I have to admit I’m a little sad today, if things had worked out the way I had hoped, I’d be sitting at the airport right now, getting ready to board a plane for San Francisco and the Foodbuzz Festival….sigh But the sad fact is that everything changes and not always for the better. I wish all my friends attending the festival a wonderful time this weekend, I know the best part of the weekend will be enjoying each other’s company.
But as one door closes, another door opens. I’ve been talking a lot about rebuilding our community on Google+, and and I’ll posting more later on this subject, so stay tuned!
But today my friends, is my happy day, it’s Guest Post Friday!! Woo Hoo!! And today I have a very special guest and a dear friend, Maureen The Orgasmic Chef! Not only is Maureen and amazing food blogger tempting you with her creations, but she’s also quite the food stylist and food photographer. But that my friends is just the tip of the iceberg.
For those of you on WordPress, you may be using her recipe plugin, EasyRecipe Plus, and not even know you have her to thank for it! The Main page of EasyRecipe Plus, states “Absolutely the best WordPress recipe plugin” and my friends that’s not boasting, that’s an accurate statement! I’ve been using EasyRecipe since I first transitioned to WordPress over a year ago, and I would be lost without it. The changes that were made recently to the program have added even more functionality to the program while keeping it extremely user friendly! Thanks Maureen for making my life easier!
So without further ado, let’s get on with the show, as I turn my blog over to Maureen-
The Orgasmic Chef
I’m Maureen from Orgasmicchef.com and I’m so pleased to finally show up on Chef Dennis’ blog. I know, I know, you probably think I’m shallow but I’ve seen so many wonderful bloggers posting here and thought, “maybe one day he’ll invite me.” Well folks, that day has come and I couldn’t be happier about it!
I’ve followed Dennis for quite a while and have watched him support one food writer after another with encouraging comments, friendly advice to make their blogs better and sometimes just tips and tricks in the kitchen. How he has time to do this and have a full-time job, a very popular blog, do social media, the Chef’s Hangout and have a life, I don’t know. I’m just pleased he can do it.
It’s nearly summer here in Australia and I live in the north so that makes it warmer for us than those down in Melbourne or even Sydney. If you’re in the states you go south to get warm but we’re upside down so we go north to get away from the winter cold.
I’ll admit that being from Maine, I struggle during this time of year.
My brain expects that October should start to be chilly and dark at dinner time and I think I should be making everything with pumpkin in it. When I open my eyes and look out my window at the sunshine, all that changes.
When summer comes, all I want to eat are salads. I crave fresh salad veggies and a tangy dressing and I don’t want the same salad day after day. I was at a restaurant not too long ago and they served the simplest salad but we all loved it and I’ll share my version of that with you today. I believe the basics come from a Korean bean sprout salad but I didn’t cook anything.
- 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
- ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in two
- ½ green capsicum/pepper chopped small
- ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
- ¼ cup torn mint leaves
- ¼ cup peanuts (or any other nut you like)
- few pieces of broccoli (which I used just because I had it in the fridge.)
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 6 tbsp lime juice (180 ml)
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Hot red chilli seeded and finely chopped
- 2 large cloves of garlic finely grated
- 4 tbsp sugar
- Prepare the dressing first so the flavors have a chance to develop while you prepare the salad.
- Add all the salad ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
- You can combine all the ingredients ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator and add dressing just before serving.
Now that is one delicious salad and those images are gorgeous! Now before you forget head on over to The Orgasmic Chef and say hello to Maureen! And while you’re there don’t forget to click on the tab for EasyRecipe Plus. If you’re not already using her plugin, take a look at it, I know you’ll be happy you did!
Have a great weekend my friends!