In quick summary, fellow blogger Deb and I will be hosting a virtual monthly dinner party (Tagline: No Suit Jacket required)! The goal is to spread meal inspiration and share dishes that we have recently enjoyed. Breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, dining in, dining out…all ideas are welcome!
Deb and I greatly appreciated the suggestions sent in last month. The takeaways that we gleaned were that most people preferred:
1) an open, anything goes theme,
2) photos of the final dish/es,
3) links to the printable recipe.
We continue to appreciate your further feedback as we go along.
Since my niece, Brieann, and I have a weekly Zoom cooking/dinner date, I will start here. All recipes that Brieann and I have used so far have been from Angela Liddon’s ‘Oh She Glows For Dinner.’ Recently, we made Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Salad with Tzatziki Aioli.
Brieann and I both approached this recipe differently. Brieann, who prepares these meals after just stepping in the door from work, used storebought Tzatziki. Thus, she was able to skip some chopping/prepping and jump straight into the main chapter of this recipe.
I (the retired one) followed the recipe as written. Although I often find listed recipe prep times to be aspirational, the stated 20-minutes was fairly accurate. Still, there was a bit of chopping and some minor tweaks to jot down for next time. I would likely cut back on the amount of lemon used, and Brieann would further smash the chickpeas. Regardless, this recipe was a hit. Brieann served hers on toast. I stuffed mine into grilled slices of pita bread. We were both pleased with the results. My husband asked for a (generous) second helping. The following day for lunch, I served the leftovers with crackers for scooping. Equally delicious and fun!
I hope that Brieann (also a blogger) will write a post about this dish or one of the other dishes from our date nights. This would serve as a great reminder of how the same meal can vary significantly from kitchen to kitchen, even when following the exact same recipe at the exact same time. Brie and I love sharing our final photos once our dinners have been prepared. I usually end up saying, “Why didn’t I do that?!”
Another nice feature of this Smashed Chickpea Salad recipe is that the cookbook author has included it as a freebie recipe bundle on her website. You can find that recipe bundle here.
Have a favourite dish or recipe suggestion to share? Please tell us about it below. Or post it via your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or social media of your choice (#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge). Deb and I will pingback to all posts shared. If you prefer to post a pic of a favourite dish in the comment section below but aren’t sure how to do that, here are some simple tips to help out: Sharing image In Comments or Hugh’s Tutorial.
For her kickoff post, my cohost, Deb, is sharing Chicken Pot Pie with a Gluten-Free Biscuit Topping. You can find that recipe and photos here.
We greatly look forward to you joining us. Here are some other #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge linkups to check out.
Sue’s Vegetable Fritters
Del’s Bean Soup
Janis’ Hello Fresh Review
Cull House Linguini and Claim Sauce (Antoinette)
Malcolm’s Spring Salad (Suzanne)
Jo’s San Choy Bow
Moosehead Pizza Dough (Bernie)
Jackie’s Culinary Delights (there’s many of them)
Donna’s Kabocha Red Squash Curry
Artistic Pension Simply Eggs
AJ’s Chicken Omelette (comment section of Deb’s Blog)