Feeling Nostalgic!

"Experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation." 

Flying back home today after a gorgeous weekend away our first necessary stop was the food store. 

I thought back to those beautiful Sunday lunches at Bennet's house on Shirley Slope and the incredible lamb shanks he use to prepare and thought, can we replicate!?

Not sure I can ever duplicate or replicate those blessed days with the likes of Brent and June at the table keeping us all entertained and captivated but we are going to give it a try at least with the food but will always miss the company.

Sear the lamb shanks until brown, toss everything into the pressure coooker and let it go for one hour.  Not low and slow like Bennets version that was roasted in the oven to heavenly perfection but we are hungry!

  • Mac N' Cheese is part of everyone's yearning!

    I personally do not know one person who does not like mac n' cheese. I consider this comfort food and very nostalgic for me.

    For this version I just cooked a box of mac then added some mascarpone, shredded monterey jack and colby, one egg and fresh basil. Spray the muffin tins well, divide evenly then top with a mixture of melted butter and panko crumbs.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins.

  • Fiesta Cauliflower, something new??

    Orange cauliflower, who knew......? It was so pretty we just had to try.

    Steam add butter salt and pepper. Dats it!

    We will serve these alongside the pressure cooker lamb shanks and be transported back in time.

Guilty Pleasures!

Beef wellies and a western flick!
 
Who says Mondays have to be mundane!  Lets get this week started with a brilliant beef wellington!
 
Serve salad and a vegetable along side this beauty so you do not feel so GUILTY about this PLEASURE!
 
  • Indulge.....

    Filet Mignon
    Mushrooms/Portobello and Shiitake
    Parsley
    Thyme
    Shallots
    Garlic
    A cup of red wine
    Puff pastry sheets

  • Enjoy.....

    Pan sear the steak on each side for 5 minutes until brown.

    Finely chop the mushrooms and combine with the remaining ingredients then heat and reduce for about 10 mins.

    Stack and roll up in puff pastry, brush with egg wash, then cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

  • Yee Haaaaaa!

    You out did yourself Marlboro Man!

The award goes to .........The Terrific Trio!

MEAT, VEG, POTATO.  Need I say more.{#smileys123.tonqueout}

  • The leading lady.....

    Keep it simple and just add thyme, salt and olive oil.

    Cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

  • Not to be forgotten.....

    A natural beauty needs nothing to make her shine.

    Steam beans for 15 mins.

  • The star of the show!

    The leading man! LAMB ROAST.

    Rub him with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt & pepper and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 40 mins.

The implications of asking someone if you “Will you be my Valentine” is that you are willing to risk it all for love.
I do not have a definitive answer but the following meanings have also been suggested.

Will you be my soul-mate, life partner, spouse??
Will you stand beside me?

The word “valentine” comes from the word for strength. It takes courage to open your heart and love someone.

Will you be my Valentine Allan Mabon?

He said YES!!!! Then he made be french toast, I think he deserves a french kiss!! Love, love xo

Toi Et Moi

My plan is referred to as "PP"............protein and portion. The idea is to eat less carbs and use a small bowl or plate to control my portion sizes.

Tonight is Chicken and salad.  Take a short cut and buy a roast chicken then add as many salad items as you can think of.

Lettuce, tomatoes, corn, hard boiled eggs, olives, beets, onions, avocado, cucumber.  Add nuts, cranberries or raisins for interest.  Try using a low cal dressings (but dont hurt your head on this one) just think portion control!

"Well the weather outside is frightful but inside it's so delightful"!

Let it cook, let it cook, let it cook!  Slow and low is the idea for this beef stew.