November 18, 2011

FFwD: Brased Cardamon- Curry Lamb (Beef)

Last week I never was able to upload my link to the squash and pear soup? This week I still don't see the post for that recipe? Anyway, on to this week...

I'm not a fan of lamb. I had all the good intentions of making a lamb and beef version and well, let's just say that didn't happen. I am going to redeem myself and make the recipe again with lamb next week at work.

I wasn't able to find Cardamon at my grocery store, so used a substitution of cinnamon and nutmeg. The smell of this dish cooking was delicious! I added some peas to the stew at the end of cooking and served over rice. The flavours in this recipe were great. I'll have to admit I rushed the braising of my beef to the cries of "are we ever going to eat dinner?" So the meat wasn't fall apart tender. Hopefully, it will be more of a hit with the lamb on Tuesday when I make it for the residents at the home where I work.

I haven't decided what I'm going to make next week, but it will probably be something sweet. I also have Dorie's Baking book so may choose something from there? I will be doing another stuffed pumpkin for my vegetarian sister inlaw for dinner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving next week. We're going to a Thanksgiving service and dinner with other Americans that live in Guernsey on Thursday. And I'm cooking for 15 next Saturday... Yikes! Will be a wonderful week and in all the hurry and chaos that the holidays can bring, pause and give thanks!

Blessings to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!


*Pictures sit on my camera and computer to download them sits at my husbands office.

November 11, 2011

FFwD: Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

Like the Campbell's commercial use to go, soup is good food!  I love soup, especially those that are easy to prepare like this week's recipe. 

I like butternut squash but on it's own it can be a little bland.  All the other ingredients in this soup really gave it a nice sweet flavor, especially the fennel, orange peel and spices. 

This was a hit in our house tonight.  My meat and potato husband is looking more forward to next weeks cardamon-curry lamb recipe.  

Happy French Friday to Everyone!

Just perfect with some garlic bread!

November 4, 2011

FFwD: Twenty-Minute Honey-Glazed Duck Breast

We have a winner!  Tonight dinner my husband declared this as his favorite French Friday meal so far.

I've only eaten duck a few times and never cooked it.  I had my pan a little too hot when I put the duck breast in because within minutes my kitchen was in a smokey cloud.  After cooking for the amount of time stated in the recipe, mine was still a little rare.  Just a few minutes under the grill solved that problem.  The balsamic, honey and lime sauce was delicious and really complimented the duck and gave it a wonderful flavor.

This was a very tasty, quick and easy meal to prepare.  I would make it again for a dinner party, but I can't say duck will be my new go to quick weeknight meal.

Duck for deux

Duck fat cloud

Dinner is served!