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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

The four year old saw that photo, gasped and asked if I could make it for her. Looks delicious JM.

about 11 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Stunning BC and happy Canada day.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

I must be doing something wrong then. Maybe it is something to do with reheating without a microwave. Now that I have one I'll need to revisit it.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Happy birthday!

Jun 30, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

The calorie thing is odd. I've just used myfitnesspal to work out calories based on his ingredients and they say 337 calories which sounds about right to me. I confess, I've made it so often now that I just splash ingredients in without measuring. I must be an Italian granny too.

I will try the pesto - good idea about freezing. Thank you for the link. Your meal sounds fabulous.

Jun 30, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Rice was part of the frozen meal. Mushy as you would expect from cooked rice that's been frozen. Better than the gristle fear of meat though!

Jun 30, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Chilli con carne. Gristle-laden and grim. Even my secret weapon sprinkle of msg couldn't help this one. At least there's salad.

Jun 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

A mixed dinner tonight. The four year requested a big bowl of garlic stems done hannaone style and nothing else: http://www.hannaone.com/Recipe/garlic...
They're what you refer to as garlic scapes in the U.S. I believe. I've never tried the pesto that I've seen referred to here often, I love hannaone's recipe too much to move on. They're absolutely delicious. Try the recipe if you get your hands on some tender scapes.

The bloke gets a big bowl of Melissa Clark's red lentil soup. Another often repeated recipe here and with plenty of chilli powder it's perfect for a cold night.

I get to choose from a variety of frozen delights none of which are particularly appealing. A big salad with a Korean dressing will at least taste good as a side.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Sounds like you had an amazing time. Love the future ham picture.

Jun 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I'm not sure of our chances given the upheaval and in-fighting that's gone on with the team.

Come and visit anyway.

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

I love the sound of everything and that tart looks amazing.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Happy birthday roxlet!

Jun 28, 2015
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Hounds with Blogs

Thanks for the mention BC. I would love to visit more Hound's blogs and it's impossible to get to the profile links on a phone.

The blog I've just started is inspired by my attempt to lose some weight. I've been reviewing Jenny Craig frozen meals. As you can imagine they're not very pleasant. Link: http://www.slenderplate.com/category/...

I'm also trying to lighten the calorie load of some favourite recipes while keeping the flavour.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Oh dear Audrey. Best wishes for that knee.

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Thanks BC! I will. I hope others do too.

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Exciting times! Good luck with the sale.

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Thanks for the link - sounds fabulous.

Jun 27, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Thanks JanineL - I just printed out copies for the family - I'm revisiting some of the recipes on the blog and lightening them up though.

Jun 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Just gorgeous!

Jun 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Company tonight which means I'll eat like a real person. If the courier delivery gods are shining on me today I should be the recipient of a kg (2 pounds) of tua tua which are a NZ type of clam.

The most common way of eating them is to make them into fritters but I think that doesn't make the most of them. I'll steam the tua tua with shallots and finish with parsley and lemon juice. A splash of wine might make the dish if I can keep it into a reasonable calorie level. Bread on the side for the non-dieters. The mother-in-law, four year old and I will consume the tua tua while the bloke enjoys something with white beans, leek and chorizo.

For vegetables there's a lettuce salad and a cauliflower. I'll probably just roast the cauliflower.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Congratulations!

Jun 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Looks and sounds great.

Jun 25, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

All is not lost. The Jenny Craig consultant suggested I switch to vodka and soda. Less calories and more alcohol she says. Got to love her attitude.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Thank you all for the positive comments. I was afraid my pre-prepared meals were going to get me excommunicated from the WFD threads. This thread really does contain the nicest group of people on this site.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I struggle to get shakes down but yours sound ok. In fact I'm going to suggest your recipe to a family member who through illness is struggling with getting enough nutrition and has similar issues with shakes - thank you.

I'm ok with being miserable for the short term though, it's a self inflicted punishment that's going to serve as inspiration to eat better (smaller portions of real food) in the future. I like the weekly Jenny Craig meeting too, it keeps me accountable and helps me stop pouring a glass of wine while I cook dinner. I was shocked to realise how much my beloved evening glasses of wine were adding to my daily calorie intake.

Jun 25, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Thanks MC. I've been reading along but missing being at 'the dinner table' with you all.

Jun 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Hi Audrey, at risk of incurring wrath of the mods here it is - straight to the reviews: http://www.slenderplate.com/category/...

Jun 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I've been lurking but not posting. I'm on a bit of a lighten-up mission after the scales crept too high. Most of my meals are the over priced, big diet business, pre-prepared variety and putting something in the microwave to heat it doesn't count as cooking. They taste revolting too and my new hobby is reviewing them on a blog (on my profile if you want a laugh).

It's winter here so winter vegetables are featuring as sides. Last night I made my father's silverbeet (chard) with onions to go with my pre-prepared meal.

Tonight I'll roast some of Harters least favourite vegetables - brussels sprouts. Surprisingly the four year old is mad for them as long as they are good and browned.

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Looks tasty! Get better soon.

Jun 20, 2015
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Ever considered writing a cookbook?

Shucks, thanks SCG.

Yes, it was a time-consuming project. I collected recipes from my parents and my partner's parents, cooked and photographed each of them (124 in total) and printed the book using blurb.com. I gave copies of the book to the parents and their children. It was well worth doing and is treasured by the children especially, including me of course, I'm so grateful my parents and the in-laws spent so much time providing me with recipes. The parents were all touched to see that their recipes are so enjoyed and show the book off to all their visitors.

Do I think a publisher would have been interested in this? No, it was too disparate in food (Arab, Pakistani, Finnish) and collated by somebody with no public profile. Was it something worth doing? Yes. I hope my daughter, nieces and nephews and their children cook from it in many years to come.

Get your kids to help you with the computer side of things and make that book with one of the many tools out there. Whether it gets published or not it will be cherished by all of your family.