Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thought for Food

Today I'm participating in Keeping Creative Kitchens over at Reflective Ponderings. (And I haven't figured out how to make the picture link yet -- next week! :)

Our mantle has finally been changed over for Fall. Truly the Autumn season is here in all its glory!

Fall is definately my favorite season for food. Here is Sunday Lunch from this past weekend. The cupboards were nearly bare, no fresh veggies to be had, but we managed to dine well.

I sauteed a pan full of onions and apples to be served underneath thin cuts of pork loin which I also cooked in a saute pan and let rest a few minutes before serving. There were rolls leftover from my sister's party and a lovely, Autumnal salad: romaine (Cos) with pears and dried cranberries.

This salad is so versatile and I make many, many versions of it. Here is a recipe:

Choose a green: Romaine (Cos), spinach, or leaf lettuce

Choose a fruit: pear, apple, peach, nectarine, strawberry

Choose a dried fruit: dried cranberries, dates, raisins, currants, golden raisins, dried cherries

Optional: blue cheese, feta, shards of parmesan, almonds, walnuts, pecans (candied pecans too), poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Dressing: juice of 1 lemon, canola oil in double the amount of lemon juice, salt and pepper

A new ingredient I've been using this week is Horseradish! I went cheap and bought the bottled version and it seemed to work fine. We had it mixed with sourcream and parsley as a topping for hamburgers and then discovered that combination made an excellent dip for veggies. I even used the horseradish in devilled eggs in place of mustard. You'll have to try some!

We just got this cookbook out of the library and Rachel and I are reading it together. It is very kid friendly but still grown up.

Rachel's first project was her very own loaf of bread. Good job Rachel!

I hope you all have a good weekend -- a weekend that will hopefully include some good food too! We are gearing up for a wedding on Saturday. The house is filled with flowers and the flower ladies will be hard at work tomorrow morning!


Heather said...

Great job on the bread Rachael - it looks delicious! You mantle is lovely Heather - how did you 'write on you picture' - do you have one of those photo editing programs? Your bare cupboards meal looks wonderful - we are in need of fresh fruits and veggies too - I've been home with a sore throat all week and just need to bite the bullet and go shopping ... tomorrow!

Lovella said...

Goodness, you are in weddings there .. how fun.
Oh the loaf of bread looks wonderful .. good job Rachel.
Your autumn decor is beautiful on your fireplace. . very nice.

willow said...

That looks a very tasty loaf of bread, well done to Rachel.

Alaina said...

What a great menu and decorations! Thanks so much for participating - I love your ideas.

Mrs J said...

AHHHH I missed your first sock as I have been away with our sixth form (Yr 12) on a Geography fieldtrip. Nice job!

Shropshire Girl said...

I love how you celebrate the seasons in the US, your fall decor is wonderful - as is your simple meal and the first loaf of bread - well done!!
I love Horseradish sauce, we have it with roast beef over here.

Anonymous said...

I still have never sucesfully made bread all by myself, well done Rachel!