hello Jack

What the Stanley Cup Playoff season means to me, by Miss Daleen.

It means instead of setting a proper table, sublet background music, beautiful linens, flatware and a lovely centerpiece……………

We get to eat dinner, in front of the television and watch HOCKEY!

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Who among us doesn’t love a casual dinner, great entertainment alongside some amazing food?

Extra flavor, easy to make and something you can eat with your hands.  (Yes, even Emily Post would, on occasion eat foods with her hands, using paper napkins of course.)

Bring on the BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies!!!  Oh yeah, dripping with flavor, excellent texture and topped with the crunch of cole slaw.  Really people, JUMP ON THIS BANDWAGON!!!

(I’ll go ahead and let you google the Toronto Maple Leafs Bandwagon)

Here we go.

Pulled Pork.

WAIT!!!!  I know what you are thinking.  Why, Daleen, I thought you didn’t eat meat?  I thought you didn’t eat pork?

Of course not.

20180412_154918-1_resizedHello Jack!  Young green Jackfruit that is.

This recipe comes from none other than Sam Turnbull.  Once again, another recipe she knocks it out of the park(or in this case the ice arena, ha). https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/6-ingredient-pulled-jackfruit/

The recipe is easy peasy (6 ingredients).  Amazing flavor.  The perfect texture.

Here’s the deal,  More often than not, I don’t try to re-create meat dishes and make them vegetarian.  I have discovered that it will most likely not be a successful endeavor. However, lately, I have been proven wrong.

This might come as a surprise.   Even folks that don’t eat meat, like to have a stack of paper napkins nearby, say Grace and DIG IN with both hands and savor an amazing Pulled Pork Sammie.  Yes, indeed.

What is Jackfruit?  A fast-growing tropical Asian tree related to the breadfruit.  Want to boost your immune system and get some vitamins while doing so?  May I gently suggest this big, beautiful edible fruit?

I drained, cut, cooked, baked and smothered it all in a glorious BBQ sauce.

How about I let some pictures do the talking?

 

 

 

Then I whipped up a beautiful, creamy, hint of tangy sauce for the coleslaw, toasted some buns to a golden brown, got out some pickles and YES, opened a bag of potato chips.

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This was an A+ meal.

I would most certainly serve this to any of our family or friends.  I might stuff it into tacos next time, or I generously top a pizza.  This is that good.  You take a bite and start looking for more ways you can add it to your dinner line up.

This sammie is so good, the bench will clear and folks will be dropping their gloves and fighting over it.  Okay, well maybe not fighting, however, they will leave their seats and politely go get seconds.

So for you, Hockey fans out there………..in the words of an over-the-top  (and you know what I mean) excited announcer…..

She shoots, she SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

Go Leafs.

pulled pork

 

W4D

For a while, I wanted to write a blog about food.  More specifically, to help answer the age-old question, What’s for Dinner? (W4D) A place you could go, desperately searching for an idea. You could see what others came up with and made for dinner.

Here is what I cooked for dinner last night.  Okay, I didn’t do it all.  Mr. Right grilled the Albacore Tuna.  We would usually use chickpeas and sunflower seeds, however, that Albacore was calling our names.  For a warm summer night, it was a perfect choice.

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No one really mentions, in addition to becoming famous, an eye doctor, a mom, a mechanic, a refrigerator repair person, an architect, a solider etc….. you still have to know how to make and prepare meals and put them on the table for your family every single day of your life.

I’ve always maintained that if I was Scrooge McDuck rich, I would pay someone to come up with ideas.  I would still cook.  I like the cooking part.  By the way, if you happen to have canvas bags of money tied with rope, and have a dollar sign stamped on the front, one would think one would have enough moolah to hire a kitchen cleaner upper & person to wash dishes?

There are two girls in my life that help make dinner more, well, beautiful and delish. We have our own W4D exchange.

food is essentialWe live far, far away from each other.  E-mail  is how we share.  A couple of times a week,  we exchange emails about food.  Glorious Food.  Idea of what to make or bake.  Sharing the cookbook we found it hidden in or what food blogger offered up the inspiration. We tell each other, “didn’t have leeks, so I substituted purple onion” “fresh berries aren’t in season yet, used frozen”.  If we are really in a pickle, we explain, ” help! 20 people around age 25 coming over for a gathering…. what do I feed them?” And somehow, as if by magic, the two other people swirl ideas around and share 2 or 3 ideas/solutions each.

The subject line, W4D grabs our attention.

We are honest in our sharing.   What worked well for lefties (left overs). First go round, needed more salt, will add for lefties tomorrow.  The “secret” ingredient to an amazing sammy (sandwich), refrigerator pickles.   What we fell in love with and that dreaded moment the person sitting across from us, took a polite “no, thank you bite”.

Like life and all of us, it’s a rather glorious hodgepodge  of fancy, easy, quick, 24 hour marinade, bake it and take it, slow cook, grill and blend.  We just share what we made and put it out there.  Yes, we have food preferences.  We sort of don’t get into those.  If you are vegetarian, just substitute chickpeas for the albacore tuna.  No soap box, no explaining, no time to judge, just move on people.  The goal is to get flavorful, beautiful food on the table, consistently.

We don’t have to explain, why one husband won’t eat weeds (fresh herbs not cut small enough) or why some don’t eat sugar or dairy …. You get the picture.  We just talk about what we made.

Let’s face it whether or not we have a passel of kiddos to cook for or a tired hungry boyfriend or cooking for one,  tasty food needs to be put on the table on a regular basis.

Excellent, high quality food that is worthy of our families, nourishing their bodies and feeding their souls.

We share pictures. Here is the first good size tomato I have ever grown.  Eating tonight!20160725_110507-1_resized

We share results.

too salty/needed more salt/fresh thyme was the secret

too time consuming/ very time-consuming, so worth it

very messy/hardly no clean up/used every pan & bowl in the place

clean plates all around/ lots of food left on the plates, had snacks later

putting this into the rotation/tried twice,  ripped up recipe and tossed, said good-bye

All that to tell you, I found a great recipe for a Nicoise Salad dressing. Minimalist Baker shared it on her food blog.  Note:  Make extra dressing.   After I par-boiled the potatoes and beans I covered them in dressing (used as a marinade) and let chill.  20160725_123512_resized

3 Tablespoons minced shallot, 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (fresh was amazing) chopped , 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, s & p, 1/4 cup olive oil.  Whisk or use immersion blender.  

When you have good friends who talk about food, it’s not called bragging, it’s called sharing.

…I grew the tomato, beans and thyme.  I gathered the eggs and steamed them today.  Nicoise Salad……… clean plate club members!20160725_174050-1_resized

In this together, friends.  All of us have a need to feed our family and friends excellent quality food. They are worth our time and energy.

Sweet Peaches!  We are worthy of great food.

What’s For Dinner in your neck of the woods?

In this together, folks.  Please share what you are cooking for dinner tonight with a friend. I promise they will love getting fresh new ideas.

Chat tomorrow.