Hello blogger buddies and friends. It was an extra long hiatus from the blogging world for me, do pardon my absence. Our 3 week long vacation found us in England for 10 days and Switzerland for the rest of the time. Our trip to England this time was extra special as we celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday. My mother and family live in England, so it was great to have all the cousins and family together under one roof. Switzerland was just magical – I had often dreamed of going there and was absolutely tickled when that dream became reality. However, I’ll leave Switzerland for another post.
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.
A Happy New Year to all the readers out there. May 2017 be filled with lots of yummy dishes in your kitchen. It was a busy holiday season, so unfortunately my blog took a seat on the back burner so to speak. But I’m back again, ready to share some of my own creations and read a lot of yours.
In keeping with the warm Fall colors, this delicious and aromatic cottage pie came to be. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw this orange cauliflower just waiting to be picked at Trader Joe’s? Trader Joe’s is a neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and produce from around the globe and around the corner. The quality is second to none and the prices, very reasonable. The flowers used in this presentation are also from Trader Joe’s – my one stop shop 🙂
When there’s a slight nip in the air, my taste buds crave comfort foods. Whilst many long for an endless summer, I anxiously await the drop in temperatures. You see, summers on the East Coast of the USA are hot and humid; I’m not a fan of air conditioning, but in this part of the world, one cannot live without it. I welcome Fall with open arms, there’s just so much to look forward to. This Thai Basil Chicken curry was the first dish I cooked when the weather turned. I wanted to use some of the Thai sweet basil that I had in the garden, I also wanted to test the Thai chilies – be warned folks, they are pretty hot, so handle with care. It is National Curry Week in the UK, so what better way to showcase this week satiating your taste buds with a glorious aromatic curry.
Cooking all alone in your kitchen day in and day out can seem like drudgery, especially if you aren’t particularly interested in the culinary arts. But when you invite a few friends over and turn it into a party, suddenly cooking becomes a lot more cheery. A cooking party is a great excuse to host a get together, and this is exactly what we did a couple weeks ago. When one of the gals decided on an “Indian-themed Nite” we put on our thinking caps and came up with a menu in a few short days. Colby was kind enough to host this wonderful get-together at her Philadelphia home with Sallie, Amy and my husband 🙂 Isn’t it just dandy when you are able to cook together with friends, fueled of course by glasses of vino, music and dancing? Cooking with friends requires a sense of humor and a relaxed demeanor, we definitely had that going for us. It’s the perfect occasion to enjoy the fun of entertaining from prepping to clean up, and everything in between.
This is a fun post. Some of you who are my regular readers, may remember that we started a tradition last year by introducing a curry cook-off as a way of getting friends together in the depths of winter. Well, we hosted it again this year and my husband Bert, agreed to do a guest post for my blog. Here’s the post in his words.
Last week we held our annual curry cook-off, the second annual anyway, so I guess it’s a tradition. As a sequel, Loretta asked me to write something about my background. Organized as a winter counterbalance to our friends Owen and Angela’s (annual) chili cook-off, it brings out the competitive streak in our male friends. They are extremely creative with their curries. Me, I’m no cook and lucky to have Loretta.