Day 2. Carrots

We had carrots on day two because I had an ugly bunch that came in my produce box just waiting to be used.

Simple. Oven roasted in olive oil and acid leagues vegetable balsamic with a sprinkling of Penzey’s seasons salt. Covered in fouls and roasted at 375 for an hour

A veggie a day…day one. Corn.

For the month of May, I’m going to make a different vegetable every day. This was inspired by an article in Food Network Magazine.

Day 1 was corn as I have corn as I had some on the cob that needed used up.

I was inspired by an epicurious or bon appetit email for a recipes using some crispy fried garbanzos with some sautéed poblano and corn on it with an egg on top.

My version was made with black beans.

Crispy mashed black beans with corn and salmon

I sautéed 1 can of rinsed black beans with 1/2 poblano and 1/2 onion and mashed the beans with my spoon a little to make them chunky. I played those and placed in a warm oven.

Then I cut the corn off of two cobs and sautéed that with poblano and onion until the pepper and onion were soft.

Plated it

Yeah—my onions are a tad chunky!

I had a sautéed salmon filet that I laid on top

Arepas de Maiz

On my Amazon wish list for my birthday I always have cookbooks as that’s an easy option for friends and family. This year I noticed Provecho by Edgar Castrejon and added it and it was as purchased for me by my sister. This is a very fun book that will be loved by those that abode gluten and meat. I’m making arepas inspired by his recipe in that book.

1 1/2 cups masa—-I use Tres Latino masa

3 Tbl nutritional heat

Salt to taste

Corn…canned sweet corn. 15 ounces

Water to adjust for the right texture

The arepas should come together like this

The corn gets a blender treatment before being poured in
The photo makes these look way thicker than they are but they are a nice 1/4 inch thick or so

For the green salsa…I toasted the ingredients below and gave them a whir and now they simmer a bit.

For the red sauce…

Roasted tomato, shallot, jalapeño, with garlic, rehydrated California peppers and Mexican oregano.

The two sauces

For the beans…

The beans are leftover “refried” pintos from another post. I added roasted jalapeño and some Chile soaking liquid to simmer and blend.

Other sides…

My curtido is crazy good after the extra fermentation time. Sadly, this is her last appearance.

I wanted something extra so I grabbed some salad shrimp that got dressed up with chili and some lime juice

Then I just loaded them up as a vehicle for the toppings

Nabak Kimchi

I haven’t made Nabak Kimchi aka Water Kimchi in like a decade…it’s more liquidy, less funky than your typical Napa kimchi you see around.

I started chopping the vegetables—I used daikon for the radish, carrot, green onion, napa cabbage, 1/2 an Asian pear, and garlic.

The daikon and Napa have been rubbed with salt

Added the other veggies to sit with the salt

Meanwhile I steep some gochugaru in a strainer in 10 cups of water and some salt.

Once wilted the veggies go into the jar. To be joined by the gochugaru “tea”

Where it sat for 4 nights and 3 days on the counter. To relocate to the fridge and get sampled.

I ended up using the following:

  • The inner yellowish leaves from one medium head of Napa cabbage
  • About a four-five inch slice of daikon cut into squares
  • 2 Tbl gochugaru
  • 1/2 Korean pear
  • 1 medium to large carrot
  • About an inch slice of ginger
  • 3-4 green onions
  • Garlic to taste 4-6 cloves
  • About 8 cups of water
  • 2Tbl salt to run the veggies and 2 Tbl for the water/gochugaru mixture

This experiment was inspired by this water kimchi recipe

This is definitely a repeat. It’s been years since I made this from scratch and I really enjoy it’s lightness.

The Lazy Gastronome

Corona beans!

I soaked a batch of Rancho Gordo Corona Beans (which I see are sold out with a waitlist today — so I lucked out with my two bags.

This guys grow when soaked!

I cooked them with leftover cooking broth from the buckeye beans.

The broth is less clear than normal due to the cooking broth. These beans cook up to be nice and creamy with a flavor reminiscent of baked potato. Sautéed a batch with some beet greens as a seat for some mahi.

More corona bean stories to come! It’s a big batch.

Korean BBQ Oyster Mushrooms

Following on the success of the bbq pink mushrooms sandwiches, I thought my bag of mixed oyster mushrooms would be fantastic for Korean bbq mushrooms. i was kinda’ right. The pinks crisp up nicely but the other varieties aren’t a so crisp loving but they mostly get there

Following the other recipe. They were minimally spiced for this part, then when done I tossed them with some Flatiron Asian blend peppers, tamari, fish sauce, acid league’s liquid kimchi, liquid smoke.

Served it up with rice, butter lettuce leaves, kimchi, rice vinegar pickled daikon. I loved the mushroom marinade sauce so much I tossed it onto the broccoli rabe as well.

We made perfect wraps with the lettuce, mushroom and kimchi and I made reasonable pantry/fridge panchan

Dried Spaghetti Squash

I had planned to create a post about my pinto bean meatballs I made last night but I thought the spaghetti squash would just get lost…and I ordered online from the company tonight.

A few months ago we were in Sprouts and I saw this package of dried spaghetti squash.

And it’s just been hanging around since. Yesterday I had focused so hard one the pinto bean meatballs that I kinda neglected the rest of the dish. I threw some squash in a pan because it needed used…then I remembered the dried spaghetti squash and busted it out to soak. Once done, it sautéed nicely before being buried with toppings.

I don’t think it’s widely available but I ordered more online and some of their other products at Solely included fruit jerky, dried fruit and more of the spaghetti squash. I like their mission and their story so I was happy to order and share with you.

BBQ Pink Oyster Mushroom Sandwiches

Last weekend the Palm Springs Farmers Market granted me Pink Oyster Mushrooms from Canyon Creek Mushrooms. I was lucky as we slept in and they had two bags of mushrooms left—one was the pink. After hunting recipes I settled on the caramelized bbq sandwiches

I loved these! Carmelize them in a hot pan with some spicy seasonings…and toss in bbq sauce and then sauté them quickly again.

Here’s how they start:

Here is the last sauté before they hit the toast:

I used my favorite bbq sauce from We Love Jam

And I plated these beauties with a coleslaw

I’m gonna do this again. It’s a lot of low and slow time getting a nice caramelization but well worth it!