Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts

Monday, November 07, 2016

Look at these amazing new cookbooks

Admittedly when Alton Brown came on my radar in 1999 I was intrigued and appreciative of his mad cooking skills but, once the Alton Browncast podcast busted through my world, yep, I was crushing.
The podcasts are very entertaining hitting on pop-culture, retro coolness, film history,  an insiders view of food TV but, during all this there is a circling back to some aspect of food culture/experience.
His latest book Alton Brown Everyday Cook is pretty spectacular.  Here is a recent podcast chatting about the process with his photographer Sarah De Heer who used an iPhone 6s Plus in a directly overhead shooting style on every shot.
Another recent purchase is The Homemade Vegan Pantry, more about that at another time  ;)


So much of this technique is all about composing the shot.

Lovely bit of fan fun playing around with Matt Smith's 11th regeneration of Doctor Who.  The Doctor was feeling a bit peckish but, finally found what he was craving, Fish Sticks and Custard.  Mr. Brown gives this a thumbs up for flavor with this version of the dish. 


You will find useful Alton Brown methods through out the pages of his book.

If anything listen to the podcasts and if this is your first experience with podcasts, what a way to be introduced!  Owning Android operating systems in the past Stitcher Radio was my go to app but, now with migrating over to Apple and a 6s iTunes is taking a little getting used to but, very user friendly.

'This time it's personal',  what a great approach to a cookbook!  What shall I whip up first?

"Do not allow watching food to replace making food."  -Alton Brown

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Simple recipes- Crunchy Granola

A great filling breakfast to enjoy before heading out for the day is a bowl of homemade granola.  You can make it as healthy as you want or not depending on what you are after.  I tend to stay in the middle with using as many organic ingredients as I can, by cutting back a 1/2 cup on the brown sugar, adding unsweetened dried fruits and coconut.  My oldest daughter will use warmed up juice instead of dissolved brown sugar in the water for the sweet and liquid needed for even a healthier choice.
organic ingredients were purchased this time out, from Wegman's in Jamestown, NY
The recipe is so easy and well worth the effort to have a super ingredient addition for muffins and breads in place of nuts, etc.  


nicely browned, left now to cool before adding dried fruits.
I used the convection feature to get a really crunchy granola.  It starts to brown really fast at the end, so once you smell the toasting action taking place, pull the pan to get it started to cool on the counter.
the perfect warm bowl of granola and milk with a drizzle of honey on these cold Winter mornings
The jar will not last long.   I did not have shredded coconut this time around and miss that extra taste/texture/sweetness it added to the bowl.  Something to look forward to for the next time making a batch ; - ).
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Monday, November 11, 2013

kitchen herbs- 2013 window sill

herb collection this year:  Bay, pot Marjoram, Sage, Lavender/Thyme and Parsley... with Rosemary living on the counter across
Every year some herbs make it to the kitchen window sill, at the ready for cooking or teas.  I really chopped at the 3 year old Bay tree, trying to sculpt the branches into more of a standard form and also trimmed back others.
a lone Sage leaf was added to a cold brewed Constant Comment tea bag floating in my fave water bottle....today's studio beverage :)
Making infusions of fresh herbs, cold water, tea bags and spices is crazy simple.  Great drinks to wake you up or for relaxation or at the ready with those Winter rescues from the porch or garden!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stir-frying love

I stir-fry often using different types of lean meats, vegetables, herbs and spices not following a recipe just doing.
For this pork steaks from Thompson's Deli were used with organic cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions, celery and garlic evenly cut up for uniform cooking.
I started off marinating the sliced pork in 1/3 c. light soy, 1 T. rice wine vinegar, 1/3 c. canola oil, 1 T. honey, 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger, 2 clove garlic, 1/2 tsp. 5 spice powder & 5 or 6 grinds cracked black pepper.  I don't add salt for the soy is my salt.
The bay leaf was there just for a pop of green.  I have a tree in my kitchen at all times along with basil, rosemary and thyme.
Chinese 5 Spice Powder includes Anise, Star Anise, Cloves and Cinnamon.  It is so aromatic and lovely wafting throughout the entire house.  I am so loving spices at the moment in my cooking also adding cinnamon and ginger to even a pot of chili plus, unsweetened cocoa.


It is best to keep your washed veggies as dry as you can get them.  I only really dried the broccoli in a kitchen towel for as you can imagine it holds a lot of moisture :)
Starting off now with frying at a medium high temp the denser vegetables in canola oil or peanut if you have it until tender crisp adding the broccoli last for maybe a quick 3 or 4 minutes to keep it also tender crisp and bright.
Remove all the vegetables to a bowl or large platter, now start frying the marinated pork a small batch at a time, to keep your wok to temp, until done.  You can place the batches of meat next to the vegetables.  Now combine all of the veggies and pork together.  I don't usually create a sauce but, you can after the meat is finished deglazing your wok with a your liquid of choice, perhaps a light gravy also would work nicely.  I kept it dry only adding a couple tablespoons of..... buttttter, unsalted of course ;) You do this before bringing all of the ingredients back in the pan.
 Toasted sesame seeds, fresh snipped basil, dash of sesame oil and maybe more 5 spice powder and also light soy can be added.  Taste test first for it is seasoned quite well from the marinade.
plated and finished


I would have added mushrooms with the broccoli if I had them plus, cilantro.  

enjoy,
xoxo

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