Posts filed under ‘Low Carb’

Butter Chicken – A small batch

IMG_20190303_172647_410

aka Murgh Makhani

The basic differences, that I can tell, between this recipe and tikka masala is that murgh makhani uses butter/ghee in the recipe, while yogurt is used in the base of the marinade for tikka masala. Either way you go, they both create a tasty sauce to mop up with freshly made flat breads.

2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1  8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 onion, diced
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
1 teaspoon garam masala or prepared curry
chili powder, to taste (or 1/2 teaspoon paprika)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat
add the oil, butter, and onions and cook onions down until lightly golden
add ginger and garlic and let cook for 30 seconds, stirring so it doesn’t burn

Add the chicken and spices, stir to coat well
add tomato sauce and combine
cook for 5-6 minutes or until everything is cooked through.

Add the heavy cream and simmer for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally

Serve with rice or with freshly made naan or roti paratha.

Advertisements

March 5, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Pâté de Campagne

img_20190128_111222_268

aka Country Style Pate

My mother use to keep her recipes in a little metal box; all the separate pieces of paper tattered and stained from use. When she and my father decided to join me in CA, they arrived with only 3 small suitcases, filled with very little from their 60 plus years together. I have to admit that I’m more than a little bit disappointed that the box of recipes was not included in the things my mother chose to bring with them.

img_20190127_111710_482

1 tablespoon butter (or bacon fat, or oil)
1 onion, finely diced
3-4 clove garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 pound ground pork
1/2 pound bacon, finely diced
6 ounces chicken livers, trimmed and finely diced
1 egg
1 slice bread, cubed
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F

Toss cubed bread with milk to make a panade
make sure the bread is submerged in milk and well coated
set aside

Saute onion, garlic, and carrot in fat of choice until softened
allow to cool

In a large bowl combine meats, onion, garlic, carrot, egg, panade, and seasonings
place bay leaves on the bottom of loaf pan
pour meat mixture into loaf pan
bang filled pan on the counter a couple of time to get rid of any bubbles

Cover loaf pan tightly with foil
place in a bain marie
bake for 1 1/2 hours

When done baking, remove from oven, drain the fat, and dump the water from the bain marie
place the loaf pan back in the now emply baking dish
then put a clean loaf pan on top of the pate to compress the loaf until cool
when cool, refrigerate overnight

Slice and serve on bread or crackers, with cornichon

This recipe makes quite a bit, so I sliced into 1 inch pieces, wrapped in plastic and foil, and froze for enjoying in the future.

January 29, 2019 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Cabbage and Potatoes with Sausage

img_20190113_174842_679

My mother has been sharing her old-world recipes with me. This one is a winner for sure. It’s done in a pressure cooker, but I’m sure an InstaPot would be just as good, or stove top, just remember to double the cooking time.

1 head cabbage, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 apple, diced
2 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
6 sweet Italian sausage links (but any sausage, smoked or not, can be used)
6 – 8 red potatoes, quartered or sliced thick

Blanche the cabbage in a pot of boiling salted water for approximately 2-3 minutes and drain in a colander. (I’m not convinced this step is necessary, but my mother was adamant. So… Ok)

Brown the sausage and remove from pan, no need to cook through
add onion and brown
add carrot and apple
stir to combine
add bay leaves

Mix in half the cabbage
layer first the sausage, then potatoes
add the rest of the cabbage
add stock

Seal the pressure cooker
cook for 10 minutes once up to full pressure.

January 14, 2019 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Beef Cheeks – A smaller batch

IMG_20180806_095846_145

Like all cuts of ‘stew’ meat, beef cheeks which come from the neck of a cow, need a long braise to get the best texture and tenderness. My friend Cy received some in a package of offal that was to be used for dog food. She thought we’d enjoy it more. It was delicious served with soft polenta. This recipe was made in pressure cooker, but would work really well in an Insta-Pot.

1 – 1 1/2 pounds beef cheeks, cut into managable pieces (no need to cube)
1 cup chicken stock
1 rib celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, minced

Heat oil in the bottom of pot
season your meat with salt and pepper after drying well with a paper towel
brown meat on both sides, remove from pan
add veggies and garlic to dirty pan, saute until tender
deglaze with chicken stock

Cut meat into large pieces
add back to veggies and stock
cook for a minimum of 3 hours covered over low heat
or 90 minutes in a pressure cooker, if using an Insta-Pot, follow manufacturers instructions

Note: Next time, and there will be a next time, I’m going to coat the meat thinly with some flour; just to give the sauce a bit more body.

August 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Poke – A small batch

IMG_20180707_185348_254

I had poke for the first time in Hawaii years ago. I liked it, but never really gave it a second thought. Fast forward to a little shopping excursion after my move to Cali, when I found pre-cut poke in my grocer’s freezer. I was initially skeptical, but eventually gave in to the curiosity. It’s perfect for a hot CA summer dinner.

8 ounces sushi grade tuna
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon (or lime) juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
red pepper flakes, to taste
sesame seed
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Cut fish into 1/2 inch cubes
toss with soy, vinegar, juice, sesame oil, and pepper flakes
garnish with scallions and sesame seeds

Serve with rice, salad, and or pickled veggies

July 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

Cajun-Style Shrimp, Sausage, and Vegetable Skillet

IMG_20180504_175441_463

Lately, this has become one of my favorite ‘brown and dump’ dishes. Saute each ingredient separately until golden brown and delicious (gbd), then put them in a bowl until ready to combine the dish.

1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound smoked sausage, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 rib celery, sliced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
cayenne, to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
oil for sauteing

Begin by mixing the dry seasonings together and set aside

Heat a large skillet with about a tablespoon of oil

First brown the sausage
once browned and cooked through, remove from the skillet to a large bowl
then brown each veggie separately, browning and adding to the large bowl
you may need to add more oil
end with the shrimp

Dump all the ingredients back into the pan from the bowl
add the seasoning mix
stir to combine and heat through

May 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Punjabi-Style Eggplant – A small batch

IMG_20180317_152348_702

aka Punjabi baingan bharta

2 eggplants, prepared (approximately 2 cups roasted and mashed)
1 small onion, finely chopped or even grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 cup diced tomatoes (I use canned)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala or prepared curry powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
chilies to taste
fresh coriander for garnish
oil, for sauteing
salt and pepper

The eggplant
Cut the eggplants in half, lengthwise
salt generously
place cut side down on lightly oil, foiled line baking sheet
roast for 20-30 minutes
once the eggplant are cooled enough to handle, scoop the flesh out discarding skins
chop coarsely

The main dish
In a pan over medium heat some oil
when hot, add the onions and saute until soft and translucent
add the garlic and the ginger and saute for about 1 minute
add all the powdered spices, stir to combine
when the spices are fragrant add tomatoes
lastly add the eggplant and mix well
cook until heated through and well combined

Garnish chopped fresh coriander and stir

Serve with freshly made naan, roti, or rice and your favorite dal dish

 

 

March 18, 2018 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Older Posts


Just call me Cupcake

Recent Posts

Categories

Calendar

August 2019
S M T W T F S
« Jul    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Archives