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Monday, October 19, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

 We had some friends around for drinks and some baseball-watching followed by a simple dinner.  It does not get much simpler that roast chicken and roast potatoes with a salad.
Chicken prepared for the oven with olive oil, Maldon salt, rosemary and thyme.
 I prepared a small snack of cheese and rye crackers but it wasn't very popular: too much angst watching the baseball.  I hate to admit it but we loaded up on drinks instead.
A cheese tray was not very popular but the drinks were.
 What do you do with leftover chicken or turkey?
I make a pot pie because it's an easy way to load vegetables into those Rascals.
Chop up all of the vegetables you can think of.
 I think green peas are a must in a chicken pie:
 I add heavy cream to the dish after throwing in all of the leftover chicken, and if you're watching your fat intake you can use a combination of cream and chicken stock.
Heavy cream added to the chicken pot pie.
 I buy that rolled up butter puff pastry in the freezer section at the grocery store, a handy item to have around if ever there was one.  A simple layer on top bakes up to a perfectly golden crust:
 Whip up any old-fashioned coffee cakes lately?
I was inspired by my dear friend Melissa to bake her recipe on Sunday morning for a crowd of teenage girls here on a sleeplessover.  It was a huge hit:
 It filled the entire house with an amazing cinnamon smell: so cozy on a cold autumn morning.  Thanks Melissa!

The cake bakes up with a perfect crumb texture:
Served with grapefruit.

You can see it has a perfect crumb texture.
Here is Melissa's recipe.
 Don't you love these autumnal shades set off by blue and white dishes?
 Speaking of autumnal shades I have a new post up on Frock Philosophy with a discussion of my own autumn wardrobe colour story, click here if you're interested.
I hope you have a marvellous week with some nice baked things in it along the way.
Stay Cheery my Darlings,
xoxDani

26 comments:

  1. Good morning - have not made coffee cake in ages thanks for that reminder! Love the pot-pie idea! I make "leftover soup" - boil up the bones until you can crush them - then add all the leftovers, whatever other veggies are in the fridge, and a handful of orange lentils to the stock. Deelish! have a great week, Anna26xo

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    1. oops - of course I drain the stock!

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    2. Anna orange lentils what a good idea, a super-food aren't they? So healthy and simple, you have a good week too XO

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  2. Hi Dani, lovely to get two posts at once! Our leftover chicken and turkey mostly goes into soup and sandwiches, but I also like adding it to risotto. I love a chicken pot pie too - haven't made one in ages, great idea. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks Patricia :) I made a risotto yesterday and I forgot how good they are, great idea to add some protein too, hope you have a great week too XO

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  3. HI Dani,
    I never thought about it, but I think I always like your autumn and winter food posts the best! You really capture the essence of cozy with your table settings and yummy food pics.

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    1. Thanks KnitYarns, I think it's me trying to make the best of the eternal cold season we have up here! Lovely compliment-I am going for cozy you're right XO

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  4. My kids love a chicken pot pie. I often use the rotisserie chicken from Costco with fresh veggies and make a white sauce with Wondra. The juices from the chicken get added too and of course a pre-made crust like yours-perfect for a fall day. Our weather here has been warm, so I don't use the oven often-still grilling most entrees.
    No baking either-staying as far away from sugar as possible. My "rascals" aren't amused, but they're supportive. :-)

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    1. Julie it's funny because kids think it's a real treat don't they? Good idea too to use a rotisserie chicken, you save your oven 2 hours of work.
      If I could eat flour I would have devoured that cake because it smelled so good, I'm like you I avoid sugar as much as I can, it gives me blood sugar crashes and headaches, not fun. XO

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  5. Oh your weekend sounds absolutely divine, Dani! I'm thrilled to hear that your daughter and her friends enjoyed the coffee cake. The one I made the other day was devoured in no time at all...it really is quite yummy, isn't it?

    Thank you for the reminder of a wonderful homemade Chicken Pot Pie. It has been ages since I've made one, and now you've inspired me to put it our dinner menu for this week. Looking forward to the dish, and also checking out your new Frock Philosophy post. :)

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    1. Melissa thanks your recipe was so good! What a gorgeous cinnamon smell. Enjoy your chicken pie night I bet the boys will love it XO

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  6. Your home looks so cozy, warm and beautiful. I love making roast chicken and pot pies in winter. I will try this coffee cake recipe too! You seem to entertain effortlessly. Have a good week Dani! xo Kim

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    1. p.s. I like the mix of autumn color flowers with blue willow ware!

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    2. Hi Kim it's taken me awhile but I've learned not to cry in the kitchen ;) Thank you.
      Those colours just set it each off don't they, I love this time of year XO

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  7. Oh yooooou will love my thanksgiving table. I love blue and white always but especially with autumnal flowers. Did a colossal arrangement this weekend for a wedding altar in blue and white, too. And how much do I love those gingham plates!

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    1. Stephen Andrew I hope you do before-and-after Thanksgiving posts because I'm so excited about your dinner you'd think I was going. Gingham plates are so Furlow Gatewood don't you think? XO

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  8. With four boys under 25 in the house now we never have any leftover meat, but that pot pie looks like the ultimate in comfort food. You are a master of simple elegance, my friend. I must try that coffee cake as we are all mad for cinnamon around here. So happy to read two posts from you in as many days!

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    1. Jen try it you will be a hero especially with all of those hungry kids around!
      Thanks Darling XO

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  9. We literally never have leftovers with a roast chicken! But I usually use the carcass to make stock, so I get every last bit out of it.
    I also believe in always having puff pastry to hand. It's the easiest thing to whip up some sausage rolls, or parmesan straws or a pie if you do, and they're all my families favourite things to eat (parmesan straws for unexpected guests - just grate parmesan over strips and sprinkle a little cayenne pepper or mustard powder over them). Have a lovely week xxx

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    1. Heidi I think frozen puff pastry is the greatest invention ever. I think I still cook as though my son lived at home so I always have leftovers. I hope you have a great week too XO

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  10. Oh your dinner sounds delish, simple or otherwise! We just threw the season's first sit-down dinner party last Saturday night which was a hit all around. It is hard to get up the next morning after such a late night, but if I had your delicious cake for breakfast (with grapefruit - my absolute favorite fruit in the world!), I'd be thrilled and would make getting up so much easier. No wonder your group of teens enjoyed it.

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    1. CD me too I love grapefruit. Pairs well with something fattening for breakfast I find, today we had grapefruit with a salty ricotta tart baked with thyme it was delish.
      I bet your dinner party was a big hit with a beautiful table!
      The girls were pretty grumpy even with the cake, I think they had very little sleep indeed: the sleeplessover! XO

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    2. I had to laugh at the girls being grumpy. I'm all too familiar with it myself each time my daughter has a sleepover (either at our place or at a her friend's house). Up til the wee hours of the morning chit chatting away makes for grumpy teens the next morning.

      Yes, the dinner party we held last weekend was a smash hit, and I did think the table looked quite festive. I just posted on it.

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  11. I'm going to have to make your chicken pot pie. I have the same Staub cocotte and it never occurred to me that I could use it for this purpose. It looks hearty and delicious. I'm going to have to try Mellisa's recipe as well. Thanks for a great post.

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    1. AmW do you love your Staub? It's so beautiful to cook in! You're so welcome, thanks for the lovely comment and have a great week XO

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  12. Roast chickypoo is my all time fave, we are having one tonight. I do it wrong side up, with salt, half lemons up the bum and on 425--yes I know that seems high but comes out lovely

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