Tag Archives: gluten free

You Don’t Win Friends With Salad

15 Apr

That is not only true, but also rhythmically compelling.

But I do win salad with salad.  And thats not so bad.

But I do win salad with salad. And thats not so bad.

The only thing remarkable about this cabbage, lettuce, green onion is the dressing.  And EGADS is it a spectacular dressing!!

-1/2 inch of ginger, unpeeled and grated.

-1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-2 tablespoons of olive oil

-salt, pepper

-black sesame seeds

Seriously, I’d drink the stuff.

Parsnip Curry Turmeric Soup

14 Apr

Oh, hello daunting Bag-o-Parsnips.  I can barely figure out what to do with one of you, never mind a pile of you.  Another roast?  Another mash? Too boring, too….beige.

Is it possible that the parsnips are making everything around the beiger?  Are they boring-ifying my world??

Is it possible that the parsnips are making everything around the beiger? Are they boring-ifying my world??

Fortunately I discovered a sunny yellow box of turmeric in the back of my cupboard.  And next to it, some damn spicy curry powder.  To the Soup Machine!!  On y va, mes amies!!

Here’s the soup:

1 bag of parsnips.  Probably 6 parsnips, or like a pound or something.  Cut them into 1-inchish pieces.

1 glug of olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped but don’t try too hard cuz we’re gonna blitz them with the immersion blender anyway.

4 teeth of garlick, squashed and diced.

1 bay leaf, or more if they’re dried out and decrepit like mine

2 teaspoons of turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

3 cups of veg stock (or whatever stock is on hand)

salt & pepper

Sautee down your onion and garlick a bit, add bay leaf, turmeric and curry until everything’s yellow.  Then add parsnips and stock.  Burble away for like 40 minutes. Add salt & pepper, adjust curry/turmeric as needed, and remove the bay leaf.  Then throw everything in a blender and marvel at how awesome your kitchen smells.

Starting to feel spicy....there should be a parsnip make-over montage here...

Starting to feel spicy....there should be a parsnip make-over montage here...

Bzzzzzz....

Bzzzzzz....

Ta-da!  It's soup!

Ta-da! It's soup!

Black Radish beer snack

8 Apr

I was cruising Chowhound.com, where someone else had asked a question of what to do with black radishes.  Amateur chefs all over the eastern seaboard offered many very sophisticated recipes and techniques.  But one commenter, whose Boston accent was so thick I could hear it through the interwebz, got it right in like two sentences.  Grate the radish, add green onion and a little olive oil (and salt&pepper), and eat it with crackers and beer.  Done!

Actually, I also added a splash of red wine vinegar.  And the next time I made it, I added black sesame seeds because they look cool.  We ate these with tortilla chips and the requisite beer.

Black radishes are radical.

Black radishes are radical.

Peel'd!

Peel'd!

Black radish, grated to smithereens.  If there's too much water, just squish it out over the sink with your hands.

Black radish, grated to smithereens. If there's too much water, just squish it out over the sink with your hands.

Take THAT, tortilla chips!

Take THAT, tortilla chips!

Gratin leftovers = awesome breakfast potatoes

8 Apr

…And then the next morning…

Gratin with poached eggs.  There is nothing un-awesome about this breakfast.

Gratin with poached eggs. There is nothing un-awesome about this breakfast.

Carrot Ginger Cashew Soup

7 Mar

This soup is rad because it has built-in protein from the cashews.  It’s a trick I learned from the Soup Nazi in NYC.  For reals!  Man-friend and I were there about eight years ago, and a) the soup was AMAZING, and b) I noticed that it had cashews in it and that cashews in soup are rad.

Start with about 5 cups of carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks.  And always be on the lookout for streaker carrots.

Avert thine eyes!

Avert thine eyes!

Chop about 4 inches of ginger.  Leave the skin on cuz that’s where all the tasty lives.  Also chop one onion, and 3 cloves of garlick.  Toss those all together in your very fabulous Le Creuset soup pot.

Should I maybe just change my name to Ginger?  Sure as hell beats Carrot.

Should I maybe just change my name to Ginger? Sure as hell beats Carrot.

Add Le Stock, about 2 cups.  Boil until everything’s mushy.

Mr. Sulu, set coordinates for....SOUP.

Mr. Sulu, set coordinates for....SOUP.

Once everything is mushy, add the SECRET INGREDIENT.

Which is possibly not so secret since I revealed it in the title of this post.  It’s cashews.

Wonder if I can one of those awesome spy poison rings that's big enough to accommodate cashews.  I would go around sprinkling cashews on EVERYTHING.  Mwahahahaha....

Wonder if I can one of those awesome spy poison rings that's big enough to accommodate cashews. I would go around sprinkling cashews on EVERYTHING. Mwahahahaha....

Let the cashews cook for about 15 minutes.  Then add yer salt & pepper.  Aaaand finally, get out Ye Olde Immersion Blender, maybe add some veg stock if things are a little too thick.  Sometimes the cashews just suck up a ton of liquid.

Bzzzzzzzzz

Bzzzzzzzzz

Ta-da!  It’s soup!

"Soup" is so pedestrian.  Let's call is "puree of carrots, legumes, and fragrant roots".  That'll be $34.

"Soup" is so pedestrian. Let's call is "puree of carrots, legumes, and fragrant roots". That'll be $34.

How to clean organic greens, um, organically

7 Mar

So here’s a trick I learned in Brazil.  It’s how to clean organic greens.  Because sometimes, when you get organic greens, you get some homies in there that accidentally came along for the ride.  And maybe you don’t want to eat said homies.

Put your greens in a big bowl, fill with cold water.  Add a few shakes of vinegar, stir, and leave it alone for 15 minutes.  Any inadvertent stowaways will float to the top.

No homies here.  But look how greeeeen!!  zOMG!!1!! First greens of the season!  I shriek with girlish delight!

No homies here. But look how greeeeen!! zOMG!!1!! First greens of the season! I shriek with girlish delight!

Post rinse and salad-spin, I added some of those amazing leftover watermelon radishes, some blood oranges, a little fennel, and a squeeze of lemon and olive oil.  Salad ensued.

Salad-tastic.

Salad-tastic.

Shepherd’s Pie with Every Great Vegetable Ever

7 Mar

What to do with half of a leftover butternut squash and a surplus of sweet potatoes from last week’s produce box?  Definitely Sausage Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes and Squash from Epicurious.  The most delicious thing about this particular shepherd’s pie is that I discovered that maple syrup and curry were meant to be together.

 

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep.  Sheep are hilarious.

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep. Sheep are hilarious.

I did, however, make a few amendments:

-Added Swiss chard.  No peas, no corn.

-swapped cream for half and half

-Swapped coriander for cumin.

Here’s the basic concept: Boil sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and regular potato all together.  Drain.  Add back to pot, add butter and maple syrup, commence Pagan Squash-mashing ritual.  Meanwhile, saute the filling: sausage, onions, garlick, Swiss chard and curry + cumin. Throw the filling in a delightful cobalt blue Le Creuset baking dish, add a beaten egg plus half and half, and top it off with a colorful hat of squash.

Here’s my trio of delightful winter starches, post boil.

Steamy

Steamy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pagan Squash-Mashing, with maple syrup and butter.  Def wanna stick my face in that.  Like, when it’s cooled a bit.

Moments later...

Moments later...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The filling is underway in the pan.  This is the part that makes the house smell amazing.  Especially the curry.  In our last apartment, Man-friend and I lived on a block with a very delicious Indian restaurant, and lots of Indian neighbors who apparently spent their days cooking torturously delicious things.  The block perpetually smelled like curry, and every time Man-friend and I passed someone’s kitchen window, we made a note to that we needed more Indian friends.  Which is obviously the main driver behind both of us going to business school.
But I digress!

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the shepherd’s pie before going on the oven.

Shepher's Pie Tetris

Shepher's Pie Tetris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty easy, and SUCH a great meal.

What’s left of my Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

1 Mar
They were too good for this world.

They were too good for this world.

Carrot Fennel Ginger Sesame Salad

1 Mar

Well, that’s pretty much all the ingredients right there in the headline.  This salad was pretty fantastic.  Super-light, lotsa flavor, freshness, and crunchies.

Start by peeling carrots, discarding carrot peels into next week’s Le Stock, and cutting carrots into matchsticks.  For some reason, my mandoline wouldn’t matchstick-ify the carrots, so instead I spent some quality time compulsively slicing the little orange bastards into perfect. little. matchsticks.

Oh this?  It took but a fortnight.

Oh this? It took but a fortnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used two big, beefy carrots.  I also had some fennel, so I diced about 3/4 cup.  And there was one green onion, finely sliced.  But if I had more, I would have probably used three green onions.

For the sauce, I microplaned about an inch of ginger.  I LOVE ginger.  I mean loooooooove.  I like my ginger-foods to burn on their way down.  So if you’re less gingery than me, maybe just add a half  inch of ginger.  The rest of the sauce is just a teaspoon of sesame oil and a table spoon of rice wine vinegar.  And a pinch salt & pepper.

Special Sauce

Special Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tossed everything together, and called it “salad”.  Yes I did.

It's out of focus because obviously this salad belongs on a daytime drama, what with my unrequited love of ginger and all.

It's out of focus because obviously this salad belongs on a daytime drama, what with my unrequited love of ginger and all.

CSA for breakfast: Russet Potatoes sauteed in bacon fat

21 Feb

This is a little time-intensive, but worth it for lazy breakfast days if you’re so lucky to have them.  Man-friend and I were so fortunate on this Washington’s birthday, and we made some awesome breakfast potatoes, sauteed in bacon fat, then dusted with some salt and finely chopped rosemary.

Bacon vs. Potatoes.  The party is on the LEFT, people.

Bacon vs. Potatoes. The party is on the LEFT, people.

I cut up 2lbs of russet potatoes into 1-inch chunks and sauteed 5 strips o bacon without any extra oil.

Next step is to take out the bacon and fry the potatoes in the bacon fat for about 25 minutes.

Happiest potatoes EVAR!

Happiest potatoes EVAR!

Man-friend made these in two batches.  There was plenty of bacon fat to go around.

Done.

Done.

When they were done frying (about 25 minutes per batch), we tossed them with a few pinches of salt and about a teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary.  Yes, I know you’re smelling that now.

Breakfast!  Ohhh hello, leftover harissa from last night's turnips & radishes...

Breakfast! Ohhh hello, leftover harissa from last night's turnips & radishes...

So guess what’s awesome on breakfast potatoes?  Harissa!

The second batch of potatoes - most excellent Scooby snacks for later.

The second batch of potatoes - most excellent Scooby snacks for later.