Posts Tagged ‘TOMATO

30
Aug
22

BRUSHETTA STYLE TOMATO BREAD WITH BROCCOLI

ANOTHER QUICK MEAL UTILIZING THE VORTEX OVEN

tomatoes from the garden

Bread, garlic paste and tomatoes prepped

ADD SHREDDED CHEESE TO BREAD THEN TOMATOES

ADDED SOME BROCCOLI TO HAVE ON THE SIDE, NOT SHOWN, SPRINKLE HERBS ON THE TOMATOES

vortex adds nice char to the brocolli

SERVE UP WITH SOME FRESH GRATED PARMESAN , DRIED ONION FLAKES ADDED TO THE BROCCOLI. (USE DEHYDRATE SETTING ON THE VORTEX WITH SLICED ONIONS). A GLASS OF WINE WOULD PAIR WITH THIS MEAL. CHEERS!

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

26
Jul
20

IN THE GARDEN AND OTHER PICS

THIS YEAR AS WITH THE PAST , TOMATOES ARE BEING GROWN. 2 VARIETIES , MONTESINO F1 AND SAKURA F1 FROM HIGH MOWING ORGANIC SEEDS . TOTAL OF 6 PLANTS AND THIS YEAR WITH PVC TRELLIS. SOIL BASED. STARTED INDOORS

THE MONTESINO ARE SANTA TYPE RED GRAPE TOMATO FOR FRESH EATING. HIGH YIELDS OF 1/2 OZ FRUITS IN UNIFORMLY RIPE TRUSSES. (LOOK LIKE MINIATURE ROMAS) NEW VARIETY THIS YEAR.

SAKURAS ARE FRUITS OF .5 TO .8 OUNCES ARE FLAVORFUL, BRIGHT AND CRACK RESISTANT TO SOME ROOT KNOT NEMATODE. A REPEAT FROM LAST YEAR.

SOME OF THE TRUSSES
ONE OF THE TRUSSES HAD 27 BUDS !
SOME SCRAP PVC TUBING, WEED BLOCK FABRIC AND SOME BRICKS LYING ABOUT MADE THE TOMATO GARDEN IN THE YARD WHERE IT GETS SUN FOR ALL OF THE DAY
TRELLIS IS ABOUT 7 FEET IN HEIGHT, HAD TO ADD SOME STAKED OUT RIGGING TO PREVENTING IT FROM FALLING OVER.NOTE THE DATE TIME STAMP FOR GROWTH. ALSO I TRIM THE SUCKERS FOR MORE STRAIGHT UP GROWTH
SOME HEAVY COTTON STRING TIED TO THE TOP FOR THE PLANTS NOT CLOSE TO THE PVC.
BRIGHT RED COLOR AND FLAVOR TO MATCH
YIELD OF THIS DAY
SALAD TIME ! THIS IS WHY I DON’T GO WITH STORE BOUGHT TOMATOES ! ALSO FRESH BREAD PAN BUTTER FRIED CROUTONS ATE THE WAY TO GO!
EXCELLENT TOMATOES JUST COOKED IN A SKILLET ! WITH SHRIMP, GARLIC, ONION, KALE, AND COUSCOUS, EASY AND FAST ! YES I’M IN THE SHELLS AND TAILS ON CAMP WHEN IT COMES TO SHRIMP , THE SHELLS ENHANCE THE FLAVOR IMO.
TWICE A WEEK NUTRIENT REGIMENT
SOME OF THE LOCAL WILDLIFE, AND YES THE GARDEN TOAD ALSO MADE AN APPEARANCE
STROLLING THE VILLAGE
NICE FLOWERS ALONG THE SIDEWALK IN THE VILLAGE
THE VILLAGE PARK REST STOP

THANK FOR YOUR STOPPING BY MY BLOG, ENJOY THE SUMMER!

14
Oct
19

Bacon and eggs pasta, AKA spaghetti carbonara

A popular dish in many forms and interpretations with different types of pasta. The basic ingredient bacon (or pork belly)  with eggs.  AKA spaghetti carbonara, ETC.

Simple Ingredients let the pictures tell the story…….

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TOASTED BREAD, BREADCRUMBS

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ADD BEATEN EGG

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CHEESE

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ADD THE BREADCRUMBS

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SIDE OF TOMATO

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PARM

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SOME DISHES TO DO …. AND STUFF TO PUT AWAY…

 

 

07
Oct
19

broiled tomato with couscous

Fresh tomatoes from the yard have been a staple here this summer and  fall , I’ll try to preserve some for the winter but will miss them.

Basically short on pictures here but you get the idea, a simple meal in a sense you have pasta and sauce deconstructed . I seasoned towards Italian, oregano, parsley, dried hot pepper flakes and thyme etc. 2 variety of tomatoes. Smashed garlic and sliced onions a bit of salt and pepper blend.

Crank up the broiler, get the cast iron, you’ll want to blacken the tomato mixture with a bit of a char..   toss once or twice….

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couscous, easy and fast to cook, plate some up

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Some shredded packaged cheese Italian blend, quickly while the plate is still hot.

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were done…. Enjoy Octoberfest…….cheers

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that looks good !

 

22
Dec
18

chicken Biryani

While we have many spices and ingredients  available, I though I would try out this packaged mix for Chicken Briyani. Besides as I season usually free hand, I am curious to taste the blend of this mix.

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READY ! those red balls are frozen peeled tomatoes from the garden this year, The chicken is frozen.

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Simple enough ? I’m substituting peanuts for cashews. No raisins.

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Mix the seasonings with the yogurt, sloppily a bit.

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Heat oil…

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cooking the onions….

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Add the rest of the ingredients and water….

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mix …

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cover….

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Simmer 10 minutes

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prepare the rice …

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chop peanuts

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Add rice to chicken mixture…

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Melt the butter….

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drizzle the butter (or ghee) over the mixture add the nuts.

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Cover and cook 15 minutes

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SERVE !

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I like the flovor, yes, spicy like I would make it . Now I would replicate the spice mixture from what I have on hand.

 

30
Nov
18

Potato Curry

Most curry dishes, you think with meat often chicken, but this one uses the lowly potato.

Time to get spicy hot !

Getting the rhythm of the curry cooking, while I watch some periscopes of persons in India cooking, it becomes a secondhand nature.

Don’t mind the ingredients, keep it simple, (until the spices !)

Parboiled some potatoes and shallot. Drain. with smaller potato you could probably skip this step.

Prepare the spice palate. Tomato in place of tomato paste.

I prepared some ghee.

Wok fry the potato and shallots slightly browned in the gee, remove from pan.

add the spices and toast very quickly in  a bit of ghee. Alternatively you can sputter whole spices, even better with a curry leaf.

 

add the tomato

cook till the oil separates for the mix.Add back the potato and shallots

cook till desired thickness

good alone or as a side dish.

I’ve made slight variations of this recipe,

  • sputter or cook the spices in ghee
  • add onion , ginger etc.
  • add tomato paste, stock
  • add main ingredients, potato, meat, vegetables
  • simmer
  • serve

other notes

use grated fresh turmeric

curry leaves

grated fresh ginger

dried or fresh chopped hot peppers

whole preferred or dried spices and seeds

 

 

 

30
Sep
18

recent photos

Some out takes from the previous months, mostly re”pete” of recipes, some did not warrant a posting by themselves.

Hamburger Buns

Dough Wrapped Hotdogs

Dumpling Soup

Thai styled Grilled Chicken

Roasting Coffee Beans

Broth

Pesto

Eggplant, Smoke Roasted Tomato

Eggplant, Smoke Roasted Tomato, Flatbread

Fried Dumplings

Chicken Breast, Tomato Curry

Chicken Broth

Noodle Soup

Cold Noodle Soup

Grilled Cauliflower and Veggies

23
Aug
18

Processing…..

It’s one of those days, back from the market the fresh food laid out, recipes floating around what to do to capture the freshness of the purchase. Usually a simple salad is prepared or just tasting the produce with bread is a way to assess the flavors. It’s also a time to have a fresh fruit bowl as a meal.

Tomatoes, still coming  from the garden need to be processed. Some have been scalded, cooled and peeled for the freezer. A real easy way to process tomatoes is to juice them, a bowl filled with fresh picked cherry tomatoes yielded about 20 ounces of juice. The pulp was the chefs treat , good smeared on bread with salt and pepper. Having an attachment for juicing for the mixer makes this an easy task, a worthwhile purchase years ago. Just before bottling, strained with a filter type bag.

 

Processing tomato juice

Tomato juice

One of the other uses for tomato is salsa. Onion, shallot, chives, hot peppers are just some of the additions along with cilantro and various seeds.

tomato salsa over water spinach on flour tortilla, just one of the uses of the cherry tomato.

Other preparations are, water spinach pesto, and basil pesto although I use the term basil loosely, some of the labeling from the market, and my tasting disagree , but I’m not familiar with different type  of basil, none the less the green leaves were mixed with garlic, chives, oil, and salt and pepper via the food processor yielding a very concentrated paste. The home made pesto guarantees an easy way to incorporate the greens into your diet without cooking and as a bread lover a meal in itself when applied to fresh bread or crackers. Dressing pasta is also a favorite of the pesto.  Another leafy green with a lemony flavour was added to each pesto. Also as it was time to bottle Kombucha some of the lemony leaves were added to each bottle. Green beans were trimmed and frozen.

 

Processing water spinach

As a traditional pesto might include Parmesan cheese, none was available at the time. Also some pecans and toasted sesame seeds were added to some of the pesto.

I find a pleasant surprise when I unwrapped the pork belly, atop there were ribs, which I trimmed for an additional meal. 

Trimmed pork belly, ready for freezing or immediate meal.

Mango can be made into a chutney for a flavorful addition to a meal or a dessert.

 

19
Aug
18

Pizza bread

So far this is the closest I’ve come to a pizza taste incorporated into dough. The dried tomato was the central additive along with garlic that had been sautéed several seconds with olive oil in a microwave at low power. 

Chopped dried tomato

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Sautéed garlic

The mix of the dough

Fermentation

Topped with oregano and parsley (dried)

The finished bread, or pizza bread.

I know, where’s the cheese ?




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