Hans’ Giant Balls

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My  plan for today was to prepare a couple of burgers on the grill since the weather was really nice this afternoon and I had planned to spend some time outside reading. But as usual, it was just too hot and steamy for me and Bella, so I decided to stay inside and change the menu to meatballs with spaghetti aglio e burro.
When I used to live and travel in Italy many years ago, I never came across giant meatballs like you find them in the US. More likely than not this is an American invention, like so many other “Italian” dishes you find in your run of the mill Italian/American restaurant.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this version and will definitely prepare it again.
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Link to : Spaghetti Aglio E Burro
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Link to : All About Meatballs
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Hans' Giant Balls - Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

Hans’ Giant Balls – Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

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Hans' Giant Balls - Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

Hans’ Giant Balls – Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

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Sautéed Smoked Salmon Patty

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If  you love smoked salmon as I do, but are a bit weary of it on toast or bagel for the ‘thousand’s time, you might want to try this dish. Different, super easy to prepare, very tasty, great texture and not too shabby looking either. Accompanied by “simpleton potato salad”, romaine lettuce in honey/mustard dressing and a dip of spicy ranch dressing. (3/4 ranch, 1/4 sriracha and a good dose of garlic paste)
Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Sautéed Smoked Salmon Patty

Sautéed Smoked Salmon Patty

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Sautéed Smoked Salmon Patty

Sautéed Smoked Salmon Patty

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Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

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Although  I have cut back on my consumption of red meat, I still crave a rare steak once in a while. Tenderloin is not usually my cut of choice (that would be bone-in rib eye), but my Argentinian butcher had a special of grass-fed, cleaned and trimmed beef tenderloin for 26.85 per pound. Who could say no to that ? – not me, since the same quality and cut runs usually a lot higher around here.
This cut and quality needs no fru fru, just some kosher salt, garlic oil and chili oil and that’s it – beef heaven :-)
The mushrooms with cannellini beans are the perfect side dish, spicy, flavorful and hearty.
What a great dinner, Bella and myself perfectly happy and ready to plan the next meal :-)
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Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

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Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

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Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

Grilled Tenderloin With Mushrooms And Cannellini Beans

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first bite for Bella, as usual :-)

first bite for Bella, as usual :-)

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The Bollywood

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During  the year I was living in Karachi, Pakistan, a large part of the TV programming besides the national programming were Indian music shows and Indian movies of the “Bollywood” Variety, which I came to appreciate and like, so much so that I actually miss it sometimes. So, in honor of the great “Bollywood” shows and movies, I name this sandwich “The Bollywood” :-)
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naan, tandoori chicken, tomato/cucumber/yogurt salad

naan, tandoori chicken, tomato/cucumber/yogurt salad

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naan, tandoori chicken, tomato/cucumber/yogurt salad

naan, tandoori chicken, tomato/cucumber/yogurt salad

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The Bollywood

The Bollywood

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The Bollywood

The Bollywood

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Guilt Free Banana Icecream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

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Since I have started to live a healthier life style, my one problem is how to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. The solution to my dilemma are sweets without refined or artificial sugar/sweetener, which are increasingly hard to find. So I took to thinking about new recipes which will make me happy with their natural sweetness and are not too offensive to my diabetic restrictions. The following one is definitely a keeper ! :-)
An added bonus to this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream machine for its preparation. I used to have one, but I threw it away after a while because the churning cylinder took up too much space in the freezer department of my fridge.
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P.S. :
This Ice cream is ready for consumption after about 4.5 hours in the freezer. If you freeze it longer or overnight, you might want to put it from the freezer into the cooler for 15 -20 minutes to facilitate easier spooning (That’s spooning of the ice cream kind, not the other one – although….. :-) )
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If I would still drink alcohol, I would have added a shot of brandy or dark rum to this baby :-)
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Curried Lentil Salad With Tandoory-Style Chicken

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Today,  let’s make a salad that is both full of flavor and easy to prepare.
Curried lentils are of course one of my favorite lentil recipes, served either hot or cold (vinaigrette added), by them self as salad or as a sexy side dish (again, either hot or as salad). And tandoori chicken?- well, anytime, please :-)
While I don’t have a tandoori oven in my kitchen (neither do you, I guess), cooking the chicken without fat in a VERY hot cast iron pan will give satisfying, similar results.
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Tandoori Chicken Salad

Tandoori Chicken Salad

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Tandoori Chicken Salad

Tandoori Chicken Salad

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Curry Ribs

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This  recipe uses my standard curry base/sauce, of which I always have a few containers in the freezer.
You can of course make any type of curry base in which you braise your ribs, but this dish is pretty easy and fast to prepare when you start out with a great, readily prepared base/sauce and take it from there. Just remember, when you simmer the ribs, you must add the same amount of water to the base/sauce as will evaporate during the cooking process, so that you end up with the same textured sauce you had when you started. I suggest you don’t add too much water at first and add more as needed while you go.
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Hans’ “Easy Does It” Curry Recipe

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http://chefsopinion.org/2014/04/03/easy-does-it-11-curry/

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http://chefsopinion.org/2014/04/03/easy-does-it-11-curry/

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Chirashizushi . In my book, sushi does not get better than that!
I am of course aware of the fact that I am in the absolute minority with this opinion, but I just can’t get myself to join the millions of fans of raw fish, so this version of Chirashizushi is my very own ticket to sushi heaven :-)
Great quality / perfectly cooked sushi-rice with smoked eel , poached shrimp and a chili-soy-yuzu dipping sauce – there you go, baby, sushi perfection without the fuss and sky-high price tag of “the other perfect sushi”.
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Please note that some Chirashizushi dishes contain raw fish.
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How to prepare perfect Sushi Rice
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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Happy Mothers Day

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Image property of :decodingannieparkerfilm

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“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

What’s it for?”

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”

Happy Mothers Day !
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Steak And Pasta Salad With Pickled Onions

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Some  of us “Tough Guy’s” might feel a bit dainty when out with our buddies and would like to actually have “just a salad, please” :-(
Well, boys and girls, not with this baby, I’ll guarantee ! Here we have  “just  a salad” for every real man and every real woman, anytime and anyplace. Buhaaa ! Enjoy ! :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life (and salad) is Good !
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Steak & Pasta Salad

Steak And Pasta Salad With Pickled Onions

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Steak & Pasta Salad

Steak And Pasta Salad With Pickled Onions

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