Friday, December 9, 2016

A little dinner on my own

It has been months since I have been able to cook on my own.  I think there was only one other dinner I did on my own.

Last night it was frittata. Breakfast frittata, sausage, potatoes and cheese. It was a it!

It was so SO good!  But it needed a side.  Roasted fall veggies. Sweet potato, onion, parsnip, carrots, butternut squash and vegetable oil. Roast at 400 degrees until tender.

I didn't add any sugar to the veg.  When they roast all these vegetables tend to sweeten a lot.  They did just that. I was so happy with both dishes. 

It was a good result for being so out of practice! Yummster!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Smoked chicken stew

Dinner last night was Charles. He cooked smoked chicken stew. Very nice.  All the flavor was there. Even the chicken was tender, almost velvety.

Stew and garlic bread. The little addition of garlic read. Yummster, yummster, yummster!!!

The veggies were just right tender but not mushy. The chicken was melt in your mouth. Garlic toast was made on fresh homemade bread. I loved it!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Breakfast day 2

The cinnamon bread called to me all night. So all I wanted for breakfast. . . Cinnamon cinnamon toast.

Cinnamon walnut raisin bread wth cinnamon sugar on top and toasted. Yummster!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Almost made it!

I got up yesterday thinking I would have a full on bread bake day.  I knew it was hopeful but hopeful is what I was.  I was hoping to bake enough bread to fill the freezer.  I bake, cool and slice several different favors. Then I can thaw a couple slices of whatever I feel like that day.

Well. . . That was the dream. I got one loaf made yesterday. A beautiful loaf of 'everything' buttermilk bread. There are no photos because I cooled, sliced and froze it before I thought of it! RATS!

This morning, however, I got up very early and made cinnamon, raisin and walnut bread for breakfast.  You see the color of this loaf? All the color comes from cinnamon.

Warm bread with butter and strawberry jam. Yummster!  The next was a simple buttermilk white. With the best ingredients I can find I know in my heart it is the best I can get.

So my morning of baking took 2 days. It's an improvement on recent months! I almost made it!

I have fallen into a habit of something my dad used to say. Well, backwards anyway. Breakfast like a pauper, lunch like a prince and supper like a king. For me that means coffee or yogurt to break the fast, one sammie for lunch and a grilled or roasted meat with veggies fit for a king.

A sammie on my breads is just great. Quality cheeses and Charles' grilled meats tend to make as big a difference as the good bread.

A wonderful grilled cheese with bacon and some educational reading and I am set for lunch! 

Join me? Please do!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Getting better

I couldn't get the bread machine loaded and the timer set for this morning.  I was feeling well enough to get a loaf on today. It will be ready in a couple hours.

What I was REALLY hoping is that I would get over some of the food aversions that chemo has caused.  I am still having trouble even looking at bologna. Now if you read this page often you know my favorite lunch is a bologna sammie.

But ever since I started cancer treatment I can't even stand the thought of it.  Today is no different. Maybe I will get over it when the house smells like a bakery with my own home made everything bread.

Keep a good thought! I will too! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tarter sauce snob

My stomach craves crazy things after a bout with chemo reactions. Usually it's seafood. Last night it was fried popcorn shrimp with fried okra, coleslaw and green beans.

Not to cast aspersions on anybody but even some professionals get cutesier with the traditional sauces.  Tarter sauce and cocktail sauce.

Today the biggest offender is tarter sauce. I HATE foo foo tarter sauce! Resist the urge to reach for capers or sweet pickle. Not even the staples of our spice rack, garlic or parsley are needed.

Too my mind my moms tarter sauce is perfection. Really. It's a simple, very tasty recipe.  Just 3 ingredients.  One part minced dill pickle. Dill pickle. Not French pickles, not sweet pickles, not garlic pickles and certainly not capers! Then one part minced sweet onions. Not green onions, not pickled onions and certainly not leaks! Lastly one part good mayo.  Now home made mayo works, but that is a lot of work. Use a quality store bought mayo. My advice is find one the most tastes like your homemade mayonnaise. For me that is a southern brand, Dukes.

I have had this rant before but it bares repeating.  Both sauces that arrived with our takeout last night were full of sweets. Yuk! Sweet seafood? Double yuk!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ribeye weekend!

Everything had almost settled down by Saturday evening so the brother cranked up the smoker! A rib-eye roast with  mushrooms and onions, fresh baked french bread and a chopped salad.

 This time of year some people have visions of dancing sugar plumbs. Me?  This is the dream I love. Tender, juicy and a smoky medium to die for.

A little horseradish on a slab of this beef stuffed between 2 pieces of bread and my Sunday was made too!  Yummster!