Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Main course: Broiled fatty tuna belly
Vegetable: White asparagus on baguette toast
Side: japanese rice with sushi vinegar
Dessert: Hazelnut eclair from Eclair Bakery
1/2 lb fatty tuna belly (available at Japanese grocery that carry fresh seafood)
1/3 c of miso with melted butter
2TB melted butter
Brush one side of the fish with butter and the sides. Smother the top of the fish with the mixture of miso with melted butter
Brook for 5 minutes and set aside.
WHITE ASPARAGUS - Vegetable
1 lb of fresh white asparagus
1 TB fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt
4 cups of water
Good quality mayonnaise
Peel asparagus from 3/4 top to bottom of each asparagus to remove the fibrous skin. From about 1/3 to 1/4 from the bottom of each asparagus, bend the stem to break off the tough bottom to discard. Put water in a large frying pan and teaspoon of salt. Squeeze fresh lemon juice in the water. Boil and then simmer the asparagus in the water covered, for about 30-35 minutes.
Drain in paper towel and cool.
Slice the baguette diagonally about 1/3 inch thick and toast it slightly.
Spread about a tablespoon on each of the sliced toasted baguette. Lay about 3 cooked asparagus on each toast. Enjoy it. (The asparagus may be longer the sliced baguettes. But you can eat the tips first. I do this to reduce my consumption of carbs and have more vegetables.
I also made Jaaoanese rice to accompany my fish main course. After j cooked my Japanese rice, I added the sushi rice mix in it and stirred the rice to incorporate the sushi powder for rice.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
My favorite eggplant is the striped eggplant. They have a sweeter flavor than usual.
What is a striped eggplant?
Now that you know a little more about this variety, let me share my simple Italian inspired recipe to cook and serve it.
2 small variegated eggplants (Caliope)
2 tsp salt
1/3 or more c of olive oil
2 medium size tomatoes (chopped coarsely)
1 big clove of garlic
Fresh basil (about 10 leaves)
Premium olive oil at the end
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
First cut off the stem of the egg any. Then cut the eggplant lengthwise about 5 slices per eggplant.
Sprinkle the sliced eggplant with salt all over. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then wipe it well with paper towel.
Heat olive oil a batch at a time and fry the eggplant till golden in each side. Drain and pat well with paper towel.
When all done, mince the garlic and stir fry in a separate pan (I used a wok) till softened beginning to get golden; then, add the chopped tomatoes.
I keep a pot of organic basil plant over my window so I can cut off fresh basil when I need it.
If you want to be a vegetarian for the night, have double servings of this like I did tonight.
I buy my produce mostly from Whole Foods. And no, I am not a paid advertisement for them, I just like shopping at their grocery store because I feel safe that my food do not have harmful carcinogenic pesticides.
The Where is Assam?
The information above will tell you about Assam where the tea I brought back from India originates from.
As to what to do with the Assam tea when you bring it back home, here's what I learned how to make the awesome Chai tea:
You cut some pieces of ginger - smash or slice them and add 2-3 seeds of cardamom. The fresher looking they are the better. It has more flavor. I added a tap of the tea and poured about 1 -1/2 cups of water. Boil about a few minutes.
Drain in a container. You can now add sugar or not; and drink as is or add milk. You can also add ice to drink it cold.
The above recipe is what I learned when I visited India last year. It does not contain whipped cream. But you can do that and add your sugar as you please. Also, it did not have cinnamon - just the cardamom.
Try this and you'll like it!
Although I don't have an expansive size kitchen, my compact cabinets do house extraordinary condiments or food.
Today, I share with you:
All these were bought from Whole Foods Market at 2 different areas. I prefer the black garlic.
That's it for today!
Till next time!
For more info on Black Garlic:
Saturday, July 11, 2015
I just found someone who makes white and dark chocolate Lego chocolates. My daughter-in-law's mother makes the birthday cakes every year.
This time, I thought of contributing to the idea of the cup cakes -
The grapes were strung in sticks to pretend like light sabers.
To order the chocolate Legos, I ordered them from MacarOn Cafe and requested it from their Baker. Picked it up from one of their branches near me.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
1/3 c of half and half
2 TB sugar
3 drops of vanilla
Beat the ingredients above together
Dip the 1 inch wide sliced French Brioche bread and fry in butter.
Serve with warm maple sugar and some butter.
I used my old French made brioche bread from Whole Foods with French flour de del butter, organic maple syrup
Batter has a little unbleached sugar, vanilla and nutmeg
Nitrate free bacon, boiled in little water till it evaporates - using a press to keep them evenly cooked.