Adapted from a BBC recipe
One of my regrets from China is that the one and only time I saw goat for sale I passed it up. What was I going to do with a whole leg of goat—the only way they were being sold—in my one wok kitchen? When the Farmer’s Market came back in San Jose one of the vendors had goat. I wasn’t going to pass it up a second time.
Karl’s Moroccan Goat Tagine
When my wife and I watch television we frequently have our show end just a few minutes before we are ready to retire. Short podcasts on YouTube fills in these 20-30 minute gaps. Lately, Beryl Shereshewsky’s podcasts fill this time slot. These are generally short bits on how different countries prepare different ingredients or what foods they eat for various reasons—comfort foods, sandwiches, what to feed sick people, hangover foods, etc. People from around the world send her recipes and video clips and she prepares and eats the ones she has gathered together for each podcast. One recent show was “How the world eats onions.”
Karl’s Sudanese Onion Dinner Salad
When wife Jan went off to Burning Man I wanted to give her some quick, easy, and filling camp foods. Two conditions were that it would cook in a short time and not produce any waste water—throwing old pasta water onto the playa was strictly forbidden. I had settled on the idea of making “box” dishes—like RiceARoni®. A spice packet, pre-measured and mixed ingredients that you just add water to and simmer. My za’atar orzo was very popular with her camp.
Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Spinach and Almonds
Daughter Eilene is having friends over to play games again and this time they had a specific dinner request—they wanted Swedish meatballs. This is a dish that even before wife Jan joined the Noom program she would not let me make—she does not like Swedish meatballs because the meat is usually mixed to the point where it loses all texture. Swedish meatballs are usually small in size—½-1 tablespoon—and mildly spiced. They are usually served in gravy or with gravy on the side.
Karl’s Swedish Meatballs
Shashlik is really just the Central Asian name for a kebab, something on a skewer. In Kashgar—the westernmost city in China—at least on the street, this was almost always lamb coated in a cumin based spice blend. At that time—35 years ago—the lamb is cut into small (3/8 inch) cubes and skewered with bits of lamb fat. The stick is dipped into a tray of the spice blend and then grilled over hot coals. Wife Jan is on the Noom program, and while she wanted shashlik, she did not want it made with lamb—a “red food.” She asked me if I could make with chicken instead—a “yellow food.”
Karl’s Uyghur Chicken Shashlik
I had started to think about the dreaded “What am I going to make for dinner?” question. I was thinking I could make some fried fish with lemon rice and green beans—this would require me to make a quick run to the store. Then my daughter informed me—at the last minute as usual—that she was going out with her friends. Shifting gears, I started to think about what I could make with just what I had on hand.
Karl’s Caribbean Seafood Soup
Wife Jan is on the Noom program and is constantly scanning for recipes I can make that fit both Noom’s parameters and our personal tastes. Her most recent request was for orange chicken. I did not think much of the recipe she sent me, so I went looking for something better. Many of the recipes I found were “healthy” only in the sense that they replaced white sugar with honey or brown sugar— both of which are very much Noom “red foods.” I finally found a recipe that was close to what I wanted and adapted it to be more Noom-y.
Karl’s Noom Friendly Orange Chicken Stir Fry
I had decided to barbecue chicken for the Fourth of July, but what flavor. A last year, I made this dish for my sister Karen, but I was overly cautious with the spices. This time I took my own advise and bumped up the spice level to four tablespoons. To go with the meat heavy main I made several vegetable sides—corn, grilled vegetables and a couscous salad. For a patriotic desert, I served strawberries, whipped cream, and blueberries.
Karl’s Nevis Barbecued Jerked Chicken
Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook. I have already made the original dish healthier, but Jan is currently on the Noom Program and she asked me to Noom-ify this recipe. My main change from the last time was to replace the beef with ground turkey, to eliminate the bacon and the pork in the beans.
Karl’s Noom Friendly Depression Era Goulash
Like many of my dishes lately this one comes from a discussion with my wife Jan. She is on the Noom program and instructs me on changing my cooking style to meet her needs. She has also been posting my dishes on the Noom group chat and she got a very positive response from the Noom councilor for my grilled shrimp tacos.
Karl’s Pride Grilled Seafood Lettuce Wraps