What's For Dinner #40 - 12/2018 - The Hearth and Home Edition



Tonight’s dinner was Pork Picatta with a pre-dinner snack/app of stuffed brussels sprouts. Someone brought the sprouts to Thanksgiving and I loved them and asked for the recipe. Came out great.

(John Hartley) #23

I’m told that plaice fillets are going to be topped with a breadcrumb & Parmesan mix and quickly baked. As the oven’s going to be on, there’ll also be mini roast potatoes - they’re cut into an approx 2cm dice and, erm, roasted. And there’ll be peas.

(ChristinaM) #24

Looks incredible!


In Louis Sachar’s book Holes (a wonderful middle grade book), there’s a character who everyone calls named Zero. His real name is Hector Zeroni, a possible name for your new cat!


That puts a more positive spin on it! He is just so happy being out of the shelter. It must have been quite confusing after being in a home for 12 years.

He’s not too interested in food so we are experimenting. The rescue organization had to put him on an appetite stimulation med. Hopefully this will resolve as he learns his new home is safe, stable and loving.


Cooked cataplana using Gilberts’ cooked chicken andouille sausage for the first time instead of Italian andouille sausage since I am now allergic to red meat(?)
Made sofritto using caramelized onions, garlic, finely grated carrots and celery , the rind of one lemon and tomatoes in EVOO .
To the cataplana for 2, 2 Costco’s tilapia loin, 6 large Patagonia U15 shrimp, baby squids and tentacles ( left over from my son’s party whereby he fried them for his friends using a dry Korean frying mix),
added shrimp and chicken broth, bay leaf, smoked Spanish paprika, a pinch of saffron, found 2 poblano peppers that I smoked and peeled, , added one chipotle some adobo sauce , a tin of anchovy in EVOO.
cooked cataplana for under 10 minutes ( actually 7 minutes),ready when steam came up)
served with lemon, parsley and a couple slices of left over Wegman’s cheese and jalapeño bread,
It was good, not as good as regular hot andouille pork sausage but one cannot choose if one is allergic to red meat.
I think I prefer using flowered squids from the Asian store as the baby suit with their tentacles almost disappeared with 7 minutes of cooking
Cataplana is the name of the dish as well as the vessel
For seafood lover, this is a fantastic investment as it cooks very fast, retains flavors, , but try and order the heavier gauge copper . I bought 4, 2 of them stock ones, ended selling one in Bay after one use, kept one for use in boat, ordered 2 custom made ones from Portugal. They are amazing , th

e prototype of our American pressure cooker. very fast and preserves the taste. I often add mussels or clams in the cataplana depending on whatever I have in freezer.
If I have left over white wine, I would use that too
Picture shows the soffrito ( I only use half of it, froze the other half for another cataplana meal or for a small paella meal) , second picture is the seafood with broth without the sofritto .


ahhhhhhh, keep us posted. I’m sure the shelter gave you some good food suggestions for him. My mom adopted several dogs in Raleigh and she got some great suggestions from the NC State vet school

(saregama) #29

Almost the last of the turkey leftovers, this time as turkey pot pie. I included carrots, cauliflower, and a tiny bit of potato. No peas in the freezer :frowning:

Just the antidote to the dank, wet weather.

(saregama) #30

Thanks! I’m always looking for a way to recreate a scotch broth of my childhood. I’ve used the joy of cooking recipe most often - will give this one a spin soon!


Great news about the new kitty and Jojo are getting along. Hope newbie will get used to home food soon.

(ChristinaM) #32

Looks so good


Is that panko and parmesan cheese on top of Brussel sprouts?
If so did y ou roast Brussel sprouts first and then add the toppings later when almost ready?
looks fantastic and probably taste yummy too!


Random farmer stops us at the market today. “Here are some sweet potatoes. They don’t look good, but they are delicious roasted. Please eat them.” So we ate them. Some were the like regular orange variety from the inside (fancy name, though, can’t remember). Others were actually white on the outside and yellow on the inside after being roasted. Also can’t remember the name of that one. Both were excellent. Was feeling sick today and these sweet potatoes were the perfect remedy. God bless that farmer.


OMG yum. Recipe or technique please?


Ooh do you have a recipe for this? Looks devine!


Something I never, ever considered stuffing!


I had grand plans but a wildly fussy toddler that refused to nap or do anything without me glued to their side, stole those from me. Instead, store bought rotisserie chicken, sauteed broccoli and brown rice. Thank God she is cute!!! Shout out to @ChristinaM who I’m confident has been there! But, I saved the bones and plan for soup later this week.

(ChristinaM) #39

Absolutely, right down to the rotisserie chicken and stock! How old is she, if you don’t mind me asking?

(ChristinaM) #40

It’s a lazy go-to meal: 1 package trimmed and cubed b/s chicken thighs seasoned with s&p, 2/3 bag frozen green beans or green bean and carrot blend, and one jar of Aldi’s tikka masala sauce (which I think is Passage to India or Patak’s under the house label). Into the slow cooker or a skillet until everything is cooked through and tender. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice. It’s way better than it has a right to be!

(ChristinaM) #41

As a side note, I once threw a couple cans of drained beans into the slow cooker with an undiluted can of tomato soup and some curry powder and garam masala, and finished it with yogurt. The flavor was pretty darn close to the jarred tikka masala sauce!