Posts Tagged ‘dried hot peppers

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. 

18
Oct
18

Sambal

It’s popular now so you buy it by the bottle at the market, but I didn’t have any and wanted a more custom flavor and ingredients for an upcoming recipe. I recently bought some spicy tamarind paste which would have sufficed for the recipe but none the less wanted to cook up my own Sambal.

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dried chili, plain and smoked, red onion,garlic, turmeric, scotch bonnet pepper,lemon grass,lime, galangal root,shrimp paste,ginger root,brown sugar.

The basic recipe calls for a paste made and then fried, and other ingredients added with some further cooking. Chilies are an essential element both fresh and dried. I had some scotch bonnet peppers frozen, some  dried chilies, but some were smoked  and would make a dark spicy sambal.

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soaking the dried chilies

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Processing the paste, it was first a bit thick but added some water that the chilies soaked in to thin and blend it further.

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cooking the sambal paste

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dark candy sugar added melted in to bring up the sweetness to spicy balance

 

The Sambal paste is put in jar and ready for use.

14
Oct
17

coconut curry shrimp

Coconut and coconut milk is something I’ve been incorporating into my meal preparation. Yes, if you look it up there are numerous health claims about what it does but again I try not to get swayed by only by the published health benefits of certain foods. As history proves fads and “new studies” contribute to the sometime misinformation about certain foods and there are surely plenty of healthy types of diets out there to follow. Usually I am open to different types of recipes that provide different types of ingredients, again moderation is the key and often whats proposed to be good for someone may not be your cup of tea. Flavor is a key factor whether it’s a vegan dish or a 1 1/2 inch thick porterhouse steak.

Back to the recipe, as I learn from another blogger some coconut and water is all you need to make a coconut milk type liquid.

prep for saute: ginger,onion, dried hot red pepper,parsley

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Let’s make the coconut milk , some shredded coconut, a splash of heavy cream, and water processed in a food processor. The heavy cream gives the fluid some clumps which will cook smooth later.

Saute the prepped ingredients.

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Meanwhile since I have frozen shrimp, thaw in water.

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Added fresh home-grown hydroponic tomatoes  (I don’t really brag that often)

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Cook and mash tomato… you can reinforce  the mix with added ginger and garlic pastes.

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Added some habernaro paste, very concentrated

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spices, curry powder and cardamom powder

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Add the coconut milk mixture, heat to a slight boil, add the shrimp, cook only a few minutes at simmer, cover and turn off heat and set aside so residual heat will finish cooking shrimp.

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Serve over rice, garnish with parsley or coriander

29
Oct
16

breakfast bread pudding

 

cubed bread

milk
eggs
fried bacon crisps
American cheese

oven baked at 400 degrees

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25
Aug
15

spicy tomato veggie soup variation #1

 additions to:

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this soup also tasty served cold.

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skipped the basil garnish…..

23
Aug
15

spicy tomato veggie soup

Much cooler temperatures, so soup is on the menu.

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onion , garlic , salt, pepper, sauteed

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Diced red (and green) peppers, these were from the garden, the red pepper not as sweet as expected, only several days  from being picked. The green pepper tasted mild, picked right before dicing.

IMG_8526Giving time for the garden to produce more tomatoes, used 1/2 large can of peeled tomato , squeezed, added water for four cups total liquid.
Season with a combo of dried pepper flakes, ancho,dried red pepper, and smoked red pepper.

Adjusted seasoning, salt pepper and a bit of sugar. I held back on adding other herbs and spices.

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Add 1/2 cup veggie soup mix, 1/4 wasn’t enough, probably can add more later or pasta, potato. Simmer at this point for 1/2 hour or so.

Soup mix is Bob’s Red Mill, if you make this soup mix alone , that is with just water, it’s very bland.

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Done, with just the right amount of spice.




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