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  1. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Well seasoned with grinds of black pepper - Strip loin grilled on top of stove and finished in oven. Made some green peppercorn gravy for dipping. Eaten with stir-fried snap peas, asparagus, and bell pepper and carrot fries.
  2. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    On a whim, and attracted by price, I picked up a can of frozen minced lobster... Then, I didn't know what to do with it. Today, Superstore had 3 oz. lobster tails on for $2.98, so on a whim, I picked up 4 of them. Decided it was a good time to make lobster sauce with the minced stuff and the little "bodies", tomato puree, shallots, tomato paste, bell pepper, basil, mint, and parsley. Had some capers and fresh green peppercorns, so they all went in. I didn't cook the tails in the sauce...just sauteed the chunks in butter. Had this over Zeroodle mung bean noodles mixed with black bean noodles. After seeing the mussels on previous page, I really wanted some. However, they didn't look too lively, but the Manila and Savory clams looked good. Steamed those up with lemongrass, cilantro, and white wine. Supper came together nicely but wayyy too many pans used!
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Kaffir Lime leaves under the skin and inside the cavity. Turmeric massaged onto the skin. Roasted and devoured!
  4. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Picked up some Za'atar for a recipe last year and it's been sitting on the shelf for too long! Marinated some chicken thighs in a mixture of Za'atar, lemon juice and zest, garlic, and OV, and seared them on the cast iron grill - finished in the oven. Eaten with Brussel Sprouts with pecans, shallots, and Dijon mustard; and carrot fries.
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Punjabi Dry Curry Chicken - a couple of weeks ago. I THINK it's a recipe from Twosleeves - Urvashi Pitre I have such a pile of new recipes to try...Must get organized! But this was a nice change from the saucy curries we usually eat.
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Picked up 2 pkgs of lamb chops - price reduced by 50% - gotta love my Safeway down the street! Trimmed the meat off the 7 chops, marinated with salt, pepper, and cumin in the fridge for the day. Heated the cast iron wok to smoking and seared the bones first, added chunks of onion, then the slices of lamb. Eaten with curry cauliflower and gingery bean sprouts. I REALLY enjoyed gnawing on the crispy bits on the bones.
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Unfortunately, I have to wait for spring to get our treat of gogi vegetables. What did Pig Offal include?
  8. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Beef Curry from my Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Urvashi Pitre. It was very good, especially with the keto-friendly naan bread I made with coconut flour to sop up the sauce. Had some bok choy I had chopped up sitting in the fridge, so that was also part of the meal.
  9. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Had picked up bell peppers of various colours but can't remember why! My fridge is becoming a challenge. like my freezer WAS. Had half a lb. of ground beef thawed in the fridge, so I sauteed some chopped onion, mushrooms, added spicy taco seasoning, and threw it all into a hot pan for a quick stir stir. Added the ground beef, a couple of chipotle in adobo, and a couple tbsps of homemade salsa. I heated up the meat but didn't brown the meat. Spooned some of the mixture into bell pepper halves, topped with shredded habanero cheddar cheese, and baked for 30 minutes. Topped it with more cheese and broiled for a couple more minutes. Had 2 ripe avocados intended to be filled with crab salad. Didn't get done, so made a salad with chunky cukes, cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, red onion, cilantro, and chunked up avocado and lime juice. A sprinkle of chili/lime seasoning and supper was ready!
  10. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Crazy coincidence! I just picked up a can of artichoke hearts on a whim! I have never bought them before. Now I have a recipe to try! Thanks @robirdstx!
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Chicken Marsala Florentine, roasted cauliflower - fairly quick supper - low cal and low carb Last night: Shrimp Egg Foo Young and steamed ground beef with Sechuan pickled vegetable ( Cha-choy) on one side. The other half is also ground beef but with salted fermented mustard greens (mu choy) with hot pepper and mint leaves.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @ElsieD: Do the Zeroodles products come in water as well, or are they dry? Felt like a fish day, so it was herb-crusted pickerel with basil butter. It's a recipe by Winnipeg chef: Chef Darryl Riddle of Le Garage Cafe. Also made some Singapore "rice noodles" with shiritaki noodles, the ones without tofu. Miss the rice noodles, but these did the trick in a pinch... e
  13. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @ElsieD: I pick up these "Tofu Shirataki" noodles at our Safeway - House Noodles? They do have that funky smell but I just rinse and throw them into hot water for a few minutes. Seems to take that smell away. The texture is not as rubber-band like. I have only seen Zeroodles at the Low Carb mail order store. Been trying to order the rice ones, but they are always sold out! I am looking forwward to trying the rice ones! Tonight's dinner was Coconut Chicken Meatballs. They are similar to the Beef Meatballs served in Dim Sum restaurants, but much easier to put together. It's a recipe by Urvashi of Twosleeves. Steamed some turnip and turned them into "fries", asparagus with bacon, and spinach salad...all fairly low-carb.
  14. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    -4 Celcius but snowy day. Made Keto- Tuncan Zupper the other day. Reheated a couple of bowls for brunch today, topped with poached egg, Kraft Habanero Cheddar cheese, and fresh mint.
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Kim Shook Thank you for the birthday wish for hubby. @Smokeydoke: Yup, 100% Chinese. The Chinese restaurant was a family biz (1972) that I took over in 1992 for 10 years even though I swore as a teenager working in it to NEVER be in the restaurant biz. Loved it for the 10 years, retired, then went back teaching. I DID learn a lot about cooking. Now, I do a variety of cooking, sometimes very traditional Chinese, sometimes Canadian Chinese, and often, exploring other cuisine. Tonight, a simple oven baked low-carb coconut chicken, Lemon Parmesan Green Beans, and Shirataki Fettuccini noodles with Alfredo sauce and fresh green peppercorns.