Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rhubarb, Bowling, Shrove Tuesday

I finally answered a question I was asking last May/June - yes cooked rhubarb does freeze well. I froze several helpings last year and kept forgetting about it. I finally ate some on Sunday and it was just as delicious as when I cooked it fresh. Asparagus doesn't freeze so well unless you have a commercial type freezing apparatus. It is OK but that's all I can say for it. In the States you can buy frozen asparagus which is good. For some reason I have never seen it round here.

Bowling didn't go too well for our team, only won 2 points. However, personally, I bowled pretty well for all three games even though I started the first frame of the second game with three gutter balls. I don't ever remember doing that before and I certainly hope I don't do it again.

Today being Shrove Tuesday otherwise known as Pancake Day in England I thought a pancake recipe would be suitable. These are English pancakes or what most North Americans would call crêpes. I am making this for supper tonight.This is a typical recipe where they say how quick is to make it. The fact that you first need two cooked chicken breasts you also need to have spicy tomato sauce ready made too. Then, no doubt, it would only take half an hour to get this on the table.


What happens when you cross pancakes with enchiladas? Well, you get panchiladas of course! This delicious hybrid pancake is the perfect treat for dinner. Each pancake is packed with pieces of tender chicken, soft roasted peppers and a rich tomato sauce with a kick of spice thanks to the jalapeno
peppers. Top with grated cheese and bake in the oven for 15 mins until golden.

½ basic pancake mix
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1-2 tbs jalapeno peppers, sliced
2 roasted red peppers, chopped
200 g spicy tomato sauce
75 g grated Cheddar
chopped coriander, to serve

1. Make the pancake batter to step 1. Heat the oil, divide the mix in half and cook to the end of step 2. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, jalapeno and roasted peppers and tomato sauce.

3. Once cooled, divide the chicken filling between the crepes and roll up. Put in an ovenproof dish, top with grated cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Serve scattered with coriander.

Servings: 2

Source: GoodtoKnow

Author Notes
Swap the chicken for other meats like shredded lamb or pork pieces
Have a great day 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Crustaceans, Ants, Easter,

I just got a recipe for shrimp scampi in my email. It irritates me somewhat, a shrimp is not a scampi.
They are two different crustaceans.


The scampi (nephrops norvegicus) has a flat body and claws and tastes much better than shrimp. No amount of garlic sauce will turn a shrimp into a scampi. I once ate something which was called rock shrimp when I was in NC. I think they tasted better than shrimp, but still NOT scampi.

Checking the few channels we watch, I see TCM has Them on this afternoon (Sunday). It was made in 1954 and I probably saw it close to that time. It is a film which really stuck in my memory about giant mutated ants which scientists or exterminators couldn't do anything about in time to stop them swarming so a colony ended up in NY City (I think). The queen ended up in some kind of huge pipe. Beyond that I don't remember except that they made a noise somewhat like ambulances and that sound scared me for years. British ambulances don't (or didn't) make the same noise. Sorry I missed it I would have been interested in seeing it again. At the time it was enough to scare the Bejasus out of you, dunno if it would today.

A pretty quiet weekend, but most of them are these days. I suddenly realised that if it is Shrove Tuesday tomorrow, Easter cannot be far. I checked both Google Calendar and another calendar I have on my desktop and neither of them gave me the date. I eventually googled it, April 16 is Easter Sunday. I have a couple of wall calendars which I didn't think to check, they, of course, had it marked. Duuh. Gotta get some lamb.

I also get to see the vascular surgeon on Thursday. At long last.

This recipe appealed to me.

Chicken Ramen

2 eggs
2 cartons (900 mL each) CAMPBELL’S® 30% Less Sodium Ready to Use Chicken Broth
2 chicken breast
1 Tbs (15 mL) minced fresh ginger root
6 oz (170 g) Ramen noodles
2 cups (500 mL) snow pea leaves or baby spinach
1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen corn niblets, thawed
2 green onion, sliced
1 sheet roasted seaweed (nori), thinly sliced
1 tsp (5 mL) chili oil (optional)

1. Bring a pot of water to a simmer (small bubbles, not a rapid boil). Add eggs, and cook for six minutes. Adjust heat to keep a consistent temperature going. Remove eggs from water and run under cold water until cool. Peel and slice in half. Set aside.

2. Pour broth into a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add chicken and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until chicken is just cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken and transfer to a board to slice.

3. Add noodles and snow pea leaves to broth. Cook until noodles are al dente and snow pea leaves are tender, about 2 minutes.

4. Divide noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle in broth and top with sliced chicken, snow pea leaves, corn and egg halves. Sprinkle with green onions, nori and a drizzle of chili oil.

Servings: 4

Source: Campbells

Have a great day