Sunday, January 30, 2011

Peeled tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil



Peeled tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil

Olivier bought fresh basil. He told me that in "Cafe Publiciste" in Paris, he ate this dish Tomato, mozzarella and basil but the tomato was peeled.
"Fastouche, J'ai la methode Rit Escoffier" I said.
So I boiled water, dip tomato in for a minute or less, take out, put in cold water, and easily peeled off the skin.

Slice tomato, place on plate,
add one slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato,
mince fresh basil leaf, and place onto the tomato mozzarella
pepper,
pinch of salt
dash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Serve

Caramel orange skin




Caramel orange skin

The organgier in our backyard is fruiting. I love every bit and bite of our own home produce and decide to preserve even the skin of the orange.

We ate 6 oranges, put the big orange skin in pot, add 2 cups of sugar, NO WATER ADDED, cover, simmer in the slowest possible fire for 2 or 3 or 4 hours. Then I got this caramelized orange skin.

I can use it for cooking meet or soaking in tea.

The caramel is bitter with the bitterness of orange skin. So good.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Flavorless rice pudding


Flavorless rice pudding

Still the leftover Japanese rice, I cooked the rest 2 cup by boiling with milk.

Ingredients:
2 cups of leftover steamed rice,
5 cups of whole milk (low or nonfat for the health conscious)
Brown sugar for garnish

Put 2 cups of rice in pot,
add 1 cup of milk, simmer in low fire for 5 minutes
add another cup of milk, keep simmering
add milk cup by cup while simmering, till rice softened to desired texture
Total cooking takes 30 minutes or more
Close fire and let cool,
Serve lukewarm
Garnish with brown sugar

Rice bake


Rice bake

I cooked some Japanese rice for dinner, much harder than the jasmine rice I usually cooked, of course there was a big left over. So I made up this recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cup of leftover rice
1 cup of milk
4 eggs
1 cup of creme fraishe
1 tablespoon of caramel syrup
1 tablespoon of almond syrup
1/2 cup of dried cranberry
1 tea spoon of Cointreau

Put milk, egg, cream, syrup and liquor in box, blend till homogeneous,
add rice and cranberry in, mix well
pour in pan
bake in 375 for 40 minutes
Enjoy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spinach quiche without pastry


Spinach quiche without pastry

I saw Francine has done a quiche, looked very easy. Plus I always wanted to make quiche, but do not want to bother making and eating the pastry, so I decide to do this.

Ingredients:
4 eggs,
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of spinach.
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of cheese
salt, pepper to taste

Cooking:
Heat oven to 375,
Mix egg, oil, cream, salt pepper in a blender.
Pour into spinach and mix well
Pour into baking pan
Sprinkle cheese on top
Bake for 30 minutes
Serve

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tofu and cabbage


Tofu and cabbage

Ingredients:
1 box of tofu, diced
1 egg
salt pepper and herb to taste
cooking oil
1 lb of baby cabbage
half carrot, julienne cut

Cooking
Mix tofu and egg salt pepper herbs in a bowl
Heat 2 table spoons of cooking oil
add tofu egg mixture, and cook for 2 minutes, then take out

Add in cabbage,
add half cooked tofu one top
Cover with lid and cook for 5 minutes
stir and and carrot to cook for another minute
Serve

Puff pastry


Puff pastry

This is an act of kindness.

My colleague need some cans for Chinese new year performance, so I bought four cans of peach. Brought to school and plan to bake with the left over puff pastry frozen in the kitchen. However, I can not open the can!

So, I baked with dusted sugar and cocoa power which is the only available thing I can find from School.

I came out wonderful.
I treated them to my middle school students for helping me to clean up the form board.

We had such a blast day!

Cauliflower with julienne carrot


Cauliflower with julienne carrot

Ingredients:
1 cauliflower, break to pieces
1/2 carrot, julienne cut
cooking oil
salt, pepper and herbs to taste

Cooking
Heat pot, put cauliflower, add cooking oil, water salt, pepper and herbs, parsley ect, cover and cook for 10 minutes
Add carrot and cook for another minute
Serve

Eggplant with eggplant and eggplant


Eggplant with eggplant and eggplant

Since dental surgery, my love affair with eggplant has started.
Today, as another day, I chopped eggplant and put in pot and ten minutes later, a pot of mushy eggplant comes out.
We have some arugula salad with my julienned carrot. Add up for decoration.

Ingredients:
2 large eggplants, chunky chopped
cooking oil,
salt pepper to taste
herbs to taste

Cooking:
Heat pot, add eggplants, add herbs, (parsley oregano here), oil, cover and cook for 5 minutes,
Stir and cook for another 3 minutes
Serve
Decorate with arugula salad

Pasta Vongole


Pasta Vongole

Pasta, when it is executed with love, care and attention, is a feast in its own right. Olivier's pasta vongole is a real thing.

The clams are refresh from Costco. He will will boil them first, take out, use the strained stock to boil pasta to the point of al dente.

Cut garlic into millimeter dice, cut fresh parsley from garden, stir fry in butter till the whole house is infused with this garlic romance then add in pasta.

Potato salad


Potato salad

The first time I saw something called salad was potato salad. That was back in China some decades ago. Salad was such a foreign word. The was potato, apple, egg and mayonnaise. It was so hard to make mayonnaise because we did not have mustard. I forgot what we used in place of mustard.

Today, we have some left over boiled potato from yesterday. My teeth are recovering with less pain. So I use the two remaining cucumber, 3 potato and make a potato salad:

Ingredients:
for mayonnaise:
1 egg york,
one cup of salad oil,
one tablespoon of salad oil
salt, pepper to taste

For salad:
2 Persian cucumbers, peeled and diced
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced
salt, pepper to taste

In a bowl, mix egg york and mustard, add pinch of salt, stir well
add in oil spoon by spoon, mix well till it forms a good emulsion.
Add in diced potato, cucumber and egg
Mix will and serve

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Capsicum, eggplant and scalope


Capsicum, eggplant and scalope

Busy the whole day, work, dentist, study hall, hockey, whole food. I was hungary and want some soft and low energy food. 去火的。Therefore, I was making some eggplant.

Half capsicum, 2 big eggplant, one pound of scalope. Put everything in pot, heat, herb, oil, salt. Comes out this humble and comfort dish.

Cucumber, olive and feta


Cucumber, olive and feta

Now I can eat! Well, almost. If I have pain killer, I can allow my mouth to move.

Long time no see cucumber. I need something fresh and clean looking.

Then I mix the cucumber, red and green olive and feta. Here comes a light and bright starter.


腊八粥 Eight Treasure Porridge



腊八粥
The eight treasure porridge

In my Chinese culture class, I told students the story of 腊八粥 - The eight treasure porridge. To my surprise, majority of them liked it and wanted the recipe.

Last Friday, my toothache problem inflated into severe acute pain. I asked the class in chaos, "Could you please do me a favor? I have a severe toothache and can not talk loud. Shall we do our class quietly?"

We did.

We enjoyed the soup at the end.

Here is the recipe for a big pot good for 10 people
Ingredients:
Various sticky rice, white, red, brown, black, 2 cups
Various beans, two cups
Various nuts and dried fruits, two cups
Sugar, (optional)
Water, 10 cups

Cooking:
Soak the dried nuts, beans, and rice for a few hours in cold water
Put everything in a big stock pot, bring to boil in medium high fire.
Cover and simmer in slow fire for 1 hour.

Tips:
Check and stir once in a while to avoid bottom burning.
Add water whenever necessary.

Adding milk can make it a nutritious morning cereal.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tiramisu



Tiramisu

The other day I made some plain cake with egg, cake mix, oil, almond syrup. I could not eat anything that day, then the following few days. My innocent cake stood lonely in the kitchen corner waiting for attention.

I broke it to small pieces, spread coffee on top of it.
Mixed sour cream and sugar.

I put one layer of sweet cream on the bottom of pan, then one layer of coffee dipped cake pieces, then another layer of sweet cream, another layer of cake.
Covered with another layer of cream.
Dusted with cocoa power.

Light fresh and unauthentic tiramisu was made.



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lasagna





Lasagna

Leo's friend came for play date. I prepared something different to treat the boys.

Lasagna, it turned out super duper simple.

Hot chocolate



When cooled, it forms a skin. Some like it, some don't. I do.

The last picture is not edible. This is the author after drinking her chocolate.

Hot chocolate

Weekend, and Martin Luther King long weekend!
Of course I have time, so I burnt 10 minutes to make just a cup of hot chocolate.
I am happy now.

2 cups of whole milk,
1 tablespoonful of all purpose flour,
one generous tablespoonful of Starbucks chocolate power
half tablespoonful of pure cocoa power, unsweetened,

Heat pot, put everything in, keep stirring for 10 minutes until boiling.
Rice and warm.
Happy weekend.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The conditional ice cream


The conditional ice cream

We had a bad day.
Traffic was unseen of. We were big time late for hockey.
Then I went to Wholefood. Late for picking up after hockey. Manu was already in sub for the second match.

Leo sat in the corner of the Grill. I felt so bad. So we had dinner there. Soup, burger, everybody was happy.

When we finally arrived home. It was 8:30. So I prepared some ice cream for them. Conditional ice cream. - with pear and blueberry.


Quinoa


Quinoa

I made couscous yesterday. One friend saw video and suggested me to cook quinoa. So I did.

Same as couscous.
Heat pot, put half spoonful of cooking oil, put one cup of quinoa, put salt, pepper, herbs, toast for 1 minute. Then add one and half cup of water, simmer in very slow fire for about half an hour. Serve.


Cucumber, marinated black olive and feta cheese


Cucumber, marinated black olive and feta cheese

The couscous on the other picture looks warm and soft. So I would like something cool and fresh to match with it. Here it is:

2 cucumbers, diced,
10 black marinated olive, the left over from yesterday
2 spoonfuls of feta cheese

Mix all together, put into a cool turquoise blue plate.
Fresh up!

Couscous whole wheat


Couscous whole wheat

mardi c'est le couscous.

Ingredients:
2 cups of whole wheat couscous
2 cups of water
1/2 tablespoon of cooling oil
salt, pepper and herbs to taste
for 4 persons

Heat the pot, put in cooking oil, add couscous, herb, salt and pepper and stir a bit.
Add water.
Cover and simmer in slow slow fire for 5 minutes.
Serve.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stew for couscous


Stew for couscous

Mardi c'est le couscous. So, I chopped vegetables and made this.

Cutting: 4 minutes,
Cooking 10 minutes,
Serve for a military

1 red capsicum, sliced
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 zucchinis, chopped
4 white squashes, chopped
1/4 cabbage, chopped
1/2 cauliflower, broke to pieces
half bottle mince pork preserve
salt, pepper, herbs, fond de roti and cooking oil

Put vegetables in pot, add herb, cooking oil, fond, meat sauce and cover up for 10 minutes in strong fire.

Open up and stir and serve.

The natural sour and sweetness from tomato makes this food a delight.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Salad of cucumber, tomato, marinated black olive and feta cheese


Salad of cucumber, tomato, marinated black olive and feta cheese

I am still struggling with my toothache. However, this colorful salad does provoke my courage to use my teeth.

Here is what I have,
2 Persian cucumbers, diced,
2 tomatoes, diced.
1 spoonful of marinated pitted black olive
1 spoonful of feta cheese.
Mix them all!

Soft and spongy brownie


Soft and spongy brownie

I am ashamed again for posting.
This is, first, not healthy; second, not original. Why?

This is the Costco Ghirardelli mix. Instead of putting water as indicated recipe, I put yogurt. So it is super rich, super spongy and super sinful.

Please excuse me.


Saturday dinner



Calamari salad from Costco


Sashimi from Nijiya

Saturday dinner

It is a quick and easy dinner. These are the half finished. We only need to do some assembly and arrangement, which I like.

Cleanup stew - Cabbage, carrot, mushroom, cucumber and herbs


Cleanup stew - sweet pepper and cabbage
Olivier picked 4 herbs from the garden: rosemary, oregano, thyme and parsley
Here is another stew. This is the real leftover vegetables that do not match each other with either color, shape or taste. Let me just put everything together and let heaven to decide how it tastes.

Heaven decides that it tastes good!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cleanup stew - sweet pepper and cabbage


Cleanup stew - sweet pepper and cabbage

Saturday evening, time to clean up the fridge. Tomorrow is our national famous Sunday Mountain View farmers market. "Inventory reduction" as we call it. So, I chopped everything that I can put into one pot and cooked this:

Cleanup stew - sweet pepper and cabbage

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cauliflower, sweet pepper in meat sauce


Cauliflower, sweet pepper in meat sauce

There was some red and yellow sweet pepper and cauliflower from the farmers market. I thought it would make a good colorful food. Cut the pepper, broke the cauliflower, added herb, oil, half bottle of shitake meat sauce. Covered up for 10 minutes.

Do homework.

Then took out from pot and serve.


Frozen tofu


Frozen tofu

Tofu, when frozen, it becomes firm and have many holes. This makes it more chewy as well as absorbent to flavors.

I chopped one eggplant, one zucchini, on yellow squash and then one piece of frozen tofu, add herb, old and one generous spoonful of mince shitake pork preserve. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Here it is.

Burrata, tomato with basil


Burrata, tomato with basil

Burrata, as far as I know, is mozzarella with cream wrapped inside. It is tasty and rich.

One fresh burrata, sliced, two tomatoes, slices, and some fresh basil, cut to small pieces. Mix everything, add fresh grind pepper, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Serve.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bread Pudding


Bread Pudding

Found half leftover baguette, 4 days old, good enough to make into bread pudding.

Cut the dry and hard baguette into small pieces and put into an bowl, add one spoon of Momin Almond, 2 cups of milk, half cup of cooking oil and 3 eggs. Mix well, leave for a few minutes or longer.

Pour the mix into a baking pan, oven at 350 for 40 minutes.
Here we get:

Minced meat and vegetable stew preserve



Minced meat preserve
Now we are back to work, there will be days that we do not have time to cook for length. So prepare something in advance for the week will make life a bit easier.

I bought 2lbs of minces pork. Heat pot, put in meat, add sliced shitake mushroom, a generous cup of soy sauce, cooking wine and oil. Cook in slow fire for 2 hours and put into bottle to preserve.

Good for a week.

Wonton soup


Wonton soup

In the middle of the winter night, a bowl of wonton soup is as charming as its simplicity.

Boil a bowl of water, add some cabbage, bring to boil. Add BiFengTang 避风塘馄饨,boil for 3 minutes and add a spoonful of minced shitake pork sauce.
Enjoy

Monday, January 3, 2011

Choucroute


Choucroute

On the way back home, we went to pick up out repaired car near by Dittmer. We bought some meat, sausage and two bottles of choucroute. Oh, we bought juniper peppercorn.

Coming back home, put everything in a pot, one hour later, we got this. Meat is softened and not fat by the sour cabbage.

Eggplant and white squash in soy sauce


Eggplant and white squash in soy sauce

I am sorry for it's messy appearance. But this one is very soft and tasty. Mostly because I seldom use soy sauce. By adding in this time, it really brings back the feel of home Chinese cooking.

Besides, today is my first day back to work after vacation. I am exhausted and tooth ached big time. This soft and easy dish is a perfect fit for soothing my day.

I chopped 3 big eggplants, 4 white squashes and put in pot. Add oil, herbs and covered up. 10 minutes later, stirred and added soy sauce. Stirred again and cooking another 5 minutes. It was good to eat.

I preserved two bottles of them for later use.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Grilled Coquille San Jacque


Grilled Coquille San Jacque

Olivier did this Coquille San Jacque. He put some salt and pepper, left for about half or one hour, then turned on fire to heat the creuset. Five minutes later, this most delicious dish came out.

I think the core is the creuset. It has super strength in getting the heat and cooked the coquille in flash without losing its juice.
Wonderful!

Stew of capsicum, eggplant and white/yellow squash

Stew of capsicum, eggplant and white/yellow squash

Sunday, there is Mountain View farmers market. There is nothing better than the fresh vegetables from the producers hand.

Nicely chop everything, put in pot, add cooking oil, herbs, cover up. Ten minutes later, open the lid to see and smell the aroma of vegetable melody. Stir, everything is softened to perfection.

No water is added.

Serve.

Add salt and pepper on table to enhance the flavor of the goodness.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Prime rib

Prime Rib on youtube video

If you have a piece of meat like this, there is really nothing you can do, or, in another way to say, not much needed for you to do.

Olivier turned on the BBQ, without marinating, nor seasoning in advance. He came 5 minutes later, with a plate that excited the whole family.