Lots of new recipes and very happy with the results. I broke down and bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book – it includes gluten free and vegan recipes. I also am using the Gourmet Prescription cookbook which has been a staple in the kitchen for years. Julia Child Master Volumes are on the sidelines at the moment.
Eggplant (from my garden) and Red Pepper Ragu over Polenta. No recipe, just made it up. In lieu of the normal polenta additions of butter, pepper, parmesan, milk, I added olive oil, herbs, cayenne pepper instead and it was still delicious. These changes give me hope that recipes can be tweaked from their classic state and still be delicious.
I made Mojo Rojo last week, so I made Mojo Verde this week. Lots of cilantro and I accidently over salted so I added another bunch of cilantro to over compensate the error. I am currently a little heavy handed with the salt these days because the pepper has been removed from my diet. NO more Ying and Yang— just Ying! I have been using the Mojo Verde on everything! Tortillas, Rice, eggs, sandwiches . Yum yum- another home run.
Veggie Burger??? How can they call this a veggie burger when it is a black bean and rice burger? There are no veggies in it? In spite of the title it is delicious and I have decided to continue my search to make the best veggie burger ever–with veggies.! I paired the veggie (black bean) burger with a Fried Egg, Spinach, Tortilla and Mojo Verde Sauce and Romesco sauce. (recipe follows) Breakfast on the Patio with Steve and Bernadette after a Spin Class and Swim was the perfect Sunday morning.
Back in the day when I catered, I made so many Paella Valenciana’s for party’s along with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Potatoes. I always used my trustee recipe from Cesar in Berkeley which is mind blowing delicious, but with not as much time I tried a new recipe and it wasn’t as good, but still worthy of the table. I remember when I catered for Elevations in Menlo Park a favorite sandwich I made was Grilled Eggplant, Mozzarella and Romesco on Francese Roll. Never were there leftovers!
Roast Chicken w/Kimchi Smashed Potatoes. I normally don’t roast chicken or cut up a whole chicken but here we go with both tasks! The chicken came out delicious, tender and juicy. Kimchi is fermented cabbage with spices and apparently on the hot list of healthy upcoming must have ingredients. It was so tasty and added a punch to the potatoes. Smashing the potatoes and letting the chicken, and kimchi juices absorb in the potatoes made it hard not to have seconds. My husband could not stop saying how great it was!
Brown Rice Pasta with Shaved Asparagus, Peas ,Endive, Parsley, with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto. (made it up) First time having a Gluten free pasta and it was hard to tell the difference. What a relief since I love pasta. The dish was great! This Gluten Free Diet isn’t so bad after all.