Wife Jan has been asking lately for her ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings. I am always trying to improve even my best recipes—a change of spice here, a new technique there. Sometimes I will walk into the kitchen and simply follow my instincts on a recipe that I have made several times before. Occasionally it works out rather well.
Category Archives: California Fusion
Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has come around again. For the last one I had made two dozen curried deviled eggs with chives. I did not want to make exactly the same thing again, so I thought I would make this batch Cajun. Cajun cuisine calls for “the holy trinity”—bell pepper, celery and onions.
Several years ago, I posted a fancier version of pigs in blankets two ways—in one I had made homemade sausage. In America, “pigs in blankets” can refer to either a sausage baked into a bun—what the British would call a sausage roll or bun—or a breakfast sausage rolled up into a pancake. Today, I am switching chicken breakfast sausages for pork.
I like to mix things up to keep weekday meals interesting. Taking one culture’s ingredients and combining it with cooking techniques and presentation of another culture’s dishes. This time, I am combining Cajun ingredients with a Mexican taco.
I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock. While making them can be a lot of work—you are first making some kind of stew, letting it cool, making the dough, and then filling the dough with the stew, before baking them all together—the payoff is well worth the added labor. Packet breads are a convenient, grab-and-go meal for lunches and I usually get two, or even three, meals for three people out of one recipe.
Many years ago, when my older daughter got her braces I was left with a dilemma. I had usually put an apple in her school lunch, but with the braces she could not longer just bite into them without pain. If I simply cut the fruit into wedges and put them in a plastic bag they would turn brown and unappealing by her lunch time.