Sunday lunch. A long lived tradition in so many homes that almost seems a legend in it's own right. Once upon a time in a land far away, I was a participant in many Sunday lunches, or dinners as we called them. We always had what we called, cooked dinner. It was a roast of sorts, beef, pork or chicken. Accompanied by boiled vegetables, peas pudding, baked pudding, dressing, salt beef and gravy. It was a feast and a half. To my dismay, as a kid, I didn't appreciate all the work, the tradition, the home grown vegetables and quite often the local game. Shame on me.
Years later and a million miles away, I try to keep my childhood tradition alive. The food may have changed somewhat but sentiment is still the same. Getting everyone to the table to enjoy a leisurely lunch without someone having to rush off to work, school or other commitments. Sure, we try our best through the week at dinner time, but that doesn't always work out with a husband on "flexible" work schedule. So, Sundays are sacred. Keeping the tradition alive, one dinner at a time.
That tree out in the garden just keeps on giving. There seems to be no end this year, and I am not complaining. More lemons for me.
Which brings me to this dessert. This over the top, completely decadent, sugary, lemony, little piece of heaven cake. I was planning on making a plain Roulade cake today and be done with it. Then lemons came into play and later on the meringue. So, it kinda' turned into this thing you see below. Lemon Meringue pie has long been my absolute favourite dessert that nothing else on planet earth could compare to. I hardly ever make it, but sure enjoy it when I dig into a slice. I think the pie now has competition!
Note: When I say to have your eggs at room temperature, it is really important. Roulade cakes rely on air to get a rise and eggs at room temperature get more volume than cold eggs. So before whisking, make sure you eggs are not straight out of the fridge.
Case in point is the cake you see below. My kitchen was absolutely freezing today. Anyone living here in El Puerto, knows how cold this weekend has been for us. Spanish winters...ha! Anyway, I have said before that the houses are not very warm. My kitchen was freezing this morning when I was attempting to make this cake. So, a long story short my room temperature today wasn't warm enough. So, the cake isn't as light and airy as it normally is. It doesn't distract from the taste at all, just the appearance. Perfection is highly overrated anyway!
So much for clean eating...eeeek! With the granola being a bust the other day, I just had to make up for it. My plan was to repeat the granola. Well, not enough oats any more, and very few nuts. Torrential rain outside and at home without a car. So, no granola for me. It wasn't a bad thing as these cookies turned out great. The kids loved them and said they were delicious. I may have eaten one....or five!
I was stuck on a name, so everything cookies it was. That was because they were thrown together with whatever I could find in my baking supplies. So there are nuts (two kinds), chocolate chips, coconut and oats. Kind of a bunch of stuff. This is one of my favourite ways to bake, and when it turns out it is an added bonus.
Note: Try adding whatever nuts you have on hand. Pecans and walnuts would also work really well. If you are not keen on coconut, leave it out and add an extra 1/2 cup of oats.
Earlier today I got it into my head to make granola. I hardly ever make it and was reminded when around to a friends place earlier this week. She had made some and it was really nice. So, granola it was going to be. I even went out and bought some raw almonds and oats as there were none on hand in the house. Got back to put it all together. Which took all of 2 minutes. Popped it in the oven and went outside to get the laundry. About an hour later I rememberd the oven and the granola! Can you say burnt to a crisp. I probably should have taken a photo...ha! Next time I will pay more attention. So, granola coming soon just not today.
Instead, I have this light and refreshing cod fish. My son requested fish for dinner, so fish it was. Cod was on for a good price today at the fish counter, so that solved the choices. I didn't have a whole lot of time for dinner this evening, and this took no time at all. We served it with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Great easy food!
Healthy dinner time! This week I have been focusing on trying to keep eating clean and lean. Well, lets see how long that goes for. In the meantime, I cooked this super easy, nutritious and tasty stir fry for dinner this evening. I was planning on something completely different and more time consuming. I got lazy, ran out of time, and this was what we ended up with. I served this as a main course this evening, but it could just as easily be a side dish.
Ever since I found quinoa locally a few months back, I have been cooking with it regularly. I do love grains, so it is really great when there is a new one to throw in the mix. In case you are just tuning in, quinoa isn't something you can easily find around here. In fact, I saw it for the first time back in the fall. So, it feels like I have found a new food. Exciting!
Note: When your quinoa has finished cooking, it is a good idea to fluff it up with a fork before adding it to the vegetables. This should ensure that it doesn't clump together and is falls apart easily.