Fab Food Friday Fotos: Bubur Ayam, Orange Ginger Chicken, Taco Soup, Banana Oat Bars, Egg Sausage Casserole, Potato Pizza, Spiced Wild Plums, Cute Bento, Red Rice Salad, Coconut Carrot Cake, Melon & Beef, White Miso Soup, & More Cheap Recipes
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 20, 2012
“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, from “Wild Apples”
FOOD. GLORIOUS FOOD.
Food nourishes the body, the mind, and the soul. Relax for a bit to let the stresses and demands of this past week drift away while you pamper yourself by viewing this week’s collection of food photographs and recipes. Satisfying, calming, and not in the least bit fattening.
When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with the promise that at least one thrifty recipe (usually more) will always be included.
Bubur ayam (aka chicken congee) is a savory, thick rice pudding / rice porridge cooked with chicken — it’s one of the more popular comfort foods in Indonesia, especially for breakfast. And it’s incredibly cheap and easy to make.
Photographer/cook/webmistress megabeth provided the recipe link, background info, and a warning, so if you’re considering making this soup, read her blog post at Veggin’ first:
Vegetarian Giro d’Italia: Seitanstoofpot with Beer
Today was the last stage in The Netherlands, so I’m rounding out the recipes with a hearty soup called Seitanstoofpot with Beer. This dish was created to honor International Labour Day on May 1st, so it’s a Dutch homage to hearty factory worker food, which invariably involves beer and meat. In the Netherlands, instead of Labour Day, they celebrate Koninginnedag on April 30th – a celebration of the birthday of the Queen’s Mother.
So, the photo looks mouth watering, right? Wait, hold on a minute, don’t go into the kitchen so fast with this recipe until you read further.
Recipe and details on Veggin’.
Recipe and amusing background on these fabulous chocolate crinkle cookies are posted at Nisha’s Look Who’s Cooking Too blog.
This potato pizza recipe is posted in Greek and English at the food blog Cooking etc.. I noticed a few grammatical oddities in the translation from Greek to English — hopefully, I’ve fixed them all:
The perfect pizza for vegans and those who are fasting, but something out of the ordinary for those who eat everything. Without meat and cheese.
Ingredients for 1 Pizza:
* 1 pizza dough ( see recipe here )
* 600 gr. potatoes (2-3 medium size)
* 1 small onion, sliced
* 1 cup basil leaves
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1 tbsp pine nuts
* 4 tbsp oil
* Salt, pepper
Peel potatoes and cut into thin slices. Put them in a large bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mix well to all oiled potatoes. Put them on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 200 deg C (392 deg F). Finely chop the basil and garlic cloves and blend well with pine nuts and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add salt and pepper and mix well.
On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough and form a circular base to fit us into the pan. With pastry brush with oil pan and a little flour. Transfer the dough on the pan.
Spread basil pesto on the pizza base, passing a layer of potatoes, add the sliced onions, a few leaves of fresh basil, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake the pizza at 200 deg C (392 deg F). Remove from the oven once the bottom of the base has taken a light brown color.
Sea bream — also called porgies — is one of several types of fish species that have a mild, white meat. Photographer/cook Nathanael Boehm wrote this about his fish dish: “Thai-style sea bream, steaming on a banana leaf. Recipe from Fish Cook: From Shrimp to Swordfish.”
There are three delicious varieties of muffins in the photo: Banana Chocolate Chip, Vanilla & Mixed Berry, and Double Chocolate. PHotographer/cook Robyn Gartrell’s recipe for the double chocolate muffins are posted here at ChocSwirl.
This recipe sounds easy and intriguing, and melons are fairly inexpensive when in season. I’ve never cooked melon with beef before — I’ve never even cooked melon before, for that matter. Photographer/cook Xabier Cid provided these directions:
Melon & Beef Recipe
Hollow out a melon, and mix the minced flesh of the melon with minced beef. Then fry it slowly (15 minutes) melon and beef together, adding salt and pepper, until the beef is completely browned.
Separate the liquid and put the mix inside melon skin. Add some cheese slices on top, and put the two melon halves in the microwave for 4 minutes to melt the cheese.
I have used ‘sage derby’ cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sage_Derby_cheese) so that the recipe has a green look.
The link provided for Andrea Nguyen’s recipe for her Asian Tofu Lemongrass Stir Fry on Viet World Kitchen is broken, and I’ve not been able to locate the recipe. It may no longer be on the blog. However, this link will take you to her many tofu recipes and this one to her stir fry recipes so you can give it a go. Maybe I just need to get a new prescription for my glasses…
Admit it… you want that cool tea pot, too.
Simple and thrifty red rice salad, light and refreshing to serve during summer months, but with flavors that would go well with main dishes all year ’round — photographer/cook fred_fred provided the recipe:
Red Rice Salad Recipe
* 1 cup wild red rice
* 2 Golden Delicious apples
* 1 red bell pepper
* 1 yellow bell pepper
* 1/2 cup raisins
* Salt & pepper
* Olive oil
Bring a pan with salt water to a boil. Boil the rice (wild rice takes longer to boil than normal rice). Poor the rice in a strainer and chill with cold water.
Peel the bell peppers and chop into small squares.
Wash apples and cut into approximately same sized cubes as the bell peppers. Soak the raisins in some water for a few minutes.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
This beverage statue in New Zealand cracks me up… photographer sarahchats explains:
Lemon and Paeroa is a soft drink here in NZ which is lemony and from Paeroa, hence the name. There’s a giant bottle statue in the town of Paeroa which is a pretty big attraction locally I believe. A piece of Kiwiana. And L&P is yum.
We found out from the informative stations in the surrounding “bottle park” that the statue was originally a rocket, where a radio station broadcast for a week as part of a promo sponsored by L&P. Then they decided it looked kind of like the old L&P bottle, painted it and stuck the cap on, and there you have it.
A terrific, frugal casserole with waste-free eggs — photographers/cooks startcooking kathy & amandine provided the egg sausage casserole recipe:
Egg Sausage Casserole Recipe
* 1 pound of Italian sweet sausage – casing removed
* 1/2 cup shallots – chopped
* 2 teaspoons garlic – minced
* 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes – drained & chopped
* 4 tablespoons fresh parsley – chopped
* 5 large eggs
* 3 large egg yolks
* 1 cup half and half
* 1 cup whipping cream
* 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.
Sauté sausage in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until brown and cooked through, breaking up with back of fork into small pieces, about 10 minutes
Add shallots and garlic and sauté 3 minutes.
Add sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons parsley; stir 1 minute.
Spread sausage mixture in prepared dish.
(Can be made 1 day ahead – Cover and refrigerate.)
Whisk eggs, egg yolks, half and half, whipping cream, 1 1/2 cups cheese, and salt in large bowl to blend well. Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture in dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese and 2 tablespoons parsley over.
Bake until top of casserole is golden brown and knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Adapted from: Bon Appétit
Photographer/cook Girl Interrupted Eating’s recipe for these unusual spiced wild plums is posted on her awesome food blog — she wrote this accounting:
On a walk across a playing field with my mum and boyfriend, I noticed lots of yellow blobs on the floor around the surrounding trees. Taking advantage of having my Mum present, a formidable Alys Fowler/Nigella Lawson hybrid, I proffered the fruit to her and asked if she knew what it was.
“Its a wild plum, bit like a Mirabelle.”
That was enough for me to insist the three of us gather a small bag full, however most of the fruit on the tree was not quite ripe. I resolved to return in a week or so and in the interim, began to notice the plums growing everywhere, including the M40 Motorway service stations where the local sparrows were having a fruit fight over them. Probably thankful after a steady annual diet of McDonald’s and Costa Coffee.
Before you picture some pastoral idyll, this is an urban area and these trees were planted with the large housing estate some 10 years ago. So perhaps I should have been less surprised that a week later on my return the friendly local council had decided to trim all the hedges plum trees, blackberries, and sloes and by trim, I mean of course, decimate.
Piles of plums now lay rotting on the ground, so I began picking them up, attracting a fair amount of canine attention, since small orange plums closely resemble balls most were dying for me to “Just throw the ball!” In fact, a lot of the dog walkers were pleased to know the plums were edible, since most of their dogs had scarfed down a dozen or so in the last few weeks week. A few brave walkers even tasted a plum or two for themselves.
Once home, I thoroughly washed the plums, but since I was heading off for a week, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I could have frozen them, but I am banned from adding anything else to the already overstuffed freezer, so instead I went old school bottling them ( NB this is not proper bottling, which would extend their lives for months, but will mean the plums will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge).
For instructions on making this adorable child’s bento and other bento creations (tutorials and a photo gallery are on the site), check out Wendy Copley’s blog, Wendolonia. FYI: The face on the whole wheat hamburger bun was drawn on with food markers.
You can tell Wendy creates each bento with love and passion.
From photographer/cook shashinjutsu:
White miso soup recipe
The picture might not be too great, but the soup is amazing! Recipe on Graasland.
Photographer/cook/web mistress Rachel Tayse provided this banana oat bars recipe — there many more awesome recipes on her food blog Hounds in the Kitchen:
Recipe is posted at Hounds in the Kitchen.
We whipped up a batch of these dairy free, healthy breakfast substitutes in a recent Kids Cook class. The banana oat bars are easy to prepare and keep well for a quick meal or snack several days in a row.
1) Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl:
* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1-1/4 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
2) Whisk together in a smaller bowl or measuring cup:
* 1/3 cup brown sugar (could probably be reduced to 1/4 cup, if you want to try)
* 2 tbsp honey
* 3 tbsp vegetable oil
* 1 tbsp flax seed meal
* 2 tbsp warm water
3) Mash one ripe banana into the liquid mix.
4) Stir all together. Optionally, add 1/2 cup dried fruit or chopped nuts.
5) Spread in an oiled 8 x 8 inch pan.
6) Bake for 25 – 30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Allow to cool and cut into squares.
Another spicy, filling soup to add to my collection of soup recipes — photographer/cook professor evil provided the recipe:
Taco Soup Recipe
Please excuse my monstrous dollop of sour cream.
(original recipe from Rachel, slightly modified for my own nefarious palate)
* 1 lb ground beef (or turkey, your choice!)
* 1 shallot, diced (or half an onion?)
* 1 can corn (do not drain)
* 1 can Ro*tel tomatoes & green chiles (do not drain)
* 1 can sliced mushroom (drain about 1/2 the liquid)
* 1 serrano or New Mexico green pepper, diced
* 1 packet ranch dressing powder mix
* 1 packet taco seasoning mix
To top with…
* shredded cheese
* sour cream
* tortilla chips
Heat a 4 qt pot to medium high. Add 1 tbs olive oil to pan. When pan is heated, add onion and pepper. Stir once or twice.
Open ground beef, sprinkle with taco and ranch powders. Mix into the ground beef, and then add to pan.
Let simmer for a minute, stir. Check every minute and stir, and when the beef is nearly browned, add in the corn, Ro*tel tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Stir together to mix. Turn off burner. Stir after a minute, cover and leave alone for 5 minutes while you get bowls, cheese, and sour cream.
Scoop into bowl, sprinkle with cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. Tortilla chips served on the side to dip/crunch/enjoy as needed.
Beautiful apple dessert — quick summary from photographer thefoodplace.co.uk:
Trio of Yorkshire apples – apple and bramble crumble, sticky apple sponge, and apple sorbet at The Pipe & Glass Inn in Beverley.
Another tantalizing (and gluten-free) recipe from Elana’s Pantry — link is below, along with this recap about her orange ginger chicken (yes, I’m drooling):
My husband called and said he had to work late tonight. However, the boys and I were much too hungry to wait. So, before we ate, I snapped a photo of dinner and emailed it to him. I kept a plate warm in the oven, until he made it home.
We had this chicken with steamed broccoli and smothered it in cranberry sauce and gravy.
More on this recipe and other gluten-free recipes @http://www.elanaspantry.com/2007/01/30/look-what-you-missed-for-dinner/
This luscious cake not only has carrots and coconut in it, but hazelnuts and almonds as well. Photographer/cook Chiew Pang has posted the cake recipe here.
Recipe for this easy, delicious Chico’s Spicy Chicken, Eggplant, & Bell Peppers dish is posted here at QlinArt, with this summary:
If you’re not into cooking that much, but would like to eat something homemade that’s quick and easy, then you must try this recipe. This Thai-inspired dish is hot and is as yummy as it looks on the picture. The chicken stays plump and juicy, the veggies are vibrant and crunchy, and the sauce is simply spicy and succulent. Plus it looks damn great, people will think you spent hours cooking this gourmet stir-fry. It’s incredibly easy and fast to make that anyone can cook it. It’s great for people on the go with hectic schedules or busy jobs.
Proof – my brother Chi (aka Chico), who loves frozen ready-made meals, who enjoys eating out and taking out, who seldom enjoys cooking or rarely gets excited about food… made this delicious and colourful dish, all by himself and before my very own teary eyes. Tears of joy, of course.
Here is photographer/cook Bacon and Tofu’s recipe for these awesome cauliflower cakes, which is also posted at Vegetarian Times:
Cauliflower Cakes Recipe
These little patties are soft in the middle and crispy outside. People who claim they don’t like cauliflower have been known to eat them with gusto! For extra crunch, use a bread that has sunflower or other seeds in it. These patties are delicious served plain or with a tomato or cheese sauce. Accompany them with a green salad.
* 1 medium-sized cauliflower (about 1-1/2 lb), cut into florets
* 2 cups whole-grain breadcrumbs, or as needed
* 1/3 cup crunchy cashew butter
* 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
* 1 to 2 Tbs. olive oil
Steam cauliflower florets 10 minutes, or until very tender. Transfer to mixing bowl, and mash with potato masher until only small lumps remain.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs, cashew butter and green onions, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more breadcrumbs, if necessary, to make mixture hold together.
Shape into 12 patties, about 1/2-inch thick. Spread remaining breadcrumbs on sheet of wax paper. Coat patties on both sides with breadcrumbs. 4. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add half of patties, and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Transfer to paper towel–lined plate. Repeat with remaining patties and oil. Serve immediately.
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Past three months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:
Tamarind Glaze Lamb Ribs, Asparagus Basil Salad, Bacon Baklava, Stained-Glass Cookies, Bobotie, Gluten-Free Granola, Miso Baked Eggplant, Mexican Chicken & Beans, Hanami Sandwiches, Greek Tomato Salad, & More Thrifty Recipes
Bulgur Feta Mint Salad, Lemon-Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake, Chipotle Chicken Chowder, Sausage Casserole, Apple Bacon Stuffing, German Chocolate Cupcakes, Carrot Tangerine Curry, Lemon Cucumber & Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio, & More Recipes
Vegan Dark Chocolate Sorbet, French Onion Salisbury Steak, Japanese Mountain Yam Rolls, Soups, Salads, Tandoori-Flavored Burgers, Spinach & Pine Nut Cakes, Pâté Spread, Lemon Risotto, Oatmeal Smoothies, More Cheap Recipes
New Potato & Spinach Curry, Beef Pho, White Zucchini Boats, Beer Cheese Soup with Bacon & Jalapeños, Spicy Tofu, Mandarin Chicken & Pasta, Fig Pecan Scones, Spanish Migas, Roasted Turnips, Shrimp & Rice Soup, & Thrifty Recipes
Dill Mushroom Soup, Curry & Lemon Pilaf, Fried Chicken & Sawmill Gravy, Egg Custard Buns, Chocolate Peppermint Bars, Slow Cooker Cacciatore, Spicy Steak, Pork Chops & Navy Bean Gravy, Masa Pones, Garlic Ginger Bok Choy, More Recipes
Roasted Garlic Focaccia Bread, Corn Chowder, Stir-Fried Chicken, Apple Almondilla Smoothie, 3-Cheese Salad, Pumpkin Mini Muffins, Green Tea Pound Cake, Vegan Bacon & Cheddar Potato Soup, Recipes, & More