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Shrimp Bowl with Peruvian Style Sauce

January 16, 2018

This recipe is a combination of my love of Asian food and a Peruvian style sauce. I saw this sauce recipe in the New York Times- one of my favorite sites to find things to cook. I changed it up a bit and came up with a delicious rice bowl…

Sauce

(Taken from the NYT)

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ cup basil
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Add all the ingredients into a powerful blender. Blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Take out and keep aside. Will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Can be used as a condiment for a variety of things.

Fried Rice

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 cups water

Heat a saucepan with the butter. Add the rice and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer on a medium heat with the pan partly covered till all the water is cooked off. Cover fully with lid, turn the heat down to low and cook for another 15 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, take out into a cookie sheet and spread with the fork and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped with whites and greens separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the pancetta and cook on medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till the pancetta is golden brown. Add the whites of the spring onions and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooled rice and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sauces and mix well. Check for seasonings, add salt if necessary. Garnish with green parts of the spring onions.

Sauteed Greens

  • 3 to 4 packs of baby bok choy or any other green
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the peanut oil. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 minutes on medium heat. Add the greens and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till the greens are wilted. Add salt and turn heat off.

Sauteed Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the peanut oil. Add the shrimp and cook on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, turning them once. Add salt to taste and cook till just done- do not over cook.

Assemble the bowls with fried rice, bok choy, shrimp and a drizzle of the Peruvian sauce.

 

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Pork and Kale Chili

January 15, 2018

In spite of this dish having kale, this was a big, big hit. A great dish to make in this chilly weather.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound good quality ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14 ounces can chopped fire roasted tomatoes with chili
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 14 ounces can of any kind of beans (I used black and pinto), washed and drained
  • Salt
  • 10 ounces baby kale, chopped

Heat a heavy large pan with olive oil. Add the ground pork and cook on medium heat, separating the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the ground cumin, ancho chili and oregano and continue cooking and browning for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and a teaspoon of salt. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and beans and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to stir. Take lid off and add the kale and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 10 minutes until the kale is wilted and cooked through. Check for seasonings and garnish with cheese and serve.

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Coleslaw with Apples

January 9, 2018
  • 1 9 ounces pack of shredded cabbage ( I got the organic shredded green and red cabbage with orange carrots package from Trader Joes)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup full fat yogurt
  • Juice of a small lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 medium pink lady apple, sliced thin
  • ½ cilantro, chopped

Transfer the cabbage mixture, apple and cilantro to a mixing bowl.

Add the mayo, yogurt, lime juice, salt, ancho chili powder, ground cumin and honey to a small bowl. Mix well and add to the cabbage mixture and mix well. Add more salt if needed. Serve with the pulled pork sandwiches.

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Pepper and Bean Salad

January 8, 2018
  • 1 14 ounces can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounces can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into ½ inch squares
  • 1 small red onion, cut into ½ inch squares
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Dressing

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Juice of 4 small Clementines
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey

Add all the ingredients to an airtight container and shake vigorously to mix all the ingredients well. Check for seasonings. Add to the mixing bowl with the beans and vegetables. Mix well and add more salt if needed. Let the salad sit for at least 2 to 3 hours before serving. Mix well before serving.

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Mexican Style Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

January 7, 2018

This is a great recipe to make in this weather… and the pressure cooker makes it super fast. Really, really yummy! Will post some salad recipes in the two days…

  • 3 to 4 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

Mix the spices and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle all over the pork, marinate overnight or at least for 2 to 3 hours.

If refrigerated, take out half an hour before cooking.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Mexican style barbecue sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups water

Heat a pressure cooker with the olive oil. Brown the pork shoulder on all sides on high heat, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Add the sauce and water. Cover with lid and cook under pressure on low heat for an hour and a half. Take out of the pressure cooker and place in a bowl to cool off. In the meantime, bring the liquid in the pressure cooker to a boil and simmer till the liquid is cooked down to 1 cup. Take the liquid out into a bowl, skim the fat off the top.

Once the pork is cooked off, using two forks, shred the pork, taking off any excess fat. Pour the spare liquid and mix well. Keep aside.

Chili Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 dried ancho chilies, stems and seeds discarded and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 14 ounces can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice and zest of 3 clementines
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a medium saucepan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ancho chilies, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, zest, juice and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer on a low flame for about 20 minutes. Take off heat and transfer to a blender and blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Check for seasonings and take out into a small bowl.

Serve the pulled pork on bun of choice topped with a bit of the barbecue sauce and coleslaw!

 

 

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Apple Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

December 19, 2017

Another favorite…

  • 1/3 cup plus ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 large Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ½ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square pan (any shape will be fine)

Stir together 1/3 cup sugar with apple cider, lemon juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan, then stir in the apples. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and remaining ½ cup sugar in a medium bowl.
Whisk together egg, cider, oil and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture- whisk till combined.
Spoon the batter into baking pan spreading evenly. Then pour apple mixture evenly over batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or till cake is done.

Pumpkin Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

Whip the cream in a standing mixer till soft peaks form. Add the sugar and pumpkin puree. Whip for another minute and chill for an hour before serving with cake.

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Apple Cardamom Trifle

December 18, 2017

I thought I would do a bunch of desserts for the upcoming holidays.. this is one of my favorites…

Apple Filling

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large apples, Pink Lady and Honey Crisp, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods, seeds taken out and crushed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • Juice of half a lemon

Place the butter in a large frying pan. Add the apple pieces, cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds and sugar. Stir constantly until the butter melts on a medium heat. Add the cider and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover with lid for ten minutes or till the apple pieces are soft but not mushy. Bring to room temperature and refrigerate. Take out of fridge a few hours before assembling. Divide into two portions.

Vanilla Custard (Gale Gand Recipe)

  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla bean to a boil over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and whisk vigorously until no lumps remain. Whisk in ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture until incorporated. Whisk in the remaining hot milk mixture, reserving the empty saucepan.
Pour the mixture through a strainer back into the saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slowly boiling. Removed from and heat and stir in butter. Transfer to a storage bowl. Cover with plastic wrap to eliminate skin forming. Refrigerate overnight. Divide into two portions.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon

Whip the mascarpone cheese, whipped cream, sugar and cinnamon till stiff peaks form.

One pound cake, sliced, divided into two layers
One trifle bowl

Assemble the trifle by starting with a layer of pound cake at the bottom. Cover with one portion of the apples and then the custard. Repeat the process one more time and top with cinnamon whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 4 to 5 hours before serving.

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