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Pasta & Love / Love & Pasta

Pasta & Love / Love & Pasta

Pasta & Love / Love & Pasta

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So this is what happened last night –
I was working on this post for ChefsOpinion.
While processing the pics from the day’s dinner, I came across this sign of love (I did NOT arrange this before I took the pics).
Not only does it look like a heart, it also resembles two stylized swans heads and necks, an image we use often in food decoration.
What are the odds ?????
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Bon Appétit !   Love is Good !
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P.S.
It would have been even more awesome if it would have happened on the 14th (Valentines Day),
but then certainly nobody would have believed that it happened by happy chance 🙂 
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Spaghetti With Cabbage, Peppers And Gorgonzola

Spaghetti With Cabbage, Peppers, And Gorgonzola

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Pasta & Love / Love & Pasta

Pasta & Love / Love & Pasta

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Comfort In A Bowl…….Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

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Lately, some chefs, food bloggers and food-writers would like us to believe that a  “Rice Bowl” is the latest, newly invented, “IN” thing. Nothing could be further from reality. A rice bowl is a very old, very traditional thing, born out of necessity, at least in many parts of the world.
In all my travels around the globe, the most widespread food staple I encountered was rice. In most places where the majority of the population gets most of their daily nourishment from rice, which is the main food-staple of the land, a large bowl of rice, topped with “stuff”, (aka a “Rice bowl”), will have to do on most days as the single meal available.
The “stuff” can be anything – a single egg, a small amount of vegetables of any type, a tiny bit of animal protein, or just a flavorful, starch-thickened sauce.
I used to live in places where a single chicken wing was a great addition to a rice bowl (Philippines) ; In other places I met families who had to share a single fish head (Indonesia); Places where workers came in on their day off because the rice bowl contained chicken back stew (literally only the backbones),(Grenada); Or rice and beans (literally just rice and beans only), (Jamaica).
Of course, all these rice bowls are interchangeable from one country to another, and to this day can still be found in large parts of the world, where balanced nutrition and a better way of life has not trickled down to the general populace, even in the twenty-first century. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget that to obtain basic nutrition is still a daily struggle for many millions of people around the world, sometimes closer to home as we can and want to imagine, so a basic rice bowl is most appreciated in more places than we want to acknowledge.
I guess you’ve got the idea – a rice bowl can be a lifesaver because it constitutes the only meal of the day and the main source of nutrition.
On the other hand and on a happier note, a rice bowl can be a real culinary delight, as in the dish featured here today.
As with all other rice bowls mentioned above, it consist mostly of rice, topped with simple, filling and tasty “stuff” 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Comfort In A Bowl.......Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

Comfort In A Bowl…….Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

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Comfort In A Bowl.......Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

Comfort In A Bowl…….Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

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Comfort In A Bowl.......Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

Comfort In A Bowl…….Lamb, Peppers, Onions And Rice

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Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

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Braised  teriyaki chicken tastes more intense of teriyaki sauce than grilled or sautéed teriyaki chicken, because the braising process allows the sauce to penetrate the meat much better than marinating and then grilling or sauteing would.
However, if you only like your chicken skin crisp, this preparation might not be for you. But if on the other hand you do like the texture of a braised chicken skin (think  coq au vin  as a reference) and if you love the braising liquid/sauce from a well-seasoned braised dish (again, think of the great sauce a coq au vin will provide), this  “Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks” will make you happy. The additional sauce from the chicken provides a wonderful coating to the already flavorful rice sticks.
Superb food, achieved with small effort and in little time. Life is Good !
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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BraisedTeriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

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Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

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BraisedTeriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

Braised Teriyaki Chicken With Spicy Rice Sticks

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Preparation :
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Grilled Chicken Salad – Grilled Chicken On A Higher Level

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I believe  this salad does not need a fancy introduction – just look at it and plan when, not if, you will prepare this beauty 🙂

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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

juicy perfection……..

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Chicken-Noodle Soup With Spicy Sausage And Napa Cabbage

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So  now that summer is finally over (at least according to the calendar), soups will be on the menu more often to warm our frozen bones (or we could turn the A/C from 72F to 78F ?) 🙂
Anyway, I myself never need an excuse to prepare myself a pot of soup, especially any variation of chicken-noodle soup, which I eat as often as twice a week. Following is today’s version :
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Chicken-Noodle Soup With Spicy Sausage And Napa Cabbage

Chicken-Noodle Soup With Spicy Sausage And Napa Cabbage

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Chicken-Noodle Soup With Spicy Sausage And Napa Cabbage

Chicken-Noodle Soup With Spicy Sausage And Napa Cabbage

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Preparation :
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Chili-Pork Rice Sticks

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If  this dish looks too spicy for you – relax 🙂
– The amount of chilies you can see in the pictures are good for my personal palette, but you should add the type (heat level) and quantity you prefer. I suggest you add chilies which are slightly milder than you can tolerate, so that you can add more of them and get that rich, fruity capsicum taste which you can only get by biting into a whole, fried or sauteed chili.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Chili-Pork Rice Sticks

Chili-Pork Rice Sticks

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Chili-Pork Rice Sticks

Chili-Pork Rice Sticks

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Pollo En Escabeche (Fried Chicken In Vinegar And White Wine)

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Like  so many other “classical / original dishes, there is a million and one ways to prepare “en escabeche”, which in Spanish simply means marinated or pickled.
As usual, I have picked my favorite one to be featured on ChefsOpinion.
Of course you can also do vegetables, seafood, and other proteins “en escabeche”. (For my German-speaking friends, how about “Brathering 🙂
But today we are going to savor one of the goodies which I used to serve many times in our house to my family and friends in times past.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Pollo En Escabeche

Pollo En Escabeche

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Pollo En Escabeche

Pollo En Escabeche

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Curried Beef & Pasta

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Sunday  lunch is supposed to be the highlight of the week, when traditionally the whole family gathers around the dining table for the culinary highlight of the week. So sad to see traditions like that slowly but surely disappear 😦
However, Bella and I keep the tradition alive as best as we can, gathering on my chaise-lounge and enjoying a great lunch while watching a good movie (the movie substituting the lively conversation which is supposed to take place among the family during Sundays lunch).
We do converse though – she begs, upon which I sternly say “don’t beg, which she follows with a moan or bark, followed by me giving her a morsel. Then I have a few bites until she begs again, which is usually as soon as she swallows her bit. And so on, until the meal is finished 🙂
So, here we go, without further ado – today’s lunch :
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Curried Beef & Pasta

Curried Beef & Pasta

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Curried Beef & Pasta

Curried Beef & Pasta

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Curried Beef & Pasta

Curried Beef & Pasta

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Coming  home from work on a Friday afternoon and being hungry, but way too tired and listless to do much of anything (except lounging 🙂 ), the solution was this very quick, flavor- and texture bursting dish. Beginning to finish – less than 10 minutes.
Then on to enjoying a great meal and a wonderful, funny and sexy movie – John Torturros  Fading Gigolo.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Fading Gigolo, with, amongst many other great actors:
Woody Allen, John Turturro, Sofía Vergara, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber and Vanessa Paradis

Watch the trailer here 🙂
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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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cut trimmed skirt into squares

cut trimmed skirt into squares

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then cut ACROSS the grain, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

then cut ACROSS the grain, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

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saute in garlic oil until rare, remove meat from pan, reserve

saute in garlic oil until rare, remove meat from pan, reserve

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saute onion, scallion and chilies in garlic oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

saute onion, scallion and chilies in garlic oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

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add grape tomatoes, saute until tomatoes are heated through, add skirt, remove from pan

add grape tomatoes, saute until tomatoes are heated through, add skirt, remove from pan

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plate a thick slice of grilled sour dough bread

plate a thick slice of grilled sour dough bread

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top with sauteed skirt and vegetables

top with sauteed skirt and vegetables

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic/Ginger Broth

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Usually  we use this cut of the animal to make Osso Buco (originally done with veal shanks), but I love me a hearty soup more than anything else, so I decided to prepare this dish with some pork shanks my friend Curtis dropped off last time he came to visit. Great, simple dinner, bursting with flavor and texture 🙂
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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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simmer pork shank's in stock seasoned with star anis, cinnamon, garlic paste, black pepper, salt and grated ginger until tender but NOT falling apart

simmer pork shank’s in stock seasoned with star anis, cinnamon, garlic paste, black pepper, salt and grated ginger until tender but NOT falling apart

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meanwhile, blanch green beans and cook lai fen pasta (rice flour bucatini)

meanwhile, blanch green beans and cook lai fen pasta (rice flour bucatini)

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add beans to soup

add beans to soup

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add diced peppers, onions and lap cheong (chinese sausage), check/adjust seasoning

add diced peppers, onions and lap cheong (chinese sausage), simmer two more minutes, check/adjust seasoning

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add lai fen to serving bowl

add lai fen to serving bowl

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to serve, top noodles  with meat, vegetables and broth, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

to serve, top noodles with meat, vegetables and broth, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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