Wk 23 (Nov 12 – 18)

Week 23 done of my US National Food challenge with 4 out of 7 accomplished!  

November 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

2014-11-12 Chicken soup OK, so this was more a chicken stew, rather than a soup, but it was something I just made up as I went along.  Cooked chicken with chicken stock and veggies, with some oregano, thyme and basil for seasoning.  I liked it, calmed my soul, so I guess it was all according to the spirit of this day!

November 13 – National Indian Pudding Day

I made an Indian pudding earlier this year, and didn’t feel like doing it again – I wasn’t that impressed with it!

November 14 – National Pickle Day

Pickles are such a big part of the American culture, but I had never really embraced it before I had to for this day.  I made a turkey burger (recipe here) and topped it with some pickles from a jar (sorry, I didn’t make them from scratch), but then continued to have pickles with a number of meals in the days following.  They can be quite addictive! 2014-11-14 Pickle & turkey burger

November 15 – National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Ok, I probably could have found some gluten-free cereal, or made it myself, but I didn’t really want to!

November 16 – National Fast Food Day 

2014-11-16 Fast food (Astro burger) This was a tough one for me – what to choose?  So we went with going to Astro Burger.  I love Astro Burger – it’s one of the only places that I know I can get a nice burger, on a good gluten-free bun, and even have fries that haven’t been cooked in oil contaminated with gluten-products.  Grant and I have learnt to only get one meal and share it between us, but this was yummy – a pastrami cheeseburger (the classic Astro Burger) with sweet potato fries.  Not that good for you, but ok for a once in 3 months’ junk food splurge!

November 17 – Homemade Bread Day

I learnt a lot about gluten-free flour while making this bread.  The first recipe I had from my Kitchenaid mixer called for all-purpose flour, but when I mixed it (according to the recipe), it just didn’t come together as a dough.  Then I tried using some gluten-free bread flour, and the recipe on the back of that packet, added some herbs and it was GREAT!  So much to still learn … 2014-11-17 Homemade Bread

 November 18 – National Vichyssoise Day

This is a potato and leek soup, but I couldn’t be bothered with the effort of making it, so I had a rest day!

 Coming up next week:

  • November 19: Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day 
  • November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day / Noveau Beaujolais Day
  • November 21: Gingerbread Day
  • November 22: National Cashew Day
  • November 23: National Espresso Day / Eat a Cranberry Day
  • November 24: National Sardines Day
  • November 25: National Parfait Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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