Egg Salad, Jenni Fleetwood Style

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep time: 3-4 minutes

Total: 15-16 minutes (including hard boiling the eggs)

Ingredients

8-10 eggs

6-8 scallions and/or 1 yellow onion, very finely chopped, plus extra to garnish

4-6 tablespoons (60-90 ml) mayonnaise, or aioli if you have it

1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh parsley, chopped

salt and ground black pepper

mild French mustard, to taste (optional)

Instructions

1. Hard boil the eggs: put them in a large pan and cover them with cold water.  Heat the water.  When the water boils, reduce the heat and simmer the eggs for 10 minutes.  Stir the eggs twice so they cook evenly.

2. Drain the eggs, run them under cold water (to prevent the yolk from turning greenish), remove the shells, dry the eggs, and chop roughly into large squares.

3. Put the chopped eggs in a large bowl.  Add the onions, salt, and pepper and ix well.  Add enough mayonnaise to bind the mixture together.

4. Stir in the mustard (if using) and chopped parsley.

5. If you have time, chill the mixture before serving, as is or on toast.

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Soy and Sesame Noodles

This recipe comes from the “making simple accompaniments” section of Jenni Fleetwood’s 20 Minute Cookbook.  The picture didn’t turn up on Google, but it has a lovely warm brown color.

1. Cook a packet of egg noodles or ramen noodles according to the directions on the packet.

2. Drain well and tip the noodles into a large bowl.

3. Drizzle 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce or tamari and 2 teaspoons sesame oil over the noodles.

4. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, then toss well until thoroughly combined.

5. Serve hot, cold, or as a salad with green onions and additional veggies.

Lemon Couscous with Peas and Carrots

This recipe comes from one of my mom’s old copies of Bon Appetit, so no picture, unfortunately.  Couscous cooks quickly; the whole thing takes about 15 minutes.  Peas and carrots add nutrition while lemon juice, lemon peel and chicken broth provide flavor.

Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 15 minutes (10 if you mince the carrots with a food processor, but that’s canceled out by the time needed to disassemble and wash the food processor).

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

1/4 cup water

2 carrots, minced (or frozen carrots if you’re really in a hurry)

1 cup fresh or frozen peas

1 1/4 cups plain couscous

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Bring broth & 1/4 cup water to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add carrots & cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add peas. Cook 4 minutes if fresh & 1 minute if frozen.
  4. Add couscous & cook 30 seconds, stirring often.
  5. Add lemon juice, peel & butter. Stir til melted & smooth.
  6. Remove from heat, cover & let stand 5 mins.
  7. Fluff with fork, season with salt & pepper, & serve.

And presto, couscous!

Avocado Soup

I love avocado.  I love it in guacamole, I love it sliced and served with Mexican food; I even like eating it right out of the shell as a snack.  But I’ve never tried avocado soup. This will change soon, as I recently discovered a recipe in one of my mother’s cookbooks, Cooking with Just Four Ingredients.

Avocado soup(The picture actually comes from a different, somewhat more complicated recipe from sheknows.com).

Not only does it have only four ingredients, but it only has a few steps.

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

2 large ripe avocados

1 1/4 cups sour cream

4 cups chicken broth

small bunch fresh cilantro

Garnish: lime juice, salsa

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half, peel and pit them. Chop fruit coarsely & put in food processor with 3-4 tbsp sour cream. Process til smooth.
  2. Heat chicken stock in a pan. When it’s hot but below simmering point, stir in the rest of the cream with salt to taste.
  3. Gradually stir avocado mix into hot broth. Heat gently but don’t let mixture approach boiling point.
  4. Chop cilantro. Ladle soup into heated bowls & sprinkle with chopped cilantro & black pepper. Serve immediately.

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Skillet

My boyfriend is a mushroom fanatic.  He could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I like them a lot myself–and I also love chicken and pasta.  So odds are, I’ll be making a lot of this dish from Eat Live Run in the near future–especially as it takes only 15 minutes to make.

Yield: Serves 4, generously

Total Time: 15 minutes (oh yeah)

Ingredients

8 oz dry pasta.  The original recipe calls for farfalle (bow ties), but I don’t like the texture. I’ll try a short, curly pasta such as rotini instead).

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized cubes

1 shallot, minced

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp oil

20 oz sliced cremini mushrooms (or whatever mushrooms you have on hand)

1/2 cup beef or chicken broth (I’ll use chicken)

1/2 cup cream (I’ll use light cream to make it a little healthier)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (or to taste)

fresh minced parsley for serving

Directions

1. Heat up the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about six minutes, until cooked through.

2. Remove chicken to a plate and drizzle in a teeny more oil in your pan.

3. Reduce heat to medium/low and add the minced shallot, followed by the garlic, mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Cook until mushrooms are juicy—about five minutes.

4. Then, slowly stream in the broth and cream.

5. Add the chicken back to the sauce and bring to simmer for a couple minutes.

6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water.

7. Drain and add pasta to the sauce. Add the salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and parsley. 8. Serve.

Asian Steak Salad from Bon Appetit

In addition to her cookbook library, my mother has a vast collection of old Bon Appetit issues, with recipes she likes marked in pen.  One of her favorites is this salad, which uses the Vietnamese flavors of lime, cilantro, mint, and fish sauce.

This recipe looks complicated because it includes a lot of ingredients, but there actually aren’t that many steps involved.

Yield: 12 servings

Total Time: Unknown

Ingredients

For Steak

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (or a neutral-flavored vegetable oil if you’re allergic to peanuts)
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef flank or sirloin steak, cut into 2 ieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

For Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce/nam pla
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno chili, minced

For Salad

  • 1/2 head green leaf lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 small red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, cut in wedges

Instructions

For Steak:

1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add a piece of steak and half of the garlic to skillet.

2. Cook until steak is brown on both sides, about 6 minutes, then transfer it to platter.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 with remaining steak and garlic.

4. Let meat cool slightly, then cut it across the grain into 1/4 inch wide strips.

For Dressing:  Whisk lime juice, cilantro, mint, fish sauce, sugar, and jalapeno together in a large bowl.

For Salad:

1. Add steak to dressing bowl and toss to combine.

2. Arrange half the lettuce on a large platter.  If you want to be decorative, cut remaining lettuce into fine shreds and arrange them in the center of the platter; arrange tomatoes overlapping each other around the outside border; and place cucumbers and onions in overlapping concentric circles inside the tomatoes.

3. Using a slotted spoon, mound the steak in on the center of the plate, leaving the dressing in the bowl.

4. Spoon remaining dressing over the vegetables and meat, garnish with lime wedges, and serve.

The salad can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead.  If you do, cover salad and dressing separately with plastic and refrigerate them.