Food


Elle Krieger has some wonderful healthy recipes in all of her cook books. I have so many marked I may never make all of them. Thank goodness for Thursdays…and Eating with Ellie,. The Broccoli and Cheese Calzone recipe comes from Comfort Food Fix page 211. Since I am trying to get back on KETO I modified the recipe just a tad. Instead of using store bought pizza dough I made my calzone with KETO fathead dough. Pretty darn good!

I used all the ingredients for the filling since they are all KETO friendly. I added the marinara and basil leaves into the calzone rather than leaving them for dipping. And this was delicious. I added garlic powder to the dough for extra flavor. The recipe for the fathead dough is enough for two calzones. Eat and enjoy!!

Check with Kayte and Gaye so see if they made anything this week.

For April the Good Friends Good Food chose to cook dishes from the Middle East. The Middle east consists of Egypt, Israel, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait, etc. It is difficult to separate one country’s cuisine from another as they are all so similar.

Zucchini with Tomatoes

This is a very simple dish. Slice and saute garlic and coriander in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, peeled and chopped, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Simple. I have made zucchini and tomatoes many times but never with coriander. Completely different flavor. And I would have added more coriander.

Fish in Hot Sauce

Fish and other seafood are quite popular in the countries along the Arabian Gulf as well as the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the Sea of Galilee.

Serves 4:
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoonsground coriander
4 thick fillets whitefish , about 3/4 lb each (I used catfish)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and white pepper
lemon slices , to garnish
Sauce
1/2 stick butter
1/2 small sweet red pepper, diced
4 medium tomatoes , skinned and chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2teaspoorigroundginger
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste mixed with a little water


Pound the garlic and coriander together in a pestle and mortar. Rub this into the fish fillets and chill in a covered bowl for 2 hours.
Heat the oven to 375°F. Remove the fish from the bowl and rub with a mixture of the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Lay the fillets in a flat, oiled baking dish, cover tightly with foil and bake for about 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the pepper, tomato and onion until soft. Add the seasonings and the tomato paste and mix well. Simmer for 10-15 minutes on a low heat.
Serve the fish in the baking dish, garnished with the hot sauce and lemon slices.

This was delicious. Definitely a keeper. BTW both of thse are KETO friendly.

As it turns out I am the only one who did the Middle Eastern recipes this month. I still have one or two I want to try: Prawns in Tomato Sauce (cinnamon). And Maamoul which is a stuffed pastry. I have the mold I just haven’t made the pastry…YET!!

Both of these recipes came from Cooking the Middle Eastern Way by Christine Osborne

Next month…?

Easiest dinner EVAH!! Ellie’s Roast chicken with Pan Juices. I don’t roast chickens very often. I just forget to buy a whole chicken. If I do, I forget it is in the freezer until it’s too late to start baking it. Ah, Well!! This time, though…

The chicken is rubbed inside and out with paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder mixed with EVOO. GArlic and lemon in the cavity. Roasted in a pan with chicken broth until done and nice and brown on top. YUM!!!

The recipe is from Ellie Krieger’s You Have It Made. (page 215)

But wait, there’s more. Check with Kayte and Gaye for their EWE dishes this week.

Is there anything better than a fresh hot biscuit? Any day? Any occasion? Nope! Nothing!

And trust Dorie to come up with a biscuit with just a little twang to the taste. Cottage Cheese Biscuits.

I am not a fan of cottage cheese. I’ve tried it. Several times. Just cannot like it. But in these biscuits..

I only made 1/2 of the recipe which gave me 5 2.5″ biscuits. I didn’t know if we (or The Man) would like them so I didn’t want to make a whole bunch. That will change next time I make these.

The recipe is on page 46 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Dorie Sweet Salty and Simple. I also found the recipe HERE but with added herbs which would be delicious!

How did the other Tuesdays with Dorie Bakers like these biscuits? Check them out!

Next up – French Riviera Lemon Tart!! YUM!!

B needed something sweet this week. These were easy, quick, and nice and sweet. Just what The Man ordered.

chocolate macaroon sandwiches.

Not to be confused with Macarons which are NOT easy and quick but are nice and sweet.

A nicely browned cookie made of egg whites, sugar and coconut. Filled with a simple chocolate ganache.

You can find the macaroon recipe here. Just don’t use the ice cream. The whole recipe is from Donna’s flavours. (page 112)

What did Kayte and Gaye make for Wednesdays with Donna Hay? Check out their posts.

Many (MANY) years ago there was a movie titled “If its Tuesday it must be Belgium”. It was a simple romcom about a group of people (Suzanne Pleshette, John Cassavetes, Ian McShane, etc.) on a European tour. Well I’m going to use that title and change it up a bit. If its Thursday it must be Eating with Ellie Day!

This is a super easy dish to make. It is basically Chick Parm with veggies added. It was very tasty. Eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper were the veggies in the dish. And lots of Parm and Mozz cheese.

And it is KETO friendly. 16 g fat. 10g carb. 3 g fiber

The recipe is from Ellie’s you have it made. page 211

Gaye and Kayte also eat with Ellie.

I needed something really easy for Wednesdays with Donna Hay. REALLY easy. I am prepping for two teas this weekend and I also wanted something new to serve. I ran across this recipe for Parmesan Wafers in Donna’s flavours. (pg 147)

Simple ingredients. Grated Parmesan (2 Tbl) and shredded basil (2 tsp). 5 minutes at 400 and done.(Normally we don’t publish the recipes but this one is just so simple.) One could increase one or the other of the ingredients and they would still turn out well.

It just doesn’t get any easier. And they are so delicate looking. And tasty. They would be perfect served with soup or a salad. Or just a snack. By the way KETO friendly!!

Want more? Check with Kayte and Gaye.

This week GFGF celebrates Ukraine. Considering the situation that is going on now with Russia we wanted to support Ukraine in a way we could. By cooking some of their national dishes.

The thing one has to understand is that Ukraine used to be part of the USSR and so many of their dishes are part Russian, part Ukrainian, part Eastern Europe in general. So I tried to find some recipes that were typically Ukrainian. Still hard to separate them out from so many similar dishes from across eastern Europe.

I made Chicken Kyev first..

I’d heard of this dish for years but had yet to try it out. Turns out it was quite simple. Simply pound a chicken breast ’til thin. Stuff it with a delicious compound butter. Roll it up. Then dip in egg/milk, flour, and bread crumbs. Easy peasy! Fry and then bake. You can find the recipe I used here.

I also tried Ukrainian Syrniki which are pancakes made from Farmer’s Cheese. These didn’t turn out so well. I never could get them to cook right. I tried three times. All I ended up with was a mess. It was like I had never made pancakes before. I did taste them. Not a fan.

Usually they are served with fresh fruit or preserves.

My last foray into Ukrainian cuisine was to try Paska. This is a Ukrainian Easter bread. It is not just a bread. It is a braid that contains lemon and orange zest. This type of bread is enjoyed all through Eastern Europe. There is just a wee bit of difference from country to country.

This was a wonderfully citrusy, rich sweet bread. Often times it is also drizzled with a sweet glaze. Similar to brioche. Or Challah. Definitely a keeper for special occasions.

I know Ulrike made some Ukrainian dishes (there are three links here). As did Kayte.

I am always looking for a good KETO friendly side. Ellie provided that with her recipe for RATATOUILLE. In case you don’t know what that is Ellie calls it a classic, French-country vegetable stew. She also says it is very versatile, ” serve it with a fried egg on top, as a side…, as a topper for crostini, stuff it into an omelet or top it with some mozzarella for a French pizza.” Basically it can be used for just about anything. I simply chose to use it as a side with some roasted chicken.

My

This stew contains eggplant, onion, bell pepper, squash, and garlic. I had a few ‘shrooms in the fridge so I threw them in as well.

VERY tasty. Definitely a repeat.

The recipe is from Ellie Krieger’s you have it made. (page 314)

Check in with Kayte and Gaye for their Ellie Dishes.

I love making Ellie’s recipes. they are healthy and infinitely adaptable. this recipe called for Sea Bass but I didnt have any. Couldn’t find any. But I did have some Trout. So I made Trout with Tomato, Olives, and Capers. And enjoyed it immensely.

It was a little sweet and a little salty. I still have some tomatoes from the garden. No kalamata olives, however, so sliced black olives were subbed. Definitely a keeper and a repeat. Definitely KETO friendly. Maybe with catfish from our pond?

The recipe is from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. (pg 228) You can also find the recipe here.

Kayte and Gaye are also cooking with Ellie.

If you want to cook along with us just let one of us know. We’d love to have you join us.

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