Archive for July, 2014

31
Jul
14

eggplant wellington

A play on a beef Wellington….

Ingredients from the garden, didn’t get a picture of the eggplant or the tomato before use.

Using bread dough instead of puff pastry.

salt the sliced eggplant to remove moisture and blot out the water, rinse.

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Just fry the eggplant in oil to brown

 

Roll out some bread dough, and cut with a round cutter, the top of a plastic drinking glass and roll  to size that is necessary for the eggplant.

IMG_5821Cover and seal with anotherIMG_5822bake the rounds….IMG_5823 IMG_5824Now comes the fun part

embellish…

sliced tomato, grated Parmesan  and basil….

(onion, garlic, sausage?)

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My wife commented…… good appetizers… but for now , dinner for me !

Served with a glass of single malt single and hops beer.

Probably could have placed Parmesan cheese slices inside with the eggplant, but would have to contend with melted cheese running out of the dough.

The eggplant flavor is excellent along with the fresh (early girl) tomato and basil.

Having a back yard garden is worth it.

27
Jul
14

chicken cacciatore

Chicken prepared hunter style.

(there are not enough tomatoes from the garden ready yet)

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1/2 can of condensed tomato soup

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Note: when using an immersion blender be careful, this particular model used allows the shaft to be removed from the motor, essential when changing blades, otherwise unplug the blender from the power source.

 

27
Jul
14

chicken vegetable noodle soup

Even though it’s late July doesn’t mean soup is off the table. Cooler nights, vegetable stock in the fridge and pieces and gizzards from a chicken in the freezer…. soup.
a basic recipe, for all those who make their own soup, just peruse the pictures.

It seems like a lot of work but make a small portion of noodle dough *. Set aside covered for an hour.
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To two mason jars of vegetable stock, previously made, add the back and gizzards from a chicken and simmer in a stock pot with some star anise.  Season slightly.

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Dice baby carrots, sweet red onion, lettuce, greens, sliced thin broccoli what ever else you desire.

(Warning ! This recipe has several pans) In a fry pan saute each of the soup additions in oil,butter,bacon fat etc.
I saute and season each separately. Set aside.

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After the simmering broth has loosened the meat from the chicken pieces,

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strain broth into a smaller container and pour back into the stockpot. Set the chicken pieces to cool.

Set up the stock to simmer and add the sauteed adjuncts.

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De-bone and dice the meat from the chicken pieces, dice the gizzards. Add to the soup.

Proceed to roll out noodle dough and cut into desired shape, here wide short noodles. Boil in a pot of water,

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with a strainer spoon, add to the broth.

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Simmer and serve with shaved Parmesan.

 

*noodle dough

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil

mix, knead, set aside, covered.

21
Jul
14

Orange garlic Kale medley sauté

For once , instead of the skillet, the Stainless steel Faberware fry pan was used.
Olive oil and butter, smashed garlic about 3 cloves, sautéed till fragrant
Add kale medley mix

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Dash of salt, cook till wilted,
Add clementine orange, peeled and ground (I ran several through the smoothie machine (blender with a spout) and had them in the fridge. I suppose you could have just used the wedges if you wanted.

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Complete cooking…

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I served the orange garlic kale medley as a side to a BBQ chicken thigh and rice ( not shown).

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Organic and ready to use.
A quick side dish, maybe onion added next time or some other type of fruit.

17
Jul
14

who puts bread and butter on your table ?

I don’t usually post links, but this one is worth watching (at least I think so!)

the most under rated and overlooked part of a meal…..
bread and butter !

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/this-guy-dreams-of-bread-and-butter-like-jiro-dreams-of-sushi/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twistedsifter+%28TwistedSifter+%29

14
Jul
14

oregano onion cheese burger

fresh oregano and onion compliment this cheese burger of ground sirloin on spent grain bread.

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IMG_5623spent grain bread

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14
Jul
14

cinnamon raisin bread

occasionally a household member shops at various venues other than the warehouse club that I frequent.

I was anxious to try a slice or two of this bread compared to what I bake.

Great Harvest Bread Company

http://www.greatharvestnk.com/index.html

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compared to most, it is a very filling bread, dense but not to dense crumb, packaged sliced.

Buttered and pan fried as this is quicker than a convention toaster.

delicious, after a slice, you know you have something in you stomach. !

13
Jul
14

After a cup of coffee

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04
Jul
14

Lamb, onion and garlic

Preheat the skillet under broiler, have good potholders available.

Start some rice cooking.

basic recipe with just salt and pepper seasonings.

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IMG_5559add some smashed garlic later so the garlic doesn’t over cook. Continue to broil.

IMG_5560Add the onions back into the skillet just before the lamb is done to your preference.

IMG_5558half and steam up some Brussels sprouts.

IMG_5557About a tablespoon of each butter and flour, stir till melted, splash in some milk, heat and stir, add a slice of cheese. Done.

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IMG_5562Plate it up, smoothie of grapes, raspberries,and banana , a touch of wine for liquid to blend.

This recipe can be cooked again and spiced up, I wanted to taste the lamb without many seasonings.

02
Jul
14

Brussell Burger w/cheese

Peel some brussels sprouts with a sharp knife down to the core to get an amount of leaves for the number of burgers you are cooking.
While the burger fries, stir fry the sprout leaves slightly.
Pile on the burger , top with cheese and serve, using skillet toasted bread.
(The reserved sprout cores can be diced for another use)
Ground sirloin was used for the burger.
An English Muffin type bread, thick cut ,was used for the bread.

Leafed sprouts

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Pan toasted bread

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Pan fry the burger, just short of how you like it.
Stir fry the leaves slightly.

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Pile the leaves atop the burger

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Add the cheese

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Cover over low heat ,should be not more than a minute.

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Plate and serve

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