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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Another Christmas tradition - Norwegian pancakes #recipe from Linda Wiken, Author, @LWiken



Another Christmas tradition in our house, started many decades ago by my former husband (of Norwegian heritage), was a mouth-watering pancake for breakfast on Christmas morning. He assumed the duties of chef for this family meal. His grandmother had made these, hence we called them Norwegian pancakes. You may find this is not what you're served if you order them in Norway! Just saying.

Of course, I thought they looked more like thick crepes since I was used to the small Swedish pancake. But I never pointed that out!

The recipe wasn't written down anywhere and the texture seemed to change a tiny bit with each offering, and continues to do so these days. I'm still serving Norwegian pancakes especially whenever my son pays a visit out East. They're still a favorite of his.

This is very easy, which is just what the cook ordered after a busy morning of unwrapping gifts and, not wanting to be away from the action for too long. Add crispy bacon, proscuitto, ham or sausages as a side...or eat them on their own, with maple syrup wrapped inside, and a touch of lingonberries on top (cranberries if that's easier to find).

Serve with best wishes for many more happy memories.

These measurements will give you two Norwegian pancakes.


What you will need: (you understand -- these are approximates!)



6  heaping tbsp. flour
2 eggs, combined in a small dish beforehand and stirred to blend
enough milk to make a smooth consistency when everything is mixed together  (approx. 1/8 cup)
1/4 c. butter
maple syrup
lingonberries


What to do:


1. Heat a large skillet on stove.  Once it gets hot, add a dollop of butter and spread to coat the surface.

2.  Meanwhile, in a deep bowl, start with the flour and then add the eggs. Stir in the milk and then use either a hand blender or a whisk to combine until silky smooth consistency. It's okay to play around with the amounts. Add more flour if it's too thin, more milk if too thick.



3. Pour into the skillet and make sure to cover the entire bottom. Here you can play with the amount but I like to keep it quite thin to give them a crepe-like consistency.



4. It won't take long to cook, so check carefully under a corner and flip when done. Spread butter over the top and cook another minute or so.



5. Slip out onto a plate and add some syrup or lingonberries - as much as you'd like; then roll up and serve. Add some lingonberries on top if you use syrup inside.






Wishing you and yours the very merriest and most wonderful of holidays, whatever you are celebrating!



The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book.  
Recipes included!

Book #2, ROUX THE DAY, is coming in March, 2017!





Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

             
Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
Love to hear from you at my Facebook author page and
on Twitter  @LWiken  
Also appearing at www.killercharacters.com
                                                                               


Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
 at my Facebook author page
and on Twitter  @erika_chase. 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hearty Kale, bean and sausage soup #bookgiveaway, Author Linda Wiken @LWiken



 
Since the season of cold blasts of air is upon us, of course it's mingled with beautifully colored leaves quickly abandoning the trees, it's a good time for some homemade soup!

My favorite soups all fall into the hearty range. I like them bold, chunky and with lots of flavor. I'm always on the prowl for new soup ideas as I tend to overuse each new one until I need something totally different. But this is one I've used over and over again, so many times that I'm not really sure where it all started. Each time I try a different type of sausage and I also like to play around with the beans and mushrooms. Lots of room for experimenting.

And, you'll need to play around with the amounts, especially for the sausages. This time I used two large Chorizo sausages (love the heat!) and that worked out just right for servings for five.



What you'll need: 

2 sausages (more or less)
4 large white mushrooms
1/2 bunch fresh kale
1 - 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 19 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 c. chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, sliced in slivers
1/2 onion
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. tumeric
fresh rosemary






 What to do: 

1.  Slice the sausages into bite-size pieces.

2.  Fold the stalks of kale in half lengthwise and remove the stem. Then tear the leaves into pieces. 

3.  Slice and dice the onion and garlic while heating the olive oil in a large pot. Add to the pot and heat until the onions are translucent.

4.  Add the sausage and kale to the onion mixture and cook for 5-6 minutes.

5.  Stir in the chicken broth and tomatoes. Add the kale, tumeric, and rosemary sprig. Bring to a gentle boil and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.

6.  Add both types of beans and continue to simmer for at least 5 minutes more.


Serve with your favorite bread or dinner roll.




For a chance to win a signed copy of  TOASTING UP TROUBLE, leave a comment telling me what is your favorite soup recipe! Winning name will be drawn Friday at 5 p.m. EST.



The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is now available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book. Recipes included!

Book #2, ROUX THE DAY, is coming in March, 2017!





Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

             
Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
Love to hear from you at my Facebook author page and
on Twitter  @LWiken  
Also appearing at www.killercharacters.com
                                                                               


Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
 at my Facebook author page
and on Twitter  @erika_chase. 


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Quinoa and veggies with turkey filet recipe from Linda Wiken, Author, @LWiken

 
This past weekend we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving and this year, the turkey plus trimmings dinner was held at my sister’s house. The good thing, for me, was not having to cook the turkey plus trimmings thus having to deal with all the clean-up. :) The bad thing was, no leftover turkey to pick at. However, I was lucky enough to snag a care pack of leftovers for one meal.

So, wanting more turkey in my life, I decided to buy some filets. The next question was, do I go with mashed potatoes again? No. Time to switch this turkey up and my go to was a hot quinoa salad. Mixing the seasons, if you will. And, the result was a tasty idea for a lunch for two.

There are so many recipes and ideas available for quinoa salads since it's a really great ingredient to play with.  I've added the veggies to make it more of a meal. Have fun adding your own favorites..

And, because I always like things a bit on the hot and spicy scale, I decided to use Garam Masala as a rub for the turkey filet. Maybe because it's a spice I don't often use.  Here again, use what pleases your palate. These are suggestions but they're ones that pleased me.




INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:

1/2 c chopped green onions 
1 1/2 garlic cloves, chopped into tiny pieces but not minced
1 c. diced sweet red pepper
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 small bunch of spinach, chopped  
pinch of Himalayan salt 
olive oil to saute veggies
1 1/2 c. quinoa 
1 3/4 c. chicken broth
2 turkey filets
Garam masala - enough to use as a rub (about 1 tsp.)
olive oil for basting turkey
Prepare veggies first by slicing and dicing. Set aside until quinoa is on the go.


Cook quinoa according to package instruction or if none, add 1 broth and bring to a boil. Add quinoa, cover and cook on low heat for 12-15 min.


Fire up the grill. Baste turkey filets with olive oil and use preferred amount of Garam Masala as a rub. This will add a tantalizing spicy complement to the quinoa.















When the grill reaches 400, add the filets for approx. 10 min. depending on thickness, turning them over half way.



Add olive oil to sauté pan when hot, then add garlic, green onions, red pepper, spinach and a pinch of salt.

When wilted, approx. 5 min., remove from heat.  Stir into the quinoa when it's ready.







Plate the quinoa and add the turkey filet.


A fresh green salad would go nicely with this dish or add more veggies as a side.

How do you like your turkey? Traditional or ???



The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is now available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book. Recipes included!








Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

 
           
Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
Love to hear from you at my Facebook author page and
on Twitter  @LWiken  
Also appearing at www.killercharacters.com
                                                                               


Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
 at my Facebook author page
and on Twitter  @erika_chase.