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Dinner 2014 (Part 5)


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I've never considered sea bass sashimi at home. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, razor clam all yes but never sea bass. But it was so fresh that I couldn't resist. I cured it kombujime style. Basically a light sprinkling of salt and sandwich between damp kombu for a couple of hours. It was excellent, just the right texture.  

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Very nice.  Great knife skills too.  Please tell me more about that plate?

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Tangy shrimp.

 

Vegetable oil, chopped smashed garlic, some slices of fresh young ginger, de-shelled de-veined wild American shrimp.  Shrimp cooked till just barely done, removed, reserved.

Peanut oil added to the pan, rest of the (generous) sliced young fresh ginger went in; tossed around; chopped ripe de-skinned tomatoes added, fish sauce [Red Boat], hon-mirin [Takara], tamarind slurry (from a tablespoon of paste), some of the shrimp marinating liquid.  Cooked down.  Sliced red onions went in, followed shortly after by trimmed scallions & hot long green chillies.  The reserved shrimp went back in, tossed to re-warm and mix in.

  Shrimp was premarinated in Shaohsing wine, black sesame oil, corn oil, ground white pepper, splash of light soy sauce (“sang chau”), jozo mirin.

 

White rice (Thai hom mali).

 

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Tangy shrimp.

 

Vegetable oil, chopped smashed garlic, some slices of fresh young ginger, de-shelled de-veined wild American shrimp.  Shrimp cooked till just barely done, removed, reserved.

Peanut oil added to the pan, rest of the (generous) sliced young fresh ginger went in; tossed around; chopped ripe de-skinned tomatoes added, fish sauce [Red Boat], hon-mirin [Takara], tamarind slurry (from a tablespoon of paste), some of the shrimp marinating liquid.  Cooked down.  Sliced red onions went in, followed shortly after by trimmed scallions & hot long green chillies.  The reserved shrimp went back in, tossed to re-warm and mix in.

  Shrimp was premarinated in Shaohsing wine, black sesame oil, corn oil, ground white pepper, splash of light soy sauce (“sang chau”), jozo mirin.

 

White rice (Thai hom mali).

 

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huray- Your amazing dish got me to thinking (always a bad thing, me thinking :smile: ): Could I use the liquid I use for hung-shu style cooking as a marinade? Do you think it would work?

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huray- Your amazing dish got me to thinking (always a bad thing, me thinking :smile: ): Could I use the liquid I use for hung-shu style cooking as a marinade? Do you think it would work?

 

Thanks for the compliment.

 

If by "hung-shu" you mean "紅燒" ("hongshao"; a.k.a. Jyutping/Yale Cantonese hung4 siu1) then I don't see why not, if that is what you'd like to try.  I myself would probably not use the typical marinade for that on shrimp/prawn, as IMO I think the flavor of the shrimp/prawn would be lost.  (I myself would also add some sort of acid if I were to try it and cut down on the amount of soy sauce - both light and thick/dark - that would go into a typical hung4 siu1 marinade, plus eliminate the star anise & cinnamon.  But then it would no longer be a hung4 siu1 marinade, I suppose.  Still, perhaps I might try it just for the hell of it myself!  Alternatively, maybe dilute the marinade with something - even just water; or rice wine, or something.  Perhaps some corn flour or egg white might go in too, both of which I did not use for this dish.  Or cut it with stock made from the shells and heads of the shrimp one had just peeled. :-)  Many other things could be tried.

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I’ve been out of commission again.  Was in NC on a trip for a while and came home with pneumonia.  I’ve been looking at this thread and ‘liking’ lots, but not posting.  I credit you all with restoring my appetite!  Finally starting to cook again!  Last night’s dinner was a test for possible Christmas Eve meal – America’s Test Kitchen’s Modern Beef Burgundy:

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It was absolutely delicious and extremely easy to do.  The sauce is deep and rich tasting and everything you want in Beef Burgundy.

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Kim,

That beef burgundy looks amazing.

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My husband made potato soup last night.  He kicks my butt on potato soup.  It is very creamy.  I may have eaten another bowl for breakfast  :unsure:

 

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I made toasted cheese sandwiches to go with

 

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Shelby,

That looks like loaded baked potato soup. I had thought about making it for lunch today but it was a bit late. It is one of my favorite soups

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That's a nice spread, reallyoldguy. Welcome to eGullet.

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fried chicken.. my friend uses this term un-improvable. and i just love it.   i have been making fried chicken for a long time, tonight was the best i think i ever made. 


 


brined for a day


 


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buttermilk'd for a day 


 


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seasoned flour for an hour or so..i have this method where i flour and then sort of dab with my fingers with buttermilk on them and re-flour.  you need to let them rest with the flour on them for at least an hour to get it tacky. 


 


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stupid good.. i couldn't imagine a better chicken.  


 


 


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gluten free


 


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green beans with hot apple cider vinegar and tarron


 


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biscuits, salad, honey, butter, hot sauce.. 


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gelato:


 


 


 


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Beautiful, basquecook!  I especially love the gelato colors, but I'm a sucker for good fried chicken.

 

Tonight was a celebration (new plates!) as well as an experiment: smoking turkey thighs.  I've smoked plenty of chicken, pork, beef, but never turkey.  We're glad I got around to it. The turkey was accompanied by tomatoes rescued before tonight's predicted freeze, dandelion greens wilted with a dressing that included smoked turkey drippings, pan-roasted beets and potatoes, and seasonal beer.

 

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Chicken curry.

White rice (Daawat basmati).

 

Curry:  Oil, fine brunoise of yellow onion & shallots, chopped smashed garlic, ground candlenuts (buah keras), ground galangal, curry leaves (Murraya koenigii), ground cumin, ground coriander seed, ground turmeric, sliced red cayenne chillies (not deseeded); chicken quarter & drumstick & thigh pieces, salt; wholes cloves, green cardamom pods, water; Rose Finn Apple fingerlings; sliced Hatch chiles; coconut milk; seasoning adjusted. Heat shut off, left to rest for a bit.

 

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A simple dinner for me tonight but it was so perfect it warrants mention:

 

Leftover chicken tetrazzini, 3 minute boiled asparagus, mayonnaise.  Usually I serve asparagus with hollandaise, but along with chicken tetrazzini, hollandaise seemed like gilding the lily.  I used olive oil for the mayonnaise.

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not the most photogenic but the best meal I have eaten in weeks. 

 

mushroom risotto finished with black pepper, parm and a drizzle of evoo.  I put  too much on the plate but I finished every drop. 

 

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Foie gras ravioli with white truffles from Alba

 

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Foie gras ravioli with white truffles from Alba

 

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PATE' d foie gras or foie gras?  I can never imagine doing anything other than searing the liver :)  And what IS that sauce please?

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