Monday, August 11, 2014

International Potluck Blogfest

I’m also posting at the The Insecure Writer’s Support Group about the trend in indie publishing.


Hosted by Medeia Sharif, Lexa Cain, and Beth Fred.

I’m a day early, but you are to post a cover to a book you love with a food and/or recipe from the book, a food from the MC's region, or a food you just like. There are also books and an Amazon gift card you can win.

I’m posting about two recipes. One is a favorite in our household. From The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook, the dish is called Millet Medley. I’ve made it with millet before, but discovered it’s even better using cous-cous. (And I leave off the sunflower seeds.)

So here is the mutated recipe -

Saute in pan -
1 medium onion, chopped

Add and simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes-
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 table spoons soy sauce

In sauce pan, cook one box of cous-cous according to directions. (Takes about 5-7 minutes.) Use a stock instead of plain water or get flavored cous-cous.

When everything is done, mix together and serve. For my husband, who does eat meat, I’ll cook up chicken bites and add to his cous-cous.


I’m also including a recipe from The Dragonrider’s Guide to Pern.

Back in the day I was a huge McCaffrey fan and bought all the books. This one has a recipe for Klah:

Mix together -

2 tablespoons sweet ground chocolate
1/3 cup dark cocoa
3/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dark instant coffee crystals, ground to powder
small pinch of nutmeg

Use 2-4 teaspoons of mixture per cup of boiling water. Should be thick like hot cocoa.

Sadly, since I don’t eat chocolate anymore, I never got a chance to try this recipe.


What are your favorite recipies?

56 comments:

  1. Hi Diane .. the cous-cous mix sounds delicious .. I do love the stuff and have it fairly often in a variety of ways ...

    Then I needed to look up Klah - interesting indigenous tree growing on Pern ... live and learn about a new world. Well I learnt something ...

    And the potluck fest is going to be fun to read through .. I've run out of blog time .. another day though .. Cheers Hilary

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  2. Both sounds delicious, I shall enjoy reading through the recipes as they appear.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Hi, Diane,
    Both recipes sound good, but the sweet stuff is calling my name!

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  4. Both recipes sound good, but I especially like the one for Klah since I'm a huge fan of anything chocolate and coffee.

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  5. Millet Medley looks good to me. I love carbs and vegetables. I find that with age my sweet tooth isn't as strong. Thank you for joining the blogfest.

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  6. The veggie medley sounds yummy. I'd have to leave off the soy sauce, tho. And sigh, I can't do chocolate either. I love Viet Namese Spring Rolls, but have never tried to make them myself.

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  7. Oh so fun! I am definitely trying out the medley. I mean how easy is that!

    Yup, I'm probably making the Klah too, but maybe wait for September to roll around. :)

    One of my favorite dishes is Gnocchi Sorrentina - potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and lots of mozzarella!

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  8. I don't think I could live without chocolate...

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  9. Back when I could eat it, I'd love that cous-cous recipe, but I can't have any of it any more, including the peas and corn!

    However... I can do the Klah and THAT sounds wonderful.

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  10. That millet medley sounds good! But me and chocolate are best friends. Thanks for sharing.

    Unfortunately, I didn't get into McCaffrey, although a ton of my friends did. I've been thinking about reading those Dragon books!

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  11. As another Pern fan, I've got to try that klah!!

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  12. Medeia, thank you for hosting. We eat a ton of veggies and carbs in my house.

    Holly, I could use veggie cheese for that dish.

    Jay, I was a big fan when I was younger, although certain aspects of the books means I'll probably never read them again.

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  13. I've never heard of Klah. Looks like chocolate in its original form - a hot, yummy drink. I'll try it sometime for both of us, Spunk. Thank you.

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  14. Those both sound good. I'm not a big chocolate fan but when it gets cold I don't mind a hot cup now and then.

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  15. Cous-cous is great, I prefer it to rice. Read most of McCaffrey's dragon novels, but no recipes.

    My fave recipes are varied, a little French, a little Southern, and a little Canadian. Good luck with the bloghop.

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  16. Ohhhhh… I would LOVE that recipe. It seems like we like the same type of food, Diane. Yumm. (And I'm already bonded to you because of the whole red hair thing… we're bonded for life) :)

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  17. Great recipes! I can eat chocolate...but I'm off gluten now. Could adapt the recipe to use rice, I'm thinking. Thanks, Diane!

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  18. These sound wonderful. I have two vegetarians to please here so these will go into my file. Tks

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  19. The recipes sound yummy! I will have to try them. I'm always on the look out for new recipes. Thanks!

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  20. I often wondered what klah was. I don't have that book although I have every other Pern story. Never eaten millet but have often eaten couscous. You don't eat chocolate. Surely the original stuff is vegan is it not?

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  21. Thanks for the recipes! This is a fun blogfest. :)

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  22. Hi, Diane. Thanks for the recipes. Have a great week!

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  23. It occurred to me to comment that I would like to try the Benden wines.

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  24. The cous-cous recipe sounds good and easy. We nearly always have all those ingredients on hand.

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  25. Morgan, redheads unite!

    Lee, I can load you up with plenty of veggie recipies.

    Jo, I stopped eating chocolate because it was a weakness. Haven't had it in 10 years now. I was hoping for a Benden wine recipe, too.

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  26. Wow, the first one looks great! I'm always on the lookout for a great veg recipe.

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  27. Your recipe would work with pearl cous cous as well. Yum.

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  28. Ah! I wondered what this blogfest was about. I don't think I've ever used millet, myself. Interesting! I used to cook with couscous a lot though, until I became gluten sensitive. Your chocolate recipe sounds yummy, too!

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  29. Anything vegetarian has my interest and this looks delicious.

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  30. Both of these sound wonderful, but I think I have to try the millet version - there's just not enough recipes (that I know) that use millet! I'm prone to throw it in muffins to add an interesting nutty flavor and texture.

    Great post!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  31. I've never eaten millet, true story. We use it for growing mushrooms, they love it. Maybe I'll try cooking this instead.

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  32. Okay, I'm still a little hung up on the no-chocolate thing :) I must admit, it's my favorite food vice! Great recipes!

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  33. Finally - two simple recipes that I could actually make. (I'm a lousy cook.) Both recipes sound delicious; I've never tried cous-cous despite the fact it's Middle Eastern. I think I've read everything Ann McCaffrey ever wrote. I loved those Pern books. Thanks for participating in the bloghop!

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  34. I do a similar recipe for a cold grain salad but using barley. Great stuff!

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  35. Yummy. Both those recipes sound good. And easy. I'm all for easy to prep recipes.

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  36. No chocolate? How? Why? Great recipes, but I'm shocked that anyone could or would give up chocolate. ;)

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  37. Vanessa, I mutate a lot of recipes to make them veggie.

    Lexa, thank you for hosting it.

    Kim, it was a weakness for me. Now I don't even crave it.

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  38. So sorry you can't have chocolate. I could give it up but wouldn't like doing it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I've never been on a roller coaster!

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  39. I gave up everything else with caffeine in it except chocolate. That's the one vice I'm going to cling to. :)

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  40. I discovered the McCafree series in adulthood while reading with my nieces... they are awesome books...maybe we need to make this recipe before our next book club!

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  41. I'll have to try it out. My family has been eating more vegetarian dishes since my 10 yo became one.

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  42. yes please to both... yum.

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  43. I loved your article over at the Insecure Writer's Group. It's exciting to read that self-published works are getting mainstream attention. I finally joined IWSG today.

    I've been away from blogging to finish up my historical novel and enter the query trenches. Check. I had (and still have) short stories to edit and create for the e-magazine Wormhole Electric, which makes me feel accomplished. Plus it's summer!

    I think I'll keep a sharper eye out for blogfests to keep me plugged in. So sorry I missed out on yours! I would have had the perfect book: Erica Bauermiester's The School of Essential Ingredients.

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  44. My favorite recipe:
    1. Think about what I'm craving
    2. Drive to an awesome restaurant
    3. Order it
    4. Eat it

    :) ha. I'm not a great cook, but I'm a great eater!

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  45. As a hot chocolate lover, Klah sounds intriguing. Thanks for the recipe.

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  46. Ah, Klah. I wondered went into that. Sounds like a wonderful recipe. :)

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  47. That cous-cous dish looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!

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  48. Wait, no more chocolate? I'm not sure I could say no to chocolate..you are one strong-willed woman!

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  49. That sounds so delicious L! I love cous-cous.

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  50. Sorry that you don't eat chocolate anymore. :(
    As for the recipes, the second one is calling me. The first sounds good too, but hubby is allergic to corn.

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  51. You don't eat chocolate????

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  52. Klah sounds mighty good to me -- and also Klingon.

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  53. Both dishes sound awesome! Sorry I'm late to the party.

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