Yes, it's cloudy, the wind is howling and it is pouring! This is my idea of a blissful weekend. Rain equals my very happy place right now. After pretty much 6 months without clouds or rain, when you hear it beating down on the roof, you just can't help but smile. Even walking in the rain is pleasurable at this point. Mind you, when it rains here, it really rains. We are not talking about a few drops to whet the pallet, we are talking full on torrential rain. You know, the stuff floods are made of. And yes, I love it!
Which brings me to this very warming and somewhat decadent pork roast. Perfect rainy day food.
This is the time of year when I start thinking about Christmas Cookies. It might just sound a bit bonkers, as it isn't even Halloween yet, but I do start thinking about Christmas baking and all that it entails early on. For the record, I love Christmas!!! I am not one of those people who starts to decorate in November, puts a blow up Santa on the roof or has my shopping done midway through August. But I am a kid at heart when it comes to Christmas.
What goes well with Christmas? Cookies, of course. Which brings me to these delightful bites of orange and chocolate goodness.
Some time ago the dear husband made a soup. I thought the soup was really good. I dressed it up for pictures, wrote out the recipe and put it on the blog as Mike's Slow Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup. Well, that soup has been the most viewed recipe on my site to date. Above and beyond everything else, people seem to love Mike's soup! With over 400 recipes (and counting) to chose from, it has to be his recipe. Okay, that sounds bitter. I'm not bitter, honest...ha! It is a great soup.
With all that on my mind, today I set out to create my own "Mike style soup". This was what I came up and is it ever good. Lots of hearty spiced goodness.
Last week this time, I was just settling down at the computer with a steaming cup of tea in hand. It was probably a bit earlier than this, as I am a very early riser. I was just laying down the cup of tea, when my very eager pooch leaped at the desk, and you guessed it. The desk was swimming in Tetly Tea. I have never moved so fast in my life. There was the keyboard, speakers, random small electronics, notebooks, my phone, some recipe notes and junk. Yes, a messy desk. Everything survived the tea Tusnami. except the keyboard. Despite my best efforts to blow dry the keyboard, dead.
As I was preparing for our Thanksgiving, I had no time to run out and get a new one. So, friends, that is my very lame excuse for not putting up a menu last week. By the time I got a keyboard, it was two days too late, so I figured just as well to leave it till this week.
This week, I have on the menu a few of the recent dishes, as they are that good! As well as one of my first postings on the site, Moroccan Spiced Pan Seared Tuna. If you haven't come across that recipe, give it a try. Just wonderful.
Happy Cooking and have a great week!
Has anybody ever seen the television show Come Dine With Me? I was watching the Spanish version about 8 years ago and then it just disappeared off the face of the earth never to be seen again. I always looked forward to settling down for an hour to watch it.
Last night as I was folding laundry and drinking a glass of wine. Before I go any further, yes my Friday nights are that exciting. I was aimlessly channel surfing when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Come Dine With Me!. This time British version. Hilarious. I was in stitches and was paralized by the sheer cheek of the show. It was the commentary that got me, not so much the contestants. If you are looking for a laugh, look it up.
In the meantime, I got a super simple wrap recipe here today. Nothing fancy, nothing new, just easy basic food!
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