Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dinner, done

Frenched lamb rack, olive oil, halved fresh tomatoes, and rosemary. Roast at 425 for half an hour, slice, and savor!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Scotch Eggs

Boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and baked. Classic English pub food. And it makes a hearty American breakfast too!

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Friday, January 20, 2012


Not quite guacamole, and not quite caprese salad either: tomato, avocado, and basil olive oil from Italy.

Livin' large, folks!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Treats!

I love getting packages in the mail... who doesn't? 

My brother and sister-in-law sent me some delicious home-canned items for Christmas.

Red pepper jelly and relish, two of my favorites. I sometimes eat relish right out of the jar (shh....).  And red pepper jelly is sweet and hot, good over cream cheese with crackers, or used as a glaze on a roast.  I can't wait to crack these babies open!

Tonight's Dinner

A mishmash of leftovers: green bell pepper and ham sauteed with butter and black pepper, then scrambled with 2 eggs; lemon-rooibos tea; and a green smoothie made of spinach, mango, and coconut milk.
Sounds good to me.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Shrimp Lo Mein

A healthy take on lo mein, with cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and almonds.  For most Asian foods, it's really important to get all of those annoying little ingredients prepared before you even get out your wok.

Shrimp Lo Mein
inspired by The Food Lovers' Primal Palate

1/4 c. raw almonds, chopped
3-4 Tb. toasted sesame oil
1 can water chestnuts, drained
3 stalks celery, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
2 c. broccoli florets, chopped (I peel the stems and throw those in too)
2-3 carrots, sliced into thin coins
1/2 lb. raw shrimp, tails on, thawed
3-4 green onion stalks, chopped (snip with scissors)
1 Tb. grated ginger
1 Tb. minced garlic
2 c. green cabbage, shredded
2-4 Tb. soy sauce (I used tamari; you can also use coconut aminos)
1 Tb. chili-garlic sauce (to taste)
4 Tb. sesame seeds

1. In a dry wok over medium-high heat, toast the chopped almonds 2-3 minutes until fragrant, stirring the whole time.  Set aside in a small bowl to cool.
2. Add the sesame oil to the wok, and after it has heated for a few seconds, add the water chestnuts, celery, broccoli, and carrots.  Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
3. Add the shrimp and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
4. Add the green onion, ginger, garlic, cabbage, soy sauce, and chili-garlic sauce. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
5. Finish with the almonds, sesame seeds, more toasted sesame oil, and a pinch of salt (if necessary).

***If you want to use a different protein (chicken, beef, etc.), you will need to stir-fry it first in the toasted sesame oil for 2 minutes before carrying on with Step 2.

Baked fruit

I came into possession of some dried goji berries -surprisingly tasty on their own- and have been trying to find ways to cook with them (so I don't just eat them all raw!). I tossed chopped apples, blueberries, and goji berries with lots of butter and spices, and baked it for about half an hour. It was delicious!

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