September 4, 2013
Moving to LIC means more time in the mornings for real breakfast.
Stole this idea from Inspired by the $3 yogurt cups I was getting at the Pret A Manger by work. Look what my shitty salary has encouraged me to create!
plain greek yogurt + mangos + raw almonds + honey + crumbled dark brown sugar
I love brown sugar. I get mine at the Chinese supermarket. Crumbly. Grainy. Like wet sand. Not to be confused with turbinado, or “raw sugar”. That stuff just doesn’t melt into your food like this does. I also rub this REAL dark brown sugar over pork spare ribs before browning them for stew. Caramelization is your friend. I think I’ll make some stew this week…
I am so getting off topic.
July 17, 2012
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups chicken broth
- cooking oil or butter
- 1 lb ground beef or imitation meat*
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small poblano chili, diced
- 1 tbs Mexene chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt to taste
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 lime
- sour cream or greek yogurt mixed with lime juice
- optional: fresh cilantro for garnish
- optional: shrimp
*I’ve had the best results with Upton’s Naturals seitan
- In a small saucepan, add quinoa over high heat and toast, stirring frequently, until warm. Add chicken broth. Reduce heat to low and cover, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is cooked through.
- Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika. Set aside.
- In a separate frying pan, heat 1 tbs oil on medium high until shimmering and add soy crumbles. Season with salt and half of the seasonings. Break up crumbles and stir until heated through. Remove from pan and set aside in a large bowl.
- ]In remaining oil (or add more if needed) saute onions until soft and translucent ~5-10 minutes. Add poblano and continue to saute 10 min until soft and onions are just caramelized. Remove from heat.
- In large bowl with soy crumbles, mix in onions, poblanos, and cooked quinoa. Mix evenly.
- Serve with fresh diced tomatoes, avocados, a dollop of sour cream/greek yogurt, and cilantr.
- Optional: Top with shrimp sauted in butter and Tony Chachere’s seasoning.
May 30, 2012
I’m two days into my “detox”, after a weekend of gluttony in LA for the Memorial Day holiday, and all I can think about is some good old greasy fake Chinese food. Here was my compromise:
This is a WONDERFUL imitation beef. Good firm texture, minimal soy flavor, and the best part? “Lightly Seasoned.” I don’t have to worry about my stir fry tasting like thyme and parsley. This makes them very versatile. At ~$3 bucks a package, I will be stocking up.
I love Trader Joe’s. I love their prepared food section, I love their affordable prices, and most of all, I love SPECULOOS. Holy crap. speculoos filled chocolate bars? Screw this diet. For those of you who are all “speck-you-what?” Speculoos is a nutty spread, much like an illegitimate love child of nutella and caramel. Too good to be true. But oh. It is. Ladies and gentlemen, speculoos IS real. Say it with me now: speculoooooos. And it is slathered over many a waffle in the food truck lined streets of New York City. So delectably decadent, that the last time I was in New York, the whole city was SOLD OUT. I kid you not.
But I digress. Back to fake – fake Chinese food.
- 1 package of Trader Joe’s Beef-Less strips
- ~2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ~2 tbs soy sauce*
- 3-4 tbs oyster sauce
- 1 dash sesame oil
- 1-2 tsp corn starch
- 1/3 cup water
*like all chinese stir fry, I season to taste. Excuse my approximations. Soy sauces very widely in saltiness.
- In a small mixing bowl, add soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, and slowly stir in corn starch to thicken into a consistency of ….thick chowder. Adjust seasonings to taste. Set aside.
- Warm a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add broccoli and a dash of water. Cover and steam, shaking pan frequently without removing cover to mix. Steam ~3 minutes. Uncover and remove broccoli.
- Heat 1-2 tbs oil in skillet until shimmery hot. Add beef and break up the strips. Lightly brown evenly. Strips are already cooked. You are basically just browning and warming.
- Add florets, garlic, and toss. When garlic becomes fragrant (~1 min), add sauce. Mix. Thin with a water if you want soupier sauce.
Mmm, mmm good. And healthy! AND vegetarian!
May 25, 2012
Very fun to make. Perhaps will mix in white flour next time so it’s not as tough. Also, must invest in real rolling pin instead of using my water bottle. I did not get the skin thin enough, I don’t think. (: Pictured: topped with homemade mango chutney, raita, and baked curry tilapia with raisins and almonds.
May 4, 2012
Adapted from my hero, Alton Brown.
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 whole pepper from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tsp adobo sauce from the can
- ~1 cup milk or cream
- 1 tsp+ dried chives (if using fresh, use 2 tsp)
- 1/4 cup+ grated Parmesan
- Dice sweet potato uniformly into 1 inch cubes. Place in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with wet paper towels. Microwave for 6+ minutes or until fork tender.
- In a large mixing bowl, add potatoes, minced pepper, adobo sauce, and butter. Add milk bit by bit as you mash, adding more until you reach the consistency of mash potato that you prefer.
- Fold in cheese and chives. Salt to taste.
Note: for some reason the potatoes I bought today had white flesh, not orange like your typical sweet potato o_O… had the texture of sweet potato, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty.
Served with sautéed spinach and pan seared scallops:
For a How-To on scallops, feel free to review my previous post!
May 2, 2012
Just arrived in southern California where I’ll be living for the next 4 months or so! First thing on my agenda? Groceries.
There is a Whole Foods AND a Trader Joes, all within 1 mile of my apartment. I think I’m gonna like it here…
Here’s the original baked zucchini recipe. Although with this type of squash, the stuffing got a bit too runny. I think I may have to precook the shell and drain it before I stuff it.
February 3, 2012
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 stalk of green onion
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 tbs rice wine
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
Mix rice wine into beaten eggs. In a wok or frying pan, heat a bit more sesame oil or vegetable oil over medium heat. Scramble eggs until still a bit runny. Remove and set aside. Raise heat to medium high and add tomatoes to pan. Add a pinch of salt. Stir fry until soft and some of the liquid is reduced ~ 3 min. Add green onions and egg back in. Stir and mix, breaking up the larger pieces of egg. Salt to taste. Remove and plate.
February 1, 2012
Weeknight throw-together meal. Good for lunch for the rest of the week. Lots of fiber! Keeps you full. It’s really a make it up as you go kind of recipe…
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1.5 tbs curry powder
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 sweet potato, diced in small cubes
- 1.5 cup lentil
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- chicken stock
- 1 cup frozen veggies, roasted
Serve w/ yogurt.
- Heat 1 tbs oil in dutch oven/large pot on medium high. Saute onions. Salt and add the spices. Continue sauteing until onions are translucent and very soft.
- Add a dash of stock and deglaze pan. Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broth, and lentils. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 45 min or until sweet potatoes are fork tender and lentils are soft.
- Preheat oven t0 400F or set on broiler. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease generously with olive oil. Toss in frozen veggies and spread out evenly across pan. Broil until edges just begin to brown.
- Stir in veggies.
- Top and serve with greek yogurt.
January 5, 2012
I found my new go-to salad recipe! Who would’ve thought raw kale could taste so good…I had a similar salad at Brooklyn Winery during my winter vacation in New York this December (awesome place, btw. we won trivia night last week!), and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
Solution? Some reverse engineering. Ok, so BKWinery’s salad still has some magical touch that makes it taste beyond amazing, but this recipe has passed my live-in New Yorker’s taste test, and he’s OK-ed it for our dinner rotation.
- 1 batch of kale
- 1/2 small butternut squash
- 1/2 cup hulled barley or farro, cooked in chicken stock
- 1/2 small apple, sliced
- 1 cup candied walnuts* (adapted from SimplyRecipes)
- ~1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinaigrette**
- Soak barley over night or for several hours. Rinse and drain. Add to a small sauce pan with 1/2 to 1 cup of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until barley is cooked through. Stir when needed to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Wash kale thoroughly. Pull stems off leaves and discard. Stack a few leaves on top of each other and roll like a cigarette. Slice from one end to the other. (aka chiffonade) This prevents bruising of the leaves. And it’s less messy and produces more uniform results than hacking at the leaves. Set aside in colander to drain.
- Peel skin off squash with a vegetable peeler. Dice into small cubes. Line a baking pan in aluminum foil. Add cubed squash and drizzle with olive oil. Toss. Spread out evenly across the pan, and bake on 400F until soft. ~2o min.
- Add kale into a large mixing bowl with the vinaigrette. With your hands, massage the kale until it soaks up the vinaigrette and softens a bit.
- Add apples, squash, grains, and nuts. Mix and serve! (I served it with a spicy pan seared white fish.)
Toast 3/4 cups of crushed walnuts in toaster oven on 350F, for about 5 minutes. In a small sauce pan, heat 2+ tbs brown sugar until it just begins to darken and caramelize. Add a pinch of salt. Toss in walnuts, stir, turn off heat, and continue to stir, on and off the hot stovetop until walnuts are well coated and not sticking together. Spread out on a flat surface and let it cool. I like my walnuts to have little grains of crunchy sugar, so I dont wait for all of the sugar to melt. You can do that instead if you want glossy coated walnuts.
**Apple Cider Vinaigrette (adapted from Martha Stewart)
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4+ cup olive oil
- salt/black pepper