Monday, July 25, 2016

Garlic Chicken with Broccoli


The days of the everything in stir fry seem to be behind me. This time broccoli was on sale and I thought garlic, chicken and broccoli in a sauce on rice would make a nice summer dinner. I started by cutting an onion and dicing one half. I caramelized the diced onion while I cut the chicken into pieces and coated them in corn starch. I put them in the pan with plenty of oil and got a bit of a sear on them all around. I had the broccoli florets steamed and cooled, ready to go in the pan. I also cut up the rest of the onion into large chunks and a stick of celery into bite size pieces. A large clove of garlic finely diced went in the pan followed by the onion and celery. Half a teaspoon of chicken stock powder, few drops of sesame oil, few drops of Chinese fish sauce and 2/3 cup of water. The water reduced quickly in the hot pan leaving a nice sauce to toss the broccoli in. When the broccoli was heated through I plated the whole thing on rice and served.

It was absolutely delicious! Less work than a stir fry too!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Chicken Fajitas Again!


Fajitas are becoming a go to summer dish. Soon as Fern's tomatoes are ready we'll be having even more. This is the first image with my new phone. Looks like it needs cropping. This plating seems to work well. Less sour cream in everything.

Old El Paso Refried beans have just a pinch of cumin, salt and a few drops of lime juice. The Salsa is tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, salt, black pepper, lime juice. The guacamole is a ripe avocado mashed with lime juice, salt, cilantro, few drops tabasco and a teaspoon of sour cream.

Fajita means 'cut in strips' so the breasts, celery and onion were cut in strips. First I diced and caramelized half an onion. Dusted the chicken strips with flour and seared them slightly. Added the vegetables and sweated them a minute. Sprinkled a teaspoon of chicken stock over the pan and added a tablespoon of taco seasoning to that. 3/4 cup water and quickly reduce to a nice thick sauce. Roll up in a taco shell and slop everything else on top. 

It looks pretty good, tastes really fresh. If only I knew how to make good refried beans from scratch....

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chicken Fajita


A pretty plate but it does look a little like a race track. I caramelized half an onion then sweated the other half with a red pepper and stick of celery. The chicken was cut into strips, coated in a bit of flour and added next. I got a little brown on the outside then added a teaspoon of chicken stock powder, 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning and half a cup of water. When the water is reduced to a nice glaze the filling is ready.

Guacamole 

1 avocado
1/2 lime juiced
1 tsp sour cream
pinch salt
pinch cumin
fresh chopped cilantro

Mash the avocado with the lime juice, stir in the rest. 

Salsa

3 roma tomatoes
3 inches cucumber
1/2 lime juiced
1 tsp olive oil
1 jalapeno 
1 thin slice red onion diced
cilantro finely diced

Slice the cucumber, dice the tomatoes and jalapeno. Mix it all together.

Refried beans are Old El Paso straight from the can with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Fill the taco, dress it up and serve. 

Even Fern likes this summer fare.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lamb Chops and Ratatouie


Lamb chops are one of the easiest meats to BBQ. Sprinkle salt and pepper on them, brush them with olive oil and put them over high heat for 2 minutes. Turn over and slide the back ones to the front so all cook evenly. Cook 2 minutes. Turn and slide again rotating them a little so they get crossed grill marks. Cook 2 minutes. Turn and slide a last time and cook 2 minutes. Serve.

Mint grows like a weed so never buy mint sauce. Grab a handful of mint leaves, chop them up and soak them in 1/2 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp vinegar. 

The new potatoes were boiled and finished with butter and salt. I steamed the cauliflower with a carrot while I caramelised an onion. Next I sweated another onion with celery and a roma tomato. I microwaved some frozen peas, which was probably a mistake. Everything went in the onion pan with some leftover garlic basil tomato sauce. Heat it up and serve.

It took less than an hour to put together this meal but it tasted like a lot more.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chicken Parmesan more or less


I had bread crumbs out so I clearly wanted something breaded. I bought chicken breasts and a cooked ham for the dog. I took a slice of the ham and got out two slices of XO cheddar (Armstrong). I put the breast in a plastic bag and hammered it flat. Took it out and sliced a pocket into it so I could slip the ham and cheese inside. It was easier than it sounds. Then I coated it in flour, dipped it in egg white and rolled it in bread crumbs. I baked it in the oven at 325F for 20 minutes then turned the heat up to 400F to brown it. When the cheese leaked out it was done.

Two teaspoons of olive oil and a diced clove of garlic, cook. Add can of Hunt's tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. When almost ready to serve, add 3 tbsp butter and a handful of chopped fresh basil.

Plate the rice then a strip of tomato sauce beside it. Lay the chicken in the sauce and put another stripe across it's centre. Top with grated parmesan. 

Broccoli was steamed, cooled under running water and reheated in olive oil.

This was outstanding and only took an hour start to finish.


Bottom Round Roast Beef


It was early in the afternoon so I had hours to slow roast this thing and hopefully get it tender. I salted, peppered and brushed it with oil then put it in the oven at 225F for 2-3 hours till it was 150F in the centre. New potatoes boiled and finished with salt and butter. Horse Radish Sauce beside the roast. 

Onions and carrots caramelised then celery sweated and finally steamed cauliflower tossed and reheated with the lot. This is a great way to serve cauliflower without cheese.

Martin was over and even he ate his onions, carrots and celery. He doesn't like cauliflower, or vegetables so when I get him to eat a few, it's a victory. He loved the roast and potatoes.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chicken Cordon Suisse


It's cool and rainy so a heavy comfort meal is welcome. Mitchell's made chicken is easy, just bake at 325F for 25 minutes till the cheese starts to leak out. New potatoes boiled and finished with salt and butter. Steamed broccoli with hollandaise.

Hollandaise

1 egg yolk
1/3-1/2 cup melted, not hot, butter
juice 1/2 lemon
salt

Slowly whisk butter into egg. Add lemon and salt. Heat to thicken. If it's too thick add a teaspoon of water. It really is this simple, I would never again buy a Hollandaise mix.