Posts Tagged ‘olive oil

26
Aug
20

chicken thigh sandwich

A quick sandwich with max flavor, nice to have fresh bread and hand picked tomato on the same plate !

pound out one chicken thigh and season with course kosher salt and fresh ground pepper with a touch of ground turmeric. We are using and boneless chicken thigh. (please fresh ground pepper blend course ground, take the time to source fresh peppercorns a secret of maximum flavor to any dish. totally worth it.

heat to high a saute or fry pan

while the pan is heating prep some iceberg lettuce shredded and leafed to fit bread , thin sliced onion and slice fresh garden tomato

cut the fresh from the oven bread , 2 large slices. mid way from a round loaf

in the hot saute pan, with a combo of olive oil and butter, sear off the chicken thigh one side under high heat, flip, and lower heat for several minutes,

With a bacon press on the chicken to retain heat, remove from heat and let finish cooking, several minutes.

mound up the lettuce on one slice of bread

carefully slice the thigh horizontal into 2 very thin slices as best as possible, place on the lettuce.\ to cover the slice of bread.

top the thigh with thinly sliced onion, then sliced fresh picked tomatoes

butter the top slice of bread with mayo

top it off

enjoy with a strong ale

27
Jan
19

North African Chicken Couscous

From 177milk Street

I modified some of the ingredients and scaled it back to a large single serving or for 2 serving dish.

  • Curry powder mix in place of ground tumeric
  • White onion instead of red onion
  • Dried Japanese chili pods instead of Jalapenos
  • Sambal instead of Harissa

This technic allows you to steam the couscous  while the meal is cooking.

Didn’t get any pictures of the process here’s the result

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Very tasty meal.

 

24
Jul
18

Pesto: Basil ,Chive and Garlic

A simple blend of what I have on hand:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Lemongrass
  • Fresh Chive
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Tri Blend Peppercorns , White, Black and Szechuan
  • Walnuts

A Pesto need not be a strict list of certain ingredients. Blend to your specific taste. Try different additions for tasting ingredients.

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This makes a good substitute for butter on toast or bread. Cheese can also be grated on top. Thinned with oil and vinegar a dressing for greens, tomatoes etc. A dipping sauce, a pasta sauce, I enjoy this when the fresh ingredients are available. Blended in a food processor or an unplugged version could be made in a mortar and pestle. I usually drizzle the oil in at the end after the fresh ingredients have been blended.

 

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. 🙂

 

25
Feb
18

Chicken livers in mushroom port sauce

Chicken, beef , lamb and pork the main choices for meat when shopping with sometimes other choices, like duck etc. Organ meat usually is not the main choice but this recipe and that fact that the market had chicken livers available made it happen. The livers can be prepared in a variety of ways here sautéed.

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Prepped up and ready to go , this meal only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

you’ll need

  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 2 tbl unsalted butter
  • 3/4 each salt and freshly ground pepper

The livers featured in the recipe From Jacque Pepin are mostly large like they came from a butcher, those I have are not as large, smaller pieces and are purchased in a container from the market.

With the olive oil and the butter saute the livers with the salt and pepper about 1 minute per side….( The prep of cutting the livers in half and removing the sinews really didn’t apply for the livers I had.)….IMG_4390 Remove from pan and set aside.

now to the pan add….

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  • 2 cups diced mushrooms (I used reconstituted dried mushrooms; porcini)
  • 1/3 cup chopped shllots
  • 1/3 cup coursley cut scallions
  • 1 tbl chopped garlic

cook over high heat (this can vary with the power of you burner on your stove and the pan you are using, if i follow most recipes times on high heat the contents will be burned) for about 3 minutes.

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  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup port wine (I used melomel mead which is usually the only type of wine product I have)
  • 1/3 cup stock, chicken or what ever

bring to a boil for about 1 and 1/2 minutes add:

  • 2 tbl ketchup

mix it in well

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return the liver to the skillet and bring back to the boil then serve.

Serve with some prepared rice, noodle would also be a good accompaniment.

If you like a gravy type meaty dish, this is very savory considering the amount of liver is only one lb the mushrooms add a considerable amount of flavor. Another container of livers in the fridge for a re PETE  since they were marked down in price for a quick sale (not a big seller in the market ! I guess). But sometimes you would also pay qute a bit if you want the high quality type mushrooms.

Serves 4 for lunch type dinner.

 

16
Jan
18

Bangladeshi Style Creamy Chicken Korma with Crisp Shallots

from Food 52 Chicken Korma, Bangladeshi Style

Chicken again ? Here’s a recipe that I was bound to try for a cardamom use, first up, modify the size of the recipe to reflect what I have on hand and the size of the servings, since I didn’t have a whole chicken around, 2 chicken thighs would be used, skin on. I’ve done recipes before that require the yogurt marinade but this recipe looks deceptively simple on the spices, I mean like where’s the curry, coriander, cumin ?

I halved all the ingredients to go with the 2 chicken thighs which weighed in at about 1 lbs.

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Some processed ginger root and garlic were added to the yogurt and then mixed up, bagged with the chicken thighs, about 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of each to 1/2 cup plain full milk yogurt. (is it only me that has a hard time finding PLAIN full fat yogurt at the market?).

Gather the rest of the ingredients while the chicken marinades.

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon ghee (unsalted butter, clarified)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (if you use chicken with the skin, you may want to cut back on the oil, my result was on the oily side, but I prefer the skin on and the result.
  • 1 large onion , minced
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground almond
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, golden if you have them
  •  chiles, here it’s open for interpretation, I had some dried serannos, sliced thin and the amount to the level of heat that they are.
  • slivered almonds
  • 1 shallot thin sliced and fried

Ok the usual start, fry the diced onions in the ghee and olive oil for about 5 minutes, till golden.

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Do you like an aromatic kitchen and home or are you the type to run the exhaust vent full blast when frying onions and cooking spicy dishes?

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(frying onions is an appetizing odor to me) Ahem! back to the stove, add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf with the cardamom pods. Stir in and activate the aroma for a few minutes.

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Add the chicken with the marinade yogurt and the salt, now raise up the temperature at least medium, and cook , not to brown, the juices will separate, keep stirring, no browning !

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Mine gives off a fair amount of oils from the chicken, so I call it a more westernized style!

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Keep the mixture moving, about 10 minutes, you see a reduction, add in some liquid, several tablespoons or as needed to partially submerge the chicken. I used hot stock. Now cover and stir occasionally 20-30 minutes, to an active simmer, this may be less time in this case as the recipe volume is less than the full specifications.

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Meanwhile during the simmering, thinly slice the shallot, if you haven’t already, and in a fair amount of oil, fry them crisp, set on paper towelling or brown paper and reserve for garnish.

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Check on the chicken occasionally and when the liquid reduces and the oil rises add the lemon juice, ground almonds, sugar, raisins, and chilis. Taste for balance, and cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Take off heat. Prepare warm plates.

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It’s apparent that my result is a bit more gravy-ish than the pictures on the recipe website.

The crisp shallots and almonds make this an attractive dish.

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An unlikely companion, roasted sweet potatoes fries, yes the thighs are on the dish, just covered with gravy, this recipe begs for some steamed basmati rice.

Though the recipe does not comment on fishing out the cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom, chilis etc. I like to serve it as is. It won’t be a homogenous mix, you may bite into a cardamom pod or get a burst of spicy heat from  the pepper, that’s OK by me! Or it could be served simply as family style, bringing the hot pot to the table.

The simple additions of the spices and aromatics, both in the marinade and recipe combine for a many layered finish than seems possible. I would definitely repeat this dish with the required whole chicken and a side of rice.

Also the habit of using fruit and nuts (raisins and almonds) in a recipe such as this is appealing as the sweetness of the raisins do show through versus a sugar only sweetness for the balance, and the ground almonds give a slight nutty background and thickness to the dish.

 

 

 

 

 

31
Dec
17

Braised Sausages with Broccoli and Peppers

Her’s a recipe from a TV series , Nick Stellino, on PBS it varies slightly from the broadcast version very tasty results.

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  • sausages, sweet or spicy 1 and 1/2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons extra version olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves +- your taste, thick slice
  • 1 red onion, medium dice
  • 2 red pepper dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes +- you taste
  • 1/2 white wine (or melomel which is what I had on hand)
  • 3/4 pound broccoli florets, 1 inch pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons pecorino or romano cheese

Ingredients in place, there is about a 30 minutes simmer finishing the recipe so it won’t be quite as fast as an oriental dish. I’m a bit shy on the sausage 1 and 1/4 pound is what the package from the market was.

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Not covered on the broadcast version, how to make salsicciotti, small sausages which are more presentable per serving. Pinch the sausage mid way and twist so the casing causes you to have smaller sausages, then cut where the twist is so you get mini sausages.

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Going for the typical braising technic, start with the hot olive oil ,medium heat, then add the sausage, roll them to brown on all sides, just 2 to 3 minutes, remove from pan to set aside.

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In the sausage infused hot oil start the garlic to brown at the edges just a minute or two.

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Add the onion and the red pepper cook 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the red pepper flakes.

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Return the sausages to the pan, and stir 2 or 3 minutes.

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Add the wine and you guessed it ! stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

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Add the broccoli, (since I had some cauliflower I threw that in as well)

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…….and stir 2 to 3 minutes (you knew that!)

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Getting towards the end, add the chicken stock, stir to distribute sauce and components boil and reduce heat and simmer, 30 to 35 minutes. I mistakenly covered the pan, the idea is to simmer uncovered to reduce the sauce. I uncovered later and simmered to a finish and drained some of the sauce before serving.  One final step is to go off heat, add the butter and cheese and stir to incorporate.

Now what would be an accompaniment to this dish?

OK ! get out the pasta maker and some dough made beforehand, roll and process for spaghetti type noodle.

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Have you serving plates in a slightly warm oven, boil enough of the pasta for a serving, with large slotted spoon, drain, arrange on plate and top with 2 sausage with the veggie mixture, anoint with the sauce and serve your guest or place the pan on the table with the pasta family style.

 

 

23
Dec
17

Roasted bell pepper salad

A bit of a twist from a pasta / bacon salad , inspired from a recipe found on the internet made with available ingredients.

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Instead of oven roasting the peppers, I opted to flame char the peppers on the burner

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The peppers were then, sliced thin.

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Using a vegetable peeler, slice the yellow squash, and chop into fine noodle like pieces if you don’t have a spiralizer.

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dressing, 3 tbls olive oil 1 tbls seasoning (oregano) 2 tbls rice vinegar lemon juice salt and pepper

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dress and toss, shaved Parmesan and bacon bits added

A change from the usual salad.

14
Nov
17

Couscous salad with walnuts and mozzarella

Salad, anyway you make it, a fresh mixture of greens and vegetables, this one filling with the addition of couscous, sort of like a pasta salad. I made 1/2 the recipe, the full recipe serves 10, I devoured the half recipe for a full course meal. (the orginal recipe calls for feta cheese but mozzarella is what was available.

Boil some water for the couscous and your done with cooking this meal!

A  Bob’s Red Mill Recipe

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tear up some leafy lettuce

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add all the salad ingriedents in a large bowl

Whip up the dressing

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add the cooked couscous and lightly toss the salad with the dressing or drizzle per serving, add the cheese

Now I’ve made this twice, with addition of rye bread croutons. (and I sneaked in a bit of smoked dried hot red pepper into the dressing)

27
Aug
17

Pan seared shrimp with Quinoa

 

By the time the quinoa was done about 20 minutes, the rest of the plate was ready.

(Frozen uncooked deveined shrimp was used for this recipe, beforehand, rinse the frozen shrimp in lukewarm water, then proceed)

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Paste-up the shrimp with ginger garlic paste and some spicy hot pepper tomato jam, liberally apply salt and fresh ground pepper with some oil of choice.Apply the paste to the shrimp first and let rest while prepping the quinoa,  boil the water add the grain and cover to simmer. Diced white onion  was added to the quinoa also as onion is a staple in this house for most recipes.

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super hot pan, toss the shrimp

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maybe a drizzle of olive oil, keep the shrimps moving.

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finish with some crushed peanuts, pan off heat and toss utilizing the residual heat.

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Plated with roasted veggies (leftovers) and the quinoa. Dusted with grated Parmesan. Fresh parsley sprig would be a nice touch. yep, I eat tails and all.

 

 

 

 




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