This week I am making Santa Maria tri-tip, which calls for Santa Maria-style beans. While many sites call for serving coleslaw with this meal, I could not find anything called “Santa Maria-style coleslaw.” Having grownup just a few miles away, in Santa Barbara, I decided to fill this obvious need.
Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw
Originally adapted from Sinful Curry
I wanted a vegetable dish for my birthday dinner to go with my Mughal lamb and rice dishes. My family really likes saag paneer, which has become my go-to dish for Indian meals. The only ingredient in modern Indian cuisine that would have been uncommon 500 years ago is tomatoes.
Karl’s Mughal Saag Paneer
I was looking for a vegetable side dish to go with my meatloaf. A few weeks ago, I discovered that letting the root vegetables marinate in a marmalade base worked really well as a salad dressing. This is what I settled on for tonight’s salad.
Karl’s Asian Pear-apple , Radish,
and Arugula Salad
I wanted a starch dish to go with my fried salmon. I wanted something that was quick and easy. Couscous cooks in just minutes and can be a very versatile starch. A bit of this and a bit of that and viola, dinner is served.
Karl’s Couscous Florentine
This week I wanted a fast weekday meal. Fried salmon, a quick starch dish, and a simple salad. This does not mean that I could not be creative. In a burst of inspiration, I came up with a new way of making salad dressing.
Karl’s Carrot and Spinach Salad
with Orange Tarragon Dressing
Japan has many tsukemono, literally “pickled things.” When my father came back from Japan in the Fifties, he introduced my family to Japanese cuisine. One dish that he learned to make was salt pickled cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ).
Karl’s Salt Pickled Cabbage
with Pickled Ginger and Japanese Chili
Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono
Since I was using alcohol in my main dish—port—I thought I should keep it up and add some brandy to my vegetables. Mushrooms and green beans are very popular at our house. They also go very well with barbecued beef.
Karl’s Brandied Mushrooms and Green Beans
This Sunday we had a complex soup, cioppino, that would take up most of my attention. I did not want to have just a plain greens salad, but it needed to be simple. Fortunately, yesterday was Jan and my 33rd anniversary and I had made salmon wraps for dinner.
Salmon Salad with Raspberry Radish Slaw
It is asparagus season, so every time I go to the store there are bundles of this vegetable that Jan and Eilene love. Miriam and I cannot eat asparagus, so I usually leave them where they lay. For this Macanese inspired Sunday dinner, I decided that I would make some for them, but I will also make a separate vegetable dish for Myr and myself.
Karl’s Sesame Asparagus Stir Fry
Asparagus are in season, but Miriam and I have difficulty with it. I decided to make two vegetable dishes for this Sunday’s dinner. I found some young Chinese broccoli (kai-lan) for us and I made it with a sight Macanese twist.
Karl’s Chinese Broccoli with Mushroom Sauce II