Archive for April, 2017

29
Apr
17

Pad thai

Is kit cooking all the rage today? There are many services promising delivery of food in kits that are one assembles and cook supposedly saving time. Here is one partial kit from the supermarket shelve. Just three packages comprise this kit , the rest is up to you. There are countless recipes for Pad Thai out there so I bought this for a reference to what this interpretation is. The package suggest that you add chicken and vegetables, but they did not mention the noodles.

On the reverse, is listed want you will need. Depending on the stock of your pantry, obtain the necessary ingredients. Basically they have provided the seasonings for the dish. Packaging is excellent so that but his could be on the shelve for about a year.

Start off flashing the dried onion and hot pepper flakes, (check, I have that on hand also but going by the kit contents).

Very , very quickly…. As you can see it won’t take long to burn while you grab the camera…

Next add the chicken and stir fry until well seared,

About now you’ll want to activate the kitchen exhaust system , or hood fan!!!! …

Push aside the kitchen creating  a hot spot  for the beaten eggs.


Cook the egg about a minute, add the remaining veggies and stir as well…


Add the prepared noodles, 7 ounces of rice noodles. And of course toss….


Open packet 2 from the kit Pad Thai sauce and toss..

Then add the final packet, looks like sesame oil and some spices. Off the flame and serve.

I added a few shrimp later to the mix as some diners did not want fish with the chicken.


The final serving….

Slightly sweet and spicy finish , they heat kind of creeped up on you, but not over done.

Reasonably priced it gives me a start of this type of noodle dish.

FYI..


The green onions were hard to come by , as I had to resort to using a purchased prepared container of chopped green scallions at a high price. The bean sprouts were from a can , none available fresh and another year that I consider growing them myself. The meal cooked quickly, the noodles only be soaked in boiling water off heat while the dish is being prepared. The recommended optional garnish peanut addition (crushed) could be upgraded to cashews. My mind wanders to using some duck breast or duck thigh versus the chicken.

Now for  die hard kit people you could get possible some diced chicken (already diced), pre cut scallions, pre cut shredded carrot and make a kit for your friends to cook with.

29
Apr
17

Garden 2017

With a LED grow light, tomatoes were started indoor several weeks ago with good results. Now set out into the warm sunshine outdoors. Seeds started in Grodan Rock wool grow plugs and placed into the lava rock net pots. A small heating pad was used. Some buds already forming.


Already the need for trellising.


5 sites for tomato and one for greens, at right. Tomatoes are a mix of  Burpee and High Mowing Organic small container sized tomatoes, same as last year.

The PVC pipe constructed tomato tower. Better than the rigging I had in the past. Let’s see if they get to the top , 7 ft height.

Setup is hydroponic DWC , 6 site. Easy to tend to , no watering or weeding required (just the mixing of nutrients and changing periodically).

The small 12 site NFT system also in the works for greens under construction.

29
Apr
17

Overnight bread

Yep ! Another bread recipe , this one promises to be as easy as it can get , minimal work just a required mixing for a very sticky dough. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, set it in the fridge overnight, remove, let it sit a hour or two and plop it on a tray.


The bubbling mixture removed from the fridge after it’s overnight stay.


Prepare a well floured sheet pan with parchment. (The dough has been standing at room temperature about 2hours at this point.)

After removing the  wet shaggy dough to the sheet pan, carefully gather it and flip it over , yes this is going to be a rustic style shape. The floured topped dough now goes into a cold oven and baked about 220 centigrade.


The loaf rose somewhat and finished with a classic crunchy crust. Right from the oven I was not impressed with the flavor, but later on it seemed to develop into a better tasting bread. Next day after cutting well through the center into the loaf, the very bottom was a bit under baked and compressed.  I would try this recipe with some soft Italian flour. 

I guess it’s a pretty good bread considering the amount of work that you put into it. No mixer required other than the baker ! It will get a repeat try since I’m always looking for different recipe varyations of our daily bread. Somewhat similar to other  quick and easy dough recipes.  Culled from the Recipe Reminising web site titled Lazy Lady Loaf. Just flour, yeast water and salt. 

BTW.. Try to minimize the amount of flour on the sheet pan before baking… Some smokey bakery like odor will result.

Lazy Lady Loaf (Actually from the Devondale web site.)

29
Apr
17

Macaron bake off

Other than white flour, there are  many alternatives, the most recent popular is almond flour or meal used in baking sweet cookies. Most of the recipes are the same. The fillings can vary due to your preference.

Recently the sister in law participated in an invite by Diane to make and bake these cookies, actually a part of a holiday gift package of the macaron baking mat and ingredients.

Both baked on the mat and parchment paper.

Most recipes are not specific as to the use of almond meal or almond flour, the small dark flecks are from the almond skins, if using flour or meal derived from blanched almonds would probably not have the skins contained in the meal or flour.

Would you bake them again ?  Cross that off the bucket list of baking LOL.

14
Apr
17

shopping

recent prices, shopping, groceries

03
Apr
17

Seafood and veggie pasta

A bit of seafood coated and fried, served alongside some veggies with home made pasta. 

Since I make pasta, I have usually stored some in the freezer for later use . It’s easier to store a batch for later use than make pasta for every dish.

   
Toss the seafood pieces with some cornmeal and slightly fry them in a small amount of oil.


Some bacon  and veggies, garlic and leeks with grape tomatoes prepped for the pan.
Sauté the leeks first, then the garlic… Add the tomatoes, of course after bacon is rendered. 

Finish with cheese……..

Add the boiled pasta….

Toss and serve.

03
Apr
17

Dark garlic…

What happens when you add a small amount of dark roasted barley (malt), with white all purpose flour with the bonus of minced garlic. 

Let’s see what happened…..

Since I didn’t get out the grain mill for such a small amount, the barley was processed with the food processor.

Sift out the large chunks ….
Add the sifted grains to a starter (poolish).. Yes we’re also going to make some plain white bread along side.

Also add some sourdough starter to the mix for interest.

Bubbling away….

The dough…

The baked loaf, next to the plain white.


A similar taste to pumpernickel bread with an garlic flavor. Different to say the least!




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