Broiled salmon has become a go to weekday dish when I need a fast meal for the family. I have discovered that my homemade jams make a good glaze and I have used lemon, orange, and my ginger peach jams to great success. Jan has recently discovered that she loves liliko’i—passion fruit—and when I discovered a jar of Liliko’i jam at the local Hawaiian market—Kumar’s Island Market—I knew I had to buy it.
Category Archives: Main Dishes
Adapted from a RasaMalaysia recipe
Wife Jan asked for chicken satay for Sunday’s dinner. If you search for this dish on-line you will find it spelled both “satay” and “sate.” While these are basically the same dish, the difference lies in whether the recipe has more Thai or Indonesian influence in the seasoning. While the recipe I based this one on was more Malaysian, I pushed it toward Thailand in my choices of ingredients.
My family has been sick or traveling so we have not had a Dad cooked Sunday dinner in a while. My wife and daughter Miriam are both “off” onions and garlic, so anything I do has to be adapted to their needs. At the moment, my wife does not trust any meat but fish. Taking all of these issues into account I thought a fish stew would fir the bill. A Thai soup—with coconut, lime, and Thai seasonings—was but another small step.
Wife Jan has been having digestive difficulties for the last few weeks. She is finally getting better, but she is being really cautious about reintroducing various foods to her diet. At this point, she knows that she can handle seafood, but she is still afraid of chicken.
Wife Jan is just getting over the flu and she wanted “real” food, but was concerned about moving too fast off of a bland diet. Stir-fries are infinitely variable—What do you have? What do you need? What blend of sauces would go with these decisions. Today’s answers were cod, Shanghai bok choy, napa cabbage, and shiitake mushrooms, and a few green onion tops—flavorful, but easy to digest. For the sauce, I decided on a base of oyster sauce with soy sauce, and a bit of ginger —avoiding my usual addition of chili garlic sauce.
Sometimes, I want something quick and easy for a weekday dinner. Trader Joe’s has frozen chicken mini wantons that make for a good soup starter. Turning to a broth for this soup I was in a dilemma, do I make it Chinese—with chicken broth and ginger—or Japanese—with miso and dashi? My daughters’ philosophy is, “Why choose?”, so I went with both. For vegetables, I went with some of my family’s favorites—Shanghai bok choy, napa cabbage, and green onion.
The most common bok choy found in Western supermarkets are the large white stalked kind. I find this type unappealing. While there is plenty of vitamins in the dark leaves, the stalks become slimy when even slightly overcooked. Shanghai bok choy are smaller and green all over, with a better balance between stalk and leaves.
Karl’s Chicken Wonton Asian Fusion Soup
1 can (14.5 oz) low sodium chicken broth
3-4 fresh ginger, sliced into coins
2 cups Shanghai bok choy, chopped into 1 inch pieces, stems and greens kept separately
1 cup napa cabbage, sliced thick and leafy parts kept separately
3-4 green onions, sliced into 1½ inch pieces, white and green kept separately
5-7 frozen chicken mini wontons per person, about half a bag
1. Put the chicken broth, ginger, and one cup of water into a medium soup pot.
Tip: Add the Hondashi to the pot later—it changes flavor if you boil it too much.
Note: While I usually prefer to make fresh dashi, for a quick meal I bend a little.
2. Put half a cup of boiling water into a measuring cup and mix in the miso paste.
Tip: If you just add the miso paste to the pot you might end up with lumps of miso in your soup. If you blend it with water first you can make sure that you’ve gotten all the lumps out.
Note: Some miso pastes have chunks of soy beans left in it. If you do have the chunky type of miso, the dissolved miso can be strained, as you add it to the pot.
3. Bring the pot to a boil and add the stems of the bok choi, the thick parts ofthe napa cabbage, and white parts of the green onions.
4. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add the wontons, bok choi greens and leafy napa cabbage parts to the pot.
6. Continue simmering for another two minutes.
7. Stir in the green onion tops and dashi.
8. Simmer the soup for another 2-3 minutes and serve.
I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. I made some white peach jam and I tried using it in many dishes—I actually made this meal months ago. For this meal it was as an addition to a teriyaki marinade for barbecued chicken wings. To go with the wings, I grilled some corn and I made sure that there was plenty of leftover sweet teriyaki sauce to pour over steamed rice.
I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. I had wanted to make meatloaf for dinner, but we were in a heat wave. The idea a running a hot oven to add to the heat just did not seem like a good idea. I wondered if I could barbecue a meat loaf on the grill outside. It actually worked fairly well.
I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I have created and never gotten around to posting. This was a weekday meal and I had decided on broiled salmon, but how to make it special? That day, I chose to make a glaze of honey, lemon and tarragon, just to try something new.
This is not a “Native American” recipe, as in a recipe that any Native American tribe would make this dish. It is more in terms of the Native American ingredients—turkey, wild rice and cranberries—included in the recipe. As follower of my blog may realize I am very fond of hand-pies, so this is more in line with what the British colonists might come up with in the 1700’s.