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.