Monthly Archives: October 2011

Veggies Take Centre Stage

Veggies Take Centre Stage

This week’s meal was prepared by Tokenb0y (TB) our vegetarian. I’m not sure what the main dish was actually called, but I’m naming it “Moroccan Ratatouille”. A tomato sauce, eggplant, garbanzo bean dish with wine in the sauce (the alcohol was cooked off and wine flavour was approved by guests).

Moroccan ratatouille

There were roasted potato bits and a broccoli coleslaw. The coleslaw was made from a recipe on Everybody likes sandwiches.   The potato bits I think are fairly self explanatory, chop potatoes, toss in some green herbs, maybe some oil, roast until done.

A casual reference the day before from TB that he didn’t have a dessert planned, allowed this freefoodbaby (FB) to use up some of the many backyard harvested apples in her house for a giant crisp (9″x13″).

Double recipe of crisp was made for this dinner

Leftovers were definitely not an issue as we inhaled large portions and 2nd servings in record time. Hard to believe there were 3 “ladies” present. To show we had some “class” we displayed and discussed silverware etiquette. We realized there are gaps in our knowledge so there will be more discussion. We wouldn’t want to offend our servants in the future.

Not finished yet, please serve me some more.

I'm finished eating, but did not enjoy the meal

I'm done eating this course, please remove my plate

After a nice interval of GF heating up some gourmet hot chocolate, we descended on the apple crisp. TB knows us well enough to provide Udder Guys ice cream. We finished the pint of ice cream but managed to have 3 large servings of leftover crisp to take home. Crisp makes an excellent and balanced breakfast.


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The More the Merrier

The Monday Night dinner on Tuesday had special visitors this time around which is always fun.  Putting in a special appearance were coldturkeygurl’s (CTG) mom and dad visiting from the Great White North.  CTG immediately put them to work dicing up pork, cutting up cauliflower and holding down the fort on the couch of love. 

October 18th’s menu was Smoky Paprika Slow Cooker Pork Stew, Hasselback Potatoes, Steamed Veggies, Dahl and Gluten Free Apple Cake with Pumpkin Spice Toffee Sauce (with whipped cream to cut the sweetness!)

Food, as always was consumed with great gusto and CTG’s parents where quite happy to take part with  CTG’s mom remarking “you all have so much fun!”

The Potatoes where a huge hit but CTG cut the butter and cheese waaay back as she didn’t want anyone stroking out at the table.  They are easy to make and would go with anything!

The slow cooker pork was tasty but CTG would like it to be a little more spicy so recommends putting in some cayenne or heat of cook’s choice.  She found the recipe in Canadian Living’s slow cooker guide which came out in the October 2011 Issue.


The Dahl was whipped up for the veggie of the group but everyone wanted a taste as it had a nice combination of Madras and Masala spices which lent well to the savoury pork.

Red Lentil Dahl

½ an onion diced, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp favourite curry powder (in this batch I used 1 tsp madras and 1 tsp masala curry powder), 1 cup red lentils, 2 ½ cups water

 Dice onion, and place in pot with olive oil cook on medium, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent        Add curry powder and stir to coat onion.   Next add red lentils and stir to coat with oil and onions and pour in the water and stir.  Bring pot to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until lentils are soft and squishy, stir occasionally.There’s no need to blend.  Once cooked reduce the pot to keep it warm on the stove before serving.

The apple cake was stupendous!  Fluffy and, with the Pumpkin Spice toffee drizzled over the top, a perfect end to the meal!  EC and GlutenFr33k made dessert an amazing delight.


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The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Comes For Dinner

This was a delicious meal of roasted veggies, green beans, curried red lentils, gluten free muffins, and beef with gravy.


One of the highlights was the gluten free muffins. These were hot out of the oven and nobody would know that they were made without the goodness of gluten if we didn’t tell them.


Another highlight was the salvaged remains of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. It seems that after his demise some entrepreneurial lunatic bottled up what was left of him and is still selling jars of the stuff today. Open a jar of this mess, mix it with chocolate sauce, then put it on ice cream and you won’t care that you’re eating pure sugar and corn syrup (not necessarily in that order). At least we didn’t care anyway…



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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in Dinner by GlutenFreek


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