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Corkscrews, Shrimp, Bok Choy and Eggs

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I recently  came across an article which proclaimed “Pasta actually makes you lose Weight”.
Unfortunately, I don’t believe that ANY food I love (I love most 🙂 ) will make me loose weight, especially pasta. Why? Because if I love something, I consume it in excess quantities.
But then, a lot of food which falls into the category of “food I love”, will never make me fat, for the simple reason that it is too expensive to become fattening – caviar, lobster, fresh stone crab claws, foie gras, chanterelle, matsutake, wagyu (the real McCoy), and a bunch of other stuff I had the privilege to eat plenty of in the 70’s, when most of these delicacies were still affordable in their countries of origin.
I used to have a few cans of caviar in my fridge when we did black sea cruises in the mid-seventies, when one was able to exchange a pair of used jeans in St Petersburg’s black market for 1 kg of caviar. Matsutake and wagyu was expensive in Yokohama and Kobe, but not excessively so. Chanterelles in Germany in the 70’s and 80’s when I went home on vacation – same thing, not cheap but affordable. And so it was with most of these specialties at the time – not cheap but within reach, at least for me and my friends who traveled the world, loved good food and after visiting a place a couple of times, knew where to get a bargain.
But now let me get back to pasta.
Fortunately, pasta is one of the most affordable food stuffs which have a special place in my heart (and stomach).
Consequently, I eat it too often, and usually way too much, packing 2 or 3 portions into one meal – which is good for my happiness 🙂 , bad for my weight 😦 .
So there you have it – while pasta “does not actually make me lose weight”, it does actually makes me happy .
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
All the food you see on  ChefsOpinion  is cooked and served in my home, usually just for myself and Bella. I like to pick and hold the shrimp by their tail (Bella just eats the whole shrimp, tail and all, including the tails from my shrimps). If you are not comfortable with the tails on the plate, just remove them before adding the shrimp to the dish 🙂
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Corksrews, Shrimp, Bok Choy and Eggs

Corkscrews, Shrimp, Bok Choy and Eggs

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Corkscrews, Shrimp, Bok Choy and Eggs

Corkscrews, Shrimp, Bok Choy and Eggs

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“Eggs And Potato” (Baked Potato And Caviar)

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Ok  friends, here is my opinion about “Caviar with all the trimmings” : It sucks !
In my humble opinion, only folks who don’t love caviar water down the pleasure of eating it by adding a mountain of other “stuff” to stretch it (lots of chopped onions, chopped eggs, sour cream, chopped chives, capers, lots of toast or other bread, mountains of blinis, etc.
I understand that it is not everybody’s kick to pay a few hundred $ for an ounce of caviar. But to stretch it with condiments means to just water down the pure pleasure, so you actually get less bang for your money. (Think of the best cognac you can lay your hands on – then stretching it with ice and water – Brrrrr 😦
All you should add to your caviar (in my own, humble opinion) to enjoy it to the fullest, is a bit of good, buttered bread, a tiny bliny or a bit of potato and top it with a generous amount of caviar. One ounce – two bites maximum WITH the bread or potato. Or, if you want to enjoy the caviar to the max – eat it neat, sit back, enjoy !  Life is good ! (I used one small potato and 4 oz of caviar for this dish – what the heck, I’ll only be 62 once)
As usual, use the best caviar you can afford – quality over quantity !
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I am probably a bit spoiled with my taste for caviar because back in the mid- and late seventies I spend a lot of time in Russia.
During that time we were able to exchange one pair of used jeans on the black market for one kilo of the best caviar. We ate the stuff on buttered bread like other folk eat marmalade on bread – good sourdough bread with unsalted butter, piled high with caviar, probably 6 to 8 ounces per sandwich 🙂
Imagine to be able to do this nowadays, my oh my…………
Some of my friends who were with me during those trips and who read this post –
Yalta, Odessa, Leningrad, Sochi…….Aaahhhhhh, the good old day’s !
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

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Chicken eggs and fish eggs – what an incredible combo. Super tasty, beautiful to look at, quick and easy to prepare.
Have a wonderful day ! With this dish, you’ll have a great start 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Naan

Naan

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fry eggs in garlic oil, season with kosher salt

fry eggs in garlic oil, season with kosher salt

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top naan with fried eggs, drizzle with sriracha

top naan with fried eggs, drizzle with sriracha

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top with caviar of your choice (and wallet) :-)

top with caviar of your choice (and size of your wallet) 🙂

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Sprinkle with fresh chives

Sprinkle with fresh chives

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Caviar & Frites

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Caviar & french fries ?
It might sound’s a bit over the top and it will be if you use crappy fries. But use fries you have just fried in duck fat, top them with Greek yogurt and the best caviar you can afford and you have yourself a super culinary  treat.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Peel large baking potatoes and cut them into even size fries. Add to COLD duck fat and set on medium-high heat. Carefully stir fries once in a while so they cook evenly. Once they are golden brown, they will be crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Remove to absorbent paper, then toss in a bowl with sea salt and cayenne pepper. Enjoy 🙂
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Caviar & Fries

Caviar & Fries

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Breakfast Of Champions # 23 Scrambled Eggs & Caviar

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In this classic dish you should splurge  – use the best caviar you can afford !
(I used grey mullet caviar, which is pretty good, especially for this dish.
Beluga, Imperial, Ossetra, maybe next time 🙂
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Scrambled Eggs & Caviar

Scrambled Eggs & Caviar

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Ingredients :

Eggs,   Very fresh !
Heavy cream,
Caviar,   the best you can afford 🙂
Scallions,   finely sliced
Butter,
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,

Method :

Whisk the eggs lightly with heavy cream, salt and pepper.
Heat a pan,
Add the butter to melt, add the eggs and cook until done to your likeness.
Pour into serving dish and top with caviar and scallions.  Enjoy !

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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