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Holiday Cooking

Updated on January 4, 2015

Welcome to some New Views on Holiday Cooking!

When this lens was written it was winter in the northern hemisphere and here are some great new recipes that are my own inventions and those of fellow squids, for getting through the meal decision making in record time. Whether on holidays or snuggled up in front of a fire you cannot go past these recipes.

There are also fabulous gift ideas for the favorite cook in your house. Remember to keep the chef in your life happy and well supplied.These recipes and gifts are designed to make cooking a breeze and to allow more time for leisure. Get the family involved in the preparation of ingredients.

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There is nothing more frustrating than not having the right tools to cook with. A well stocked kitchen should have everything. The recipes featured below are easy to make, freeze and serve when required. You can have a perfect dinner ready in 5 minutes and, the best part, family members can do it for you and serve themselves.

There are times when weather or traffic delays ones arrival home, or if you are like me you spend too much time on the computer and you are worn out when it comes to that time of day when a good hot meal is most welcome. Of course there are other reasons as well for why you just don't feel like cooking, well you don't have to if you are prepared in advance.

Using fresh cooked greens or a salad as an accompaniment you just pop the frozen servings from any of these recipes into the microwave and relax. Your dinner is done for you. I call my freezer and microwave my cook and my kitchen maid. Perhaps we don't use them enough to gain the great advantages modern life offers.

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Stew is ready
Stew is ready

There is nothing like a warming stew on a cold day. This recipe is one of my favorites and it is also great to leave in the freezer until required. Notice that there is no measured quantity for vegetable as these are purely your own choice. The more you add the better and the bigger the pot of good food for later. This is a dish that one can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner so have plenty on hand.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 mnutes

Total Time: 1 and a half hours

Serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of beef
  • lamb
  • or ribs of either.
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • crushed (more if you prefer)
  • 10 carrots
  • cut into chunks
  • 5 sticks of celery (diced)
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 -2 grated baby turnips
  • 2 cups of stock or water
  • 4 -6 potatoes diced
  • quarter pumpkin cut thin
  • 6 mushroom (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • sprig of rosemary
  • couple of sprigs of time
  • salt to taste (pepper if liked)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 -2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • (curry powder optional but 2 tablespoons at least if using)
  • (can of tomatoes optional - best with lamb rather than beef)
  • if using tomatoes add several basil leaves

Instructions

  1. fry onions and garlic in bottom of saucepan until opaque
  2. add meat and stir fry until color changes. Don't worry if it sticks to the bottom of the pot but don't let it burn.;
  3. add liquid and scrape the bottom of pot with spoon to get all the flavor into the mix.
  4. add vegetables and herbs.
  5. If adding curry do so now.
  6. Stew until cooked
  7. Serve with yoghurt topping, green vegetables, rice or bread.
  8. Freeze when cold for eating at other times.
  9. This is a great dish for the freezer and is ready in less than 5 minutes thanks to the microwave. Defrost for a couple of minutes, remove from the plastic container and heat on a plate. Don't heat it in the plastic.
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Spaghetti Bolognais

This is a great standby dish that can be frozen and eaten at any time. With or without the spaghetti the bolognaise sauce is great for lunches as well as main meals at night. So make extra and keep on standby to have either with spaghetti, noodles or on toast.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5=10 minutes

Total Time: 30 - 40 minutes

Serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 large onions cubed
  • 2 -3 cloves of garlic.
  • 1 -2 lbs of ground beef
  • one or two cans (bottled) tomatoes
  • I use my own preserves
  • carrots (3-4 large) grated
  • 3 sticks of celery - diced (more if desired)
  • 2 -3 capsicums (sweet peppers) diced
  • tomato paste and/or tomato sauce
  • parmasan cheese
  • 1 packet of spaghetti
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Fist fry the onions and garlic until opaque
  2. Add the ground beef and stir while breaking it up into small pieces. Fry until it changes color.
  3. Add the carrots, peppers and celery and stir while still cooking.
  4. Add the tomatoes from tin or bottle
  5. add salt, sugar, bayleaves and basil
  6. Stir while continuing to cook.
  7. Turn down the heat and simmer until the juices are thicker and the right consistency is reached
  8. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti in lots of boiling water and drain (I don't salt the water but you can if you prefer). Do a taste test and add tomto sauce if desired. It can also be added on the dish before serving.
  9. Add the bolognaise sauce to the spaghetts and serve with parmesan cheese and cooked green veges or salad for a main meal.
  10. This is a great dish to freeze so take serve sized portions and place in a freezer plastic container and cool in refrigerator. Freeze and use when dishes are needed in a hurry or when the cook is too tired after a good day of holiday making.

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Many want their curry stew hot - But others prefer it without curry?

Curried stew is not traditional Indian style curry as the spice is used purely for added flavor towards the end of cooking. It is totally optional whether you add it or not but believe me it does make a dish into something fabulous..

Is curried beef stew/casserole better than stew without curry?


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Curried Chicken Legs
Curried Chicken Legs

Curried Chicken Legs - My Favorite Winter Dish

Again quantities are more or less up to you but make plenty and freeze for snack, lunches and dinner meals. Use a good size cooking pot with lid for this one. You can vary the quantities to make more as it keeps well in freezer

  • Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 10 -12 chicken drumsticks (fresh not frozen)
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 -5 cloves of garlic
  • crushed (more if you prefer)
  • 5 carrots
  • cut into halves
  • quarter s or thirds (more if preferred)
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 2 capsicums (sweet peppers)
  • 2 leeks (optional but they do enhance the dish)
  • add some mushrooms if liked
  • 1 cups of stock or water
  • 3 or 4 bay leaves
  • sprig of rosemary
  • few marjoram leaves
  • sprig or 2 of time
  • 2 -3 tablespoons of fish sauce rather than salt in this recipe. Add more if required.
  • 2 good heaped tablespoons curry powder
  • more if required.
  • 2 tablespoons olive or macadamia oil (any vegetable oil is OK)

Instructions

  1. fry onions and garlic in the oil in saucepan until opaque
  2. add legs and stir fry until color changes.
  3. add fishsauce and other liquid
  4. add vegetables and herbs.
  5. Mix curry powder into a paste with some water and add now or at the end of cooking.
  6. Stew on low heat with lid on until cooked. In fact I often turn the heat off and put a thick towel over pot. This you can do if you have a good stainless steel utensil, preferably with a double bottom
  7. Serve with yoghurt topping and steamed green vegetables.
  8. Freeze in serve size portions when cold for eating at other times.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Holidays are my favorite times for cooking up a storm. Some say "putting on the dog".

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thank you for including my Lens, on this awesome page; I added it to my Pinterest as well, thanks for the Blessings too <3

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing a few of my pages on your page dedicated to cooking at the holidays.

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      barsinks1e 5 years ago

      Yellow...sunny, bright, etc. Nice lens. I appreciate your ideas.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I think it all looks very good. Lots of other great lenses on food to go click to as well.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      The Curried Chicken Legs sound delicious!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Love this lens, it's absolutely beautiful! 5*****, favoriting and lensrolling.

      Thank you so much for featuring my Recipes & Stuff for People Who Hate to Cook lens here. This is an awesome honor and, I really appreciate it. It made my day when I logged on and saw this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day! A Special Angel Blessing from this Fool today.

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      Joan Walter 6 years ago from Cambellsport, Wisconsin

      Thank you for adding my Chicken Soup Recipe Lens to this awesome lens. I really appreciate it and your kind words of encouragement. You do good work....I am a fan! :-)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great work but I have to opt out of the meaty dishes.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      You did an excellent job on putting this together. Love your recipe collection!

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Really comprehensive Lens. Though cooking isn't my strength - I am sure people who do, will find the resources handy. Great job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Came here looking for Easter recipes. Great job. I even saw one of mine! Blessed!

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      The Bolonais sounds great. Thanks for all of these recipes, Squid Angel blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These yummy dishes can make a party utterly delicious. Thumbs up for the creativity and flavour.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Umm, I love the warm recipes! Thanks so much for including my Pink Pickled Eggs lens! It's definitely a fun recipe to make and really fun to eat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We should be able to cook a fantastic holiday meal with all these recipes! Thanks!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for featuring my vegetarian lasagna lens!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for featuring my recipe lenses here. It's such a lovely lens I'm back to give you Angel Blessings

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Great line-up here . . . and thanks for including me in your featured lens section!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Thank you so much for including my lens in your featured lenses.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These look wonderful! Thanks for featuring my little snack lens. =D *Angel Blessed*

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Hi! These recipes all sound great. Thanks for sharing them!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy recipes here. Thanks for featuring my corn casserole lens. Thumb up and lensrolled.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Tis is a cooks dream! I think I will have to try the curried chicken legs. They sound yummy! Thanks for the dessert buffet feature, you're the best Norma!

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Nice recipes . . . and thanks for featuring my carrot cake recipe lens. Joyous Holidays!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I like the idea of changing the recipes. Thanks.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Just loved all your recipes. Might need to adjust the curry, but still they look great! And thanks so much for including my Whimsical Teapots lens. Big Squidhugs!

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 6 years ago

      I'M A NEWBIE @ STAYING BUSY WITH COOKING. I'M ALSO A HOMEBODY (A PERSON THAT LIKES TO STAY HOME MOST OF THE TIME. EVEN ON HOLIDAYS. EXCEPT TO GO TO MY GRANDPARENTS HOUSE. SHOULD I GO ANY WAY IF I WANT TO ARE NOT?

      THANKS! G.B.F.N. K.I.T. Please come visit me @ sameprincess10 @ squidoo.com. a.k.a. princess10.....!(:)>)))()....()

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Very interesting to see the different ways other cultures prepare foods.