Posts Tagged ‘onions

26
Apr
20

beef soup with noodle squares

a few pictures

a hearty beefy soup, wit the addition of a thickening agent, a stew

a beef soup/stew for the instant pot

prep the following:

egg noodle semolina recipe, roll out and cut into good size noodle squares, set aside

prep veggies, onion, carrot celery, a pinch of oregano, paprika, parsley and thyme, a bit of tomato paste and a few garlic cloves minced

leaf a few brussell sprouts, slice mushrooms

slice and cube beef season with salt, pepper and marinate if possible

set instant pot to saute, high and let come to temp

with a bit of oil, brown beef, remove from pot

add to pot onion, celery and carrot mixture with your seasonings

cook till wilted and soft

add sprout leaves, mushrooms and tomato paste to pot

mix and cook several minutes

return beef to pot, with broth top to fill line of pot.

cover, reset and set to stew soup setting about 15 minutes low pressure

at end of cycle release pressure , remove cover, reset to saute high, add noddle squares when the pot begins to boil

cook the noodle squares till tender, reset and set to keep warm setting

add more broth if necessary.

serve with crusty bread

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01
Feb
20

Eggplant something or other (moussaka)

I found I did get the basis of this recipe from a WP blog  Mostly Greek Eggplant Mousskasa , Eggplant Moussaka    after a search for eggplant recipes.

The eggplant is my fav meal, and at times better than the chicken or beef or used as a filler with meat.  So here we go.

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I used ground pork instead of beef

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I stuck with the cinnamon spice for the Greek style taste of the tomato sauce

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some canned diced tomato for the suace

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a bit of melomel replaces the wine

process the tomato sauce

salt and let sit for while to draw out some water, test fit in the baking dish

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brush with olive oil, broil till browned, both sides

make the bechamel sauce

into the baking dish

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add the tomato sauce

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top with the bechamel and some grated parmensan, bake.

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after baking, let cool a bit.

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excellent flavor the eggplant, tomato sauce and bechamel compliment each other

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not overly watery or runny, just right, perhaps a glass of wine and a chunk of fresh bread.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

28
Feb
19

stuffed eggplant

A wonderful tasting dish, eggplant can be used for many dishes , usually I egg and breadcrumb coat slices and either fry or bake them. This recipe cuts the prep time considerably. Easily modifiable.

Ingredients: (in addition to the eggplant)

  • breadcrumbs, course or a panko type is favorable
  • diced onion
  • egg
  • sausage links

Simply slice the eggplant horizontally. I usually peel off some of the skin leaving some. Lay on a baking sheet ,cut side up, brush with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes at a moderate heat. ~350 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the eggplant is cooking, brown then diced Italian sausage, set aside, saute diced onions.

Now that the eggplant is baked with a wide spoon or spatula, scoop out the eggplant carefully leaving the shell intact. In a bowl measured by eye, add some bread crumbs, the soft eggplant, sausage, egg(s) , diced onion and seasoning as desired. I found that the sausage addded considerable flavor so I went light on the seasonings.

Mix and return the stuffing mixture to the shells, drizzle with olive oil and return to the oven , again baking till done about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven, let cool and slice, possible to serve with a tomato sauce also. A very tasty meal and not overly filling.


the baked eggplant
ready to return to the oven

ready to be served
26
Jan
19

Stuffed Chicken Breast

A basic stuffing, onions, celery with bread cubes. Make as usual with a bit of the Bell’s seasonings and wet with stock. Of course you could use a prepared stuffing mix.

A family member brought home some surplus bread, too much to consume before it would go stale, so I processed it into bread crumbs by broiling the slices, and processing in the food processor to different textures.

A sliced chicken breast, just some salt and pepper with addition course bread crumbs.

spread the crumbs on a tray with baking paper

place half of the chicken breast on the tray and cover with stuffing
Place the other half of the breast atop the stuffing, top with additional crumbs
bake and broil as necessary
serve it up…
served with some steamed carrots
18
Oct
18

Stingray

In my haste this was first posted without captions

Here is the sting ray from the market, one of the two pieces I bought. The fish monger expertly cleaned them. IMG_7523

Most of the recipes I researched called for the stingray to be wrapped in banana leaves. I used parchment paper. Smear some of the sambal on a large size at least double the size of the fish ….

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Add the fish, then cover with more sambal.

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Added onions, because onions goes with everything !

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Wrap the parchment,  en papillote

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Then wrap in foil, not shown, and bake at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes.

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Break open the pouch and plate.. either rice or couscous goes well with this. Sweet, spicy and hot the ray is tender and pulls away form the frame of the bones in thin flaky strips.

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One side done, then I flipped it over and stripped off the remaining meat meat leaving this structure.

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Well I’ve made an effort to get more fish on my plate and a new tasting experience done with one meal. Anticipating how to prepare the other piece of stingray, grill, fry, bake, blacken? Maybe too thin to blacken, possible breaded and fried, or with a plain tomato sauce or another papillote with butter and lemon. How about right on the outdoor barbecue. Could I use the raw meat for sushi ?

10
Jun
18

barbecue Satay

  • 2 pounds pork loin, cut into strips (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Place wooden skewers in a pan and cover with water to cover and let soak about an hour to prevent the skewers from burning during grilling. You could skip this step and broil the pork on a broiling pan instead.

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Marinade the pork in the sauce reserving about 1/4 cup for basting. Refrigerate for about one hour.

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Thread the pork onto the skewers, grill untill tender or broil without the skewers till tender.

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Served with couscous and large leaf lettuce.

 

 

 

18
Apr
18

recent meals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomatillo Salsa

 

Rice and beans, Broccoli, and my daughter’s recipe of breaded chicken breast

Rice and bean salad

Fresh bread, all purpose, spent grain, and rice flour combination

Chicken vegetable soup with sausage dumplings.

 

Eggplant, meatball and mozzarella

 

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
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




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