Saturday, October 11, 2008 in food, Sunday Dinner

happy thanksgiving!

Happy Fhanksgiving!

Mom and Carl are here and we’ve unloaded the truck, sorted through all the stuff (sent back what we don’t want…) taken Mom into town shopping, chopped all the veggies, made fabric pumpkins for the centerpiece, and… I dunno. I think they are playing on the Wii and watching Shrek 3.

The pots are bubbling away on the stove, and I just glazed the ham. I’m at the spot where I have a ten to fifteen minute lull and then I can drain, mash, and present. The menu? Well, I know you are on the edge of your seat waiting.

A boneless cooked ham
Apricot glaze

Take 1/2 cup apricot jam, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1.5 tablespoons vinegar (cider if you have it), 1 tsp mustard power and 1/2 tsp cloves. Mix and heat in saucepan. Pour over ham 15 minutes before it is done and finish baking uncovered

Carrots and turnips, cooked together and mashed
Mashed potatoes
fresh green beans
brown sugar baked squash

quarter and gut a buttercup squash, place in baking pan. bake for a half hour or so. add a small knob of butter and a couple spoons of brown sugar to hollowed out bits. Finish baking. when done, use a large spoon to scrape it all off into a bowl, squash included, leaving skins behind.

Mom also brought potato stuffing (which I have to get the recipe for AGAIN and put it in my blog this time) and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Edit: pics!
Thanksgiving dinner

I think the end is near

I took a walk. To the post office. And my tummy just growled, so I have an appetite for a change (not that the lack of one has stopped me from eating).

Anyway, I picked up some ATCs in trade (ooo! nice ones!), mailed some out (oops), and picked up some rubber stamps I bought off ebay. Winter cards are gonna be NICE this year, lemme tell ya.

Sunday dinner

Sunday dinner was so beautiful, I had two plates. And dessert.

There’s a handful of Flickr pics up too. Not much else to report, just tiny incidental things. My brain is coming back sometimes, which is nice. We get together just like old times. I even wrote notes for future blog posts / articles.

So I’ve covered food, how I’m doing, and no new news. The only thing left is Emma. :D She has discovered subtraction and we were discussing it in bed the other night.

Me, thinking up another example: “So we had six people live in our house and one moved out. How many are left?”

Emma, counting on fingers: “Well, we have Mommy, Addison, Kaytlyn…”

Me: “Why are you counting Kaytlyn? She never lived here.”

Emma: “What? She’s a good person…”

Monday, August 14, 2006 in Sunday Dinner

Seven layer dinner (also called shipwreck)

This is a great recipe for tossing in the oven if you have a busy afternoon, and kids can help.

Get a large deep oven-proof dish. I use a glass souffle dish. Grease or spray with non-stick spray.

Peel and slice 4-6 potatoes, layer on the bottom.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup uncooked rice over top.
Slice an onion and layer that next.
Peel and slice some carrots, enough to make another layer.
Dump a can of peas over top, including the liquid.
Add a layer of meat if you wish, usually a few sausage links or some ground beef, uncooked.
Pour a can of tomato soup over all. Fill can with water again, and pour in carefully.

Cover and bake at 400 for 1 1/2 hours. (or at 350 for 2)

Variations (this is the best part):
Leave out the meat or cook it seperately – a good option with vegetarians in the house.
Use tomato sauce or canned tomatoes instead of soup. I noticed canned tomato soup has wheat in it.
Use a different kind of creamed soup.
Use white sauce or cheese sauce.
Use wild or brown rice.
Put in different vegetable – turnips and parsnips perhaps, or corn instead of peas.

The great thing about this is you can use what you have, there’s no wrong way to cook it – just make sure you cook it long enough. Check the middle and make sure the rice is done or you’ll never hear the end of it. Trust me on this one.

Although I haven’t tried it, it would probably cook up great in a crock pot or slow cooker. I’d go by cooking intructions for potato scallop, which is 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High. You can easily increase this for larger familes or gatherings, perhaps using a roasting pan.

Leftovers the next day are awesome, heated up in the microwave with a bit of butter on top, or toss it in the frying pan.

Monday, October 24, 2005 in food, Sunday Dinner

Little Nanny’s Meatloaf

Take a large package of hamburger (2-3 pounds or 1.something kg) or use half ground pork, and break apart in a large bowl. Add a beaten egg, 1tsp sage, two heels of bread done up into crumbs (use blender or food procesor), a splash of milk, a squirt of ketchup, a dash of worschestershire sauce, and a half an onion minced fine. Mix very well with your hands and pack into loaf pan. I’ve even mixed it all in the food processor, chopping the meat very fine.

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half.

Serve with this gravy – open one can of cream of celery soup and empty it into a large glass measuring cup. Add half a can of water (thereabouts) using the water drained from the vegetables you already cooked. Stir well. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Serve with mashed or scalloped potatoes, a green vegetable and squash or carrots. Which is what we had yesterday.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 in food, Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner – Chinese Vegan style

Lots of people filled the house Sunday afternoon, and I was really on fire, smoking, on top of things. We had me and my brood (6 for those keeping track), Mom, Carl, Uncle Andy and Carl’s daughter Julia. For a total of ten people squeezing around our table. We had to put both leaves in and use all the chairs in the house.

The menu? I thought you’d never ask.
steamed white rice
brown rice
strips of pork in a black bean sauce
sweet and sour meatballs
veggie chop suey (cabbage, onions, mushrooms, celery, peppers in a sauce)
a bit of plain cabbage
store-bought appetizers (mini egg rolls, pot stickers, chicken balls and spring rolls. I gotta say, homemade *is* better.)

My mom also brought by a tofu dish.

For dessert, Mom brought a soy-based tiramisu (drool) and I made a vegan apple crumble.

And now Julia is Emma’s New Best Friend.

Monday, April 25, 2005 in food, Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner: When Pigs Attack

It was the usual Sunday dinner fare at my house, except I made meatloaf for a change. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

Menu:
meatloaf
creamy mashed potatoes
canned peas
roasted parsnips
boiled carrots
gravy

I will completely skip over the part where my uncle was viciously attacked by a stuffed pig during an innocent game of Hot Potato.

For dessert, Meaghan made brownies, Sarah made caramels (pictures to follow) and my Mom brought by a marked-down cake. (What? You think she’d pay full price?) I made these (lemon squares, below) with lime juice. But just so you know, too much green food colouring makes it look like a St Pat’s Day experiment gone horribly wrong.