For the month of May our activities have us checking out the land down under putting faces to a few of their recipes. Let me tell you it is a lot more fun then the healthy my plate recipes we are also trying this month. Don't get me wrong there are
some very good recipes in that collection and if you read Paula's blog she has high lighted more then a few good ones. For me the aversion to the my plate recipes is I do not like to eat healthy, I am going to chose the cream, cheese, and butter recipe every
time, that is just me oh and my cooking oil of choice is bacon fat. I don't use it every day but I do use it. However My Plate is not this blog. This blog is Strawberries and down under.
The other day Bill calls as usual to say good morning and to give me his list. You have to understand he sits in a truck all day and has nothing to do but drive and think and for him his favorite subject to think about is things I can add to my daily
routine. So every morning after being in his truck for 4 hrs already he calls to say good morning and then to casually suggest things like you could vacuum the car or I see weeds are growing in the garden beds, he has funny ways of saying things and I have
an even funnier way of not hearing what I don't want to hear. This particular day I opted to listen when he said the strawberries and blue berries needed to be used up before the went bad. I may have listened a little to well this time.
For me Bill's suggestion that I use up the berries just smacked of a faceless challenge that I could take down under. Bill was just hoping for a fruit tart. Hahaha, no nothing can be that simple. As soon as I got off the phone I started my search,
surprisingly I found very little for strawberries or blue berries down under. I did find 1 recipe I wanted to make so I saved that and made my way back into the states where I found a gold mine of faceless berry recipes that would make up my entire dinner
from salad to dessert we would be eating berries.
First the salad a nice combination of fruit and vegetables that was wonderful to look at and even better to eat. This recipe is from the united states and I will repeat it again. Perfect for a dinner party or even a fancy bridal shower.
I started working on dinner around 1 in the afternoon having learned from experience when I am making most of my dinner from faceless recipes no matter how easy they sound I always get dinner to the table late, nothing about the recipes I picked said
easy. Nothing hard really, just a little involved with all the recipes needing chopping & requiring my kind of power tools as well as perfect timing. As it was starting at 1 PM I was worried I would miss the 6 O Clock dinner bell.
The next dish and the main course was Chicken and Strawberries. My dish came out 5 stars but the recipe did not get a 5 it got 4. I read the reviews and they were consistent in the fact the chicken was bland and tasteless. I don't know about you but
I don't like bland chicken and when it is bland or tasteless it is also usually dry, the same reviews however liked the sauce and the smell so it was worth a try but not without some thought and a few changes. I did not change a single ingredient I changed
timing and how it was cooked. The recipe says to marinade the meat "At least 1 hour " I marinated for 5 hours I seasoned the meat before marinating with salt and pepper and use fresh rosemary, I started on the stove top as directed and finished in the oven.
I knew it was 5 stars when Bill's friend standing in the kitchen watching me make the dish says well that really isn't my cup of tea. When it was done and I was taste testing I gave him a small sample and he looks at me with a sheepish grin and says can I
have a little more and the recipe please. This is also a state side recipe, I served it with Jasmine rice and steamed broccoli. As I reach back and pat myself on the back I have to say a very good dinner and I served it on time.
Now on to dessert I made 2, one my own creation using the left over berries and the microwave Lemon Curd recipe on this site. I made it almost parfait style and in big drink glasses. It was gone in a flash.
The second dessert is the recipe I found down under, and even though this is the first dish I made that day and the recipe says 4 hours it wasn't ready until the next day. That didn't matter the wait was worth it. I never made a sorbet before and never
knew how easy it can be or how delicious. All the dishes I made that day were good in fact beyond good and I took pictures of all of them, this dish however was the winner for taste and my food photo to date.
I just have to ask, do you think I listened just a little too well.