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11
Jul
18

broccoli and mushroom fried rice

Boil some rice like pasta in water, when cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Saute mushrooms, here shitake and brown beech mushrooms, then saute thiny sliced brocolli . Return the rice to the pan, splash with soy sauce, then sesame oil. , season with salt and pepper, serve. You could also steam the brocolli for softer bite.IMG_5361

 

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.

 

 

 

08
Jun
18

Grille/pizza night

Light the grille ! both propane and charcoal, pizza was the goal, I ended up also making flatbread, and spinach pies, my daughter manned the propane grille for her pizza, I’m the charcoal guy, if you don’t mind the char. 


It’s also in the news today a report of a famous foodie that took his life, we must always be reminded that no matter what industry,  it may take it’s toll,  we don’t know or may never know the details and respect the privacy of persons involved. Some  social media postings are too quick to judge , slander and defame someone who is unable to defend themselves.

12
Mar
18

pasta with spicy tomato sauce (all’arrabiata)

Pasta and sauce, there are countless recipes, yep just boil up some pasta and throw in a can or bottle of sauce your done !

OR…. Start some sauce early in the morning and tend the pot all day !

Strike a balance with this recipe , quick and easy, some prep involved but the time is worth the effort in the finish. No meat is involved so it could be served as a side dish as well.

Recipe and technic is from Nick Stellino

Pasta with spicy tomato sauce

 

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  • IMG_38951 lb pasta, penne
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 and 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons romano or parmesan cheese

In a pot of water under cook the pasta by 2 minutes

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In a large pan (big enough to hold both the pasta and sauce) heat the oil and add the red pepper flakes IMG_3898

 

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…..add the garlic cook a minute or two  Add 2 tablespoons of the parsley to the pan, stir well.

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Now add the tomato sauce and stock, bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes.

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drain and add the pasta

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……and continue to cook till almost all the sauce is absorbed by the pasta.

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Off heat add the grated cheese and stir to incorporate.IMG_3908

Plate and garnish with parsley and grated cheese.

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Red pepper heat is as much as you add to the recipe. Reminds me of a traditional american chop suey recipe as the pasta is cooked in the sauce. As a personal note this is to me actually better served cold, once refrigerated, eaten from a tupperware type container later in the evening. 🙂

 

12
Mar
18

Chicken Curry

From Food 52 Meera Sodha’s Mum’s Chicken Curry

  • A spicy chicken dish , I scaled the recipe in half and used 2 chicken thighs , bone in with the skin.
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1/2 tablespoon oil (canola, olive etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 , 1 and 3/4 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1, 1 and 1/4 inch ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 fresh chilis, green
  • salt
  • 3 or 4  oz strained tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon yogurt, plain whole milk
  • 1 lb or so chicken, the thighs are had were large so two we close to 1 lb
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

No surprises here, this is  similar to a braised dish and no marination or browning of the chicken is required. As always if you measure and prep the ingredients, the recipe goes easy.

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I found these plastic sheets for cutting at the local Job lot, inexpensive and easy to clean plus the diced ingredients can be funnelled right into the pan. Cumin seeds are on the order list, none in stock so I used ground cumin for the saute step.

So in the butter and oil sputter the cumin seeds and cinnamon. Add all the onion and cook till very golden, low medium heat, 10 to 12 minutes. Pound up the chilis and ginger and garlic in a pestle to a course paste, very fragrant ! Add it to the onion mixture. cook for additional 2 minutes.

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Now add the paste just cook the following a few minutes layering the ingredients.

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Now go with the tomato paste , ground cumin, turmeric, salt to preference and whisk in the yoghurt, cook till heated through. IMG_4516 Add the chicken. IMG_4520

Lid the pan and slow simmer about 30 minutes or until the chicken pieces are done. Finish with the final addition of the ground nuts and garam masala. Flat breads or rice is a good side.

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Tomato is the dominate flavor with a spicy finish not too hot. The curry is rather thick and towards the end of the recipe before the chicken was added, I added additional water. Its may be due to the fact or store bought yogurt is thick with no liquid.

I would probably go with more ginger and garlic, but with these many individual flavors additions, it also depends on the quality and freshness of the spices and herbs utilized that could affect the ratio and your preferences.




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