30 August 2010

White Bean Spread; Carrot Fritters

I made a couple more recipes from Cooking from the Garden. The first was this White Bean & Herb Spread: white beans, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, parsley, rosemary, celery, salt & pepper and red pepper flakes. I thought it was pretty good.

But then I made the Spicy Carrot Fritters. And they were. so. delicious.

The batter is made from one large red potato and 3 carrots, both grated, mixed with green onions, 3 eggs, whipping cream, flour, salt and red pepper flakes. It struck me once I'd begun mixing the batter how similar this meal is to Okonomiyaki, which I learned to make last week (and have yet to write a post about).

Spoonfuls of batter are fried in vegetable oil...

...until golden brown on both sides.

The recipe came with its own salsa subrecipe, but that would have meant chopping four additional vegetables. And so I went with the store-bought variety as an accompaniment.

29 August 2010

Pita Pizza; Bucatini with Dill Pesto

The last few meals I've made have been an excuse to use up as much of the giant batch of black olives that I bought last week as I can. Starting late this afternoon with this pizza on a pita, feat. pizza sauce, basil, red onion, tomatoes, mushrooms and Little Qualicum Tipsy Jill cheese.

Later I made some pesto using this dill, which both looks and tastes basically like grass.

The recipe is from Cooking from the Garden, a fairly expensive yet adorable book currently on display at Safeway:

Blend 2 cups chopped fresh dill, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp pine nuts and 2 cloves of garlic until creamy. Add 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano (I used Parmigiano Regianno; it sounds close enough) and 2 Tbsp softened butter and process for about 10 seconds.

I mixed in some olives and ate it with bucatini (fat, hollow tubes of pasta). It was pretty good as far as pesto goes, though it served as a reminder that I am not a huge fan of pesto. But once in a while you just have to test your likes and dislikes to see if they've changed.


27 August 2010

Pizza & Beer

I'm sick! And I've done enough cooking this week. PIZZA & BEER WEEKEND. (Typography Illustration by Dan Beckemeyer)

(This pizza, in particular.) I LOVE YOU PANAGO.

Hot Greek Salad Casserole

This recipe was inspired by Kitchen Scraps's Aphrodite’s Hot Greek Goddess Salad. I mixed my leftover Greek salad with some leftover pasta and rice, sprinkled it with some old brie and cooked it at 350°F for around 20 minutes.

Then I ate it with a mix of sour cream, dill and black olives.

25 August 2010

Corsican omelette; Greek salad

Inspired by Swannya and Nigella, and with a fridge full of mint leftover from this weekend's cocktail experimentation which I have yet to post about, I made this Corsican omelette:

I suppose it looks maybe a little on the overdone side, but one of the eggs smelled weird so I thought it better to overcook than undercook.

I sizzled the mint in some butter until it was bright green, and then poured in a couple beaten, salted and peppered (and faintly weird-smelling) eggs.

Then sprinkled with crumbled chèvre and cooked. Nigella talks about the salty sharpness of the cheese in the video, but I'm not sure that's what I was experiencing. Maybe I should have gone with some goat feta instead. Maybe something gets lost in the translation (accent to non-accent).

I used the rest of the cheese, which in this case would have also worked better had it been feta, on a Greek-ish salad.

Also, this happened.

24 August 2010

Second Beach

I ate this Sonya-made veggie lasagne on Second Beach:

It was so good I ate it with my bare hands. (Also because I forgot to bring a fork.)

I also sampled this berry cream cheese that I bought at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on the weekend. It basically tastes like a fluffy batch of cheesecake filling.

Sonya brought this chocolate; she was pretty excited about it.

23 August 2010

Grapefruit, Avocado & Mint Salad

It was a delicious, delicious weekend. I got an okonomiyaki-making lesson from Hana, visited a cheese farm on Vancouver Island and continued work on the development of a new top-secret cocktail recipe. More about all of that later.

After this weekend's overindulgence, I have a couple of food goals for the week:
• to only eat when I am actually hungry
• to eat more things that do not come in packages (eg. vegetables, fruits)

Beginning tonight, with this grapefruit, avocado & mint salad.

20 August 2010

Panko-Crusted Eggplant & Zucchini Alfredo

I sprinkled the leftover Eggplant & Yellow Zucchini Alfredo with panko crumbs and broiled it in the oven, resulting in deliciousness.

P.S. I'm going away for the weekend so I probably won't be updating for a few days, FYI.

18 August 2010

Eggplant & Yellow Zucchini Alfredo

Tonight started out standing at a farmer's market with a desire to eat vegetables, but with very limited funds. So I bought this yellow zucchini ($1) and this tiny organic eggplant ($1.75!) and set out to make some pasta and béchamel sauce to go with it.

For the sauce, I followed a macaroni & cheese recipe from last year's cooking class, but I went a little too far and basically made some kind of gourmet Mac & Cheese Alfredo.

Ingredients went in in this order:

Butter, chorizo (rendered until golden); green pepper, celery (sweat); garlic, dry mustard, paprika, salt & pepper (mixed to season); flour (evenly incorporated, and then cooked for a few minutes so that starches bind).

Dry vermouth (tempered in, then alcohol cooked off); cream & milk with pasta water (tempered in slowly, a bit at a time -- allowing it to heat up each time before stirring to combine).

Oregano; zucchini & eggplant (blanched first); Parmesan cheese. Served on broad egg noodles. Not bad for $2.75 at the farmer's market.

This wasn't exactly the recipe, of course. The recipe from my class is more of an equation of sorts, widely open to interpretation and experimentation, and goes something like this:

FAT | MIREPOIX (+ flour = roux) | LIQUID (+ milk = béchamel) | BOUQUET GARNI | (+ cheese)

There are many options to choose from for each step:

FAT: butter, prosciutto, ham, bacon, etc.
MIREPOIX: onion, shallots, peppers, celery, garlic, jalapeño, etc.
LIQUID: white wine, beer, vermouth, brandy, vodka, etc.
BOUQUET GARNI: smoked paprika, cayenne, thyme, etc. (note: spices go in when sweating mirepoix, but herbs are added after liquid)


At Nyala I ate the Spicy Beef Stew which delivered in all aspects: it was very spicy, beefy and stewy. Sides of injera, rice and lentils. SO GOOD. Aunts & Uncles in the background. Also good. Dark, blurry photos courtesy of C Chad's iPhone

16 August 2010

Lentils & Sweet Potatoes

I made this for lunch yesterday, and ate the leftovers for dinner tonight: I had some sweet potatoes and yams leftover in the freezer; mixed them in with sautéed onions and green peppers, finely diced chorizo and a can of lentils.

Seasoned with red mustard seeds, a bit of oregano, and salt and pepper; served with rice.

15 August 2010

Beach BBQ feat. Swann & Sonya

We had a BBQ at Sunset beach today.

We ate pitas with delicous skewered meats and veggies and tzatziki.

Mmmmm skewered things on a beach.

And a stack of veggie burgers with tomatoes and cheese! It was Swann's first time making a burger. See the exciting video here!! (where I discover that the camera doesn't stay in focus when you zoom in):

Cotton Candy popsicle; Popcorn; ugh

The meals I've had this week have been ridiculous! Today included: popcorn for dinner at Out on Screen. I need a vegetableeeeeeeeeeeee

Oh also here is a photo of a cotton candy popsicle I ate from the circling ice cream truck at the Re-ups game today. It tasted like cotton candy diluted with freezer-burned ice. :(

14 August 2010


I ate a slice of Pizzo pizza on my way to the Rickshaw. Later I left the China Cloud and paid a local three dollars to escort me safely to pizza at Hastings and Main. It was worth it.

. . .

Thursday: After work before swimming in a creek I ate a McDonalds cheeseburger and fries. Walking home, I ate a slice of Goldies pizza.

At home: two bowls of Alphabits. Then coffee; then beer. End of night: a banana!

11 August 2010

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad for dinner.

10 August 2010

Leftover Leftover Spaghetti with Leftover Spaghetti Sauce

Tonight I ate the leftover leftover spaghetti, smothered in leftover four-meat sauce.

09 August 2010

Leftover Spaghetti

Using my leftover spaghetti, I made Leftover Spaghetti, a recipe somewhat modified (I used oregano instead of parsley) from Mangia with Quattro: Soak spaghetti in a mixture of eggs, oregano, salt and pepper and grated Parmesan; brown in olive oil and cover to cook through; flip over to serve crust-side up, and cut into little pizza slices of spaghetti.

(Don't forget to eat some salad too.) The only problem with this meal is that I now have leftover leftover spaghetti.

08 August 2010

Four-Meat Spaghetti

Still working my way through all the ingredients in my fridge leftover from a photo shoot. So I put them to work tonight in Four-Meat Spaghetti: cooked in chicken broth, with chorizo sausage and "homestyle" (frozen) beef & pork meatballs, topped with Classico Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onions sauce.

Your life was not lived in vain, cow.
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