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31.10.13

Beef Barley Soup #Foodie Friday

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beef barley soup: simple living and eating


OK, birthday parties in my house are over for now and Halloween Candy is being rationed. (So no one gets a belly ache.) Time to take a break from sweets and balance out with a healthy and hearty bowl of beef barley soup. Barley is such a great warm weather grain, and it holds up really well in soup. Unlike rice it doesn't soak up all of your broth. 

Grains have been getting a bad reputation lately, but whole grains work in the body much differently than processed grains. Whole grains, like barley, clear the digestive track: helping to prevent colon cancer, and they feed the good bacteria in your stomach which helps to improve your digestion. Grains are also important for your nerves… they keep you calm and help you sleep. So sure if your trying to loss some weight, skip the white flour, reduce your grain intake,  but keep some whole grains in your diet for long term health. 


beef barley soup: simple living and eating


Beef Barley Soup

by Diane Balch
simplelivingandeating.com

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 onion chopped
4 celery stalks chopped
3 carrots chopped 
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1/2 teaspoon of ground Thyme
7 ounces of left over steak or any type of beef chopped small
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup of pearl barley
64 ounces of beef broth
1 10 ounce can of kidney beans
salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

1) In a large sauce pan heat the EVOO on medium high heat and add the vegetables as you chop them in this order: onions, celery, carrots and garlic.
Do not brown the garlic. Cook vegetables until they start to soften. Salt the vegetables as you add them.

Note: If you are adding raw meat. Brown it in the oil and remove it from the pan before you cook the vegetables. 

2) Add the thyme and let it heat a little in the oil to release it's flavor. Add the barley next and let it get coated by the oil too. Let it sauté for about 1 minute. This will help the grain keep it's structure.

3) Add the beef broth and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer on low for about 1 hour or until the barley softens. Once the barley is cooked add the beef and the kidney beans. 

Best served with hearty rustic whole grain bread and butter.



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Foodie Friday Features:



From: SourdoughNative

Easy Hard Cider Apple Dumplings
Easy Hard Cider Apple Dumplings

This is truly an easy and impressive recipe that is perfect this time of year to wow your family and friends. 



From: My Carolina Kitchen

chicken stew on polenta
Chicken Stew on Polenta

Not only is this recipe healthy it's interesting, so different to serve polenta with a chicken stew. Sam proves that eating healthy doesn't have to taste bad. 



From: Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Gammy's Crock Pot Turkey Legs
Gammy's Crock Pot Turkey Legs

Turkey is so inexpensive now and this recipe is so simple to make… how could you not resist. 




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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
All my Bloggy Friends @Love Bakes Good Cakes

Wednesday Food:

 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Create & Share @ The Trendy Tree House
What I Whipped Up Wednesday @ Sugar & Dots
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles




Don't forget to join us on Nov 12th. Cook a dish from Maylasia




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28.10.13

Chocolate Mousse Cake: Daughter's Birthday #Weekly Menu Plan

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chocolate mousse cake slice: Simple Living and Eating


On my daughter's birthday last week she was home from school with a bad head cold. She had plans to make a spectacular cake for her birthday party on Saturday, but I wanted to make a little something to cheer her up. 

Both of my kids really wanted me to make chocolate souffles after I made cheese souffles last week, so I decided to make a chocolate mousse cake, which is kinda of like individual souffles, but with less work.


chocolate mousse cake: simple living and eating

I used Dorie Greenspan's recipe: Michel Rostang's Double Chocolate Mousse Cake but without making the two layers, which sounds wonderful, but I was looking for something quick. I also wouldn't recommend using espresso coffee in this cake unless you really like the taste of coffee to come through. I will use regular coffee next time. 

We probably should have cooked the cake a little longer, but it did poof up like a souffle and the inside was a little gooey which my kids and myself enjoyed with some vanilla ice cream.


owl cake: simple living and eating
Click here for owl cake instructions.

My daughter felt a little better on Saturday and was able to put together her planned birthday cake. Pretty spectacular. 

Note: She used yogurt covered raisins for the the feathers instead of almond slices because she has a nut allergy. 


blowing out candles: simple living and eating


I brought her and a few of her friends out for a hibachi dinner and then we came back to the house and feasted on the owl. 




Weekly Menu Plan: 


Sunday: Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork from: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan


Tuesday: Hurry up and Wait Roast Chicken with potatoes, carrots and peas.

Wednesday: Leftover Pot Roast in Red Wine with broad egg noodles

Thursday: Beef Corn Tortilla Enchiladas with guacamole

Friday: Mee Rebus Noodle Soup

Saturday: Leftovers


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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
All my Bloggy Friends @Love Bakes Good Cakes

Wednesday Food:

 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Create & Share @ The Trendy Tree House
What I Whipped Up Wednesday @ Sugar & Dots
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles
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24.10.13

Best Baked Goods: Happy Birthday to Dorie Greenspan and My Daughter #Foodie Friday

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baker girl: simple living and eating


I just found out that my daughter has the same birthday as the food writer Dorie Greenspan. I have been cooking through her, Around My French Table cookbook with an online group. 

My daughter has learned so much about baking from both Dorie's Baking with Julia cookbook and from the one that I have been working with these past two years.

So I say Happy Birthday Dorie, you are an inspiration to both me and my daughter. 

little girl big girl: Simple Living and Eating


My daughter turns 12 today and her skills at baking are way beyond her years. I just want to share with you some of the amazing things she has baked for this blog.


Here are some of my daughter's wonderful creations. Many of them are Dorie Greenspan's recipes and some are her own recipes:

Double Chocolate and Banana Tart

Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

Apple Filled Cupcakes

Compost Cookies

Blueberry Mascarpone Roulade


Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Harvest Pie Pops




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Foodie Friday Features:



From: My Cozy Corner

French Roasted Chicken
French Roasted Chicken
Forget about buying that dried out rotisserie chicken. Make one at home it is easy and super delicious. 



From: Anyonita Nibbles

 Beef Bowl Inverse Recipe
 Beef Bowl Inverse Recipe
I would definitely call this Asian comfort food and the egg on top... yummy.


From: The Wednesday Baker

It is apple pie season and this one is just a little different with some cardamon and pecans in it. 

This post is shared on the following food/craft parties. Be sure to check them out:

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
All my Bloggy Friends @Love Bakes Good Cakes
Wednesday Food:
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Create & Share @ The Trendy Tree House
What I Whipped Up Wednesday @ Sugar & Dots
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara
Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch
Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles



Don't forget to join us on Nov 5th. Cook a dish from Maylasia




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23.10.13

Cheese Souffles: Muenster? Comte! #French Fridays with Dorie

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Cheese Souffles: Simple Living and Eating


I have never feared souffles. They are the one French dish I have always made. I think it is because Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina got to understand souffles, and of course, I wanted to be Sabrina when I was a teenager.


Click on to watch this scene.

 A woman happily in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.

When I was a vegetarian souffles were my go to meal for company. A beautiful cheese souffle was proof that you could eat gourmet and not eat meat.

As I moved away from vegetarianism I turned more toward chocolate souffles... because what can I say, I knew they would impress my guests.

Well, as I have gotten more comfortable with cooking I no longer feel the need to impress my guests with something seemingly difficult like a souffle and I got away from making them.

Thank you Dorie for reminding what a wonderful treat a creamy poofy souffle is when it pops out of the oven. My husband and I were in heaven with this light  airy dish. The kids were... unimpressed. They wanted my chocolate souffles...

Maybe next time.

Note: I did a few things differently than Dorie's recipe. One, I grated the cheese in a food processor instead of cutting it. 

Oh, yes, I couldn't find French Muenster, so I used Comte... and I did not strain the béchamel through a strainer, no need. 

I also didn't cool the béchamel sauce before I added the cheese and the egg yolks. I let it sit while I whipped the egg whites but that was only for a few minutes. 

To me the key to a good souffle is to gently mix the egg whites in... fold until just incorporated, even if there are still streaks of white. Don't over mix it and let the air out of the egg whites. 

My souffles were golden brown in 17 minutes... so watch them carefully through the door. I agree with Dorie, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN!






You are invited to join my new linky party. Cook a recipe of your choice from the chosen country and explore the world with us.  Nov 5th we will be sharing dishes from Maylasia



Add your email to our list and I will remind you a week before the party and on the day of the party so you won't forget to link up.







Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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