Bella

Steak Salad

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Usually,  part of the enjoyment of eating steak is cutting into a nice chunk of glistening meat and seeing it slowly but surely disappearing from the plate.
But for yesterday’s dinner, I just wanted to have some nice “finger food” to pick of a plate and sharing with madame while reclining on my chaise lounge, watching a great movie (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Steak Salad

Steak Salad

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Steak Salat

Steak Salad

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Bella say's: "Time to eat ! "

Bella say’s:
“Time to eat ! “

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Bella say's: "Maybe not enough for the two of us ?! "

Bella say’s:
“Maybe not enough for the two of us ?! “

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Preparation :
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cut cucumbers and radishes into bite-sized pieces, season with plenty kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, let marinade for 20 minutes, discard liquid, add garlic oil and cider vinegar to taste

cut cucumbers and radishes into bite-sized pieces, season with plenty kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, let marinade for 20 minutes, discard liquid, add garlic oil and cider vinegar to taste

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meanwhile, season striploin steaksor other steaks of your choice with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, saute in garlic oil until done to your liking, set aside

meanwhile, season striploin steaks or other steaks of your choice with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, saute in garlic oil until done to your liking, set aside

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 let steaks rest at least 10 minutes before cutting

let steaks rest at least 10 minutes before cutting

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plate salad on vinaigrette dressed romaine

plate salad on vinaigrette dressed romaine

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top with steak, drizzle with chimichurri

top with steaks, drizzle with chimichurri

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Steak Salat

Steak Salad

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Bella says……

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Life is Good !   Happy Sunday !

Bella says : If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away !
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Bella Say’s……….







I don't always bark at night, but when I do, I'ts for no reason.











There Is A Monster On My Plate !!!

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My  friend Peter was supposed to be here at 4.00pm for a late end of week lunch.
He had “ordered” (nicely requested) chicken cordon bleu and I was happy to oblige.
As soon as I got home, I took care of Bella, took a shower and started with my food prep.
Ten minutes later Peter cancelled. Rather than being upset about the late cancelation,
I welcomed the chance to make a real monster of a cordon bleu out of the ingredients I had prepared for two regular portions. Of course, I omitted the side dishes (fries and salad) after I had a good look of the size of this baby.  Bella and I finished the whole thing and we were happy for it. Seems to me after all these year’s I finally figured out the proper size of a cordon bleu :-)

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Serve with Lime Or Lemon Wedges

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Cream Of Broccoli “Bella”

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Cream  of  broccoli  and potato, with parmesan and fontina “

Soup can be so many things.
– Boring. Unimportant. Uninspired   :-(
– Good. Great. Warming. Satisfying. Amazing. Unforgettable. Pretty. Flavorful. Addictive. A Treat. Not to be missed   :-)
 “Bella”  means beautiful in Italian, therefore: Bella the soup. Bella the dog  :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Cream of Broccoli and Potato, with Parmesan and Fontina

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Ingredient’s :

Broccoli,  cut into small florettes, blanched
Broccoli stock,  reserved from blanching the broccoli
Potato,   small chopped
Onion,   julienned
Garlic,   paste
Heavy cream,
Parmesan,   finely grated
Fontina,   coarsly grated
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,
Chili flakes,
Butter,   to saute

Method :

Saute onion and garlic in butter until fragrant. Add potatoes, stock and seasoning. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Add broccoli, reserve some for garnish. Bring back to simmer. Remove from heat, add cream and parmesan. With a stick blender, blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning if neccessary. To serve, add a few broccoli florettes, sprinkle with fontina and chili flakes. Share with a loved one. (Bella adores this soup, I guess because of the cheese) :-)
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Carnitas Of Pork Belly

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Pork Belly  in any form or shape, what’s not to love   :-)
For today’s early lunch,  I prepared these simple yet mouthwatering, great looking  carnitas. (I have been up since 4.00am, so 10.30am  seemed like a good time for a good meal). I enjoyed them with flour tortillas,  guacamole,  salsa mexicana,  sour cream and a cold  “Negra Modelo“. Now, after posting this, a ” Siesta ” in the back of the house under the cool mist of the lake fountain, Bella chasing geckos, I’ll be having a few more negra modelos and a bit of a nap.  Aaaaaa…….Life is Good !
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Carnitas Of Pork Belly

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Ingredients :

Pork belly,   cut into cubes
Tomatoes,
Onions,   diced
Bell peppers,   diced
Garlic,   paste
Chicken stock,   substitute with other stock if preferred
Cayenne pepper,
Cumin,   crashed
Smoked paprika,
Chili powder,
Kosher salt,
Lard,   to saute ( same as you use to make your tortillas)

Method :

Saute pork until golden brown, add onions and most of the peppers, saute until translucent. Add garlic and cumin, saute until fragrant. Add most of your tomatoes, stock and seasoning and simmer until pork is very soft and falls apart under pressure. Now add the remaining peppers and tomatoes for eye appeal (color) when serving . Simmer for two more minutes, remove from heat. At this point you can either pull the meat apart or serve in cubes as is.
Serving suggestions:  See pictures.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Three Schmuck’s & A BBQ

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Saturday  afternoon, a simple BBQ   :-)

Ingredients :

Leo,
Bella,
Hans,
Rock music,

Merlot spritzer,
Argentinian morcilla, ( Blood sausage)
Argentinian chorizo,
Columbian chorizo,
Horseradish cream,
Chimichurri,
Dijon mustard,
Kosher pickles,
Banana peppers,
Sour dough bread,

Life is Good !
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