Monday, July 6, 2015

Assistance, Triangoli, Themed Colours, Yorkshire Pudding.

Just listening to the radio, we have it on most of the day, and the DJ was saying how the station is part of the community. That's true enough, when I told friends on Facebook that I had my carotid problem, this same DJ, Randolph Johnson, emailed me and asked if there was anything he could do. I was touched, thought it was wonderful. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was wonderful of my friends too, but totally unexpected from RJ. This is the same guy I talk to when I give recipes on the radio now and again.

Our local supermarket has a brand called President's Choice or PC. One thing they started doing a while back was selling fresh pasta and then came Triangoli which is triangle shaped ravioli. We keep them because they taste good and make a quick meal. The one's we usually buy are black mushroom and truffle stuffed. Then they have the Puttanesca which are half shell shaped and yesterday I discovered asparagus ones. Whooppee - you know I had to buy them to try. There are other flavours available. including pumpkin which I thought weren't too bad but Matt didn't care for. They only take a few minutes to cook and you can serve them plain, sprinkled with olive oil or with Parmesan or add a sauce like Marinara. They are good any of those ways. They only take a few minutes to cook. I keep them in the freezer and from frozen they only need 5 minutes in boiling water.

I have had so many recipes come in lately for red, white and blue foods for Independence Day. I wondered, in fact, how many people do bother with such things. I certainly wouldn't. We don't have a similar celebration in the UK (or didn't) but of course our colours are also red, white and blue and I cannot imagine bothering to make a dessert, for instance, in these colours for any occasion. Mind you I don't wear red and white on Canada day either and I have not seen any foods specifically in red and white for Canada Day entertaining. Strawberries and cream fits the bill doesn't it?

By the way, because several people said the Yorkshire Puddings looked like popovers I Googled and
found out that the batter is similar to that of Yorkshire Puds but they are apparently served with sweet fillings whereas the English variety are usually savoury and served with roast beef although at school we were often given Yorkshire Pudding covered in Golden
Syrup for dessert, I loved it. The puddings I was used to in the UK were not made individually but in one dish as in the picture. I'm not sure where the idea of making them in muffin tins came from, the States perhaps? But these were the kind which were put underneath the roast as it cooked and absorbed the meat juices and were then served prior to the meat course. The person who could eat the most pudding could have the most meat - obviously they were too full to eat much meat. Poor families used this ploy. They also made puddings with all roasts, not just with beef, as a way of filling everyone up. Personally I don't like my savoury Yorkshire Puds with anything on them, like gravy for instance. You will see in the pic that the gravy is only on the meat although I don't mind it on the veg. But NOT the potatoes or the puds.

Here's an easy one from Kraft Kitchens.

PHILADELPHIA-OREO No-Bake Cheesecake

Can you believe you need only six ingredients to get to no-bake OREO cheesecake bliss? Really, it's true!


36 OREO Cookies, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

1. Chop 15 cookies coarsely. Finely crush remaining cookies; mix with butter. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and chopped cookies; spoon over crust.

3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

Servings: 16

Source: Kraft


Have a great day
 

34 comments:

  1. Sweet Yorkshire pudding sounds so wrong to my British ears!!

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    1. But I was a British kid Pam. It was in British schools where we were served YP with Lyles Golden Syrup. Many years ago mind you. I guess I am talking about the '50s.

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  2. Wow....after all these years I finally get the end of 'Another Brick in the Wall' when they guy is shouting, 'how can you eat your meat when you don't have any pudding!' All this time I was thinking like jello pudding, which would be dessert. Oreo cookie desserts are my weakness.....this looks sooooooo good.

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    1. Glad to be of help then. You know Churchill was right when he said Britain and the States are two nations divided by a common language.

      Did you ever make Dirt Cake JoJo. Used to make that quite a lot at one time.

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  3. Never made Yorkshire pudding, but your dinner looks delicious. Never considered eating Lyle's Golden Syrup just as it is. I use it to make caramels.

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    1. We use Lyle's for all kinds of things Denise. Don't see it much in this part of the world. I am surprised you are familiar with it. For some reason in England we always called it treacle. For instance, Treacle Pudding, was always made with golden syrup.

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  4. Black mushroom and truffle? Be still my heart. The wife and I are both truffle fiends. I'd love to find a pasta like that.

    For the 4th we brought homemade strawberry-lemonade cupcakes... because that's what people asked for. We had no desire to make them red, white, and blue. First, because it's unnecessary. And second, we're all okay not having to ingest chemicals just for the sake of appearance. Last time I ate something that was dyed blue (a tiny cupcake, at that) it left my teeth blue all night... and it made me question just what the hell I was putting in my body.

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    1. You'll have to come up to Canada B & B. It is good. It makes a wonderful quick meal too.

      I love the idea of the blue teeth. At least these days we have learnt to be more careful with what we eat.

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  5. That was really awesome of the DJ to reach out to you like that.
    Add blueberries to the strawberries and cream and you have our colors.

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    1. I thought so Alex. Really kind of him.

      Never thought of that Alex. I guess adding blueberries also makes British colours too.

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  6. How lovely of the DJ and I've never seen the point of colour coded food for national days either. It's not something that many of us do here. Besides, which would we choose - the red, white and blue of the flag or green and gold which are our national colours?

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    1. Wasn't it Helen. Basically all the foods I get are for red, white and blue which could fit a number of countries.

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  7. I have a dish I make in October that has Halloween colors, but I've never made anything for the Fourth of July.

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    1. Nor me for any other holiday Diane, that is not in colour per se.

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  8. That was nice about the radio DJ emailing you to see if there was anything he could help with. Sounds like a nice caring person. Yum on those triangoli's. I will have to see if our store here carries anything close to them. I like the idea of a quick easy meal to put together.

    I agree, I'm not sure I would make any recipe that had red/white/blue in it, but I too saw lots of pictures with that color combination for the 4th of July holiday here.

    betty

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    1. I was impressed Betty. A very nice man. I think it's product of our particular store Betty. Only in Canada.

      Amazing isn't it, flag puddings galore.

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  9. The DJ was really sweet and must have made your day in some ways. I never like eating foods like cake with bright blue, pink etc.. It just doesn't seem right. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and real whipping cream speaks to my heart. I bought those ravioli and they are quite good. My hubby likes tomato sauce on them

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    1. He did Birgit, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have never made flag/holiday themed things and don't think I will Berries and cream however, yum.

      I like the Triangoli and they are coming out with more flavours lately. I make my own tomato sauce.

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  10. Mmmm, that cheesecake looks so good. I never eat gravy on anything. I would love those ravioli though.
    Susan Says

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    1. I eat my own gravy Susan, in small amounts and onlywhen the meat is first cooked. Generally I do not like other people's gravy and certainly do not like the idea of pouring gravy over a sandwich.

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  11. It was so thoughtful of the DJ to contact you. What a nice guy he must be. Reading this post has made me hungry! The mushroom/truffle ravioli sound divine. Like you and others, I'm not into dyed foods, as I saw last week at a store. Ravioli, star shaped and those stars were red, then blue and natural pasta color. I held the pkg. up to my friend
    and said, "This is just not right". Then, I just really enjoyed reading about the Yorkshire pudding. I did have popovers many years ago, so I would imagine I' d like your pud. Sounds really good.

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    1. Wasn't it dynnamae, I was really touched. Not seen any ravioli like that I don't think I would like those. I think you would enjoy Yorksire Pud.

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  12. I better not splurge on that Oreo cheesecake. They say Eating an Orea is the same as snorting cocaine.

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    1. They do? Who's they Shelly? And in what way is it the same, addictive I suppose.

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  13. That DJ sounds lovely. It's also testament to what a nice person you must be too Jo. Yum, cheesecake, my favourite!

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    1. Nice of you Pinky. Matt loves cheesecake but he usually prefers it plain.

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  14. Thats really neat Jo. Its great to see you on the mend. Some say green vegetables are the best, it could be the anti oxidants but who cares as long as the food tastes great! Thanks for the receipes!

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  15. Thanks Spacerguy. I eat a lot of green veg in one form or another. I often have a kale smoothie for breakfast. And, of course, I am a nut about asparagus although the season has now ended.

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  16. I love no bake recipes Jo! This one looks very tasty. I've been doing a lot of raw and vegan recipes lately and loving it.

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    1. Yes, no bake is very useful at times Stephanie. Especially when it's hot. I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but have certainly eaten their recipes and enjoyed them.

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  17. I don't mind the red white and blue desserts, I don't eat them but I don't mind them. I make popovers by mine are always savoury. I never made a sweet one before.

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    1. I've never made the coloured desserts either Ivy, not sure whether I would eat them or not. As far as I can tell, popovers are almost the same as Yorkshire puddings.

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    2. That is very cool that they are almost the same.

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