These potluck weeks seem to roll around so quickly each month.  Fortunately I don’t have any trouble finding a recipe, just deciding which one to use.  This month I chose one from Donna Hay.


Donna’s coconut and salmon laksa soup.  I had just come from the store with some very nice Atlantic Salmon and knew that is what I wanted to use this month for the potluck.  And I am so glad I did.  It was just the right meal for a just cool afternoon.  The spiciness of the laksa with the sweetness of the coconut milk.  YUM!

  • 5 oz dry rice vermicelli
  • 4 Tbl laksa paste
  • 1 Tbl shredded ginger
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf (optional)
  • 3 1/2 cups veggie stock
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 8 oz fresh salmon, chopped
  • 4 baby bok choy leaves, separated {I only had regular so used one leaf}
  • chopped cilantro and red chilies for garnish

Cook the rice noodles as directed.

Place the laksa, ginger and lime leaf in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it is fragrant.

Add the veggie stock and coconut milk and lower the temperature to low.  When all is hot add in the bok choy and salmon.  Cook for another 2 minutes or so.

Place the drained noodles in a bowl and add the broth with salmon and bok choy.

Garnish with the chilies and cilantro if desired.

I made 1/2 of the recipe and it was plenty for two meals.  I left off the chilies but added just a little extra laksa for the heat.

Darn good stuff!!

The recipe is on page 58 of Donna’s new food fast.  For more potluck this month visit IHCC.  Pretty sure there will be some more deliciousness there.


My pick this week and evidently I am in an Italian mode because my pick for Wednesdays with Donna Hay this week also had lots of oregano, basil, and tomatoes.


I loved the ingredients in these meatballs: carrots, oats, Parm. I make meatballs often but never thought to put in a few shredded carrots. Such an easy way to get some extra veggies in. While I liked the meatballs, I thought the marinara was a little thin. The flavor was great but I like my sauces to be a little thicker.

You can find more meatballs and sauce on Eating with Ellie

You can find the recipe in Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders on page 107.

Several years ago I marked a recipe for this soup that I really wanted to make.  And never did.  In fact I completely forgot about it.  Until I was looking thru Donna’s modern classics.


Admittedly it’s not the original recipe I found but it was quite tasty.  And filling.  I was so afraid it would be rather bland since the only flavors added were sliced garlic, pepper, and basil leaves but I worried for nothing.

Donna called for wood fired bread, not gonna happen unless I build an outdoor oven, and over ripe tomatoes.  I had some good crusty bread in the freezer and some canned tomatoes.  Since the tomatoes had already been peeled and canned they worked out perfectly.

I only made 1/2 of the recipe but that was enough for 3 nice servings.  Next time I will make more.

Want to see more soup – visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay to see how the others liked my pick for this week.

The recipe is on page 24 of modern classics.  I also found it online if you want to try it out, too.

Quick? Yes! Simple? Yes! Tasty? Yes, yes, yes!


Small corn tortillas covered with refried beans {well, not here, but in the recipe} topped with browned ground turkey,corn, green onions, lots of cheese and tons of flavor from the chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and oregano. YES, PLEASE!!

This is definitely a repeat! Thanks, Kayte, for this one.

For more pizzas visit Eating with Ellie.

While we are cooking with Ellie Krieger for the next 6 months with I Heart Cooking Clubs we take a break and have a monthly Featured Chef. This month – Mark Bittman. I love cooking with Bittman. His recipes are healthy and delicious. And this recipe fits right in with his ideas of Conscious Eating – lots of veggies and whole grains.


Curried Lentil Soup with Potatoes

    2 tblsp oil
    1 medium onion, roughtly chopped
    1 tblsp minced garlic
    1 tblsp minced peeled fresh garlic
    salt & freshly round pepper
    3 tblsp curry powder
    2 medium tomatoes, peeled, chopped
    1 cup dried lentils (wash and picked over)
    1 quart vegetable stock or water
    1 can light coconut milk (or another 1 1/2 cup of water)
    2 medium or one large potato, peeled & cut into chunks {Bittman says you can just about any root vegetable here.}
    1 small zucchini, roughly chopped
    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or mint leaves

Heat oil in deep skillet or medium saucepan over medium high heat. When hot, add onion and cook until soft/translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add garlic & ginger and cook for another minute.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir in curry powder – stir frequently until darkened and fragrant, about 1 or 2 minutes
Stir in tomatoes and lentils. {I used red lentils and they will fall apart unless you put them in with the potatoes.}
Add stock and coconut milk.
Bring to a boil, partially cover and turn down heat to simmer.
Stir occasionally until lentils are just becoming tender; stir in potatoes and more stock if needed. Cook another 10 minutes, then add the remaining vegetables. Cover and cook until all the veggies are done.

Stir in cilantro or mint, adjust seasoning & serve

I really enjoyed this soup. It is filling, hearty, spicy, and delicious. I’m glad I made the full recipe.

Visit IHCC for the rest of Bittman’s dishes.

This recipe is on page 204 of Bittman’s Food Matters and you can find it several places on the WWW.

I like tabouli. I would not have believed that until a few months ago when I finally had some GOOD tabouli. I had had many dishes of BAD tabouli. And by bad I mean no flavor at all. I have even made it before but it wasn’t very good. This time it was different.


I was Donna Hay’s good tabouli. And it was easy to make. Especially since I actually had all the FRESH ingredients in the house: bulghul wheat, fresh mint, fresh parsley, fresh lemon juice, fresh onions, fresh tomatoes. Easy to put together. All you have to do is soak the wheat until it is hydrated and then all all the other ingredients. Perfect with just some pita bread or as part of a Mediterranean Feast.


Served with some nuts, dates, pita, olives, humus, and feta it was a filling meal. Donna’s recipe is on page 46 of modern classics and my pick for this week’s Wednesday’s with Donna Hay. Check out the other’s tabouli while you are there.

Which translates into simple, yummy, spicy chicken in lettuce cups!


Simple because you can purchase ground chicken. Simple because if you make any Asian flavored dishes you have the ingredients in your pantry.

You simply need some chillies, soy sauce, lemon juice, fish sauce, mint leaves and fresh coriander. Yep, in the pantry.

I honestly didn’t think I would like this. The fish sauce doesn’t have the best fragrance in the world. But I did. Now, I’m sorry I only made 1/2 of the recipe. Oh, and I didn’t have the lettuce leaves to serve it in so I used cabbage. A little stiff but not bad as a ‘server’.

The recipe, Kayte’s choice, is on page 124 of Donna’s off the shelf. Did the others like it as well. Check it out at the Wednesdays with Donna Hay website.

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