Sunday, August 25, 2013

Beef for tacos

Minced beef for tacos
For the tacos party, we prepared minced beef, but since we had so much more other food, this one was not even on table. It deserved a blog in any way.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of ground beef, (as usual, if you are taste concerned, use beef with fat, if health freak, use lean)
1/2 onion diced,
1/2 capsicum, diced,
salt pepper and spice, such as oregano, tarragon, parsley, basil, celery, etc
1/4 cup of wine,
cooking oil

Cooking:
Heat pot, 
add onion and capsicum to cook for 5 minutes,
add meat and spices and wine to cook for 1 hours in slow fire.

Fruit salad ice blend

Fruit salad ice blend in my backyard

Fruit salad ice blend with a backyard blackberry
Party. We prepared fruit salad. More than we could finish the same day.
The next day, we blended it with ice. A homage to Sicily.

Ingredients:
1 bowl of Fruit of any you can find, cut and marinated in its own juice for a day,
Here is what we found: pineapple, peach, melon, prune
1 bowl of ice

Blend.



Angel hair with stir fry

Angel hair with stir fry
Saturday morning, boys ate bacon.
I used the pan and add some Chinese cabbage and pasta. Here we got it.

Ingredients:
1/4 pound of pasta angel hair,
one pound of Chinese cabbage,
salt pepper cooking oil

Cooking:
Cook pasta according to its time indication on package,

Meanwhile,
Heat pan,
add cooking oil,
add vegetables,
salt pepper
Add cooked pasta,
mix and cook a couple of minutes more.



Apricot jam

Apricot jam made with sugar and apricot and salt

The making
Time to make apricot before the season is over.
Today I went to store, the apricot sold for $1.50 per pound comparing to the peek season of $0.50 per pound. But today's ones were mature and firm, perfect for making jam.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of jam,
1/2 pound of sugar,
a pinch of salt.

Cooking:
Heat pot,
open apricot with hand, take out seed, put into pot,
add salt, sugar,
cook in slow fire for 3 hours or until the water evaporated enough.

Tip:
Keep stirring from time to time. It avoids burnt bottom and accelerate the evaporation.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Coulis de fruits rouges and fruit salad








To save the blackberry from backyard and serve it for better purpose, we cooked it to make into coulis de fruits rouges.

Ingredients:
1 plate of blackberry from backyard, about 2 pounds,
1/4 pound raspberry,
1/4 pound strawberry,
1/4 pound blueberry,
a few drops of lime juice
a few stripes of lime zest
1/2 pound of sugar

Cooking:
Put everything in pot, cook in medium slow fire for 1 hour, keep stirring,
Drain through a colander.

Usage:
Topping fruit salad, or ice cream.

Cleaning pot:
As the pot may get sticky, you can pour in boiling water and cool down to drink as fruit tea, 
Or, you can add in yogurt to make marbling design.


As for the fruit salad,
Get any fruit you have and cut to small pieces, add a few drops of lime juice, let rest for a couple of hour.




Marinated beef skirt steak


Beef skirt steak is a less expensive cut,  relatively tough to bite with lots of fiber, but it has flavor.

To make the best of it, I marinate.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of beef skirt steak,
salt, pepper, all kinds of spices,
All kinds of spices you have and like, I used cumin, anise, five spice power, parsley, taragon, rosemary, oregano, celery salt, as well as some others that either I don't know name or forger name,
fond de beuf,
salt pepper, wine, soy sauce
Prune sauce. To made devil on horseback, I marinated the prune with water and armagniac, I add its overnight liquid into the marinating
All fresh spices from backyard,
onion,
jalapeno, 
ginger,
garlic

Cooking:
after two days of marinating, I put on grill.

How to grill, that is man's job. My husband knows how much time and fire it needs.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Angel hair with yellow chard


Ingredients:
1 bunch of yellow chard, from Mountain View farmers market, cut, or break with hand,
salt pepper cooking oil,

1/4 pound of angel hair pasta,

Cooking;
boil angel hair pasta for two minutes,

At the same time,
Heat pot, put cooking oil, yellow chard, salt pepper to cook for two minutes
Take paste out and put into chard to cook together for 2 minutes,

A good marriage.



Ceviche


I do not know how authentic it dare to be. Here is my version of ceviche.

Indregients:
1/2 pound of cray fish,
1/4 pound of pineapple, diced
1/4 piece of white peach, diced,
1/2 mango, diced,
cilantro, cut
1/4 piece, purple onion, diced,
3 tomato, seedless, heartless, diced
1 avocado not too soft, diced
4 limes' juice
salt, pepper,


Cooking:
Marinate the cray fish in lime juice overnight,
The next day, mix everything.
Let rest a few hours. The first picture is immediate after making.
The second picture is a few hours after. So much improved in floavor.

Haiying's tip:
Cut everything as small as you can.
Let rest it better than immediate.

Double cooked pork

This food is beauty only in its lover's eyes. I mean it does not look good, but very solid good for pork eaters. It takes more than 10 hours till coming into mouth, but super duper easy and cheap and unhealthy.

Ingredients:
 3 pounds of cheap boneless pork, can be anywhere, neck, butt or shoulder,
All kinds of spices you have and like, I used cumin, anise, five spice power, parsley, taragon, rosemary, oregano, celery salt, as well as some others that either I don't know name or forger name,
fond de beuf,
salt pepper, wine, soy sauce

Cooking:
Put meat and everything think in pot, fill with water
Boil in medium strong, fire till boiling,
slow down fire to simmer for a few hours, let's say 3,
Stop fire, 
Leave as is.

The next day, take out meat, cut pork into think disc, about 2 cm thick,

Heat pan, put in cut pork, add a spoonful of its own soup, 
Press,
let juice evaporate, 
turn around,
press.

You get double cooked, moist, succulent pulled pork.


Baba ghanoush

I love eggplant. Boil, grill, bake, fry, stew or steam, it never fails.

Olivier check online for recipes and made this one.

Ingredients:
4 eggplants,
2 table spoons of tahini, 
1 piece of garlic,
1 fresh lemon's juice 
salt, pepper, olive oil
parsley

Cooking:
Bake eggplant complete in the oven of 350 for 30 minutes, till the eggplant is soft,
Use spoon to take out the eggplant meat, and discard the skin,
Blend with garlic, tahini, salt pepper, lemon juice
let cool and serve with olive oil and parsley.

Hints:
For people who can endure garlic, it is good like this.
For people who enjoy without garlic, go without.

After party rescued soup


I call it after party rescued soup because the ingredients are rescued from after party throw away.

Here is the ingredients:
Tomato heart and seeds, rescued from salad and ceviche tomato,
cilantro, onion, same above,
salsa, 
grilled beef, left over from tacos party,
same above,
soup is the rinsing of pot, may it be meat or veggie, the fond is the concentration base of flavors,
fresh veggie such as carrot or cabbage,


Cooking:
put everything together, add water, bring to boil
add fresh veggie, such as carrot, cabbage or your preferrence,
add egg.
stop fire,
the egg is so tender.







Party finger appetizer

This is fancy tomato, radish and queso fresco. No dressing, naked.

Here are some party appetizer that you can use finger to nip. This is fancy tomato, radish and queso fresco. No dressing, naked.

Raw walnut with Spanish manchego cheese.
Raw walnut with Spanish manchego cheese.


Fig with prosciutto rose. In diner table, you can serve it as a rose like in the center. As a party finger food, envelope the fig quarter with prosciutto.
Fig with prosciutto rose. In diner table, you can serve it as a rose like in the center. As a party finger food, envelope the fig quarter with prosciutto.


Devil on horseback. We have improved it with more delicate job. Soak overnight with water and armaniac. The full cooked bacon is also pre-soaked to add moisture.

Devil on horseback. We have improved it with more delicate job. Soak overnight with water and armaniac. The full cooked bacon is also pre-soaked to add moisture.






Friday, August 16, 2013

Bacon wrapped prune




Sweet and savory is always a winning pair. So is this one.

Ingredients:
6 pitted prunes
3 slices of fully cooked bacon

Cooking:
Soak prunes in hot water a couple of hours,
cut bacon in half, and wrap the prune, fix with a tooth pick
Bake in oven 375 for 5 to ten minutes.

Experience for mistake:
It is better to spray a little bit of water on the wrap before baking to avoid drying and stiffness.

Mushroom noodle



There is a mushroom stand in Mountain View farmers market with all kinds of fresh mushrooms. Each time I try something new. This time, it is so new that I do not even know the name.

It is white with yellow top. I cooked with salt pepper oil, and a touch of olive oil at the end.

Cooking for the mushroom:
Ingredients:
1/2 pound no name mushroom
 salt pepper cooking oil, olive oil and white wine
Cooking,
Put everything in the hot pot to cook for 20 minutes.

The veggie pasta:
Ingredients:
1 pound of squashes,
1/4 pound of angel hair pasta
salt pepper cooking oil

 Cook pasta in boiling water for 2 minutes
At the same time, cook the veggies
put squashes and cooking oil, salt pepper in hot pot to cooking for 10 minutes, mix in paste to cook another 2 minutes

mix everything together
.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rhubarb jam with yogurt

There are 6 sticks of rhubarb from our backyard, so I made half bottle of jam from them.
Ingredient:
6 sticks of rhubarb, cut,
1 cup of sugar,
juice of half lemon,
1/2 cup of orange juice
Cooking:
cook everything in medium slow fire for 20 minutes.




To clear the pot which is a little bit caramalised, add homemade yogurt for 10 minutes and leave you with this well mixed yogurt.




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cucumber salad with crumbled cheese


I saw somewhere, maybe pinterest, a cucumber salad with feta cheese. It looked so clean and fresh that I decided to make.

Ingredients:
4 tender cucumbers, cut
a few salad lettuce,
1/4 pound crumbled queso fresco, (I went to Mi Preblo today)
olive oil, salt pepper to taste

Cooking,
combine the above, serve.

Shiitake and squash melody


This is Mountain View farmers market produce, so it means the least spices are needed.

Ingredients:
1/4 pound shiitake mushroom,
1 pound squashes including white, green, yellow and crock neck,
salt pepper cooking oil

Cooking,
Heat pot,
add mushroom,
add squashes,
add cooking oil, 2 table spoons,
salt pepper to taste

cook in medium high fire for 10 minutes, keep stiring

Done.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Strawberry granita




Sicily is hot. Fortunately they got Archimedes and he created the granita machine. 
The abundant fruit and its sweetness is the perfect matching with the Italian engineer design.

Ingredients:
6 strawberries,
6 large ice cubes

Making:
Put them in blender and blend.

Rice with meat and vegetables


This is an extended or more true version of my childhood 菜饭,or in American meaning but not word to word translation: one pot rice.

Ingredients:
1/2 pound minced pork,
1/2 punch of spring onion, cut
5 shitake mushroom, cut
4 mixed squashes. cut
1 cup of rice,
cooking oil, salt pepper

Cooking:
Heat pot, add oil, onion, mushroom, meat to cook for 20 minutes.
add vegetables to cook 5 minutes
add rice to cook a couple of minutes
add 1 1/2 cup of water, bring to boil,
simmer 30 minutes,


It goes well with fresh salad.
But what does not go well with fresh salad?!


Ceviche



I fancied some ceviche then we searched wikipedia and some other recipes. We did this very conservative version.

Ingredients:
1/4 pound of fresh rock cod fish,
1/2 cup of fresh garden lime juice,
2 tomatoes,
1 small bunch of coriander
1 not too soft avocado
1/2 purple onion,

Cooking:
cut fish to small dice,
squeeze lime to make 1/2 cup of juice,
mix fish and juice to let marinate over night in the refrigerator, the fish is raw but cooked in lime juice.

The next day,
cut avocado to dice,
clean tomatoes to get rid of the seeds, cut to dice,
cut coriander to small pieces,
cut onion to dice and rinse to reduce its stink,
take out the fish and drain the juice.

Combine everything and eat.


Fig prosciutto




Fig prosciutto
When sailing in Sicily, we dined at a pizzeria on a small island. I saw the neighboring table had a fig with prosciutto. I thought it good.
Now I am home, I made it. It is good.

Ingredients:
4 figs, backyard or market,
4 pieces of prosciutto, paper thin sliced

Cooking,
cut out the top pit of the fig then cross cut,
place one piece of paper think proscuitto on each fig

serve.
As an advice for eating, you can cut the prosciutto to 4 pieces to go with each quarter of fig.