Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg



Got  up late today, so a substantial breakfast and no lunch will be the order of the day :-)
Later an early dinner and to bed early, 3.30am the new work week starts :-(
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Breakfast Of Champions  # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions  # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg



Preparation :

fresh croissant

fresh croissant

cut croissants in half

cut croissants in half

saute ham in garlic oil, top two croissant halves with ham

saute ham in garlic oil, top two croissant halves with ham

top with sliced spicy chorizo

top with sliced spicy chorizo

top remaining two croissant halves with sweet chili sauce

top remaining two croissant halves with sweet chili sauce

grate asiago cheese on top of chorizo

grate asiago cheese on top of chorizo

top with two soft boiled eggs each

top with two soft-boiled eggs each

top with arugula in french dressing

top with arugula in french dressing

Breakfast Of Champions  # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions  # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions  # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg

Breakfast Of Champions # 38 – Croissant, Ham, Spicy Chorizo & Soft Boiled Egg



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Polpi In Umido – Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes



Octopus  is one of my favorite seafood. Unfortunately, fresh octopus is not usually available around here. I sometimes order it online, but for the spur of the moment, I usually fall back to canned octopus. I have tried many different brands over the years and my favorite is the Vigo brand in garlic/olive oil. I usually prepare a salad by mixing it with peppers, herbs, potatoes and vinaigrette. Once in a while I mix it in a mixed seafood stew. However, for the dish at hand it was the perfect taste and texture. I even added the garlic oil from the can since it has a strong taste of the sea. A quick, easy and very affordable seafood recipe. If you are not a fan of octopus, replace it with shrimp, just simmer the shrimp and sauce for less time in order to keep the shrimp succulent and moist.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !


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Polpi In Umido - Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido – Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido - Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido – Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes



Preparation :

saute finely diced onions and garlic paste in olive oil

saute finely diced onions and garlic paste in olive oil

when onions are translucent add tomatopaste, saute another minute

when onions are translucent add tomato paste, saute another minute

deglaze with red wine, add octopus with it's canned oil, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer fr three minutes, check/adjust seasoning

deglaze with red wine, add octopus with its canned oil, finely chopped tomatoes, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer for three more minutes, check/adjust seasoning

meanwhile, cook bucatini al dente, strain, mix with olive oil

meanwhile, cook bucatini al dente, strain, add some olive oil

plate bucatoni, top with octopus ragout, sprinkle with italian parsley and basil leaves

plate bucatini, top with octopus ragout, sprinkle with italian parsley and basil leaves

Polpi In Umido - Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido – Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido - Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes

Polpi In Umido – Italian Style Octopus Stewed In Wine And Tomatoes



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Milanesa Mexicana



Playing with food :-)
Green
, white and red -
very easy to come up with a real Mexican dish using the  mexican flag  colors.

 ¡ Buen Provecho !    ¡ Viva México!


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Mexican Flag (without the eagle)

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana



Preparation :

mise en place

mise en place

season veal cutlet with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, bread with flour, egg and breadcrumbs, saute in olive oil and butter until golden and cooked medium well, remove to absorbent paper

season thinly pounded veal cutlet with mustard, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, bread with flour, egg and breadcrumbs, saute in olive oil and butter until golden and cooked medium well, remove to absorbent paper

place onto serving platter, drizzle with lime juice, top with guacamole, sour cream and salsa mexicana, sprinkle with chives or cilantro

place onto serving platter, drizzle with lime juice, top with guacamole, sour cream and salsa mexicana, sprinkle with chives or cilantro (however, there is already plenty cilantro in the guacamole)

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana



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Let’s Face It – Once In A While, This Is All We Want And Need :-)



Every  chef  knows this feeling, even if it only hit’s once a year – you get home after a crappy day at work and you don’t want to hear or see about cooking for the rest of the day but still want something fine for dinner. Exactly what happened to me today. So, here is what went down at my house today:

Bubbly aperitif by the lake at sunset, then a dinner of strawberry ice cream (store-bought), fresh pineapple and ice-cold milk in front of the TV. Success !  Already feeling a whole lot better.
( I wonder if that’s the ice cream or the bubbly?) :-)

Bon Appetit !   Don’t let it get to you !


Thank you Dana and Lara for the nice wine and champagne.

Sunset Apéritif  & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif  & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif  & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif  & TV Dinner

Sunset Apéritif & TV Dinner






Korean Dinner – Bulgogi, Gamjajorim, Kimchee & Sukju Namul



Tonight  (Tuesday) my fridge and cupboard were nearly empty and the best thing I had at hand was a great looking rib eye steak. I did not feel like having  just a plain old steak from the grill, so when I saw the mung bean sprouts and the cooked potatoes, first some Asian, then some Korean recipes started to dance around my head and I decided on this menu, which turned out to be just the flavors and textures I craved and they sure hit a home run with my tastebuds :-)


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Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul & Gamjajorim

Bulgogi

Bulgogi



Preparation :

rib eye steak

rib eye steak

rib eye steak most fat removed (leave some on)

rib eye steak most fat removed  (leave some on for better taste and texture)

sliced rib eye steak

sliced rib eye steak

sliced beef, scallions, onions

sliced beef, scallions, onions

pineapple, (for tenderizing purpose, (traditionally use asian pear), onion, ginger, garlic, blend until smooth

pineapple, (for tenderizing purpose, (traditionally use asian pear), onion, ginger, garlic, blend until smooth

season with kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, blended pinepple mix, mix well, marinade for 30 minutes (for a tough cut of beef such as top round, marinade up to 8 hours)

season with kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, blended pinepple mix, mix well, marinade for 30 minutes (for a tough cut of beef such as top round, marinade up to 8 hours)

Meanwhile, blanch mong bean sprouts in salted, boiling water for 20 seconds, drain, shock in ice water, drain

Meanwhile, blanch mong bean sprouts in salted, boiling water for 20 seconds, drain, shock in ice water, drain again

add sliced scallions, season with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil

add sliced scallions, season with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil

Sukja namul

Sukja namul

heat sliced potatoes with honey, soy sauce, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, when heated through check/adjust seasoning, add white sesame seeds

heat sliced potatoes with honey, soy sauce, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, when heated through check/adjust seasoning, add white sesame seeds

sukju namul

sukju namul

grilling bulgogi

grilling bulgogi

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi

Bulgogi



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EASY DOES IT # 16 – Two Quick, Simple Salad’s



A lot  of folk’s shy back from constructed salads because they find them difficult to make and the recipes too complicated.
I can asure you that nothing is further from the truth. First, choose two main components, such as pasta and cold cuts, rice and seafood, potato and vegetables, vegetables and cheese, any grain such as amaranth, barley, quinoa, or rye,  add herbs or whatever else tickles your fancy. Add whatever else you want to add that you think will enhance your salad, dress with whatever dressing you fancy. Combine any ingredients you feel will go well together and experiment.
However, if the salad is to be served at a later point in time or outside at a party, I don’t recommend homemade mayo for obvious reasons, use the store-bought version which is safer. Also, for pasta, rice and potato salads, I recommend to cook the starch a bit longer than if you use them in a hot dish. The texture will be more pleasant.
Following find two simple salads which I made yesterday. The whole prep and assembly took about thirty minutes total. If you don’t have much practice, both salads might take you an hour, not bad for two different dishes that serve about 20 each. Just remember, It’s your salad – do with it whatever you like as long as YOU think it’s the way it should be: omit, add, deduct any ingredient You feel makes your dish a better one :-)


“Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad”

Penne rigata, shrimp, fennel leaves, eggs, peas, cherry tomatoes, mayo (easy on the mayo), olive oil,  garlic paste, white balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, greek yogurt, maggi. Use whatever ratio of ingredients you prefer. If it tastes good and looks good, you’ve done it right :-)


“Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons”

Farfalle pasta, salame, pepper jack cheese, cornichons, scallions, mayo (easy on the mayo), olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic paste, white balsamic vinegar, cornichon liquid, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, maggi. Same here again,  use whatever ratio of ingredients you prefer. If it tastes good and looks good, you’ve done it right :-)


Happy Cooking and Bon Appetit !

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Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad

Shrimp, Pasta And Egg Salad



Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons

Farfalle Salad With Salame, Pepperjack And Cornichons



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