Scotch Eggs #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating 4th of July with some fantastic picnic ideas. I hope everyone will forgive me for bringing a very traditional British picnic dish to a American 4th of July party but it is one of our favourite picnic foods and one I have been wanting to make at home forever.

These are so filling and tasty, they make a perfect picnic food item as they are good warm or cold. Traditionally these are fried but I wanted to lighten things up and bake them. Sadly this seems to have caused it to split it in the oven. I didn’t have time to make them again before this event but twist my arm it just means I have to make them again soon. But that is what happens sometimes when you try new dishes so I wanted to still share it with you. Hopefully I will be able to update this posting with a reason why it didn’t work out well for me.

What is your favourite picnic dish? Is it traditional or a little outside the box?

Scotch Eggs

4 large eggs (as fresh as possible)
400g (14oz) sausage meat
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
125g (1 c.) plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
125g (1 c.) breadcrumbs

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Almond-Crusted Sole with Mushroom Pilaf for Two #SundaySupper

I have a confession to make, if it weren’t for my blog Valentines day would just come and go in our house without much thought. I have never been a Valentines person, I actually have never been out on a Valentines date, not even in the days before kids. I don’t even think I have ever received a Valentines card before, other then the ones you all fill out at school and send to your whole class. But when I became a blogger it was obvious that Valentines day was a much loved blogging holiday so ever since then I have been enjoying sharing some special recipes for people to be able to enjoy with their Valentine. Trust me with incredible meals like this hubby loves the new tradition. Although it isn’t celebrated on the day, because lets face it if you are in a blogger family you never get to enjoy these amazing holiday recipes on the day. Our families are taste testing our Christmas recipes in July.

Today Sunday Supper are going to bring you some special recipes for cooking just for two.

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Pecan-Crusted Rainbow Trout #SundaySupper

Today’s Sunday Supper is all about Reflections and Resolutions. For me 2013 is going down as a whirlwind of a year. I have learned so much along the way and hopefully it has made me stronger for an even better 2014. In May of this year I stared my business, California Taco. It was a small catering and events business and I started serving hot Mexican street food at events and in my local market. But business hasn’t been as good as we would like and right before Christmas I had to make the decision to pull out of our local market. It felt emotional about it as I saw it as my business failing. But not everything has been bad, when I do larger events like beer festivals my business is thriving, but I had wanted to build my business more locally in my adopted home town. But I have had to learn the hard way that business doesn’t always go the way you would want, but if you are willing to adapt your business doesn’t have to be a total failure when you hit hard times. Pulling out of a failing market was a good decision and I know that building more catering clients and finding big events will be a healthier thing for my business. I have also decided to build an online store so that I can sell my homemade salsas and other Mexican delights to customers who have been requesting online sales. So 2013 ended with my shutting down shop but I know 2014 will be a year of new investments and discoveries of where my business will take me. No matter what I will always be able to look back and see that I put aside my fears and stepped out to pursue my dreams. I can’t wait share more about where life takes me with it.

Here’s to a new year where we all put aside our fears and step out into the unknown, because taking chances is the only way we will ever knew if there is any substance to our dreams.

Pecan-Crusted Rainbow Trout

100g (1 c.) lightly toasted pecans, chopped
170g (1 1/2 c.) breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
4 trout fillets
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

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Drunken Meatballs #SundaySupper

First I wanted to say that no, I haven’t all ready fallen off the wagon with my meat-free challenge, this dish was cooked and shot during the holidays. So far we have gone 2 weeks meat-free and while we have been craving some of our favourite meat dishes we have loved the meals I have come up with during this time and I am looking forward to sharing more of them with you.

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating it’s 1 year birthday. It has actually been 7 months since I was invited to join this amazing, supportive group of bloggers. It is amazing how close you can draw to people having never met them in person. In these 7 months I have enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of the Sunday Supper bloggers lives and more their amazing dishes. I have already enjoyed so many of their dishes at home and many more are on my must try list. To celebrate this occasion we have all decided to pick one of each others dishes that we have made over this past year and share it.

The second I saw Connie’s, from The Food Army Wife’s, Drunken Moose Meatballs I knew I had to try it. Sadly I don’t have any access to moose meat but these were still amazing with beef. Hands down these were the best meatballs I have made. We served them at our appetizer night during Christmas and everyone wanted the recipe. But they were also amazing served as a main course with mashed potatoes and green beans. Yes I made them twice in one week, but seriously these were good. Don’t forget to go and check out the other amazing recipes that Connie shares and enjoy the delicious flash back recipes that the Sunday Supper group is serving up today.

I love Sunday Supper and I am so excited to celebrate its 1 year birthday and look forward to seeing what another year will bring to this group. The thing to love about this group is the fact that everyone believes in the simple idea that we need to focus more on coming together and sitting down to a meal. I believe walking away from such a simple concept is one of the broken aspects of the western culture. It not only invites unhealthy eating and spending habits but it prevents us from connecting with each other. So turn off your phones, computers and pads and spend some quality time with people you love.

Drunken Meatballs

910g (2 lbs) ground beef
60mL (1/4 c .) Worcestershire Sauce
150g (1 1/4 c.) fresh breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp parsley
3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely diced
80mL (1/3 c.) bourbon whiskey
475mL (2 c.) Favourite bottled BBQ sauce

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