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Texas Toast – A small batch

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If I had known that Texas Toast was garlic bread made with thick-cut mushy white bread, I would have made it a long time ago.

2 slices thick-cut white bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
pinch of salt (but only if you use unsalted butter)
pinch of cayenne (to taste)
pinch of dry oregano

If you prefer your toast cheesy (I don’t) you can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on one, or both side, before toasting

Melt butter with garlic and spices in the microwave for 30 seconds
brush one side of the bread slices liberally
brown in a hot skillet
once toasted, flip and coat the second side

Serve hot

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May 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Spaetzle – A small batch

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1 cup AP flour
1/2 cup milk or water (approx.)
2 eggs
pinch of salt and pepper

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth

Form the dumplings using a spaetzle maker, or a sieve/colander with large holes. I use a slotted spoon, pushing the dough through the holes with another spoon or rubber scraper.

Cook in boiling water for about 1 minute after the spaetzle begin to float.

Drain well
serve hot, tossed with butter, and a little salt

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April 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

Pâté de Campagne

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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.

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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

Baked Punjabi-style Samosa

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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to deep-fat fry. Don’t get me wrong, I love fried foods, I just hate the clean up and disposing of the used oil when done. So, here’s my  baked version.

1 russet potato (peeled, cubed, and boiled until fork tender)
2 tablespoons ghee or butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala or prepared curry
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
cayenne to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 box store-bought pie crust, thawed
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375ºF

Drain and smash cooked potatoes coarsely

Over medium-high heat melt the butter in a pan
add onion and cook until translucent and just starting to brown
add ginger and garlic and cook a minute more
stir in the spices and salt
add potato
stir until well combined
move to the fridge to cool

While the filling cools roll out the pie crust, just enough to thin it a little bit
cut circles about 6” in diameter using a small bowl or cutter as a template
you should be able to make approximate 8

Cut the circles in half and elongate dough a little bit
brush edges with egg wash
fold edges over and press down firmly to seal
if the dough becomes too soft while working, simply pop the whole baking sheet back in the freezer for a few minutes
spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling onto each half circle
pinch closed and set aside

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When all the samosas are filled, brush them with egg wash
place on a baking sheet
bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
cool about 5 minutes
serve hot with your favorite chutney

July 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Baba Ganoush

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1 eggplant
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt
pepper
pinch cumin
pinch cayenne

Preheat oven to 400°F

Cut the eggplant in half
sprinkle with salt
roast in hot oven for 20-30 minutes

With a spoon remove the roasted flesh from the skin
put in a food processor
add the rest of the ingredients
pulse until almost smooth
season to taste

January 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm 2 comments

Spicy Thai Style Shrimp Salad – A small batch

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Dressing
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic-chili sauce

Mix all ingredients together and set aside

1/2 pound large shrimp, cleaned and cooked
2 cups thinly sliced assorted vegetables
(cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, avocado, tomato, shallot)

Combine the ingredients
toss with dressing

Garnish with a drizzle of peanut sauce, chopped peanuts, mint, and or cilantro
serve over rice or rice noodles

 

June 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Red Lentil Dal

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The original recipe came from The New York Times by Nigella Lawson. I didn’t feel the need to reduce the amounts for my usual small batch, I’m looking forward to leftovers. But I did change a few ingredients and or measurements. And I used a pressure cooker to speed up cooking time, while Nigella’s version is done on the stove top.

2 tablespoon vegetable oil or ghee
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium sweet potato, diced (or a cup of diced butternut squash)
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 generous squirt of sriracha (or not)
1 – 1 1/2 cups dry red lentils
1/2 teaspoon prepared curry
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tomatoes, diced (or canned as the original recipe states, or even tomato sauce)
salt and pepper
4 cups water or stock (I did half and half)
1/2 can of coconut milk (be sure to shake the can before opening to combine the milk with the fat)

Sauté onion over a medium-low flame until softened
add sweet potato, and sauté for about 5 minutes
add fresh ginger and garlic, stir to combine
reduce heat to low

Add lentils and dry seasoning to the pot
stir until lentils are well coated
add tomatoes and water
cover, raise heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat until mixture is at a fast simmer
cook for 12-15 minutes (double the time for stove top version)

Once the main cooking time is complete, release the pressure from the cooker
stir in coconut milk and season to taste with salt and pepper

stir vigorously to combine and break up the lentils and sweet potatoes
if the dal is to thick, add more water or stock
if it’s too loose, cook uncovered to reach desired consistency

Garnish with cilantro and shredded coconut.

Some of the comments mentioned adding baby spinach. I may do that for the next batch.

May 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

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