Sunday, July 31, 2022


the smoked duck breast you can buy in some specialty stores or nice complete supermarket #duckdinner #nycfoodphotographer


Combine 1/3 c rice vinegar

1/3c water

1/2 tsp salt

1TB sugar

Mix it in a bowl and add 12 cut in half cherry tomatoes to marinate 

The Duck

Sometimes it’s good to make a mistake.  I pulled some meat from my fridge that I thought was plain duck breast in a package.  But when it was time to cook it, I had a smoked duck breast instead!

What to do? Since I was ready to make a duck teriyaki and had bought the ingredients for the rice and vegetables to serve it with, I did not give up making close to the intention I had.

I made the smoked duck turn into ham!  Yes! I have done it before scoring the skin and making a fruit base ham glaze.  This time I used honey and some soy sauce just to season the sweetness. (1-1/2 TB honey to 1TB soy sauce mixed well)

Smear the mixture all over the duck.  Place it in a little pan line with foil on a rack.  I happen to have a small rack with a small pan I found in Amazon.  Comes handy cooking for 1 or 2.  Very useful even for heating croissant to a crisp.

I place the breast of the rolled smoked duck with glaze in a preheated 450F degree oven.  Cooked it 6 minutes on each 3 sides.  Set aside when done.

the Rice with sweet potatoes

The Rice:

Follow instructions of your rice cooker for sushi rice.  Or if you do not have a rice cooker,  then you can combine:

360 ml rice

450 ml water

1/3 tsp salt

1 Kombu piece about 2 inch square.

1 medium size Japanese sweet potato 

(They are red skinned with yellow interior)

Clean the sweet potato and cut it into cubes - 1/2 inch cubes or 3/4 inch is fine.

Put on top of the rice with water mixture and Kombu.  Turn rice cooker on.  It will take about 18 minutes to cook.

Soon it gets done, remove 3/4 of the sweet potato on a dish.  Remove the Kombu and fold in the rice with the sweet potato carefully.


I used 2 Japanese style leek/scallion and cut 10 slices but not all the way through until the 10th slice.

Repeat about 4 times for each Japanese leek/scallion

In hot pan, add about 3TB of oil till hot.  Add the cut leek/scallion.  Brown on 3-4 sides and set aside.

complete dinner


Dish rice out on to plate and put half of the sweet potato on top and shake some toasted sesame seeds on top.

Slice the ham-duck and arrange in the side.  Decorate the scallions and marinated cherry tomatoes wherever you want to present them.  Serve!

I did all this in 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022


​I bought two 1/2 inch bone-in pork chops.

I seasoned it with salt and pepper for about 15 minutes.

Then I found a bottled Teriyaki sauce in my pantry.  I used about 1/3 cup and poured it in a bowl to hold my pork chops and coated it well on each side.  I left it for a minute in one side and then turned it over for another 3 minutes.

Put the pork chops on a rack in a cooking sheet pan lined with foil for east cleaning.

Broil 6 minutes in hot broiler for 6 minutes in one side and turn over for another 4-5 minutes on the other side.  Set aside.

the grilled pork choos

Meantime, heat about 4TB of olive oil in a little pot.

When hot add 2 cloves of minced garlic.

Sauté for just a minute to render the flavor.

Add half a red pepper chopped and sauté another minute.

Add 3 cups of frozen corn kernels.

Mix to cook for 3-5 minutes until corn is hot.

Add 2 TB minced parsley and season with sea salt.  Mix well till parsley is nice and bright green and add 1TB of butter.

corn mixture

Now plate adding any green vegetable you happen to have.  We had left over broccolini. 

how to plate it

Hope you enjoy your dinner as much as we did tonight with little effort.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Lobsters for Summer

It’s 4th of July tomorrow.  I came across live lobsters and female at that!  I like the females because of their eggs and tomalley. These were delicious!

I bought the 1-3/4 lb ones and brought it home.  In a big pot, I placed a colander or steamer rack.  Soon as the water boiled which I filled before the rack, I placed the lobsters (2) in.  I steamed them 10 minutes per pound.  Perfect! 

My dip was melted unsalted butter which I squirted some lemon.

The corn was boiled for 5 minutes in salted boiling water.  To make it tasty I ate it like Mexican esquites.  A little mayo on top and used the Tajin Mexican seasoning which had lime.

Salad was a French version of a Waldorf salad.  Cut up endive with Waldorf dressing, some cut green apples, chunks of French blue cheese and seasoned packaged walnuts for salads.

A simple delicious dinner!

#lobsters #dinner #corn #endivesalad #tomalley