Posts Tagged ‘Leeks

12
Sep
17

Habanero paste/ chicken strips

From the farmers market what to do with the large bag of assorted color habanero hot peppers ?  The purchase from farmers market gives you fresh produce and as you would pick from your own garden the shelve life is short, shorter than that of the supermarket variety, that is the peak of freshness only last so long after picking.

Vendors  sometimes offer various spice pastes and jellies at some of the farmers markets , so I took a cue and blended some habanero paste. Some of the other Habaneros were blanched and frozen.

Somewhat a mix by eye of the red/orange  hot peppers, leeks, garlic, and ginger.
Pulse to a fine mince than add olive oil/vinegar and or sweetener to taste to bind and process to pasty consistency.


Store in a jar , refrigerated for use. Can be used as a dip, very very spicy hot. Most often I use  for  a paste as a marinade, adding some items such  as onions, wine and vinegar . Indian/oriental  spices can also be an addition.

Sliced chicken strips from chicken breast are a example. Treat with the paste mixture , let sit several hours and broil or grill outdoors. A dipping sauce would be a good finish but I found them to be tasty without. 


Wrap in lettuce leaves with some grains for a spicy treat. Some chicken was plain with BBQ sauce for those unaccustomed  to the heat of the Habaneros.

13
Aug
17

leek and mushroom soup

2 leeks left from the market , What to do with them. I had eaten some in a salad recently but I figured I could make a soup before the leeks dried out.

Sliced the leaks in the food processor, with 1/2 a white onion. In the soup pot sweated with a combination of butter, olive oil and seeds, fennel, caraway, celery and a touch of saffron. Course salt and quad mix pepper to taste, gifts of Hawaiian sea salt and  Himalayan pink salt were used.

Sweat the leeks covered at the simmer while dried mushrooms soaked, simply place the mushrooms in a glass container and use heated water from a single serving coffee machine (Keurig) however may cups it take to fully soak the mushrooms. Let steep while the leeks simmer for about 20 minutes.

Drain the mushrooms, chop if needed. Add flour by eye to the leak mixture and cook a bit more to provide the consistency of the soup.

Add stock (or water) to leek mixture and simmer till it thickens, add the drained mushrooms. Adjust viscosity if needed. I poured about 1/2 the volume of the soup to a food processor, processed till creamy by adding a bit of heavy cream and  milk and returned it to the pan with the unprocessed remainder so some leeks are present in the soup.

Excellent soup the only downside is that I didn’t have any toast to accompany the soup as dough was rising at the time.

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.

23
Nov
16

Beef Barley Tomato Soup

Similar to the recipe on the box of Quick Cooking Barley, but made with a soup base my daughter made.The  soup base consists of :

Celery, leeks, onion, garlic, parsley, tomato, potatoes, that had been cooked for 1 and one half hours, processed in a blender and strained. It’s a healthy food recipe called Special Soup or Hippocrates Soup,  it’s a good tasting nourishing soup alone or as utilized as a base for other recipes.

To the soup base, add the following, when completed cooking :

  • Beef chuck , diced to small size suitable for soup.
  •  Olive oil, bacon fat etc. in the pan. Fry the beef, till almost fully cooked.
  • Diced onion, roughly 1/2 as much as the beef.
  • Salt, pepper and seasonings to taste.
  • One or two medium tomatoes, diced chunky.
  • Finish with finely chopped garlic, cook till the ingredients are wilted.

Meanwhile in a oven proof measuring cup, mix a measured amount of quick cooking barley and water as package directs.

Microwave several minutes, drain, and add to soup.

 I needed some greens in the soup for color , my wife suggested some baby spinach . The spinach was added and then seasonings adjusted and grated Parmesan  added for the finish. Everything was warmed through.

(this soup base would also make a good pasta and beans recipe)

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A very tasty and nourishing soup a recipe worth repeating.

30
Oct
16

multi meat stew

A mild fall day, meat and vegetables made for the week.

A combination of meats along with root vegetables oven roasted several hours.

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Chicken breast, pork neck bones, pigs feet , chicken feet, beef rib, sausage, along with root vegetables.

Carrot, leeks, turnip, parsnips, onions, mushrooms, potato, garlic.

Lightly seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt , peppercorns, slight bit of hot pepper flakes.

Baked at about 350 decreasing to 250 degrees for several hours.

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The meat picked from the bones, pan juices reduced, chicken broth added, a bit of wine and finished with butter/flour thickening, strained.

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06
Jun
16

Brussels sprouts saute

here is a quick and easy recipe Diane made  for sauteed Brussels sprouts. Basically melt butter in skillet, add some sliced carrot, saute for a few minutes and add Brussels sprouts and leeks, a tablespoon of water, cover and let steam. season with salt, pepper and caraway seeds. Serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Leeks have been the go to veggie for that onion flavor but with some crunch. Excellent on the grille also. Here with the sprouts, butter and carrots a great combination.

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from:

The Central Market Cookbook

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26
Apr
16

A bowl of soup

A rainy, cool day, with veggies available, soup eneviatable .

  

 Carrots, leeks, turnip, cauliflower.

Mushrooms, tat soi, kale

Veggie broth, chicken, soy sauce, salt and pepper , bells seasonings.

Rice noodles

Carrots, leeks, turnips,  cauliflower , chicken, sautéed . Added to simmering stock.

Rice noodles soaked in cold water, drained, added to soup, grated Parmesan garnish. 




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