September : 2012
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Beef, bitter melon, rice noodles. One of my favourite
Bitter melon, balsam pear, or karela in Hindu
is something you love or hate.
It's slightly bitter but leaves a cooling after-taste
in your mouth.
It is said to balance yin / yang. My system is
out of wack...too "hot",
so am eating food s like watermelon and bitter
melon to "cool" me down.
However, Bill and I added chili sauce, which
is a "hot" food, so still wacky ;-)
Lamb shanks braised in Thai red curry paste,
coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves,
lemongrass, cumin, corriander, with green beans,
topped with Thai basil.
Served with Jasmine rice - a dish worth coming
Chicken Curry Madras
Green and wax beans - with a little pepper from
my garden - seasoned with sesame oil.
The supper trio - really just wanted to show
off the matching bowl with jasmine rice.
Should have been basmati... but waited too late
to start supper.
Rib eye steak dinner for two.
The corn-on-the-cob were the last 2/12 that I
I was surprised that they were still juicy and
Ooozy gooey Egg McMuffin with bacon.
Bill had cheese with his. We both ate it with
Didn't get to San Francisco this trip, so had
to make cioppino at home:
dungeness crab, lobster, shrimp, clams, halibut,
fresh thyme, basil, Italian parsley from my pallet
There was lots of serious broth mopped up with
crusty jalepeno bread....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Oh Yeah! Buttermilk raisin scones - fresh out
of the oven...
Kitchen is warm, and so is my tummy ;-)
NEVER bake when upset...I'm having trouble with
my printer :-(
So, instead of 2/3 cup buttermilk, I used a full
Am expecting blueberry scones to be dripping
onto the oven elements...
OK...not as bad as I feared...
Think I'll keep this recipe and call it Blueberry
It's more like a alien cup cake, but tasted yummy:-)
And THIS is my final answer ;-)
A little denser, but still light compared to the raisin scones.
I added grated lemon zest to the batter and sprinkled cardamon on top...
Made four 4" prune plum pies ... portion control
Slice of warm prune plum pie!
Winter melon soup (dong gua tong) with pork neck bones and preserved
Steamed pork ribs with soy bean paste and plums in brine (meen see
Fresh water spinach (ong sum choi)...
Cooked ong sum choi (aka empty heart veg) -
like regular spinach, cooks down to very little!
Soy bean sprouts:
Bought these at the newest Chinese grocery store across from Global
I prefer these to the usual bean sprouts, which are from mung beans.
These have a harder "head" - nuttier, and more crunch.
My Mom used to cook these first in broth,
then strain out the sprouts to stir-fry with garlic, ginger, and green
2 dishes from one vegetable!
Meat can be added to this, but I enjoyed it just by itself.
Lemongrass chili pepper beef stir-fry -
a welcomed change up from just beef stir-fry.
The meat was thinly sliced, then marinated with
a mixture of cane sugar,
sweet soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, and cornstarch.
Sliced lemongrass, onion, garlic, and chili pepper
were sauteed until fragrant,
then beef was added.
It was sweet, salty, spicy, lemongrassy.
Great with Jasmine rice.
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