Sardines, carrots and peppers pickled with coriander, and onion on ciabatta. Too messy to take to work, but delicious.
17 May 2013
20 April 2013
25 February 2013
I've heard about "chicken chili" — and have never tried it — and was poking around the internet for a recipe. After some deliberation, I decided that I wasn't buying a rôtisserie chicken or roasting a chicken first. Instead, I started by sautéeing an onion in my crock pot, adding two each chopped poblano and jalapeno peppers (above photo), and then I added the meat of a raw chicken (I kept the bones on the drumsticks and removed them after cooking), a heaping tablespoon each freshly toasted and ground coriander and cumin, a quart of stock (from a previous chicken, this carcass goes into another pot), a cup or two of navy beans that had soaked for less than an hour (given that I planend to cook them overnight) some salt and a ground, dried and toasted cayenne pepper or two. This sat in my crockpot overnigth on low.
And the result was this (above). This provided a fantastic meal (actually multiple; and I froze part of this for upcoming PhD exams when I will only have time to thaw and reheat). Cilantro, black pepper and lime make it complete.
24 February 2013
22 December 2012
This is an Atlantic cod soufflé made with Comté cheese and finished with parmesean paired with roasted red potatoes and cauliflower with toasted almonds, coriander, cayenne and cumin. I was worried that the soufflé would taste like fish chowder, but it was wonderful. I poached the cod in mild with peppercorns, bay leaf, shallots and celery. The poaching liquid was the base for the soufflé and I shredded the cod — it was fantastic.
20 December 2012
I've been working on perfecting this tart, and I think I got it right. It's a flaky crust (pâte brisée) with orange frangipane cream. For the frangipane, I used 7 oz. butter mixed until creamy, and then creamed it with 7 oz. sugar (in two additions) and some salt (the basic recipe is Tartine's). To this I blended in 7 oz. of almond flour. I added the zest of one orange, 1 tbsp. brandy, 1 tbsp. orange flower water and one egg. Blend well, add a second egg and 1 tbsp milk. Spread in an unbaked, chilled tart mold (10 inches) and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake at 350º until set (≈45 mins) and glaze with the juice from the aforementioned orange reduced with 2 tbsp. apricot preserves.
This was really wonderful — and inspired by these orange blossom friands, which are also delicious.
02 December 2012
Steak tartare with mini pommes anna and brussels sprouts. Just what I need to end the weekend and finish the last week of my trimester (I got sick of eating grilled cheese and almond butter & marmalade sandwiches, so this had to happen).
29 October 2012
This is mashed and roasted kabocha squash with ricotta, roasted red peppers, and roasted spaghetti squash, baked. It was pretty satisfying.
Take a couple of cups of roasted kabocha and blend with a few anchovies, garlic and ricotta cheese; fold in spaghetti squash and roasted red peppers, bake for about an hour. This is great with a side of spinach.
22 October 2012
21 October 2012
Tonight I made a classic steak tartare — except that I used flat iron steaks and served the tartare with roasted beets. I roasted whole red and yellow beets on a bed of thyme with olive oil for an hour at 300º (F) and then at 375º (F) for 40 minutes. Late October beets and slow roasting led to a rich, sweet flavor that was incredible with tartare — far superior to fries, if you ask me. The tartare was chopped — not ground — and mixed with Dijon mustard, anchovies, capers, red onion, parsley, very good olive oil (some olive oil from Impruneta that is quite fruity), Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and an egg yolk. One guest did not eat meat and this mix (minus the egg yolk) was great with sashimi-grade tuna. Garnish the tartare with parsely and the beets with olive oil; season to taste with salt, pepper, Tabasco and chopped cornichons.
07 October 2012
This is one of the best butternut soups that I have ever made — one each butternut squash, red onion, yellow onion, in chunks. Toss with chicken fat (this worked really well, but unless you have rendered chicken fat lately, use olive oil or another fat) in a dutch oven with salt, whole cloves of garlic, two bay leaves and four or five good-sized dried cayenne peppers, and roast until everything is taking on color. Add six cups of good chicken stock (this was a rich 8-hour stock) and put back in the oven until the vegatables are soft and ready to be puréed (an hour or two). I have found that the best way to purée is to pass the soup once through the medium or coarse plate of a food mill and to then mill the soup again on a finer setting (this creates a smoother consistency than a blender, and doesn't separate when chilled). The roasting-and-braising creates a beautiful, rich color with a wonderful texture. Garnish with cilantro or whatever strikes your fancy:
23 September 2012
I seared the meat on both sides, which had been salted a couple of hours before, in bacon grease. I then ground up one dried ancho chili with a tablespoon or so of cumin, and added that, two bay leaves, a stick of cinnamon, a quartered onion, five or six cloves of sliced garlic, and five dried cayenne peppers to the pot. I then added enough water to cover and a pinch of salt. This I cooked in the oven at 325ºF (160ºC) for about four hours (I removed the cinnamon halfwat through as it was pungent and didn't want it do dominate; this worked well). Here was the result:
I removed the meat and strained the liquid; then shredded the pork.
Once shredded, the meat was tossed with the braising liquid and pout back in the oven for a few minutes. The carnitas were delicious with diced onion, cilantro and jalapenos; I forgot to add lime, but I think that this would have brightened the flavor a bit.