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That's true, that saying. "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky in the morning, sailors take warning", meaning bad weather is on the way. The sunrise was very red and bright this morning, bouncing off the low clouds. I looked up from my book as we got to the bus terminal and saw the sky. Wow! By the time we'd got to work 10 or 15 minutes later, the sun was just that much higher that the cloud highlights were fading but there was still a lot of colour in the sky. We're forecast for a lot of rain to day and tomorrow.

Am taking Friday off, not sure what i'm doing yet. I do need to get a few groceries as i'm in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving on Sunday. I am making two things, a dutch apple pie and toffee cheesecake squares so i have to get the supplies for those. I made a sweet and sour pork recipe from the Jamie Oliver book which was quite nice. Not the usual red S&S sauce, it had soy and balsamic vinegar and pineapple with the pineapple juice and it had hot pepper in it so there was a nice little kick to it. Nom!

Been making my way through the latest Diana Gabaldon book and loving it of course. Apparently there is going to be yet another book in the series, making at least 8, and my guess is there will be one more besides because she's been known to have said she think the series will end in 1800 and it's only 1777 or 8 at the moment. She's also going to write a second volume of her "Companion" book, which is sort of a guide to who's who and what's what in the books and she's going to write the story of Jamie Fraser's parents as well. It takes her quite awhile to write her books. Probably won't seen book 8 for 2-3 years from now.
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Ok. I made a jambalya from no-recipe in my head. I cooked up some sausage, added peppers, leeks, celery and chucked in a large tin of diced tomato, a medium size jar of salsa and the same jar full of water. I chucked in some brown rice and later on some cooked shrimp. Then i attacked it with spices. Red pepper sauce, red pepper powder, black pepper and a little oregano and basil and garlic. I may have over done the pepper. So, Cooks of LJ, i need your advice. Should i dilute it a bit with tomato sauce (not ketchup, actual tomato sauce)? I think if i just added water it would flatten the taste too much. Whatcha think?
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Oh these look good!

Mushroom Lasagna with three cheeses

1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL

1 1/4 lb. fresh mixed Mushrooms (white, crimini, shiitake, portabella),
coarsely chopped 625 g
1/2 cup chopped onion 125 mL
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 25 mL
1 1/2 tsp dried basil (or 2 tbsp/30mL fresh) 7 mL
1 1/2 cups 2% cottage cheese 375 mL
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or Asiago cheese 375 mL
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 125 mL
1 jar (435-500 mL) Alfredo sauce
1/2 pkg (360 g) fresh lasagna noodles or 4 sheets
3 cups baby spinach 750 mL


In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms and onions 5 –7 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in vinegar and basil; cook 2 minutes longer. Set aside to cool. Combine cottage cheese and garlic.
In another bowl, mix mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; to assemble lasagna: spread a thin layer of Alfredo sauce over bottom of greased deep 8-inch (20 cm) square pan. Top with a sheet of pasta, cutting to fit pan. Spoon evenly: 1/3 mushroom mixture on noodles, then ½ cup (125 mL) cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup (250 mL) spinach, 1/3 cup (75 mL) alfredo sauce and ½ cup (125 mL) of mozzarella mixture. Repeat layers twice more. Top with final sheet of pasta and remaining Alfredo sauce and mozzarella mixture. Cover pan with greased foil. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 servings.

Tips: Substitute 9 dried lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions for fresh lasagna. Drain and rinse under cold water. Layer as directed, cutting noodles to fit. Reheat covered in 350°F (180°C) oven or reheat individual pieces in microwave.

Variation: Substitute Roasted Garlic or Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce for plain Alfredo sauce.

Penne with Mushroom Rose sauce

4 cups dry whole wheat penne rigate 1L
3 tbsp olive oil 45 mL
1 cup chopped onion 250 mL
1 lb. sliced fresh Mushrooms 500 g
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried basil 10 mL
1 tsp ground black pepper 5 mL
1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
1 can (28oz) pureed tomatoes 750 - 800 ml
1 1/2 cups half and half (10%) cream 375 mL
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 125 mL

Garnish: fresh parsley chopped (optional)

In large saucepan, cook penne according to package directions; drain reserving a little of pasta water. Keep warm.
In large skillet heat oil over medium heat, add onion and sauté 2-3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown. Add garlic, basil, pepper and salt; sauté 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bring to boil, reduce heat and add cream. Simmer 5 minutes or until heated through. Pour over drained pasta, toss to coat well adding a little pasta water if too thick. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley if using. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Tip: 4 cups/1 L penne is about 12 oz/375g. Penne rigate is the penne with the ridges that catches holds the sauce.
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I've been craving fishcakes so i finally got round to making some. And it's something i so rarely make that i'm sure i didn't quite do it right because they didnt' stay together all that well. Probably should have put an egg in the mixture but other than that they tasted pretty good. Probably because i used instant garlic mashed potatoes and a few small real potatoes and chopped an onion in to it. Only problem is that the mixture made 5 large fishcakes and there's three more uncooked ones i didn't have room for! I guess i'll be eating leftover fishcakes for a couple of days!

I didn't really do a lot today, just puttered around here and tomorrow i need to do laundry. Yes i should have done it today. Also watched a bunch of downloaded stuff such as the first three eps of the Tudors Season 3, some Corrie and Starkey's Henry VIII. Am going to start in on Season 1 of The Wire.

Next weekend i'll be busy with laundry with the view to packing as much as i can and making sure i have all the bits and pieces.
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I've not been too lucky trying to cook the brown rice i've bought. I have a microwave dish that cooks rice really nicely only i've only ever done white rice in it. In my attempt to try to eat better choices, i bought brown rice. I know it takes longer to cook but with this microwave dish i'm not sure of the times. First time i tried, the rice was undercooked and hard as little bullets. This time it's overcooked, sticky and really dry. *sigh* I'll find the happy medium soon!

My Uncle isn't too good. He's the one that has several lung diseases and the kidney failure and was Eddie's dad. They're now saying the kidney failure is related to the lung diseases, probably a cause and effect. He's having dialysis three times a week and usually gets there via the accessible bus which gives my aunt a bit more time to do things since she doesn't have to drive him all the way over to the hospital and go back 4 hours later and pick him up most of the time.

Another snowstorm coming tonight supposedly. We had a very red sunrise this morning and that usually does come before bad weather. It looks like it's started to do something but can't tell what. It should turn to rain by tomorrow. Let it snow! I don't mind as long as i don't have to get home or get to work in it.
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Page 46 of [ profile] blueberrymoon's Nova Scotia Pot Luck ...... Cabbage and Potato soup, with leeks. Very yummy! I made it with Vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and i didn't have any caraway seeds but you probably don't need that. I think i might make it with a bit less flour so it isn't quite so thick but that's a matter of taste. It's thick which makes it pretty filling. You can make it vegetarian using the veggie stock instead of chicken stock and you might be able to go vegan with soy milk instead of cream and oil instead of butter and omitting the crumbled bacon on the top for both of those options. It's basically a potato, leek and cabbage soup with cream, a bit of pepper, caraway seed, worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard. Oh and tobasco though i only had hot red sauce but that worked just fine.

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