Archive for October, 2015

31
Oct
15

Eggs and Polenta

something different on the breakfast plate , polenta.

Very easy to make , simply stir the corn flour/meal into boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes.

Place the mixture in a greased bread pan, let cool and refrigerate, the mixture will gel.

Similar to cornbread, but more gelatinous, slice the polenta, bake slightly and broil and/or fry, with olive oil.

If desired, make a sauce, veggie and re-hydrated mushrooms were available.

IMG_9144Plated up

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The cooled and refrigerated polentaIMG_9142

The mushroom veggie sauce.

IMG_9143 Sliced and fried polenta.

The ingredients for the polenta: Colavita instant  Polenta Cornmeal Mix.

100% pre-cooked corn flour, 100% Gluten free

25
Oct
15

Fruit Crisp

Photos to be added later….

A recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen (2001/2015), Apple Crisp .

I call it the crust less crumb top apple pie. Any other suitable fruit can be used.

In addition, cardamom , allspice and cloves (ground) was added (to taste) to the topping ingredients.

Also  the quantity of ingredients of the topping, ( less the butter) is doubled and 1/2 reserved for later use.

1 and 1\ 2 cup all purpose flour

6 oz pecans, chopped fine

1 and 1/2 cups oats

1 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Ground all spice to taste

Ground cloves to taste

1 teaspoon salt you may lessen if using salted butter.

Divide and Reserve 1/2 of the above for later use, it is easy to store in a baggie or mason jar  and will quicken future recipes.

Cut in to the remaining 1/2 , 1 stick butter ( unsalted )

The filling : I’m using a combo of 4131 Fuji and 4130 Cripps Pink, about 3 of each variety

Less the apple cider, (none available) the apples were cooked partly in a skillet with butter, there was plenty of juice released from the apples.

Sprinkle the partially cooked apples  with the topping,  if the butter wasn’t cut in, just cut the stick of butter in small pieces and dot the surface of the topping.

This is done in the same pan, naturally.

A hot oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit,  will crisp up the topping and finish cooking the apples.

Remove and cool  after about 45 minute total cooking time.

Scoop portions of the fruit crisp to plate, serve plain or garnish with ice cream, drizzled chocolate etc.

23
Oct
15

shopping

recent shopping and prices

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21
Oct
15

Herbed butter

My herbs are going wild, the cool weather and in the kratky system , spent one night in from the cold , now with the return of mild (relatively speaking) weather they are back out doors. The basil and the chives grow just as fast as we use them. Oregano in the DWC bubbler system gets harvested from time to time.

Just chop , mix with butter , and leave available for use. 

  
  
  
  
Made this before with garlic, left the garlic out this time. 

A good spread on toast , would be even better on garlic bread, or added to sautéed food.

18
Oct
15

Fusion paella

Chicken thigh, seafood mix, tomato, peas, carrot, onion, garlic, hot red pepper and green pepper. Arborio rice.

17
Oct
15

Pizza toast

Instead of preparing another batch of dough, making use of bread already baked.

Lightly toasted white bread that has a small addition of spent stout grains, topped with sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese. Of course a sprinkle of dried hot peppers.

The sausage, green peppers and mushrooms were sautéed, added to the toast, broiled and then add tomatoe and cheese, several  seconds under to broiler to finish.

Sprinkle with grated cheese , garnish with basil. 

 

12
Oct
15

Fall cleaning

Why does Spring get billed as the season for cleaning? Maybe indoors ?

In a climate with defined season changes, clean up becomes eneviatable, that is outdoors if you have shrubs, trees (leaves)garden etc.

Also the spat of wild blown storms will supply you with branches , twigs, and debris for cleanup.

Some of the shrubbery grows likes weeds so trimming is essential for that clean cut look. !image image image image image

 

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