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Gloriously Garlic Noodles

This is a dish that you can have on the table in 20 minutes or less. It has relatively simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavour. It's also open to a lot of variation. I like to serve it with shrimp as shown but really any protein will work, seafood being the fastest one to add. Also, feel free to play with the amount of garlic. The recipe that follows is on the extreme end of how much you want to put it in there. if you find garlic a little overpowering, or you have a dentist appointment the next day, maybe tone it down a bit.  Gather the Good Stuff  In regards to the sauce, you can be pretty loose with the quantities. If you like it a little saltier, use more soy sauce. If you like it a little hotter, add a little more cayenne. For the noodles, literally any noodles will do. I used the standard spaghetti but that's just because it is what I had on hand.  2 Tbsp soy sauce - a shot of a thicker darker one is probably a good idea. if you use one that is too light you'll m…

Chicken Noodle and Sausage Soup

The wind where I live can cut you right down to the bone. Nothing will get you back up to speed like a warming bowl of homemade soup. It's also the best way to get through all the bones you've been saving from other dishes you've made by making the base from scratch in the form of your own broth. The veggies here can be changed up to taste of course or to suit whatever you've got on hand. This recipe is a in two parts, a recipe for the broth and a recipe for the soup itself. It's all pretty straight forward and I'd encourage you to mix it up with the exception of one part - do not cook your noodles directly in the soup itself. The result of that is a terrible mess if you reheat the soup. The noodles get way overcooked and they start to disintegrate. Best to cook them separately. Gather the Good StuffBroth This recipe presumes that you've been saving bones etc from other meals that you cooked and that you've got roughly enough to make a decent stock. &qu…

Smokey Lamb & Eggplant Stew

I make this about once a month. Lamb, eggplant, red onion and cumin is a combo that I don't like to go too long without having. Don't get cheap on the chorizo here if you can avoid it. Having a really nicely done chorizo will add something beautiful to the dish. I'd recommend Spanish chorizo if you can find it. I make this dish in the slow cooker to give it the time it needs to get all the flavours working together nicely. It also comes out really well if you use a Dutch oven. If you do, reduce the cooking time down to about 2-3 hours of low simmering and increase the amount of liquid by about 50% or more.  Gather the Good Stuff 500-750g stewing lamb or lamb shoulder - cut into bite sized chunks and salted / peppered. If you are cutting it from bone in pieces, toss one of the bones in while it slow cooks300-400g Spanish chorizo - cut into small pieces 1 x 400g can of chickpea - (or use 2) drained and rinsed 1 red onion - roughly chopped 2 eggplants - cut into small cubes 350…

Schnitzel Sandwiches

Schnitzel is one of those foods that seem like a lot of work, but actually is pretty manageable. I've made it into a sandwich here because that's what we were in the mood for but obviously it's also great as a main on potatoes and smothered in gravy. I've also used pork here but you can substitute in chicken as well. Don't be shy on playing around with the spices you add to the coating either!  Gather the Good Stuff   3 or 4 small pork chops - deboned and fat removed 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs 1.5 cups panko bread crumbs  2 Tbsp butter 3/4 cup or more vegetable oil for frying 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp salt1 tsp ground black pepper 1 large onion - slicedTomatoes & mayo for sandwich toppings Salad greens for sandwich toppings Bread for sandwiches - I recommend Rye but any nice bread will work Putting it Together   Lay pork out on a flat, sturdy work surface. Using a mallet or a rolling pin, pound pork down until it is 1/2 inch thick and well tenderizedMix flour with the …

Smokey Seafood Chowder

I have, rather unfortunately, only lived in places with average weather. I'm used to quite a bit of snow, rain and cold in my days so naturally it's important that I have a few good go-to recipes that warm you right to the bones.  This can easily be fancied up a bit for entertaining if you buy a more expensive fish and add a little saffron but I am a fan of the humble version. Don't be shy to try it with different kinds of trout or white fillets and bacon / thick pancetta instead of ham. I make this in the slow cooker but you could just as easily use 
Gather the Good Stuff400g or so of small potatoes - halved or quartered depending on size. 250g - whitefish or trout. Sole works well250g of smoked whitefish  100g chopped bacon / ham / pancetta 2 tbsp butter 1 onion - diced 2 celery sticks - diced 50g corn nibbles 3 cups vegetable or fish broth 2/3 cup dry white wine  2/3 cup heavy cream1 tsp dried tarragon 1 tsp white wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Putting it all Toge…

Hot & Sticky Chicken Pops

These are just great. If you've got pickier kids then you can dial up the honey and dial down the hot and they'll love them. For adults, do the opposite. I like to serve this type of stuff as a heavy snack or during a chaotic dinner where you've got lots of folks coming and going. Obviously, these are open to be dressed up any way you like or even just straight roasted / fried for the crispy angle. 
Popping the knuckle off of drumsticks is a great trick. It not only makes a nice little handle, it's also visually appealing. Lastly, it severs the little tendons that run up and down chicken thighs that aren't the most pleasant when eating. This is a good technique to get used to using in many different chicken dishes. I believe it is called "Frenched chicken".
Gather the Good Stuff 1. Chicken Drumstick - 6-8 or what ever will fit comfortably in your roasting pan 2. 1 Tbsp - rice wine vinegar    3. 1 Tbsp honey - use good stuff  4. 1-3 Tbsp Sriracha 5. Salt & P…