It was my week to choose our food challenge.. Let me just start with.. My sister gifted me a subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine.. Sooo fabulous.. But I digress.. Anywho.. In the most recent edition of Bon Appetit is a section on 5 ingredients dishes. Now I would love to say I made one for this challenge.. But.. I didn't.. I "borrowed" the 5 ingredient idea and made it our challenge. So all recipes this week will have 5 ingredients or less. There was a great debate soon after it was announced as to whether herbs and spices should count.. As you can see below.. Most of "us" didn't count them. In all fairness to the other ladies it is very hard to find even a simple recipe that uses just a few herbs and spices.
Borrowed a page (Or plate) from Nikita and grilled some steaks this week (before the husband found a local butcher) Although the grilling was perfection the meat was only so so. Quality does matter!!
But I also decided to grill some chicken the next evening. The husband and Savannah had everything prepared for me when I got home so all I had to do was fire of the grill and throw the chicken on.
They had the chicken marinating in what looked like olive oil, fresh lemon juice, I recognized some rosemary and some other herbs.
Savannah made a beautiful salad and Randy steamed some white rice. Which by the way I like with just butter and black pepper.
I found this recipe about a month ago and had planned to make it asap. That didn't go as planned so I sent the recipe to Gigi. It got rave reviews. It is conveniently 5 ingredients. So now's the time to make it.
Strawberries with Swedish Cream
Courtesy of the New York Times
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream
Sugar or honey, to taste
1 tablespoon any liqueur, like cointreau or amaretto (optional)
1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled, halved or quartered, if necessary
Step 1: Whip the sweet cream until it holds soft peaks, then fold it into the sour cream, add sugar (or honey) to taste and liqueur if you like.
Step 2: Put berries in 4 to 6 bowls or stemmed glasses and top with the cream. If desired, garnish with a leaf of fresh mint.
I used a lovely raw cream honey and strawberries that I purchased at a local farm. If I were on death row I'd request this as part of my last meal!
We've had a treasure trove of eats this week, and it's only Tuesday! I have two meals to dote on because they were both so scrumptious in their own right. On Sunday, Matt went grocery shopping with me as he does every week; we make it a family affair. And although we had already created a meal plan with an associated shopping list for the week, he passes some New York Strips that he could not leave without. So plans changed, and boy am I glad they did?! He grilled to perfection three steaks and sauteed some freeesh green beans. Just look at that picture, and tell me you wouldn't want to eat that steak! I'd call you a liar. It was medium rare, and the fat just melted in your mouth. I didn't even need the A1 Sauce! 😲 Kudos to Matt!
Tonight, I made a Shrimp Boil from the all-reliable Pintrest. And I quote Christopher when he said, "That's the best dinner you've ever made! I could eat that every day." It tickles my heart to know my boys enjoy the food I put my heart into. The potatoes popped in your mouth when you bit into the skins, and the juices were filled with lotsa of Cajun flavors. Best part: It only took 30 mins to make. I know! 30 mins?! How is that possible? Well it is, and it was excellent. 😊 (If you subtract the seasoning, I only used 5 ingredients.)
Shrimp Boil Recipe:
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dill weed
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon salt
3 bay leaves
3 quarts water
8 small red skin potatoes
3 ears corn, cut in thirds
4 smoked sausages, such as kielbasa
2 pounds shell-on shrimp
Juice of 1 lemon
Cocktail sauce, to serve
Melted butter, to serve
1. Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
2. Add the spice mix, bay leaves and water in a large pot and add the potatoes.
3. Bring to a boil and 15 minutes.
4. Add the corn and boil for 10 minutes.
5. Add the sausage and cook for another 5 minutes. Take out a potato from the pot and check to see if it’s fully cooked. If not, cook until potatoes are fully cooked.
6. Stir in the shrimp and lemon juice, place the lid on the pot. Cook for 3 minutes.
7. Drain the shrimp and serve with cocktail sauce and melted butter with garlic and parsley.
4 Talipia filets
2 tbsp butter melted
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
Mix butter, lemon juice and garlic together. Brush this over both sides of fish. Broil for 5 min. Flip fish and sprinkle with cheese. Broil for 5-6 min more. Fish will flake easy.
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