Monday, June 6, 2011

Recent Eats!

Sorry for the hiatus.....been ridiculously busy...
Here's some of the stuff I've been eating and cooking lately....enjoy!

Made dinner the other night....started with Crostini with Fresh Locally-Produced Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Marmalade.
Tough time finding Blood-Orange Marmalade around town...finally found it a World Market. Anyone know a better source?

First time making this salad - Watercress and Spring Greens with Blood Orange Supremes and Bleu Cheese.

Blood Orange Vinaigrette:
Blood Orange Juice
Blood Orange Marmalade
Red Wine Vinegar
Olive Oil

Main Course: Black Peppercorn Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Blood Orange Sauce and Goat Cheese

Finished it off with the make-ahead Chocolate Souffle from a previous post...but this time I added Blood Orange zest to the chocolate

This is from last weekend in Vegas.
I think Vegas has the closest Sam Woo's to Texas....great noodles in their Shrimp Wonton Soup.

Couple of weeks ago, brother was in town and we hit up Boiling Crab for crawfish!

2 lbs. Whole SheBang - Medium
(If you don't know what "Whole SheBang" is....well, then you don't know....)

Made zucchini bread a few weeks ago.....tastes like Christmas!
Msg me for the recipe!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the pics...will try to post another step-by-step this week if I have time. 
Let me know what you'd like to see me cook in the comments section below!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Super Savory Souffle!

Finally got a chance to try out Mark Bittman's Savory Zucchini Souffle recipe's the play-by-play

Simple ingredients...delicious results!

Shredded zucchini, minced garlic, and chopped onion

Saute the onions on medium-high heat with garlic...

Then add the zucchini and cook out most of the moisture (7-8 minutes) so that it looks like....


Separate the eggs and beat the whites till you get semi-stiff peaks (semi-stiff...hah hah)...cream of tartar can help it hold peaks. (Note: Don't get any of the yolk in the whites or it won't work at all!)

Then in a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks together with the....

Cheese (Mozzarella, Gruyere, whatever you want actually...about a cup's worth)

Then add in the cooked veggies and mix (salt, pepper)

Add about 1/3 of the egg whites and mix thoroughly (Don't have to be gentle at this point)

Add in the rest of the egg whites and gently fold into mixture...don't work it too much...gotta keep it light!

Make sure you have buttered ramekins (buttered well...all up the sides)

Then bake in a pre-heated 325F oven for about 30-35 minutes...

And.....You Get This!!!

Must be eaten immediately as the poofiness goes away very quickly...very, very quickly...

Light, Cheesy, Crispy-on-the-Edges.....FTW!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just a quick Hot Pot....

Quick post...more to come this week! Whipped this together for dinner tonight....Spicy Ma-La Hot Pot!

Thin-sliced Lamb, Frozen Tofu, and Broccolini.
Assorted balls (Balls!!):
Fuzhou Fish Balls (with pork centers)
Shrimp Balls (I didn't know shrimp had balls?!)
Pork Meatballs

For the stock, I used the packaged Little Fat Sheep Brand...
They make a pre-packaged Hot Pot base where all you need to do is add garlic cloves, green onions, and water....always comes out delicious!!

This is their spicy version...they also have a non-spicy soup base that comes in a green package!

Finally it was all ready to go!

Spicy Hot Pot for One!

Dipping Sauce:
finely chopped Cilantro
finely chopped Green Onions
finely chopped Garlic
Sriracha Sauce
Chinese BBQ Sauce (Sa Cha Sauce)
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil

Lucky for me, the weather got a little chilly tonight....Hot Pot is great when the weather is cold!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Choc-Choc-Chocolate Souffle!

Having never done this before, I thought it was high time for me to try my hand at the delicate art of the souffle....

might as well make it Chocolate!

Buttered ramekins....Ready!
(then coat with granulated sugar)

Melted 8oz. of semi-sweet chocolate and 4 tablespoons of butter in a double-boiler...

Nicely add 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 
and 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier....
Glossy and beautiful!

8 egg whites beaten to stiff peaks...thank god I have a stand-mixer...whew!
(with 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar and 2 tablespoons of Confectioner's Sugar)

6 egg yolks beaten with simple sugar syrup
(1/3 cup of granulated sugar melted in 2 tablespoons of boiling water)

Fold it all together and what do you get?

Chocolate Souffle!!! Ready to be frozen and baked whenever you need them.
(Bake frozen in 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes)

I'll post the baked pictures after I bake them...fingers crossed, hope they come out alright!

After freezing the 4 ramekins, I took two over to a friend's place for dessert....400 degree oven, 22 minutes...

and here is one that's unbroken....

I think it would have risen higher if it wasn't frozen beforehand, but with the freezing, I can keep chocolate souffles in the freezer and ready for anything/anytime!

And it came out delicious...crisp exterior, light moussey interior...retained all of the lightness and chocolate flavor!!! FTW!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snap, Crackle, Popovers!!!

Nice winter's day breakfast....Mark Bittman's Popovers.
Kinda like Yorkshire Pudding...but no beef fat (which I'm actually kinda sad about)....because as we all know....Fat = Flavor!

So basically, it's a baked egg batter....but the trick to get it to puff up and "pop over" the edges of the muffin pan is preheating the muffin pan with the butter in it....

Here's the butter in the bottom of the muffin pan....
Now....into a 425 F oven to heat up.

While that's heating up, let's get the batter ready!

1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons salt (I used Bacon Salt)
1 teaspoon sugar
1-2 teaspoon(s) dried or fresh herbs (I used an Italian Mix)
Oh yeah, you'll need a whisk and a 1/4 cup scoop for dishing out the batter into the muffin pan

By now the pan should be nice and hot and the butter should be sizzling (maybe even a little browned)

Scoop in about 1/4 cup of batter per "hole" should be about halfway up the side...
and then put it back in the oven at 425F for 15 minutes.

After that, turn down the heat to 350F and let if go for another 10-15 minutes....
until it gets golden brown and crispy on the edges!
*Note: if you can, don't open the oven to check on it too much (or at all) so the popovers don't collapse.

Sure they look a little funny, but that's the get them to "pop over" the edges of the pan!

Oh right, they should be eaten immediately while still hot and crispy on the outside and custard-y on the inside!

Great breakfast!
or you can use them as accompaniments to a meal...
like Yorkshire Pudding with a Prime Rib Roast...a little gravy on top would be good too!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chinese Street Food!!

So in celebration of the New Year....I thought I'd make some Chinese street food for lunch today.
On the menu: Grilled Chicken Hearts and Scallion Pancakes!

Let's start with the meat.

Chicken hearts
Soy Sauce
Shaoxing Cooking Wine
Five Spice Powder
Garlic Powder

Then skewered and grilled or broiled in the oven (if there's 6 inches of snow outside)
Meat on a stick is at least twice as good as regular meat!

This was followed by Scallion Pancakes.

A simple dough rolled out thin.
1 cup Flour
1 Egg
1/2 cup Water
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1-2 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon Butter

Mix together and roll out half the dough (see above)

Brush with Vegetable Oil and cover with sliced Scallions (Green Onion)

Roll the whole thing up!

Slice into 2 inch pieces and then stand them up on end and smoosh them down
(smoosh is a technical cooking term)

Roll them out with a rolling pin till they're about 3-4 inches in diameter and pan fry in oil on medium-high heat
(not crazy hot, because you have to let them cook through before they burn)
A minute or two per side (depending on how golden brown you want it)

Deliciously crisp and flaky
Use a dipping sauce if you want:
Soy Sauce
Toasted Sesame Oil
Chili Garlic Paste

These are great hot off the stove....don't let them sit around too long!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cabin Fever Cooking!

So, I've been iced in for a couple of days with the Snowapocalypse.....This has basically screwed up my entire sleep schedule and I've been up cooking in the middle of the night/crazy early in the morning. Here's what I made this morning....

Plain dough...just some flour and water...

Rolled into rounds...or in my case cookie-cuttered into rounds...

Add seasoned ground pork and scallions.....

Put it all together and what do you get?

Chinese Pork Dumplings!!!!

So that was at around 6 a.m....finished up a couple of plates of dumplings and put them in the freezer for later.

Then with the leftover ground pork and dough....
I made a stuffed scallion pancake.

Which was pan-fried to Golden Perfection for breakfast!!!

Delicious back to bed!!!