Wednesday, May 7, 2014

You have my heart(s)

We ate organ meats as kids. What can I say? My husband also grew up with weird European food, but different ones. (Tongue, anyone? Hurts my mouth just to think of it.) We're moving to Asia in July, so we'll probably encounter those foods again. We'll update with SE Asian food after we arrive!

I bought chicken hearts at Ranch 99 in Tukwilla a few days ago and put them in the fridge. Since W's not home for supper, I'm indulging myself.

We always start hearty European meat dishes by frying bacon and onions, don't we? Of course. 

Then I added the hearts. They looked pale and unhappy until they warmed up.

I chopped cabbage, carrots, a few chiles, adding the vegetables when the meat had browned.

After a few minutes, I added a cup of water and spices, covering the pot with a lid. 

When the mixture came to a boil, I turned the heat down to simmer for a few hours.

The drippings made a fragrant gravy, best salted to taste (1/2-1 tsp) 5-15 minutes before serving. 

On top of homemade noodles, I ate a feast, with memories of growing up in a German immigrant community.

Servings: 4 @ 250 calories each, plus noodles or SpƤtzle (recipe coming soon).
Taste: 4/5 Savory. Old-fashioned stew.
Time to prepare: 10 minutes assembly. 2 hours cooking.
Beauty: Looks wholesome, colorful, hearty. Plain-Jane fare.
Tea: A robust Irish breakfast.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

African-style curry

What do you get when you mix leftovers with curry and coconut milk? An African-style curry.

I had a 5" piece of smoked farmer sausage and leftover cooked chicken, plus some rice, frozen after Sunday dinner. What a great start! No time as usual, so I headed for the pantry. I grabbed 3 cans that sounded good:

  • Coconut milk
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Mandarin oranges
I browned 2 tbsp. curry in 1/3 can of coconut milk. Added another 1/3 can along with 1 tbsp. minced onion and 1 tbsp. minced garlic, the drained mushrooms and orange pieces. It cooked until it was reduced to almost-dry. Then I added the rest of the coconut milk, the chicken, and sausage, cut into pieces.

Stirred. It stewed for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I microwaved the rice with a bit of water until steamy hot. We used a salad packet (cranberries, coleslaw, kale, and pine nuts) for a nice change in texture.

Optional: add orange marmalade and soy sauce to adjust sweet and salty tastes. (The sausage was salty so I didn't add salt.)

Servings: 4
Taste: 4/5 Sweet, creamy, bit salty. Texture could be improved with crisp, salted peanuts and banana slices.
Time to prepare: 5 minutes assembly. 15 minutes cooking.
Beauty: Looked inviting. Went well with the green salad.
Tea: Peppermint - it was getting late.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Advantium chicken

I decided to try our new Advantium oven. It works! In 8 minutes, it baked breaded chicken to a crisp skin and moist interior.

First, I made the breading from what I could find in the pantry: 1/3 c. each of unsweetened coconut, cornmeal, and flour plus 1 tbsp. of Aromat, a flavored salt from Germany.

I coated the chicken in egg

and the breading

and then put it on the metal oven tray.

The oven auto-adjusts for what we're cooking, in this case 4-5 pieces of bone-in chicken, breaded.

At four minutes, the oven beeped to turn over the chicken, which was crisped on one side. After 4 more minutes, the other side was done. With raw snap peas and leftover pasta from yesterday, delicious!

Taste: 4/5 Crispy skin, great flavor
Time to prepare: 5 minutes. Cooks in 8 minutes.
Calories: 170 calories per thigh
Beauty: looks like a regularly grilled chicken leg.
Tea: Indonesian green

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sweet fall apple pancake

Apples to the right,
maples to the left
I give the apples along the driveway a tug. They're tight on the twigs.

On the south side of the house, the espaliered tree bears 5 varieties of apple. At head height, the Jonagolds come loose with a little twist. I bring 4 into the house. Peel and slice them. Set the oven to 350. What shall I do with them? First, I look in the fridge. Butter.

Melt 1/2 c. butter/good margarine into a baking pan. Pour the butter from the pan into a little mixing bowl. (The bowl is now greased, the butter ready for the dough.)

Second, I added the following to the butter, mixing lightly:

2 eggs/egg substitute
1/2 c. flour
pinch of salt
1/2 c. brown sugar

I turn the sliced apples into the runny dough and pat it all down in the greased baking pan.

After 20 minutes in the oven, I turned the oven up to 400o for 10 more minutes, turned the oven off, and finished my cleanup (another 5 minutes?)

You need enough heat to and time bake through the apples and the dough: you could put it on 400o for 25 minutes, 375o for 35 minutes, etc. Pretty flexible heat and timing.

It comes out of the oven hot and steaming. The smell of roasted apples fills the kitchen. I didn't even bother with cinnamon or other spices.

Other options:
  • Sliced almonds with 2-3 drops of almond extract?
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar with 1/2 tsp. vanilla?
  • Add a sliced pear? or maybe two - with a little rum or brandy extract?
  • Hot from the pan
  • Crush in pumpkin or sunflower seeds, pepitos or chia seeds?
No thanks. Sometimes plain is perfect.

Servings: 4
5/5 It's tangy sweet, crisp top with varied textures underneath.
Time to prepare: 10 minutes. Cooks in just over a half hour.
Calories: 4-500 calories per serving (so much fat)
Beauty: the smell overwhelms the greens, browns, and cream colors
Tea: Earl Grey this morning, served in a country mug

Saturday, August 3, 2013

First summer supper at the cabin

We've spent a month in SE Asia. This week and next, it's a treat to spend time at our cabin in Montana.

There's usually not a big variety of food when we first arrive at the cabin. However, after a general Costco run, I found these ingredients in the fridge and on the counter. It took less than 10 minutes to prepare and begin this easy supper. What was in it?

Fresh rolls
Yummy cheese

  • Ciabatta herb rolls
  • Organic lettuce mix
  • Chinese barbecue pork with hot mustard and sesame seeds
  • Brie
 We slice the rolls and pork and cut open the sesame seed and mustard packets.

BBQ Chinese pork from the
St. Regis supermarket
Sharp hot mustard and
sesame seeds

We spread Brie on the rolls, topping them with pork, seasonings, and greens. It's a quick feast - and a delicious one!

Fresh greens
Fruit that's sweet and sour

Instead of tea, we sip Florida orange juice. We feel blessed by the simple fresh abundance.

Our finished supper sandwiches

Rating: 4/5; would have given it a 4.5 if I'd melted the cheese into the bread
Taste: both sharp (brie, mustard, and dark greens) and sweet-savory (meat and bread)
Calories: Up to 600, depending on amount of pork and cheese
Time to prepare: 10 min. finding and prepping ingredients. The actual assembly takes 1-2 minutes.
Tea: OJ this time around
Beauty: Pretty colors of red, yellow, beige and greens
Improvements: Melt the cheese and heat the rolls (an extra 5 minutes in a covered frying pan or 1 minutes in the microwave.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oat milk

I'm making oat milk today:

I originally wanted to feature a recipe but the blogger refused to be reposted here and asked me to take the repost down. Find another great recipe for Oat milk here.

Smiles, everyone. Not everyone is willing to share :-) so it's great that there are many alternatives out there.