Archive for the 'grilling/smoking' Category

13
Dec
20

random/mash-up/2O2O

Expected to blog more during the pandemic, not true, those of us who value a simple limited social contact lifestyle have endured the pandemic with ease. Technology has permitted us to have goods and services delivered, with the need to venture out of our dwellings not necessary. Those who have found the working from a home sanctuary may choose to continue to use the services they adopted during these times such as on line shopping , education and increased social media contacts.

Just some random pictures. (some may be pictures previously posted)

shall we view food first? This turned into a 2O2O recap, I haven’t taken many pictures or posted as often as before.

take out or take away delivered
very nice presentation
coffee anyone ? most likely will be selling some of these
rice veggie wraps, rice paper
yes , salad can be a meal
puffy !
meatball broccoli wraps
combining for ……..

chili bean chicken with corn chips and a goblet of dark beer

noodle time !
SOUP FOR YOU 1
EGGPLANT CASSEROLE ASSEMBLY
KINDA SUMS UP THE CURRENT SITUATION !!!!! (FROM AN AD FOR ACTIVISION VIDEO GAME “SPIDER FIGHTER”
MY FAVORITE , TOAST TIME
BREAD MAKING CONTINUES !
RICE PAPER, SEAWEED ROLL UPS
YEAH, I’LL HAVE A CUP
NOW THAT I’VE SEEN THIS I’LL HAVE TO LOOK UP THE RECIPE
YOU CAN’T MAKE EVERYTHING !
EGGPLANT SANDWICH
PIE IS KING !
PEACE BROTHERS AND SISTERS !
PROOFING
IF YOUR SALIVATING NOW YOU MAY BE A BREAD LOVER
HOME COFFEE ROASTING ALSO A PRE COVID SKILL UTILIZED TO GET A HIGH QUALITY CUP OF JAVA
NOODLES AGAIN
BACON WRAPPED STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST
CHICKEN THIGH AND RICE DISH
INSTACART

SOURDOUGH

2020 ISN’T ALL that BAD !
SHRIMP AND RICE DISH
A BIT OF MUSIC
GRILLED vertical CHICKEN
GREEN BEANS ARE IN !
FRESH ROAST
PIZZA TIME !
TAKE OUT AGAIN !
SHRIMP AND COUSCOUS
ALREADY MISSING MY HOME GROWN TOMATOES
PROPER PPE IS NECESSARY
WHAT IS IT ? A REPLACEMENT FOR ONE THAT WAS BROKEN
FROM THE CYLINDRICAL BREAD TUBE
CRUNCHY !

MAKING BOW ITES

JUST A BIT OF LOCAL COLOR
BOO !
CARD NIGHT
EGG ONION GARLIC AND CHEESE PIZZA
BAKED MAC N’ CHEESE
BEEF SHANK……..
WITH ROASTED VEGGIES
NEW TOY , BOUGHT “parts or repair” HAD TO REPAIR I’LL POST A REVIEW SOON
SPARGING BARLEY MASH FOR ?????
“air fried” sausage and peppers
corn tortillas with lettuce chili beans and cheese
combo apple and blueberry pie
sausage and chicken, tomato sauce, pasta and freshly grated parm

well your up to date now, plan ondoing another post of “whats on the bench” repair projects.

Stay Safe, Be Home !

20
Jan
20

3 bean chili with smoked chicken

It started out as a quick search on the Instant Pot app for chili, Have plenty of dried beans in stock, a quick pressure cooker meal means I didn’t have a long soaking and boiling process ahead for a meal within an hour. I found a recipe for a 3 bean chili jar recipe. Remember when the jar recipes were all the rage for gifts ! Still easy to do for your own meal kits.

Pinto, white and black beans, like maybe a 1/4 cup each ,a can of chopped tomatoes, some tomato paste and a bit over leftover condensed tomato soup. The spice list was long, cumin seeds, coriander, dried hot peppers just to name a few. Chopped onions and garlic, celery and carrot to round out the flavor and a toss of frozen corn . Saute as usual add all else. Top off with veggie stock. Seal, set and be back later.

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about 50 minutes later

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start the plate with a layer of smoked chicken thighs 

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add the 3 bean chili…

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top with shredded cheese and chips,

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a glass of dark home brew, next time a real light or a lime hard seltzer would be better fro contrast, or possibly a fruit shandy . The chili and the smoked chicken was fantastic. 

20
Jan
20

smoked chicken thighs

According to my Google photos January 12th , a warm weather day to get out do a bit of yard work, and some smoking. Since I had some chicken thighs, a no brainer. I can always used smoked meat in a few recipes. lump charcoal with a cup or so soaked mesquite wood pellets.

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just a bit of rub before smoking.

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the smoking is done, stir up the flames to grille up some chicken  breast for the Boss Lady (was that a coincident that the spell checker suggested a different spelling?  i won’t reveal the wording!)

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getting towards sunset

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chicken breast complete

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smoked chicken thigh sandwich

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like they say, “You eat with your eyes first ! “

 

11
Sep
19

Smoke roasted tomatoes

Peak harvest of tomatoes now, what to do ?

Nice weather so instead of using the oven indoors, fire up the smoker to roast tomatoes.

Prep the grille, a charcoal starter with fresh hardwood and a mix of leftovers from the last fire.

Mesquite pellets, a cup or two , fill the cup with water, the pellets will swell absorbing the water for maximum smoke output.

Not more than a few days from harvest, some within hours. I’ll reserve the cherry tomatoes for another use. Quartered the larger tomatoes.

Adding some garlic to the mix

Salt, fresh ground pepper blend and a few red pepper flakes.

Toss with a bit of olive oil.

Prep the perferated pan with oil to prevent sticking.

When the hardwood is ready, pour out to the charcoal pan, here at the lowest level. Add the soaked pellets, cover and let it come up to temperature. Sit the perferated pan atop and cover.

Smoking up, the hose is used to soak the ground below the grille. Avoiding flare-ups from unwanted embers from igniting anything. The bottom of the charcoal pan is screened for maximum air flow. A metal pan pan at ground level holds a small amount of water, a repurposed base from a water heater.

Oh ! I happen to have some dough around. Ready the flat bread ! A plastic mat with semolina give the dough ball bearing moveability with out sticking , like a pizza peel.

Tomatoes are done in about an half hour. The handle on the pan folds so it can fit in the grille when covered.

I did turn the tomatoes gently about 15 minutes to expose more of them to the smoke. Some took on a nice char. Set the tomatoes over a pan or plate after grilling to let the juices drain. I hand peeled the skins, just pull them off, if you like. Combine peeled tomatoes with juices. (After you sip a sample).

Added a few pieces of hardwood. Slap on the dough.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I’m going to pulse up the tomatoes, I did eat several pieces before processing ! Looking good ! Added a pinch or two of sugar to balance , that’s all folks!

Pulsed up on the chunky side.

Since I have the grille up to temp a final addition of hardwood, might as well use it to bake a loaf of bread from the batch of dough.

Whattah think next ? ……..

……….. Of course !

The flat bread, smeared with the smokeyness of the tomato, fresh picked Russian red kale

Microplane some parm, a decorative side of sweet cherry tomatoes and kale leaf. Olive oil drizzle of course !

Crispy flat bread uuuummmm!

About 25 minutes later……..

Done! One container of tomato sauce in the freezer, the other in the fridge. Tomatoes plants still flowering.

25
Apr
19

grille time 2019

Ahh… the warm weather approaches, and after some yard work it’s time to light up the grille under the shadow of an umbrella.. actually the second time I’ve started the charcoal this season.

Some dough that’s been fermenting, this batch with some dark spent grain barley adorns the all purpose flour. a very wet mixture, some corn flour made it more manageable.  simply pressed into rounds, then off loaded to a wooden cutting board. decided to throw on a cast iron grille over the glowing hot embers. slightly at a tilt allowing one end to be hotter than the other for some temperature differential.

Hmmm….. some roasted grilled veggies would go good on the flatbread, mainly a bunch of broccoli, with the usual onion and garlic, green onion and celery. a spot of ginger, grated turmeric, salt  and freshly ground quad blend of peppercorns.  drizzle on some oil, toss and ready for the grille pan.

After the flatbread is grilled with the requisite char on some pieces, the perforated grill pan is placed on the hot cast iron surface.

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Flatbread was thick and soft but with a flavor similaer to a pumpernickel bread.

 

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ready to go with the veggies, start off with some bacon pieces to fat render for non stickiness.

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raw veggie bowl ready for the grille pan.

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once a slight char is attained, drizzled on some chicken broth and cover about ten minutes depending how limp you like the veggies.

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Toss from time to time… MMMMM bacon bits !

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Now your cover becomes a warm bowl to serve the veggies.

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served over the flatbread with a porter style brew…. good close for the labor of yard work.

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.

10
Jun
17

Memorial Day Cheeseburger 

Photos from Memorial Day, other than memorial events, the traditional day to open a swimming pool, celebrate the beginning of summer, or grille.

Not having really any menu plans I just grilled the burgers quick, just by placing them on a grate over the charcoal starter for a quick grille.

02
Oct
16

Tandoor oven 

A makeshift Tandoor oven for chicken and pork….

20
Aug
16

Smoked tabouleh chicken salad

What started as a grille setup to smoke some jalapeño  peppers ended  up as a smoky salad combination for some bulgar wheat and chicken thighs with radicchio and bok choi.

After I finished smoking the jalapenos two chicken thighs were lowered into the smoker about midway from the top grate to the charcoal level. On the top grate some bok choi leaves and two quartered pieces of radicchio were placed and the smoking began with some mesquite pellets added to the charcoal. Meanwhile a box of tabouleh mix (wheat salad) was prepared. As I like bulgar wheat this is the only product I could find at the superstore that is bulgar wheat sold under the Near East brand. As they have couscous in many styles, bulgar wheat is not readily available alone by name.Once the chicken was sufficiently cooked and the radicchio and bok choi was wilted  and smoked they were cut to salad size. Reserving the bok choi leaves. The whites of the bok choi was still crunchy and sliced.

Added to the mix was chopped tomato, and cucumber. The leaves of the bok choi are spread on the serving plate, then the rest of the chopped mixture added.

Now top with the tabouleh and sliced chicken, also feta cheese was added as garnish.

A different taste with a smoky blend of ingredients.

06
Jun
16

Card Night

Most gatherings cause us to make more food then necessary, but we have learned to limit the dishes to a few items.

a recent card night brought out these dishes.

A nacho style shredded BBQ chicken dish from my daughter I dubbed “Taco Mountain”

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Smoked Salsa

Veggies with Serrano chilies that where smoked on the grill with mesquite and diced.

One tomato processed with a food processor and added for juice.

 




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