Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday: Spinach pockets, Geschnetzeltes

Ah, the fun of doing random things in the kitchen:

For the spinach pockets: cook some garlic and sliced leek in a bit of olive oil until the leek starts to take on some color. Add a bit of flour and cook a couple more minutes. Add white wine, salt, and wilted spinach and cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is gone. Wrap this with diced feta cheese in pieces of puff pastry (blätterteig) and bake at 220C until nicely colored.

For the geschnetzeltes: cook the beef in a single layer in a very hot pan with a bit of oil and a pinch of salt until it's nicely browned on one side. Stir in some flour and let cook another minute or two. Add some cognac and let the liquid evaporate. Add prepared mustard, water, piment d'espellete, and black pepper. Let simmer a couple of minutes and then serve.

Along with a big beet and lettuce salad these made a very good meal.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday: Spinach mass + Farinata

Constructed to use the contents of the biokiste: wilt some spinach in the microwave, drain it, and chop it. Slice some leeks and cook with diced cooked potatoes until the leeks soften. Add the spinach, shredded bärlauch (it's that season again), some lemon zest, a splash of white wine, and some salt and mix well. Let cook a few minutes then serve with grated parmesan, chives, julienned bärlauch, and piment d'espelette.

To go with the spinach I did a batch of farinata that could have turned out better. I'm not sure what happened (probably a lack of attention), but the flat breads themselves ended up being somewhat dry. Still, the flavor was quite good.

With a big green salad this was a nice meal. Probably should come up with a better name for it than "spinach mass" though. :-)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday: pork steaks, bratkartoffeln, spinach

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.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday teriyaki

Making teriyaki has been on the list for a while, particularly after having lunch at Tokyo Subway when we were in CA.

I guess it's been quite a couple years since the last time I did this.

To go on top of the rice with the chicken I did: chopped, steamed spinach tossed with sesame oil, salt, and a bit of mirin; and carrot cut into ribbons, then briefly cooked (microwave) and tossed with salt and tossed with rice vinegar and mirin.

As a vegetable side I braised some diced kohlrabi and cabbage with soy and sake.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday basics

Last night I did two very simple dishes:

  1. schnitzel: pork loin pounded thin, seasoned with salt and piment d'esplette, and breaded; served with lemon
  2. saffron risotto: onion, rice, saffron, white wine, stock
Combined with a green salad, these made a really nice meal.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday: Joe's special

Given the big bag of spinach from the biokiste, making Joe's special was pretty much a must. No deviation from standard practice here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday: Roesti

To go with the leftover bbq pork I did a rösti. On the side we had steamed kohlrabi sticks with herbed quark and a big carrot salad with a citrus vinaigrette (lime, lemon, orange, rapeseed oil, tabasco, cilantro, salt).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday barbecue

It's not quite summer yet, but the weather was acting summery, so we had friends over and did a southern barbecue:

  1. margaritas
  2. 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.
  3. beacon butcher barbecue sauce
  4. cole slaw ("Tidewater Coleslaw")
  5. baked beans ("Grandma Wetzler's Baked Beans")
  6. cornbread (my usual variation with extra corn meal and whole sweet corn)
With the exception of the margaritas and barbecue sauce, the recipes are all from Thrill of the Grill.

Altogether an excellent kickoff to grill season.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Another loaf of bread

Friday morning I started another loaf of the rye version of no-knead bread; this morning I finished it. This loaf ended up somewhat squat and ugly (I chose a bad shape when letting it rise) but it still tastes great.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday's salads

Last night I did a collection of salads to celebrate being back and having a big new biokiste to work with:

  1. 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)
  2. diced steamed beets tossed with olive oil, balsamico, rosemary, salt, and white pepper
  3. steamed kohlrabi sticks with lettuce and herb quark (chervil, tarragon, parsley)
We also did bread and cheese.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tuesday: Asian chicken salad

A quick one to help recover from the flight back from CA:

Thinly slice some cabbage and toss with lemon juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Toss in thinly sliced onion, grated carrot, and some coarsely chopped cilantro leaves. Let stand 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Before serving toss with some sesame oil. Serve on lettuce, topped with shredded chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken from the Coop), and peanuts. Garnish with some quick-pickled cucumbers (thinly slice, 20 minutes with salt, rinse, ring out, toss with rice vinegar).

We ate this with bread and a nice white wine and were quite pleased.

Monday, April 05, 2010

SF Restaurant notes part 3

  1. Thursday: Hong Kong Chinese (Lunch, Mtn. View)
  2. Friday: Tokyo Subway (Lunch, Menlo Park)
  3. Saturday: Lunch at Jon and Cati's
  4. Sunday: La Fiesta (Mtn View)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

SF Restaurant notes part 2

  1. Tuesday: Bouchon (Yountville) for lunch; Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar (Healdsburg)
  2. Wednesday: Bistro Ralph (Healdsburg)
Food combination note for later: roasted asparagus with white miso and lemon