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27
Jul
17

Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here’s a recipe that Diane made, a rich sweet pound cake. A small slice suffices even without coffee.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/70828/blueberry-sour-cream-coffee-cake/

 

13
Jul
17

Italian white bread

 

Baking bread: I looked at this recipe,   https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/italian-white-bread/ the way it was mixed adding the yeast/starter after the bulk of the dough was formed. Of course I had to try it. It may not be spot on with the flours recommended, but I like the results, none the less.

 

(comment: about 2 cups water is what I used for the main flour to water mix and a small amount to proof the yeast about .2 of a pint)

The flours I had available for use (without looking up what durum wheat flour is) were all purpose flour and soft Italian flour, the Tipo 000.

Also used the food processor for mixing versus the stand mixer.

Blending the flours…

The completed dough, nice consistency no additional flour or water needed going by the recipe weight measurements.

After a rise for about 1.5 hours, the last 20 minutes or so in the oven (warmed by just a pilot light).

The dough was formed into loaves, I thought it looked a bit too soft at this stage for the final rise while the oven heated up to about 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

The dough ballooned up more than I expected !

After turning down the heat as recommended, 30 minutes seemed too long for the finish, baked the bread by eye and temperature probe to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature of the loaf. the bevel cut could be deeper the next time.

Airy crumb, not as light as store bought Italian bread but a bit more chew to it.

Overall, I like this recipe and the method.

09
Jul
17

Sweet lemon Chicken and rice 

Here’s a quick meal that I made with  the previous smoke roasted chicken.

Measured by eye, corn , peas, fish sauce, lemon sauce, soy sauce. Prepared rice  added , add a slight amount of broth steam, covered for several minutes serve.


08
Jul
17

Beer marinated smoke roasted chicken half

Back to the grille,   Tandoor oven

 1/2 of a chicken

Beer marinated smoked chicken….

 1 , 12 oz can beer, light American ale

Measured by eye

Rice wine,

rice vinegar

Parsley

Red peppercorns

Black peppercorns

Ginger garlic paste

Chopped onions

Water to top off

Place chicken in 1 gallon bag or suitable container.

Let rest several hours refrigerated.

Mesquite smoke pellets added periodically as necessary to charcoal embers some pellets soaked with water depending on smoker temperature. About 350-400 Fahrenheit 55 minutes.

The next day leg and thigh served with rice, shredded broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

with BBQ sauce.

30
May
17

green peppers stuffed with broccoli and rice.

Usually stuffed peppers contain some sort of meat, this time a cheesy rice with broccoli filling was used.

Other stuffed pepper recipes:

https://pmetro.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/stuffed-peppers/

https://pmetro.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/stuffed-peppers-2/

Prep the broccoli (and garlic ! of course)

I chose to steam instead of saute.

I usually zap the peppers in the microwave a bit to soften them up.

cut off the top and remove the seeds and ribs (but you knew that!)

as you would prepare some rice, use stock instead water for a kick of flavor.

Prepare a bechamel sauce (butter and flour with milk or for a rich sauce evaporated milk), seasoned as you would prefer.

add the broccoli mixture to the sauce.

mix in the rice

Add some grated cheese, in this case Parmesan to complete the stuffing.

in a baking dish big enough for the peppers, fill the peppers carefully and put them in the dish.

need some bread crumbs ? I chopped up some pretzels for the topping

Into the oven they go ….

run up the broiler after the peppers are hot and bubbly to get the brown crunchy top.

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.

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.




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