Archive for February, 2019

28
Feb
19

stuffed eggplant

A wonderful tasting dish, eggplant can be used for many dishes , usually I egg and breadcrumb coat slices and either fry or bake them. This recipe cuts the prep time considerably. Easily modifiable.

Ingredients: (in addition to the eggplant)

  • breadcrumbs, course or a panko type is favorable
  • diced onion
  • egg
  • sausage links

Simply slice the eggplant horizontally. I usually peel off some of the skin leaving some. Lay on a baking sheet ,cut side up, brush with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes at a moderate heat. ~350 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the eggplant is cooking, brown then diced Italian sausage, set aside, saute diced onions.

Now that the eggplant is baked with a wide spoon or spatula, scoop out the eggplant carefully leaving the shell intact. In a bowl measured by eye, add some bread crumbs, the soft eggplant, sausage, egg(s) , diced onion and seasoning as desired. I found that the sausage addded considerable flavor so I went light on the seasonings.

Mix and return the stuffing mixture to the shells, drizzle with olive oil and return to the oven , again baking till done about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven, let cool and slice, possible to serve with a tomato sauce also. A very tasty meal and not overly filling.


the baked eggplant
ready to return to the oven

ready to be served
22
Feb
19

Chili Bean Wrap

A simple chili bean mix , made a few flour tortillas to wrap it up.

Saute some diced green peppers, in this case 1, add some diced onion and saute till translucent. Add some seasonings. Now some boneless pork ribs thin sliced are added in, the pork cooks quickly and then add can of Rotel tomatoes with chili peppers. The seasonings can be your choice, a bit of ground cumin, cumin seeds, dried cilantro, etc. Perhaps some garlic or garlic powder. The red chili beans were cooked in the microwave to hurry them along, in water to cover and then at low power for about 20-30 minutes. As the beans cook, let the tomato mixture simmer and reduce and add liquid like some broth or wine and continue to simmer. When the beans were finished, add to the tomato mixture and simmer to incorporate.

A quick mix of water, bacon fat, salt and flour to a dough, rolled and browned in a hot cast iron skillet for the wraps. A bit of yogurt for topping, nothing fancy. (but a few diced green onions would look nice for the picture and a sprig of cilantro)

15
Feb
19

Happy 💓 Day

Chicken barbecue bacon 😼

12
Feb
19

Sausages and sauce

Some hot sausages and tomato sauce served on toasted bread.

Tomato sauce with some veggies,  onion, garlic, and seasonings. 

Broiled the sausage  combined with the sauce and cook for a while.

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hearty tomato sauce

 

 

broiled sausages

simmering

bake some bread



slice the bread and place on a tray


add some sausage and sauce

top with American Cheese

broil till melted

top with sliced bread

a side of broccoli

12
Feb
19

crispy chicken wings

Now that the chicken wing event has past (super bowl) the craving of the chicken wings resurfaced. A simple recipe just requires your oven, a few ingredients and time.

4 lbs (1.8 kg) chicken wings , separated, wing tip removed

2 tablespoons (28 grams) baking powder

3/4 (10 grams) teaspoon course sea salt

Preheat the oven for 250 degrees Fahrenheit, 120C, line a large baking tray with foil and adjust oven rack to middle lower level. Place a wire baking rack over the foil lined baking sheet and lightly grease the rack.

Toss and coat the wings with the baking powder and salt in a plastic bag. Place skin side up on the rack and bake for 30 minutes.

Now raise the temperature to 425F, 220C and move the baking sheet to the upper middle of the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. remove from oven , let stand 5 minutes. Your times may vary depending on the oven so keep an eye on the wings.

Alone the wings are crispy, but could be tossed with the standard buffalo wing sauce, butter and hot sauce or make a variety of dipping sauces. Soy sauce or hoisin based sauces are popular as so are sour cream or yogurt style dips.


11
Feb
19

Sunday in Warren.

From Cutler Street ,Warren Rhode Island, photos from October. Since as I have photos backed up to Google photos, here’s an album that they (Google) suggested.




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