Potluck fun or a family dinner
Pork roast with sweet potatoes
If you simply don't have the time to stand in the kitchen to make a meal these days, or if you have a limited capacity, when it comes to kitchen - for example, spending the weekend at a cabin or live in a small apartment - don't mean you can't cook a lovely meal.
Take a good size pork roast, rub the meat with dry Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Set it in the middle of a large oven dish. Peel the sweet potatoes, and cut them into an inch / 2 cm thick slices, remember to salt and pepper the slices, and set them around the pork.
Set the dish in a warm oven of 180 C/350 F for about an hour, or until done, and the pork runs with clear liquids.
Serve with a nice green salad, using, for example baby greens, that have lots of nice flavors.
And the leftovers the next day will be as delicious as the meal was the first time around...
Let There Be Light!
Ah, November is such a dark month up here - before the snow brings some light, the darkness can be a bit intense. To bring some light into this November, from a person who is nuts about Christmas, I decided I want to put the tree up this weekend. Yes, you read it right!
So, it was time to bake some snacks that could be consumed while the festivities of decorating was on the way.
Palmiers are so simple, and so good! You can use so many different fillings, from sweet to savory, the possibilities are just about endless.
I used red pesto and Parmesan cheese. I also used some of the cheese and puff pastry, to make Parmesan sticks. Then it is just to make some hot chocolate, light some candles, put the Christmas music on - and get out the decorations!
Roll the puff pastry to 6in x 14in (15 cm x 35 cm) rectangle. Trim any uneven edges. Spread the pesto evenly over the puff pastry. Roll up tight with both ends until they meet in the middle. Refrigerate for 20 min or until firm. Brush with beaten egg on all sides. Cut about 1/2in (1 cm) thick slices. Place slices on a greased baking pan. Bake until golden brown (400 F / 200 C), about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with left over Parmesan cheese, when hot from the oven. Cool on a wire rack.