Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Stuffed Pepper Recipe

This is a quick after thought dinner.

What to do with a pound of very good ground beef!

STUFFED PEPPER RECIPE
Ingredients:
3 large green peppers
3 cloves garlic minced
3/4 c chopped onions
1/2 packet of roast beef flavoring condiment (I used one from Argentina - but you can use any good dry broth condiment.
1/3 c minced parsley
1/3 c chopped stuffed olives
1 medium size fresh ear of corn (shucked)
3/4 c chunks of pepper jack cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Grill each pepper 1 at a time on top of stove directly in flame of gas stove till charred all around.

Place each grilled pepper in paper bag for a few minutes to cool and easily peel the charred skin.

Cut peppers in half removing seeds and membrane. (Crosswise is better)

FILLING:
Sautée garlic and onion in 2TB of olive oil till golden brown.  Add the beef.  Add the corn. season with the condiment. Cover the pan to produce some juice.  Mix the meat while cooking from time to time. Add the parsley.  Season to taste.

Put 3 chunks of cheese in the split peppers then add about 2 or more of the meat mixture.  Too with the rest of the cheese and bake for 30minutes in 350F degree oven.

Serve with light salad.
My salad was mâché with orange balsamic glaze and orange olive oil seasoned with truffles salt and freshly ground pepper.

PEAK THAI #Restaurant

This is a real find. Good food, easy on the pocket, can do take out and good service.

I come here often for my favorite Pad Woon Sen. It's cellophane noodles with shrimp.  I usually ask for extra line to squeeze on top.
They also have an excellent soft shell crab in the menu with either 3 sauces or green sauce - which I ordered below:
At lunch time is the best deal. A complete meal or my Pad Woon Sen can be had for around $10 and below.

Their sticky rice and mango dessert is another favorite of mine. They are open everyday - check their hours in their website.

Peak Thai Restaurant
301 E 49th St
Midtown East
New York, NY 10017
(646) 454-1333
http://www.yelp.com/biz/peak-thai-restaurant-new-york


Monday, April 6, 2015

CHICKEN WITH ANCHOVY and ROSEMARY

INGREDIENTS:
3-4 Chucken thighs with skin (or without)
4 Chicken wings
4 large garlic cloves minced
4-5 five-inch Rosemary branches 
1-3 peels carrots sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 can flat anchovies (or 2oz)
1 TB of course ground pepper 
1 cup of balsamic vinegar or a little more
4-6 TB olive oil (without skin use 6TB)

Heat oil and fry chicken for a few minutes to get the sides golden's ghe brown. Add the garlic, Rosemary and peppercorns.  Put it under the chicken pieces in the pot.

Add the anchovies, carrots and and pour in the balsamic vinegar.

Cook uncovered over medium heat turning chicken pieces every 10 minutes for about 30 minutes-40 minutes.
Serve it either with mashed potatoes, pasta with garlic tomato sauce or garlic rice, rice pilaf or even plain rice.

Above - served with roasted potatoes with garlic and sundried tomatoes
Above, served with plain white rice!
Love this dish!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

THE CLAM - Restaurant

Located somewhere in the West Village bordering TriBeCa is this neighborhood restaurant serving such good dishes mostly with clams.  But his recipes are beyond the norm because he uses high quality ingredients and has refined the usual dish we know.

Co-Owner/Chef Mike Price was here today so I decided to have a photo with him!
For starters: the clams were so fresh and the lightly crumbed crumbs on the baked clams has parsley and other herbs in it. My sister said, next time she'll have 2 orders of this as a main course.
The clam pizza is studded with clams, it can be your full meal.  The crust is thin and crisp.
We also ordered the ravioli. It was so delicious!
My spaghetti with fresh Al-dente cooked pasta is another dish. The sauce is not your ordinary tomato sauce. I will come back for more.  It had a different taste to it.  He told me the secret - which I will keep.
One of us ordered their Pat La Frieda burger with their own sauce and herbed  fries!

I also had The Clam chowder which I forgot to take a photo of.  It's not your ordinary clam chowder.  It also had big pieces of meaty cubed bacon-like or pancetta pieces.

This is my new favorite restaurant in the city. They've only been here for about 8-9 months.

The Clam
420 Hudson at., NYC, NY
m.theclamnyc.com/

Subway: Take the 1 train to the Houston Street stop. Walk one block west on Houston to Hudson Street. Continue north on Hudson Street for two blocks.

Hours

Dinner is served Monday - Thursday 4:00pm to 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00pm to 12:00am, & Sunday 4:00pm - 10:00pm.

Lunch is served daily from 11:30am to 4pm.



My Breakfast

Majority of the time, I have smoked salmon from Russ & Daughters and berries - plus Sullivan Bread's Filone bread.
On WASA Norwegian bread, I spread a tablespoon of organic cream cheese, 2 slices of smoked salmon and chives on top and if I have capers, some capers. 

I toast a slice of Sullivan Bread's Filone bread and spread some mascarpone on it; arrange the raspberries on top and using a sugar sprinkler, shake some confectioner's sugar on the raspberries.

I always have a small cup of whisked matcha tea, a cup of fresh green tea, and 1 or 2 cups of espresso or cappuccino and about 3oz of grapefruit juice for my 2 vitamin pills with this.

Variation to my normal breakfast of smoked salmon is using omelette instead of cream cheese.

This is my energy breakfast most of the time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

NY RESTAURANT WEEK #LeCirq

I've been here a few times but there are other restaurants that participate in this event and for me to go again is because a friend of mine chose it.  This is when company takes priority over food.

The selection to choose from the special deal were all not my favorite (Other restaurants put their best foot forward).  If I stick to the choices for the set deal, the more I won't enjoy.  So, you guessed right, I opted for the almost twice the price of the special deal less $1.  This way, I get my appetizer of choice and dessert of choice. 
This is not the menu I chose. And the appetizer below was an extra cost our friend ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu.
Above was one of the appetizers served with "foamed" sauce.
I ordered the house Foie Gras with a puree and slice of pear. 
Seabass for my main course which I think was also in the menu about 4 years ago is what I picked again.  It's funny that I did mention this to my sister prior to my being at this restaurant; only to actually get served the same fish!

Away from the set menu for Restaurant Week, I got a bigger Foie gras and my choice of dessert.  And my choice was hot Chocolate Souffle!
The souffle saved my meal!

I think this place is a little over-rated.  I personally prefer some others that participate at Restaurant Week.  Restaurants should actually put out their best that could Wow me for the money. I was expecting a more haute cuisine than what I experienced.  And I knew this would be my experience as before. And that means not very impressive.

Let me try once more as my friend said I should have picked the shrimp dish.  I will tell you after next week - as we plan to return for the prix-fixed lunch menu. (No longer Restaurant Week)

Le Cirq

Friday, February 13, 2015

TULSI - Indian Restaurant

I've been passing by this restaurant since the time of inception as they took over the space. Tonight, after 3 months back from my trip frim India eating at I the best Indian restaurants which I made sure to go to, I decided to try Tulsi.
Before I went to India, most of my Indian food experience has been either buffet style or sometimes ala carte and they seem to all be mushy or grilled like a tandoor.

I am glad that I have the opportunity to evaluate what a Michelin Star chef cooking Indian food in New York is like.

The place is modern as you can see. Their menu varies from food from the north to the South in this restaurant.

I ordered Shrimp Balchao as my first course.  It was good but I wasn't impressed.  It reminded me more of a Philippine seafood dish called escabeche. It had tomato sauce, onions as a base and I could taste the sugar.
The price was a bit too high for something one can prepare the sauce ahead of time and shrimp added after.  $14!
Above was a dish I wanted to compare with what I had in India called Lal MAAS. It is goat stew with ginger, masala and other Indian spices.  It was good but for the amount of goat I had, $28 was outrageous!
The garlic naan was the best in the meal. The dough was very light and crisp and flavorful. That was $5.
Another disappointing dish I ordered was the fried okra.  I enjoyed this very much in Jaipur when my Tourguide ordered it. That was nice green thin slices of okra fried crisp.  But at Tulsi:
The okra was saved by the onions they fried and added to the dish; but it tastes more like burnt whatever. Because of the nutrient and the cost $9, I had ton save it to take home.

For dessert, I wanted to try something new. 
So I ordered Santra Payasam. It's some Indian custard served in a bowl made of chocolate. I can't complain but I wasn't ecstatic.

Now, my curiosity has just been fixed!

Tulsi
East 46th St., between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.