Thursday, January 29, 2015

EwE - Shotgun Wedding Soup

Today Margaret chose Ellie Kreiger's Shotgun Wedding Soup for our group.   I am all about homemade soups so no one had to coerce me to try this one.   All of Ellie's recipes are easy to make and healthy to boot so it is always a win win idea to cook from her selections!

This soup was a bit similar to an egg drop soup as far as preparation, but not taste.   I halved the recipe since there are only two of us eating and it made enough for us to have a bowl each for our lunch the next day.  It is made by browning some ground turkey with onion, then adding broth, garlic and swirling some beaten egg with parmesan and parsley into the broth.  Then you add some spinach and that is it!   I actually added some tiny pasta to mine to give it a little more umph.   

Ellie suggests serving with her tomato bread so I did.   I have to say I even though the soup was good, I enjoyed the bread more!   I will definitely be making that bread on a regular basis!

Check out our website to see how the others made their soup at eWellie.wordpress.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake - TWD



This was the first thing I baked from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Baking with Chez Moi.  Yes, I am a little behind the rest of the group in Tuesdays with Dorie.  My favorite cakes of all time are plainer cakes.  You can have your sweet gooey frostings and fillings.  I'll take a plain cake any day of the week!  This one fit the bill.  In France, apparently they have their "weekend" cakes and this is one of them.  No fuss, no frills, just delicious.  A blank slate, I can only imagine the creative ways you could serve this.  Or just serve it plain.  Maybe with an afternoon cup of hot tea and a good book?

It did not rise as much as I had hoped.  Not sure what happened there.  Also, be careful with the timing if you cook this.  At 55 minutes, even with a foil tent, mine got a little brown around the edges.  But oh the crunchy goodness of those edges.  YUM.

You can check out the other bakers here to see how theirs turned out:  https://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com/


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EwE Shrimp, spinach and garlic

Eating with Ellie!   Some of us used to be in an Ellie Kreiger group which after several years together folded.   Some of us decided to resurrect the group under a new name and cook from Ellie's latest book - Ellie's weeknite wonders.    Kayte chose this shrimp recipe as our first in the new group.  Since i am allergic to shellfish i substituted chicken.  

It has been a bad winter here for sickness and we have had our share already.   Yesterday on my way home from work i came down with either a cold or the flu.  The jury is still out.  I just know i feel like a train ran over me!   So wrapped in a blanket, i gave my DH step by step directions and he actually cooked this dish for us.   He did a great job!   Those of you who know him know that cooking is not his forte!  Im so proud of him.  That just goes to show how easy Ellies recipes are to prepare if he can do it!

Check out our webpage to see some of the others posts for this week!  https://ewellie.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/ewe-eating-with-ellie/



WWDH - Eggplant with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Risotto

First, hello blog.  It has been a long time.  I've missed you.

This is my first Donna Hay recipe!   And, the first time I am writing my post from my Ipad.   So its a day of firsts all around.  To continue in that vein, it is also my first time to cook eggplant!  I'm not sure my ipad photo does this dish justice as it actually was a very pretty presentation of food.  The eggplant was cooked in a hot skillet and I may have had a bit of olive oil overkill with it.   I kept drizzling it on because I did not want the eggplant to dry out.   The risotto was a pretty easy dish to make.   Just took about twenty minutes to  "simmer down."   Some tomato puree mixed with good red wine and vegetable broth, then about 20 minutes of simmering.   Before serving you add some shredded parmesan and fresh chopped basil.  This recipe came from Donna Hays New Food Fast book.     I will say that it was a winner for my DH Chandler (darling husband).  It served us well for our "meatless Monday" with plenty left over for DH's lunch the next day.  The  Wednesdays with Donna Hay (WWDH) group can be checked out at http://www.wwdh.wordpress.com