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  1. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    furzzy - Thanks! Dressing was just lime juice and salt, flavored with minced jalapeño and a little ancho chile powder.
  2. C. sapidus

    Thai inspired BBQ

    Mom Leuang Neuang's famous satay, from David Thompson's Thai Food, is fantastic. Lots of satay options - shrimp, chicken, pork - and all cook quickly. Pick your favorite peanut sauce to go with. Gai yang is also fantastic. There is a recipe in Thailand the Beautiful Cookbook where the chicken is marinated briefly with garlic, white pepper, minced cilantro stems / roots, whiskey, coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, and ginger. The chicken is then baked and grilled to crisp. I usually grill the chicken indirectly, and then finish it over the fire. Thai cucumber salad goes wonderfully with grilled meat. Sticky rice, too. We have smoked pork butts and offered pulled pork sandwiches with American BBQ sauce (for traditionalists) and with banh mi fixings (hollowed-out baguettes, daikon-carrot pickle, mayo, Maggi sauce, sliced cucumbers and jalapeños, cilantro, and liver pate) for non-traditionalists. Banh mi is fun for a gathering because it is interactive food. Good luck, and please post pictures!
  3. Emily_R – I am so glad you liked the slipper burgers. We haven’t made them for way too long. Morkai – mmmmm, crab cakes Dcarch – beautiful wings, and I like your okra-holders ScottyBoy – welcome back! Dinner from Marilyn Tausend’s Cocina de la Familia Cilantro soup – Chayote and two bunches of cilantro roughly pureed with rich chicken broth, simmered with sautéed onion, garlic, and tomato, thickened with cornstarch, and served with fried tortilla strips, queso fresco, and Mexican crema. Very popular, even though the boys claim to dislike cilantro. Tequila shrimp and pasta – Shrimp sautéed in olive oil, flamed with tequila, and removed. Simmer heavy cream with a paste of ancho chile, garlic, Mexican oregano, and rice vinegar, return the shrimp to the pan, and then toss everything with the pasta. Good stuff!
  4. Hi Ann, apologies for the belated reply. I used deboned lamb chops rather than leg as specified, and adjusted cooking times accordingly. Our usual grocery store is hit or miss on lamb.
  5. Dejah – You are right, fresh curry leaves do rock, and your dip sounds fantastic Ann_T – Gorgeous, gorgeous food (and nice cutting board, too) Kim – Mmmm, I need to keep an eye out for peaches Syzigies – You going to leave us hanging? Lamb pilaf with potatoes, ginger and scallion raita, unpictured salad
  6. Kim, I hope you like the garlic fish. Nice yeast rolls! Um, and sorry, take-out banh mi is not on the menu. Pescado a la ranchera – Fish fillets and cubed potatoes poached in court boullion, and finished in a sauce of tomato, white onion, garlic, chiles, peas, cumin, and court boullion. Arroz verde – Jasmine rice fried and steamed with roasted Poblano chiles, cilantro, lots of spinach, white onion, garlic, and chicken stock, and then mixed with buttered peas.
  7. Mmmmm, burnt ends dcarch – thanks for the reminder, I need to hunt down some soft shell crabs Younger son requested char siu banh mi for his birthday. As usual, we riffed off the recipe in Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, but cooked the pork shoulder on the grill rather than in the oven. The marinade had five-spice powder, garlic, hoisin sauce, honey, sugar, Shaoxing wine, black soy sauce, light soy sauce, and sesame oil. I learned from previous experience – let the coals burn down before grilling the pork, make extra marinade, and roll the pork in the marinade every 5 minutes or so at the beginning. Accompaniments at the table included sliced cucumbers, mayo, Maggi sauce, liver pate, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and carrot-daikon-cucumber pickle.
  8. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    Agreed, Ann’s biscuits are spectacular Pastameshugana – Cheddar! That’s what my eggs need Salmon omelet with feta cheese and dill, leftover jicama-cucumber-pineapple salad, potato bread toast
  9. Scubadoo – Thanks! mm84321 – That is purely gorgeous. I don’t think I can weave that well with fabric, much less with food. Grilled chicken with chiles – Marinated with cayenne, cumin, garlic, black pepper, cider vinegar, and lime juice, and then grilled over charcoal. Fried potatoes with red chile sauce and onions – New potatoes, boiled, sliced, and fried with white onion, cumin, black pepper, and blended red chile sauce (toasted and soaked ancho and guajillo chiles, roasted garlic, and Mexican oregano). Feta cheese. Jicama, cucumber, and pineapple salad – With jalapeno chile, lime juice, and a little ancho chile powder. Feta cheese as desired.
  10. Grilled beef salad – Strip steaks grilled over charcoal, sliced, and tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, shallots, red and green chiles, and a sauce of lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro, scallions, and a little sugar. Stir-fried squash – Kabochka squash, sliced pork, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, and eggs. Jasmine rice
  11. Can you share your recipe for the pescado al mojo de ajo? It looks terrific. Thanks! Recipe is from Aida Gabilondo's Mexican Family Cooking, an old paperback cookbook that I got years ago for the flan especial recipe. Recipe link below, swapping butter for margarine. I suggest using just enough butter to fry the garlic. http://www.gretchencooks.com/recipes/155_Filetes_de_Pescado_al_Mojo_de_Ajo_Fish_fillets_in_Garlic_Sauce
  12. Ann_T – That bread! I hope you liked the bean sprout pork Prawn – Can’t decide between the lobster curry or prawn curry. Both, maybe? Robirdstx – I could eat quite happily at your house Kim – (belated) thanks for the kind words. Your baked beans (couple of pages back) look fantastic, and I am intrigued by fried pickles Hearts of palm soup (crema de palmitos) with lots of scallions, garlic, and chicken stock simmered with white onion, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Pescado al mojo de ajo, made with halibut, lemon juice, and thinly sliced garlic slowly browned in butter. I was hoping for leftovers, but boys polished everything off. Mrs. C made salad
  13. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    Now I have a hankering for lobster curry, maybe followed by some crepes and a bacon and tomato sandwich. Breakfasts this weekend. Eggs, spinach, and chiles Shrimp, garlic, smoked paprika, and pasta
  14. Thanks very much, routs! Any excuse to enjoy ribs is a good one. See below for recipe links. Dry-fried chicken is from Fuchsia Dunlop's excellent Land of Plenty. The recipe has escaped to the wild in various places, including here: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/01/dry-fried-chicken-recipe.html Caramelized minced pork is from Andrea Nguyen's wonderful Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. eGullet excerpt (including caramel sauce recipe): http://forums.egullet.org/topic/94805-into-the-vietnamese-kitchen/ The caramelized minced pork recipe has also escaped: http://heatergirlie.blogspot.com/2008/06/pig-pork-pig.html BTW, your pizzas look gorgeous, and "I delivered" made me Younger son and Mrs. C made bacon, feta, lettuce, and freshly-picked blueberry salad tonight. No pictures, unfortunately. Blueberries were from the back yard.
  15. Rotus and Basquecook – thank you both very much. Pig for 75 sounds like quite a project! Dry-fried chicken, dry-fried yard-long beans, steamed eggplant with chile oil, and jasmine rice.
  16. Patrick, Scubadoo, Kim – thank you for the kind words. Ann_T – I am honored! Truly. I’m still stuck on the perfectly battered and fried fish and chips you posted a few pages ago. Jvalentino – sounds like we used pretty similar recipes for ribs Peter Green – Long time no see! Father’s Day dinner: Smoked ribs, mac and cheese, collard greens Tonight: Caramel pork, bean sprout pork, jasmine rice
  17. Scubadoo – Your grilled meat and Brussels sprouts look fantastic Ann_T – I love lettuce cups. Is that larb in yours? Still trying to master the Big Green Egg – mostly just trying to get the darn thing lit in a reasonable period of time. No complaints once it gets going, though. Baby back ribs – Rubbed with paprika, black pepper, dry mustard, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, and celery seed. Mopped with apple cider, bourbon, soy sauce, and butter. Sauced with lemon brown sugar barbecue sauce. Mustardy potato salad – Dijon and grainy mustard, olive oil, sherry vinegar, black pepper, and fresh basil. Slow-cooked green beans – with onion, tomato, olive oil, black pepper, and lemon juice.
  18. I am enjoying all of the fantastic meals as usual. Keith – Um, nice buns Dejah – I can almost taste the cumin beef dcarch – Beautiful color on your Cornish hen Kim – Nice clean-out-the-fridge meal. I need to try Brunswick stew. pastameshugana – Thanks! Pork fried rice: Center-cut pork chops marinated with soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and rice wine, stir-fried to sear and removed. Basmati rice stir-fried with spinach, basil, green beans, garlic, ginger, scallions, roasted chile jam, fish sauce, and two eggs, with the pork added back towards the end. Served with lime, cucumber, and tomato.
  19. Ann_T and Franci – gorgeous meals! Marinated two thick ribeyes with garlic, black pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce while heating up the charcoal grill. Grilled one ribeye to medium for the boys to split. Grilled the other rare, sliced thinly, briefly simmered the slices with chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and roasted rice powder, and then tossed with bird chiles, shallots, scallions, Thai basil, and mint. Served over salad with coconut rice. Mrs. C grilled pineapple slices with brown sugar and ginger. Great accompaniment to the salad, and also served as dessert! I could eat grilled meat salads and grilled fruit all summer. Enjoyed a lime-heavy margarita while tending the fire.
  20. Wow, I’m digging all of the gorgeous seafood! Kim – thank you, I will let Mrs. C know you liked her salad. The dressing was olive oil, lime juice, Dijon mustard, mashed garlic, and salt. By the way, your steak looks delish - what did you use to season it? Grilled chicken: Marinated with fish sauce, lime juice, black pepper, and oil, and then grilled on the egg. Sweet chile sauce to go with, and store-bought baguette to mop up the juices. Grilled corn with scallion oil: Parboiled, grilled, brushed with scallion oil, and then grilled some more. Yard-long beans stir-fried with fermented black beans, garlic, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
  21. Soba - always a joy to see what you cook, and to hear why you cook it. Food is good: thoughtful food even better. Carry on!
  22. Slathered pork spare ribs with a paste of habanero chile, scallions, ginger, garlic, cilantro, thyme, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper, soy sauce, oil, and dark rum. Smoked the ribs over cherry wood on the Big Green Egg. Mrs. C prepped a delicious black bean, corn, and tomato salad with feta cheese. The finished meal, accompanied by pigeon peas and rice (onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, habanero chile, and green and red bell peppers)
  23. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    Nice variety of breakfasts, PercyN Quick breakfast for me – eggs over easy, hard salami, toasted everything bagel
  24. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    Thanks, Ann. I would gladly trade leftover curry for Moe's breakfast.
  25. C. sapidus

    Breakfast! 2013

    Reprised last night’s lemongrass chicken and potato curry (mostly potato at this point). I took a picture mostly to test out a different lighting set-up.
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