Archive for February, 2016

28
Feb
16

Brunch re-iteration


White flour flatbread made with a bit of bacon fat, lettuce, egg, beef, green pepper and onion, hot pepper relish.

26
Feb
16

Red Bean Taco

The filling for these tacos was a loosely followed recipe for re-fried beans from Bon appetite.
Sauté a smoked ham hock in a bit of oil, add onion and garlic and continue for about 8 minutes.
Add a dried red  (hot) pepper and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin for about 1 minute.
Place in a crock pot with 1 and 1/2 cups raw , not soaked , red beans and 4 cups water.

Let this concoction cook on low overnight at least, till the beans are soft, but not mushy and the ham hock meat falls from from the bone.

Let cool and place in a mason jar and store refrigerated. The beans have many uses as a dip , spread etc.

With a combination of masa harina and white flour water, salt and a tortilla press …

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26
Feb
16

Ground Beef with Egg and Cheese

  Toasted  bread , Red leaf lettuce, beef chuck, ground, with a bit of bacon fat added, broiled, medium rare about 3 ounces, topped with fried egg, cheddar cheese, and hot sauce on .

Broiled Brussels sprouts. Salt & ground pepper.

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24
Feb
16

Another version of Rice Noodles

The cooking process for rice noodles is simple as can be, bring water to a boil, turn off the heat and add the noodles for about 8 minutes. Rinse with cold water. 

Prepare a scrambled egg , chop it , and set aside.

Prep and stir fry ingredients of choice, add chicken, beef etc, (in this dish roasted duck breast, coated with 5 spice powder). Add a small amount of sauce, fish, hoisin etc. Add the egg. Finish with chopped peanuts, toss add the green onions . Done !

  

20
Feb
16

Shrimp and Barley

Prepare barley as package directs, usually about a 2 to one ratio of barley/liquid (water, stock, etc.)

Stir fry shrimp in olive oil, season with thyme, or the herb/spice of you choice.

  

19
Feb
16

Friday Night Meal

No,  not breakfast,

Bread slices with egg , sausages and cheese, broiled.

Greens dressed with balsamic , oil and garlic.

# 60 Golden Ale

dessert : Diane’s Sour Cream Pound Cake



One net pot harvest from the hydroponic DWC

(Vignette effect is from the IPad case not aligned with lens)

Centimetre scale

18
Feb
16

Rice noodles

  
Squid, scrambled egg, rice noodles, green onion, peanuts

13
Feb
16

Crafting Corn Chips

Tortillas or otherwise know by other names are usually used for tacos that have been fried and crisp like a corn chips. There can be many other versions. One of the gifts I received this past Christmas was a tortilla press. Previously, a DIY version I  from  made from wood, did not survive as the hinge of the handle broke under the pressure.  Most of the times I resorted to a rolling pin when making tortillas, or what I commonly refer to as corn chips. The difference between using a rolling pin and the press is like night and day. It makes the task easier and faster. It is a pricey item but the quality is such  that it will never need replacement. If I knew of the advantage of making tortillas with a press, I would have acquired one much earlier.

The actual recipe for corn chips (tortillas)  varies  lending itself to crafting however you like your tortillas. Flour is the main ingredient and can be all forms of white, corn, etc.  So far, finely milled corn flour, masa, gives the best results. Add water and that’s the basic recipe. One advantage when DIY corn chips is that the amount of salt added if needed can controlled to give a flavor that’s less salty and more corn flavor than a typical bag of purchased chips. White flour and water also makes a quick wrap for many meals.

Here’s one recipe as an example.

IMG_9525Using the press

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It’s that quick.

How you cook your tortillas can vary also.

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Baked in the oven.

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Cheese, onion and garlic with red pepper.

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Some variations I made

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cooked on the griddle

Wraps  with chicken  and cheese fillings.

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Not having posted in a while, less frequently than in the past, I’m researching recipes that would be different from former postings. Small  incremental changes over a period of time in my diet are a goal to complete.  NO WAY ! will I blog about healthy eating habits, exercise, and weight control, there are more than enough postings online to confuse you about food, vitamins, additives, beverages etc.
Eat Well !

07
Feb
16

shopping

from current and previous shopping

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