Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pork Souvlaki with Greek Salad


This morning I installed electric fence around the back yard which required much pruning of shrubbery. It was hard work but hopefully will keep the bears and deer out. This afternoon I built a sun deck by the pool for Daffny the Duck so she can get off of ours. It's across the pool and sloped into the garden to dispose of her poop. I hope she figures it out soon.


Consequently I didn't have the energy to make a big effort at dinner. Fortunately Mitchell's makes wonderful pork souvlaki skewers that taste great so I bought those and  had everything else I needed. All I did was brush them with oil and put them on the BBQ over medium high heat for 15 minutes, turning every few minutes. With that I made rice with salt and olive oil. I put a little soy sauce on my rice, it goes with practically anything and rice. 

On the side was a Greek salad consisting of 3 roma tomatoes diced, 3 inches English cucumber sliced, thin slice of onion diced, chunk feta cheese crumbled, black olives, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.  Toss and serve.

Sloppy plate but it tasted great. Fern loved the salad too.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Milk Soaked Liver, Onions and Bacon



This is the first time having liver since I learned about soaking it in milk to remove the excess iron taste. Also I recently learned that liver causes signs of iron toxicity in the blood within an hour of eating it. So soaking it makes sense and eating it no more than once per month makes more sense. I put the liver in a container, covered it with milk and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. 

I fried a couple of strips of bacon till crisp and removed them from the pan. Then I fried two thinly sliced onions till caramelized and removed them from the pan. I drained the liver, dredged it in flour and fried it in plenty of oil. Sprinkled a bit of salt over it while it cooked.

The new potatoes were boiled and finished with salt and butter. The vegetables were frozen peas microwaved, cooled under running water and drained then reheated in olive oil with diced red pepper and pearl onions. Tomato ketchup on the liver. The onions and bacon are plated under the liver.

The milk soak definitely made a difference. The liver had great flavour without the excess iron taste I can now recognize. The peas were really good this way too. Overall a great meal.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cheddar Scone


So good I ate two before I stopped myself and took a picture. These are super easy and fast to make. 

1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
mix
1/4 cup butter
cut in with pastry cutter
3 tbsp sugar
mix
3/4 cup grated Armstrong Extra Old Cheddar Cheese - Baldersons is better, Kraft is not
1/3 cup milk
Add in 2 parts and mix with a fork into a dough. Form into a ball. If it's too dry add a little milk. Flatten into a 6" disk and cut into 6 wedges. Bake at 425F 13 minutes.

Bet ya can't eat just one!

Salisbury Steak


That gravy sure looks like a pile of doodoo on the plate but when I plated it I could only see the caramelized onion, bacon, celery and mushrooms that gave it flavour. The meat you can't see was 200gm of ground beef with ground garlic, salt, black pepper and 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Make into a patty and BBQ. I boiled the new potatoes and finished them with butter and salt. The peas were frozen and microwaved, finished with butter and salt.

For the gravy I seared the mushrooms and remove them from the pan then caramelized an onion with two strips of bacon cut into small pieces. I sweated the celery and added a tsp of flour and one of beef stock powder and the mushrooms. When the flour taste was cooked off I stirred in a cup of water. When it's finished add a pad of butter and stir it in while it melts. If I had strained the gravy and added the mushrooms in I would have had a nice smooth 'pretty' gravy but I kind of like the rustic look, maybe 'cause it's easier.

It tasted great and at the end of the day, that's what matters.

Breaded Chicken Breast with Risotto


An easy meal tonight. I mixed 2 tsp flour with poultry seasoning, salt and mixed pepper and coated the chicken in that. Then I dipped it in milk and rolled it in bread crumbs. Unfortunately the milk washed off a considerable amount of the flour mixture so I would combine the flour and milk next time. It worked well enough though so I roasted the breasts at 325F for 25 minutes. That's a blob of plain mayonnaise straight from the bottle. 

Risotto was simple as well. I put half the water in the pot with the rice and simmered it till almost dry then add more water, 1 tsp chicken stock powder and stir frequently till water is absorbed and rice is cooked. Add 3/4 cup grated parmesan and a pad of butter. It should have had a caramelized onion and some white wine but it was late, I was tired and it was enough.

Balsamic vinaigrette was 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper. Whisk, toss and serve. Clearly I didn't strain myself tonight, but it tasted good. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fennel Roasted Salmon


Kevin caught a nice salmon or 2 and gave a lovely 3 pounder to us. I stuffed the cavity with sliced garlic, lemon, parsley, chives and plenty of fennel. Plenty of salt all over and drizzle olive oil over top. Bake at 325F for 60 minutes. The fennel and salmon smell filled the kitchen while it was cooking making my mouth water the whole time. It tasted as good as it sounds. 

The rice just had soy sauce in it and the salad was fresh greens with a vinaigrette of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt.

Simple but you can't beat fresh caught salmon.

Beef Taco!


This time I caramelized an onion, carrot and couple of cloves of garlic then sweated a stick of celery before browning the beef. When the beef was mostly cooked I sprinkled 1/2 teaspoon of beef stock, 1 1/2 tablespoon of taco seasoning and a dusting of flour. I cooked the flour taste off and added a tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce. I added a few seeds from chili peppers for heat and let it simmer for a minute.

Guacamole 

1 avocado
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp sour cream
pinch salt
1 tsp cilantro chopped

Salsa

2 tomatoes diced
2 pearl onions diced
1 tsp cilantro
salt
black pepper
lime juice
1 tsp olive oil

Refried beans

1 can Old El Paso Refried Beans
1 tsp sour cream
1 tsp cilantro
1 tsp jalapeno
1 tsp lime juice

Heat the taco shell, fill and roll to centre of plate. Plate everything else around it. I could have grated cheddar cheese and added it to the taco and the beans but thought I had enough food as it was. The guacamole was really good. A little cilantro went a long way. I raided my neighbours garden for the cilantro. It needed topping so he thanked me, I'll help him out that way again!