raw oysters (for me and the three year old)
Lime and coriander (cilantro) cauliflower rice
Grilled sweetcorn which I'll mix with some sour cream and chipotle salt
Pico de gallo (I'm considering adding a few things to this and turning it into a gazpacho of sorts)
Shredded chicken
Prawns fried in butter and garlic

There'll be wine, probably rose and we'll be eating outside. After dinner we'll go for a family stroll and then there will be stone fruit and blueberries for afters.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Your piggy stir fry sounds tasty. This month's COTM is a Korean book. You might see a few Korean recipes posted in this thread this month depending on who is joining in.

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March 2015 COTM Announcement: Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen

Me too - now to wait for it to arrive in NZ. It's been too long since I took part in COTM.

Feb 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

The book depository ships from the UK so soon! Looking forward to it.

Feb 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Harters, will your book be out soon? I've put a notification request in at the Book Depository but haven't heard anything from them.

Enjoy the Cantonese

Feb 26, 2015
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

That's some dedication!

Feb 23, 2015
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

What's a headless bean sprout? I have this image in my head of a cackling mother-in-law saying 'Off with their heads!' as she painstakingly removes every head, one-by-one.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

There's a hint of nip on the air tonight so it's a good excuse for soup. Cauliflower with harissa and almonds.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Gorgeous ravioli.

Feb 23, 2015
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Tonight I'm repurposing leftover lamb rack from the weekend. I'm thinking of using bulghar and making a salad topped with reheated sliced lamb. There's plenty of red capsicum to be added and some nice looking silver beet (chard) in the garden that can be mixed through. Lazy eats. I'm not feeling the cooking mojo this week so there may be takeaways in our future.

Stay warm and safe all.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

We're having a lovely summer day here in NZ but that soup looks and sounds so good I would happily eat it for dinner.

Feb 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

We've got friends over for dinner tonight and I've got a full day of work and a part day of child wrangling to do. I'm being a bit dull and repeating the meal I made the other week when we had company - David Chang's take on Bo Ssam.

The pork shoulder has sat overnight in a salt and sugar rub and will take care of itself in the oven today. There are two simple sauces to make, lettuce leaves to wash, oysters to purchase and rice to cook. Too easy. Dessert will be fruit and ice cream and there are cheeses and chutney for afters if needed.

Edited to add: I've just read this thread and the news. Stay safe and warm WFDers in snowy places. No more ER visits please!

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I deboned and stuffed a chicken last night. My first attempt at this. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I have to admit, I felt just a little smug as I pulled it out of the oven all trussed, golden and glistening. The stuffing was freekah with some rehydrated forest mushrooms. Alongside I made a gloopy mushrooms in masala sauce. Roast carrots also made the plate.

Tonight it's left overs. The leftover chicken will be cut up and mixed through with the extra freekah to make a salad. Baby spinach leaves will be added as well as cubed beetroot and feta.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Looks fabulous! Lucky neighbours.

Feb 15, 2015
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syrian apricot paste

My father is Syrian. He makes a drink from it too. I think he skips the rose water.

Feb 15, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

So glad you're back and your absence was because you were on holiday - not any untoward reason. Your vacation cone of silence caused quite a kerfuffle with us fans. We've missed you.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

We're at the holiday spot for the weekend. A home-cooked meal is on the menu for tonight and tomorrow we'll eat out - a 'romantic' Valentine's meal at the local pub whose food has a history of causing stomach issues. The three year old will be in tow of course.

For tonight I've sliced up a couple of pork shoulder chops and they're marinating in fermented tofu, five spice and honey. I'll thread the slices on to skewers (still stuck in yakatori mode) with some onion and grill them on the bbq. A mango salad and rice will accompany the skewers. There's a couple of Tiger beers in the fridge if the bloke doesn't pick up a bottle of wine on his way here from work.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

It was a family dinner night out tonight. We ended up at a favourite yakatori bar that I hadn't been to in at least eight years (suitably early so the three year old wouldn't annoy folk or be witness to the drunken debauchery that can occur later in the evening). The sprog however was perfectly behaved and the food and experience was every bit as good as my drunken, debauched memories of them.

I had a couple of old favourites - prawns wrapped in pork and chicken livers and opted for two seasonal dishes, a cucumber salad and an aubergine dish. The bloke opted for chicken thighs, chicken tempura, grilled rice balls and sweetcorn. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We'll be returning again now that we know it's a kid friendly joint if we get there early enough.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Nice sounding meal - and good news about your buddy.

Off topic, I was wondering if I could pick your brain a little about a sailing matter. If you've got time (or inclination) could you please email me via my profile?

Feb 10, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

It's been a busy household here. I've just picked up a new client which means hours of research to do and I've also picked up an annoying summer cold.

Dinner will be a stew I made and froze a while back - lamb and okra. The bloke hates okra with a passion so he can just pick them out (or make himself some cheese on toast). There's cous cous to go with it and a couple of lettuce hearts we can drizzle a bit of oil on and claim as a 5 a day item. Easy, lazy eats that are gentle on a sore throat.

What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

That's hilarious and awful all at once. You're a good neighbour.

Feb 09, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

I finally googled ziti. For some reason I had this vision of something courgette laden in my brain, not pasta. It's not a dish we have here. It looks great, I'm going to have to try it.

Feb 08, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

The oysters add a creaminess to the wraps. The bloke of course abstained - more for the rest of us.

Feb 08, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

Thursday night was the David Chang's Bo Ssam that MariaCarmen inspired me to try. Very good. We did the full recipe and accompaniments including the oysters. My pork shoulder was about 4 pounds and ended up feeding 5 people. No leftovers but everyone was full. A keeper for sure.

Friday & Saturday were snack-y meals.

Sunday we grilled. Pork shoulder chops. One was marinated in a pickled green pepper and fish sauce marinade (average). The other in fermented tofu, five spice and honey (delicious). We made lettuce cups with the meat and added a mango salad.

Tonight we're turning the leftover thai pork into tacos I think. I'll make a lettuce slaw and make some sort of chilli sauce to go on it.

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

I lived in Singapore for a couple of years. What I craved on my visits home to New Zealand follows:
Bread that's not sweet
Cheeses
Salads (eating out almost all vegetables are fried so a good salad is very welcome)
Beef & lamb (chicken and pork were easily available there)
Middle Eastern food
Western breakfasts
Espresso
Decent wine

If the border laws are the same as Singapore you can pack his suitcase with food for the return trip too.

And I agree with the idea of snack foods to cater for jet lag eating time disruption.

Enjoy your time together!

What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

Double congratulations! The house looks fabulous and what a nice way to start life there. Raising a glass to your future first meal (whatever you decide to cook) and to many, many more happy meals in your new home together.

Menu Suggestions

I'm not an expert on Indian food but how about cabbage thoran?

Feb 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

We lost power in our house yesterday due to a fallen branch so dinner by candle light last night was a lamb steak sprinkled with kawa kawa (NZ bush basil) and fried up. That was cut up and made into sandwiches. Not the full meal I had originally planned but tasty enough without requiring appliances or needing to open the fridge and let the coolness escape. Thank goodness for a gas hob.

Tonight was red lentil soup - the power came back on late afternoon but I had already planned this meal based on the fear of no power. An easy meal that always surprises me by being more delicious than I remember.

Inspired by MC's drool worthy dish last thread I've got a pork shoulder ready for Bo ssam tomorrow night. The brother-in-law is coming over and it's a long weekend so I think it will end up being the type of late night where leftovers get devoured in a second sitting before the sun rises.