Fab Food Friday Fotos: Korean Keema, Eton Mess, Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles, Street Tacos Al Pastor, Happy Squirrel Bento, Chunky Gazpacho, Beer-Battered Fish & British Chips, Jalapeño Popper Chicken Breasts, Bean Soup, Corn Fritters & Roasted Tomatoes, More Thrifty Recipes
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on August 28, 2015
“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.”
~ Samuel Pepys, British naval administrator, “The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection”
FOOD. GLORIOUS FOOD.
High summer temps may still be raging, but you can keep your cool and composure — and also keep more of your hard-earned cash for family meals — with this week’s delectable collection of fabulous food photos and recipes for summer eating.
When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one easy-on-the-wallet recipe will always be included.
Photographer/cook Jasline’s awesome recipe for Korean Keema is posted at Foodie Baker — she also wrote this about the dish:
The moment I saw this recipe over at Joyce’s blog, I knew I have to make it. Both X and I are huge fan of one-dish rice meals – he loves it because it’s easy to eat and I can simply scoop it on top of rice, meaning less dishes for him to wash up later; I love it because it incorporates vegetables and meat into one dish and every mouthful is always bursting with flavours. I especially love this one because gochujang is one of my favourite condiments!
This dish is definitely going to be my go-to recipes when I have no idea what to cook – the prep work is minimal and it takes no more than 15 minutes to cook this dish, making this perfect for a weeknight dinner.
By the way, do you know that gochujang is low in calorie and rich in protein, vitamin B2 and vitamin C? It is also rich in capsaicin, which supposedly increases metabolism and fat burning processes (yay!) And with its unique combination of salty, spicy and sweet, gochujang makes a delicious condiment and hence makes this dish simply irresistible.
Eton Mess background info, via Wikipedia:
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries or bananas, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century. According to Recipes from the Dairy (1995) by Robin Weir, who spoke to Eton College’s librarian, Eton mess was served in the 1930s in the school’s “sock shop” (tuck shop), and was originally made with either strawberries or bananas mixed with ice-cream or cream. Meringue was a later addition, and may have been an innovation by Michael Smith, the author of Fine English Cookery (1973). An Eton mess can be made with many other types of summer fruit, but strawberries are regarded as more traditional. A similar dessert is the Lancing mess (which uses bananas), served throughout the year at Lancing College in West Sussex, England.
— Cooking Light (@Cooking_Light) August 26, 2015
Check out this summertime, only-300-calories recipe for Corn Fritters with Roasted Tomatoes and Lime Aioli at Cooking Light — prep tip:
For convenience, you can make the tomatoes and fritters in advance, then reheat them to serve. Reheating the fritters in an oven or toaster oven will keep them from being soggy.
Photographer/cook Elvert Barnes shared the recipe link for this healthy, summertime gazpacho:
A fan of gazpacho soup, I made this NO COOK Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho at home this afternoon before serving it for dinner in West Hyattsville, MD — Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho recipe from Cooking Light.
— Madeline Hughes (@Madelineh28) July 9, 2015
The recipe for this tasty peanut chicken soba noodles dish is posted at Clean Eating.
— Expo Milano 2015 (@Expo2015Milano) August 28, 2015
The recipe and this brief description are posted at World Recipes:
A perfect recipe for a summer evening dinner. A fresh taleggio cheese velvet sauce covers the crepes making a gentle contrast with figs.
The recipe for photographer/cook Jesús Cerezo’s lovely Chouquettes de Chooclate is posted in Spanish at Webos Fritos. Google will easily translate it.
— Pickled Plum Food (@misspickledplum) August 29, 2015
Recipe intro, from Pickled Plum:
Got leftover cooked chicken and a few eggs that are about to expire? How about making the most delicious, fluffy and healthy chicken egg foo young you’ve ever had! This recipe contains a lot less oil than most egg foo young dishes out there and is packed with yummy veggies. The pancakes are moist and light and accompanied by a gooey sauce made with broth, soy sauce and vinegar. It’s savory and a little sweet and has all the classic Chinese flavors we all love so much.
This photo shows photographer/food blogger Julia Frost’s homemade beer-batted fish — her recipe, posted at I Believe I Can Fry, also includes recipes for accompanying British chips, Southern hush puppies, and tartar sauce. Her intro:
Fish & chips is usually thought of to be more of a UK thing, though pretty much every Irish pub I’ve ever been to offers this classic on the menu. I won’t lie, either. I DO love me some Captain D’s, though it always gives me THE worst heartburn ever. However, making fish & chips from scratch, though a little bit labor intensive and messy, is WAY worth it.
The fish, typically whitefish, cod or haddock, is deep-fried in a flour and water batter, with baking soda added for extra effervescence (aka, bubbles!). Beer is often substituted for the water, and I think it lends a better flavor to the batter. Some folks use lager, but I prefer a brown ale, which, ironically, is one of my LEAST favorite beers to drink, but one of my favorite beers to cook with, coming in second only to Budweiser. Served with malt vinegar and tartar sauce, fish & chips remains really popular as a Friday meal for Roman Catholics, in accordance with the long-standing tradition (especially during Lent) of abstaining from meat on Fridays.
The chips are thicker-cut, what we here in the US would call “home fries” or “steak fries”. You can buy frozen ones in just about any store, but it’s cheaper to just make your own since you already have oil for frying the fish. Plus, homemade ALWAYS tastes better.
I HAD to add SOMETHING Southern to this meal, so I opted to throw in some hush puppies. Legend has it that the name originates from the Civil War, when Union soldiers would toss leftover fried cornbread to Confederate dogs to stop their barking. Whether or not this is true, we’ll probably never know. All hush puppies are is a mix of cornmeal and spices, moistened into a thick batter and deep-fried. So simple, yet SO good.
Note: Fry your fish LAST; if you are planning on using the same oil for the fries & hushpuppies, you probably don’t want them tasting all fishy and gross.
— Cheryl Kirkness (@momsandmunchkin) August 26, 2015
Recipe for these easy kale chips is available at Why Not Spicy?, with this summary from photographer/cook Shashank Jain:
After coming back from work and before dinner is ready, I am always looking to eat a quick snack. It is a tough time when hunger levels are super high. This is the time when most of us turn to unhealthy snacking such as potato chips, ice cream, cookies etc. They surely are unnecessary and non-nutritious calories right before dinner.
A great way to deal with the hunger pangs are through these super yummy, salty kale chips. We sometimes do not even realize that the behind these crispy chips lies a superfood; Kale. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. Sometimes, I pack them with me to work for the next day and it goes very well with sandwiches. Remember extra-virgin olive oil that was great for reducing cardiovascular risk? It is part of this recipe and contributes to the good calories. Try this easy recipe and store kale chips as your next snack!
— Panayiotis Galanis (@pany1galanis) August 27, 2015
Photographer/cook Daniel Hanson used this recipe for making his slow-cooker tacos al pastor (aka shepherd’s tacos). A few other recipes for homemade tacos al pastor are available at Gimme Some Oven, Barbecue! Bible, All Recipes, and Serious Eats.
— delicious recipes (@delirecipes) August 28, 2015
This ham and cheese salad is ridiculously easy to make — check it out at Delicious Recipes.
Soups may seem that they are only for cold weather eating, but this inexpensive, filling bean soup can be enjoyed all year long. Photographer/cook Jules shared this comforting bean soup recipe at Stone Soup, and also wrote, “The first time I made this soup I posted a photo on Instagram and immediately got requests for the recipe. Always a good sign. And I’m happy to report it lives up to expectations!”
— Sam Hadadi (@samantha_hadadi) August 27, 2015
Directions for making photographer/bento diva gamene’s winsome Happy Squirrel Bento is posted at Bento Zen.
— EveryDay Rachael Ray (@RachaelRayMag) August 28, 2015
This super-easy recipe for these Jalapeño Popper Chicken Breasts is posted at Rachael Ray’s website.
— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) August 24, 2015
Tantalizing description of this healthful, Greek yogurt and honeyed walnuts breakfast concoction — recipe is posted at the Whole Foods Market website:
Thyme infused honeyed walnuts are sprinkled over thick, creamy yogurt to make a luscious brunch side or dessert.
— Lisa Montgomery (@luxuryfishing) August 29, 2015
A quick and yummy method for preparing thrifty tilapia, posted at My Recipes:
Flavor budget-friendly tilapia fillets with Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, dredge in flour and cornmeal, and pan fry for a quick-cooking weeknight meal.
Food photos selected and posted are credited and have Creative Commons-licensed content with some rights reserved for noncommercial purposes, unless otherwise noted.
Past two months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:
Thai-Style Watermelon Salad, Curry-Masala Lamb Burgers, Totoro Sesame Tarts, Pork Tenderloin & Tomato-Peach Compote, Oven-Roasted Broccoli, Chicken Wings, Black Magic Chocolate Cake, Zucchini "Hash Browns" & Eggs, More Fab Recipes
Vietnamese Chicken Wings with Lemongrass Brown Rice, Easy Spaghetti Pie, Slow-Cooker Cider Beef Stew, Nut-Hugging Teddie Bear Cookies, Ground Turkey Dishes, Shakshuka, Key Lime Pie, GF Fish Sticks, BBQ Chickpea Salad, More Frugal Recipes
Lemon-Orange Ice Cream, Roast Pork Neck, GF Sweet Potato & Lime Taquitos, Easy Cheesecake, Chicken Adobo, Quick Black Beans, Country Breakfast Pizza, Thai Veggie Stew, Bacon Nachos, Rachael Ray’s Dandan Noodles, More Frugal Recipes
Cider Can Chicken, Makhlama Lahm, Herbed Salt, Beet & Leek Salad, GF Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders, Kiwi Banana Ice Cream, Pan-Fried Salmon with Asian Glaze, Mango Mint Fizz, Vegan Fried Rice, More Thrifty Recipes
Beef-Pork Meatballs, Cherry Cucumber Coolers, Fried Fish Tacos, GF Apricot Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sauerkraut Pork Casserole, Eggplant Toast, Chilli Chicken Pasta, Garlic Dill Zucchini Pickles, Swedish Salmon Tart, More Fab Recipes
Huli-Huli-Style BBQ Chicken, Summer Salads, Strawberry Meringue Tartlets, Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Hot Dogs, Zucchini Pizza, Watermelon Salsa, Naeng Myun, Chocolate Orange Cookie Cups, Pickled Beets, Brussels Red Potato Gratin, More DIY Recipes