Month: March 2017

Braised Pork with Daikon

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Today’s post is yet another half-finished piece taken from my ‘slush-pile’ of items that, for one reason or another, ended up languishing in blog limbo. Some time ago, I had in mind doing a series of posts featuring a very popular Japanese braising technique in which meat and vegetables are braised in Dashi. I still mean to carry on with the project at some point, but, for now, I thought I’d share the dish I made back on September 5, 2014, the same day I harvested the homegrown Daikon used as one of the vegetables. The notes I made that day are as follows:

Fatty Pork browned in fat. Daikon, carrot and shiitake strips added and quickly sautéed then Dashi added to barely cover. Simmer fairly vigorously until only 1/3 of liquid remains (about 20 minutes). Blanched and chopped daikon greens added for last few seconds then served hot.

Kimchi Soup (Kimchi-guk)

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Today, I am using some of my homemade Simple Kimchi to make a simple, but very tasty, soup. Many people may think of Kimchi as a simply a cold side-dish, or a Banchan (when included as part of a Korean meal). However, it is often used as a cooking ingredient as well. Most notably, it can be added to fried rice, it is used as a primary ingredient in particular types of Korean stews known as Kimchi-jjigae, and  is also used  in a class of soups collectively called Kimchi-guk.

As with any ‘traditional’ soup, there are as many recipes as there are cooks and, today, I didn’t have in mind any particular Korean recipe, rather, I have simply created a fairly straightforward Pork and onion soup to which I add a good, healthy dollop of Kimchi to give it a sour and spicy finish… Continue reading “Kimchi Soup (Kimchi-guk)”

Leek Stuffed Chicken Roll

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I start lots of culinary projects with a view to publishing them on my blog at some point but, sometimes, the odd one gets put on the back burner and languishes forgotten in a directory on my computer. I have been going back though some of these recently and have found a couple I thought my readers might like to see. This first one was for a nice little appetizer I tried one day and, though I never got around to recording all the steps, or writing up a proper recipe, I am able to reproduce my original notes:

Halved Leek sections seasoned with garlic salt, pepper and butter, wrapped in Prosciutto. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until Leek softened. Place inside a boned chicken thigh, add chopped fresh sage and roll up. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Bake until golden. Drizzle with melted red-currant jelly.

And… for the verdict I recorded?

Nice but the prosciutto was a little leathery. Bacon or Pancetta next time?  Hot Pepper Jelly might be nice here too.

The Paderno™ Spiral Vegetable Slicer

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Sometime ago, I posted a review of a ‘cheapo’ kitchen ‘Spiralizer’ called ‘The Vegetti’. As I mentioned in that review, I barely got my money’s worth as the product was limited to vegetables of a limited range of sizes, produced a lot of waste, and really didn’t ‘cut it’ as advertised. Anyway, after doing a bit of research, I chose another model online and duly received it for testing.

As you can see in the picture above, it came with three different blades for various effects (the reverse side of the machine has a rack for storing the two not currently in use). A stainless steel machine might look a little more professional and ‘sturdy’ but this model is actually well designed and performs its advertised functions nicely.

You can take a detailed look at the various features of the product here at Amazon.ca, so I will just limit my review to my initial tests… Continue reading “The Paderno™ Spiral Vegetable Slicer”

Sweet Pepper Parsnips

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I had been planning to use some parsnips along with my Red Bell Pepper Sauce as a side for a roast one day when it struck me that the preparation might make a very nice Spanish Tapas sort of dish, rather along the lines of Patatas Bravas. The difference here, of course, is that I am substituting the sweetness of red peppers  for the usual tomato based sauce, and adding just enough chili to make it ‘sparkle’ rather than being very spicy … Continue reading “Sweet Pepper Parsnips”

Casa Italia® Salami Cacciatore

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I love trying new things that appear in food shops and I was intrigued by this particular variety of Salami because of the descriptive name ‘Cacciatore’. In particular, I wondered if there was some connection to the traditional Italian dish ‘Chicken Cacciatore’.

As it happens, despite the Italian brand name and logo, the sausage appears to be manufactured in Canada. Moreover, it is made from pork, not chicken, and while it is actually pretty good, I have to conclude the ‘Cacciatore’ connection is entirely fanciful… Continue reading “Casa Italia® Salami Cacciatore”

‘Kraut-abaga’ (with Sausage)

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The name for today’s dish is one I came up with and is a contraction of ‘Sauerkraut’ and ‘Rutabaga’. It was inspired by a lovely dish presented by my blogger friend, Stefan, in a recipe post called ‘Zuurkoolstamppot met Rookworst’; a lovely Dutch comfort that translates into English as ‘Sauerkraut and Potato Mash with Smoked Pork Sausage’.

Now, the dish Stefan posted  looked delicious, and I would love to try it, but, these days, I am very conscious of my carbohydrate intake and so I decided to try and replicate the basic idea using the yellow turnip variety known as ‘Rutabaga’ or ‘Swede’. This particular vegetable has about one quarter the carbohydrate level of potato, and a low glycemic index so it works very nicely into my diet. I am using pre-cooked Sweet Italian Sausage rather than the smoked sausage used by Stefan, and my method is a bit different, but I get a chance to use some of my Homemade Sauerkraut in the preparation… Continue reading “‘Kraut-abaga’ (with Sausage)”

Lamb Patty with Mint-Jalapeno Salsa

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Today’s post accomplishes a couple of things… First, back on January 7th, I took a look at LÄM Brand Lamb Sausage and I mentioned that I would be trying the Lamb burgers from the same company in due course. Well, in today’s post, I did a taste test of the plain burger for you and I also used one to prepare the dish you see pictured above. The other thing this post accomplishes is illustrating another use for the Mint-Jalapeno Salsa  I recently prepared for you… Continue reading “Lamb Patty with Mint-Jalapeno Salsa”