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Dinner! 2009


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Last night was very simple-my recipe for Salt and Pepper Fried Prawns and Stir-Fried Noodles with Cabbage.

I always keep some dried Chinese noodles in the cupboard. I never buy a specific noodle for a specific dish, I just go to the Asian market and pick-up 3 or 4 different kinds of noodles to keep on hand. Then whatever peaks my interest on the day of cooking is what I use.

I boiled these noodles in salted water for about 4 minutes, drained, tossed in sesame oil and chile oil then chilled in the refrigerator all day.

I stir fry the noodles with more sesame oil, garlic, ginger and shredded Napa cabbage, then add a good slug of soy sauce and a bit of sliced green onion just before serving.


I like to use head-on raw prawns for both flavor and presentation. (The best juices come from sucking on the heads when you pull them off the body of the prawn).

I remove the shell off the body of the prawn, leaving the head and tail on. Usually I just marinate the prawns in a mixture of egg white, cornstarch, salt and ground Szechuan peppercorns. This time I ventured out a bit and added soy sauce and sherry to the marinade. I wouldn't add sherry again-it made the meat of the prawns too sweet for my tastes.

Just before deep-frying, I dredge the prawns in a mixture of flour, cornstarch, salt and ground Szechuan peppercorns. They only need about 2 minutes in the deep-fry.

I garnished the prawns with some simple shredded green onion. I prefer to serve them plain without any dipping sauce, but sometimes I'll serve a little mix of salt and ground Szechuan peppercorns in a dish on the side. Enjoy.


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I wants me some collards. :raz: Seriously. Can't get those where I live... at all... ever. I miss 'em. Dammit.

Actually, you can't even get frozen or canned collards here but that doesn't disappoint me as much as the lack of fresh.

It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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Here's a Spanish inspired meal I made on Saturday. Started with an amuse of peppered and toasted piñon horchata genois topped with cinnamon infused blood orange ice


Then a tapas plate of olives slow cooked all day in olive oil with fennel and orange; potatoes cooked in smoked hot paprika; and goat/avocado carnitas cones


A salad of greens topped with skillet warmed almonds, pimiento strips, fried serrano and brandy soaked raisins


Caldo Gallego from Menu del Dia - beans, bacon ends, Spanish chorizo, greens, finished with arbequina oil.


Oxtails finished with xèrès vinegar, topped with onion rings, served with black truffle cauliflower puree, white asparagus, floral salt and spiced balsamic, and saffron rice.


and finally a dessert I called Spanish Nut - orange almond cremiuex dome inside of a larger pistachio mousse dome, sprayed with Guayaquil chocolate for velvet effect, served with a savory tuile and savory chocolate soil.


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Percyn - the short ribs look very appetizing to ME! And I love the snowy scene, too! I miss winter weather - Virginia might as well be deep south for all the snow we get :angry: !

David - your noodles and prawns just look so delicious and beautiful!

Tri2Cook - can't you grow you some collards? They are cold weather plants. And really easy to grow, too!

SaladFingers - I agree with everyone else - your roulade is lovely and so is your china!

Rob - gorgeous meal - start to finish!

Our contribution to our friends' Super Bowl party:


Brats with all the fixings, and:


Randi's big, yummy Symphony brownies.

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It's been a while since I last posted, still everything looks great guys!!! I want to share some of my past dinners with everybody, hope you like it.

Rice soup with, chicken, ham, and veggies!


Serenata- A potatoes and dried salted codfish salad


Tostones(fried green plantains) and Escabeche of Chicken Gizzards


Spinach Salad


I wanted to make Shrimp and Rice, ended up adding some hungarian sausage, smoked ham and Tocino(spanish bacon).


Fried Chicken


Arroz Con Dulce(Rice Pudding)


Bizcocho Mojaito De Puerto Rico= Extra-Moist Yellow Cake with a Guava and Cream Cheese Filling, Almond Buttercream Frosting


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Just a burger and fries, but it was a really good burger...


The cheese is home-smoked cheddar. I was worried that it might be overpowering, but the flavors melded really well.

THAT, my friend, is orgasmic.

I would like to second that!

A couple of dishes so far this week: Opor Ayam - Javanese Chicken Curry - from Cradle of Flavor (sic) of course!


Five Spiced Duck Breast, Confit Duck Taro Cake, Spinach & Honey Soy Chilli dressing:


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Wow! All these pictures are better than looking at a Gourmet magazine.  Outstanding job everyone.

Tonight I made arroz con pollo with black beans and platanos maduro



Plantanos maduros, my FAVORITE! Love them with fresh lime juice! :wub:

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Starter: Scallops topped with Quail's eggs. Served with Sweetcorn pureé and truffle cream:


Main: pan fried Sea Bass, Cep veloute, artichoke hearts, borlotti beans, papardelle:


Dessert: raspberry compote, tarragon custard:


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Pork chops just like grandma used to make, roasted cauliflower and sweet cinnamony butternut squash puree

no pictures :sad:


...who wants a cookie now

The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers


Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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A few recent meals after being on the road away from cooking far too long...

Whole wheat pizza



Rigatoni and Meatballs


Braised turkey breast w/orzo


Veggie Curry w/quinoa


Roasted beet and blue cheese salad


Flat Iron Pot Roast and fennel mashed potatoesgallery_39170_6229_113500.jpg


Roasted Chicken w/risottogallery_39170_6229_24231.jpg

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