Friday, January 28, 2011

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

I know, I haven't posted in forever, but..... this stuff is really good and should be up here.
here's the recipe:

4 potatoes, pealed and cubed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons garam masala
1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can peas, drained
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
2. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with cumin,k cayenne pepper, curry powder, garam masala, ginger, and salt; cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, garbanzo beans, peas, and potatoes. Pour in the coconut milk, and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Sunday Mornings can be nice when you start off with a Mushroom Omelet

And finish with fresh Strawberries and fat free Cottage Cheese.
A nice French press of Coffee brewed with a little Cardamom and Coriander.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Special Green Curry Seafood

Ooh look , there is Squid, Muscles, Shrimp, Cod and yes I hate to admit it, I skimped on the imitation crab. Never do that again. The real Crab is so much better.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Banh Mi

Grilled Pork Bahn Mi from Vien Dong. Delicious and only $2.75. You can't beat that!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sopa de Albondigas

For the Meatballs - 1/3 cup white rice, 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb ground pork, 1/4 cup fresh mint chopped, 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped, some dried Oregano rubbed between palms, 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper

For the Soup - 2Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 large onion chopped, 2 clove garlic minced, 3 quarts stock (chicken beef vegetable or any combination of), 1 cup tomato sauce, 2 large carrot sliced into odd chunks, 2 zucchini sliced into 1/2" pieces, couple handfuls fingerling potatoes

cook onion until tender in olive oil, add garlic cook 1 minute, add broth and tomato sauce, Bring to boil reduce to simmer, add potatoes and carrots.

Make meatballs.
Add to meatballs and zucchini to the soup. Simmer 1/2 hour, Add cayenne pepper to taste and 1tsp dried oregano, Serve and top with fresh chopped Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Pan seared Salmon, Steamed baby Broccoli, sauted Garlic Chipotle Mushrooms and Artichoke Bean salad with Blue cheese & Honey Mustard dressing

I don't really have a recipe so here goes.
For the Salmon, Salt and pepper - Pan Sear
For the Broccoli - Steam 10 min.
For the Mushrooms - heat olive oil (2 Tbsp ish) in skillet over medium high heat, add Garlic (1-2 cloves minced) saute 30 seconds, add Mushrooms, saute until they have absorrbed most of the oil, reduce heat until mushrooms release their liquid, return to medium high heat, add a palm full of ground homemade chipotle peppers, saute until most of the liquid is gone.
For the salad - 1 can Artichoke hearts quartered, 1 can Canellini beans, 1 can garbanzo beans. in a bowl wisk together some olive oil (2 Tbsp?), the vinegar of your choice (I used rice 1 Tbsp), some honey and some Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Top with blue cheese.
More honey makes it sweeter, more mustard makes it well, more mustardy...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Not Moros y Cristianos

Ok, let me say this was supposed to be a post of Moros y Cristianos but when I started cooking tonight and got to the point I needed my black beans, I turned around and realized in my rush to head off to work this morning I forgot to put the water in the bowl to soak them. In an attempt to save my big mistake, I rumaged thru the cabinets and came up with a can of Great Northern Beans. It worked and tasted great but, cannot really be called Moros y Cristianos.

So, I sauted a chopped Onion, 1 roasted Green Bell Pepper, 4 minced cloves Garlic, 1 1/2 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Thyme, some crushed red Chipotle peppers and a bay leaf...

Stirred in 1 can Tomatoes and Chilis, 1 cup Rice, 1 can Great Northern Beans (yes should have been Black beans), 2 cups chicken stock, 1ish Tbsp Cider Vinegar, Salt and Pepper to taste, some Pimento stuffed Green Olives and some Capers. Simmered 20 minutes and here it is...

The end result tasted great. So, even with mistakes (and believe me I have made plenty) all is not ruined and dinner can be saved. I just have to be flexible...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Almonds with Sea Salt and Paprika

Blanch almonds in boiling water for about four minutes remove to cold water for 1 minute.
Skins should come right off.


Almonds ready for toasting / roasting in preheated 400 degree oven
It takes about 10 minutes stiring occasionaly
Watch. Almonds burn easily.

Sea salt / Paprika
1 1/2 Tbsp / 1/2 tsp

In a bowl, mix toasted Almonds with 1 Tbsp olive oil tossing to ensure an even coating.
Toss in Salt and Paprika. Serve warm

Friday, January 7, 2011

Making Do

Had to resort to the frozen food section

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Beef with Broccoli

Marinade your beef quickly in a mixture or 2 minced Garlic (or more if you like), Pepper (to taste), 1 Egg, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp Sake, 2 Tbsp Fish sauce, 1 Tbsp Corn starch, some crushed red pepper ( to taste), Stirfry until beef is almost done. Add Broccoli, Forest Mushroom, Bamboo shoots and 2 Tbsp Oyster sauce. Stir Fry until complete. serve with Jasmine Rice.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sourdough English Muffin

With Passion Fruit Curd! Don't ask me. Becky made it.
I just know it is tasty.