Abney Park - Wanderlust (by Ell ie)
pastries at The Gourmet Shop and
Go to www.thegourmetshop.net for the full skinny on all they have to offer (my fave place to eat and peruse food in Columbia - they also have an EXTENSIVE assortment of packaged chocolates in bars, bonbons, and novelties)
I made butter chicken, curried coriander cauliflower (braised then baked version) puppadums, mango chutney,green tomato pickle, and smiles all around.
I actually cheated tonight. I used a jarred mango chutney .
Hey - no leftovers… I must have done something right.
Everygirl is home for spring break , so I am cooking my brains out. Baguette slices are perched to dry on the counter for tomorrow’s french toast breakfast, and I have a Honeybaked ham ordered for Sunday dinner… I cannot decide between shrimp and asparagus broil or mixed squash and pepper grill for dinner tomorrow…
Wednesday night supper -
A butternut squash soup (made with ham broth, pieces of ham, a pinch of cardamom, and cream) served with broccoli cheese cornbread and a salad of spinach, diced mushroom, grated carrot, and cucumber sticks>
Broccoli Cheese Cornbread Recipe:
I box Jiffy cornbread mix
6 ounces small-curd cottage cheese
1/4 c. olive oil
1 small minced onion
1 box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Beat eggs with oil and cottage cheese, then mix all ingredients together well. Pour into a greased square glass baking dish and bake at 365-370 degrees until done (around 40 minutes) - top should be browned and the center firm.
best served warm.
Okay - so I made a healthier version of the Southern Dinner - I made brown rice instead of white (sans gravy), steamed the collard greens with olive oil and sea salt instead of boiling them with fat back, and exchanged Canadian bacon for the usual salt-cured ham. (get it, Mog?)
Those butterbeans were THE SIZE OF HALF DOLLARS> dang.
This dish begins with whole-wheat penne pasta - already good for you!
First, sautee’8 oz. sliced mushrooms(1 dry qt.), 1/2 c. diced prociutto, 1 small diced onion, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. sea salt in 3 Tbsp. good-quality olive oil.
While you are sautee’ing, go ahead and cook the penne (not too long! al dente is best!)
Add the spinach to mushroom/prociutto pan and stir/fold continuously until wilted but still with body (if you sautee’ the spinach too long it becomes slimy and begins to taste of earth). Don’t panic if the spinach overfills the pan at first - it shrinks very quickly!
Toss drained pasta in mushroom/prociutto/spinach pan, adding 3 Tbsp. pine nuts. Sprinkle each serving with a grating of nutty parmesan or dry asiago.
I also like to add sun dried tomato strips , but ALAS! - I didn’t have any.
This is good hot or cold, with a good dense bread and fresh fruit for dessert.
Chicken Adobo (Phillipines)
double-fried ‘spring rolls’ with some unidentified delicious creamyish filling(Chinese)
fried sweet paneer-filled dough balls in syrup (India)
Vegetable pakodas(Another indian tent)
Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and tomato (Italy, but really the Rotary Club)
fried plantains (Carribean)
Thai Chicken curry
Obviously we were all sharing around - a few bites of this, a few bites of that- but still I ran out of tummy room before I could go for the Cajun , Japanese, or Greek food. There was also a funnel cake trailer but I knew better - that is FAIR fare, not for the International Festival!
I did take a camera - I simply chose to focus on the eating and enjoying and left the day un-photodocumented. Sue me.
Carolina shrimp and cheese grits !!!! Creamy, cheesy long-cooking grits topped with a butter , black pepper and garlic saute’ of onion, mushroom, diced pancetta, and medium clean shrimp - around 1/3 c. red wine added and reduced to help blend the salt of the pancetta into the shrimp and mushroom. Topped with thinly sliced scallion and served with french bread. I am getting so fat this week.
French slow-cook recipe - beef stew simmered in crushed tomato/red wine/garlic and served with baguette slices.
Also made a FABULOUSLY RICH chocolate and cream-cheese based mousse-like dessert. topped with a dollop of homemade plain thick yogurt . Two heaping teaspoonfuls was as much as I could eat. Sooooooo goooooood.
lemon ginger stir fry!!
including shredded ginger and broccoli stalks, cabbages, carrot, onion, celery, water chestnuts, mixed colored peppers, and chili paste. Low sodium (1 tbsp. lower sodium soy sauce per recipe).
Served on brown rice cooked in coconut milk.
Roast Lamb, twice-baked potato, and artichoke salad!
The lamb was rubbed with garlic, a hint of cumin , and coriander before slow-roasting - the twice-baked potato recipe includes butter, pepper, minced onion, a grated sharp dry cheddar, and an unsweetened mayonnaise.
I used bottled marinated chokes in the salad, making sure to grate the carrots so they would be juicer and mingle with the oil from the artichokes among the greens.
I used the little bit of leftover lamb to make a butter& onion-gravied hash the next night, served with a nutty brown rice and lightly sauteed haricots vertes…
Carrots baked with oranges and lavender …
The chicken was rubbed with herbes de provence and soaked in a pinot grigio - topped with pears and roasted until the sauce reduced and everything browned nicely.