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Black beans, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs and loads of cilantro – what would serve better as proper condiments than salsa verde and salsa Mexicana ? 🙂
Ever since I have discovered authentic tasting salsa verde and salsa Mexicana at my neighborhood international food market, I have them in my larder and fridge at all times, using it to enhance breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes of all types – eggs, seafood, meat, pasta, rice, vegetables, etc, etc. Together with chili paste of all levels of hotness, Maggi seasoning and soy sauce, these are the condiments/seasonings  without almost none of my meals are complete. 🙂
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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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This  dish is one of my  “go to”  dishes when contemplating endlessly without resolve in my mind what I will cook for the next meal.
Although I am a sucker for real curry, pasta sautéed in curry powder and “stuff” is something I can eat happily any time of the day, as often as twice a week.
Usually the basic ingredients are items I have always stocked in my fridge, freezer or cupboard:
Pasta, beef, shrimp or chicken, any type of vegetables, curry powder, a bit of kecap manis, chili paste, soy sauce or maggi seasoning, onion or scallion, eggs and herbs.
An added bonus to this dish is that it reheat’s wonderfully. (Some say it’s even better when re-heated) 🙂
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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg (Sunshine On A Plate)

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg (Sunshine On A Plate)

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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 57 – Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

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A bowl  of granola for breakfast is a wonderful thing for a lot of folks – but for me, it is NOT.
If I want my day to start on a happy note, I need food that say’s HAPPY to me.
A bowl of granola or such just says BAHH to me and is, in my humble opinion, but a sorry excuse for a satisfying breakfast 😦 .
On the other hand, a delicious frittata – now we are talking ! 🙂
Throw in a couple of gherkins, a few green leaves and grape tomatoes in yogurt/honey dressing and Voilà ! – bring it on, tough day !
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Yogurt/Honey Dressing :
Whisk together 2 tblsp greek yogurt, 1 tsp organic honey, 1 tsp rice vinegar, kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste
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Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

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Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

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Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

Chicken, Spinach And Potato Frittata

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No Name Soup

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This delicious soup follows the popular “whatever I find in the larder” principle. 🙂
Today, I found beef bones, mushrooms, canton noodles, eggs, cabbage, chinese sausage and fried shallots, which, together with a bit of time for the broth,  is all you need to prepare this tasty delight.
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No Name Soup

No Name Soup

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No Name Soup

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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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Ravioli,  Dumplings, Maultaschen, Pierogi or whatever you call your little pasta pockets filled with a savory filling – if there are leftovers, what will be  the best way to make a meal out of them ?  I say, saute them with eggs and voila ! – a whole new, different, beautiful dish which, when properly prepared, will be as good as the first incarnation of your little pockets of deliciousness 🙂
So, while I would usually make this dish with leftover dumplings, today I did not even wait to have leftovers. Instead, I sautéed them right after they came out of the boiling water with some eggs, chili oil, chili flakes and cilantro and bingo ! What a great dish – perfect texture, taste and presentation
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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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saute onions in garlic oil until translucent

saute onions in garlic oil until translucent

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add garlic confit paste, saute until garlic is fragrant

add garlic confit paste, saute until garlic is fragrant

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add lightly whisked whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

add lightly whisked whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

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add freshly boiled, drained dumplings (if using leftovers, saute after onions before adding the garlic paste

add freshly boiled, drained dumplings                       (if using leftovers, saute after onions before adding the garlic paste)

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saute one minute until eggs are set

saute one minute until eggs are set

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add chopped cilantro. to serve, drizzle with chili oil and sprinkle with chili flakes and more cilantro

add chopped cilantro. to serve, drizzle with chili oil and sprinkle with chili flakes and more cilantro

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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

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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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Breakfast Of Champions # 36 – Naanwich

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A great  way to start a relaxing saturday at home with a couple of good movies, some good reading and lots of great food is to have a hearty breakfast of bubbly and a wonderful sandwich.
Here is what I fancied for a late breakfast by the lake this morning (besides a glass of veuveclicquot):

Naan with eggs, spicy chorizo, shrimp, chilies and arugula. Life is Good !

Bon Appetit & Cheers !   Have A Great Weekend !

 

Naanwitch

Naanwich

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cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

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bake naan until golden, brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt

bake naan until golden, brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt

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saute diced chorizo in plenty of butter

saute diced chorizo in plenty of butter


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whisk whole eggs with chili sauce, sea salt and garlic paste

whisk whole eggs with chili sauce, sea salt and garlic paste

 

add to chorizo, add finely sliced chilies and butterflied cooked shrimp

add to chorizo, add finely sliced chilies and butterflied cooked shrimp

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking


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top naan with eggs, top eggs with arugula in lime vinaigrette

top naan with eggs, top eggs with arugula in lime vinaigrette

Naanwitch

Naanwich

Naanwitch

Naanwich



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Breakfast Of Champions # 33 – Frittata

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Oscar Night !

Let’s start the day with a breakfast that will help us get trough the day and the better part of the evening strong and fortified 🙂
I am a big fan of frittata, I prepare it quite often, seldom using the same ingredients, except of course the eggs. I use whatever is available from my fridge and / or cupboard. Any vegetables and protein and herbs.
Today it was eggs, herb butter, potatoes, peppers, faziola beans, bok choy and asiago cheese, seasoned with garlic paste, sea salt maggi and sriracha.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Frittata

Frittata

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Frittata

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Frittata

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Breakfast Of Champions # 32 – Milanesa Mexicana

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This  exact dish was my daily breakfast staple for a few months back in 1975, when I spend extended time vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
At that time, Puerto Vallarta was still a smallish, sleepy city with few hotels and minimal night life. Puerto Vallarta became internationally famous after American director John Huston filmed his 1963 film The Night of the Iguana in Mismaloya, a small town just south of Puerto Vallarta. I still have a photo from 1975 which I took on the beach where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were having their “sexy” beach scenes. It was basically a deserted piece of beach where only a few hippies and locals hung out. In the shot I took, there are as many pigs as people roaming the beach.
Times and Puerto Vallarta sure have changed since then 😦
However, at the time, the group of friend’s I spent most night’s with was a show band from Ireland named “Los Irlandeses”. They performed at the night club of the only 5-star hotel in town, the Westin Hotel, located on a small beach just outside of town. Their show started at around 11.00pm five times a week and that’s when and where I usually started my evening. They made sure to talk to me from the stage when I got there during the show and treated me as if I were a VIP. Since this was the hottest place in town, this little game made sure that by the time the show ended at around 1.00 am, there were already a few groupies sitting on my table, ready to party with the guy’s from the band and I.
We usually partied until 6.00 or 7.00 am (we were very young and sleeping during the day when it was hot made sense. Only the tourists came for a tan 🙂
So, at that time of the day, we usually went to a restaurant/bar in an area close to the beach which served great food (all food was good at that time of day). Almost all the time my best friend at the time who was the drummer of the band and I ended up ordering the same dish, day after day – Milanesa, accompanied by guacamole, salsa mexicana and fried egg’s, washed down with a few Dos Equis beers.
This was the usual daily before going to bed ritual. The Getting out of bed ritual in the late afternoon usually involved  a couple of dos equis and a mexican style chicken and lime soup, containing shredded chicken, rice, vegetables and lots of cilantro.
So there you have it : Milanesa Mexicana and a few memories 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Viva Mexico !

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The Domino Principle, 1977

The Domino Principle, 1977

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Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

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saute breaded pork, veal,  chicken or beef cutlets until golden and cooked to your desired doneness

saute breaded pork, veal, chicken or beef cutlets until golden and cooked to your desired doneness

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meanwhile, prepare sunny side up's

meanwhile, prepare sunny side up egg’s

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milanesa

milanesa

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top with guacamole

top with guacamole

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top with salsa mexicana

top with salsa mexicana

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top with sour cream

top with sour cream

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top with sunny side up egg's

top with sunny side up egg’s

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Milanesa Mexicana

Milanesa Mexicana

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Steak Sandwich & Salad

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This  is the perfect, lightning quick meal that is at once fast to prepare, needs minimum prep work and packs a real punch in the satisfy-department 🙂

Bon Appetit    Life is Good !

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Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

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spread a french roll with butter and garlic paste, saute until golden

spread a french roll with butter and garlic paste, saute until golden

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saute onion slices in butter until caramelized, top each slice with two eggs, fry to sunny side up, season with sea salt and cayenne pepper

saute onion slices in butter until caramelized, top each slice with two eggs, fry to sunny side up, season with sea salt and cayenne pepper

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season 16 oz striploin steaks with sea salt and cayenne pepper, grill to desired doneness, top each bread with one steak, top with egg/onion, add banana peppers. Feeds two hungry guy's (Darryl and I :-)

season 16 oz striploin steaks with sea salt and cayenne pepper, grill to desired doneness, top each bread with one steak, top with egg/onion, add banana peppers. Feeds two hungry guy’s (Darryl and I on this occasion 🙂

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Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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