Do you ever give up anything for Lent? Chocolates, alcohol, music, desserts? I believe I did in my youth as we followed a very strict Catholic regimen, but these days I don’t have the will-power nor the drive to sustain these traditions. However, I do try to adhere to the Friday Lenten observation when Catholics do not eat meat on a Friday. In doing so, I do try to come up with various fish or vegetarian dinners on Fridays during Lent. Here’s one example.
I’d like to share another low-carb recipe that I stumbled on the other day. In an effort to cut back on carbohydrates such as those found in sugary foods, pasta, breads, I’m trying to aim for a low-carb diet that is high in protein and healthy vegetables. Studies show that it can cause weight loss and improve one’s overall health. I’ve tried cauliflower in a few low carb recipes lately. I’ve tried cauliflower mash, riced cauliflower (recipe coming to the blog soon) and now this cheesy and oh so delicious cauliflower casserole with additional vegetables, leeks, carrots and spring onions. It does have a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest…..bacon, or leave the bacon out for a vegetarian meal.
When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself. What was I thinking? I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us? So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends. I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.
If you’ve been a regular reader on my blog, Safari of the Mind, you’ll know that Bert and I host an annual curry cook-off. I’ve blogged about the previous ones in the past. What started out as a one time event about 3 years ago, has now become a repeated and anticipated get-together during the winter doldrums. Our friends host a chili cook-off in the late Fall, so that concept perpetuated and the curry cook off idea was born.
Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? I must admit, I don’t really watch shows with commercial breaks, so I just watched bits and bobs of the Red Carpet, where my daughter and I were exchanging texts about everything, good, bad and ugly. 🙂 I’m sure glad I watched the beginning though. What about Justin Timberlake’s opening and his grand entrance? Gee, that guy can strut his stuff can’t he? An amazing dancer and singer, he had everyone in the aisle shaking, slinking and clapping to the music. Such a stunning performance! What a gaffe later on though, with the Best Picture Award? I mean seriously how could a mistake like that occur? But we aren’t going to dwell on that, but onto other events like baking this wonderful Chocolate Loaf Cake.
In keeping with the heart healthy theme for the month of February, here is another example of what I serve on the dinner table at least once or twice a week. An all vegetarian meal incorporating Indian spices and flavors. We enjoy all types of cuisines from around the world, but I’ll have to say we’re both partial to Indian cuisine. I try to add fish to our weekly menu too. There’s nothing quite like a fresh catch grilled, pan fried or barbecued.
I don’t want to jinx it, but this winter has been relatively mild. I’ve yet to haul out my heavy winter coat for those frigid snowy days. Why? Well, there’s hardly been any snow to write home about and the temperatures haven’t dipped as low as they have in years past. This is February for crying out loud, and we’ve flirted with temperatures in the high 60’s- 70 degrees F (20-21 degrees C) for several days. I could easily live with winters like these. As a matter of fact I haven’t been whining to my husband as much as I have in the past about escaping to a tropical island.