I have dozens of pictures on my desk top of dishes I have created and never gotten around to posting. I am constantly looking for new combinations to keep my meals interesting. I had made some white peach jam and thought that would go well with my green beans. Harcourt Verts—“beans green,” literally in French—are French green beans which are a bit thinner than the Blue Lake variety commonly used in America.
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.
Adapted from a RasaMalaysia recipe
I have decided to do Thai food for this week’s Sunday dinner. While I have had tom yum soup at Thai restaurants, I have never tried to make it myself. This Thai standard is a hot and sour soup usually made with shrimp—although there are many variations. Tom yam kathi (Thai: ต้มยำกะทิ) is basically Thai tom yum soup with coconut milk added to it.
Adapted from a RasaMalaysia recipe
I wanted a Thai peanut sauce for my sate chicken wings, but I did not want a Vietnamese peanut sauce that you would use for Vietnamese summer rolls. Bee seems to have the closest to authentic Thai recipes that I would find (in English). She did not provide more than an ingredients list—which I still had to change—but this was not your usual peanut sauce.
Daughter Eilene has gone off to an archeological dig on Nevis, so it is just Jan and me for dinner for the next month. It is a weekday meal and I wanted something simple and quick. A while ago, I broiled some salmon using my lemon marmalade as a glaze. Recently, I made some white peach jam. I wondered how would this jam work as a glaze for salmon?
I frequently make deviled eggs for my wife Jan’s Ethno Breakfast. I try to keep things interesting—for me—by creating a new recipe each time I do this. This is a risky business, as not all new creations are successful—some experiments are simply not something to put into someone else’s mouth.
Wife Jan has started research for her next book and is interviewing the denizens of Silicon Valley again. She cannot afford to pay the people who talk to her, but she wanted to show her appreciation for taking up their time. She asked me to whip up some jam to give them. It is stone fruit season, so white peach jam seemed appropriate.
Wife Jan has just had dental work and needs something soft and filling, a tasty soup would fit the bill. Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish soup from the 16th Century when Scotland and France were aligned against England. Originally a French chicken and onion soup, the Scots used their local ingredients—leeks and barley to make a similar soup.
I tend to make some Chinese dish at least once a week for a week day meal—this comes from having spent several years in Asia. Wife Jan really likes mapo doufu and it makes frequent appearances on these nights. However, mapo dofu has little in the way of green vegetable matter—beyond some green onion—so I tend to make a vegetable stir fry as a second dish.