As I had some nice fresh Basil on hand, I wanted to put together a Pesto, primarily for use as a pasta sauce. I also wanted to do something a little different than the usual Genoese style with garlic and pine-nuts and I decided to use green olives and green Jalapeno for a tangier, spicier result. The name I came up with, Pesto Piccante, has, it turns out already been used before and , when I searched the name on line I found some (mainly commercial) productions that are tomato based, and look very much to me like Italian variations of Salsa.
Well, screw it … I am going to use the name anyway … Continue reading “Pesto Piccante”
Eel Sauce is a Japanese preparation sometimes known as ‘Nitsume’ or ‘Kabayaki Sauce’. While it is quite commonly used as a glaze for grilled eel dishes (indeed, the ‘Unagi’ on the bottle label means the freshwater eel commonly appearing on sushi menus), the name arises because it was traditionally made by making a stock by boiling eels and reducing it to a syrupy consistence. Nowadays, sugar, Mirin, sake and soy sauce are all commonly used in the basic recipe and Dashi often replaces eel stock.
I often think of Eel Sauce as being the Japanese equivalent of Chinese Oyster Sauce and the two can be used almost interchangeably. Indeed, the taste is very similar, although, some varieties, especially those made with Dashi, have a slightly smoky taste that goes very well with grilled foods… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Eel Sauce”
I first put together the prototype of this sauce for use as a condiment with some grilled lamb skewers. I liked the result very much and, since making the first batch, I began to think of other ways it might be used. It is very simple to make as well as being versatile, so I thought I would share the basic recipe with you today… Continue reading “Mint-Jalapeño Salsa”
Years ago, I was intending to make Plum Sauce, but ended up using cantaloupe as there were no decent plums available at the time. In fact, other fruits are often substituted for the plums in commercial versions of the sauce and, ‘VH’ , the brand with which I am most familiar, while containing some plums, actually lists pumpkin as the primary fruit ingredient.
Last week, when the urge to whip up a batch came over me again, I could have chosen plums, if I wanted, as there were some nice ones available but, instead, I opted for cantaloupe again. The end result is every bit as good as using the traditional plum (hard to tell apart, in fact), and it is a good deal simpler to slice and dice a single melon than it is to peel and destone a crap-load of individual plums… Continue reading “Home-made Cantaloupe Sauce”
A little while ago, I had half a roasted red pepper left over from another recipe and I decided to use it in a simple vinaigrette. It turned out very nicely and so I decided to make a basic Red Bell Pepper Sauce that could be extended with additional ingredients as needed and thus used in a variety of different ways (hence the use of the word ‘sauces’ in the title). Today, I am going to show you the general method and illustrate its versatility with some pictures of a few of ways I employed the batch I made… [ Continue reading “Red Bell Pepper Sauce(s)”
Today’s recipe is for a very Basic sort of tomato sauce. Obviously, the most basic version of a tomato sauce would consist only of tomatoes simmered down to a sauce (and this can be terrific with tomatoes fresh from the vine) but although we are getting a bit more complex here, the result is a plain sauce that contains no strong seasonings (such as oregano, for instance) which might limit its uses to certain types of dishes. Rather, the Basic Sauce that results here can be used standalone, or as a base for more complex preparations. Continue reading “Basic Tomato Sauce”
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine dropped by for a beer and brought me the jar of Puttanesca Pasta Sauce you see pictured above. The timing was rather coincidental as I had been planning to do a blog post about Puttanesca Sauce for some time now as it is a favorite of mine and the origin of the name, which essentially means ‘Prostitute’s Sauce’, is a bit of a mystery. On reading the label, I was informed that Pasta Puttanesca was ‘first served in a popular night spot on the island of Ischia in the 1950’s’. This is the first time I have heard that tidbit of information and it is something I want to research a little further. I still plan to do a more detailed post on the Puttanesca Sauce, along with my own recipe, so for today I’ll save any further discussion of the origins and restrict myself to a taste test of the instant product… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Ocean Brand™ Puttanesca Sauce”
I bought a bunch of mint for a vegetable recipe I was planning but I had quite a bit left over and I decided to cook up a small cut of lamb I had languishing in my freezer. Long term readers may recall that, way back in the mists of time, I posted a recipe for the Mint Sauce that I almost always serve alongside roast lamb. I mentioned, in that post, that I also use the sauce as a marinade occasionally, and that is what I will be doing here. Actually, I really hadn’t planned to do a post about this particular meal but the cut of lamb I bought was a little unusual and I thought I would show you what I did… Continue reading “Mint Marinated Roast Lamb”
The inspiration for today’s post came from my fellow blogger Daisy (aka Baconbiscuit212) who recently posted a recipe for her own creation, Ramp Pesto. Ramps are a vegetable product that have not made it to my corner of the world thus far, unfortunately, and I wondered if I could make something similar using scallions. Actually, the result I came up with is really two sorts of pesto as you can make a version that includes Parmesan, and one without…
Basically, you can use my scallion pesto anywhere that you would use a more traditional basil Pesto. Daisy suggests using hers as a pasta sauce, a steak topping and as a dip for bread. To the latter, I would also add that it would be a good topping for bruschetta as well and, especially using the non-cheese variety, as a sauce base for fish or shellfish. Continue reading “Scallion-Garlic Pesto”
I have seen a number of Asian Family™ products turn up on our local supermarket shelves in the last little while but their Hoisin Paste is the first I have tried. Normally, I use the Lee Kum Kee™ Brand Hoisin Sauce, which is pretty good, and in my written review of that product I provided something of a discussion of Hoisin Sauces in general. Much of what I said in that post, including the comments relating to usage, applies to the Asian Family product so, today, I will limit my comments to a comparison of the relative qualities… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Hoisin Sauce – Asian Family Brand™”