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( Tuesday, 26 April 2005 14:59)
I'm so busy today but last night I really felt dinner was worth mentioning--even though it was so simple:

Green Asparagus, brushed with toasted sesame oil and unfiltered Italian olive oil, barely salted, roasted, and served with a dressing of light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil and a hint of sugar

Vine-ripened tomatoes (we're seasonally just on the cusp of having edible tomatoes) and fresh buffalo mozzarella marinated in unfiltered Italian olive oil, 10-year aged balsamico, garlic, basil, oregano, sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Fresh spelt bread, toasted, to soak up the juices of the two dishes

Divinity in simplicity.
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( Monday, 14 February 2005 12:36)
cabbageFriday: take-out sushi

Pulled Pork with Cherry Chipotle Chutney on Poppy Buns recipe )
Coleslaw (Good Eats recipe) cavolo bello )

Banana Insanity Pancakes (buttermilk pancakes made with walnut oil instead of veggie oil, with loads of toasted walnuts and bananas, spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, served with maple syrup &/or butter &/or cardamom whipped cream)

Fantastic Roasted Chicken with Celeriac and Potatoes (Jamie Oliver's recipe)--the flavor "bits" as I called them--prosciutto, lemon peel, garlic and fresh thyme in butter under the breast skin--brought this chicken to the food for the gods level. :)
Homemade Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Rolls photo )

The real stars were the chicken and the sandwiches, both of which I neglected to photograph because I was too involved in devouring them. :)
(last night's dinner)

My first ever attempt at cooking pork (besides sausage or bacon) and I couldn't even bring myself to follow a recipe. :)

Sauce of Winter Fruits:

I had some leftover cranberries from the cranberry chocolate orange bread I made earlier this week. Not quite enough to make a cranberry sauce though. So I brought about 1/2 cup of roughly chopped dried apricots in about 1/4 cup sherry and the juice and zest of one blood orange and one clementine to a boil, then covered this and let it steep for about an hour.

I then brought just a bit of water with some raw sugar, a cinnamon stick and six cloves to a boil, then added the apricot mixture, some honey and about 3/4 cups cranberries. I turned down the heat and let it barely simmer for about 15 minutes before adding one chopped pink kiss apple. I cooked it for about 15 more minutes (?) until the apple was just cooked (not soggy!)

Roasted Purple Potatoes:

Chopped the potatoes, then tossed them in a bowl with Spanish olive oil, crushed dried thyme, rosemary and marjoram, salt and pepper. Roasted them at 180C/350F until done, about 45 minutes.

Pork with Apple Glaze:

My brother made some Tuscan style pork earlier this week with the German Schweineschnitzel cuts, and after all his praise of pork (and enjoying it myself) I decided to try my hand with it. So I had four Schweineschnitzel (pork cutlets? I really don't know what exactly what cut of pork this is in English). I fried them for about 1.5 or 2 minutes per side in olive oil, then poured out some of the excess oil and added a fair amount of apple juice. I covered them, turned down the heat and let them simmer until done (not very long). I then took the pork out of the skillet and covered them with foil to stay warm. In a small bowl I had whisked together some cornstarch, sugar and water. I added this to the skillet slowly, stirring, and continued stirring until it had thickened.

Why I'm happy: this meal was delicious, wintery, used up ingredients that needed to be used (cranberries and apple juice), had fantastic colors and was a successful first attempt at cooking pork.

the delicious delicious photos )


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