Ham-Green Bean Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Made: January 14, 2014
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2 hours.

Unable to get a ham bone, I actually used a meaty smoked hock for this soup, but it is not far off a ham flavour and gives as good a stock.  There was plenty of meat for another soup later as well as some for the cats.

Ham-Green Bean Soup

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Tandoori Aloo

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: November 16, 2013
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to make: 30 minutes.

I am still discovering my own neighbourhood.  A few weeks ago I found a lovely Indian grocery store within walking distance.  And I found not only an ingredient which was new to me, chaat masala, but lots of other fascinating new things to try.

On my first try, I don’t think I mastered the instructions to let the potato shells crisp without letting them turn colour, nor do I have a proper grill, so under the broiler has to do.  Nevertheless, although I found the recipe a bit fussy to put together, it is certainly a treat to the taste buds.  And practice, no doubt, will make it seem easier.

Tandoori Aloo (stuffed potatoes)

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Coo’s Lunch

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Made: September 30, 2013
Yield: 2 servings
Time to make: 15 minutes

Since I prefer not to use the canned food the recipe calls for, I took a little more time to make this, but still under 30 minutes.  Rather than canned cream of mushroom soup, I made up a white sauce flavoured with fresh mushrooms, onion and nutmeg.  And instead of opening a can of mixed vegetables, I steamed some fresh vegetables I had on hand: carrots, green beans and celery. I also had some leftover mashed potatoes from a previous meal to use as a base.

The recipe is subtitled “Shepherd’s Pie” but it is not baked.  It is really a meat sauce to serve over potatoes, rice or noodles. Perfect for a quick meal on a busy day.

Coo’s Lunch

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Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 2/17
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: Quick to put together but allow and hour or two to chill

Prior preparation needed,
Peel, cook and shred potatoes

I found this a unique salad. In all my years of making potato salad, I had never thought of shredding them instead of chopping them into cubes. But it works well with the shredded zucchini. The dressing (mayonnaise + French dressing) accounts for most of the flavour.

Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: June 4, 2014
Yield: 3 quarts
Time needed: 1 hour

Keep your timer handy for this one.  There are several steps that take a few minutes each.  Basic prep: chop or slice all vegetables; sauté and purée mushroom stems; sauté potatoes; then put potatoes, mushrooms & stock together to complete cooking. Milk & parsley are added just before serving. It takes attention, but it is a delicious soup and also keeps well, justifying the large quantity.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

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