Salmon and Shrimp Phad Thai – กุ้งและปลาแซลมอนแผ่นไทย

905679_779815561696_389662409841940469_oSalmon and Shrimp Phad Thai

Ingredients
1 dozen Shrimp, peeled, de-veined
1 8oz Salmon filet, skinned, de-boned, cubed
1 Leek, sliced in 1/8″ rounds
1 cup Red Cabbage, sliced
1/2 cup Carrot, diced or julienne
1 quarter’s width worth of Rice Pasta or Linguini
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Egg, beaten
2 Tbsp Ginger, minced
2 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1 cup Bok Choy, chopped or Bean Sprouts
1/2 cup Peanuts, crushed
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Cilantro for Garnish
Lime Wedges for Garnish
1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions

  • If using Linguini: In a large pot bring water to a boil. Add salt for seasoning. Add the Pasta and cook till al dente, drain. Toss in olive oil and set to the side.
  • If using Rice Noodles, soak in lukewarm water for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • In a wok or wide skillet, heat the Olive Oil and add the Leek, Cabbage, and Carrots. Toss until tender.
  • Stir in the Egg.
  • Add the Garlic, Tamarind Paste, Hoisin Sauce, Fish Sauce, and Lime Juice.
  • Add the Salmon, Shrimp, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, and Crushed Red Pepper. Toss over heat until cooked.
  • Toss in the Pasta, Peanuts, and Bok Choy/Bean Sprouts until all is well coated.
  • Add salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Plate and garnish with Cilantro and a Lime Wedge.

Makes about 4 servings

NOTES: Pad Thai ผัดไทย is a common Thai dish that means “fried Thai style”. It usually consists of rice noodles, a sweet sauce, scallions, a protein, peanuts, and bean sprouts, but can also have scallions, cabbage, and other ingredients. This version is my variation, with a little heat added in the form of Ginger and Cayenne Pepper. I also varied by using Leeks instead of Scallion and offering Bok Choy and Linguini as substitutes for ingredients.

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Roasted Winter Root Soup

Ingredients:
1 med Yellow Onion, diced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Carrot, skinned, chopped
1 Parsnip, skinned, chopped
1 Turnip, skinned, chopped
1 Sweet Potato, skinned, chopped
2 Potatoes, chopped
2 Kielbasa Sausages, sliced in 1 cm thick rounds
6 cups Vegetable Stock/Broth
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
2 Tbsp Dill
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat the Oven to 400°F.
  • Add all Root Vegetables and Kielbasa to a Dutch Oven, coat with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.
  • Roast for 10 minutes, stir, and then another 10 minutes.
  • Remove and scrap into a large Soup Pot.
  • Add the Vegetable Stock and heat on high heat until it boils.
  • Add the remaining Herbs and Spices, reduce heat to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender.

Makes 4 Servings.

NOTES: This is a family recipe from my Slovakian side of the family, originating from Medzev, Slovakia (formerly Metzenseifen).

When chopping the vegetables, think of bite-size/spoon size pieces. You can substitute Mushroom Broth or Chicken Stock for the Vegetable Stock. You can also utilize any other cooked Sausage instead of Kielbasa if you like.

This simple, healthy dish will keep you warm on a blustery winter night.

Mustard and Sage Rainbow Carrots

Ingredients:
8-12 Carrots, various colors
2 Tbsp dried Sage, crushed
2 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Butter, room temperature
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  • Cut a 1 1/2″ long piece of Aluminum Foil.
  • Clean the carrots, removing tips, greens, and dirt. No need to skin them, but if there is a knick cut it out. If the carrots are longer than 8 inches, cut them in half.
  • Place them on the center of the Aluminum foil, length-wise.
  • In a bowl, combine the Butter, Honey, Mustard, and Sage
  • Brush the sauce over the Carrots evenly.
  • Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Pull the ends of the Aluminum Foil together and form a pocket. Fold the edges in so that the Carrots are sealed into the packet.
  • Place on a cookie sheet, folded edges up, and bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 4 Servings.

NOTES: I had not really tried rainbow carrots in the past, opting for the more common orange variety, but there they sat at the local market staring at me and telling me that they would be the best new thing of the fall for me to eat. I will admit, that though I am not a fan of cooked carrots, these are actually pretty tasty. There indeed is a slight difference in taste between the purple, red, orange, and yellow carrots. The Mustard and Sage add a nice autumn flavor to the mix, and the honey retains the sweetness. If you cannot find rainbow carrots, the orange kind work just as well.

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Céleri Rémoulade – Celeriac Salad

Céleri Rémoulade

Ingredients:
1 Celeriac Bulb, cleaned
1 Carrot, cleaned
1 small Cucumber, seeded and Julianne cut.
3 Shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 – 1 cup Walnuts, crushed
1 cup Greek-Style Yoghurt
1 Tbsp Honey
3 Tbsp Almond Oil
2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp fresh Mint, minced
1 Tbsp fresh Dill, minced
2 tsp ground Ginger
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

Directions:

  • Clean the Celeriac root by removing any scraggly roots and outer surface. Cut into pieces small enough to be easy to grate. I prefer to use my Food Processor’s food grater, so I make the pieces big enough to fit through the feeder. If you shred by hand, you may want them a good size for holding. Do the same thing with the Carrot.
  • Shred both the Celeriac and Carrot.
  • In a large bowl, combine the Celeriac, Carrot, Shallots, Cucumber, and Walnuts, and toss with your hands to mix well.
  • In a separate bowl combine all remaining ingredients and whisk together into a dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the dry ingredients and mix well.

NOTES: Celeriac is one of those under-used vegetables in my opinion. Honestly, I don’t know why–its not too difficult to prepare, and you can eat it raw or cooked in any way imaginable that most root vegetables are cooked. Now regarding the Rémoulade itself. Traditionally, this would be made with Mayonnaise, and would not have Ginger and maybe a different set of spices. I found that a little bland and had to add some kick to it, but not overpower the fresh-taste of the Celeriac itself. The Rémoulade can be served as a side dish, or in a similar fashion to Cole Slaw–though it is not as strong. Many folks serve it as a side to fish. I prefer to eat it by itself as a side salad.

Purée de Carottes – Mashed Carrots

Purée de Carottes

Ingredients:
1 lbs. Baby Carrots
1/2 cup Orange Juice
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 slice Ginger
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1 Bay Leaf
2 sprigs Thyme
1 sprig Rosemary
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Water for boiling

Directions:

  • Place the Carrots in the a Sauce pan with the Orange Juice and enough additional Water to cover over the Carrots.
  • Tie the Bay Leaf, Rosemary, and Thyme into a bouquet garni, and place in the water with the Carrots.
  • Add the crushed Garlic, and the slice of Ginger.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
  • Drain, and remove the Bouquet Garni, and Ginger (keep the Garlic).
  • Place in a Food Processor and mix with the Cumin, Butter, and Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Place in a serving dish, and garnish with the Parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

NOTES: Carrots are hard to manually mash because of their fibrous nature. Thus, I have employed the use of a Food Processor. You may also choose to cook it with a potato and mash it with it as well.

Variations
Ṽ›Ɣ – Replace the Butter with Margarine.

Chicken, Mushroom, and Pastina Soup

Chicken, Mushroom, and Farfalline Soup

Ingredients:
1 Roast Chicken
2 cups Table Mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Cannellini Beans, soaked over night
1 cup Baby Spinach, chopped
2 Carrots, chopped into disks
6-8 Green Onions, whole
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Olive Oil
6 cups Chicken Broth
1 tsp Rosemary, minced
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp Sage, rubbed
1/2 tsp Thyme, ground
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 Lemons
1 cup Pastina of choice

Directions:

  • Remove the meat from the bones, and discard any bone and skin, or fatty pieces. Set to the side.
  • Trim the Green Onions at three inches from the bottom. Reserve the top, and cut the bottom whiter part into small pieces, about 1/4 a centimeter or 1/8 an inch.
  • Heat the Olive oil on medium heat in a large pot.
  • Add the Garlic, Carrots, and chopped part of the Green Onion. Lightly toss in the Oil and stir as they soften.
  • Add the Juice of 1 of the lemons, the Chicken Broth, the Salt, the Herbs, and Chicken.
  • Bring to a Boil, stirring often.
  • Add the Mushrooms, the drained Cannellini, and Spinach, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the Mushrooms start to shrink.
  • Next add a Pastina. Let it simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring often.
  • Dice the reserved Green Onion stalks. Add them and the juice of the remaining Lemon just before serving.

Makes about 6 servings.

NOTES: This is a fancy version of chicken noodle soup, with a healthy dose of extra protein and vitamins. Pastini are just mini pastas–my favorite being Farfalline (little butterflies), but you can use whatever mini-pasta you prefer or even larger pasta if you like.

Creamy Red Coleslaw

Dedicated to The Rev. Tommy S., my Southern brother in Christ and friend in Dorothy, in honor of his recent move.

Creamy Red Coleslaw

Ingredients:
1 head Red Cabbage (about 4 cups shredded, shredded finely
1 large Carrot, shredded
1/4 Yellow Onion, grated
1 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
Juice of 1 Lemon
Juice of 1 Lime
1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tsp fresh Ginger, grated
1/4 cup Raisins
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Herbes de Provence
1 tsp fresh Chives
1 tsp Steak Spice Rub
Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine the Cabbage, Carrots, Ginger, Onion, and Raisins. Toss together.
  • In a gallon-size zipping baggy, combine the Mayonnaise, Dijon Mustard, Chives, Herbes de Provence, Steak Spice Rub, Salt and Pepper, Sugar, Juices, and Vinegar. Seal and mix well.
  • Pour over the top of the Cabbage Mix, and sprinkle with the Sesame Seeds.
  • Fold the mixture together until everything is coated.

NOTES: This is a tangy flavorful Cole Slaw that is very creamy. If you do not have Herbes de Provence, then you can substitute with Parsley, Basil, and a little Oregano and Thyme… just make sure the total amount is similar. This can be saved, sealed, for a week, and will become more flavorful as you go.

Variations:
S›Ƨ – Substitute Splenda® for the Sugar.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Carrots, Shredded
1 cup Raisins
1 cup chopped Pecans
2-3 cups Cream Cheese Frosting
Pecans for decoration

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Sugar, Brown Sugar, and Spices.
  • Slowly incorporate the Eggs, Vegetable Oil, and Vanilla Extract.
  • Mix in the Carrots, Raisins, and Pecans.
  • Grease 2 8″ round cake pans and coat with flour.
  • Divide the Batter between the two pans.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from the pans and cool on a rack.
  • Place one cake on a plate or cake plate, and spread frosting on the top.
  • Place the second cake on top and frost the top.
  • Carefully add frosting to the side and rotate the plate to spread the frosting along the sides.
  • Decorate the top with Pecans. If you prefer you can crush the Pecans and place along the sides of the Cake.

Makes 1 cake

Irish Lamb Stew

Ingredients:
4 cups Beef Stock
1 lb Lamb meat, cubed and trimmed of fat
2 cups Potatoes, skinned and cubed
1 medium White Onion, diced
2-3 medium Carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp ground Black Pepper
1 tsp fresh Thyme, chopped fine
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped fine

Directions:

  • In a large Pot, place the Beef Stock and the Lamb pieces and bring to a boil.
  • When boiling, lower to a simmer and skim off any fat.
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, or until the lamb is tender.

NOTES: The distinct feature of traditional Irish stew is that the meat and vegetables are not browned before being placed in the stew. However, if you prefer, roll the lamb in flour and brown in Butter before adding to the Stock.

Pot Roast and Vegetables

Sliced Pot Roast with Onions and Garlic

Ingredients:
1 lb Chuck Roast
2-4 Tbsp House Seasoning
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic, sliced
2 medium white Onions, quartered
4 Carrots, skinned, sliced
4 Red Pontiac Potatoes, quartered
1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup Water

Directions:

  • Cut slits into the Roast big enough for slivers of Garlic to be slid into it.
  • Slide half the Garlic into the slits.
  • Cover the Roast in the House Seasoning.
  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown the outside of the Roast in the Olive Oil on medium heat. To do this, let the meat rest on either side, and then left with tongs and rotate. If you move too often, the browning will not be as caramelized.
  • Remove Roast from the Dutch Oven.
  • Add the water and de-glaze, scrapping the fatty/meaty deposits that have stuck to the pan with a whisk.
  • Add the Onions, and Place the Roast on top of them.
  • Surround the Roast with the Potatoes and Carrots.
  • Sprinkle with the Herbs, Worcestershire Sauce and remaining Seasonings.
  • Place in the oven, with a lid on the Dutch Oven, and bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

NOTES: If you have a roasting pan, you can use it for the baking process. You should still brown the meat in a skillet and the place it into the roasting pan; keeping the lowering insert below the onions and roast.

Feel free to use whichever root vegetables you prefer like Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabagas, Yucca, etc; or you can omit them.

Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie

Ingredients:
4 Potatoes, skinned, and cubed
1/2 cup Milk
3 Tbsp Butter
1 large Onion, diced
1-2 Carrot, diced
1 1/2 cups Peas
2 Tbsp Flour
2 cups Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 Tbsp Thyme
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 Tbsp Paprika
1-2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 lb minced or cubed meat:
  • For Shepherd’s Pie – Lamb
  • For Cottage Pie – Beef
Directions:
  • Preheat the Oven to 350°F
  • Boil the Potatoes until tender.
  • Drain and mash with Milk and Butter with the Salt and Pepper. There should be no lumps. Use more Milk if needed.
  • In a Dutch Oven, brown the meat.
  • Top with the Herbs, Onions, Flour, and Vegetables (except the Mashed Potatoes) and mix well.
  • Pour in the Beef Stock until it reaches the top of the mixture.
  • Cover in the Mashed Potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with Paprika and Cheese.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes.

NOTES: Traditionally, there is no Cheese on this dish. If so desired, leave it off. The name is often called “Shepherd’s Pie” regardless of the meat, however some naming conventions differentiate based on the type of meat used. I follow this convention that Shepherd’s pie uses Lamb whereas Cottage Pie uses Beef.

My first time eating this dish was in Boy Scouts. We used to make it in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven over open coals. It was always one of my favorite meals on camping trips.

Variations:
Use left over Roast Beef, minced up and Veggies and Mashed Potatoes. This is probably where the dish originally came from!

Lancashire Hotpot

Lancashire Hotpot

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb Lamb meat, remove bones, fat, and cubed
2 Onions, cut in rings
1 Parsnip, cleaned and chopped
1 Carrot, cleaned and chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
4-6 Potatoes, sliced (1/2″)
2 cups Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Thyme
1/2 Tbsp Rosemary
1/2 Tbsp Sage, minced
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
4 Tbsp Butter, room temp
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat the Oven to 300°F.
  • Season the Lamb, and brown in a Dutch Oven with half the Olive Oil.
  • Remove and set to the side.
  • Brown the Onions in the Dutch Oven with the remaining Olive Oil and Garlic, and set to the side.
  • In the base of the Dutch Oven or a Casserole Dish, place the Lamb and sprinkle with Herbs.
  • Layer with the Parsnips and Carrots.
  • Next layer with the Onions and Garlic.
  • Pour the Stock over the Mixture. The stock should come to the top. If you reach the top, stop. If you run out of liquid add more Stock or water.
  • Cover with the Potatoes as a top layer.
  • Divide the Butter around the Potatoes.
  • Bake for about 2 hours.

NOTES: To add browning to the potatoes, turn heat up to 400°F for the last 10 minutes.

This dish comes from Lancashire, as the name suggests, and dates from the industrial revolution, although similar baked stews probably predated it. It is always made with Lamb, originally tougher pieces or mutton, but beef could also be used. It is called “hotpot” because it is essentially made in one pot. This is a simple dish that can be used for a large group of people with little effort.

Variations:
Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie

Orange Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:Vegan VariationVegetarian
1 lb Baby Carrots
1/4 cup Orange Juice
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 tsp ground Ginger
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Orange Zest
1/4 tsp Lemon Zest
1 pinch Salt
1/4 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, bring the Carrots to a boil, until tender. Drain and return to Saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Corn Starch and Orange Juice until no lumps.
  • Combine Orange Juice Mixture and all ingredients except Parsley into the saucepan with the Carrots.
  • Cook on low heat until sauce thickens and is bubbly.
  • For plating, garnish with Parsley.

Variations:
Ṽ›Ɣ – Substitute Margarine for the Butter.