What’s For Dinner #42 - 2/2019 - the Hearts & Flowers & Brrrr-Chilly Winter Edition

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(maria ascarrunz) #166

god i LOVE fried tortillas… just the smell makes me swoony.


#167

That roast looks awesome. Mine always turn out tough, but that’s something else.


#168

Haha, that sounds great, will have to try it


#169

that’s a new one to me - i spent epiphany in granada having candy thrown around, but i think i’d prefer to get herring than candy…


#170

Mapo Tofu again tonight. I didn’t over-reduce it this time, but the flavor was better last time. Trying to get it right, or as right as possible without pork. I think I am ready for softer tofu. I was using firm tofu for practice.


#171

It was cooked low and slow @ 225 for 3 hours, weighing in at just a tad under 3 pounds. Slathered mustard and black pepper on it…


#172

you inspired me to cook mapo tofu although I used to make it with ground pork. Last time I made it with ground duck but am out of those. So, used

2 packs of organic Costco’s sprouted firm tofu , reconstituted shiitake mushroom, ginger onion, garlic, spring onions ( have only small piece left), broad bean sauce and black bean with chili sauce, splash of shaoxing wine, mushroom juice and sweet potato starch to thicken. Then a bit of sesame oil and Szechuan peppercorn ( forgot to pretoast them) served with rice. Son is away so I dare use Szechuan peppercorn and mushroom… Lacks spring onions .aftr cooking but taste very good, a bit too spicy though


(Ailsa Konzelman) #173

Do you wash/rinse your rice before cooking? That might help


#174

Carb cakes were what’s for dinner.


#175

Wednesday.
Hump Day, Yeeeeaaahhhh.

Pasta.
Required.
So?

Sketti.
Meat.
Sauce.
And.
Cheeeeeese.

Garlic?
Bread.
Yes.
LIKE.
DUH.

Wine?
C’mon.
Silly.
Question.

Yum.
Yum.


#176

Love the poet side of you. Yum!


(ChristinaM) #177

Freezer and fridge dive - came up with Kahlua pork bowls with cauli-jasmine rice “pilaf”, leftover slaws, leftover black beans, kimchi pickles, pickled daikon, mango, etc.


#178

Street cart taco desk dinner. Lengua.


#179

Impressive! And your fridge and freezer are certainly in better shape than mine :joy:


#180

Now that’s a good looking desk dinner!


#181

CNY dinner do-over!
(No need to be alarmed, i had salad for lunch ;))
Same roasted seaweed snacks to start and a few bites of kimchi.

I found some tofu veggie dumplings at the store and just boiled those with some chopped savoy cabbage to add more veggies. Added a dribble of soyaki ontop. The bowl is rather deep, there’s more dumplings hiding under there!

Cucumber side (chopped cuz last time i made smashed cucumbers i had to clean the whole flipping kitchen), just a little sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. Such terrible lighting in my photo!

There are a couple of mandarin oranges for dessert with my tea


#182

Different brands have different idea of what “firm” tofu is. Some are more like extra firm.
Look for “medium” which i like for tofu scramble, after draining and pressing a little it stays in cubes and will crumble a little after stirring without turning to all crumbles like soft or silken.
If that’s at all helpful…


#183

It hit 75 degrees today - just felt too warm to stand in the kitchen. Plus the stove top has been occupied with part 2 and part 3 of the never-ending prep for borscht.

So dinner used the last of some eggplant parm - heated it, placed on a club roll, topped with provolone and popped under the broiler. Touch of mayo on the roll just because. No veg 'cos I had consumed a big late afternoon salad for a snack after my walk.

I must look in need of care. I was given a glass of lemonade from the “practice” stand of two little girls whose home I pass on my walk. Their mom said the girls wanted to practice so they would be ready when they can have a weekend lemonade stand! The lemonade was quite good. :blush:

My hands reflect my day. The cuticles are a lovely shade of pink from the dealing with the beets. The underside of the nails are an eerie chartreuse from a little paint incident I’m not talking about… Yep, a vision of loveliness, grace, and gentility!


#184

Dirty rice with chicken . Topped with smoked cheddar , sour cream , and home fried fritos . Side of cucumber salad . Wine to drink . Cheers .20190206_203548


(John Hartley) #185

Tonight - a Middle Easternish lamb braise from Nigel Slater (Kitchen Diaries 2).

It uses neck fillet and braises, in the oven, for about 90 minutes along with onion, cumin, coriander , a little dried chilli, garlic ginger and dried apricots. He suggests serving it with maftool with a little butter, chopped parsley and grated lemon zest stirred through at the end.