Lions Mane y Salsa

No idea what else to call this dish. It is 100 percent inspired by the tempeh y salsa recipe in La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez which I would never even have glanced at it had it not been for the amazing chicharrones en salsa at El Mirasol that Jim used to devour breakfast lunch or dinner back when we ate red meat. My dish started out with a batch of Rancho Gordo Buckeye beans made “the Rancho Gordo way.

I think took about 8 ounces of Lions Mane and did a fine dice and sautéed it until it became crisp but not burnt

I took half the finished drained buckeye beans and mashed them and then gave them the refried beans treatment with olive oil not lard and a splash of Mexican oregano.

I took two poblanos (1 for each of us) and seeded them by just a slit along the top. These were put in the toast setting on the airfryer on the medium setting. Once warm and pliable I stuffed them with leftover white rice that I flavored with Rancho Gordo Felicidad Chipotle Sauce. I set these in a warm oven to get themselves warm and let the flavors mingle.

Meanwhile I decided this was a good time to try the Adonis Spritz recipe found in Bon Appetit recently which I made in Ken whiskey glasses made as a collab with Mattel and Dragonglass

The plating went together like this:

Warm beans on the bottom of the pasta bowl, the chili stuffed with rice on top. I had put just a dab of cheese on both to melt while in the warm oven. I sprinkled the Lions Mane pieces (my chicharrones) on top, then drizzled a fire roasted salsa, then drizzled some Chema with sliced avocado on the side. Garnished with some tomato and cilantro

With the drinks and the rose from the yard…

This one will get made again!

White Chili

White Chili

This white chili came out a little yellow thanks to homemade low sodium “chicken broth.” It can be made vegan my omitting the sour cream and cheese or by swapping in plant based version.

I cooked my beans and assembled my ingredients (note, I saved my bean cooking broth for use back in the chili).

Not pictured is my broth blend and the mushrooms. I sautéed onion chopped onion in olive oil, adding in one yellow bell chopped, one anaheim chopped with some salt, the pepper blends shown and a touch of the oregano Indio. After everything sautéed I added 1/2 the bag of corn and 8 ounces of chopped mushrooms and let it all sautéed until the mushrooms were cooked. Then I added in my bean broth, my low sodium “chicken” broth and water. Here I added in another teaspoon or so of the oregano Indio and let it simmer about 30 minutes. Garnished with radish, cilantro, cheese and sour cream.

One note about the oregano Indio.

This treasure of from my newly discovered Rancho Gordo in Napa. This oregano is grown for them as a partnership with an organization in Mexico. It’s more earthy than Mexican oregano and lacks the citrus notes. I like it.

And day 97, t-3 to 100, is our usual margarita friday.

I defrosted some tilapia loin yesterday on accident so its getting used today. What to make, what to make…

First inspiration was refried black beans—i was home today so that was perfect. Alas, i have none, but i have a bounty of lentils. True to form those google searched resulted in a mexican inspired lentil salad.

Lentil salad with a red jalapeño hiding out in there for bite

We had mexican corn and zucchini

And a spice rubbed tilapia loin

And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice

“Korean rice bowl”

So ive been craving kimchee fried rice…and made that plan..as the rice was chilling after its 10 minute ride theough the multicooker, i changed my mind…and rice bowl we became after axing the idea of bimbimbop and kimchee chigae (spelling?)…and i had this lovely kale, cabbage, beet, carrot mix already prepped so away i went

In the pan went garlic oil and chili oil (cant ise sesame in myhousehold whoch im sure is another reason i have had kimchee on the mind)

It just got a light saute and wilting


Meanwhile, i drained and rinsed some french lentils for the protein..

Using the same pan with some wxtra garlic and vegetable oil, i started to fru the dry jntil the pan was hot and in went the two eggs

Right here..you have to move your spoon or whisk or whatever fast and kinda whip the eggs and rice so its not egg clumped in rice like regular fried rice…its egg coated fluffy rice…and its creamy!  I love it

Here is a dressing  of toasted garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, tamari, rice vinegar and a little vegetable oil

Here it is all composed with the dressing over it..i ate mine warm but jims is sitting at room temp until he returns from (surprise!) doll club meeting…i had the oven warmed but that will kill the greens.


I really did enjoy this meal as i often do when solo….it eveolved to such a degree that i have a peeled reed avocado that didnt get used…

Monday–omelettes

Omelettes…thats what they used as a substitute in the absence of anything gluten free in france.

I had some leftover ratatouille and left over tomato-cannelini sauce so i threw them together for the side.

The leftovers:

The salad’s mise en place

Gonna let it marinate with thyme, olive oil, and vienegar

At serving it just gets tossed onto the lettuce bed

The omelette’s mise ( it was two eggs each omelette with a splash of olive oil and a tablespoon if sour cream) including garlic scapes and fresh basil:

Throw the beany mixture on the side and voila!  My power burner is a little too much on the le creuset pans for an omelette..thus the darkness but it still tasted lovely…basil chiffonade and garlic scapes in it and on top

Of course a south of France rose…

Plus some olives to nosh and dinner is made!

Grilled cheese wednesday

Been out of town (those posts to come) so trying to eat light and get life back in track.

Grilled cheese and salad

   
Portabella and brie…needs something! The brie isnt salty so it really needed a touch of salt

 
  
 Beans, green lettuce, avocado, tomato, brie chunks, a few pepperonxini…some penzeys greek and tuscan blends with olive oil and tarragon white balsamic  
 Add some gluten free croutons 
  And here she is!  

 #pulsepledge
 

Gluten free pizza and salad wednesday

Easy day with gluten free crust and a salad..   
    
 
Its not frozen but i love this anyway

   
Leftovers from last night…tastes like a feta but texture like a jack

   
   
 
Added some olive oul, sherry vinegar, an acocado, olives (leftover from pizza) and some italian broad beans with penzeys greek seasoning (i love it!) 

   

#pulsepledge 4 days in a row

Pulses day three

Coincidence…i had a plan inspired by kevins closet cooking but the only gluten free soy chorizo is the wrong texture…i havent made pasta in a bit so i went that route…

 First i gathered sauce ingredients:

Elephant garlic

  
 
   
 
  
   

 Gluten free pasta

   
  
Some cheese..i love this brand… Feta tastes like feta but the texture is more like jack

    
Salad parts:

 
  
   

 

  #pulsepledge

With a canned speed it up:-)