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Tomato (heirloom and Jersey beefsteak) and sweet onion salad. A few drops of good balsamic and olive oil drizzled at service.

 

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Baby lamb chops "scottadito."  Saffron rice pilaf. Haricots verts (nah, just plain green beans), blanched and sautéed in butter and olive oil, a touch of garlic and chili pepper flakes.

 

I'd bought a small New Zealand rack of lamb, cut it into individual chops, and marinated in olive oil, lemon, garlic, dried Italian herbs, salt and pepper. (As can be seen, my "butchering" skills are not exactly great). Cooked in a screaming hot cast iron pan -  these were really delicious.

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Fridge clean-up.

 

Goose liver fried rice.

 

The liver was braised in soy sauce. Tonight I used the leftovers. Also included, garlic onion, chilli, coriander leaf/cilantro and, of course, leftover rice from yesterday's lunch.

 

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...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

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Carbfest....we usually eschew pasta at home, but mi esposo is looking to gain back a few pounds. 

 

Penne rigate in a light cream sauce with shallots, garlic and peas.  Topped with toasted panko with pine nuts.  I bought these pine nuts in their shells from a street vendor.  Had to bust them with a hammer, probably lost half due to my learning curve.  The nuts are very small and pink in color after toasting.  

 

 

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@Duvel – Lovely paella.  But were those ginormous shrimp or were there more of them elsewhere and that was just the pretty ones for a picture, because I’d think you’d need more than that to satisfy everyone.  Or is that just a gluttonous American talking? 😁

 

@gulfporter – best wishes to your esposo for an uneventful and full recovery.  So glad that you have access to such good healthcare!

 

@Norm Matthews – great looking chicken.  Was it spicy?  Your Korean-style wings that I make are delicious and I love that they aren’t spicy.

 

@heidih and @Dante – the Chun King mentions made me laugh.  When I first met Mr. Kim, his mom invited me to come over for “Chinese Food”.  I figured she meant take out or that she was going to make it (I’d already had her sweet and sour pork and it was excellent).  She pulled out 2 giant cans of La Choy chicken chow mein.  Shudder inducing.  A few shreds of meat per giant can, gelatinous sauce, and limp, slimy vegetables.  I drank a LOT of tea to get that down that night. 😝

 

@Ann_T – as always, such beautiful fish and chips.  And those cocktail sized bagels with the salmon!  So inviting.  I’d want to sit all day and talk and nibble!

 

@weinoo – your fried rice is exactly how I’d love mine to look.  I wish you’d do a video tutorial on fried rice!

 

@liamsaunt – your garlic butter dinner rolls should be entered into the state fair.  They are so perfectly and evenly shaped and cooked!  Brava!

 

We are having very plain dinners and meals out these days.  Jessica will be moving home at the end of November until she can find a job that will allow her to pay her living expenses. It is difficult work in many ways and I just don’t have the mental or physical energy to plan and cook meals.  I’m ok with breakfast, but dinner has really been beyond me.  Wednesday we had canned alphabet vegetable soup and Sister Schubert sausage rolls (slightly over-crisped):

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(Yet another unattractive soup photo – I agree with @liuzhou on that!)

 

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One meal that I did take some time with was this one on Thursday.  We’ve been trying to test out cooking a tri tip for when we have house guests at the beginning of October.  Unfortunately, what we got from Publix this time was actually picanha.  I went ahead and prepped it the way I was planning to do the tri tip.  We wanted to try a couple of different methods to see which we liked best.  Last month Mr. Kim smoked it (actually a tri tip that time).  I sous vide it at 129F for 4 hours and then Mr. Kim seared it in a very hot iron skillet over the grill burner.  The only rub was Montreal Steak Seasoning:

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After the sear and sliced:

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It was fantastic.  Perfectly medium-rare, tender, beefy, juicy – all the right things.  Served with salad, alfredo fusilli, and green beans. 

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The beans were odd.  I’d never seen any that called themselves “Extra Green Green Beans”:

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But they were indeed extra green:

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Even after simmering for a couple of hours, they were much more intense green than I would have expected:

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Tasted good, though.  The fusilli was terrible.  I cooked it for twice as long as the directions called for and there were still many strands that were tough and seemingly undercooked. 

 

Plate:

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I didn’t really realize how much like roast beef this was going to be.  Next time, I think I’ll make some horseradish sauce and/or gravy. 

 

Friday night was big sandwiches.  I thought about @Shelby, but I’m afraid mine weren’t as good as her smoked turkey ones!  Muenster, ham, and salami:

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with nacho cheese Doritos backing it up.

 

Worked at Jessica’s apartment until 9 and then stumbled into the nearest pizza place.  We like that they do slices.  Jessica had 2 slices with feta, mushrooms, onions, and sausage:

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I had the Italian hoagie (ham, provolone, salami, and capicola:

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And a cheese slice:

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Mr. Kim had 2 slices of jalapeno and pepperoni:

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40 minutes ago, Kim Shook said:

@Duvel – Lovely paella.  But were those ginormous shrimp or were there more of them elsewhere and that was just the pretty ones for a picture, because I’d think you’d need more than that to satisfy everyone.  Or is that just a gluttonous American talking? 😁


Thanks, @Kim Shook ! Actually, these are my standard „whole“ shrimps. Not especially large or anything, just for being served whole and potentially sucking their heads empty. 
I keep them and a back of shell-on easy peel headless ones for different applications.

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43 minutes ago, Kim Shook said:

@Duvel – Lovely paella.  But were those ginormous shrimp or were there more of them elsewhere and that was just the pretty ones for a picture, because I’d think you’d need more than that to satisfy everyone.  Or is that just a gluttonous American talking? 😁

 

@gulfporter – best wishes to your esposo for an uneventful and full recovery.  So glad that you have access to such good healthcare!

 

@Norm Matthews – great looking chicken.  Was it spicy?  Your Korean-style wings that I make are delicious and I love that they aren’t spicy.

 

@heidih and @Dante – the Chun King mentions made me laugh.  When I first met Mr. Kim, his mom invited me to come over for “Chinese Food”.  I figured she meant take out or that she was going to make it (I’d already had her sweet and sour pork and it was excellent).  She pulled out 2 giant cans of La Choy chicken chow mein.  Shudder inducing.  A few shreds of meat per giant can, gelatinous sauce, and limp, slimy vegetables.  I drank a LOT of tea to get that down that night. 😝

 

@Ann_T – as always, such beautiful fish and chips.  And those cocktail sized bagels with the salmon!  So inviting.  I’d want to sit all day and talk and nibble!

 

@weinoo – your fried rice is exactly how I’d love mine to look.  I wish you’d do a video tutorial on fried rice!

 

@liamsaunt – your garlic butter dinner rolls should be entered into the state fair.  They are so perfectly and evenly shaped and cooked!  Brava!

 

We are having very plain dinners and meals out these days.  Jessica will be moving home at the end of November until she can find a job that will allow her to pay her living expenses. It is difficult work in many ways and I just don’t have the mental or physical energy to plan and cook meals.  I’m ok with breakfast, but dinner has really been beyond me.  Wednesday we had canned alphabet vegetable soup and Sister Schubert sausage rolls (slightly over-crisped):

IMG_7041.jpg.61ac26dcccd1cbd3c7901b9469d3f557.jpg

(Yet another unattractive soup photo – I agree with @liuzhou on that!)

 

1783938340_sausagebread.jpg.8cb57e6b303388029e2723e21bcc8148.jpg

 

One meal that I did take some time with was this one on Thursday.  We’ve been trying to test out cooking a tri tip for when we have house guests at the beginning of October.  Unfortunately, what we got from Publix this time was actually picanha.  I went ahead and prepped it the way I was planning to do the tri tip.  We wanted to try a couple of different methods to see which we liked best.  Last month Mr. Kim smoked it (actually a tri tip that time).  I sous vide it at 129F for 4 hours and then Mr. Kim seared it in a very hot iron skillet over the grill burner.  The only rub was Montreal Steak Seasoning:

dinner7.jpg.408eea85bee53835a1e562f047c844cc.jpg

 

After the sear and sliced:

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It was fantastic.  Perfectly medium-rare, tender, beefy, juicy – all the right things.  Served with salad, alfredo fusilli, and green beans. 

dinner3.jpg.bd8287365b5e5bbbcac64d7da07f0c94.jpg

 

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The beans were odd.  I’d never seen any that called themselves “Extra Green Green Beans”:

IMG_7037.thumb.jpg.785b53a880fd6e70b4254e4e1fdce451.jpg

But they were indeed extra green:

IMG_7039.thumb.jpg.4b42d4f599d02ab846f838bb7532effa.jpg

 

Even after simmering for a couple of hours, they were much more intense green than I would have expected:

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Tasted good, though.  The fusilli was terrible.  I cooked it for twice as long as the directions called for and there were still many strands that were tough and seemingly undercooked. 

 

Plate:

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I didn’t really realize how much like roast beef this was going to be.  Next time, I think I’ll make some horseradish sauce and/or gravy. 

 

Friday night was big sandwiches.  I thought about @Shelby, but I’m afraid mine weren’t as good as her smoked turkey ones!  Muenster, ham, and salami:

IMG_7066.jpg.97e0619334d26eef280fb32ca45de2d9.jpg

with nacho cheese Doritos backing it up.

 

Worked at Jessica’s apartment until 9 and then stumbled into the nearest pizza place.  We like that they do slices.  Jessica had 2 slices with feta, mushrooms, onions, and sausage:

pizza3.jpg.6c2c42bf23ea5942b2eba28ae31098fb.jpg

 

I had the Italian hoagie (ham, provolone, salami, and capicola:

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And a cheese slice:

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Mr. Kim had 2 slices of jalapeno and pepperoni:

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That beef roast looks amazing.  I rarely ever eat beef anymore, but I would gladly have yours as my "once or twice a year" indulgence!  Your story of the Chinese food in a can cracked me up and reminded me of the awful lunch we had in Beijing in a very pretty tea house in a park.  The tea was ok (way overpriced) but I could have sworn that the meat/gloppy sauce came out of a can.  Basically the only thing edible was the rice.

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Thanks Kim.

 

Your beef is perfectly cooked.   Mouth is watering for roast beef now.

 

I baked an Apple Peach Pie this morning.   
I don't usually do combination pies, but I had some peaches that were perfectly ripe, but not enough for a pure peach pie................
.............so Apple Peach it is.
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It was intended for dessert tonight, but I think it is actually going to be dinner. 
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ETA:  With or 
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without.
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Thanks, @Kim Shook!  There are way better tutors here than me, especially for fried rice!

 

I think my mom kept and used the occasional can of Chun King in her pantry. Didn't they also make and sell cans of those crispy fried noodles?

 

And your can of Kroger's green beans is interesting - the picture at the top of the can looks to me like Romano beans, while the cut-up beans in the bottom picture on the can look like good old green beans. And yes - they ARE green. (Other than salt and sugar, there's nothing else listed on the can, so I wonder how they stay so darn green?)

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Falafel dhokla. Herbs, spices, garlic, chickpea flour. Fried. With pita, vegetables, pickles, tahini sauce, yogurt, zchug, home made Indian style amba.

 

 

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On 9/21/2021 at 1:18 PM, Kim Shook said:

@Duvel – Lovely paella.  But were those ginormous shrimp or were there more of them elsewhere and that was just the pretty ones for a picture, because I’d think you’d need more than that to satisfy everyone.  Or is that just a gluttonous American talking? 😁

 

@gulfporter – best wishes to your esposo for an uneventful and full recovery.  So glad that you have access to such good healthcare!

 

@Norm Matthews – great looking chicken.  Was it spicy?  Your Korean-style wings that I make are delicious and I love that they aren’t spicy.

 

@heidih and @Dante – the Chun King mentions made me laugh.  When I first met Mr. Kim, his mom invited me to come over for “Chinese Food”.  I figured she meant take out or that she was going to make it (I’d already had her sweet and sour pork and it was excellent).  She pulled out 2 giant cans of La Choy chicken chow mein.  Shudder inducing.  A few shreds of meat per giant can, gelatinous sauce, and limp, slimy vegetables.  I drank a LOT of tea to get that down that night. 😝

 

@Ann_T – as always, such beautiful fish and chips.  And those cocktail sized bagels with the salmon!  So inviting.  I’d want to sit all day and talk and nibble!

 

@weinoo – your fried rice is exactly how I’d love mine to look.  I wish you’d do a video tutorial on fried rice!

 

@liamsaunt – your garlic butter dinner rolls should be entered into the state fair.  They are so perfectly and evenly shaped and cooked!  Brava!

 

We are having very plain dinners and meals out these days.  Jessica will be moving home at the end of November until she can find a job that will allow her to pay her living expenses. It is difficult work in many ways and I just don’t have the mental or physical energy to plan and cook meals.  I’m ok with breakfast, but dinner has really been beyond me.  Wednesday we had canned alphabet vegetable soup and Sister Schubert sausage rolls (slightly over-crisped):

IMG_7041.jpg.61ac26dcccd1cbd3c7901b9469d3f557.jpg

(Yet another unattractive soup photo – I agree with @liuzhou on that!)

 

1783938340_sausagebread.jpg.8cb57e6b303388029e2723e21bcc8148.jpg

 

One meal that I did take some time with was this one on Thursday.  We’ve been trying to test out cooking a tri tip for when we have house guests at the beginning of October.  Unfortunately, what we got from Publix this time was actually picanha.  I went ahead and prepped it the way I was planning to do the tri tip.  We wanted to try a couple of different methods to see which we liked best.  Last month Mr. Kim smoked it (actually a tri tip that time).  I sous vide it at 129F for 4 hours and then Mr. Kim seared it in a very hot iron skillet over the grill burner.  The only rub was Montreal Steak Seasoning:

dinner7.jpg.408eea85bee53835a1e562f047c844cc.jpg

 

After the sear and sliced:

dinner6.jpg.02fcc7fb1d91f6461aa80e2f6033c658.jpg

 

dinner4.thumb.jpg.2d838d0cbc4021f469c588dc2593d53a.jpg

 

It was fantastic.  Perfectly medium-rare, tender, beefy, juicy – all the right things.  Served with salad, alfredo fusilli, and green beans. 

dinner3.jpg.bd8287365b5e5bbbcac64d7da07f0c94.jpg

 

dinner5.thumb.jpg.c9963ac09bf2656454bf1cf37dd300b7.jpg

 

The beans were odd.  I’d never seen any that called themselves “Extra Green Green Beans”:

IMG_7037.thumb.jpg.785b53a880fd6e70b4254e4e1fdce451.jpg

But they were indeed extra green:

IMG_7039.thumb.jpg.4b42d4f599d02ab846f838bb7532effa.jpg

 

Even after simmering for a couple of hours, they were much more intense green than I would have expected:

dinner2.thumb.jpg.223abab8177e754291ca6207d56f6d63.jpg

Tasted good, though.  The fusilli was terrible.  I cooked it for twice as long as the directions called for and there were still many strands that were tough and seemingly undercooked. 

 

Plate:

IMG_7060.jpg.15f49ba19732a3ab1dcc4bc7038a57c0.jpg

I didn’t really realize how much like roast beef this was going to be.  Next time, I think I’ll make some horseradish sauce and/or gravy. 

 

Friday night was big sandwiches.  I thought about @Shelby, but I’m afraid mine weren’t as good as her smoked turkey ones!  Muenster, ham, and salami:

IMG_7066.jpg.97e0619334d26eef280fb32ca45de2d9.jpg

with nacho cheese Doritos backing it up.

 

Worked at Jessica’s apartment until 9 and then stumbled into the nearest pizza place.  We like that they do slices.  Jessica had 2 slices with feta, mushrooms, onions, and sausage:

pizza3.jpg.6c2c42bf23ea5942b2eba28ae31098fb.jpg

 

I had the Italian hoagie (ham, provolone, salami, and capicola:

pizza2.jpg.b11f39c46ca0de497c95427627c0ffe8.jpg

And a cheese slice:

pizza1.jpg.4cd013fa5c52234f146a31e01c116225.jpg

 

Mr. Kim had 2 slices of jalapeno and pepperoni:

pizza4.jpg.f2ed56c664c28a0f0b557e451fc10b0b.jpg

 

The chicken has some spicy elements but in my opinion, they were off-set with some sweet parts too.  I am not a good judge of degrees of spicy as in hotness but I don't think it was.

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