"What's for dinner?"

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:28 pm

Fresh vegetables are over for us so no more yummy tomatoes. My husband did ask me to make old-fashioned fried apple pies. I made them this afternoon with fresh Granny Smith apples, a bit of butter, a bit of sugar and some cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm sure some of y'all have heard of fried apples pies. Dinner tonight will be a nice sandwich on my homemade bread with the pies for dessert. :D

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 pm

Rockabilly wrote:Fresh vegetables are over for us so no more yummy tomatoes. My husband did ask me to make old-fashioned fried apple pies. I made them this afternoon with fresh Granny Smith apples, a bit of butter, a bit of sugar and some cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm sure some of y'all have heard of fried apples pies. Dinner tonight will be a nice sandwich on my homemade bread with the pies for dessert. :D


Rockabilly, are they sort of like a donut? pastry/dough around filling then deep fried? Sounds amazing, regardless!

Last night, we had a sort of curry... Briefly stir-fried veges, with some left over curry (chicken with sauce from a jar). I spiced it up a little with some massaman curry paste. Delicious!

Tonight, something with steak and pasta. Maybe cheese or parsley sauce.

Sunday, something quick and easy but delicious, I have another date ;) after a full weekend of house renovation, trimming hooves, and travel, hence "quick and easy"!!!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby heddylamar » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:15 am

Tonight was baingan bharta and bhindi masala :D

The fried apple pies I've had were pastry not a donut. Is that what yours are, Rockabilly?

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Canyon » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:38 pm

I have been harvesting my bountiful crop of basil and making large batches of pesto. So pesto pizza on a cauliflower crust two nights ago, and pesto on sautéed summer squash last night.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:41 pm

silk wrote:
Rockabilly wrote:Fresh vegetables are over for us so no more yummy tomatoes. My husband did ask me to make old-fashioned fried apple pies. I made them this afternoon with fresh Granny Smith apples, a bit of butter, a bit of sugar and some cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm sure some of y'all have heard of fried apples pies. Dinner tonight will be a nice sandwich on my homemade bread with the pies for dessert. :D


Rockabilly, are they sort of like a donut? pastry/dough around filling then deep fried? Sounds amazing, regardless!


No, they are nothing like a donut. Maybe similiar to your hand held meat pies. I really don't know because I've never seen or had one.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:04 pm

heddylamar wrote:Tonight was baingan bharta and bhindi masala :D

The fried apple pies I've had were pastry not a donut. Is that what yours are, Rockabilly?


Fried apple and peach pies are a very southern thing. Sometimes I wonder how the old folks came up with some of these things and what I think, but haven't proved is that the old folks made do with everything and no leftovers. I think how these fried pies got started is that someone had the idea of using biscuit dough, maybe leftover. Then they had dried fruit from their trees to have in the winter. They put them together and fried the pies and what you get is crunchy, fruity deliciousness.

I make mine by making a biscuit dough type to enclose the fruit. I use buttermilk. After I've made the dough in a bowl I pinch off small balls, lay them on a dusting of flour on the counter and roll them into about a 8 inch circle. I take about 2 Tablespoons or a little more of the fruit that I prepared earlier and allowed to cool and place it at one end of the circle. I fold the circle over to make a half moon and seal the edges by pressing a fork along the edges. It is a distinctive design. I make all of them at one time. Then I fry them in hot oil. I don't like dried apples so I used fresh Granny Smith apples. For me the dough is always the same and it's not like a pie crust. Probably almost any small fruit filling would work.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby heddylamar » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:17 pm

Rockabilly wrote:
heddylamar wrote:Tonight was baingan bharta and bhindi masala :D

The fried apple pies I've had were pastry not a donut. Is that what yours are, Rockabilly?


Fried apple and peach pies are a very southern thing. Sometimes I wonder how the old folks came up with some of these things and what I think, but haven't proved is that the old folks made do with everything and no leftovers. I think how these fried pies got started is that someone had the idea of using biscuit dough, maybe leftover. Then they had dried fruit from their trees to have in the winter. They put them together and fried the pies and what you get is crunchy, fruity deliciousness.

I make mine by making a biscuit dough type to enclose the fruit. I use buttermilk. After I've made the dough in a bowl I pinch off small balls, lay them on a dusting of flour on the counter and roll them into about a 8 inch circle. I take about 2 Tablespoons or a little more of the fruit that I prepared earlier and allowed to cool and place it at one end of the circle. I fold the circle over to make a half moon and seal the edges by pressing a fork along the edges. It is a distinctive design. I make all of them at one time. Then I fry them in hot oil. I don't like dried apples so I used fresh Granny Smith apples. For me the dough is always the same and it's not like a pie crust. Probably almost any small fruit filling would work.


I've had the pastry variety, but didn't realize that they were also made with biscuit dough. Where were these all the years I lived in GA?? I've got to try that! My pastry skills are seriously challenged :D

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:39 pm

Rockabilly wrote:
heddylamar wrote:Tonight was baingan bharta and bhindi masala :D

The fried apple pies I've had were pastry not a donut. Is that what yours are, Rockabilly?


Fried apple and peach pies are a very southern thing. Sometimes I wonder how the old folks came up with some of these things and what I think, but haven't proved is that the old folks made do with everything and no leftovers. I think how these fried pies got started is that someone had the idea of using biscuit dough, maybe leftover. Then they had dried fruit from their trees to have in the winter. They put them together and fried the pies and what you get is crunchy, fruity deliciousness.

I make mine by making a biscuit dough type to enclose the fruit. I use buttermilk. After I've made the dough in a bowl I pinch off small balls, lay them on a dusting of flour on the counter and roll them into about a 8 inch circle. I take about 2 Tablespoons or a little more of the fruit that I prepared earlier and allowed to cool and place it at one end of the circle. I fold the circle over to make a half moon and seal the edges by pressing a fork along the edges. It is a distinctive design. I make all of them at one time. Then I fry them in hot oil. I don't like dried apples so I used fresh Granny Smith apples. For me the dough is always the same and it's not like a pie crust. Probably almost any small fruit filling would work.


Ahhh! like Calzone (Italian fried pizza). Drool!!!!


Our meat pies aren't deep fried. Usually something like flaky pastry, in a tin/mould, with filling then a lid/top, and baked.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:29 am

Salad with homemade Cesar dressing, fried green tomatoes with dill yogurt, jerk chicken and tamales. Random but good.
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby heddylamar » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:33 am

Do you make your own tamales? What was in them?

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:50 am

Yes, I make a big batch and freeze them. Different fillings, some were pulled turkey, some sausage and olives, some cheese.
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby heddylamar » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:58 pm

I do one big tamale making session too. It's never exactly the same (depends on what I get from CSA), but there are generally 1-2 vegetable filling and one bean. Last time it was greens and cheese in some, roasted vegetables and cheese in a some, beans in others. All get strips of roasted pepper -- normally poblano, serrano, or jalapeno, and, again, the peppers are dependent on CSA.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:15 pm

I had to look up what CSA is and I wish I could participate. After a lot of looking and research I have just ordered a Breville Fast Slow Cooker so I am looking forward to trying ti out.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:22 pm

Last night I cooked what was supposed to be a sort of Cajun-seasoned chicken, but I had a large leek that needed using which took away from the seasoning so it ended up being a generically saucy chicken and leek stew (it did get another dollop of sambal olek chilli so had a bit of a kick). Served with pasta. Leftovers for lunch. Surprisingly good, albeit not what I set out to make.

I'm housesitting - well, puppy sitting! - from tonight for my aunt and uncle. They are away for 2 weeks in the USA and have a 5mo Airedale terrier. I'm not sure if she'll have left food in the fridge, or if I'll grab takeaways, or just make some toasties, until I get there.

I have a lovely bunch of bok choy and asparagus, perhaps chicken with cream sauce will be a nice match for it. However, I left them in the fridge at the apartment, and won't have time to grab them after work tonight, so tomorrow it is.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby kande50 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:32 pm

silk wrote:They are away for 2 weeks in the USA and have a 5mo Airedale terrier.


My sister got a ~3 month old Airedale pup to go with the one she got from the same breeder two years ago, and I just got an 8 year old ChihuahuaX for my mother. So it must be all kinds of fun and games on the days my sister is there with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and our 94 year old mother. :-)

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:09 am

kande50 wrote:
silk wrote:They are away for 2 weeks in the USA and have a 5mo Airedale terrier.


My sister got a ~3 month old Airedale pup to go with the one she got from the same breeder two years ago, and I just got an 8 year old ChihuahuaX for my mother. So it must be all kinds of fun and games on the days my sister is there with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and our 94 year old mother. :-)


They did the same... Adopted an older bitch (approx 5yo) who did not fit in with the breeders' other dogs, and went on waiting list for puppy. The older dog was an absolute delight and fit in to their house really well. They collected 3mo puppy then found out only days later that the bitch had a large cancerous tumour so had to put her down. Very sad, although the puppy is thriving. I'm going to have a busy two weeks with him!!!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby kande50 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:59 am

silk wrote:
They did the same... Adopted an older bitch (approx 5yo) who did not fit in with the breeders' other dogs, and went on waiting list for puppy. The older dog was an absolute delight and fit in to their house really well. They collected 3mo puppy then found out only days later that the bitch had a large cancerous tumour so had to put her down. Very sad, although the puppy is thriving. I'm going to have a busy two weeks with him!!!


Interestingly, most (or maybe even all) of the 8 pups from this litter went to owners who already had adults from previous litters.

And yes, I'm quite sure you're going to have a busy couple of weeks. :-)

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 pm

heddylamar wrote:I do one big tamale making session too. It's never exactly the same (depends on what I get from CSA), but there are generally 1-2 vegetable filling and one bean. Last time it was greens and cheese in some, roasted vegetables and cheese in a some, beans in others. All get strips of roasted pepper -- normally poblano, serrano, or jalapeno, and, again, the peppers are dependent on CSA.


Sounds good - I also do a bit of the "whatever's available" approach, hence the sausage-filled ones last year.

Took the week off work, so I have more time to cook. I have half a leg of lamb going sous vide right now. Shot full of homegrown red garlic, sprinkled with pepper, black salt, and several fresh thyme sprigs around the outside. Homegrown leeks and carrots will be on the side.

If anyone is looking for a nice brunch or dessert item, I made this apple skillet cake yesterday, minus the frosting. I think the caramel frosting would be way too sweet, but it would be fab with a cream cheese frosting for more of a dessert. It's better the next day. DH declared it "the most perfect cake" and he generally is not a fan of cake. I baked it in a springform pan and it took about 40 minutes. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/101 ... l-frosting
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:10 pm

A nice omelet and apple dumplings for dessert. It was a busy day.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:25 am

Naan, curry lamb with prunes, carrot raita and red lentil Dahl. Yum!
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