Fried, Green Tomatoes! Get them Before The Mystery Critters!!!

How to cook fried, green tomatoes! Yummy!Planting tomatoes must be among the easiest gardening activitIes because it seems all beginner gardners claim success based on their crop of tomatoes. This  beginner Group included me, until this year when some critters ATE most of my tomatoes before they were ripe!

In that emergency situation, my only alternative was to make fried green tomatoes! It was green or nothing!!!

How to make fried green tomatoes!


3-4 medium size green tomatoes, sliced

1-2 beaten eggs , add salt and pepper

Flour – 1 cup

Bread crumbs or fine yellow corn meal ( palenta)

1 cup vegetable oil, to fry ( you could also bake at 350)

Harvest the tomatoes before they are ripe, so the critters don’t eat them before you do!

Cut them in round, same width slices.

In three dishes pour:

In dish #1 – flour

In dish #2 – well beat eggs, salt and pepper

In dish #3- yellow corn meal or bread crumbs. Personally I LOVE palenta!

An empty plate to place the prepared tomatoe slices.

A pan with heated vegetable oil, or an oiled oven tray, if you bake, so the slices don’t stick to the tray.

Place each tomatoe slice first in flour, then in eggs, then in the yellow corn meal.

Place on  the plate.

Preheat oil in pan on, lower heat to medium, fry prepared tomatoe slices. Turn them on  both sides so they are cooked equally on each side.

When  they are done, place them on a plate, on top of paper towels, to absorb any excess  oil.

Serve hot on their own or as a side dish to fried chicken or anything your heart desires!

The point is you enjoy your tomatoes and not the critters!!!:)

If you prepare fried green tomatoes in a different way, please share with us!

Have a nice Sunday and let us know if you find ways to improve this recipe!






What’s In Your Refrigerator, Weekend Dish! Angel Hair / Vegetables Dish

Pasta/Vegis Weekend Dish

Pasta/Vegis Weekend Dish

Earlier in the day, I posted on my Facebook page a question: Could any of my friends suggest a recipe using ingredients they already had at hand. To be more specific, I listed WHAT I either grew in my garden, or in Had in my cupboard.
By dinner time, no one made any suggestions:( I was getting hungry…
Also I remembered it was the Weekend anyway, the time of the week when I post:

“What’s In YOUR Refrigerator Leftover Dish.”
Here it is:


Angel Hair Pasta. Cook in boiling water to which you added salt and oil.
2 eggs And 1 cup Almond milk ( original) — stir well together.

In a frying pan heat 1/2 cup coconut or olive oil.
1 onion
4-6 baby carrots or one large carrot ( if you have it in your refrigerator)
3-5 medium fresh tomatoes (skinned- please ask for details on how to peel the tomatoes’ skin)
Add any other fresh vegis you have: green beans, zucchini, etc.
Add salt and Pepper.
Sote these chopped vegis in the coconut oil.
Mix well the pasta, the eggs and Almond milk mixture and the soted vegis.
Place the well mixed pasta, vegis and Eggs/Almond milk in a buttered baking dish.

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
Everything is cooked already, so bake as long as you wish according to taste.
Add chopped, fresh basil.
I mix about 1/2 cup in Pasta/ vegis mixture before I bake, and 1/2 cup at the very end.

I consider fresh basil a miracle herb!
There is a Romanian “urban legend,” which claims that if a young woman (preferably a virgin) places under her pillow fresh basil, she will dream her future husband!!!
WOW!!! Wouldn’t that be nice:)
Meanwhile, just in case you don’t dream your Prince Charming, have seconds of the Angel Hair/ Vegis Dish!
It’s either delicious, or I was very hungry… or both!
After you make this dish, if you made any changes to make it yummier, please share with us!
Enjoy, and make enough so that everyone Could have seconds:)

Bacon, Avocado, Nuts, Egg Salad — Give or Take

Yummy avocado, bacon salad

Yummy avocado, bacon salad

Lemon, mint, honey waterThis is based on the observation that adding bacon to almost anything, makes it taste better.
It’s a give or take, as most of the ingredients could be replaced with something in the same family, or skipped.
For instance, I used mostly sunflower seeds and a few almonds. If you have walnuts at hand, use them. I added a few raisins, but the salad would be fine without. If you do not have eggs, substitute with baked carrots or another vegetable.
2 avocados
4 boiled eggs
4 strips of crisp bacon
2 Tbs- sunflower seeds (roasted)
1 Tbs almonds or walnuts
6-10 – raisins
All chopped and mixed well with the dressing.
You may add fresh dill, or basil.
Olive oil
Sea salt
Juice of one lemon
If you like garlic, chop finely and add to dressing.

Serve with well toasted flat bread.
Drink plenty of lemon, mint and honey water.
Use plenty of fresh mint or herbs in season to make your meal taste and look yummy!
Enjoy and use your imagination!
Please don’t forget to share.
Thank you.

Easy Weekend Dessert! Flexible and Yummy!

Easy Dessert!

No-bake Eclair Cake on Chef-in-Training ( was the triggered for my decision to increase my blood sugar levels and enjoy  this fantastic desert twice in a week!  Why? Because chocolate-type deserts increase other types of necessary “levels,” we all need. Belated  Happy Valentine’s, but in all honesty, chocolate is applicable year around in my book of pleasures!

As always, I had some of the ingredients, but not all, or I had what was not mentioned in the initial recipe, but I thought something else would taste better… or different.

This is why I love cooking/baking and hate house-cleaning. There is no imagination to how you clean a house.  Top to bottom! You do or don’t!  I don’t.

Okay… back to the no-bake eclair cake.

It requires:

Grahm crackers (or similar sweet crackers, if you find less expensive ones, I assure you, they will not jump out of the pan to complain)

2 large packets of vanilla pudding (dry)

2-3 cups milk or as much as it requires for a good consistency of vanilla pudding. It thickens in 5 minutes.

Add to the vanilla pudding 2 Tbsp. hazelnut spread (optional but yummy) and

One container of Cool Whip (found in the refrigeration section, with the ice creams, not where my faulty logic sent me, with the heavy cream, etc)

For frosting:

Butter (3-4 Tbsp) mixed with 1 Tbs brown sugar) -microwave to mix well, add 2-3 Tbs of cocoa and a Tbsp. of hazelnut spread) Mix all well and set aside.

Layer the Grahm crackers in a pan. I’d put two layers of crackers.


Pour half the mixture of dry vanilla pudding with the milk, the hazelnut spread and the cool whip  on top of the layered grahm crackers and top with another layer of crackers. On top of it,  pour the rest of the vanilla pudding mix/cool whip etc.

At this point we may use our imagination:

Put a lawyer of a fresh fruit (any would do, that you like, but probably not a fruit that has a high content of water and gets mushy fast)  You could add a type of jam too, or nuts.

I opted to mix some fruit jam (I like peach or any berry type) in the cocoa frosting and spread on top of the last layer of crackers. If I had walnuts, I’d have definitely use them too.

Why not try other types of dry pudding mixes other then vanilla?

This dessert does not require baking, but it is at it’s best if refrigerated overnight. Trust me! I know, as mine sat overnight and now I’m going to dive into it for…lunch!

Thank you Chef in Training and our imagination!

Wishing everyone a sweet weekend!