Thursday, April 23, 2020

LOCKDOWN BREAKFAST ANYTIME

I tend to wake up a little later since lockdown because I go to sleep quite late.  Since I have to cook 3 meals a day - or at least prepare 3 meals a day, this means I also have to clean up after!

I bought myself my gym mat, roller, weights, and blocks hoping I could continue the exercises I have been doing in my gym when it was open.

I can tell I do not do it 4 times a week lately but 3 and I used to walk an average of 7000 steps whereas now if I reached 2000, I’d say hooray!

If I were just brave enough to be out and do some walking further I would.  But the airborne virus scares me inspire of my wearing a full protective looking outfit.


Given this condition, I attend office meetings between my cooking and laundry and choosing ingredients to be delivered on line, it pretty much sums up my day.  Not to mention the meticulous sanitizing of shoes, outer gear and groceries that arrive at my door.

The one comfort I have is creating delicious food I would have liked if I could eat at a restaurant.  It gives a relief that all things look fine and forget what is going on around me.

It starts off with breakfast!  I like breakfast because it usually contains food I like.  I love eggs, sweetened rolls or biscuits, fruits, juice  and coffee and tea!  Yes, I pretty much have my breakfast complete with Matcha tea and freshly ground coffee made using French press and sometimes with my Nespresso machine.

This is the base of the sauce I will mix with my egg with.
First you crack 2 eggs on a buttered dish
Then you pour the Morrell mixture on top and bake in a preheated oven of 375F degrees for about 10
minutes and serve.
Here is one of my favorite egg dish for breakfast. 

Ingredients:
1 TB softened Butter
Morels (approximately 2-3 per person)
1 shallot, minced 
About 1/3  cup Cream
1 Eggs
Butter

Soak the Morrell in water if you are using dried Morrell for about 20-30 minutes.  Slice lengthwise and set aside.

Mince the shallot and sauté in butter in a small pan.  Add the morellos and cream and stir.

Butter a small bowl or oven proof dish and crack an egg in it.  Add the milk mixture in too and season with salt.  Place in a baking pan and out in preheated oven for about 20 minutes and serve immediately.

While cooking, prepare your toast and butter them.  Cut them in triangles. 

Have a hearty delicious breakfast!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

HOME CHEFFING while LOCKDOWN

I have been posting my food in Instagram only because staying home and working has really kept me super busy at home!

Between attending office meetings by Zoom, doing laundry, cleaning and cooking 3 meals a day I have found this 4th week going 5th finally able to catch up with other things I like doing such as sharing what’s new with me - which may be the same with you!

One of the breakfasts requested of me to make is Huevos Rancheros.  Which I now make with canned retried beans and salsa sauce which can evolve into a Shakshuka sauce.

All you do is buy a can of received beans - of your choice, and a salsa of your choice.  The seasoning on top do change it from Huevos Rancheros (Mexican dish) into Shakshuka - a middle eastern dish.

 Above is the 2 eggs which I fried in oil I’ve oil, poured the same sauce I used for the Huevos Rancheros below.  The above is the Shakshuka satyoe eggs.  I like using my print photo of a French restaurant to inspire me to think I was eating in a restaurant.
Above is Huevos Rancheros made with the same salsa sauce above without the Shakshuka spices in it.  And the Huevos Rancheros is served with regrows beans - the mushy mixture on either end plus some cheese on top of your choice.  

The Shakshuka style eggs pair well with Moroccan lamb sausages and some harissa as spice sauce on the side.

#Shakshuka. #HuevosRancheros  #homechef #homecooking #lockdowcooking
#NYWCA 

Monday, February 24, 2020

COOKING IBERICO PIG

One of my go to stores for authentic food from Spain in D’España locates in SoHo area of NYC - because I live in NY.  One of the reasons why I love living in NYC, because it’s the melting pot, many foods are very authentically imported from whichever country you can dream of.  You just look for it.  Also it’s a great place to have a staycation after you’ve learned from your vacation.

 Above is the pork I bought from one of my go to Spanish stores in the city specializing in Spanish food locates in SoHo.  I bought this @D’España on Broome Street.






This is my @Souvide machine that I have not used much and now finally learned how to operate it!

I seasoned the pork with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Placed each of the pieces to fit the bag and sealed it.  I then out it in the #Souvide machine at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours.

Removed it, and open up the package I wanted to use and seared it quick on a very hot steel pan.  Because this is the wagyu of pork, it also has plenty of fat in between the meat so I did not need to put any oil or butter in the pan.  Probably seared it for a minute on each side.  I cooked the pork in the machine for 3 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit because I wanted the meat to be pink but not well done or rare.
 

Below I decided to broil the meat to see if I would get a nice charcoaled burnt finish like the one I seared in my steel skillet.  Maybe I should have put the meat closer to the top to broil it faster.

The salad is made of blanched snap peas I sliced diagonally, slices of roasted beets,, sliced jalapeños, and some crumbled Gorgonzola cheese served with Aged in Barrique white vinegar by DODI, olive oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
I happened to have #Bomba rice in my pantry, so I prepared that cooked with olive oil seasoned with salt and garlic powder.

The proportions are up to your taste.  This is truly a wonderful dish!  And that pork is the best pork!  Maybe I will try the @Mangalica or #Mangalista pork next time!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Nagano Trip and Soba

https://youtu.be/aj70sRAxd-4

I visited Nagano and was a guest to visit this large place about 30 minutes drive from Nagano Train Station.

It is a big place that sells soba and many other local products produced in Nagano.

They took me to a large room with many tables and faucets and sinks to wash hands.  They mixed the mixture for us to roll the dough and taught us how to cut it.  It was then cooked for us which took a few minutes and ready for us to eat.  Nothing like fresh soba!












#pasta #howto #soba #cooking #trip #nagano

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

PIZZAS

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/julianas
 We took the ferry to get to Dumbo (Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge) from Manhattan.  It is more efficient, less walking and more direct way to get there from Manhattan without getting turned around in directions by subway.  Pretty way also to get there.  You can pick up the ferry from any ferry stops.


 We picked Juliana’s to get our thin crust pizza.  Grimaldi’s has already sold Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s is so much better!!  If you like thin crust pizza - this is it.
 We also bought the NY original egg cream.  This drink is made with Selter or club soda, milk and chocolate syrup.  I have made it at home.  You can too.
Recipe:
Fill up a tall glass with about 1/2 c of seltzer (or club soda),  add about 1/2 c of milk (or 1/3 c) and chocolate syrup (about 3TB).  Mix with your straw and


Monday, January 6, 2020

LAS VEGAS TO NEW YEAR 2020

After Christmas we went to pack for Las Vegas to meet our friends for a Holiday.  One of the things I wanted to see is the talked about New Year’s Midnight Fireworks!  With this in mind, we looked for a hotel high enough to view the strip and watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

One thing I did not realize which we took for granted was the refrigerator stocked with food and the coffee packs in sealed paper cups that usually hotels in other parts of the country and abroad is complimentary.  We did not see this sign.  And if it was important it should have been posted on the fridge and another warning pertaining to every item found on top of the dresser/desk on the wall where one can see it right away.

We used the fridge to store some caviar I brought for New Year’s eve and my husband opened the paper cup containing 2 pods of coffee to make; only to find out that the coffee was $12 and the fridge use $50!  So be careful and read around your room if you are in Vegas.   Call the desk if in doubt so you don’t have to dispute anything and have bad feelings staying wherever you are.


We got a room with a view - that was good.  But do you see my caviar?  It’s nothing fancy.  I just wanted to have at least 12 circles to eat at the strike of 12 midnight at New Year.  Instead of eating 12 grapes, I thought I could easily eat 12 circles of salmon roe caviar in a second!  That should bring prosperity and good luck as believed by some.

Some of my favorite places in Vegas are other casino resorts such as the Venetian where not only did they have a replica of gondolas pretending to be Venice,  and Italian Architecture with frescoes; but they had one of my favorite casual restaurants #Yardbird inside this resort.  At Yardbird, we ate the juicy crisp Southern fried chicken on cheese herbed light crisp waffles served with hot sauce on the side and bourbon maple syrup.  You have to ask for these condiments as when I first went with our friend a couple of days earlier, we did not have syrup nor hot sauce.  It was a surprise to me the second time I ate there that they served this famous chicken and waffle with bourbon maple
Syrup!  I highly recommend the place though. We also had roasted Brussel sprouts with some bourbon maple syrup as well.  This restaurant offers other items more items besides fried chicken and waffles.



As far as the Venetian was concerned - below are some photos I took that impressed me.  You should check it out.

 Driveway at Venetian

 Inside the Venetian with gondolas you can ride and Venetian water way replica
We went to several hotel resorts in the strip and we also liked The Wynn, Cosmopolitan and Bellagio:
 Above is in Bellagio’s.  The chandelier is the entire ceiling made with famous Chuhullui glass art work.  Some of his glass works are worth millions.  I am sure the chandelier is probably worth close to it or in that range!  It is worth seeing to admire it.
 Palazzo and Venetian above.
 The Wynn.  I love this walkway.  It is so whimsical.
 Bellagio’s pool area.
 Cosmopolitan and the giant chandelier in their mall.
 Cosmopolitan Entrance Lobby
 Ceiling from The Wynn
 Video in Bellagio’s area where they always feature something.  During our visit, it was all fantasy Christmas Holiday!
Above is Bellagio’s dancing water fountain show which has been showing since my last visit 10 years ago.  I prefer watching it at dusk or in the evening.

Don’t forget, close by about 30 minutes drive or so west of the strip, you can visit the dessert and the famous Red Rock.  There is also a museum which informs you about the place by film.
Note:  Some of the areas at Red Rock has no satellite reception.  So do not get lost in the dark!  There are no street lights.  But it is a beautiful site to see.  Worth a side trip.





And to celebrate the New Tear we watched Journey at Caesar’s Palace Coliseum.  It was worth the experience.  Not only did they sing songs I wanted to hear but they sung Auld Lang Syne as an encore in their own rendition!
And of course, after all the dining while in Vegas, at last the fireworks viewed from our room.  By the way, since the strip is closed off - don’t bring your car to park in the casinos or you may wait for hours to get out.  First of all, the strip turns pedestrian.  We took the monorail.  Problem is they built it so far to the East that walking to it or from it almost covers the area you could have walked on the strip instead.  And if you go on one side and are staying on the other side of the strip, good luck in locating a place to cross!  They blocked it off so badly that if you are not spending the earlier part of New Year’s eve where you are booked, it is so tiring to walk back to your hotel!  Everything is pedestrian!  On foot!  So I hope you got some tips from this post. 


We had a lovely time with our friends and that counts and mean a lot.  Have a wonderful healthy and Prosperous New Year everyone!