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Royal Lunch Menu!

In Random Acts of Food on April 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

Highland Coo

This is what I had for lunch today.  (Everything but the highland cow.)  I couldn’t photograph it all…just too overwhelming.

  • Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
  • Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
  • Roulade of Goats Cheese with Caramelised Walnuts
  • Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese Straws
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
  • Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
  • Poached Asparagus spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
  • Quails Eggs with Celery Salt
  • Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork
    Belly with Crayfish and Crackling
  • Wild Mushroom and Celeriac Chausson
  • Bubble and Squeak with Confit Shoulder of Lamb
  • Grain Mustard and honey-glazed Chipolatas
  • Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Pea Guacamole
  • Miniature Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Fillet of Beef and Horseradish
  • Gateau Opera
  • Blood Orange Pate de Fruit
  • Raspberry Financier
  • Rhubarb Crème Brulee Tartlet
  • Passion Fruit Praline
  • White Chocolate Ganache Truffle
  • Milk Chocolate Praline with Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle

Chilly Chilli

In Healthy Lunches on April 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Does the housework ever stop?  Apparently not.  No time to heat up the leftover turkey chili.

Cold Chili

What’s in it:

  • Big can of crushed tomatoes
  • Little can of tomato puree
  • Can of garbanzo beans
  • 5 cloves of garlic cut in half
  • Sauteed onion in olive oil
  • Chipolte chili pepper spice
  • Cut up roast turkey
  • Boston lettuce
  • Mozzarella
  • Triscuits

When I made this I didn’t have any ground beef, kidney beans, or chili powder.  Hence the crazy recipe but I like it.

Real or Not?

In Healthy Lunches on April 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm
I’m not sure Annie Chun’s All Natural Udon Soup Bowl qualifies as real food.  It’s ok but these–> beef noodles are better.

400 Calorie Lunch - Exactly

But I’m sure that adding a cup of V8 juice makes it all ok.

  • Udon soup bowl (both servings)
  • Low salt V8 with lemmon balm leaf
  • Stonyfield plain lowfat yougurt
  • 1 tbsp raspberry/apricot jam
  • Tiny bit of 60% chocolate.

How to Fry an Egg

In Super Quick Meals on April 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

Seriously.  I’ve made enough “blackened eggs” in my time so I thought I’d share the best way to fry an egg and save you the trouble I’ve been through.  Thankfully, I learned this early on in my career as scullery maid from an auld Scottish wise one.

Perfectly Fried Egg on Toast

Ok, here’s what you do:

  • Heat up pan to hot
  • Melt a little butter in pan
  • Crack that egg into the hot pan
  • Turn down heat
  • Wait a minute
  • Add 1/4 a cup of water around the edges
  • Cover with see through lid
  • Cook until white on top of yolk turns white
  • Poke white covered yolk occasionally to get a feel for when it is done
  • Cut off extra white that went wild (trim to fried egg shape)
  • Lift with slotted lifter thing
  • Place on kitchen roll (paper towel) to get excess water off
  • Put on plate or buttered toast
  • Sprinkle paprika on egg

It works.  Go try it!!!

Sunny Spring Brunch

In Healthy Brunches on April 12, 2011 at 10:08 am
Sunny plate for quick spring post workout brunch!

Feta Omelette

What’s in it?

  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 tbsp Athenos Feta with tomatoes and basil
  • 1/2 mango
  • parsley from my garden 🙂

Stuff that Overwintered

    Seeds Planted April 4th

    In Best Mom Award on April 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Seeds Planted April 4th

    These seeds were planted April 4th.  Just want to record it here for later.  The radish are poking through.  I’ll take some pics later.

    Low Bush Type Cherry Tomato Plant

    And this is a little plant I bought for $2.99.  I will let you know if I get my money back once it starts producing little tomatoes.

    Borscht Veggie Garden Soup

    In Healthy Lunches on April 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    This is just a jar of borscht soup from the grocery store but I added some spinach from my garden.  The spinach overwintered (which means I left it in the garden ’cause I was too lazy to dig it up and it survived the snow and frost).  The lemon balm in the tea overwintered too.  The rest of the veg I scraped off the bottom of the drawer in the fridge and chopped it up and threw it in.

    Borcht Soup and Lemon Tea

    What’s in it?

    • Jar of borscht soup
    • Spinach
    • Scallions
    • Bell peppers
    • Lemon Balm tea

    I felt pretty sick after this.  I think it was the tea…or the scrapings from the bottom of the fridge.

    Maple Mango OMGosh Yum

    In Healthy Lunches on April 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    It’s SPRING here!!!  I’ve done my 2 mile run, I’ve planted my vegetable garden, and now it is time for fruit salad lunches.  Yippee!

    Zip Zap Done

    This is one of those gadgets you can live without…but why?  So cool n’est pas?

    Mango Yogurt Salad

    What’s in it:

    • 1/2 a mango
    • blueberries
    • almonds
    • 1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt
    • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (because the sap is flowing in Vermont)
    • 1/2 bosc pear
    • a few mini chocolate chips

    Watercress Butternut Wrap in a Pinch

    In Healthy Lunches on April 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    Cleaning the house today but stopped for a healthy lunch.  Microwave to melt cheese a bit.  Better wash this down with something as it’s kind of too healthy.

    Butternut Cress Wrap

    And before it got wrapped:

    What’s in it?

    • Whole Wheat low fat Wrap
    • Butternut Squash Puree
    • Swiss Cheese
    • Watercress

    Woven Bacon Cup

    In Best Mom Award on April 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    My older son had been asking me to buy extra bacon for awhile now so he could make a bacon cup like he saw on YouTube.  Finally, he just spent his own money and bought it himself.  I taught him how to weave and then he was on his own.  I stood by in case the oven exploded with fire.

    Bacon Weave

    Yep, you can weave just about anything if it is the right shape.  Use a Pyrex measuring cup to reduce inner oven surprise bangs and fires.

    Bacon Prep

    Add a few layers to make it water tight.  If you are over 21, you can add beer to it then.  If not, sweet tea is the alternative.

    Ta Da... Bacon Cup

    Yes, he ate it.  All of it.

    Easy Beef Noodles

    In Healthy Dinners on April 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This was amazing.  I served it for dinner the other night.  Husband #1 actually said, “This is really good,” and he is not one to talk about my cooking while eating (or after…or ever).  Son #1 had seconds and thirds.  Son #2 said, “What’s this?  I’m not eating it,” and he had mac and cheese again.

    Beef Noodles

    What’s in it?

    • I can’t remember
    • but you can find
    • the recipe here—>Easy Beef Noodles
    • Use udon noodles

    The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman.  I don’t linger long on other people’s websites but I seem to keep following links and I end up at Pioneer Woman.  I’ll have to investigate soon.  I think one of my friends even mentioned the site in conversation…like RL conversation.  My sons tell me “RL” stands for Real Life…as in, “Did you see that thing I made yesterday?”  “No, was it in RL or Minecraft?”  “RL…It’s a bacon cup.”  Yes, my son made a cup out of bacon.  He saw it on YouTube of course.  I’ll post it soon so you can see it.

    Good-bye Carton o’ Egg

    In Healthy Lunches on April 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Egg Beaters etc are ok but the cartons keep going off in my fridge and it is not too hard to separate an egg to make egg white only omelets.  So I’m saying good-bye to egg whites in a carton after this:

    Fake Egg Omelet

    What’s in it?

    • Egg Beaters
    • Red Onion
    • Mushrooms
    • Red Pepper
    • Mexican 4 Cheese
    • Melon

    Good-bye kind of not really real egg food.