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August 24, 2011

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Coconut

This almost seems like cheating as a recipe because though it has a lot of ingredients to give it flavor it’s so, so simple. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about coconut as a flavor in savory foods. But what I liked about this dish was that the coconut lended an really interesting texture as much as flavor. This dish managed to taste fresh, as well as a little smoky and had a lovely exotic flair from the coconut. This was equally as good cold as it was warm. You also can use this cooking method with nearly any vegetable of your choice.

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Coconut

1 1lb chopped green beans (small)

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon red chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

6-8 dried curry leaves (you can use fresh)

1 cry red chili

1 tablespoon urad Dahl (lentils, for texture)

1 tablespoon chang Dahl(different sized lentils, for texture)

2 teaspoons black mustard seeds

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons oil for frying

1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Heat the oil in a pan over a medium/high heat. Add the dried red chili, urad dahl, chang dahl, curry leaves,  black mustard seeds and cumin seeds and cook until the cumin seeds pop. Add the chopped green beans to the pan and sprinkle with the turmeric, chili powder and salt.

Stir through the spices and then add coconut. Stir all of this together and then cover and cook until the beans reach desired doneness. I like mine crunchy so it didn’t take long at all, 7-10 minutes. If you want them softer you will probably have to add 1/4 cup water during the cooking process so the spices and coconut don’t stick to the pan.

August 23, 2011

Video: Thai Crispy Duck Salad

This recipe is so popular that it deserves a video.

August 11, 2011

Video: How to Butcher a Duck

Just in case you didn’t know how…

All the credit for this goes to Chryse Heckman, who shot, edited and directed it.

July 18, 2011

Video: Mongolian Beef!

This recipe is already on the site in written form, but because it’s so popular I thought I would share with you all the video I made for where I’m actually making it!

March 18, 2011

Teaching Andrew; Cheddar and Stewed Pinto Bean Whole Wheat Quesadillas with a Heart Salad

Ultimately the point of these lessons is to get Andrew out of fast/semi fast food places and into his kitchen. Imagine how my heart warmed (and that’s saying a lot) when we were in the grocery store buying this weeks sundries and the response to my query of,  “So, how are you Andrew?” was, “I’m excited!” With that my foul mood that had been following behind me like a dirty redheaded stalker evaporated.

This was my ideal goal, to help him reconnect with food and be excited about what he’s about to eat. Our plan is to arm Andrew with a weeks worth of relatively simple dinners that he feels confident about making before we start to branch out into the more complicated and exciting dishes. When at the meat counter he spied a boneless lamb shoulder roast trussed up and his eyes lit up, “What’s that?” “That’s a lesson for about three weeks from now.” Ultimately it is economical both in the wallet and on the clock to roast a large piece of meat and freeze individually wrapped portions for quick meals.

Instead of roasting a several pound chunk of animal flesh we went vegetarian. We took a can of organic pinto beans pinto beans that Andrew thought he liked more than black beans cooked them with onion, pepper and a couple of spices.

Quick Spiced Pinto Beans

1 12 oz can organic pinto beans

1 anaheim pepper, minced  (which we chose because it is very mild and Andrew isn’t a huge fan of hot pepper flavor)

1/2 large Spanish onion, diced

1/2 tablespoon of ancho chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add the diced onion and minced pepper until the vegetables are soft. Add pinto beans with most of the water from the can and add the spices. Stir until spices are blended and let simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

While the beans were developing their flavor we made a fantastic salad with some fun microgreens. The ingredients in this salad are both briny and fresh, a winter salad with some spring tossed in. The chickpeas give protein and the avocados much needed fat because I’m eating vegan at the moment.

Heart of my Heart Salad

1/2 head Boston Green Leaf lettuce shredded

1 12 ounce can of artichoke hearts in water

1/2 12 ounce can of hearts of palm

1/2 avocado diced

1/2 cup radish microgreens

1/2 cup wasabi microgreens (of which Andrew said, “Interesting”)

1/2 12 ounce can of organic chickpeas

Balsamic vinaigrette (NOT Andrew’s favorite)

Once that was on the table we sliced 2 ounces of Dubliner cheddar very thin (Andrew doesn’t have a grater yet and so the cheese melts but the outside of the tortillas don’t burn) and heated 1 1/2 tablespoons of safflower oil in a large pan. We put one whole wheat tortilla in the hot oil, quickly sprinkled it with 1/2 of the cheese, then a 1 bean thick layer of the quick spicy beans then half of the cheddar topped it with the second tortilla and cooked until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. We then made a dipping sauce of equal parts sour cream and salsa. And voilà yet another meal in less than 30 minutes.

The lovely thing about knowing how to make a quesadilla, which may seem like a simple thing to many, is that you can put anything want in those babies.  One of my favorite combos is cheddar, mushrooms and kale, or jack, chorizo and red peppers, or queso blanco, black beans and avocado and the ever popular classic, pepper jack with just salsa and guacamole.

March 5, 2011

Beetle King Opening Soon Near You!

There isn’t a whole lot more to add in terms of commentary to the video below which is an animation surrounding the idea that bugs may be the animal protein of the future. I love how fat and gluttonous the Westerners are in this video. My favorite line, “Though Westerners may think it’s weird, insects are considered food in lots of other cultures.” Yea, well if you’ve been reading the blog as of late you will know that though it may be true that Westerners have an aversion insect cuisine, they do not apparently have an aversion to rat poop tacos.

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