Archive for May, 2013

31
May
13

Rice Stuffed Tomatoes


One of my favorite summer appetizers, though I could make it at any time:

Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin oil, plus extra for oiling and drizzling
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Cut a slice of the stalk end of each tomato and set aside to use as lids. Scoop the pulp out of the tomatoes and chop.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl, carefully so as to minimize any loss of tomato juices; add the garlic, rice and basil. Season with salt and pepper and stir in 1 tbsp of the oil. Cover and let stand – at room temperature – for one hour, for the rice to absorb the juices.
  3. Stuff the tomatoes with the rice mixture and transfer to an oiled baking pan. Top each tomato with the reserved lids and drizzle with remaining oil. Bake in a preheated 350 F. oven for 35 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and the rice is cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

If available (usually in gourmet fruit and vegetable stores, use Brandywine tomatoes which have a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, for more sweetness use Spanish Montserrat tomatoes which have low acidity, but any large tomato will do. Arborio rice kernels are high in starch, shorter and fatter than any other short grown rice. They are great for risotto because the extra starch lends the dish a perfect creamy texture.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy

CS

30
May
13

Grilled Skirt Steak


Summer’s fast approaching, don’t believe me? Walk outside! Grilling time’s here and there’s nothing unusual about grilling a steak, but… the following recipe is different and scrumptious!

Grilled Skirt Steak

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 8oz skirt steak
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 fennel bulb, top removed, halved, cored and sliced thinly
  • 8 radishes, ends trimmed, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 lb arugula
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin oil
  • 2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup CS’ Olive Non-Fish Tapanade *

Directions

  1. Put the skirt flat on a baking sheet and season evenly on both sides with chilli powder, salt and pepper. Set aside so the flavors can sink in a bit.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rapid boil over medium-high heat. Add the couscous and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook the couscous for 15 minutes or so until the pellets are al dente. Drain and cool.
  3. Preheat the outdoor grill. rub the grill with oil to prevent sticking. Grill the onion slices for 2 minutes, turning often, until charred on both sides. Remove from grill and set aside.
  4. Lay the steaks on the grill and cook, turn them with togs from time to time, to sear well on all sides. It takes approximately 8 minutes for medium rare, longer if you prefer it more done. Take off the steaks and put them on a cutting board, let them rest for 3 minutes, this will allow the juices to recirculate.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the couscous, grilled onion, fennel, radishes, arugula, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss to combine, add salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Arrange 4 slices of orange on top of each plate. Cut each steak into 3 pieces, then turn each piece sideways and cut thin slices against the grain, to ensure tenderness. Shingle the slices on top of the salad. Spoon some of the tapenade on top and serve immediately.

* CS’ Olive Non-Fish Tapenade

Yield: just over 1 cup

  • 2 cups pitted Kalamata olives
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 pieces of tablespoon-sized grilled eggplant
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor. With the machine running gradually add the oil until the desired consistency is reached. The tapenade should be coarsely chopped. It will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to weeks.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

29
May
13

Mushroom Omelet


A good healthy breakfast is easy to prepare, and what could be than to start with an omelet? From Dropping Acid – The Reflux Diet by Jaimie Koufman, M.D. & Jordan Stern, M.D. with French Master Chef Marc Bauer:

Mushroom Omelet

(Recipe and photo on page 81)

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Serves  2

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 domestic mushrooms, about the size of a silver dollar (washed dried, cut in half to form 2 half spheres, then placed flat side down and sliced thin
  • 4 sprigs parsley (washed dried, stems removed, chopped fine)
  • 2 tbsp water or non-fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste

(Notes: * You can use any variety of mushrooms, I love the flavor of shitake musrooms, but remember to remove their tough stems.
* Mushrooms cook best in a large pan and spread in a single layer, if the mushrooms are overcrowded, the water they yield will make them boil instead of sauté)

Directions

  1. Whisk the eggs with a fork.
  2. Add the water or non-fat sour cream, parsley, and salt.
  3. Preheat an 8 inch non-stick pan on medium heat.
  4. Spray the pan with non-stick spray. Add the mushrooms to the pan and spread evenly. When they are golden brown on one side, season with salt, flip and cook the other side until tender. Reserve the mushrooms on paper to absorb excess moisture and oil.
  5. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and preheat on medium heat.
  6. Add most of the butter(save a bitif you need for a second omelet) and cook until it froths and turns slightly brown.
  7. Immediately add half the egg mixture. (Repeat directions for the second omelet).
  8. Let the eggs coagulate for a few seconds. Remove from heat while stirring with a wooden spoon or high-heat rubber spatula.
  9. Return to the heatand bang the pan gently on the stove to remove air bubbles. Lower the temperature.
  10. When the mixture is almost set(it should not have any color), slide the omelet to the edge of the pan. Place almost half the reserved mushrooms on the center of the omelet.
  11. Fold one third of the omelet in the middle with a non-stick spatula.
  12. Fold the other third slightly overlappingthe middle and carefully lift onto a plate.
  13. You can brush the top with a little melted butter (optional)
  14. Sprinkle with some of the mushrooms and serve toast on the side.

Repeat for second omelet.

If you prefer a parve omelet, you can use margarine instead of butter, and parve sour cream instead of the dairy one.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

28
May
13

Sunshine Chicken


One-pot meals are quick and easy to cook, perfect for when time is short. The common concept shared by this type of cooking is that as one puts all the ingredients together in one vessel, there no need to worry about getting the timing just right for each particular ingredients. Particular nice, is the fact that there is only one pot to clean afterwards!

Sunshine Chicken

SunChick

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut in wedges
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp grated orange rind
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 8 oz zucchini sliced into half moons
  • 2 small corn cobs, halved
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, for garnishing

Directions

  1. lightly rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into bite size pieces. Season the flour well with salt and pepper. Toss the chicken in the seasoned flour until well coated and reserve remaining seasoned coating.
  2. Heat the oil  in a large, heavy-bottom skilletand cook the chicken over high heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, or until golden on all sides and seared. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the onion and celery to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until softened. Sprinkle in the resrved flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the orange juice, stock, soy sauce and honey, followed by the orange rind. Return to the heat and bring to a boil stirring.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer – stirring occasionally – for 15 minutes. Add the orange bell pepperwith the zuchiniand corn cobs, simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chicken and vegetables are tender. Stir well and heat through for 1 minute. Serve garnished with the parsley.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

27
May
13

Chicken Cutlets with Facon


I made this last evening, easy to prepare and a delight to the palate!

Chicken Cutlets and Facon

(based on a recipe from Food & Wine‘s Quick from Scratch Chicken Cookbook)

TurkeyFacon

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Swiss chard, long stems removed, leaves chopped and washed well
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4  lb sliced Jack’s Gourmet Facon, cut into 1/4″ strips
  • onion, chopped
  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp, fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup parve substitute for sour cream *

Directions

  1. Put the Swiss chard and the water in a medium pot. In a large nonstick frying pan, cook the facon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Pour off and reserve all but 1 tbsp of the facon fat, which should stay in the pan.
  2. Put the pan with the remaining facon fat on a moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, another 30 seconds. Add the mixture to the chard. Bring the water  to a simmer, cover and cook over low heat until the chard is wilted and tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meranwhile, heat 2 tbsp of the reserved facon fat in the frying pan over moderately low heat. Season the turkey cutlets with 1/4 tsp of the salt and the pepper. Cook until just done, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the cutlets from the pan so as not overcook them.
  4. Remove the chard from the heat. Stir in the parve sour cream and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove the chard from the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the sauce. Divide the chard among four plates. Top each pile of chard with a turkey cutlet. Spoon some of the sauce over the top and sprinkle with the facon.
  5. Serve with french fries

* Parve Sour Cream

Yield: 2 cups

  • 1 package soft tofu
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt, to taste

Blend together well and refrigerate for about 4 hours

I washed it down with a Blue Moon White Belgian Style Beer.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy; I certainly did!

CS

26
May
13

Beef Stuffed Baked Potatoes


Why not try a nice Sunday treat? Actually, you can try it anytime, whenever you do, everyone will love it!

Beef Stuffed Baked Potatoes

BeefBakPot
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 scallion, finely chopped, plus extra shredded scallions to garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 12 oz ground beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock *
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F, prick the potatoes all over with a fork to let steam escape during baking. Put them directly on an oven shelf and bake in preheated oven 1 1/2 hours, until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Add the scallions and the garlic and cook on low heat – stirring occasionally – for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the ground beef, increase the heat to medium and cook – stirring frequently – and breaking it up with a wooden for 8 to 10 minutes until evenly browned.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, soy sauce and 1/2 cup of of the beef stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes, adding more stock if the mixture starts drying out.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and put them on 4 individual plates. Cut into 4 and squeeze gently, then ladle the ground beef mixture over them. Garnish with shredded scallions and serve immediately.

* Beef Stock

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 lb beef soup bones
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 stalks celery, including some leaves
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsnip
  • 1 medium potato
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 cups water

Directions (from allrecipes.com)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Trim root end off onion. Slice or quarter the onion, peel and all. Scrub carrots and chop into 1″ chunks. In a large shallow roasting pan, place soup bones, onion, and carrots. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until the bones are well browned, turning occasionally.
  3. Drain off fat. Place the browned bones, onion, and carrots in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Pour 1/2 cup water into the roasting pan and rinse. Pour this liquid into soup pot.
  4. Scrub the potato and chop it into chunks, peel and all. Chop the celery stalks into thirds. Add celery, tomato, parsnip, potato, peppercorns, parsley (including stems), bay leaf, salt, thyme, and garlic to the pot. Pour in the 12 cups of water.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 hours. Strain stock. Discard meat, vegetables, and seasonings.
  6. To clarify stock for clear soup: In order to remove solid flecks that are too small to be strained out with cheesecloth, combine 1/4 cup cold water, 1 egg white, and 1 crushed eggshell. Add to strained stock. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Strain again through a sieve lined with cheesecloth.
24
May
13

Feijoada – Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew


Brazil’s cuisine is an amalgam of indigenous, European and African influences. South America’s largest country, like many oof its European counterparts (far smaller in size!) has fully developed regional cuisines. Waves of immigrants brought some of their typical dishes, replacing missing ingredients with local equivalents.

Europeans (primarily from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland and Switzerland), accustomed to a wheat-based diet, introduced wine, leaf vegetables, and dairy products. African slaves also had a major role in developing Brazilian cuisine, especially in the coastal states. The foreign influence extended to later migratory waves – Japanese immigrants brought most of the food items that Brazilians would associate with Asian cuisine today, and introduced large-scale aviaries, well into the 20th century.

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Ingredients first used by native peoples in Brazil include root vegetables and fruits hardly found outside of Brazil’s continental mass. Root vegetables such as cassava (locally known as mandioca, aipim or macaxeira, among other names), yams, and fruit like açaí, cupuaçu, mango, papaya, guava, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, and hog plum are some of the most popular ingredients.

One of the few dishes found throughout all of Brazil’s regions, though in many variations, is made with various cuts of meat (from a non-kosher animal!) and black beans. It has become the country’s national dish, aromatic and hearty! At the request of an old friend, I’m posting a kosher version of it:

Feijoada – Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew

(adapted from various sources; the photos – above and below – also came from around the web)

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Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry black beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 lb corned beef
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck
  • 1 1/2 lb spareribs
  • 10 to 12 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth* or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp peanut or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups minced onion
  • 12 oz Jack’s Gourmet Beef Kielbasa
  • 12 oz Jack’s Gourmet Spicy Mexican Style Chorizo Sausage
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, cut on the diagonal
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • Salt as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper as needed

Directions

  1. Soak the black beans in enough cold water to cover generously for at least 6 and up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. In a separate container, soak the corned beef in the refrigerator overnight in enough cold water to cover.
  2. Drain the corned beef and place it in large Dutch oven along with the beef chuck, and spare ribs. Add enough broth or water to cover the meats. Add the bay leaf, cover the Dutch oven, and bring the broth to a simmer over low heat, skimming as necessary. Simmer until the meats are all tender, removing them from the broth as they become fork-tender (20 to 30 minutes for the spareribs,  45 minutes to an hour for the others), and transfer them to a bowl. When all of the meat has been removed from the Dutch oven, strain the broth. (You can cool the meats and broth now and continue the cooking the next day.)
  3. Drain the soaked beans and rinse well. Place them in the Dutch oven and add enough of the strained broth to cover the beans. Bring the broth to a boil over medium high heat and then immediately reduce the heat for a slow simmer, skimming as necessary, until the beans are tender and creamy to the bite, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season to taste with salt. Drain the beans, reserving their cooking liquid separately.
  4. Heat the oil the Dutch oven over medium heat until it shimmers. Sauté the onion in the oil, stirring frequently, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the kielbasa, chorizo, garlic, scallions, and jalapeño; sauté, stirring frequently, until very hot and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Return the drained beans to the Dutch oven along with enough of the strained liquid from the beans to make a good, stew-like consistency. Simmer until the feijoada is very flavorful, 10 to 15 minutes. Lightly mash some of the beans with the back of a spoon to thicken the sauce, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Slice the corned beef, beef, and kielbasa and chorizo sausages; separate the chuck and spareribs into portions. Add them to the beans and continue to simmer until the feijoada is very flavorful and thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice.

* CS’ Chicken Broth

Yields about 6 cups

Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 pounds chicken pieces with bones
  • 1 large carrot, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium sized onions, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed, dried rosemary,
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 quarts cold water
Directions
  1. Put all ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil slowly, then  reduce heat.  Skim foam. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours.
  2. Set chicken aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones. Discard bones; save meat for later uses. Strain broth, discard vegetables and seasonings. Refrigerate overnight. Skim fat from surface.

Brazilians usually have this dish at noontime (that’s the big family meal throughout South America), accompanied by a caipirinha and followed by a nap. I have it at dinner time (when I feel ambitious enough to make it, it only happened… twice!) and accompany it with a nice Merlot. It’s not a dish you’ll make often – its preparation takes too long – BUT, when you do, your taste buds will be forever grateful.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

23
May
13

Chicken a la Catalana


Catalunya is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions – comunidades autonomas – and its cuisine is arguably the richest in all of Spain, possibly because of its proximity to France. Its location has helped bring many cultural influences from Romans and Arabs in ancient times, as well as from French and Italians in more recent times. It relies heavily on ingredients popular along the Mediterranean coast, including tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil (prepared using the variety of olive called the “arbequina“), legumes (beans, chickpeas), mushrooms, onions, cod, wheat products (bread, pasta), almonds, wines, all sorts of cheese, poultry, lamb, and many types of fish like sardine, anchovy, tuna, and cod. Catalan is the regional language spoken and Barcelona is its capital.

At a bar mitzvah, recently, I run into a childhood friend from Uruguay, Susana R., and she just emailed me her favorite chicken recipe, including the accompanying photo:

Pollo a la Catalana

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 8 chicken thighs, deboned, skinned, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 dry red wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock *
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a bit of the oil in a large frying pan, add the almonds and fry, stirring a few minutes, until golden. Scoop out of the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan, add the onions, chicken and garlic and fry over medium heat for 10 minutes stirring constantly until deep golden. Mix in the raisins, sherry, chicken stock, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced slightly and the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with rice and salad.

* Chicken Stock

Yield: 16 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 small bunch (about 1/2 oz) Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 pound hen, cleaned and cut into four pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Place the celery and peppercorns on a piece of cheesecloth, then using kitchen string, tie the ends of the cheesecloth together to make a bag.
  2. Place 16 cups water in a large pot. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 4 hours, skimming the surface occasionally to catch and discard the residue and foam. Add extra water to the broth, making sure the original level of broth is maintained throughout.
  4. Drain the stock through a strainer discarding the vegetables and reserving the flesh for further use in other recipes.

The chicken stock can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen up to 30 days.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

22
May
13

Pizza Fiorentina


As a lifelong pizza connoisseur I can’t wait to make it this evening! From 365 Ways to Cook, by Firefly Books (page 150):

Pizza Fiorentina

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Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes (plus making the pizza dough*)
Cooking time: 7-8 minutes per pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling and grazing
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Basic Pizza Dough recipe *
  • all purpose flour for, for dusting
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 7 ounces mozzarella cheese, chopped
  • 20 black olives
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying panwith the garlic for 15 seconds, add the spinach and cook over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until just wilted.Season lightly with salt and pepper
  2. Heat a baking sheet in a preheated 475 F. oven. Place 1 pizza dough ball on a 9 inch pizza pan, Push down on the dough with your fingertips, pressing it out to fill the pan, leaving the border slightly thicker. If you get any tears, forcefully pinch the dough around the hole together.
  3. Soon 3 tablespoons of sauce over the base  and scatter wityh a quarter of the mozzarella, spinach and olives. Crack 1 egg onto the pizza, drizzle with oil to glaze. remove the baking sheet from the oven, slide the pan onto it, then quickly return to the oven. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until crisp and risen. Serve immediately. As the first pizza cooks prepare the next for the oven.

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From page 7:

* Basic Pizza Dough

Makes 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus rising

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce fresh yeast or 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 pinch of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Disslove the yeast in a bowl with the sugar, 2 tablespoons of the flour and 1/4 cup of water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, until the mixture starts to form bubbles. then add the remaining water. Add the salt and half the remaining flour and stir with one hand until you have a paste-like mixture. gradually add all the remaining flour, working the mixture until you have a moist dough.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a moist cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes.
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and knead the dough for 10 minute, until smooth and elastic. Shape into 4 equal-sized balls and place, spaced apart, on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with a moist cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

21
May
13

Mushrooms à la Grecque


Growing up I intensely disliked mushrooms but, like so many other things that changed, as I grew up, as my palate got more sophisticated, I learned to love them! So… what are mushrooms? They are…

…the fruiting bodies of soil-borne fungi that live from nutrients they take from plants living and dead. They flourish throughout the world’s temperate zones and add varying of earthiness and savory flavor to foods. Their flavor character and intensity depend almost entirely on the type of mushroom they are, rather than whether they are cultivated, what color they are, or their size.

(The Illustrated Cook’s Book of Ingredients – Page 270)

And… they are delicious, healthy and a great addition to salads, soups and more. Last evening I was not in the mood of long preparations, so… what better than this classic dish?

Mushrooms à la Grecque

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Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 lb 3 oz crimini or button mushrooms, halved
  • 8 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 1/2 oz pitted black olives
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley, to garnish

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and garlic, and cook until soft and starting to brown. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook, stirring gently, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. transfer the mushroom mixture to a serving dish and garnish with the olives.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining oil into the vinegar, season to taste with salt and pepper and drizzle over the salad, Garnish with the copped parsley, cover and let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle before serving.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!!!

CS




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