|Without much thought of what I will cook except for a package |
of ground turkey lying on the counter and the clock telling me it's 10:00 a.m.
with, " I have tons of errands to do today on my mind",
the result was a quick, easy "turkey tartare" for brunch.
Easy and delicious, I may add!
Served with fried egg on top and a good italian bread to scoop up
all the goodness. Great for tacos too!
This is a "goat" meat stew prepared by the mother of a
co-worker from British Guiana.
The meat just slides off the bones and the taste - let's just say,
you'll forget who you are for a moment. The exotic spices of
a far away land seem to linger in your mouth.
The heat from the chili took its time to develope in my palate and
perfectly balanced that there was no need to scream for water.
Gosh, I wished to be adopted and be permanently
esconced in their household.
With a dish like this who wouldn't!!!
I served this with rice and a side dish of mango salad.
|I don't have the recipe for this dish, however, since goat meat is hard to find|
you may substitute it with lamb or beef.
FOR LAMB RECIPE look up my previous posting
of my "Lamb Expression" dated: 10/14/10
|Refresh your palate with this simple Mango Salad|
All you need is a bunch of nicely chopped scallions,
1 minced jalopeno, a handful of chopped cilantro,
a juice of 1 or 2 limes, and don't forget to add the zest of the lime,
salt and pepper and some seeded sliced cherry tomatoes for color.
For more details on the recipe. check previous posting on "Salsa or Salad"
dated: Oct. 15, 2010.
|Lao-style Mortar and Pestle|
What sets this apart from others is the generous capacity,
and beautiful rustic apperance.
Handmade in Thailand of long-lasting clay.
This traditional mortar and pestle is used to make
a wide range of Thai and Loatian dishes. The mortar is a simple fired clay and
highly functional with a capacity of approximately 8 cups.
The pestle is made of beechwood that would not break the mortar.
Infuse your favorite fresh ground flavors of basil, sage, tarragon, garlic, pepper,
and much more. Ideal for grinding and pulverizing spices and herbs into
seasoning pastes and spice mixtures.
What I have here is handful of cilantro (roughly cut),
tarragon, garlic, small jalopeno, and ginger for my spiced green rice..
|A day old basmati rice sauteed in vegetable oil, and seasoned with|
the ground spices and herbs makes one delicious
"Spiced Green Rice".
|Lamb curry on a bed of spiced green rice.|
Or your own stewed meat or fish will be great with this too!
Google for recipe on lamb curry or check out my previous posting
of "Lamb Expression.. Indian style" dated: 10/14/10
|A winter butternut squash with some baby white potatoes, rutabaga,|
and a healthy dose of collard greens make a fantastic
comfort food side dish.
|An Irish influence of savoy cabbage and mashed potatoes combination.|
|A comfort food on a lazy Sunday.|
Homemade sausage of ground pork and beef with
mashed potatoes and savoy cabbage.
For recipe on homemade sausage and mashed potatoes.....
check previous posting of turkey sausage on Dec. 14, 2010
Just replace the ground turkey with your faovite meat.
Serve with melted butter or your favorite sauce and dressing.
|Aged Manchego Cheese|
A regular in our household for a delicious grilled cheese.
A quick and delicious "pick me upper".
|A breakfast of champion?? Not really more of a hungry man's breakfast|
A 2 egg omellete, toasted multi grain bread with
melted machego cheese and vine ripe tomatoes.
This could be your champion's breakfast.
|Perfectly seared salmon steak with roasted cherry tomato topping|
and a sprinkling of roasted sesame.
|My son could not resist asking how I made this robust looking salmon steak.|
Maybe, he is thinking of making it himself one day?? Wistful thinking!!!
For salmon recipe: see previous posting dated: Jan 28, 2012
(Add a dollop of Korean barbecue sauce on its
final stage of cooking while still in the oven).
For roasted tomato recipe: see previous posting dated: Sept. 27, 2011
|It's been a while since I've made the "saucy chicken divine". |
So now, I brought it back and it's as delicious as ever.
On a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and slices of bruschetta rubbed with garlic.
Now, don't let the wine bottle labeled Arsenic Cider Mix scare you -
a good friend who is a total prankster likes to replace wine labels with his own.
One wine, he labeled as "Embalming Liquid" and we all drank it.....
There's nothing that will keep us away from a good wine.
FOR RECIPE LOOK UP PREVIOUS POSTING OF
"SAUCY CHICKEN DIVINE" dated: 9/23/10
|An encore for oyster mushrooms! |
Sauteed with beech mushrooms and slivered sweet red peppers.
Another simple dish - simply sautee in olive oil; oyster sauce
with chopped white onions and garlic. Give it some sprinkling of
dried red chilis for a bit of heat and let simmer until sauce i s reduced.
Great as a side dish or on a french baguette as a sandwich.
|A Salad of Cherry Tomatoes and Dill|
This simple salad of cherry tomatoes, chopped sweet onions and the ever
wonderful "miracle herb" DILL with Italian flat anchovy fillet on a freshly
baked proscuitto bread will make this simple salad a great appetizer.
This is very simple. All you need is a quart of cherry or grape tomatoes
sliced in half; half of a white onion, roughly chopped, a handful
of chopped dill and a scattering of flat anchovy fillets. Add some of the
anchovy's olive oil from the jar; some black pepper and
allow to sit for while for the juices of the tomatoes to be the dressing.
Give it toss before adding the fillets. This is a very rewarding no fuss salad.
It is great to have a jar of flat anchovies from your favorite
gourmet store. I prefer this than the ones in a small can.
This type of flat anchovy fillet has none of those
annoying tiny bones and it is a less salty too.
|Cucumber And Tomato Salad With Dill|
|Oyster Mushroom Chili|
Here's a mushroom that lives up to its name - it looks, smells, and
tastes like oysters. I found these goodies in the asian market. They are robust,
sweet tasting and quite versatile too. Blends well in a variety of dishes.
These are normally wild that grow on tree trunks after the first rains
of the season. No need to forage around your backyard or in the woods for these.
(God forbids you might end up with poisonous ones)
They are now cultivated and readily available in
supermarkets and specialty stores.
When I made the oyster mushroom chili, my son said, " a good dish to add to
the rotation". I have come up with a few rotation of dishes for dinner each week.
One would be a dinner of fish (or any seafood), another chicken or turkey dish.
I have cut down on red meat, so most of my dishes are either, chicken, turkey,
duck, and fish. Don't get me wrong, I still love read meat, so every now and
then I would just throw in a steak to sear for dinner. Vegetables or salads
are a "must have" of course. Because we are kind of watching our carbs intake,
pasta is only served if I am being lazy and needs to do a quick dish.
Weekend dishes are different - I make something special, since I have more time
to spend in the kitchen in a more relaxed mood.
|Oyster mushroom chili perking away in a deep pan.|
A more reduction of the sauce will make this a wonderful filling for tacos.
Another dish to consider!