Posts Tagged ‘Cook

16
Oct
18

lo mein

With the abundance of fresh veggies and with the addition of noodles, lo mein was an easy choice, though prep would be essential to the recipe.

A slicing of the veggies was done using the rotary slicer of the kitchen aid attachment.

One of those recipes, the more you look the more variations you find , you settle as with most “authentic” recipes to the ingredients you have available to the village or are grown locally.

I didn’t  get to list all the sauce ingredients and amounts, but loosely followed several recipes that I researched by listing all the ingredients that compose the sauce to get an idea of the basics. I modified it by adding a bit more cornstarch and a good amount of stock as I prefer s saucy-er thick coating to the dish.

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The sauce was a build up from the basic soy sauce/rice wine/sugar combo. Some of the associated components are: soy sauce, rice wine, fish sauce, shrimp paste, chili paste, ginger root, galangal root, garlic, sugar, honey, salt and pepper with sesame oil.

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The sauce, less the stock.

The veggies are the same deal, use what you have. Pea pods and the baby bok choy were included as they were fresh and attractive from the market. The carrot was also crunchy as they were fresh, large diameter and not very tapered as the packaged carrots were.

Stir fry the veggies in oil.

 

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While stir frying the veggies, prep the noodles, I used rice noodles instead of the wheat noodles, so just a brief toss in hot water is all that’s needed, drain and add to wok.

 

Mix well , then add the sauce… serve….

 

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The result is as good or better result than restaurant  because you have control of the ingredients. So if you like salad with noodles with a sauce here it is.

I made this dish twice and this post is a compilation of the pictures from both.

30
Sep
18

recent photos

Some out takes from the previous months, mostly re”pete” of recipes, some did not warrant a posting by themselves.

Hamburger Buns

Dough Wrapped Hotdogs

Dumpling Soup

Thai styled Grilled Chicken

Roasting Coffee Beans

Broth

Pesto

Eggplant, Smoke Roasted Tomato

Eggplant, Smoke Roasted Tomato, Flatbread

Fried Dumplings

Chicken Breast, Tomato Curry

Chicken Broth

Noodle Soup

Cold Noodle Soup

Grilled Cauliflower and Veggies

18
Aug
18

Cookie bars (chocolate)

The actual title is Black Bottom Cookie Bars denoting that the cookie is half chocolate and half plain. Not a big cookie and brownie fan, but other household members are.

Cocoa, vanilla, sugars, coconut oil,eggs, chopped chocolate, flour/salt mixture. 8 inch by 8 inch pan is prepped with baking paper.

A substitute for the butter is coconut oil, which due the current weather had to measured and refrigerated to a solid consistency. (lower left)

 

I also did not have bits, so I had to go to the reserves

 

Blend coconut oil and sugars. Whisk attachment.

Once mixed, add flour gradually.

Finish adding the flour, mix till just moistened.

 

Divide the dough in half, weighed it out but note: the chocolate 1/2 should be a bit less than half because the chocolate bits will take up some volume. (just being picky)

Mix in the cocoa and bits to 1/2 of the plain dough mixture

Spread the chocolate dough, then the plain dough in the pan. Happily

Off to the oven

In the convection oven , still warm weather so no running the gas oven for now.

Chillin out till cool !

cooled finished bars, some of the chips still oozy.

I could have probably left out the chocolate chips, deep chocolate flavor. No comment from the the brownie expert so all is good. I just have about 1/2 of one of the squares, enough for me. Would be good tempered with vanilla ice cream.

26
May
18

Bread and Jam

While at the market, some fresh cherries were purchased  so after eating several and using some to augment the bottle of rumtopf in the  fridge, the remainder was processed for some fresh cherry jam . With minimal additives, only an apple to lend some pectin and sugar to taste, the mixture was steamed then  processed and  boiled till the proper consistency was achieved. Since toast is made often a great accompaniment.

STEAMING THE FRUIT

AFTER THE STEAMING THE FRUIT WAS PROCESSED BY THE FOOD MILL

(the waste is in the dish) 

BOILING AND REDUCTION OF THE PROCESSED FRUIT

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

SOURDOUGH BREAD

The bread making continues, this time a yeast less loaf, high hydration dough mixture literately poured into a heated crock with a bit of an assist from a spatula. About one cup of sourdough starter, and in a separate container, a cup of flour and water, both set out in the morning. I think  there is enough wild yeast floating around the kitchen area as the mixture of the  flour and water  practically started ferment by itself in short order. Both containers left loosely covered during the day. When the temps recede at later evening it’s time to bake when the mixes have been combined, more flour added, and given another proofing to a very wet bubbling mass of sour dough. Baked by the covered/uncovered crock method.

 

The bottom of the bread.

Now the best method I have found is to heat the crock as usual and then just before adding the dough use an oil from a spray can to coat the crock.

TOAST TEST

Broiled, crunchy with soft crumb, very moist bread. Won’t last long enough to spoil !

 

 

07
Nov
17

Autumn Apples with Cream

Even though apples are mostly available year round, fall is the time for apple recipes that highlight different types of apples. Cortland and Macintosh used here.

Core and section 2 apples. I’ve cut the sections in half that resulted from the core/cutter use.

In your favorite saute pan, start the apples cooking over medium high heat.

Add some butter and a few cardamom seeds…..

 

sprinkle the bubbling mixture with brown sugar, cinnamon and a splash of orange blossom water if available.

 

cook and stir the apples till they are finished to your liking.

Serve the apples with a topping of frozen vanilla cream , ice cream, or even just pour over heavy cream.

 

Let the frozen cream melt into the apples and enjoy !

(a bit of granola topping would be a good addition)

 

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.




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