Main Course Recipes

Savory dishes including meat, chicken, seafood, vegetables, pasta, rice and eggs.

Chicken and baked beans in tomato sauce

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It started out as a vegetarian dish. I was dicing vegetables to make a stir fry for Sam but she wasn't in the mood for a stir fry so I took a can of baked beans in tomato sauce from the kitchen shelf and told her I'd make a bean stew instead. And I did.I recut the diced vegetables into thin strips. I sauteed them in butter, poured in the baked beans in tomato sauce and … [Read more...]

Braised balsamic chicken

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The weather news say that Typhoon Henry will not make landfall in the Philippines but it may enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains. That doesn't sound so ominous. I don't hear warning bells that we will again be plunged in blackout, suffer from lack of water and all the other disasters that strong typhoons bring in its wake. We're still reeling from Typhoon Glenda … [Read more...]

Avocado and pesto rice

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Always on the lookout for exciting vegetarian recipes for Sam, I came upon one called green goddess rice by Claire Robinson. Cooked rice is tossed with a paste made with avocado, basil, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. That's practically avocado and pesto. I already had pesto in the fridge so I asked Speedy to buy one ripe avocado so we could test the recipe before … [Read more...]

Oven-grilled chicken wings with jam and ketchup sauce

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When Alex requested that I cook chicken wings, I debated whether or not to fry them. The thought of standing in front of the stove at noon was certainly not enticing. I was aiming for a crusty texture, yes, but that could be achieved by oven-grilling the chicken too -- on very high heat. And that was what I did -- cooked the chicken at 400F.But, to prepare the chicken … [Read more...]

Chicken in cream sauce with rosemary and parsley

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Cooking a tasty dish isn't about how many or how expensive the ingredients are. As with most things in life, less can mean more. If you let your imagination run wild, be brave and take risks, you can create a tasty dish with very few basic ingredients.This technique of gathering together whatever I've got I have mastered thoroughly by necessity. We live in a village … [Read more...]

Crispy pork chunks with honey-balsamic sauce

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And so we enter the second half of 2014. We're a little closer to December and the weather that I adore and wish we had all year 'round. That's what I try to focus on when I get freaked out by the fickle weather we have these days -- raining one moment and the sun shining like it's still summer the next. I've stopped checking weather forecasts long ago -- who needs … [Read more...]

The chunkiest boiled beef and vegetables soup

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The beef was simmered on Friday, cooled in its broth then chilled in the fridge. On Saturday, I made macaroni salad -- one batch with chicken and another batch without for my vegetarian daughter.Sunday at noon, I took the meat out of the fridge, cut the meat into cubes and discarded the bones. The broth was reheated to simmering, vegetables were added and, when they … [Read more...]

A la Cajun dirty rice

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"Never judge a dish by its name" is a motto that every wise diner knows. Cajun dirty rice may sound like a terrible name for a dish but one mouthful and you'll know that "terrible" is not a word to use to describe the experience of eating dirty rice. It is delicious in an indescribably deep and rich way, the dark hues provided by the combination of sausage fat, Cajun … [Read more...]

Linguine with chorizo and pesto (birthday noodles for Speedy)

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It's Speedy's birthday today. I'd have prepared a more special meal but, last Sunday, I caught a flu-like bug and I still feel a bit woozy. Still, I wanted to cook birthday noodles for him. It's an Asian thing. Long noodles equals long life and a noodle dish on a birthday is like a wish that the celebrant enjoys a long life. All the diners must partake of the noodle dish; … [Read more...]