rootofnewt: (cooking)
Spur of the moment dealio with the kohlrabi from our CSA share.

I had four small kohlrabi with greens, two green and two purple bulbs.

I cut off the greens and chopped them, setting them aside.

Cut the kohlrabi into chunks, tossed with olive oil and garlic. Stared for a bit at those on a half sheet while the oven preheated to 450F and reached for some new red potatoes, which I halved or quartered and tossed with more olive oil and garlic. I'm out of ghee and regular oil, so I used olive.

Those roasted for 20 minutes. Meanwhile I got some other stuff together. Some oil into a frying pan--generous amount. Ghee would work, too.

Heated up the oil, then tossed in about a teaspoon of black mustard seed. When that began to pop, I added about a half tsp of cumin seed, a teaspoon of some really fragrant curry powder, and one chopped up yellow onion. Stirred and tossed, added a bit more oil, a bit more curry powder. When the onions started to turn ever so translucent, I added a bowlful of chopped sweet peppers. I suppose I used 7-ish of the mini peppers, equivalent to one or two of the big long sweet italian peppers or one large bell pepper. After the pepper started to soften, I added the chopped greens, some salt, and a half cup of water. Stared a bit and added some aleppo pepper.

When the oven beeped, I added the potatoes and kohlrabi, stirred well to coat, then put a lid on/vented and cooked for another 5-10 minutes. That's exactly when the brown basmati rice was done. Perfect.

Ate with pappadums. Raita would've been nice, but I'm lazy.

This was beautiful. Sadly, I forgot to turn off the stove and burnt a bit of the leftover curry. It's still edible, but the super bright colors are now dull.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
I looked up at it was twenty past seven. Nobody had thought to fix supper yet.

I pulled the leftover rotisserie chicken out of the fridge and pulled the rest of the meat shreds from the bones. In a saucepan, I tossed in a diced orange sweet pepper, olive oil, then eventually some chopped garlic and some water-soaked dried onion. Then I added some snipped green onion from the garden and a few epazote leaves and the chicken and stirred it til it was all hot.

Some tortillas went into a wet towel and the microwave for a bit of steaming. Some oil into the big stockpot.

I assembled the flautas and fried them 2x2. Served them with shredded lettuce, fermented salted peppers (poblanos and habaneros) and some crema. Oh, and some black beans. Wow.

Kiddo suspects we're trying to poison him, so maybe I'll just spice up the filling with my salted chilies next time.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
About 2lbs skinless chicken thighs, one jar of Dulcet's Tangy & Peppery Moroccan Sauce, half a yellow onion (chopped). Toss it in the crockpot. And a handful of dried apricots (quartered) and 2/3c brown jasmine rice. Stir. After an hour on high, pour in just enough hot water to make it look slightly soupy and push the rice down into the water. Cook on high until bubbles show up at the edges, then reduce to low.

When you get back from puddle stomping, turn off the heat. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, stir in. Let them sit to heat through, then eat.

I put this in the crockpot at 11, turned off the heat at 5:30.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
So I made some chili sauce the other night. It was meant to be a dried chili salsa for enchiladas. I seeded and toasted guajillos and pasillas, soaked them, then blended them with garlic and water and a bit of clove. I put it in a saucepan and simmered it for a bit. Bitter.

The next night, I wanted to make the enchiladas with leftover rotisserie chicken. I attempted to combat the bitterness with baking chocolate, a bit of salt, and cinnamon. No go, but the cheese and chicken worked well with it, so we used it, anyway.

I had a bit leftover. We decided it would be a good chili base.

So I browned the ground beef, added onions, then garlic. I deglazed the pan with lots of aged white vinegar. I don't know how much--more than you'd expect. Oregano came next. Then I added about 4oz (a small jam jar) of the sauce. A bit more vinegar, some water, a can of black beans undrained, a can of black beans drained . . . and then it simmered until the onions were cooked fully, then more salt and a can of corn (drained).

It's actually pretty awesome. I can't do tomatoes and I'm out of sweet peppers, but this worked really well.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Ronan and I just returned from a trip to Florida. We flew to Orlando, rented a car, and drove to Melbourne. We stayed with my brother for a few days, then returned to Orlando, dropped off the rental, and got on the Amtrak headed south.

At West Palm Beach, we transferred to the Tri Rail (regional rail) and went one station south to meet my MiL and her sister.

Tom's grandma Mary turned 90 Saturday. Her daughters decided the best surprise would be a visit from Ronan. They kept it secret until we walked in.

Anyhow, it was a lovely visit. The night before we left, I was up late and found myself paging through a random freebie booklet cookbook. I found a chicken with cranberries crockpot dish. It was pretty much this recipe, though it called for a quartered/skinned broiler (about 3.5lbs) and used a beurre manié instead of a slurry. I copied it out by hand (crampy, I rarely write these days) and brought it home.

I just made it today, using 3.5lbs of boneless skinless thighs.


It's really good. I might up the cinnamon next time.


Dec. 1st, 2009 08:49 pm
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Made apple fennel soup tonight for dinner. We also had leftover brown rice and rotisserie chicken. Yum.

I noted the recipe in the magazine, but when I saw that fennel was on sale last night, the plan was set. It's ridiculously easy to make. I did not strain/mill it, just used the blender. We don't mind some texture to our blended soups.

miso slaw

Aug. 5th, 2009 02:54 pm
rootofnewt: (cooking)
A miso maker I happen to like makes very small, very limited batches of miso tamari a couple times a year. It's frequently made from their chickpea miso or their adzuki bean miso, both of which are gluten-free and soy-free. So a couple times a year, I place an order for the tamari and a couple things of miso.

The trick has been finding ways to really *enjoy* this handcrafted tamari without wasting it. Meat recipes always use a ton of it in marinade and sauce. Teriyaki really blows through it.

We've found that the trick is to use it on veggies. Nothing with heavy sauces. Instead, we go for light dressings on raw or lightly steamed veggies. There are a few in Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian which work on green beans, asparagus, broccoli, etc.

I've been making a miso slaw. Shredded cabbage, sesame oil, ume plum vinegar, tamari, white pepper, adzuki miso (heavy and red), some water, ginger, and garlic. Our salted chilies looked scary, so I'm not using those. Today I added crushed red pepper, sometimes I don't. Or I use a random chili paste from the fridge. Need to make more salted chilies soon. Fortunately, peppers are in season. I pour the dressing over the cabbage, toss, and weigh it down. Every 10-15 minutes, I toss it again, and put the plate and bottles back on top. After half an hour or an hour, it's ready to eat, but the longer it sits, the better it tastes.


It needs sesame seeds, but I'm out.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Around noon, I tossed a couple pounds of mostly thawed bison short ribs into the crockpot, on top of a chopped yellow onion and a chopped sweet onion. Turned it on high. Added a generous amount of blueberry chipotle bbq sauce. When I saw that there was little condensation an hour or so later, I poured in a bit of water to get it going.

Around 4:30, I turned it to low and added a couple cans of small white beans (drained). Went to the pool, came home at 7ish, turned it back up and stirred in a cold cornstarch slurry until it thickened nicely.


We'll find some veggies sooner or later.

Ronan's been watching Michael Jackson videos from time to time, though we had to turn off the TV for awhile when he got carried away with the spinning dance moves and kept hitting his head on things (train table, rocket, floor).

He's really enjoying dancing, though.


Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:06 pm
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Steamed in microwave two minutes:
one small vidalia, cut into chunks
a handful of garlic scapes, cut into small pieces
one yellow bell pepper, sliced

Add to a pan of hot oil (don't pour it in, reuse the liquid in a few minutes). Toss some cleaned snow peas into the steaming vessel--those get one minute in the microwave.

Stir the food around. Add about an inch of grated ginger and two chopped garlic cloves. Stir around some more.

Add the stems of baby broccoli, chopped. Add a half cup of beef broth and a few dashes of vinegar. (Actually, it was one beef stock concentrate packet in a half cup of water). Some white pepper. The blossoms of the baby broccoli and one bunch of yu choi, chopped into 1-2" lengths. Stir around. Add the snow peas and a handful of bean sprouts. Cover for one minute on pretty high heat.

Stir in about a half cup of cornstarch slurry and stir to thicken, take off heat. Season at the table with salt and sriracha. Bemoan the lack of sesame oil in the house. Eat over brown rice. Eat a second bowl over brown rice cake cooked in beef broth, because the rice was leftover and is all gone.
Made shortcakes. Macerated strawberries. Added half and half.


Have a pot of greens going. Emptied half the fridge to stew down in the big pot. Will peel and dice turnips to add soon. So far: collards, beet greens, turnip greens, mustard, onions, garlic, crushed red pepper, dead bird broth. May add spinach. Not sure yet.

Tom grilled squash. Tasty.

Also ate leftover old man food.

Fridge is now considerably less stuffed. Bonus.

Something stinks in the pantry. Worried I stuck some needs-to-be-refrigerated snack meat in there or something. Or lost a potato.

Need to go defrost something for tomorrow. Maybe chicken for the crockpot. Might be done in time. Might not. Hrm.

Maybe I should just eat more shortcake.
We've been making a skillet meal we call "old man food".

Brown a pound of ground beef and onions in a skillet. Add a couple cups of beef broth (we use a stock concentrate & water) and whatever herbs/spices are appealing (tonight was thyme and dried mustard and dried roasted garlic). Add a generous pour of frozen baby lima beans (half a bag tonight). Sometimes we use fresh corn. Tonight I used a diced potato (yukon, but larger than usual) and leftover brown rice (about a half cup, maybe). Sometimes we add chipotle tabasco. Sometimes not.

When the limas are cooked, you can toss in some diced summer squash and cook for a few minutes. Or just stir in a cornstarch slurry and let it thicken. Salt, pepper.

Eat. Add cheese or sour cream or not. Mayo would be nice if I could have eggs.

Simple and satisfying.
I spent a bit over a month egg-freef or Ronan.

His eczema totally cleared up. Of course, he was also egg-free. So with a nice, clear baseline, I introduced eggs into my diet. Not even eggy eggs, but baked goods containing egg. I just wanted to see if we had a transfer situation with breastmilk. And, y'know, eggs were an integral part of my diet pre-Ronan's reaction.

You see, Starbucks now has individually wrapped gluten-free orange almond cakes. And they're soy-free.

So I bought one on Friday. It was a lovely novelty, but I really don't care for orange-flavored cakes. Still, kudos to Starbucks for delivering a product with excellent texture.

When I saw no evidence of a reaction on his skin by Sunday, I had a second one. (He did scratch some Saturday, but it might've been sweat. Or sand. Or anything.).

And this evening, I saw his skin flushing. Unmistakable signs of early eczema rash. Plus he was scratching like mad all evening.

So I guess there's no orange cakes in my future (which is okay, again, I just don't care for them). Sadder still, no mayo.
My child hates hamburgers but loves spicy grilled okra.


May. 11th, 2008 12:36 am
rootofnewt: (cooking)
[ profile] explodingcat informed me that he was tired of his rice cakes for his evening snack. He's been eating lundberg rice cakes for years now. Tom never gets bored of anything, so it was pretty telling that he was ready to try something else. Problem--it has to be wholegrain and fit within our dietary parameters. So I suggested socca/farinata.

He asked why we hadn't made it before and I was honest: chickpea flour tastes like robot ass. Seriously, bean flours suck because they're pretty much raw and most dishes don't cook them completely.

So I had a wonderful idea--mix the batter and let it sit overnight. It will ferment slightly and maybe, just maybe, soak enough to not taste like metallic dung. Mix in some roasted garlic and some thyme and it might just be tasty.

It was excellent. We had socca for a few nights. Tonight, he made it with fresh batter. Edible, but very reminiscent of sucking on poorly machined and discarded gears. We'll keep the food in our repertoire, but the batter must be soaked.


Jul. 4th, 2007 07:00 pm
rootofnewt: (cooking)
I'm putting my mother's three cheese lasagne recipe here so that I can memory market and keep it around. I generally use Muir Glen tomato sauce (organic) and Tinkyada brown rice noodles--cook them a little less than the package says. You can make the sauce thinner and let the dry noodles soak it up, but I never do. If mixed up before the noodles boil, the dried minced onion soaks up all the liquid, so I often add an extra small can of sauce or a 6oz can of tomato juice.

Cheese Lasagne

1 (15 oz.) can Hunts Tomato Sauce
½ C. minced onion
½ t. garlic powder
2 t. Italian herb seasoning
2 eggs, beaten
1 (16 oz.) carton ricotta cheese
1 (8 oz.) pkg. lasagna (I use 6 noodles)
1 lb. mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)
½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

Combine sauce, onion, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Blend eggs with ricotta cheese. Spoon a little sauce mixture into 9 x 13” baking dish to coat bottom. Arrange a layer of noodles, ricotta mixture, sauce and mozzarella. Repeat until finished. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serves 6.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Another simple dinner . . .
onion sautéed in olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper
two cups of broth brought to a boil
two frozen TJ's boneless/skinless chicken thighs, added white wine to cover (about half a cup/glass)
boil on medium covered for 15-20 minutes
add the washed and torn tops of two bunches of beets (golden & red)
simmer covered for another 10 minutes
add two diced roasted red peppers, season with salt and black pepper
serve with brown rice pasta.

Very nice. I don't add parmesan rinds regularly because boy avoids dairy. they'd have been great in this, but it was lovely just as it was. We each pulled out a thigh and cut it up before adding veggies, broth, and pasta.

Pot roast

Mar. 23rd, 2007 06:25 pm
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Sometimes the yummiest things are the simplest.

2.28lb chuck blade roast, boneless

Quickly brown roast on all sides in hot olive oil in pressure cooker. Add a large onion, minced. Bay leaf. Freshly ground sea salt & black pepper. One cup red wine, half cup water. Bring to pressure, rock gently for 35 minutes. Let cool naturally. Remove roast, thicken broth with cornstarch (dissolved in cold wate, natch).

We ate it over leftover brown rice. I'm sure it would've been great with celery, carrots, and potatoes, but we felt like eating immediately.

Notes: more salt, don't be afraid. Skip the water, go all wine.

It's the kind of food I grew up with, minus the wine. Simple, hearty, pressure cooked. Yum. I think I'll generally opt for the pressure cooker for pot roasts from now on. I'm really picky about my beef and can't stand toughness. The crockpot and slowcooking stovetop/oven methods haven't really made me happy. I think the pressure cooker wins.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
I'm still creeped out by all the meat I eat. I'll be happy when I get back to posting (and eating) vegetarian recipes.

Anyhow, last night's main dish turned out very well. I browned about a pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs in olive oil in the pressure cooker. I added a can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, about a quarter of a red onion (chopped), a generous forkful of minced garlic, 1 and 1/3 cups of a white wine/broth mixture, some thyme and basil (dried) . . . and then put the lid on, brought up to pressure, and let it rock for 8 minutes. Cooled with cold water. Added a roasted pepper (chopped) and a rinsed/drained can of chickpeas. Served with pasta spirals.

I just had some for lunch. Yum.
rootofnewt: (cooking)
Someone who shall remain unnamed likes to link lots of yummy recipes. It's very cruel to read such a list when pregnant.

This was one of those links.

I love lemon poppyseed breads. So I carried the laptop into the kitchen and got to work, chatting with [ profile] baobh while I pulled out ingredients.

I did adapt, of course. Juiced a couple lemons, so just under two tablespoons of juice. Grated some of the zest, but got tired, so added in about a teaspoon of dried peel. Said, "oooh, crap" and added extra lemon flavoring (and then more, and then more). The soymilk (UGH!) was replaced with buttermilk (dry solids in with flours, water in with liquids).

Anyhow, I baked 'em. My flour mix is teff, brown rice, white sorghum, and tapioca. I filled the muffin tins and 15 minutes was perfect.

Interestingly, I should've waited. The remaining batter had time (20 minutes) to perk up (buttermilk, baking soda, etc). The remaining batter filled four slots in the tin. THOSE muffins peaked nicely--excellent muffin tops resulted. I'm used to flat muffins these days, but now that I know I can tweak recipes with buttermilk, I might just have to do that. I was taking a risk--they could've swelled and exploded, but risks are worth it with lemon poppyseed.
I was at Trader Joe's in Centreville with [ profile] ez_mo yesterday doing my usual thing--browsing aisles and filling my cart with rice pasta. I happened to decide to check out all the vinegars and saw one I hadn't seen before: mango chili vinegar.

It jumped into my cart. I immediately wheeled around and found manchego in the cheese section, then zipped down to the bagged produce for baby spinach.

Tonight, I washed and spun-dry the spinach and filled two plates.

In a small skillet, I heated some olive oil over medium heat. I tossed in several cloves of garlic to sweat. After they started turning golden, I added two generous fingerfuls of red flame raisins and about a quarter cup of pine nuts. I tossed those for a couple minutes until the raisins were just about to burst. I quickly scooped the raisins, garlic, and pine nuts onto the spinach. I whisked the oil with some of the mango-chili vinegar and then poured it over the two plates. A generous grating of cheese, cracked pepper, and sea salt and we were ready to eat.

Oh. My. God. So good. Definitely a keeper.

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