Category Archives: California Fusion

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Readers of my blog may be beginning to feel that I am in a rut with so many bierock recipes, but these pocket breads are really good and open to a wide variety of fillings. Wife Jan did not like boring German bierocks—beef, onion, and cabbage in a raised bread wrapper. When she found Volga German bierocks she changed she mind—seasonings are good. She then asked that I make Uyghar bierocks—while she like there she would have preferred that I had used chicken rather than lamb. This morning she asked for chicken curry bierocks.

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

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Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

Last week, I made Uyghur bierocks for dinner. I made some Uyghur carrot salad to go with it. However, I got a bit heavy handed with the Indian chili powder. My salad was so spicy not even Eilene—who has a high tolerance for such things—could eat more than a few bites.

Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

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Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

The first time I made bierock—German pocket breads—I made it the way it would be done in Germany, with a minimal ingredients list—mostly beef, onions, and cabbage. Wife Jan was unimpressed. She found a Volga German recipe with a fair amount of spices added—these she liked much better. Jan then had a fancy—What if a Volga German traveled east on the Silk Road to Kashgar. What kind of bierock would he make then?

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

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Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. For everyday meals, I usually broil my ham steaks, but—since I was already planning to plank grill the salmon—grilling it this time was an easy decision.

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak With Cranberry Orange Marmalade

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak
with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

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Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. While the ham is obviously completely un-Kosher, the salmon somehow put me in a vague memory of the bitter herbs of a seder.  While I am not Jewish—and the meal I came up with has some decidedly non-Kosher dishes—a bitter herb salad seemed like a good side dish.

Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

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Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

I am making Easter dinner and I decided to make latkes to go with my ham and salmon main dishes. I have more people attending this meal, so I have increased some of the ingredients from the last time I made these popular pancakes. I have also decided to add a touch of mustard seeds.

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes
with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

I wanted something a bit different to go with my latkes for Easter Dinner. Last time I used Drambuie in the sauce. I thought it made for a very tasty sauce, but it is not my nature to make the same thing the same way twice. This time I decided to use Irish whiskey.

Karl’s Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

Karl’s Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

I decided that I wanted biscuits and gravy for breakfast, but I did not have my usual sage pork sausage—which wife, Jan, does not really prefer. I did have some Trader Joe’s chicken sausage in the freezer, so I decided to go with that. I did not used to make this kind of thing—except on special weekends—but I just had a hankering.

Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

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Karl’s Ginger Infused Sugar

Years ago, I created an orange infused sugar that was so good that it became a staple on my counter top—a jar of this sugar now sits on my counter ready to add as needed to any recipe that would benefit from a sweet citrusy boost. My wife, Jan, asked me why I had never tried this with ginger.

Karl’s Ginger Infused Sugar

Karl’s Ginger Infused Sugar

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Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

My sister, Karen, came through town last week and for one of the meals I made chili. As I had not planned  to make a third meal for her it was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. While everyone else went for a hike, I whipped up a quick chili.

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

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