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  1. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    @OkanagancookFirst Shelby and now YOU! My vegetarian granddaughter and the 3 other little monkeys are going to love Grandma when I put THESE out at the Xmas dinner!
  2. Dining with the Dong

    SO much to see and eat in China...SO little time. Thank you for your travels and sharing.
  3. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Oh Joy! With retirement comes more time now to try all these delicious posts! Last suppers before "the end": "Chili" made with ground lamb and excessive shaker of cumin and roasted cumin seeds. Roasted cauliflower topped with cheese and buttered Panko, green beans with a fresh grind of lime and habanero, and coleslaw for cooling! Steamed pickerel fillets with the final blast of hot oil on top of the "greenery" Beef Fajita with the works and more of the roasted cauliflower
  4. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Thanks for THIS! On my list of to-dos!
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Catching up on all the Thanksgiving posts... One more teaching day followed by a week of exams and marking...then FREEDOM! A couple of meals: Pickerel Fis'n'Chips with curry gravy: Char siu with soy bean sprouts and chives: : with a side of Ong Choy (water spinach) stir-fried with fermented tofu: I had picked up 2 trays of 3 lamb chops each, reduced by 30% at Safeway while waiting for my prescription. They were thick and I couldn't resist. Grilled them in my cast iron pan and finished in the oven. Minted peas and baby taters on the side.
  6. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    I am always amazed what my students from China can knock together in their "no cooking allowed" dorm rooms. They post pictures on facebook for me, then tell me next day "in so and so's room"!
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    It's been a while since we've had liver and onions! Only hubby, myself, and one of our sons will eat this organ meat. Found some packages with thick cut - the way we like it. I love mapo tofu, or eggplant with toban sauce. I didn't have any ground pork, but there were several small packets of ground beef. Threw all three ingredients together and made Spicy Tofu, Eggplant, and Beef.
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Braised lamb shanks with fresh rosemary in the Instant Pot. Could have done with an extra 10 minutes, or allowing for natural release for fall-off-the-bone tenderness. But then I like a bit of chew. Threw in chopped onion, garlic, potato, daikon, celery, canned diced tomato, and red wine. Supper was ready in an hour - including prep. Lots of delicious gravy left. so might throw in ground lamb for a shepherd's pie later on.
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    No real recipe. I was trying to stay low-carb, thus the chayote and mushrooms. I browned the seasoned cubed pork, add chunks of onion and chayote. Added Patak curry paste AND dry Indian curry powder. Added half a container of chicken broth and set the IP for 30 minutes. I used the quick release, added the mushrooms and set it on sautee to cook the mushrooms. Thicken with a bit of cornstarch slurry. It turned out delicious.
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Busy time of the term...soon...only 12 more days and 64 essays between me and freedom! Quick suppers then... Roast chicken with berbere spices. Mucked together carrots and mashed cauliflower leftover from previous night. Picked up a bone-in pork shoulder on sale at local store. Cut into 3 hunks and used one last night for Curry Pork Stew in the Instant Pot. Threw in chunks of onion, chayote, mushrooms.
  11. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    @Anna N: Well, shoot! Come on down! After deliveries to family, friends, and neighbors, I still have 20 lbs in the freezer. From the looks of the new upright freezer, I need to get on the "Freezer Challenge" again!
  12. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Snow on the ground, and I think it's here to stay. So, not running out the backdoor to the BBQ or Big Easy until I find the shovel! Marinated chicken thighs in yogurt and curry powder. These were to be grilled on the BBQ, but I warmed the kitchen instead and roasted then broiled them. Fish guy came down from Lake Winnipeg with a load of Baby Sauger (Baby Pickerel) fillets. Lightly breaded with Panko crumbs, pan-fried.
  13. Chili

    Haven't made chili for a while. Found this recipe called "Our Favorite Texas Beef Chili" by Rhoda Boone Epicurious September 2014 No beans, no tomato. Called for the following chilis: dried ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, pasilla chiles, chipotle chiles, and chiles de árbol. These were roasted then soaked in hot water before being pureed. I skipped the cayenne pepper. The recipe said cooking time of 3 hours. I used my Instant Pot on the chili setting - 30 minutes, but the cubes of beef were not quite "tender". Put it on for another 15 minutes along with a can of black beans. Beans ended up mushy enough to "thicken" the chili. Nice bit of heat (not overpowering. Good enough to warm me up on our first real snowfall. Eaten with shredded Tex-Mex cheese and pita bread.
  14. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Trying out a recipe from Indian Instant Pot Cookbook - Urvashi Pitre Had picked up a semi-bonless lamb should at Safeway - 30% off. Cut up half of the chunk and made Lamb Rogan Josh - quick and delicious!
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Tonight, Persian-Spiced Chicken with Spaghetti squash, pomagrante, and pistachios. I couldn't find pomagrante molasses, but I did have pom glaze. It made the roasted spaghetti squash a bit too tart. I enjoyed it with the chicken but hubby, not so much. All the more for me! Loved the flavour of turmeric and allspice on the chicken thighs. The skin got crispy in the oven.