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:




With a canned speed it up:-)


Adzuki fried rice reenvisioned

Last nights leftover rice gets a new cibe with shrimp and bamboo shoots…with a side of stir fried kale and chard   

It needed more singapore to stir fry the shrimp in

And a dash of one of my new favorite things


Stir fried greens with bankok spice and red pepper flakes…elephant garlic, ginger, leftover orange pepper, and some mushrooms…veggie broth too

The shrimp get goingbwith the bamboo shoots and singapore spice


Yes, my akbar sushi pieces came to visit again


1/9 food finds

while at the farmers market and out and about we found a few fun things to try or think about trying.

Root veggies are the spotlight at the farmers market this week   

I bought some pretty pink and blue potatoes…these are colored clear through so they lose their color less than those with just a colored skin

It’s been cold so the avocado su ply train is getting a bit week.    

Tiny iceberg lettuces!


Assorted cute little lettuces

And a Penzeys trip  


My penzeys haul this week… The Turkish oregano was free (coupon)


Macaron for Jim at lemonade

Buffalo milk butter at whole foods


Cognac barrels!  I already have the bourbon barrel version at home waiting to be savored

Needed to try my Singapore spice from penzeys so made a sort of Singapore noodle


And some tofu lettuce cups


New Year’s Day food

new years day is usually about snacks and the inevitable greens, sauerkraut, and black eyed peas.

First is a beautiful pile of a new rendition of one of my favorite appetizers.  Peppers stuffed with goat cheese, mint and cucumber.  The original recipe was for peppadews.  At Xmas I found jarred cherry peppers which were nice because of the subtle heat…and then for New Years I used jarred piquillos which were nice and gave a whole new flavor and texture (plus a wide stuffing space)   

The simmered sauerkraut hit the pan–this likes at least a three hour simmer and is even better with smoked pork or nice German sausages in the mix.  A whole bottle of dry white wine goes in, a little sugar and salt, and juniper berries, a few cloves and a few peppercorns.  A bay leaf.  This year I added some fresh thyme and Rosemarie…all of the latter to be removed before serving 

Deviled eggs!   Using vlassic new spice dills and my grandmas spice blend in top of the usual suspects of mayo, mustard and celery seed



Leftover cheese hunks from the night before (ps..I like every Cheese that wicked river makes particularly the steakhouse)…chips and Suzuki crackers and a nice dip with an avocado mixed in (try this sometime…it adds a layer of creamy flavor without distracting form the dips other flavors)

Dinner is the summer kraut, simmered kale and mushrooms in broth, and some smoky black eyed peas.


Shakshouka gets Italian spice

I made this the same night I made the spice blend…quick easy weeknight dish.

Into the pot goes canned tomatoes (1 roasted and crushed and 1 chopped)…a can of limas and a can of cannelini  .. Some low sodium chicken less chicken flavored broth and a touch of water and I let it simmer and reduce   

Omg…don’t talk about the lid of my pot–this is my favorite everyday pot and whatever…it gets a periodic scour otherwise just a quick wash

Anyway…make some wells, add the eggs…these happened to be from my friends hens in her own yard given to me the day they were laid

Cover them up and about 7/8 minutes later they are perfect


Pair with some gluten free focaccia from Palm Springs Thursday night street fair with an olive oil and balsamic dip

A quick salad with evoo and tarragon white balsamic


The vinegar is from Palm Springs too 

My great grandma’s spice blend

I made this year as part of my Christmas gifts to family.  This is a concoction that my great grandmother used to make and use mixed into the egg dip when she fried chicken.  After all the chicken was ready to go, she would fry the egg dip for her grandchildren to eat while she cooked (and later, this great grandchild who spent hours in the kitchen cooking with her).

The color and taste will never be exact because decades have passed and things change…this batch was a giant purchase from  Penzeys and she always used Spice Islands.  The exact ingredients have been hotly debated but I have transcribed my version from one that she wrote—however I think she took some liberties….(this is the same woman who taught me to cook by measuring things by her hand/eyebal).

I don’t make fried chicken but I love this on fried eggs and in deviled eggs (I assume that’s the mental connection with eggs).

She used to make it and give it away freely but in today’s dollars from penzeys it ran me about 17.65 a jar to make.

Below you see another actual mise en place from me which is rare.


It’s equal parts of onion and garlic and thyme and cumin and marjoram and more for a total of thirteen ingredients.  The mace and cloves need to be half portions though.

It all gets combined


Jarred in handy penzeys jars

And labelled!


I also dated the jars so it doesn’t get stale dated …however, after she died, I nursed my last jar for years and it still tastes like childhood:-)

Gluten free gnocchi with cannelini and chanterelles

continuing my holiday catch up Posts from the past two weeks ….  This was Christmas week.  I actually took the time for a mise en place as I prepped my gnocchi.  This gluten free gnocchi I buy from Amazon in a four pack which is fare less expensive than the gluten free one at sprouts or whole foods as is the olive oil that I have on Amazon subscription.  

I sautéed the elephant garlic, beans and chanterelles in olive oil with the penzeys pasta sprinkle spice mix

Boiled my gnocchi


Added the garlic greens

Added a quicks salad with olive oil and balsamic

And I had a quick weeknight dinner with minimal pots to wash

Fun food finds 1/2/16

 We were Santa Monica farmers market bound today and since winter is usually bland I wasn’t taking any pics until I ran into this this thing so I started with the food pics….

Having no idea what it was, I bought some.  Wikipedia and several sites have cleared up my lack of knowledge…Mountain yams are a Asian tuber that turn into goo if you grate and get mucilaginous plus have an itchy skin that needs soaked in water and vinegar to neutralize…sounds like a winner here :-p


Kohlrabi are also in season as I found baby ones last weekend

Sun chokes have been about for a month or so but few in attendance this week–one vendor said the ground was too frozen to harvest  


Sweet limes…which I always look at but never buy….and they aren’t green!

Unhusked walnuts which I haven’t seen in person since I used to have to collect them from my grandpas yard


Mushrooms!  Including white truffle which I passed on hoping for black truffle soon…but I picked up some hedgehogs


My favorite cheese vendor provided me with a raw 1year aged white cheddar


Jim found giant macaron that are gluten free at the newly opened Lemonade

And I picked up the foodies coloring book at Barnes and noble!


Green tomato and mushroom/nut burgers

I was watching tabouli on tv the night before I made this and was thinking what to do instead of bulgur ….so I searched my fridge and came up with this pretty salad of Italian parsley, cannelini beans, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice…a tad of red onion   

Oven fries coated with olive oils and franks red hot (a new kind with ginger in it and a sweetness)

Baking the lentil/mushroom/nut loaf while baking the burgers

Ian’s gluten free bread crumbs on the green tomatoes waiting to be oven fried



I totally forgot the brand of buns


The new spice pickles from vlassic 


Mushroom-nut loaf nights

Made a mushroom but loaf last night (which is one of my favorite roast like meaty dishes) and it was a fail in texture and was crumbly so today I took a piece of it and mushed it up with a little egg and a little grated cheese…   
  And made little mini meatloaves  
And the texture worked!  This ended up being the most meaty textured loaf I’ve made before

And gravy to go with the loaf and some potatoes 

The gravy was Powdered no chicken broth from whole foods bulk bins that I love with some tapioca starch stirred into olive oil.  I added a tad half and half and the rest was water…this worked out well and tasted good

My completed meatloaves

My pretty lettuce

The salad gets the tarragon vinegar and olive oil treatment

   Look close for the tiny cilantro micro greens which is code for coriander sprouts