Category: Recipes

Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

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The filling for these Jalapeño peppers is very straightforward and simple… not much more than ground pork with scallion and garlic, really. It is the sauce, though, that I think makes this dish. It is based on Oyster Sauce mixed with some rice wine and a little chilli oil, and the sweetness of the primary ingredient is just right without needing any added sugar… Continue reading “Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers”

Parsnip and Red Pepper in Lemon Butter

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The above pictured preparation was a side dish I put together as a side for steak. I most commonly roast parsnips and glaze them with a little butter but, on this occasion, I decided to use parsnip batons in a melange with red bell pepper and some onion. I would have liked to use a splash of sherry here but I didn’t have any and the improvisation with lemon butter worked very nicely… Continue reading “Parsnip and Red Pepper in Lemon Butter”

Smoked Salmon Roll

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Today’s post features a little creation that was one of my recent ‘non-rice sushi’ experiments. This is a ‘maki’ type preparation (a ‘roll’, that is), except that here, egg-salad replaces the rice one would normally expect. Slices of smoked salmon form the actual outer roll, but I have used nori sheets for an inner wrapper for the filling in the interests of both tradition and texture … Continue reading “Smoked Salmon Roll”

Parsnip-Apple Patties

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Today’s post is a new evolution of an ongoing work in progress… A while back, I posted a Pork Belly Appetizer I am working on and I showed the two different ways I had tried for using parsnips as a ‘base’. The second of these was a sort of ‘pancake’ I first baked and then fried. This version follows up on the general idea except that I am using apple in the mix and making smaller, individual sized patties. For today’s post, I first present them as sort of appetizer along with the spiced cranberry sauce I made for the earlier post. I still want to use these as an appetizer base, but. For today’s purposes I am not cooking another pork belly roast… Continue reading “Parsnip-Apple Patties”

Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans

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When I was a kid, I heartily disliked green-beans and I never really changed my opinion much over the years. I liked them raw, actually, as they taste quite a bit like snap-peas in that state, but, once cooked, especially by boiling, the nice sweetness of the raw product disappeared. Fresh ones were the best, if I had to eat them, but the frozen sort were rarely very good and the canned (which were all we ever got in school dinners) were nothing less than disgusting.

Once I discovered the Sichuan method  of dry-frying beans, however, I found a way where I could genuinely enjoy this vegetable. In this cookery style, the beans are first quickly fried (nowadays mostly by briefly deep-frying) and then they are stir-fried a second time along with various ingredients (commonlya little ground pork, or dried shrimp) and the sort of seasoning such as chili paste, scallion and garlic, that you often find in Sichuan dishes. The taste of the fresh, raw article is preserved and the texture is terrific… Continue reading “Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans”

Lamb Stuffed Zucchini

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They had some lovely fresh mint in our local market and I bought a large bunch with a view to making a new batch of Mint Sauce for the fridge as well as some mint tea. I also decided to use some of it in combination with some frozen ground lamb I had on hand. This little appetizer sort of dish is what I came up with … Continue reading “Lamb Stuffed Zucchini”

Scalloped XO Omelette

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After trimming a bunch of gigantic scallops for another recipe, I had about the equivalent of two large scallops in little pieces and I decided to use them to make the above pictured little snack. I simply diced the pieces and did the same with a little green and red bell pepper, then stirred all this into two beaten eggs along with some salt and pepper and the ‘juice’ thrown off by the scallops.

After frying two small omelettes, I served them both drizzled with a little XO Sauce diluted with a little rice wine. It didn’t photograph up very prettily, I am afraid, but it sure was delicious ….

Cucumber Gunboats

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Many of you who have eaten in Sushi restaurants regularly will likely have come across the specialty known as ‘Gunkan Maki’. For those who haven’t experienced it yet, it is very much like Nigiri sushi in that it is a topping (‘Neta’) on top of an oblong pad of sushi recipe except, in the ‘Gunkan’ case, the topping is ‘loose’ rather than solid (as, say in the case of a block of tuna ), and, thus, a collar of Nori is wrapped around the rice to hold it in place. The name ‘Gunkan’ is usually rendered in English as ‘Battleship’ on most menus to reflect the boat-like shape of each item.

Today, I am showing you the way I have experimented with the basic theme by replacing the rice pad with a section of cucumber (in keeping with my low-carb diet). In celebration of this novel idea (which I haven’t found elsewhere) I have named my creations ‘gunboats’ and I have played around with some non-traditional toppings (or fillings, if you prefer) …. [ Continue reading “Cucumber Gunboats”

Braised Lettuce

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Lettuce, in the west, is pretty much exclusively thought of as a salad vegetable and always eaten cold. In Chinese cookery, however, it most commonly appears cooked and, indeed, has, traditionally at least, never been eaten raw. It is a bit unfortunate, really, that we haven’t cottoned on to the idea of cooking our lettuce once in a while as the process actually brings out flavors that are often missed. Today, I am showing you a simple preparation illustrating a common sort of dish… Continue reading “Braised Lettuce”