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  1. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Quick supper tonight 'cos my back was killing me...and I haven't even started gardening! I always have packages of President's Choice Udon Noodles on hand and shrimp in the freezer. Picked up beansprouts and cut some garlic chives from the garden. So, it was Spicy Noodles with Shrimp and Beansprouts. These noodles are so cheap (under $2.00 / package) and handy to keep on hand - no refrigeration required. Seasoned with oyster sauce and sweet chili sauce, the noodles are chewy and hold the sauces well. The sprouts and chives are thrown in for the last couple of minutes. I like to have fresh sprouts also with mine.
  2. Breakfast! 2018

    That looks terrific, especially the sprouts! We've been buying pea sprouts from the grocery store - grown in Saskatchewan. I find they've been too long in the stalks and not enough green. So, I've picked up packages of seeds and will now do my own sprouts. Grocery shelves seem to have just alfalfa. From our Sobeys sushi bar, I've been picking up avocado rolls and they are terrific! It's a reverse of how you use the lettuce and rice paper. They made a great lunch for my friends when I hosted a Garden Party.
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @MetsFan5: Recipe link for Cheesy Chicken Fritters posted in eGullet recipes For supper tonight, salted a small chicken last night for Zuni Cafe Chicken. Tucked fresh Kaffir lime leaves under the skin. Eaten with taters in foil and corn-on-the -cob. It's a chilly day, and the oven heat was most welcomed!
  4. Host's note: this recipe video was posted in response to a request in the Dinner 2018 topic; a description of the recipe, and a photo of the results, is here. Cheesy Chicken Fritters: https://natashaskitchen.com/cheesy-chicken-fritters-video/
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Had the leftover fritters as burgers wrapped in lettuce with sliced tomato and pickles. Great for quick supper as I was out on a shopping spree for plants! I dug out a blade roast from the back of the freezer and thawed it last night. Today, I cut it into big chunks intending for stew. But hubby wanted something curry, so out came Patak Vindaloo paste. Sauted the beef with chunks of onion, added curry paste, a handful of curry leaves ('cos I love the musty fragrance!), a cup of water, 2 cut-up tomatoes, and cooked it for 25 minutes on high in the Instant Pot. Thickened with cornstarch slurry and eaten with sticky rice and peas. It was perfect as temperatures have dropped again to single digits and we had turned off the furnace! Last night, it dropped to -7C.
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A nice change-up from ground chicken burgers: Cheesy Chicken Fritters. Small dice 1.5 lbs chicken breast mixed with 2 eggs, 1/3 cup mayo, 1/3 cup flour, 4oz shredded mozz cheese, 1.5 tsp fresh dill, salt, pepper. Left to marinate overnight (or just a couple of hours). Make into fritters and fried in NON--STICK pan. Made some smaller ones for the Kidlets' small hands. Eaten with bottled Mango Chili sauce, corn-on-the-cob, and salad.
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    While rummaging around the freezer for ice-cream treats, I pulled up 2 packages of lamb chops purchased a few weeks ago at 50% off. Luckily, I had sealed them with Food Saver, so they were in good shape. Total of 6 thick chops onto the BBQ.
  8. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A final splurge on halibut today...$4.99 / 100g. Two fillets = $26.00. I was happy to spend my two $10.00 gift cards for the fish. Picked up corn and green beans as well. Smeared halibut with mayo then coated with chopped rosemary and Panko crumbs. Boiled corn, and steamed green beans then buttered and sprinkled on Parmesan. Started the fillets in frying pan then finished in the oven. Lovely crispy coating with moist and delicious fish inside!
  9. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Payback time for our neighbors who clear our big driveway every winter. Their daughter was visiting from out west. I heard her say "I LOVE WONTONS!": when I called, but I didn't know which ones she liked...wonton soup or deep fried wontons. So, I made both! Little "hats" for wonton soup and pouches for deep fry Char Siu Pork Char siu pork ribs and chicken wings Forgot to take picture of the deep fried wontons, but we did have a bowl of soup for OUR lunch...just to make sure it was seasoned properly, of course!
  10. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Ann_T: Ah...mazing pizza! Tonight was a "cleaning out the bits and pieces in the fridge" kinda surf and turf: leftover piece of steak, a few shrimp, wayyy too many bell peppers, and avocado. Tossed everything together with fajita seasoning and an extra toss of cumin in the cast iron wok. Eaten with low-carb Protein-Up flatbread and guacamole.
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A couple more meals: Chicken and Bittermelon in Black Bean Garlic sauce and Zeroodle Rice Steamed Chicken with Chinese Sausage, Wood Ear and Shitaki Mushrooms Pork and Bean Sprouts Stir-fry Prime Rib Roast with Crispy Roasted Vegetables (carrot fries and cauliflower coated with low-carb breading) Tofu in Oyster Sauce:
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A couple of meals lately: Zeroodles Rice with Oat bran - fried up with diced bell peppers, onion and Chinese sausage Cantonese Shrimp Egg Foo Young and Baked Chicken Wings First BBQ steak of the season, with Skillet Gnocchi (store bought), and stir-fried mixed bell peppers and corn-on-the-cob I've seen the skillet gnocchi ads and thought my little granddaughters would enjoy them. We all did!
  13. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Yes. I remember your advice on that, then also noticed on the package. Do they have to be refrigerated? I have 9 packages left and 4 of penne. I DO have them in my small condiments fridge at the moment.
  14. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Tried a new recipe tonight - Chicken Escabeche from Bon Appetit - Sept. 2017 It was great. Didn't have serrano pepper but I did have jalapeno. Don't like raisins, but I do like craisins. @ElsieD: My order for the Zeroodle Shirataki Rice with Oat Bran came today! I stir-fried some with egg and sesame oil, and it was good! What a nice change from cauliflower rice.
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Roast pork loin with Italian seasoning. I love my home-made cranberry orange apple pecan chutney while hubby is a believer of commercial apple sauce.