Recipes (Page 2)

Smoked Salmon Maki
Smoked Salmon Maki

This Smoked Salmon Maki appetizer was inspired by a drive to create some rice-less ‘sushi’ type preparations for those following low-carb diets, or even doing the whole ‘Keto’ thing. These Maki, or rolls, use thin slices of Smoked Salmon to wrap nori sheets, egg-salad made with Japanese Mayonnaise, and strips of red bell pepper.


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Lemon Stuffed Olives
Lemon Stuffed Olives

These Lemon-Stuffed Olives were inspired by an appetizer I once had served to me in a Greek restaurant. Like many recipes for lemon stuffed olives, the ones I had on that occasion used the zest for the stuffing and were served in a simple herbed-olive oil. Here, I substitute the flesh of the lemon for the zest, and include a little white wine in the marinade.


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Simmered Enoki Mushrooms
Simmered Enoki Mushrooms

There are many ways to prepare Simmered Enoki Mushrooms. The recipe here is derived from the basic Japanese traditional method for making this dish, but it adds a few twists. Chinese Rice Wine replaces the more common Mirin, and butter replaces the more common cooking oil for a nice depth of flavor and richness…


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Spicy Fried Baby Octopus
Spicy Fried Baby Octopus

This little appetizer dish of Spicy Fried Baby Octopus incorporates chili, cumin, and a little thyme into the deep-fry coating of cornstarch. When jazzed up this way, the tender morsels require no additional condiments at the table other than just a wee squeeze of lemon.

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Red Pepper and Feta Meze
Red Pepper and Feta Meze

This Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Appetizer dish is very Mediterranean in spirit. It enhances the sweetness of roasted Red Peppers and the tang of Feta Cheese with a combination of garlic, lemon and green onion. It can be a dip for vegetable sticks, or bread, used as a topping for Crostini, or else served as a small salad at any Meze table.


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Ginger Fried Baby Octopus
Ginger Fried Baby Octopus

These Ginger Fried Baby Octopus take advantage of the fact that the smaller varieties are more tender, and often more sweeter than the larger ones. Here, a little complimentary flavoring is added by way of a ginger and rice wine marinade….

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Basil Pimento Crostini
Basil Pimento Crostini

This little appetizer of Basil Pimento Crostini hardly needs an actual recipe. Its creation was inspired by a need to use up some fresh Basil leftover from another use, and as a way to showcase some of my home-made Roasted Red Peppers.

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Three Shred Duck – 三絲鴨肉
Three Shred Duck – 三絲鴨肉

Three Shred Duck is a great way to use up leftover duck and it derives its name from the fact that the Duck meat is stir-fried with three other shredded ingredients… in this case, Carrot, Scallion and Celery. This very Chinese preparation is actually a good example of the type of stir-fried dish that is usually made to finish up the rest of the meat left after a meal of Peking (Beijing) Duck…


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