My favorite comfort food. Called “American Chop Suey” here in New England…
Sure, each tostada has shrimp brined with salt, sugar, and a bit of baking soda for about 15 minutes, then cooked sous-vide for ten minutes at 70c. Poaching would work too. I used Florida pink shrimp and cut them in half after cooking for ease of eating, 3 shrimp/6 halves per tostada. First spread some mayonnaise on the tostada, put down the shrimp, and then top with Salsa Mexicana made with tomato, white onion, cilantro, jalapeño/serrano, lime juice, and salt to taste. Normally I would put some sliced avocado on top but didn’t have any this time, so just put some mayo on top. Also added some bottled salsa marisquera and served with some lime wedges.
DH manning the rotisserie tonight on the gas grill. My contribution was cold-oil fries from new-crop Kennebec potatoes, and a chopped garden salad.
We enjoyed an excellent dinner with our friends at Jasper Stone Italian Steakhouse in Monroe Township, NJ. We enjoyed an excellent Australian rack of lamb with a crispy potato ball on top of lamb stew (made from the lamb shoulder); Chilean sea bass in a yuzu ginger sauce with crispy rice; awesome crispy stuffed zucchini blossoms with pesto Trapanese and Nepitella; crispy crab cakes with a creole corn salad; French fries topped with crab, jalapeno peppers, old bay seasoning, and a Hollandaise sauce; It all went great with an excellent cabernet and Syrah.
[IMG_0026] [IMG_0031] [IMG_0032] [IMG_0034] [IMG_0035] [IMG_0036] [IMG_0038] [IMG_0039] [IMG_0040] For me, our family’s re-visit to this Toronto institution tonight, within just a relatively short span of two months, embraces more of an ‘ investigative report ‘ element than a regular family dinner outing. With sky high inflation forcing the hiking of Omakase prices at reputable, authentic Sushi-Ya to match. Nowadays, normal Omakase menus, featuring a few otsumami dishes plus 13-15 nigi…
Take-out Feijoada from Casa Tropical in Toronto tonight. Emmer’s plum almond tart for dessert.
Last guest chef at Turntable at Lord Stanley https://www.lordstanleysf.com/sept-nickballa this month before they will become a “regular” restaurant again - Nick Balla of fermentation and Bar Tartine fame.
He has an interesting background as he lived also in Hungary when in high school and so this night was an unique exploration of eastern Europe cuisine with many fermented components.
Overall very good dishes throughout the tasting menu, perhaps a little bit heavy on the bread based dishes (but not surprising with the eastern Europe theme). The desserts were good but didn’t reach the high level of the savory dishes.
Now we are looking forward to the return of Lord Stanley and also a future visit to Nick Balla’s cafe in Big Sur
Koji rye sourdough, smoked onion miso butter, pickles - cucumber, mushrooms, dill brined vegetables
Rainbow trout, beet, horseradish, roe
Liptauer paprika cheese, sesame cracker
Tsar Nicolai reserve caviar, potato bread, onion, dill, sour cream
Beef tartare, buckwheat sprouts, preserved eggplants, sesame, sumac
egg noodles, blistered tomatoes, turo cheese, bottarga
Sofia salad, lentil sprouts, whipped feta cheese
Gulyas - short rib, potato, pepper, onion, paprika
Madartej, peach, noyaux, fig
Palacsinta crepe, pink pearl apple, sorghum, hazelnut
I see what you mean. To my eyes that menu needs more fresh produce!
That’s something not unusual for eastern Eutopean dishes/meals
Dinners have been all about using stuff up and here you can see the almost empty freezer. Yay us. Mom is flying east tomorrow, movers on Wednesday, I can finally go home Saturday just in time for autumn in No. VA. Last night’s dinner was a chickpea chorizo salad and a great whipped feta dip that my niece made, both taken next door to the neighbors. They made seafood paella. During the meal, word was spreading about the WGA strike ending. Since most of the group works in related fields, there was merriment
Last night’s “Halftime dinner” was leftover sweet potato soup (heated up in the microwave) and ground beef quesadillas. I pre-cooked the ground beef, so when the 2 minute warning came for halftime. I started making dinner. I was ready for the start of the third quarter.
Great job on the freezer!
Must be something in the air. My friend in Orlando made this yesterday!
Mixed veg in a banana leaf? I am intrigued…
Mixed veg in a banana leaf?
Chorizo and conchihita pibil tamales, with fire roasted salsa and queso doble crema.
Oh, and a banana leaf.
I pre-cooked the ground beef, so when the 2 minute warning came for halftime. I started making dinner. I was ready for the start of the third quarter.
I clearly need to take lessons from you. I follow Canadian football and most of the games during the regular season start after I’ve eaten so no fear of missing the game. But our season end championship (the Grey Cup) is at the end of November and kickoff is usually around 6:00. As much as I like cooking, I hate losing valuable viewing time to making dinner.
I’ve eaten so no fear of missing the game.
Presently, I’m on Pacific Time. We don’t switch our clocks, so after the other states “fall back” an hour, then I’ll adjust dinner time. Right now half time for Sunday Night Football is about 6:40ish, our usual dinner time is 7:00pm, so a few minutes early coincides with Half Time (close enough).
And yes, I do my weekly “Meal Planning” around the NFL’s “Half Time” schedule.