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Particularly Fussy

Poached eggs are particular. They are fussy. Two and a half minutes –no more, no less. And the water must be simmering– not boiling.

Hmmm, well, it’s not the eggs that are being particularly fussy, I suppose.

 

 

Ljgloyd 2017

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Huevos Rancheros, My Way

I love it when the Daily Post offers up food-related prompts. Serandipitously, I made Huevos Rancheros to brighten my gray and rainy Sunday morning.

There are many ways to make this dish.  My way is to crisp up a corn tortilla in a bit of hot oil and then layer it with refried pinto beans, eggs cooked sunny side up, salsa, a sprinkle of cheese, and a dollop of crema mexicana.

Oh yeah.   My eggs rocked this morning.

Ljg 2017


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Kitchen Sink Soup

Heaven forbid that a writer should be superficial, but every once in a while, when some of us can’t think of anything profound, clever, or worthwhile, we write about superficial things. In my case I tend to write about food and cooking when nothing else springs to mind.

Case in point: this morning I am clearing out some marginal vegetables from my refrigerator.  You know the kind of vegetables I mean– the ones that still have a little bit of life in them but not good enough to make a salad out of them. Into the slow cooker I tossed some frostbitten celery, slightly shriveled carrots that were buried deep in the back, a couple of ancient potatoes on the edge of sprouting eyes, and a bag of wilting coleslaw mix. I finished off the last of my lentils and spiced it all with pepper, thyme, veggie soup paste, and a shot Worcestershire. Fairly much of anything in my kitchen would have been eligible for this concoction– everything but the kitchen sink.

Superficial cooking, maybe. Superficial writing, oh yeah.

 

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A Spicy Winter Tonic

Every Autumn when the weather starts to cool down and I begin to interact with more people on the day-job, I inevitably come down with a bad head cold. This year I thought I would start early — last March to be exact — in developing ways to build my immune system. One of those ways was to make a batch of what I call “winter tonic.” This is an old folk remedy with many names. I am going to start taking a daily teaspoonful dose in hope that this spicy concoction will minimize my acquisition of a nasty cold.   Or is it decoction? Maybe it might be a type of tincture? Whatever… a jar has been sitting in my refrigerator all spring and summer so it is good and potent now.

When I made it last Spring, I mixed together chopped onion, garlic, fresh horseradish, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, honey, cayenne and star anise, put this all in a glass jar covered with apple cider vinegar and let sit in the refrigerator for a month. I then strained the solids out of it. At that point it was ready for consumption. I have to admit that at the very least it will clear sinuses — or be put to use as a salad dressing. I will see about the immune-boosting qualities as the season progresses.

I got this recipe from a master herbalist:

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Farmers’ Market Creativity

I have been trying to eat in a healthy manner these days so I visited my local farmers’ market yesterday to get some ideas and ingredients for dishes that are fresh, organic, local and seasonal. I came away with a bag of produce that filled the bill, including several bunches of fresh herbs: basil, parsley, cilantro and mint. Mint was an interesting choice for me since I don’t often cook with it, but something about it said “Make something with me!”

When I got home, I started googling recipes and I ended up with selecting an Indian mint-cilantro chutney. Now I just needed something to put the chutney ON. Such a sauce is often served with samosas and pakoras, yet these Indian appetizers are usually deep fried. Also, I wanted to use cheap and handy ingredients. So the Creative Muse jumped into the situation and I ended up improvising my own oven-baked version of a potato pakora.  Using ingredients on hand, a creative moment ended up with a yummy and healthy result.

Mint-Cilantro Chutney

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 inch of peeled fresh ginger
1 clove of peeled fresh garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
salt

Put everything in a food processor or blender with a little water (about 1/4 cup) and grind into a paste.

Miss Pelican’s Improvised Oven-Baked Potato Pakoras

2 cups of chickpea flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 heaping tablespoon curry powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper powder
Pinch of salt
About 3 cups (or half of 2 pound bag) of frozen hash browns, defrosted
1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 450F. Mix the flour, powders, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the defrosted potatoes and water. Mix until the potatoes are thoroughly coated with batter.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls of the potato batter on the lined cookie sheets, like you were making cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, flip each “cookie”, return to the oven and back another 10 minutes. Remove and cool. The pakoras should be a little crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Serve with the
chutney.

ljgloyd