The veal breast that I used to make stock on Wednesday couldn't just be tossed out, so I used it to make a quick hash.
Dice some potatoes and cook them over medium-high heat in some peanut oil until they start to get a bit crispy. Add sliced leek, diced red onion, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and both sweet and hot paprika, reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the onion is soft. Meanwhile lightly brown some diced cooked veal breast in peanut oil, then add some madeira and let reduce by half. Add some veal stock, cover, and simmer 5-10 minutes. Pour the veal + liquid over the potatoes, mix well, and serve topped with chopped parsley.
Friday, December 31, 2010
The veal breast that I used to make stock on Wednesday couldn't just be tossed out, so I used it to make a quick hash.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
[well, comparatively big at least...]
I started the day by making a big pot of veal stock for later use and then, for dinner, moved on to two recipes from Alles Klar, neither served in glass, but that's just eye candy. :-)
The orange-fennel-avocado salad:
Slice a small red onion very thinly. Filet a couple of oranges. "Kill" the onions in the juice collected from orange prep along with a bit of white balsamico if needed (this is a deviation from the recipe; I prefer onions that have been tamed a bit in my salads). Very thinly slice some fennel. Dice a ripe avocado. Rip some Thai basil leaves into pieces. Juice and zest another orange (I used lemon zest since we didn't find an untreated orange). Make a vinaigrette from orange juice, some white balsamico, walnut oil (recipe calls for pistachio oil), and the zest. Layer together individual salads from the fennel, oranges, thai basil, avocado, and onion, seasoning and dressing the salad as you build it. Top with a bit more dressing and some chopped pistachios and serve.
For the braised veal with cous cous:
Slice a 500g piece of veal shoulder into 1-1.5cm thick slices (recipe calls for veal cheeks, but I didn't even bother looking for those without having ordered them in advance). Brown well on both sides and set aside. In the same pan cook a mixture of leek, carrot, and celery root (all cut into thick matchsticks) with some minced garlic for 5-10 minutes. Add a Tbs of tomato paste, a bay leaf, a cinnamon stick (broken in half), and a good Tbs of ras al hanout and cook another couple of minutes. Add 100ml of madiera and 125ml of white wine and let bubble a minute or so. Add 200-300ml of veal stock and let bubble another couple of minutes. Put the veal in a coverable casserole, pour over the vegetables and sauce, cover, and bake at 160C for about 1.5 hours. 10 minutes before serving prepare the cous cous: bring 180ml of carrot juice to a boil, remove from the heat, add 100g cous cous, mix well, cover, and let stand 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and olive oil and mix well. Serve the veal+vegetables+sauce over the cous cous.
Both of these dishes were really, really good.
- The orange+thai basil flavor combination is one to remember, particularly with fennel.
- We've got plenty of ras al hanout left; this is going to be a fun one to play with over the next couple of months.
- Cooking the cous cous in the carrot juice gives it excellent color as well as making it more interesting to eat.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:03:00 AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
One smiley face; we'd consider going back for drinks and apps, but not a meal.
- Food: A few of the apps (served in glass jars) were quite good, but the main dishes were disappointing, particularly at the price level.
- Service: Good
- Atmosphere: Modern, but somehow pretentious.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A good one for a cold day!
For the meatballs:
Coarsely grind 350g pork shoulder with 80g smoked bacon, add 2tsp salt (note, this is too much, see below) and a couple good grinds of pepper, mix well, and let everything sit in the fridge for a couple hours before forming small meatballs.
These were originally intended to be done as a sausage and in bigger pieces, but they are way too salty for that, so I did small meatballs and cooked them a bit longer in the unsalted soup to calm things down a bit.
For the soup:
Cook a mixture of green and yellow lentils in water together with a couple bay leaves and a clove or two. After about an hour add some biotta (mixed vegetable juices) and some more green lentils. Saute some small diced carrot (yellow and orange), with finely diced onion and minced garlic in olive oil and add to the soup together with the meatballs. Cook for another hour or so.
Serve the soup topped with fresh horseradish grated on the microplane and mixed with sour cream. Have good bread available and the obligatory green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:15:00 PM
Friday, December 24, 2010
Grate a yellow carrot, an orange carrot, a small bulb of fennel, and a medium-sized onion on the box grater. Cook 1.5 cups of risotto rice in 2 cups salted water for a few minutes. Stir in the grated vegetables along with a good amount of sweet paprika. Cover and bake at 175C for 30 minutes. Remove the cover, top with grated cheese (I used a mixture of mountain cheeses), and bake for another 20 minutes or so, until the cheese is brown and bubbly.
For the beets: Peel and dice (1-1.5 cm) a couple good-sized beets. Steam them until they're tender. While still warm toss with freshly-squeezed orange juice, rapeseed oil, salt, a bit of garlic (mashed to a paste), and freshly ground fennel seed. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
The baked rice was good, but the beets were the real star.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We had some merguez leftover from the weekend and combining it with potatoes seemed like a natural:
Peel some potatoes and slice them about 1/2cm thick. Toss them in a pan with some oil and a pinch of salt and cook them, covered, over medium high heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring only a few times. The potatoes should have some color and be heading towards cooked. Add some thickly sliced onion and cook another 5-10 minutes, again stirring only a few times. Finally add sliced merguez and some sweet paprika and let the sausage heat through.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:17:00 AM
Monday, December 20, 2010
For the beans: Cook soaked blackeyed peas together with diced bacon, onion, garlic, bay leaves, cloves, and black pepper until they start to get tender. Add chicken bouillon and finish the cooking.
For the rice (method from Bittman): cook rice (we were out of basmati, so I used japanese short-grain instead) in a lot of boiling salted water for 5 minutes; pour into a strainer. Melt some butter in a pan and add a layer of rice. Top with diced merguez and thinly sliced onion, then with the rest of the rice. Add a splash of water and then cover with a towel-covered lid. Let cook over medium-high heat for ~5 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and let cook for another 40 minutes. This would have been better with basmati (of course), but it was still mighty good.
As a side: cook a diced onion in olive oil for a couple minutes, add chopped savoy cabbage, diced dried tomatoes, and a good pinch of salt. Cover and let cook until it's ready to eat.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:16:00 AM
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This seemed like a nice way to use up some of the savoy cabbage we had in the fridge.
Cook diced onion and yellow carrot in some rapeseed oil for a few minutes. Add diced bacon and chopped cabbage and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Set aside in a covered dish. Brown some sliced sausage (I used a smoked sausage) in the same pan and add to the dish with the vegetables. Add a bit more oil to the pan and cook some spätzli over medium-high heat until they take on some color and get a bit crispy. Add the vegetables and sausage back along with a splash of cream, mix well and cook for another couple minutes then serve.
As a side I did basic steamed beets: diced, steamed, tossed with salt, white pepper, olive oil, cider vinegar.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:11:00 AM
Thursday, December 16, 2010
A quick one:
Cook a diced onion and some chopped garlic in olive oil for a few minutes. Add roasted peppers (these were ones from the biokiste that I processed and froze a couple months ago) that have been cut into strips, fresh thyme and rosemary, salt, and a good grind of black pepper. Let cook another few minutes. Add pasta (we used whole-wheat cellentani), a bit of cream, and some grated cheese (mixture of swiss hard cheeses) and mix well. Serve sprinkled with some raclette spices and black pepper.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Something of an improv:
Bone a couple chicken leg quarters and dice the meat (1cm dice). Brown well in olive oil. Add chopped garlic and diced onion and cook until the onion starts to soften. Add cumin seeds and diced butternut squash and cook until the cumin is aromatic. Deglaze with sherry and let that mostly evaporate. Add some tomato paste, a bit of ketchup, chicken bouillon, and some black pepper, bring to a simmer, and let cook until the chicken and squash are ready to eat, about 20 minutes. Serve topped with toasted almond slivers.
We ate this very nice dish with rice (parboiled + wild) and a big green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:15:00 AM
Monday, December 13, 2010
We did an early Christmas dinner with some friends last night and it somehow seemed appropriate to bring eggnog with us. Since this is a traditional thing, I used a recipe from my grandmother's copy of the Joy of Cooking:
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This week's biokiste included Grünkohl (pretty much collard greens). We generally don't get much of this, so a traditional prep is a good place to start:
Heat smashed garlic cloves in rapeseed oil until they take on some color. Add finely chopped Grünkohl, diced potato, and a good pinch of salt and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the color of the greens deepens. Add a bit of chicken bouillon, top with a smoked sausage (saucisson neuchateloise), cover and let simmer 20-30 minutes, until the greens are ready to eat.
Serve with mustard, maggi, and a big green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 8:47:00 AM
Saturday, December 11, 2010
For the rösti the usual prep: raw potatoes grated and then wrung out to get them as dry as possible, cooked in clarified butter. mmmmm
For the fish: cut a cod fillet into serving-size pieces. Season with salt and piment d'espelette, then place in a hot oiled pan. Top with a breadcrumbs that have been mixed with olive oil, salt, and piment d'espelette. Place tomato halves, cut-side down, next to the fish pieces. After a few minutes of cooking, flip the tomato pieces so the cut side is up, season them, transfer the pan to a 150C oven until the fish is cooked through. Serve with lemon.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
We had a small head of radicchio in the box and this seemed like the obvious way to use it.
Cook diced carrot and onion in olive oil until the carrots soften a bit. Add rice and cook until it smells toasty. Add white wine and let it mostly reduce off. Add chopped radicchio and do the stirring thing with beef broth. Just before serving add some grated parmesan.
Serve with leftover brisket from the pot au feu.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 8:43:00 AM
Monday, December 06, 2010
Really a two day prep:
Make a beef broth from a piece of brisket, some bones, carrot, onion, celery root, bay leaf, cloves, some fennel seed, and black pepper. Set the brisket aside and strain the broth. Let the brisket cool in the broth then skim the fat.
Set the brisket aside and add to the broth: sliced horseradish, carrot chunks, diced celery root, potato pieces, pieces of savoy cabbage, and salt. Try to add things such that they'll all be cooked at the same time. Just before serving thickly slice the brisket and add to the broth to heat through. Serve with freshly grated horseradish mixed with sour cream, black pepper, and maggi.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 8:33:00 AM
Sunday, December 05, 2010
For the beans: rinse black beans and toss in the pressure cooker with diced smoked bacon, diced onion, garlic, ground coriander, ground cumin, a bay leaf, and whatever else looks good. Add water, seal, bring to a boil, cook at pressure for 15 minutes. Let cool off heat.
For the rice: cook diced onion and garlic in olive oil. Add ground cumin and coriander, rice, and some tomato paste and cook a few more minutes. Add water and chicken bouillon, cover, and let cook until done. Raising the heat at the end to get a bit of crust on the bottom isn't bad.
For the way-out-of-season salsa: coarsely chop a tomato and combine with garlic paste, minced onion, minced cayenne (dried), salt, sweet paprika, white balsamico, and a small amount of normal balsamico. Let stand at least 30 minutes.
Make burritos with beans, rice, salsa, canned corn, and sour cream.
To go with this I did a cabbage salad by tossing shredded savoy cabbage with salt, ground coriander, white balsamico, and a bit of rapeseed oil and letting it marinate for a good while.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:59:00 AM
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
After the big cookie making we ended up with some egg yolks that needed to be used up. Combined with the usual desire at this time of year to make soup, this lead to a soup with an enriched base:
Cook some diced carrots, onions, and garlic in a bit of neutral oil until the carrots start to soften. Add savoy cabbage that's been cut into strips and mix well. Add good chicken stock, a clove, a bay leaf, and some fresh thyme and bring to a simmer. 10 minutes before serving stir in some chicken breast that's been cut into strips. 5 minutes before serving combine egg yolks with some light cream and whisk in some of the stock. Add to the rest of the soup and reduce the heat. Just before serving grate in some fresh nutmeg.
Serve with good bread and a pepper grinder on the side.
Nice, nice stuff
Monday, November 29, 2010
A random Sunday idea for the boneless smoked ham we picked up on Saturday.
Bring some apple juice to a boil, add a few chipotles. When the chipotles are soft, fish them out, puree them, then add the puree back to the apple juice. Continue reducing until you have a glaze. Add some fresh lemon juice.
In the meantime: cut up potato, leek, celery root, and carrot and toss with some salt, sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and peanut oil. Add some chicken stock and bake at 175C for 10-15 minutes. Place the ham on the bed of vegetables, brush with the glaze, and put back in the oven. Bake another 20-30 minutes, glazing every five.
Serve slices of ham drizzled with a bit of the extra glaze.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:30:00 AM
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Yesterday, together with the first snow here in Basel, we made a batch of Christmas cookies so that we're prepared for the season. We did Zimtsterne (Kaltenbach), Totenbeinli (Le Menu), Gewurz Sables (Le Menu), and Schokomakronen (Andrea's mother). Recipes are below
We ended up with quite a spread:
Should last a few days at least. :-)
100g hazelnuts, toasted in a heavy pan, peeled, and coarsely chopped
100g almond slivers
2 egg whites
200g dark chocolate (we used 60%)
Whip the egg whites to soft peaks, add the sugar, and whip to stiff peaks.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, mix in the nuts, and let cool a bit.
Fold the egg whites into the chocolate.
Drop spoon fulls onto baking parchment and then bake at 150c until they're done (10-15 minutes?).
2 egg whites, beat to stiff peaks with a pinch of salt
1 Tbs cinnamon
250g ground almonds (I used 200g ground almonds, 30g flour)
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp minced lemon zest
Add the sugar and cinnamon to the beaten egg whites and stir for a few minutes (supposed to be 10...). Set aside 5Tbs to use as a topping (I forgot to do this).
Add the other ingredients to the egg whites and mix to form a even dough. Let this rest 15 minutes.
Roll the dough out to the thickness of a pencil on a surface covered with sugar.
Cut out star shaped cookies and place them on parchment-covered baking sheets.
Let rest 30 minutes.
Top with the reserved egg whites (if you remembered to reserve any).
Bake at 200C for 6-8 minutes. They're better when chewy, so don't bake too long.
125g butter, softened
50g raw sugar
1tsp vanilla sugar
a pinch salt
2-3 Tbs water
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs cardamom (1-2 tsp would have been better)
1 Tbs ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Beat the butter until it forms peaks.
Add the sugars, salt, and water and beat a bit more
Sift in the flour and spices and work into a smooth dough.
Form a 3cm roll, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for an hour.
Cut 5mm thick slices and put on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
Bake at 200C for 20-12 minutes.
100g butter, softened
a pinch of salt
2 tsp cinnamon
Toast the walnuts in a heavy pan until they're aromatic. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
Beat the butter until it forms peaks.
Beat in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and eggs and beat until it lightens.
Sift in the flour and mix to form a smooth dough.
Add the chopped nuts, then wrap in plastic and let rest in the fridge for an hour.
Roll out to 1cm on a floured work surface.
Cut into 7-8cm strips and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and let rest 30 minutes in the fridge.
Brush with egg yolk, then bake at 180C for 10min. Let cool a couple of minutes, then cut into sticks and bake another 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
We got the first sauerkraut of the season last week and in this month's Le Menu there's a recipe for a sauerkraut gratin. That's a coincidence that's too big to ignore. :-)
Toss rinsed sauerkraut with some leek (cut into thin strips), a bit of diced bacon, and caraway (I didn't actually use caraway since the 'kraut from the biokiste is already seasoned) and pack into a gratin dish. Top with strips of bacon, raclette cheese, and leek rings. Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes, top with some diced bread and bake another 5-10 minutes until the bread is brown and toasty.
I did this with a pretty aromatic raclette cheese which complemented the sauerkraut very nicely.
Of course we also had a green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:02:00 AM
Friday, November 26, 2010
Once the new biokiste arrived we really needed to clear out some stuff from the old ones. Thus, sauteed vegetables: turnip, carrot, leek, onion, garlic, pumpkin, bacon, thyme, rosemary, black pepper. Served with some raclette spice.
We also had roasted cauliflower and a fennel-orange salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:58:00 AM
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Adapted from a recipe from this month's Le Menu.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 8:51:00 AM
Friday, November 19, 2010
Driven by the mushrooms I found on sale...
Cook some quartered mushrooms in butter over high heat until they take on some color. Add sliced leek and cook a bit longer until the leek softens. Add chicken bouillon, water, a bay leaf, and a couple cloves, and let simmer 15-20 minutes. Puree, add additional butter to taste, and serve sprinkled with a bit of raclette spice.
Together with bread and big salad this made for a nice meal.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
When there's a big head of escarole in the biokiste, it's almost too easy to decide what to do. :-)
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:56:00 AM
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Two good ones for a lazy, cool, Saturday.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:06:00 AM
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:24:00 AM
Thursday, November 04, 2010
A random idea:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:32:00 AM
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
There was still more roasted pumpkin to use, risotto seemed like a plan.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:03:00 AM
Monday, November 01, 2010
Before leaving for Berlin I cut the piece of pumpkin we had from the biokiste into chunks and then roasted those with a bit of olive oil and salt before tossing them in the fridge. Now it's time to use them.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
- Wednesday dinner, Sarah Wiener's Speisezimmer: Service a bit rocky at first, got better after the new guy moved to do something else. Food mostly quite good aside from one of the components of the game zweierlei being pretty dry.
- Thursday lunch, Sian: Very nice noodle and wonton soups and teas. Gotta make pho again. Thing to make: green tea brewed with a bit of ginger and lime leaf
- Thursday dinner, Dos Palillos: We walked by a couple of times and this place looked so right, online reviews sounded good, so we gave it a try. 16 courses of small-plate pan-asian goodness. Only one miss in the whole batch (the sunemono, which somehow didn't come together). Wow.
- Friday lunch, Curry 36: Gotta eat currywurst in Berlin! Curry could have been more intense, but good sausage and fries.
- Friday dinner, Renger Patzsch: Service was somewhat overwhelmed (not helped by the fact that we were in the back room), but they were friendly about it. Food very enjoyable.
- Saturday lunch, Dolores: California-style burritos in Berlin. :-) We enjoyed them.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It's getting to be soup season! yay!
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:49:00 AM
Monday, October 25, 2010
A relatively simple one since the kitchen of the vacation house was rustic.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:41:00 AM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Things I made for my "pre-birthday" celebration in the Schwarzwald this weekend:
- Bread and butter pickles: recipe from Quick Pickles; I used half the sugar and fennel seeds instead of celery seeds (since I couldn't find celery seeds). Great success here.
- Pickled butternut squash: recipe from Quick Pickles; I used half the sugar and thinly sliced the squash instead of dicing it. The thin slicing is a big bonus for this recipe.
- Quince mustard: inspired by several different recipes. Technique: scrub a quince then quarter it and remove the core. Chop into 1-2cm pieces and simmer those in water to barely cover until soft; puree. Add some brown sugar. Combine some of the quince puree with powdered yellow mustard, whole brown mustard, some cider vinegar, and a bit of salt. Let stand in the fridge overnight and then add more of whatever is required to make it right.
- Almonds toasted with olive oil and then seasoned with salt and cumin
- Cashews toasted with olive oil and seasoned with salt and piment d'espelette
- Chili with lots of beer: from Thrill of the Grill.
- A big tray of cornbread: standard recipe, doubled.
- Bean salad: green and wax beans cooked until crisp-tender then tossed with minced spring onion, diced Schwarzwalderschinken, parsley, white balsamico, and olive oil.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Inspired by our visit to Stucki, I picked up a copy of one of Tanja Grandits' cookbooks that contains recipes that mostly have a chance of being doable in a home kitchen. Last night I tried a first recipe from there: watercress panna cotta topped with a chantarelle-haselnut tatar. The recipe is good and not overly much trouble to make, but next time I do something like this I will definitely replace the cream with plain milk: otherwise it's just too heavy for my tastes.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:18:00 AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This is a recipe from Big Flavors that I've made before (though it doesn't seem like it was really so long ago). Deviations from the recipe this time: I used just leg quarters instead of the whole chicken and instead of doing a 2Tbs paprika and 1Tbs cayenne I did 3Tbs hot paprika.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:14:00 AM
We had a couple of nice bunches of lemon balm from the biokiste and not much idea what to do with them. My first idea was to make a panna cotta infused with the lemon balm instead of vanilla. I think this probably would have worked, but then I decided that Bittman's buttermilk panna cotta recipe sounded really good too; so I tried buttermilk panna cotta with lemon balm.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The sweet and sour pork recipe from Land of Plenty is becoming a favorite. To go with it this time I made stir-fried corn and green peppers. This is also from Land of Plenty, and was quite good, but there's nothing about it that really jumps out and makes you say "chinese".
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Cook chopped garlic, diced hard salami (I used venison salami), fennel, kohlrabi, and carrots in olive oil until the carrots soften a bit. Add rinsed barley and some vegetable bouillon, bring to a simmer, and let cook until the barley is ready to eat.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Posted by Greg Landrum at 9:31:00 AM
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
There was topping leftover from Saturday's Zwiebelkuchen that needed to be eaten. This is what I came up with:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:30:00 AM
Monday, October 04, 2010
Ah the joy of beans and greens! :-)
Sunday, October 03, 2010
It's the time of year when at least one zwiebelkuchen needs to be made to go with the Federweisser that's available.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:14:00 AM
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Not chosen for the alliteration, but I'm not complaining about it either. :-)
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:11:00 AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wrapping up a savory pear trifecta: another recipe from Le Menu.
Season a couple of 3cm thick pork loin steaks well, sear on both sides, and then transfer to a 80C oven. Brown some diced bacon in a bit of clarified butter; add minced onion and cook until soft; add 2dl apple juice and 2dl beef bouillon and reduce by half; add 1.8dl of temperature-stable light cream (saucen halbrahm), a small amount of birnendicksaft, and 2 pears that have been cored and thickly sliced and bring to a simmer. Serve with the pork steaks.
We ate this with cauliflower and spaetzle and were very, very pleased; this is great stuff.
Oh yes, and a big green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:52:00 AM
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Pear season is starting, so it's time to start the savory dishes with pears. This year's first entry is an old favorite from Le Menu. After last time's success with it, I added curry paste (this time red curry) again and we were both really happy with the results.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:30:00 AM
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This week we got what was probably the last two corn of the year in the biokiste. Not quite sure where the idea came from but this seemed like a good way to use it:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:27:00 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The idea started with a couple of wedges of iceberg lettuce. These led me to the idea of making mayonnaise, which led to fish. The potatoes were obvious from there.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 8:28:00 AM
Friday, September 17, 2010
I've done this idea multiple times: ground pork mixed with minced lemongrass, thai chili, keffir lime leaf, and fish sauce and then formed into patties and pan fried. To accompany this time I made a lime-caramel sauce (gastrique).
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
There hasn't been enough grilling this summer, so I took advantage of the fantastic weather yesterday to at least partially lower the deficit. The food ideas were from the Gourmet Today cookbook, which I conveniently have via the Kindle store (what great technology to have).
Monday, September 13, 2010
A quick one after getting back from a hike:
Friday, September 10, 2010
Driven by some half-priced veal stew meat I found at the Coop:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:46:00 AM
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Plenty of green beans in the biokiste and everyone knows how well beans of any kind go with smoked pork:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:41:00 AM
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
There was a lot of basil in the biokiste this week, so I did a batch of pesto rosso: basil, dried tomatoes, garlic, toasted pine nuts, parmesan, olive oil.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Another one of those "using vegetables up" ideas:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:53:00 AM
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sometimes it's almost too easy to use large quantities of vegetables from the biokiste:
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:33:00 AM
Friday, August 20, 2010
The nice head of escarole in the biokiste was calling out for beans and greens, but since I was going to be on a plane the next day, it mutated into something else.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 3:17:00 PM
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This was going to be a succotash, but then it changed. :-)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I made a batch of risotto to go with the leftover pork roast: olive oil, minced onion, diced carrot, white wine, chicken bouillon, and (of course) rice. Served topped with parmesan and drizzled with a bit of olive oil.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:50:00 AM
A recipe from the Le Menu archive selected to take advantage of all the fruit that we picked up at the market.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I actually cooked this Wednesday night; we ate it on Thursday:
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This time, vegetarian wraps with: steamed green beans, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, corn, lettuce, and a dressing made from pesto (basil, almonds, olive oil, garlic) with extra oil and some white balsamico.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Driven by a desire for something at least vaguely mexican; wraps with:
- Ground beef cooked with cumin, pimenton, garlic, and onions. Red wine and soy sauce added and allowed to reduce off.
- a quick salsa: tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon, chilies, piment d'espelette
- corn, cheese, lettuce, sour cream
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:27:00 AM
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Timed this one perfectly: Andrea got the last flat of sour cherries for the year from the guy at the market. whew!
Andrea picked up a big bag of pickling cukes yesterday, so I'm trying another pickling run.
An idea that's been kicking around for a couple weeks:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:31:00 AM
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
We still have lots of cheese to use, so doing mac and cheese seemed like a good idea.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
A simple one for Monday night: two different vegetable "pizzas"
Squash with alp cheese: slice summer squash and then microwave (uncovered) a few minutes to start the cooking process and dry them out a bit. Brush rolled out pizza dough with olive oil, brush on minced garlic, top with the squash, sprinkle on some salt and fresh thyme, top with alp cheese., bake.
Tomato with fresh mozzarella: brush dough with olive oil, top with sliced tomato, season with salt, top with sliced fresh mozzarella, bake, sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.
Even using the prefab dough from Coop these were quite good.
of course we also had a big green salad.
Monday, August 02, 2010
A random one based on what was in the house and inspired by the really nice cheese we bought in the alps.
Thinly slice a couple of onions and put them in a baking dish with a bit of rape seed oil. Toss in the oven at 190C for 10 minutes. Add a good splash or two of white wine and bake until the wine is mostly evaporated (another 5 or so minutes). Meanwhile steam some sliced new potatoes until they are almost cooked. Top the onions with sliced tomato, then with the potato slices, then with sliced alp cheese. Salt as appropriate while building the thing. Toss the baking dish back in the oven and let it cook until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
This was really, really good. I need to come up with a name for it. Oh, and more onions next time; caramelized onions are gooood!
Of course we also had a big green salad.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Inspired by the contents of the box: quarter some new potatoes and steam them until just cooked through. Toss warm with olive oil, mashed garlic, salt, chopped basil, and minced onion. Steam some green beans until crisp-tender, toss into the potatoes. Add toasted and coarsely ground almonds, black pepper, more chopped basil, more olive oil, and a splash of balsamico. Let stand 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Just before serving mix in some grated parmesan. Serve over lettuce with cherry tomatoes on the side, drizzle with olive oil.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Lots of zucchini to use up!
Grind some lamb with onion and garlic. Season well with salt, black pepper, cumin, and piment d'espelette. Cook for a few minutes. Stuff into hollowed out zucchini halves, top with feta cheese and tomato slices. Bake at 175C until the meat is cooked through and the zucchini is soft.
Serve with rice and mint-feta-yogurt sauce.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:31:00 AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
To use the leftover chicken from Monday: caramelize some thinly sliced onions and chopped garlic with some olive oil. Stir in the boned and diced chicken and cook gently for a few minutes. Just before serving stir in coarsely chopped mint and some lemon juice.
We ate this with basmati rice, the leftover yogurt sauce, and sliced zucchini cooked with butter.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:27:00 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It's cool enough to cook again, so I had to take advantage of it.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:49:00 AM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The ingredients in this weeks box were perfect for a ratatouille.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Still too hot to cook!
- Potato salad: sliced potatoes that I steamed in the morning and then refrigerated all day tossed with mashed garlic, minced onion, parsley, chives, rapeseed oil, white balsamico, mustard (plenty of it), and a bit of vegetable bouillon
- Smoked pork salad: diced (1cm) smoked pork loin tossed a vinaigrette (lemon, garlic, peanut oil, honey), chives, and piment d'espelette
- Cold pasta tossed with a pesto rosso (dried tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, black pepper)
- A big green salad
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:48:00 AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
When we got back from the mountains it was hot as hell in the flat, so there was no way I was going to do real cooking. Instead I did a tomato-bread salad (panzanella) with some leftover pagnol, tomatoes from the box, basil from the balcony, olive oil, garlic, onion, balsamico, and a bit of veggie bouillon. After letting this soak for 30 minutes we ate it over lettuce.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I'm hopelessly behind with the blog (again) so here's an attempt to catch up with at least some of the things I've made recently:
- chicken legs marinated in garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, sriracha, soy, and shallots, then broiled. I served the extra marinade as sauce (after boiling it, of course).
- A salad made from grated zucchini (salted for 30 minutes), chopped tomatoes, olive oil, white balsamico, and basil
- wurstsalat (the usual method)
- Japanese-inspired beef salad: thin steaks seasoned, seared in the grill pan, thinly sliced, and then marinated in soy, mirin, sake, and sesame oil
- thinly sliced peppers marinated in balsamico and olive oil
- potato salad (more than once, multiple kinds)
- salade nicoise
- Chard cannelloni: chard leaves cooked with olive oil, garlic, and piri-piri chilis, then chopped and mixed with finely diced smoked bacon (from Wallis) and parmesan. We rolled this up in lasagna noodles, topped with a bit more parmesan and ran it under the broiler for a couple minutes before serving drizzled with good olive oil
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Made a batch of energy bars for a backpacking trip. I used more or less the same proportions as last time but I did stronger spicing (2tsp ground ginger, more nutmeg, more black pepper) and, due to ingredient availability in the kitchen, I made a couple substitutions:
- 100g dried mango instead of the prunes
- 200g honey instead of 110g honey and 90g zuckerruben sirup
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
A couple of weeks ago I marked a recipe for gooseberry relish that looked like an interesting way to use the gooseberries from our balcony when they got ripe. Last night as the night. Since there weren't a ton of berries (our bush is small) I ended up doing a half recipe, which meant there was insufficient liquid to put the ginger and mustard seeds in a bag; I just dumped them in and then picked out the ginger slices before serving (the mustard seeds blended in well with the seeds from the berries themselves). I also didn't add any additional sugar other than what came in with the elderberry syrup. The resulting preparation maybe could have used brightening up with some lemon juice, but it was still quite good.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:32:00 AM
Friday, July 02, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Salads to deal with the heat:
- cottage cheese, finely diced Walliser bacon (smoked and then dried with herbs and spices... fantastic stuff), parsley, black pepper, a bit of olive oil
- cauliflower (steamed, then cooled to room temp with cold water), mashed garlic, white balsamico, good olive oil, chives, black pepper
- A big mixed green salad
Friday, June 25, 2010
A nice day that was just screaming for grilling... so that's what I did:
- Burgers (beef, salt, minced onion, minced garlic)
- Various sausages (we found a package of mixed sausage from Ticino)
- Fennel, grilled and then served with a basel vinaigrette
- Big green salad (not grilled, of course)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Eric Asimov did a post on the bourbon sidecar last week that just sounded excellent, so I "had" to try it.
We found some lamb steaks from the leg (mmm, lamb ham) at the Coop. Since I happened to have some newly done preserved lemons in the fridge this one was almost too easy...
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Andrea's request for chinese yielded:
- sweet and sour pork (recipe from Land of Plenty, I've made this one before).
- dry fried eggplant (also from Land of Plenty, but I added szechuan peppercorns and chilis to the mix).
Friday, June 18, 2010
Andrea found some veal stew meat at half price, so that formed the basis for dinner.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:28:00 AM
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
The weather was good, so we had a couple people over and fired up the grill.
- Red peppers and fat spring onions, choppped and mixed into a salad
- Red onions
- Veal cipollata
- Standard bratwurst
- Small bratwurst (Nürnberger size) with sage
- Meatballs (beef) flavored with allspice, lemon zest, black pepper, and salt then grilled on skewers.
- A nice ribeye (it was on sale, I couldn't resist) done with salt and pepper
- a big green salad
- flavored ketchups: ketchup+curry powder+hot paprika; ketchup+chipotle tabasco
- a vinaigrette : cider vinegar, rapeseed oil, rosemary, chives, salt, pepper, honey
Thursday, June 03, 2010
a.k.a. Hörnli mit Gehacktes :-)
Posted by Greg Landrum at 3:45:00 PM
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
An adaptation of a recipe from this month's Le Menu.
Peel a couple kohlrabi, then steam them until they are about soft (about 20 minutes). Cut a flat bottom in each and scoop out the insides to give a ~1cm thick shell. Chop the insides coarsely and set aside.
Cook 300g of spinach (I did in the microwave), drain, and chop coarsely. Cook a minced onion with some minced garlic in butter until the onion is cooked, then stir in the spinach and a good pinch of salt. Once the spinach is cooked through, add pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Stir in 2 eggs that have been beaten together with 5cl of sour cream; cook until the egg starts to set, then stir in 100g of grated gruyere.
Put the kohrabi shells in a lightly buttered dish. Fill them with as much of the spinach filling as fits inside (I ended up using about half, which makes sense since the recipe is for 4 shells ;-), sprinkle the chopped kohlrabi around, top with grated cheese, pour a mixture of cream and veggie bouillon around the whole thing, then bake at 200C until the top is brown and the liquid is bubbly.
We ate this with the leftover risotto and a big green salad and were not displeased.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Found some nice lamb chops at the Coop on Saturday and this is what I did with them:
Marinate the chops with lemon juice, olive oil, minced rosemary, chopped garlic, minced lemon zest, black pepper, and salt for a few hours. Cook the chops in the grill pan until they have some good color and are medium rare, let them rest a couple of minutes then serve.
To accompany the lamb we had risotto made with onions, garlic, diced yellow carrots, diced chard stems, white wine, and chicken stock.
For the salad I marinated some halved mini-mozarella balls and grape tomatoes in a dressing of minced onion, olive oil, white balsamico, mustard, salt, and pepper. This we ate over lettuce dressed with the same dressing.
Really nice food.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:55:00 PM
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I've been planning to do Bittman's rhubarb crisp recipe since I saw it online. We didn't get any more rhubarb in this week's box, so I picked some up at the market.
The only monkeying around I did with the recipe was driven by available ingredients: I replaced brown sugar with raw sugar (which is what brown sugar kind of wants to be anyway) and substituted sliced almonds for the pecans.
rhubarb is a really strange ingredient but still: mmmmmmm
There's a stand at the market that has various Italian cheeses, sausages, filled pastas, and gnocchi that look quite nice but somehow I rarely get stuff from. Yesterday I picked up some gnocchi in order to combine them with the eggplant from the box.
Cut a smallish eggplant into 1cm dice, salt it lightly and let drip for a bit. Prepare some spring onions by cleaning them and cutting them in half if they're big, then lightly brushing with olive oil and cooking under the broiler until they soften and take on some color; chop them coarsely. Cook the eggplant in olive oil with grated yellow carrot and a chopped garlic clove for 5-10 minutes, until the eggplant is about ready. While this is happening start cooking the gnocchi. To the eggplant add the chopped onions, a bit more minced garlic, and mixed fresh herbs (I used thyme, rosemary, parsley, and some unidentified member of the mint family from this week's box). Moisten with a bit of the pasta cooking water. Serve the vegetables over the gnocchi sprinkled with parmesan and drizzled with olive oil.
The gnocchi themselves were really good and this was definitely a very nice way of serving them.
This technically doesn't qualify as rule of five, but it almost works if you think of the herbs as one ingredient, and I made up the damn rule anyway. :-)
Saturday, May 29, 2010
An idea from Andrea to use some of the new potatoes from this week's box.
Cut unpeeled new potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Cook with olive oil until they take on some color and are almost ready to eat. Set aside. Cook diced onion, diced carrot, and chopped garlic for a few minutes in olive oil. Add diced kohlrabi and fennel chopped into bite-size pieces. When the vegetables are a couple of minutes from being done, add sliced wienerli, the potatoes, lemon zest, chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, and parsley, and a good grind of pepper. Let everything heat through and serve.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:00:00 AM
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Driven by the multiple bulbs of fennel and large quantity of lettuce left from the box:
- Fennel cooked in olive oil and a bit of water, dressed with lemon juice (from CPV)
- Stir fried lettuce with lemon zest
- Pan-roasted cod seasoned with salt, pepper, and piment d'espellete
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:55:00 AM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Yesterday I fired up the grill and did several small things with a mediterranean influence:
- Chicken marinated in a paste made from garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, dried chili, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil, then grilled on the slow side of the grill and finished with a couple of minutes directly over the coals.
- Roasted peppers with thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.
- Baba ganouj made from eggplant roasted whole on the grill.
- a yogurt sauce made with grated cucumber, garlic, yogurt, salt, and piment d'espelette.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Yesterday at the market we picked up some local white asparagus. I did a very simple preparation: after peeling it well I boiled it in a stock made from water, sugar, salt, and the asparagus peels. The cooked spears then went onto a napkin and we ate them with salt, butter, and dried ham. Thought it took me a while to understand the appeal of white asparagus, I definitely get it now.
As sides I made a batch of brown rice and sone pan-roasted cauliflower with spring onions.
Together with a big green salad this all made for an excellent late-spring meal.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:24:00 AM
Friday, May 21, 2010
This was to satisfy a craving that both Andrea and I had...
Marinate diced turkey breast in lime juice, oil, salt, ground cumin, and piment d'espelette for 30 minutes or so then cook in a very hot pan. Just before the turkey is done pour in whatever marinade is left.
Make a quick salsa from canned tomatoes (fresh would have been better), minced onion, lime juice, hot paprika, piment d'espelette, and diced red bell pepper.
Assemble burritos from rice, pinto beans, corn, turkey, broiled and chopped spring onions, sour cream, feta cheese, and salsa. Bake for 10 minutes or so then serve.
Not even remotely difficult, but quite satisfying.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:38:00 AM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
When we were in tessin over the weekend we picked up some venison salami that was a bit too soft for sandwiches but seemed like a good candidate for cooking. This was an improv to use that up.
Start by cooking some diced potatoes in olive oil until they take on some color. Set them aside. Cook diced carrots and sliced leeks in the same pan until the carrots start to soften, set these aside. Add some more olive oil to the pan and gently cook some piri piri chilis along with a few smashed garlic cloves until the garlic turns golden. Just before it gets there add cumin seeds. Add diced salami and ham and let cook until the salami starts to crisp. Add the vegetables and potatoes along with salt and pepper, mix well, and heat everything through. Serve topped with parsley.
As sides we had a big green salad and sone steamed kohlrabi.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:27:00 AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
An idea created to use up lettuce... We had a lot from the biokiste.
Cook diced carrots, onions and garlic in olive oil until the onions start to soften. Add a tbs or so of flour and cook another three to four minutes. Add wilted, chopped lettuce and cook another couple of minutes. Add diced ham and cook another couple of minutes. Add light cream, salt, and pepper and simmer for a couple more minutes. Just before serving stir in a bit of piment d'espelette and nutmeg.
Served over whole wheat penne and with a big green salad, this made for a good meal.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 4:19:00 AM
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Another batch of bread. This time, as an experiment, I added 100g of millet to the mixture (150g rye, 300g wheat flour, 100g millet, 350g water, 1/2tsp yeast, 1.5 tsp salt). This didn't disturb the method at all and produced a very tasty loaf of bread.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Start by making a bechamel. This time I used the recipe from Kamman with the variation that I used a brunoise of carrots, onion, and celery (root) and I didn't strain the vegetables out. When the sauce is about ready to be used add some piment d'espelette and nutmeg.
While the sauce is simmering prepare the filling: saute leeks, a bit of carrot, and onion in olive oil until the onions soften. Add a good splash of white wine and let it reduce to nothing. Add smoked ham (cut into match sticks) and cook another couple minutes. Add chopped wilted spinach, salt, and pepper and mix well. Take off the heat and add grated asiago cheese. Build the lasagna by layering sauce, noodles, and filling. Finish with a layer of sauce, top with shaved almonds and a good grind of pepper, then bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
I'm not quite sure where the inspiration for this came from, but it was a good idea regardless. :-)
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:47:00 AM
One of those "use up the vegetables... quick!" things.
Start by cutting some bratwurst into 2cm slices, browning the slices, then setting them aside. To that pan add diced carrot, onion, garlic, chard stems, and a bit of olive oil. Cook a while until the carrots start to soften, then add the chopped and wilted (in the microwave) chard leaves. After another couple of minutes of cooking, set the vegetables aside. Add fresh olive oil to the pan and cook the spaetzle until they take on some color and begin to get a bit crunchy. Stir in the vegetables and sausage, along with some raclette spice and black pepper, and serve.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:42:00 AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Kind of a random idea for a weekday night: make a batch of pancakes and eat them with whatever happens to be in the house. I used a basic batter with yogurt (no sugar), and went from there. For toppings we did canned cherries, cheese, ham, rhubarb-ginger jam, etc. One noteworthy variant was pancakes "tatin": I started by melting a bit of brown sugar in the the pan, topped that with a slice of apple ring and let that cook a couple of minutes before topping it with pancake batter and proceeding as normal. Mmmmmmm, caramel apple pancake.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:31:00 AM
Monday, May 10, 2010
On Saturday Nik brought us a couple rainbow trout he caught nearby. Last night I tried to out them to good use, though it has been a long time since I did anything with whole fish.
I took a simple approach based on a combination of ideas from Bittman and Le Menu: I filled the cavities with the greens from some spring onions, dredged the fish through seasoned cornmeal, and then pan-fried them in some olive oil. I split the bottoms of the onions in half and cooked them split-side down in a hot pan until they took on a bit of color. Since I didn't do the best job the world has ever seen of flipping the fish (to put it mildly... the pan was a bit too small is my excuse), I removed the filets before serving.
I also made a tartar sauce by combining some home made mayonnaise with finely diced pickle, chives, some lemon juice, and a couple dashes of Tabasco.
To go with the fish we had steamed potatoes and sauteed asparagus; both of which turned out quite nicely indeed. The potatoes, in particular, were a good second vector for the tartar sauce.
Of course we also had a big green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:23:00 AM
Sunday, May 09, 2010
This was a recipe from last month's Le Menu: a meatloaf made with mixed ground meat, brät, grated carrots, onion, ginger, curry powder, chopped prunes, and bound with egg and breadcrumbs. While baking it gets brushed with a glaze made from apple juice, butter, and honey. The meatloaf is served with a sauce made by softening minced onion in a bit of butter, then adding apple juice, rhubarb, lemon zest, some vinegar, and sugar. Simmer until the rhubarb softens, then purée.
To go with this i did steamed vegetables (carrots and kohlrabi, cut into threads) and rice cooked withia bit of carrot and onion.
The meatloaf was quite good: it was borderline too sweet, but it didn't really go over the border.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:59:00 AM
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
A nice soup to use the stock I made from Sunday's chicken carcass: cook sliced garlic with piri piri chilis in some olive oil until the garlic starts to take on some color. Add diced onion and small diced carrot and cook until the vegetables are soft. Add chicken stock and canned beans and bring to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes then add lemon juice and bit of light cream (inspirations from Romania) and serve topped with parsley.
Together with bread and some chees this made a very nice meal.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:40:00 AM
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
I somehow don't end up making roast chicken very often, but last night it seemed like the thing to do.
I followed the technique from Bittman and roasted the bird in a skillet (actually in the grill pan, which was exactly the right size for is) surrounded by vegetables: potatoes, yellow carrots, onion, and celery root. After the bird was done, I made a sauce by adding white wine and a bit of cornstarch to the pan juices.
As a side I sauteed some chard stems with salt in olive oil. When they were about ready to go I added some pureed tomatoes and black pepper.
This stuff turned out very nicely.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:42:00 AM
Sunday, May 02, 2010
After a week away, I was in the mood for a big portion of vegetables. Lucky for me that Andrea had picked up a bunch of green asparagus from the Alsatian farmers.
The prep was the usual: sauteed with onion (we didn't have any shallots) in butter.
Combined with a big green salad this was a very satisfying meal.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ah, the fun of doing random things in the kitchen:
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:56:00 AM
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Last night somehow turned into a big cooking night.
We started with margaritas because it was Friday, and we could. :-)
For the pork: marinate pork loin steaks with tarragon, garlic, tabasco, cider vinegar, and some salt. After about an hour in the marinade, dredge in flour and then sauteed them. For the sauce: cook sliced garlic with some piri piri chilis in a good amount of olive oil until the garlic starts to take on a bit of color. Add small-diced carrot and onion and cook until the onion is good and soft. Add whole cumin and some ground coriander and let cook a couple more minutes. Add tomato puree, rosemary, bay leaf, and some salt and let simmer, covered, 30 minutes or so. Serve the pork on top of the sauce.
I also did bratkartoffeln with onion and spinach sauteed with pine nuts and raisins and then tossed with a bit of wine vinegar.
Of course we also had a green salad.
mmmmm, good eating.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:03:00 AM
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Making teriyaki has been on the list for a while, particularly after having lunch at Tokyo Subway when we were in CA.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Last night I did two very simple dishes:
- schnitzel: pork loin pounded thin, seasoned with salt and piment d'esplette, and breaded; served with lemon
- saffron risotto: onion, rice, saffron, white wine, stock
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
It's not quite summer yet, but the weather was acting summery, so we had friends over and did a southern barbecue:
- pork shoulder rubbed with "All South" rub (I substituted hot paprika for the chili powder and cayenne), smoked over hardwood logs, and basted with beer. Served sliced.
- beacon butcher barbecue sauce
- cole slaw ("Tidewater Coleslaw")
- baked beans ("Grandma Wetzler's Baked Beans")
- cornbread (my usual variation with extra corn meal and whole sweet corn)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Last night I did a collection of salads to celebrate being back and having a big new biokiste to work with:
- potato salad with vegetable broth from a recipe in Wiener (this was the main driver of the idea... there were lots of potatoes to use)
- diced steamed beets tossed with olive oil, balsamico, rosemary, salt, and white pepper
- steamed kohlrabi sticks with lettuce and herb quark (chervil, tarragon, parsley)
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
A quick one to help recover from the flight back from CA:
Monday, April 05, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- Wednesday : BoBo's Steakhouse
- Thursday : Lake Chalet Restaurant (Oakland)
- Friday : Blue Plate
- Monday : La Briciola
- Tuesday : Eddie Rickenbackers (lunch), Kate O'Briens
- Wednesday : Thirsty Bear
- Thursday : Chaat Cafe (lunch), House of Nanking
- Friday : Out the Door (lunch), Baloompie pupuseria
- Saturday : La Corneta Taqueria (lunch), Steve and Dianna's
- Sunday : Cliff House (brunch), Henry's Hunan
- Monday : Chaat Cafe (lunch), Colibri
Friday, March 12, 2010
A somewhat random idea driven by the bunch of arugula we had from the biokiste: cook mashing potatoes in their skin, then peel them hot and transfer to a double boiler. Mash the potatoes with some salt and good olive oil. Add chopped goat cheese (not chevre... I used a bio goat cheese from Spitzebärg that I found at Coop) and mix until the cheese melts. Stir in a bunch of chopped arugula and let stand a few minutes so that the greens have a chance to wilt a bit. Serve sprinkled with fleur de sel.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:25:00 AM
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I needed to use the last of the topinambur from the box, so I tried another recipe from Wiener. This time I monkeyed around with the recipe a bit based on the ingredients in the house, so I used milk instead of cream (though I did add a bit of butter to compensate) and normal brown mushrooms instead of porcini.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:17:00 AM
Monday, March 08, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
An interesting sounding recipe from the current Le Menu.
The chicken breasts are braided (to make zopf shapes), fastened with a toothpick, seasoned, browned, and then cooked in a low oven (90C) until done.
The sauce is made by adding minced garlic to a light roux and cooking for a minute, adding chicken stock and simmering for 5 minutes, adding cress and pureeing, and then stirring in some lightly-whipped cream and adjusting seasonings.
For the dumplings cook 75g semolina with 375ml milk-water until it forms a thick paste, cook gently for 5 minutes, let cool, stir in two egg yolks, 75g flour, salt, 30g grated parmesan cheese, and let cool. Make croquettes (could be done by piping them, but I didn't), coat with bread crumbs (probably optional if piping), and then cook in clarified butter until nicely browned in both sides. Hold in the low oven with the chicken until ready to serve.
Serve the chicken and croquettes on top of a layer of sauce. Top the chicken with toasted almond flakes and some more cress as a garnish.
I did a endive and orange salad (dressing: orange juice, olive oil, toasted cumin, salt, and black pepper) to accompany this.
It was a nice meal.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:25:00 AM
Thursday, March 04, 2010
An approach for using up leftover fondue.
We did a normal gratin with potato and celery root thinly cut on the ceramic slicer layered with thin slices of dry smoked ham and a sauce made from milk, sour cream, potato starch, garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, cloves, and black pepper. After Andrea built it, we topped it with leftover fondue that I had crumbled and mixed with bread crumbs. I used the usual baking scheme: 40 minutes covered, 20 minutes open.
mmmmm, good stuff.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:20:00 AM
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
There were tortillas left that needed to be used...
Brown some ground meat (mixed pork and beef) with salt, transfer to a bowl. Cook some diced onion in the same pan for a couple of minutes. Add back the ground meat along with some water and some prepared mole (I mixed these together to start with). It should be soupy. Simmer for a few minutes and adjust salt (not too much here though... feta is coming).
Layer the meat/sauce mixture on tortillas with thinly sliced onion, corn, and feta cheese, top with a layer of sauce and some grated cheese and then bake for 20-30 minutes.
Another simple (since the mole came from a jar) winner.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:50:00 AM
Kind of a random thing for a work night.
The sauce: soak some ripped up dried chipotles for a bit in hot water. Saute diced onion and garlic in a bit of neutral oil until the onion starts to soften. Add cumin seeds and some ground coriander and toast for a couple of minutes. Add a good amount of sweet paprika and toast a few seconds. Add canned tomatoes, the chipotles, and the soaking water and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Puree well with a stick blender.
The pork: saute finely chopped pork (geschnetzeltes) in neutral oil over high heat with some salt. When it's about done add some garlic paste and cook another 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl.
The quesadillas: on each tortilla place some pork, grated cheese (I used Emmentaler, because that's what was in the fridge), thinly sliced onion, and some corn. Fold in half and bake for 10 minutes.
Before serving pour whatever liquid has collected in the pork dish to the tomato sauce and adjust seasonings of the sauce. Serve the quesadillas on top of the sauce, with sour cream and additional sauce on the side.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:41:00 AM
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A recipe from Hazan that I somehow haven't done before: Embogne. It's a sauce made from beans (kidneys in my case), the bean liquid, minced bacon, onion, garlic, sage, and rosemary. Served over pappardelle with copious parmesan, this made for a really good meal.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 3:26:00 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
For the risotto we used onions, garlic, diced carrots, and radicchio. Kristen did the stirring. :-)
For the pork I made a relish (salsa, pesto, whatever) from finely diced dried tomatoes, chopped pine nuts, parsley, smashed garlic, minced onion, balsamico, salt, and rapeseed oil. The tenderloin itself I browned on all sides and then did in a slow oven (80C) until it hit serving temperature.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 3:20:00 PM
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
We have family visiting, so I kicked things off last night with a choucroute: Cook diced onion, carrot, and leek with some lardons in a bit of rapeseed oil for a few minutes. Add rinsed sauerkraut, bay leaves, lightly crushed juniper berries, and caraway and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish and top with a couple bratwurst. Bake at 175 for a bit, then add a schuffeli and some wienerli and bake a while longer. Serve with steamed potato wedges, pickles, and grainy mustard.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:22:00 AM
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The usual biokiste-driven improv: lightly brown some sliced bratwurst. Add leek, diced carrot, and minced garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add chopped red cabbage and a good pinch of salt and let cook another couple minues. Add good chicken stock, some diced dried tomatoes, a bay leaf, and a bit of tomato paste and simmer until the cabbage is ready to eat. Serve over rigatoni.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:18:00 AM
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Bit of a Spanish-influenced improv: cook onion and garlic in some olive oil with a few piri piri chilis. Add diced salami, diced yellow carrot, ground cumin, and ground coriander and saute a bit longer, add drained chickpeas and a good amount of sherry. Let the sherry reduce. Add good chicken stock and let it reduce. Add some tomato puree and a couple bay leaves. Let the whole thing simmer 15-20 minutes.
Serve with brown rice and a big salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:11:00 AM
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
To use the leftover mashed potatoes I did some quick croquettes: mix the potatoes with grated cheese and some black pepper, form them, roll them in bread crumbs, and then cook with olive oil. It would not have hurt to add an egg or two to add structural integrity for the pan cooking part, but these still tasted quite nice, particularly with the mustard sauce.
We also had pork chop, sauerkraut, and some cornbread. All quite randome, but good.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:07:00 AM
Monday, February 15, 2010
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:25:00 AM