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15
Jul
18

Thai spice paste

  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin (ground/seed)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoon pepper (triple blend black,white,  Szechuan)
  • 2 Teaspoon red pepper (dried hot red pepper)
  • 1 Teaspoon lemongrass (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic (minced/granulated)
  • 2 Tablespoon ginger (minced/ dried)
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (palm or unprocessed)

the above is the basic ingredients , some were (substituted) and the measured amounts can vary.

Basically all ingredients minced by the food processor into a paste.

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Stored in a mason jar for use, marinade and seasonings.

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03
Jul
18

soups

Several drafts to publish of previous cooking fall under the category of soup so here they are in one posting. A vegetable fresh soup is similar in prep to a salad. Even with the hot weather it seems that a bowl of soup has a cooling effect.

Veggie broth with porcupine meatballs

The porcupine meatballs was from a recipe originally with a sweet tomato sauce.

Not too many ingredients in the meatballs let the flavor of the meat be present.

  • 1 lb. meat (I used pork for this recipe).
  • 3/4 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 egg
  • 3 green onion minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

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Minced up the meat and additives in a food processor, I gave the rice a quick buzz to break into smaller pieces. Jasmine rice not available. The minced meatball mix  was refrigerated as I prepare some vegetable broth.

Using a scooper, it’s easy to make the meatballs.

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Broth to the simmer, with the meatballs till cooked

Plate up hot broth, meatballs, thin cut veggies and noodle.

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Minced chicken soup

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Another recipe using rice flour noodle

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Chicken Gizzard Soup

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Whats good with soup, my daughters recipe for Zaatar Twists, just use puff pastry

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13
Jun
18

Toasted cornbread

From the blog post   Corn Bread or Corn Bread or your favorite cornbread recipe.
Fried in butter in a fry pan.

10
Jun
18

barbecue Satay

  • 2 pounds pork loin, cut into strips (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Place wooden skewers in a pan and cover with water to cover and let soak about an hour to prevent the skewers from burning during grilling. You could skip this step and broil the pork on a broiling pan instead.

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IMG_3728Combine the water and brown sugar in a pan and over medium heat, simmer till the sugar dissolves increase the heat till the mixture reduces to a syrup.

IMG_3729Remove from the heat and add in soy sauce, lime juice, molasses, onion, garlic, ginger root, coriander and pepper, mix until well combined.

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Marinade the pork in the sauce reserving about 1/4 cup for basting. Refrigerate for about one hour.

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Thread the pork onto the skewers, grill untill tender or broil without the skewers till tender.

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Served with couscous and large leaf lettuce.

 

 

 

07
Jun
18

Chocolate Shortbread olé

A chocolate type cookie , easy to make, cinnamon and a bit of chili powder. I choose to use smoked chili powder and it is way in the background in the taste of the cookies.

From a Nestle recipe book, instead of pecans , walnuts were used.

  • 8oz chocolate bits, ghirardelli chocolate chips used
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 inch cayenne pepper (smoked dried chili flakes used)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans, (walnuts used)

Melt the chocolate

Mix the sugar and butter till fluffy, add the melted chocolate.

Combine the flour, cinnamon and chili pepper, and stir into the above.

Stir in the nuts.

Shape into 1 inch balls (or use a scooper)  and then press them to flatten with a glass bottom coated in sugar.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

My cookies were a bit dry but none the less, very good.

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prep, toast the walnuts, melt the chocolate

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cookie dough

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press with a sugar coated cup

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ready to bake

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cooling

06
May
18

a different lasagna

Started with 2 eggplants, sliced thin and salted and drained. Possibly doing some kind of roll-ups but opted to a lasagna. what was different was the use of shredded turnip as a component in addition to the use of the eggplant, broccoli, with a tomato cream sauce.

The prep, eggplant draining, the shredded turnip (looks like shredded mozzarella) broccoli, and the noodle dough.

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Started the layering, broccoli was briefly steamed.

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All set up for a later bake, one 8 x 8 inch pan and another round pan to the freezer.

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Serving time later in the day.

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Better than expected. The tomato sauce balanced everything out when baked. It was a combination of canned whole tomatoes, processed in the food processor, seasonings, a hint of red pepper flakes, oregano, rosemary, a dash of turmeric and a splash of heavy cream. The noodle was minimal and thinly rolled out. Good flavor and just enough heat in the sauce to accent the turnip.

 

 

08
Apr
18

Citrus cake

Fom  Blogtasticfood.com

225 grams plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

115 grams caster sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 lime zested

1 lemon zested

115 ml milk

115 grams yogurt

2 large eggs

115 grams butter melted

2 teaspoons rose water

Lemon and lime for garnish

……………….. Citrus Butter Cream ………………

125 grams salted butter softened

250 grams icing sugar, 10x sugar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

A few drops of rose water.

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Oven preheat at 350 degrees.

Prepare a baking tin with butter and baking paper. Usually about 8 inch round.

Mix and sift the dry ingredients with the lemon and lime zest.

Whisk together the milk, yogurt, eggs, melted butter and rose water.

Add the liquids to the the dry ingredients, whisk till mixed, no lumps are in the batter and spread in tin.

Bake about 45 minutes.

Make the frosting and decorate as necessary.

Cut cake into 2 layers, with frosting with Easter decorations.

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Good cake but in my opinion very sweet frosting.

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Baking while the power is out?  The oven thermostat controls do not work during the loss of electricity  rendering the oven useless.

During a winter storm power outage it was still possible to bake or should I say steam a cake. Basically the same recipe steamed in a metal pan over boiling water.

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Completed cake less the frosting.

 

 

 




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