Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pork Cutlet

Mitchell's breaded pork cutlet with apple sauce. All you have to do is fry it in a hot pan with a little oil. If the pan isn't hot when the meat goes in, the breading will stick to the pan. If there is too much oil, it comes out greasy. The pan needs to be hot and the bottom covered with oil but not more than a tablespoon of oil pooled in the bottom when the pan is tipped. Keep adding small amounts of oil if the pan dries out.

The vegetables were steamed, dunked in cold water and reheated in olive oil.  Apple sauce straight from the jar for a condiment. Overall, a good meal.

Not Quite Honey Garlic Chicken

I wanted to have something other than Cajun chicken for a change. I had half a lemon in the fridge so I squeezed the juice out into a bowl and took curls of rind off and put them in the juice.  I added enough salt for both chicken breasts to the juice, double the olive oil than juice and a tablespoon of honey. A bit of pepper and some ground ginger. It all sounded so good.  I brushed it over the meat and put it on the BBQ.

The glaze run off the meat into the bottom of the BBQ. The flavour went with it. I managed to not overcook the broccoli so it was perfect. The potatoes were wonderful with a bit of butter and salt. The chicken just didn't take on any of the flavour I was trying for. It barely had enough salt.  Clearly I'm not good at this dish, I need to research and try again. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pork Souvlaki

Pork Souvlaki from Mitchell's grilled on the BBQ, Basmati rice, Brussel's Sprouts and coleslaw. I think I screwed up the rice by putting too much rice in so it came out under cooked. The coleslaw was equally unimpressive. I didn't cut the cabbage thin enough. I don't really like red cabbage. I didn't make enough dressing. Over all, I probably should have ordered a pizza.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Easy Moist Tasty Scones

I tried another recipe that didn't add any fat so they were dry dry dry. This time I looked for something with a little fat and sugar. I cut the recipe in half so this makes six little bisuits.  Preheat oven to 425F.


1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cool butter
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup milk

Mix flour, salt and baking powder. Cut butter into mixture until course grained. Add sugar and mix. Add milk a 1/3 at a time mixing in between with a fork. When all the milk is in continue mixing with a fork till it's starting to clump. If there are wet lumps keep breaking them up with your hands till you have a uniform dough then gather it into a ball. It will seem too dry at first but just keep pressing it together and the milk will work it's way through and moisten it all. When you have a nice ball, press it flat till it's a 6 to 8 inch disk. Cut it into 6 pieces and place on parchment covered cookie sheet. I put a small pile of grated cheddar on each one going into the oven.  Bake 12 minutes. 

Snapper with Vegetable Medley

Fresh fish from Mitchell's on Friday. Snapper again. Good thing we like it! I pulled the  bones out of the fillet, salted, peppered and coated it in bread crumbs. Yellow flesh potatoes boiled up skins on, finished with butter and salt. The vegetable medley was carrot, celery, onion and peppers. I put beef stock in the pan with the carrots and brought that to a boil. I added oil as the water cooked off and started adding the onion, celery and peppers. I forgot to add the few drops of fish sauce so it tasted good but not incredible. I fried the fish in a bit of oil and it came out perfect. I laid thyme and rosemary over it in the pan. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Liver, Bacon and Onions

I always loved liver, even as a child. I always had it with plenty of ketchup and still like it that way today. I boiled the yellow flesh potatoes and finished them with salt and butter.  The broccoli and carrots were steamed, cooled in cold water then reheated in olive oil. 

The bacon, cut into bite size pieces, went in the frying pan first. When the bacon was almost done I added to onions. It probably took 10 minutes to get the onions heavily caramelized, that's how Fern likes them. When they were done I took them out of the pan but kept them warm.  

The liver I salted and coated with flour then fried in a hot pan.  I had to keep adding a few drops of oil as the pan dried. The liver was done quickly so it didn't take much. I plated the liver, then onions and bacon with ketchup on top. It looks a bit messy but it's all loaded with flavour!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry with sweet quick pickle garnish

I hadn't made a stir fry in a while so this was almost a treat.  I made rice in the microwave with salt, oil and a few drops vinegar. First I made the pickle garnish by grating 1/3 of a carrot, 1/3 stick celery and an equal amount of grated english cucumber.  I mixed up half a cup of water, teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of vinegar and poured it over the grated vegetables and let it work.

I cooked the carrots a bit first with a packet of chicken stock and half a cup of water.  When the water was boiled off I added oil and the onions and celery. The chicken was cut up into bite size pieces then salted and floured. I added it to the pan next and got a little sear on in all around. Then the mushrooms went in and got a little sear on them. Finally the peppers and cashews were added.  A splash of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, toss and a few drops of Chinese fish sauce, toss and serve.

It was delicious and so was the quick pickle garnish.