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Month: July 2008

Copenhagen Cod Cakes

Copenhagen Cod Cakes

Copenhagen Cod Cakes,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

1 pound Cod Fillets, fully thawed

8 cups water with 3 tablespoons salt

1 teaspoon dill weed

4 peppercorns

1/2 cup cooked diced potatoes

1/2 cup grated carrots

1 cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons grated onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dill weed

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon minced gherkin or dill pickle

1 egg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

vegetable oil

butter or margarine

Bring water to a boil. Add dill and peppercorns. Reduce heat and add fillets. Simmer until fish is opaque. This should take about five minutes. Remove, drain all water and then flake fish into a large bowl. Add potatoes, carrots, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, dill and onion. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, gherkin or pickle, egg and mustard. Fold it into fish mixture. Form into six patties. Place remaining breadcrumbs on a plate and coat the fish cakes well with crumbs so that they are firm. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Cook as many fish cakes as will fit in the pan giving you enough room to turn them. Sauté about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Keep warm at 200 until ready to serve.

Copenhagen Cod Cakes

Copenhagen Cod Cakes

Copenhagen Cod Cakes,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

1 pound Cod Fillets, fully thawed

8 cups water with 3 tablespoons salt

1 teaspoon dill weed

4 peppercorns

1/2 cup cooked diced potatoes

1/2 cup grated carrots

1 cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons grated onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dill weed

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon minced gherkin or dill pickle

1 egg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

vegetable oil

butter or margarine

Bring water to a boil. Add dill and peppercorns. Reduce heat and add fillets. Simmer until fish is opaque. This should take about five minutes. Remove, drain all water and then flake fish into a large bowl. Add potatoes, carrots, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, dill and onion. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, gherkin or pickle, egg and mustard. Fold it into fish mixture. Form into six patties. Place remaining breadcrumbs on a plate and coat the fish cakes well with crumbs so that they are firm. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Cook as many fish cakes as will fit in the pan giving you enough room to turn them. Sauté about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Keep warm at 200 until ready to serve.

Mulberry Sauce

Mulberry Sauce
Mulberry Sauce,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

This is a simple sauce that can be used for chicken or pork. The main problem is finding a source of mulberry jelly. If you look around you can find it online at Murphy Orchards Online Store or Gramas Jellies.

Mix together:

1/2 cup mulberry jelly
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

I mixed the two together and heated it in a sauce pan.

Spoon over your meat.

Honey Roasted Chicken

Honey Roasted Chicken
Honey Roasted Chicken,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

This is a very simple recipe. The honey gives the chicken a little sweetness. We had a very simple meal of Honey Roasted Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Sliced Cantaloupe.

Ingredients:

one 4 to 6 pound chicken
Butter
Salt
Honey

The first step to to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Now rice the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan.

Melt 1/4 cup butter. Brush the butter on all sides of the chicken. Make sure you save some to use later. Sprinkle salt over the chicken.

Roast the chicken for 20 minutes. and then flip the bird over and roast for another 10 minutes.

Mix some honey in with the butter. Take a pastry bush and brush the mixture on the chicken. Roast for another 10 to 15 minutes until done.

Take the bird from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before carving.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Taco Salad,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

This is a budget meal lower in fat than the normal taco salad because you bake the shell instead of frying. Oven safe bows and cooking spray is how you create the shell. You can further reduce the fat of this by using non-fat refried beans or pinto beans smashed.

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
vegetable cooking spray
1 small onion , chopped
a garlic clove, shopped
1 tablespoon fajitas seasoning
1 jar (12 oz) of salsa
6 (8 inch) flour tortilla
smashed Pinto beans or refried beans ( around two cans or more)
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
Garnish, sour cream and chopped tomatoes

Cook the beef in a skillet coated with cooking spray until the beef is not longer pink.( around 7 minutes)Set aside.
Saute onion in skillet coated with cooking spray 5 minutes Add garlic and saute 1 minute, Return beef to skillet. Add fajitas seasoning and 1/2 cup salsa. Cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated and liquid is evaporated.

Cat both sides of one tortilla with the cooking spray and place into a bowl. Place the bowl on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp in a 350 degree oven. Repeat with remaining tortillas. I used 5 bowls at a time with good results.

Spread the beans evenly over the bottom of each tortilla shell. Add lettuce and beef, Top with desired toppings.

Serving for 6.

Chili Stack

chili Stack
chili Stack,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

This is a budget meal that that can be very quick to make or you can use if as a way to use leftover chili and beans. It has all sorts of possibilities. You could use chicken and even fish instead of the ground beef. The flavors would go well with just about any type of meat. You could also skip the meal and go vegetarian and still have a great balanced meal. This meal already has one vegetable because of the beans so you I suggest serving with a salad.

I made this earlier this week after work and it took 20 minutes because I cooked the rice. You could use an instant rice or boil in the bag rice.to make it even quicker.

Ingredients:

Rice (make white or wheat rice for 4 to 6 people
cilantro , fresh
1 bag corn chips
5 to 6 cups of chili and beans (canned, frozen or home made.
10 oz to 1 pound of cheese (jack ,cheddar is what I suggest)
1 pound ground beef ( or any type of meat)
Sour Cream
Peppers
olives

Place some corn chips on a pate of large bowl.
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of rice on top.
Add the chili and beans on top
Add the cheese shredded.
Top with sour cream, olives, cilintro , chili peppers, shredded lettuce or cabbage if desired.

Enjoy!.

Hit: If you want to cut down on the fat use non-fat chips or oven bake corn tortillas.

Green Beans and Bacon

Green Beans and Bacon
Green Beans and Bacon,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

Easy Side dish. Fry a few bacon strips until crisp. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and place into a heated frying pan with oil or bacon grease. Stir fry until done. Add the bacon the last 1 or so. Serve.

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