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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

That sounds great. Copying it down for winter inspiration.

about 4 hours ago
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Oh no, how awful.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Beautiful. I've been eyeing that recipe and wondering what it's like. Do you think it would make good picnic fare? I can still get cauliflowers at the moment.

about 15 hours ago
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

I'm glad she's chosen varied meals and is enjoying cooking with me. While we're at the holiday spot the bloke's commute takes longer so I don't have the luxury of him entertaining her while I cook. The idea of getting her to choose meals has worked so far to avoid evening tantrums.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Good luck - Let us know how it goes. You can get ketjap manis in stores that specialise in Dutch food. If you look in Asian stores you might find the spelling is 'kecap manis'. It's tasty stuff, a balance of salty and sweet.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Last night's meal the three year old selected from Plenty More was Fancy Coleslaw. It's a mix of cabbage, carrot, red capsicum, fennel and chilli with a yoghurt and mayonnaise dressing. Ottolenghi serves it with spiced cashews mixed through. We kept the cashews on the side.

I sliced up a pork shoulder chop, marinated it in some spices and fried it up to go into tortillas with the slaw.

Tonight the three year old has chosen steamed aubergines with spring onions and sesame oil. I'll make fried garlic stems to go with it as well as some brown rice.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Brrrrrrr!

Jan 27, 2015
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

While you are battening down the hatches we're enjoying summer and have decided to spend the week at the holiday spot. I've added a photo of our dinner view from the apartment balcony. Sea in the front of the apartment and thermal pool behind.

The three year old has selected this week's dinner menu from Plenty More by looking at the photographs. Tonight it's Dakos. A salad with rusks, tomatoes, capers and olives. It's supposed to have feta but I don't have any. I might just do a dollop of yoghurt on the side of the plate for a creamy element.

The forecast storm in the U.S. has even made the news here. Stay safe all, fingers crossed you don't lose power.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

The vindaloo was cooked but then frozen thanks to some weird virus hitting the household. Nothing serious just lethargy, aches and queasiness. Enough to put us off food. Marmite sandwiches and watermelon was the menu for a few days

Tonight's dinner was a salad from Plenty More. Pomelo, green mango, shallot. A marinade & dressing of rice vinegar, orange blossom water, ginger, cinnamon and star anise. Fresh coriander and mint leaves, peanuts and black sesame seeds finished it. The recipe had watercress for which I subbed nasturtium leaves.

Served with it were duck meatballs. Flavourings were five spice and a tiny bit of shiitake mushrooms. Duck crackling gilded the lily.

I wanted to love this meal but it was all a bit 'meh'. The orange blossom water over powered the salad and the mushroom overpowered the duck balls.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

It's Jungmann's pork vindaloo tonight - without the bhut jolokia as they terrify me, and even if I was brave enough I can't find them here. I've subbed a generic fresh chilli or two.

The meat has been marinating overnight and smells incredible. Every time I open the refrigerator I drool. I'm hoping that the smell translates into flavour this evening.

With it I'm going to make a cabbage dish - cabbage thoran to use up the last of a cabbage. There might be rice too. There will be a lager of course - because lager is the 'only thing that can kill a vindaloo'. Viewing will either be Masterchef Australia or Red Dwarf depending on our mood. Friday here and a long weekend ahead. Happy times.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

A couple of photos of the pipis. I love the orange colour. The fritters don't look anything special - you just use enough batter to get them to stick together. Salt and a squeeze of lemon are the only flavours needed for these. Bliss.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Yesterday the three year old and I had one of those perfect summer days that get etched into memory. One of the activities we did was collect pipis at the beach. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paphie... I love being able to go out and collect food. It's such a luxury these days. The pipis have spent the night spitting out sand and will be turned into pipi fritters for the three year old and I.

The bloke and I are planning on a greens heavy meal from Fuchsia
Dunlop tonight. Dry fried green beans and her 'send the rice down celery dish that has three times as much celery as beef mince. There's also some cabbage that needs using so we may revisit the cabbage with vinegar dish that I ruined last time by giving the bloke cloves instead Szechuan peppers.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

I'm interested in your salad. How do you prepare a pig's ears? How small do you chop them to get them crispy?

Jan 21, 2015
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

I better pay those library fines then.

Jan 21, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Mexican-ish inspired food tonight. Pork tacos with a cabbage slaw. Pork shoulder slices were marinated overnight in a paste of rehydrated ancho, random hot red chillies, garlic, cumin and a solitary clove. It was fried with onion slices and then loaded into tacos with some pineapple, a little pico de gallo and fresh coriander. Recipe I've riffed on here: http://www.eattravellive.com/recipe/p...

The slaw contained cabbage, carrot, raisins, pomegranate seeds, sour cream and peanuts. Recipe I've adapted here: http://www.eattravellive.com/recipe/m...

Both recipes were good, although I want to try the pork with the correct type of chilli next time. My riff needed a better depth of flavour.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Thanks, I'm making the most of her palate now. I'm sure she'll hit the phase of only wanting peanut butter sandwiches and takeaways soon enough.

Jan 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

I found it to be a bit bland I'm afraid. Having said that Andrea showed the brand of chicken stock/broth she uses for this recipe and of course I can't purchase it in New Zeakand so perhaps with her recommended brand it would be far tastier. It was too watery for my tastes. I won't be trying this short cut version again.

Jan 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Thanks bear. Nothing like a few days of a sick child to make you feel helpless. I'm just thankful it was a fleeting bug. She's back eating today (although she reassures me that she's still sick and requires special treatment) and has requested and devoured hummus, peanuts, strawberries, pear, apricots, blueberries and fettuccine with a dried mushroom and breadcrumb pangrattato and a tiny snack of a duck's tongue. Tomorrow she's lined up edamame beans, red capiscum, pomegranate seeds and hannaone's garlic stems as menu items. Given the above requests I would say she's completely fine and exploiting the situation.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

For this 'short cut' version she uses ginger. Her focus with this recipe is a quick soup made out of ingredients you can find at a regular supermarket. I've yet to watch her lessons on the traditional pho.

I've never managed to find galangal in NZ.

Jan 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

The three year old is back to normal health today so I'm no longer stuck on the couch cuddling her.

Dinner is Andrea Nguyen's shortcut chicken pho. I purchased her video based pho course from craftsy when there was a sale on and during the couch time yesterday I watched the first couple of videos. She's a very thorough teacher, a little too slow for my impatient nature. Her shortcut pho uses bought stock as the base with a few aromatics. It takes about 30 minutes to cook. We've got all the ingredients on hand so it seems like a good plan for this evening.

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

I'm voting for this because it looks interesting and there are online recipes. I don't own either book.

I've not joined in with COTM for a long time because I haven't owned or been interested in purchasing books and as a Southern Hemisphere person the books chosen are often seasonally not appealing. Fingers crossed this wins. I've missed being part of the COTM.

Jan 18, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Nice meal MC!

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

The stomach bug has made its way to our part of the world. The poor three year old is the victim - it's her first experience of one. She's rather bewildered by it all and not keen for me to leave her side. Meals have been very average takeaways as a result.

I'm hoping her fever breaks today. If it does and she lets me cook tonight dinner will be a black dahl with a side of cabbage. If not then the bloke will be in charge of scaring something up. I can't face another night of greasy under salted burgers.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

The bloke was out last night so it was seafood for me. Raw fish salad and a glass of bubbles started the meal.

The main event was pan seared tuna and served with the miso mayonnaise. Cucumber batons accompanied as did a glass of sauvignon blanc. No carbs, it was too hot to want to cook anything more than the tuna.

I've not figured out tonight's meal as yet. The humid weather is sapping my desire to cook.

Meatless Meals

If you or your family are used to meat in every meal I would start out by using things like lentils, chick peas and beans. They're very hearty and you won't miss meat. They also lend themselves to whatever flavour profile you enjoy. I tend to try and work some greens into the dish and use large amounts of herbs as a green. That way I can just focus on making one dish taste delicious rather than making additional sides.

Beans, thyme, wine, tomato, onions and parsley for a 'baked beans' dish. Serve on a toasted piece of bread.

Chickpeas with saffron, tomatoes, parsley for something spanish inspired.

Butter beans, cinnamon, smoked paprika, cherry tomatoes, olives and parsley for something Morrocan-ish

Red lentil soup with cumin and lemon juice, with fresh coriander garnish for a Persian meal.

Refried bean tacos for a Mexican night.

For summer salads are eaten more often and I'll use cheese to give a meal the heartiness rather than legumes. Fried haloumi works well, as does chèvre, feta, parmesan or blue cheese.

Another thought regarding stretching your meat budget is to try Chinese dishes. Often only small amounts of meat are used - more like a garnish. I love Fuchsia Dunlop's book Every Grain of Rice. It's focused on quick, home style cooking that's packed with flavour and perfect for weeknights.

Jan 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

I hope you feel better soon Mr. H.

Jan 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

It's all Ottolenghi tonight - recipes from Plenty More. The three year old kicked it off - she eats 'first dinner' before the bloke gets home from work. She had sweetcorn with miso mayonnaise.

We only had tinned sweetcorn on hand but I charred the kernels in the cast iron pan so they got a nice smokey flavour. For the mayonnaise we omitted the green chilli and reduced the garlic in the recipe for her. It was delicious. Salty with a tang from tamarind paste and it paired beautifully with the sweet corn. We used the bloke's Christmas present - a magic bullet (his request) to make the mayonnaise and I have to confess it was the best consistency I've ever achieved. There's lots of mayo left so I'll buy some fresh cobs of corn tomorrow and we'll all have some.

For our dinner and her 'second dinner' we're making the carrot and mung bean salad again. This time I have feta to use instead of the sour cream with salt substitute from my last attempt at the dish so it will be interesting to taste the difference.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Looks incredible. Impressive stuff.

Jan 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

We ended up trying both dips from Fuchsia's recipe and preferred the richer version with chilli bean paste, ginger, garlic and fermented black beans to the lighter version described above . We loved the vegetable dish a lot. With some rice it's easily a full meal that's healthy enough to make you feel virtuous while satisfying hunger.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Welcome back NW.