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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #500 on: February 16, 2019, 12:02:32 AM »
A frozen dinner that purports to be General Tso's Chicken. Spicy. It's none of these things, but today it's a triumph that I am simultaneously sitting upright and eating. I'm so sick, I've been eating Hot Pockets while lying flat on my back in order to get in the food I have to take the antibiotics with. (Guess who ran out of Hot Pockets?)

Aw, so sorry to hear you are sick!  Is there nobody to help you? :~(

We ate poorly today.  Mr. Poundwise is on a business trip so we are in survival mode. I was responsible for school snack and made a pasta salad that the children didn't like. Too lemony, I guess.  Tried to salvage it for dinner by adding tomato sauce, more mozzarella, and baking it, but my kids didn't care for it. Too lemony again, I guess. 

At least everybody had their fill of strawberries and chocolates!


I think I'm on the mend, and my husband is home now. Sorry to hear about the lemony pasta salad and the children. It sounds pretty good to me.

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« Reply #501 on: February 16, 2019, 12:47:08 AM »
I'm making a sweet potato and chickpea currry with couscous. It's really you but I'm not sure the kids will like it. It's close to vegan but I add fish sauce to it so it's not really vegan.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #502 on: February 16, 2019, 09:15:53 AM »
Herbed, brie-stuffed pork chops, asparagus (I get so happy when it goes on sale!) and roasted new potatoes.


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« Reply #503 on: February 16, 2019, 09:17:08 AM »
Pot roast and mashed potatoes.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #504 on: February 16, 2019, 12:08:06 PM »
- thai red curry with kabocha squash
- shepherds pie w/mashed cauliflower topping
- roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower
- sautéed cabbage

I cook all of my food for the week on Saturdays

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« Reply #505 on: February 16, 2019, 03:18:26 PM »
Homemade noodles, with butter and roasted garlic, topped with chicken and bacon (just have to boil the noodles and cook the bacon, everything else is all ready).

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« Reply #506 on: February 16, 2019, 04:46:58 PM »
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)

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« Reply #507 on: February 16, 2019, 05:19:31 PM »
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)

I wish I had stuff laying around to make your dinner! That sounds amazing!

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« Reply #508 on: February 16, 2019, 05:32:31 PM »
Pork fried rice!   The key to good fried rice, I find, is cooking the rice beforehand and putting it in the refrigerator over night.  Otherwise it turns mushy.

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« Reply #509 on: February 16, 2019, 05:48:13 PM »
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)

I'll be over soon... that's my favorite ice cream flavor! Yum!

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« Reply #510 on: February 16, 2019, 08:02:19 PM »
Pork fried rice!   The key to good fried rice, I find, is cooking the rice beforehand and putting it in the refrigerator over night.  Otherwise it turns mushy.


All true, but if you ever want it in a hurry, use brown rice.

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« Reply #511 on: February 17, 2019, 04:51:49 PM »
Having spaghetti with meat sauce. Using leftover meatloaf chunks in my sauce and some leftover frozen sausage. Should be very tasty!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #512 on: February 17, 2019, 08:49:25 PM »
Green curry with tuna over rice.  Extra green because I blended in spinach for extra veg.

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« Reply #513 on: February 17, 2019, 11:35:14 PM »
Tonight I used 1/4 of the chicken I mentioned upthread. I put two cups of the leftover stock from that prep session into the IP, along with 2 cups organic brown rice, 1 pound of fresh, exotic carrots (white, purple, yellow) and 1 pound frozen green beans. Hit 20 minutes on the IP and made a salad. I quick released the IP so the rice didn't get mushy. I warmed the chicken separately and the meat eaters piled it on top of their rice & veg. I have a variety of sauces in the fridge I'm trying to use up, so everyone topped theirs with something different. You know it's good when there are no leftovers.

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« Reply #514 on: February 18, 2019, 09:35:02 PM »
Stuck-pot rice with lentils and yogurt from the Smitten Kitchen blog. I served it with berberi-seasoned baked salmon. Husband wants to have it again soon.

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« Reply #515 on: February 19, 2019, 05:45:55 AM »
I made vegan eggroll in a bowl! It's so good, I didn't even have some of the ingredients and it turned out fantastic. It's a keeper for sure!
What did you sub the meat for? Or did you just omit it? This is one of my favorite dishes, I bought everything yesterday to make it for a second week in a row. :D

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« Reply #516 on: February 19, 2019, 06:01:57 AM »
Last night was chicken tinga tacos with corn tortillas.  I finally caved and got storebought tortillas, because they're just so much work to make fresh and I really wanted to try the chicken tinga recipe.  It came out very well, and was super easy to make, so this will definitely be going on the regular rotation.

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« Reply #517 on: February 19, 2019, 07:30:26 AM »
Last night I roasted chicken thighs with Italian herbs, and slices of butternut squash with Urfa chile and coconut oil.  On the side we had a little kale-blueberry salad.

We have leftover green curry and rice, so tonight I'm just going to heat it up and augment it with a some stirfried tofu and asparagus.

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« Reply #518 on: February 19, 2019, 06:10:25 PM »
Going to a "one bowl" cooking class tonight, so I'll find out when I get there (they demonstrate the cooking, we eat whatever they made afterward).  It's free, put on by a local 7th Day Adventist church, so it will most likely all be vegan, or very close to vegan.  I was raised to support the cattle industry, but it doesn't hurt to try some new foods!

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« Reply #519 on: February 19, 2019, 09:33:56 PM »
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.

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« Reply #520 on: February 20, 2019, 03:13:13 AM »
Yesterday I started the grill season, as the pile of snow on the terrace have reduced a bit, to there was place to put the grill out.

I marinated boneless chicken thighs in yoghurt for a whole day. This is something I learned from the cook at work. She makes it when we barbecue during the summer party. I should have added lemon juice, thyme and black pepper, but I did that before putting the chicken on the grill.
I also sliced a sweet potato and cut a red pepper in half for on the grill. I had Brussel sprouts in the oven in wild garlic oil and covered with grated parmesan cheese. Found the recipe on the internet.

The grill was very warm when I started. I added the chicken thighs and the vegetables and closed the lid. Than I went inside to do other stuff, and because it was cold outside. Found out later that the grill had almost stopped. Eventually I had to leave the lid open to make the chicken thighs and the sweet potato slices well done. I also should have used more charcoal. DH often fill only half the grill with charcoal, as we are only 2 people, and I followed his example. But I had enough stuff that I needed a bit of a bigger area. So I had to juggle a bit.

Lessons learned:
- Don't be cheap on charcoal and use more
- Stay outside and look at the grill often
- Don't close the lid in the beginning when frying meat
- I need to grill more often to get practice

But the chicken was well done, but soft. The yoghurt marination made it mosty. The other stuff tasted also well.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #521 on: February 20, 2019, 04:49:25 AM »
Last night I made 85/15 Burgers and just seasoned them with Italian seasoning and Pepper no salt and they were great. For a side we at the leftover Chicken Broccoli pasta leftover from night before and a mixed veggie.

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« Reply #522 on: February 20, 2019, 04:59:06 AM »
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.

Was that spinach fresh from the shop or fresh from your garden? If from the shop, you should consider buying frozen spinach. It costs only a fraction of fresh spinach and tastes just as well as fresh in wok dishes.

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« Reply #523 on: February 20, 2019, 05:03:59 AM »
I made Hot Crash Potatoes for the first time. I was intrigued by another poster on what they were. I used this recipe and they were excellent! I didn't have the suggested taters so I used baking taters cut vertically and used two round iron skillets to cook them. They were awesome!

https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/crash-hot-potatoes/

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« Reply #524 on: February 20, 2019, 05:18:06 AM »
I made Hot Crash Potatoes for the first time. I was intrigued by another poster on what they were. I used this recipe and they were excellent! I didn't have the suggested taters so I used baking taters cut vertically and used two round iron skillets to cook them. They were awesome!

https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/crash-hot-potatoes/

Thanks, I will try this too some time. My DH thinks baked potatoes are always disappointing, so this might be a nice alternative.

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« Reply #525 on: February 20, 2019, 01:06:48 PM »
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.

Was that spinach fresh from the shop or fresh from your garden? If from the shop, you should consider buying frozen spinach. It costs only a fraction of fresh spinach and tastes just as well as fresh in wok dishes.

Oh, nice tip!  Thanks, I will do that in the future.  I'd bought fresh spinach/mixed greens for my salad based meals (I'm alone so I buy small amounts), and just had a bit leftover that was going bad & I didn't want to eat it raw.  But, frozen spinach for anything you'd normally saute, that's brilliant.  Thanks!

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« Reply #526 on: February 20, 2019, 01:07:22 PM »
BicycleB's Bean Tacos!!

Black beans, precooked to perfection (kind of a savory flavor, perfect consistency. My cheat: the canned black  beans from the local grocery are perfect for this. 72 cents per lazy 1 lb can; good for roughly 8 tacos, aka 2 hearty person-meals). Reheat to steaming just before assembling the tacos.

Corn tortillas, toasted to edge of crispy on gas stove

Freshly chopped tomato, onion. Avocado (slice while the tortillas are toasting).

Fill the tortillas with beans while the tortillas set. Add vegies. Yum yum yum, easy deliciousness for $1 or less per meal.

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« Reply #527 on: February 20, 2019, 03:34:39 PM »
I got a little lazy tonight, so I threw some pork I thawed out last night into the slow cooker with just enough water to cover the bottom of the crockpot and cooked it for three and a half hours on high. Then I took out the pork and shredded it with a couple forks and threw it back in for another half hour with the leftover teriyaki sauce I had sitting around in our fridge. Served over rice and voila! Teriyaki pork that took nearly no effort.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #528 on: February 20, 2019, 03:41:13 PM »
I'm changing my plan because it's been snowing all day and the weather just calls for soup + bread.  I'm thinking it will be a creamy asparagus and green chile soup.  I picked up a take & bake baguette on the way home and happened to get a container of marked down Fage yogurt, so that will be the cream element.

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« Reply #529 on: February 20, 2019, 04:48:42 PM »
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - recipe from Budget Bytes. I've made it for lots of friends, and everyone loves it.

Ugh. So good. Put everything in the crock pot before heading to work and have an outlet timer turn it on while I'm away.

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« Reply #530 on: February 20, 2019, 05:16:09 PM »
Pressure cooker/ Instant Pot seafood chowder with bread and homemade garlic butter.

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« Reply #531 on: February 20, 2019, 06:07:32 PM »
Rio Zape beans stewed in the pressure cooker with mirepoix, garlic, various chilies, and cilantro. Husband smoked a pork shoulder yesterday, so we’ll probably shred some of that into our bowls, along with shredded Monterrey jack cheese and Herdez guacamole salsa.

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« Reply #532 on: February 20, 2019, 06:48:35 PM »
Hot crash potatoes are the BOMB!  Eternal thanks to @Bracken_Joy for introducing me to them.  I am now their biggest evangelist.  I'll make them with salmon (our typical pairing) in a couple of days.

Tonight is Kungpao Chicken night at our house.  With stirfried mustard greens and rice.


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« Reply #533 on: February 20, 2019, 06:54:39 PM »
Making fried rice. So excited. I *was* planning on curry, but the fried rice sounded soooo good. And I picked up some ham from Costco. Can't wait.

Hot crash potatoes are the BOMB!  Eternal thanks to @Bracken_Joy for introducing me to them.  I am now their biggest evangelist.  I'll make them with salmon (our typical pairing) in a couple of days.

Tonight is Kungpao Chicken night at our house.  With stirfried mustard greens and rice.

I need to make crash hot potatoes again! So funny. We totally need to do a full recipe exchange- we use your baked chicken drumsticks recipe still! Clearly we have similar tastes =)

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #534 on: February 21, 2019, 02:56:07 AM »
Made soft shell chicken tacos but to reduce salt I used no taco seasoning and didnt need it. Made all the sides to us and the kids could make as they want from bacon to guacamole, White rice to mexican rice and so on. Alot of work but I was able to keep mine very healthy and the kids were please as always when we make any kind of Mexican food.

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« Reply #535 on: February 21, 2019, 10:39:39 AM »
Pasta with red bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, white beans, bacon, and jarred pesto (Aldi brand).

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« Reply #536 on: February 21, 2019, 12:04:08 PM »

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« Reply #537 on: February 21, 2019, 12:07:11 PM »
Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
https://www.budgetbytes.com/spanish-chickpeas-and-rice/

I love that one! I can also recommend making burritos with that as the filling.

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« Reply #538 on: February 21, 2019, 03:06:03 PM »
Made soft shell chicken tacos but to reduce salt I used no taco seasoning and didnt need it. Made all the sides to us and the kids could make as they want from bacon to guacamole, White rice to mexican rice and so on. Alot of work but I was able to keep mine very healthy and the kids were please as always when we make any kind of Mexican food.

It's SUPER easy to make your own taco seasoning, and then you don't need to add salt if you don't want to.

I've used this recipe for ages and love it. I now make 32x batches and store them in a quart jar, we use it so often! https://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/28/homemade-taco-seasoning/

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« Reply #539 on: February 21, 2019, 08:25:12 PM »
This, for at least the fourth time. It is so good, I'm mentally telling the pot to "Hurry up!". Yeah, mental is the right word.

https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/thai-chicken-soup/#comment-2020489

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« Reply #540 on: February 22, 2019, 04:50:05 AM »
Want to try Fried chicken dinner today.

Here is recipe:

1-2 quartered chickens (depending on how many you're serving that day)

In a large ziplock bag, combine flour (a few cups, I've never measured anything), about 2 tsps. each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.

Add the chicken pieces in and shake them in the flour mixture-set the bag in the fridge, shaking it every few hours until you're ready to cook (this makes a thicker crust without having to batter or do the egg-flour-egg-flour thing).

When you're ready to cook, start a pot of rice or potatoes (or both, if your husband is like mine and refuses to eat rice).

Get a large cast iron skillet (you can use any large skillet but cast iron is the best) and add about 1" of cooking oil of your choice. Get it hot enough that a slice of onion sizzles when you drop it in.

Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, cooking evenly (until cutting near the bone yields juices that are clear and not pink). By this point, your rice or potatoes should be ready.

Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

Spoon the grease out of the cast iron until there's very little left (maybe 1/4" or less with the crust drippings). Turn the burner back on and add your flour mixture from the batter a little at a time until stirring it yields a paste-like consistency. Cook this, stirring like crazy, until it's a nice red-brown. It will look like it's burnt, that's a good thing. CAREFULLY add either water or milk a little at a time, now whisking it as you add. Thin it to whatever consistency you like, taste a little and add salt and pepper to taste.

There you have my great-great-great grandmother's fried chicken with rice and gravy recipe, which we try to make a few times a year.

If you're wanting it to feel even more southern, you can also sub in rabbit, squirrel, or opossum quarters for the chicken.

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« Reply #541 on: February 22, 2019, 05:12:59 AM »
Want to try Fried chicken dinner today.

Here is recipe:

1-2 quartered chickens (depending on how many you're serving that day)

In a large ziplock bag, combine flour (a few cups, I've never measured anything), about 2 tsps. each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.

Add the chicken pieces in and shake them in the flour mixture-set the bag in the fridge, shaking it every few hours until you're ready to cook (this makes a thicker crust without having to batter or do the egg-flour-egg-flour thing).

When you're ready to cook, start a pot of rice or potatoes (or both, if your husband is like mine and refuses to eat rice).

Get a large cast iron skillet (you can use any large skillet but cast iron is the best) and add about 1" of cooking oil of your choice. Get it hot enough that a slice of onion sizzles when you drop it in.

Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, cooking evenly (until cutting near the bone yields juices that are clear and not pink). By this point, your rice or potatoes should be ready.

Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

Spoon the grease out of the cast iron until there's very little left (maybe 1/4" or less with the crust drippings). Turn the burner back on and add your flour mixture from the batter a little at a time until stirring it yields a paste-like consistency. Cook this, stirring like crazy, until it's a nice red-brown. It will look like it's burnt, that's a good thing. CAREFULLY add either water or milk a little at a time, now whisking it as you add. Thin it to whatever consistency you like, taste a little and add salt and pepper to taste.

There you have my great-great-great grandmother's fried chicken with rice and gravy recipe, which we try to make a few times a year.

If you're wanting it to feel even more southern, you can also sub in rabbit, squirrel, or opossum quarters for the chicken.


YUM printed your recipe, sounds good! Thanks!
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« Reply #542 on: February 22, 2019, 07:11:38 AM »
This:
Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

And this:

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« Reply #543 on: February 22, 2019, 01:03:11 PM »
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - recipe from Budget Bytes. I've made it for lots of friends, and everyone loves it.

Ugh. So good. Put everything in the crock pot before heading to work and have an outlet timer turn it on while I'm away.

Definitely going to try those slow cooker chicken taco bowls. Sounds great.

It's just me + the kids tonight, so it will be something easy. I'm thinking of chicken sandwiches + fruit smoothies. We have a bunch of fruit that needs to be used up, due to a ski trip earlier this week.

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« Reply #544 on: February 22, 2019, 06:47:14 PM »
Vindaloo pork with jasmine rice.

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« Reply #545 on: February 23, 2019, 03:50:54 AM »
Last night I made a very healthy hot seafood pasta for the first time.  Been working on trying to keep finding healthier things to make. So had shrimp and a little bit of Imitation crab in it but loads of vegetables not to high in sodium and was overall a very healthy meal. 

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« Reply #546 on: February 23, 2019, 09:41:51 AM »
Pasta with porcini that I found and dried in August. With red pepper, cream and dices of ham.

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« Reply #547 on: February 23, 2019, 02:53:24 PM »
We're having Thanksgiving leftovers from the freezer: turkey, stuffing & gravy

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« Reply #548 on: February 23, 2019, 09:12:46 PM »
Husband made some sort of delicious Thai stir fry with ground chicken and green beans, served over rice with a fried egg. Yum. He needs to cook more often.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #549 on: February 24, 2019, 02:27:33 AM »
Chicken veggie soup made using our pressure cooker, and banana passion fruit bread for dessert. Bananas and passion fruit are fresh from my friend’s parents’ farm.