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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

 

Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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This was such a pleasant salad to enjoy early in the day.
The colors, flavors and lightness of its ingredients brightened the rest of my day and gave me a wonderful, guilt-free lunch. (I am still working on losing some of the many pounds I added while in Argentina.
So far it’s going well, 13 lbs in about one month, while always eating good and plenty. 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies (5/60 Dish)

Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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This is one of those dishes I call a  “5/60 Dish“, which, especially for a home cook, are the most rewarding in terms of the ratio of time and effort to final delicious result.
It simply means that it will only require 5 minutes of preparation and 60 minutes of total time, from the start of prepping to having the dish plated and ready to enjoy.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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Preparation :
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Roasted Red Snapper

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Many  folks have asked me why I don’t feature more fresh fish on my blog, since I live right by the ocean.
Well, maybe you’ll understand when I tell you that the featured snapper below has actually cost $ 24.00, head, tail and guts included! I bought it at my favorite neighborhood Asian market where all seafood is extremely fresh and at the same time much cheaper than anywhere else around here, but still…..
So, there you have it, I love fresh seafood, but with the prices nowadays, I can’t afford it as often as I wish 😦
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Expensive !
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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Preparation :
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gut and scale the snapper, season inside and out with lime juice, soy sauce, sriracha and kosher salt, bake at 430F until  cooked through but still moist, approximately between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the fish

gut and scale the snapper, cut off fin’s, season inside and out with garlic oil, lime juice, soy sauce, freshly  ground black pepper and kosher salt, bake at 430F until cooked through but still moist, approximately between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the fish

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to serve, drizzle with lime juice and accompany with roasted tomato salsa

to serve, drizzle with lime juice and accompany with roasted tomato salsa

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Crispy Fried Duck With Dirty Rice Sticks

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Some  of you might remember the roasted ducks I have prepared in the past. This recipe for a  fried duck gives you a completely different texture, just as good but very distinct from a roasted duck. The texture of the skin is much more like that of chicharrones, since it puffs up during the frying process. It was a recipe I have tried to teach my students countless times over the years, but very few have actually been able to prepare it during class.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Link to Dirty Rice Sticks Recipe

Link to Whole Roast Duck Recipe # 1

Link to Whole Roast Duck Recipe # 2
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Crispy Fried Duck With Dirty Rice Sticks

Crispy Fried Duck With Dirty Rice Sticks

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put whole duck onto a upside down bowl, add water, cinnamon stick, five spice powder, chilies, star anise and sea salt

put whole duck onto a upside down bowl, add water, cinnamon stick, five spice powder, chilies, star anise and sea salt
cover tight and steam for 2,5 hours

cover tight and steam for 2,5 hours

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strain stock, reserve for suck soup. let duck dry for one hour

strain stock, reserve for duck soup. Let duck dry for one hour

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fry whole duck at 390 F until very crisky

fry whole duck at 390 F until very crispy

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Crispy Fried Duck

Crispy Fried Duck

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Crispy Fried Duck

Crispy Fried Duck

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Crispy Fried Duck

Crispy Fried Duck

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Crispy Fried Duck

Crispy Fried Duck

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Crispy Fried Duck With Dirty Rice Sticks

Crispy Fried Duck With Dirty Rice Sticks

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Kümmelbraten ( Caraway Pork Roast )

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I wish  I would have been able to get a pork neck for this dish, but I couldn’t, so I used the next best thing, a pork butt (shoulder). For pork steaks and roast, I prefer the neck, because in my opinion the flavor and texture is far superior to any other cut of the pig. However, the butt is also a great cut to roast or braise, so at the end I was happy with what I got.
This dish is very common in the south of Germany where I grew up, so whenever I prepare this dish it alway’s brings back happy memories of a more simple time in my life. But on Friday when I cooked this, I had Daryl and Leo over for dinner, so it was a happy meal after all.  (Some wine and rum also made sure of that) 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Kümmelbraten  (roast caraway pork)

Kümmelbraten (caraway pork roast)

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Pork butt (shoulder)

Pork butt (shoulder)

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Pork butt (shoulder)

Pork butt (shoulder)

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Pork butt, knuckle removed

Pork butt, knuckle removed

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Knuckle

Knuckle

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Seasoned with mustard, thyme, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, granulated onion and caraway seed

Seasoned with mustard, thyme, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, granulated onion and caraway seed

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Place on a rack above red wine and beer, add chilies, scallions and tomatoes, roast at 420 F for 30 minutes, turn down to 270F cook for three hours

Place on a rack above red wine and beer, add chilies, scallions and tomatoes, roast at 420 F for 30 minutes, turn down to 270F cook, for three hours

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Add potatoes, cook for another hour or until potatoes are soft. Remove meat, cover lightly and let rest thirty minutes

Add potatoes, cook for another hour or until potatoes are soft. Remove meat, cover lightly and let rest thirty minutes

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Meanwhile, remove sauce, potatoes and vegetables to a small pot, add tomato paste and simmer for fifteen minutes.

Meanwhile, transfer sauce, potatoes and vegetables to a small pot, add tomato paste and simmer for fifteen minutes. Check/adjust seasoning and texture of sauce

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Kümmelbraten  (roast caraway pork)

Kümmelbraten (caraway pork roast)

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Kümmelbraten  (roast caraway pork)

Kümmelbraten (caraway pork roast)

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“Enten Braten” (Roast Duck)

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Yesterday’s  lunch reminded me of the sundays of my early youth. It was tradition in our home that my dad prepared sunday lunch at least once a month. Usually this was a “Braten” – a roast, such as a pork but, a  fresh duck from the butcher shop or a freshly butchered chicken from the neighbor, who to the horror of all us kid’s to see, chopped off it’s head on a wooden block in front of his house that very morning. My father prepped all the food, then popped the roast into the oven , got himself a chair right next to it and read the sunday paper for the next two hours, all the while basting the roast with beer every 10 minutes or so. The result was a heavenly feast, enjoyed by the whole family on the table in our eat-in kitchen.

These memories came to mind while this beauty was roasting in my oven. It made me happy for the memories and sad for the fact that I could not share both the memories and the duck with my beloved Maria……..
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Season duck inside and outside with with kosher salt and cayenne pepper. Fill a roasting pan with a half bottle of red wine and the same amount of chicken stock, add a generous amount of chopped garlic and some large diced onions. Top with a roasting rack on which you place the duck. Cook at 325F for 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the duck. The duck should be cooked through, tender but still very juicy. Remove duck to a carving board. Strain the jus from the roasting pan into a small pot, skim of all the fat, add the orange filets and the jus from the oranges and simmer for one minute. Remove from heat and thicken with fresh butter (mount the butter). To serve, carve the duck into your preferred cuts and nape with the orange sauce.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Note: Save the duck fat to use for your next sautéed potatoes !
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"Enten Braten" -  Roast Duck In Orange Jus

“Enten Braten” –
Roast Duck In Orange Jus

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” Roasted Garlic – The Top Of The Food Pyramide ? “

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By now you have probably realized that I add garlic to just about
everything,  maybe with the exception of vanilla pudding and fruit salad   🙂
Here a quick instruction how to quickly and easily do this
wonderful concoction which will enhance so many dishes.
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Cut the top of a heads of garlic, drizzle with duck fat or olive oil,
sprinkle with kosher salt and wrap airtight in alu foil.
Roast in a 400 degree oven for one and a half hours. Let garlic cool in foil.
When cool, unwrap and squeeze garlic into bowl.
If you made a large amount to be frozen, mix with some oil so that it does not
freeze rock solid and you are able to remove small amounts at a time.
Pack into sealable bag and freeze.
This can be used in any dish which calls for garlic, but it is also great to just spread on
a grilled bread of any kind and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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