Posts Tagged ‘vegetables

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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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.

 

 

 

 

29
Apr
17

Garden 2017

With a LED grow light, tomatoes were started indoor several weeks ago with good results. Now set out into the warm sunshine outdoors. Seeds started in Grodan Rock wool grow plugs and placed into the lava rock net pots. A small heating pad was used. Some buds already forming.


Already the need for trellising.


5 sites for tomato and one for greens, at right. Tomatoes are a mix of  Burpee and High Mowing Organic small container sized tomatoes, same as last year.

The PVC pipe constructed tomato tower. Better than the rigging I had in the past. Let’s see if they get to the top , 7 ft height.

Setup is hydroponic DWC , 6 site. Easy to tend to , no watering or weeding required (just the mixing of nutrients and changing periodically).

The small 12 site NFT system also in the works for greens under construction.

06
Dec
16

Hunter’s stew 

Another version of several types of meat roasted together.
Salt pork

Duck fat

Duck quarter

Duck wing

Chicken feet

Beef rib

Pigs foot

Duck neck

Duck giblets

Onion

Carrots

Shredded carrots  (leftover from a previous recipe)

Garlic

Seasonings

Several hours in a slow oven.


Debone and  shred meat , falling off the bones anyway. Reserve and refrigerate for future use. Excellent for  stew, soups etc.

08
Aug
16

Let’s hit the road!

Off the the farmers market we go, not exactly the best choice for a Sunday, the bulk of the Farmer’s Markets locations are set up  Saturday and during the week.

First stop Slater Park Farmers Market. 

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img_0664Que up to the fresh fruit and veggies, broccoli crowns, cucumbers, zucchini, onions and the like available some priced by each and some by the pound. Didn’t get to note all the prices but the corn is 75 cents per ear. Cauliflower $4 each, carrots $2/lb, cukes $1 ea, green peppers $1 ea.
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Specialty items available, Sacred Cow Granola and the Honey Shop. The vendors  there  offer tasting samples and an abundance of information on their products. Items considered pricey compared to store brands, but a farm to table product, a part of the cost is to support the local craft people and farmers. I couldn’t afford to shop these products often but occasionally it’s worth a purchase to taste and use these products in a recipe. The apple cider vinegar for example, will make an excellent vinaigrette dressing for greens by simply adding olive oil.

Next we’re off to the SEMAP,South eastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership farmers market Stony Creek Farm in Swansea.

Again for a Sunday not a big gathering but a few booths, here on an actual farm site.

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29
Nov
15

thanksgiving wrap up

Now that the long Thanksgiving weekend draws to a close, a few pictures to recollect the dinner day.

IMG_9372The table awaits the guests

IMG_9373App (appetizers) table

IMG_9374A well arranged platter

IMG_9375The turkey resting while others plates finish cooking.

IMG_9376Family and guests at the table, some preferred not to be photographed.

IMG_9377Typical place setting

IMG_9379Some of the offered desserts

IMG_9380Apple roses

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games of Boulderdash and Pictionary followed dinner.

19
May
13

Vegetable bread pudding

Although I didn’t do an exhaustive search, most recipes using leftover bread (cubes) for a pudding, were for a sweet type of pudding. Instead of cinnamon and sugar, I went with utilizing vegetables.

The basic recipe.
Dice into cubes and soak leftover bread in a combination of eggs and milk.
Dice and sauté whatever ingredients you enjoy and have.
Mix in and season to your liking the sautéed vegetables to the soaked bread cubes.
Turn into a well greased pan(s).
Bake until set. Approximately 350 for 1/2 hour.

The ingredients used in this recipe. (If the amount is not specified, I didn’t measure it)
Leftover bagels (a relative often receives whatI call overstock bread products that I used for this recipe.)
4 eggs
Milk
Water

1 and 1/2 tomato
1/2 medium white onion
2 clove garlic
Broccoli
Spinach
Shredded mozzarella
Salt and pepper
Flaked red pepper
A dash of turmeric
Dried oregano
Probably other seasonings I did not note.
Reserve some of the cubed bread and use as toppings.

This recipe could also be made in muffin tins.

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Some would refer to this as a quiche, and for some reason when quiche was popular years ago, the tag “real men don’t eat quiche” was attached to it.




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