Posts Tagged ‘pepper

11
Jan
18

DAL, two recipes

Dal, lentils and beans all in the same catagory, recipes abound and as probably you have researched, the more research yeilds that the recipe usually was what the cook has on hand especially as to the spicing of the dish. Here’s one from the Bob’s Red Mill bag of Dal followed by the Milk Street recipe for Turkish Red Lentil Soup.

New Delhi Dal

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I utilized curry powder in place of the tumeric. Some ground cloves sufficed for the 12 whole cloved required. (have to order some cloves)

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Boiling the beans, alot of water! these beans will soak up quite a bit of liquid. This is 1/2 the recipe.

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most dal recipes require an addition to be added to the beans once cooked

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mash them and then add the oil spice mixture

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Basicallly I ate these alone to get a taste for the beans, they would make a good spread for chips or an addition to rice.

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A Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Aleppo Pepper

 Turkish Red Lentil Soup

from 177 milk street.com

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Are we ready ? I used the Bob’s Red Mill orange/yellow dal.

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the sweating of the onions

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Add the garlic for about 30 seconds, to the onions, then add the rest of the ingriedents, minus the water (broth), lentils and rice. cook up for about a minute.

 

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……..in go the beans, rice and water

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a lively simmer, cook covered about 30 minutes, the rice will break down somewhat adding to the texture, I cooked leaving the beans at the aldenti stage.

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I skipped the addition of the Aleppo pepper since I didn’t want to search it out at this time , I added a bit of finely chopped dried pepper that are sitting on the windows sill drying out from green to a shrivled red, some moderate heat in the background.

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Even though there is a lot of paprikia, which I though would be overpowering, the balance is delicious and the beans have a pasta like texture. The tomato paste smooths it out. My best use of the dal so far. No mint or lemon wedges served. 

08
Oct
17

spicy chicken tomato soup

The last time I made my vegetable stock, there was some hot pepper pieces in there with the vegetable remnants, so now everything I use the stock for has a spicy flavor, not that I mind.

Not a lot of pictures here.

Started with a chicken thigh browned in bacon fat, removed from pan and added the usual characters, onion, several mushrooms prepared garlic and simmered a bit. Add in some whole tomatoes previously frozen from the farmers market. A bit of tomato paste in the mix also.

Chop the thigh , with the skin and return to the pot with the bone and an ample  amount of vegetable broth. Shredded carrot, dried parsley, thyme, a smidgen of ginger. A quarter head  of red cabbage chopped fine added to the pan, what else ?

I sure that someone could come up with a Spanish sounding name for this spicy tomato soup, sopa de tomate picante as the google translate says.

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23
Sep
17

Ratatouille

Roasted vegetables have been made before but when following this recipe, I thought, would it worth the extra work? Yes it was. Bacon fat was utilized instead of the olive oil. The result was a delicious dish, seemingly better once refrigerated.

Here’s the recipe I more or less followed.

https://cooking-without-limits.com/2016/07/24/ratatouille/

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salting the zuchs and the eggplant, sea salt.

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prep the rest if the veggies, some cherry tomatoes processed, served as the tomatoe juice.

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Veggies, towel dried…

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Fry time…

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A pleasing colorful mix…

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Added tomato juice…..

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Stove top cooking….

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Layering the veggies for final cooking.

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Very savory dish, more flavor than I expected as I held back on adding additional herbs or spices. I would have to make this with olive oil vs. bacon fat for a comparison. Refrigerated, excellent side dish, such as with braised chicken thigh with cherry tomato.

and also as a pizza topping.

 One half of the sheet pan pizza with the ratatouille.

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25
Aug
17

Traditional Warm German Potato Salad

imageTraditional Warm German Potato Salad

From…. https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=163339

Via:…… https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/traditional-warm-german-potato-salad-tradisjonell-tysk-varm-potetsalat/

One of the starts of a day, potato salad for breakfast?  Well now that I am at the age of expansion (not by size 😌) of blogging and cooking skills, more time to plan the start of the day since this day does not require to work for the clock, so to speak. Sit in the yard outside in the cool morning. Breezing through the WordPress reader with the trusty cup of coffee and Diane also came to sit outside for some time and enjoy the late summer morning air. A  reliance  on social media and connectivity for inspiration, catching up on the news both local and global,  Hmmm… this recipe look like something that would give me some first day nourishment. With the ingredients on hand, it was an easy, savory dish !

  1. Scrubbing potatoes…
  2. Prep ingredients…..
  3. Start the cooking……
  4. Sweat the onions and celery….

 

 

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starting the dressing

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dicing potatoes

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cooking the dressing

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finishing the dressing

NOTE: I added a bit more sugar to the dressing, the apple cider vinegar used was of the home-made variety so it was a bit more pungent.

 

Finish by mixing in the dressing…. serve warm.

 

 

NOTE: if mobile device is below 20 % battery, then photostream won’t sync, once on charger though it works.

 

23
Jul
17

Quick meal

imageimageHaving ingredients on hand makes it easy to prepare a quick meal, a bowl of soup is nourishing in the fact that it  provides you with some liquid supplement instead of drinking just plain water along with the ingredients.

broth

shredded carrot

diced precooked duck meat

chopped spinach

ginger garlic paste

rice, (cooked previously)

chopped onion

smoked dried jalapeño peppers (Optional per bowl)

 

 

 

 

27
Nov
16

Cajun sour dough bread

An interesting twist to the traditional white bread. From Breadtopia.com.

Now that the crock that was gifted to me recently sits on the countertop with sourdough starter within, It’s only natural that sourdough recipes are more frequent. I would have never though of these additions to bread but the results were good. Even better would be a grilled cheese made with the bread.

I loosely followed the recipe for Cajun 3 pepper bread.

About 1 cup of the sourdough starter added to the mix.

White flour

1/2 teaspoon smoked pepper flakes

Cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon  pepper blend

1 and 1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt

1 tablespoon  After  Death Hot Sauce

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon parsley

And yeast of course.

The finished loaf, free formed into a preheated  clay baker.

The additions to the dough…..


The final mix.


With some additional dough left over , several rolls were made.


The recipe suggested a long fermentation, a luxury I did not have it was a double rise within several hours , the dough a bit heavier than usual.

12
Nov
16

Single skillet maple French toast

Two slices of bread sized to the pan, one beaten egg combined with milk and cream accented with maple syrup. Salt and pepper blend to taste. 

Pour over buttered preheated skillet, bread slices , medium heat with a broiler finish.



Drizzle with maple syrup if desired. Coffee beverage.




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