Vichyssoise is a fancy name for a potato and leek soup that can be served either hot or cold. In my opinion it is not a meal in itself. I first started by adding seafood to the mix, but this time I decided to add some vitamin packed leafy greens to the pale green vegetables that were already in the dish.
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One of my wife’s go to asks for dinners is tacos, but I get tired of these—no matter how good. As an alternative, we finally agreed on enchiladas. One problem that I have always had was that even though the enchiladas looked good in the pan, they tended to fall to pieces as you try to transfer them to a plate. There had to be a better way.
I had made some Sichuan cold noodle salad for one of wife Jan’s potlucks. we had some leftover so I thought I would make something to go with it to make a dinner. Broiled salmon came to mind. I have found that my marmalades make a very good glaze for salmon. This time, I decided that I would mix in some soy sauce to make it a lemony teriyaki glaze.
Every Christmas for more than the last decade I have made marmalade as a giveaway. a few years ago I started making special batches of intense jams that contained only the zest and juice of the oranges. This Christmas I managed to give away all of my orange marmalade with more people needing gifts. I decided to make a small batch of lemon marmalade to fill the gap. For some of my marmalades, I thought to add ginger to the oranges. This turned out to be quite popular. While I have made plain lemon marmalade, this time I decided to add ginger to the lemons.
Wife Jan is having her Burner friends over and asked me to cook for them—this seemed a very popular idea with her friends. Thinking about what to make I settled on a Caldeirada—Portuguese fish stew. Like many fishermen’s stews there is not set ingredients list—“what did we catch today? Throw it in.” What makes this dish Portuguese is the addition of Portuguese ingredients, chouriço, Portuguese dry white wine, and pimentón red pepper.
I am making Caldeirada—Portuguese fish stew—for wife Jan’s Burner friends. This soup sometimes contains potatoes, but I decided to make a second dish Patatas bravas—roasted potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce—with the potatoes. A pickled cucumber and tomato salad and bread from a Portuguese bakery round out the meal.
Portuguese salad is a fairly standard Mediterranean salad of bell pepper, cucumber, onions, and tomatoes with a red wine vinaigrette. I had several days to plan this meal, so I thought I would pickle the cucumbers—taking a page from Japanese cuisine. While I am calling these pickles Portuguese, they are more “Portuguese flavored,” as I am using common Portuguese seasonings.