Sauteed potatoes

Herring Salad – (Heringsalat) – (Sillsallad) – (Shuba – Селедка под шубой)

 

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At a time when “Regional” and “Ethnic” cuisine has spread all over the World and most of them have reached the far corners of our Planet, a large part of restaurant-goers consider themselves experts of some, or even many, different ethnic/regional cuisines.
Sadly (naturally), most experiences of these wannabe-experts come from a few visits of neighborhood “ethnic” restaurants and a subscription to the food channel, or, at best, a few encounters of local cuisine one has mustered on a once in a lifetime vacation to an exotic, foreign country.
Therefore, nowadays, when everyone pretends to be “food-hip“, “in” and “worldly“, everybody and Joe want to open a restaurant that serves food from around the World, with the proprietor and workers usually never having encountered a dish that is even close to its supposed origin.
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However, because of this worldwide spreading of cuisines,  most folks have had the pleasure to taste Scandinavian herring salad in one form or another, either in a restaurant or at home, sourced in a small plastic container at the neighborhood supermarket. These come in many different flavors and colors – with fresh dill, fresh chives, potatoes, red beets, cucumbers, pasta, capers, pickles of any type, apples, oranges, eggs, with matjes herring or salt herring, even with added sausage, etc, etc.
Many of them are surprisingly delicious, though, after all, these ingredients are hard to mess up. However, in my humble opinion, of the commercial type herring salads, most have one fundamental fault – they are diced way too small and evenly (which, admittingly, is the proper restaurant-way).
When one forkful contains five or more ingredients of very finely diced ingredients, the mix becomes one coherent mess in your mouth, which I find rather boring. I much rather have the ingredients diced larger, so that with each bite I have two or maybe three different textures and tastes, which results in the pleasure of each bite surprising me with a new combination of yumminess. 🙂
This salad can be served as an appetizer, first course, snack or main course, accompanied by steamed potatoes, sauteed potatoes, rustic bread, or Gouda crackers (as in these pictures).
Pls note that I did not include measurements – let the ratio be guided by your preferences – more or fewer veggies, herring, yogurt, mayo, and so forth – and eliminate any of the ingredients which you don´t like.  🙂
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Herring Salad – (Heringsalat) – (Sillsallad) – (Shuba – Селедка под шубой)

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Herring Salad – (Heringsalat) – (Sillsallad) – (Shuba – Селедка под шубой)

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Herring Salad – (Heringsalat) – (Sillsallad) – (Shuba – Селедка под шубой)

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Herring Salad – (Heringsalat) – (Sillsallad) – (Shuba – Селедка под шубой)

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Preparation :
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Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And “Hoi Sin Delight”

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For  50 years I have prepared and eaten Filet Mignon with either Sauce Bernaise or a Demi Glace derived sauce, such as Sauce Chasseur, Sauce Bordelaise,  Sauce Chateaubriand, Sauce Perigueux, Sauce Robert, etc, just as any hot-blooded, french-trained chef would do 🙂
Yet yesterday, although I had demi glace at hand ( I usually make a batch of demi glace and freeze it in individual portions ), for this dish I wanted to try something new, especially something to go well with the shiitake mushrooms.
So I mixed together the following ingredients which are a staple on my cupboard :
” Hoi Sin Delight ” –
Hoi sin sauce, soy sauce, garlic paste, chili sauce, lemon juice and – hold on to your hat -ketchup ! From this I got one of the best sauces I ever had with grilled or sauteed meat. I liked it so much that from here on I will use this concoction often, whenever I need a quick and delicious sauce or dip for any protein – seafood, chicken, beef, pork or what-not. Even as a drizzle for fried rice or grilled vegetables, this stuff rocks !
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Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And "Hoi Sin Delight"

Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And “Hoi Sin Delight”

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Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And "Hoi Sin Delight"

Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And “Hoi Sin Delight”

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Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And "Hoi Sin Delight"

Filet Mignon With Sautéed Potatoes, Shiitake And “Hoi Sin Delight”

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Preparation :
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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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There  are two way’s of preparing the onions for a traditional Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten : Dusted with flour, then deep-fried until crisp (click here to see that version), or sautéed in the pan without the flour. While both versions are excellent, the one with the flour-dusted onions is usually prepared when larger quantities are required (the onions keep well when kept in a sealed container and are ready when needed). On the other hand, when preparing at home one usually sautés  the onions in order to be more efficient. So as a rule of thumb, when I cook for guests, I fry my onions; when I just cook for myself (and Bella), I usually sauté the onions. Decisions, decisions :-). When I was preparing the potatoes I pondered about the fact how we are always looking for more complicated, prettier and more exclusive food, while something as simple as these Bratkartoffeln can be wonderfully beautiful and delicious in their simplicity.
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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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Preparation :
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 44 – Asparagus Omelette

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It’s  4.30am and I am jumping out of bed, upset that I’ll be late for work today. While walking Bella it dawns to me that it is Sunday…..
Well, the good thing is that my day will last longer,the bad thing is that I went to bed at 2.30 am in anticipation of sleeping in. Perhaps next weekend  will be the time to get enough sleep…….. 🙂
So, after deciding that it’s too late to go back to bed, at 5.00 am I had my first breakfast of coffee and brownies with whipped cream, followed by a second breakfast at 7.30 am of asparagus omelette with sautéed potatoes. Lunch was a German pancake with peaches and chocolate and dinner will be a vegetarian curry with basmati rice.
Life at present is not very exciting, but at least we eat good and plenty 🙂
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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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season white asparagus spears with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (I usually don't use black pepper on light food, but here it belongs), when warm, remove and reserve

season white asparagus spears with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (I usually don’t use black pepper on light food, but here it belongs), when warm, remove and reserve

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saute blanched potatoes in garlic oil

saute blanched potatoes in garlic oil

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make an omelette with four whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, fold asparagus into omelette

make an omelette with four whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, fold warm asparagus into omelette

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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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Asparagus Omelette

Asparagus Omelette

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Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce – Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

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One  of the reasons I miss Europe so much is the fact that dishes like this are practically impossible to find on a restaurant menu here (or in any home, for that matter). Simple, delicious, real food one can eat with gusto. Mind you, I would not want this every day, but once in a while…….
So, as usual, if you want the best, you might as well learn to prepare it yourself 🙂
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Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce -  Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce – Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

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Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce -  Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce – Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

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beef chuck roast or other braising cut root vegetables, water, bring to a simmer, cook until meat is tender, remove meat, set meat aside

beef chuck roast (or other braising cut), root vegetables, water, small amount of salt, bring to a simmer, cook until meat is tender, remove meat, set aside

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strain stock through a fine sieve

strain stock through a fine sieve

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skim fat from surface

skim fat from surface

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make a white roux of half butter and half a/p flour, add stock, whisk to avoid lumps, simmer for 15 minutes, strain through a fine mesh strainer

make a white roux of half butter and half a/p flour, add stock, whisk to avoid lumps, simmer for 15 minutes, strain through a fine mesh strainer

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add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper, check / adjust seasoning

add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper, check / adjust seasoning

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add grated horseradish

add grated horseradish

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start cabbage by sauteing   onions in garlic oil

start cabbage by sauteing onions in garlic oil

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add diced cabbage

add diced cabbage

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add red and green peppers. kosher salt, cayenne pepper, maggi seasoning, saute until cabbage softens a bit, check / adjust seasoning

add red and green peppers. kosher salt, cayenne pepper, maggi seasoning, saute until cabbage softens a bit, check / adjust seasoning

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saute small blanched potatoes in garlic oil until golden, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

saute small blanched potatoes in garlic oil until golden, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

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slice beef , arrange on serving platter

slice beef , arrange on serving dish

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nape with horseradish sauce

nape with horseradish sauce

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serve with sauteed cabbage and potatoes

serve with sauteed cabbage and potatoes

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Gekochtes Rindfleish In Meerettich Sauce -  Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

Gekochtes Rindfleisch In Meerettich Sauce – Boiled Chuck Roast In Horseradish Sauce

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Picanha (Rump Cap) With Sauteed Potatoes, Morels And Cognac Cream

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Is  the act of cooking a steak well done treason to the cooking profession? 🙂
While many folks will answer me with a hearty YES to this question, I believe the beauty of enjoying the perfect meal is to get exactly what YOU like, not what others dictate you. I am a big fan of cooking my beef steaks rare to medium rare, yet I will completely support the well done camp if that’s what you prefer. So when my friends Peter and Marina requested well done steak for dinner last night, I tried to make the best of it. I went to my Argentinian butcher in Hialeah and bought a whole Picanha. Picanha (rump cap) is not a well known cut in many countries and therefore seldom cooked a la minute. You will more likely find it as a braise on the menu. While there is nothing wrong with that, you will miss out completely on one of the very best cuts of beef steak. Just know that you have to cook it VERY slowly. I cooked this one in the following manner:
Seared on all sides in a very hot grill pan, then removed to a rack and roasted in the oven at 145 F for 3 hours. Then one more time to a very hot grill pan for another 30 seconds on each side. Removed to a rack, lightly covered with foil and rested for twenty minutes before cutting into it.
The result was the most amazing, butter-tender, juicy, medium well done piece of meat you can imagine.
If you want to try Picanha at its best, try a “Brasilian Rodizio” or “Argentinian Parilla” where you will find it as the star of the menu 🙂
We all enjoyed this great meal with a couple of bottles of 96 Bodega Catena Zapata 2005 Argentino which they brought with them.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Rump Cap With Sauteed Potatoes, Morels And Cognac Cream

Rump Cap (Picanha) With Sauteed Potatoes, Morels And Cognac Cream

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Breakfast Of Champions # 28 – ”Steak & Eggs”

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This  morning I had my usual two bananas and a large pot of peppermint tea for breakfast.
One hour later I remembered a bone in rib eye in the fridge and although I tried to forget about it for the time being, I did not succeed. So at about 8.30 am I gave in to my craving for a proper breakfast and prepared this beauty :
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Breakfast Of Champions # 28 – ” Steak & Eggs

Breakfast Of Champions # 28 – ” Steak & Eggs”

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Saute Potao, Grill, Steak

saute potatoes, grill steak

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Duck Fat Sauteed Potatoes

Duck Fat Sauteed Potatoes

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Top With Sliced ptomatoes

top with sliced ttomatoes

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Top With Medium Rare Steak

top with medium-rare steak

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Top With Soft Boiled Eggs

Top with soft-boiled eggs

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Drizzle With Chili Oil, Sprinkle With Freshly Ground Black Pepper & Scallions

Drizzle Egg’s With Chili Oil, Sprinkle With Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Kosher Salt & Scallion’s

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Top With Fresh Basil

Top With Fresh Basil

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Breakfast Of Champions # 28 – ” Steak & Eggs

Breakfast Of Champions # 28 – ” Steak & Eggs”

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Breakfast Of Champions # 18 Smoked Salmon

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If  this breakfast doesn’t get you going, nothing ever will ! 🙂
Smoked salmon, sautéed garlic potatoes, Guacamole, onion, freshly grated horseradish with lime.

Bon Appetit !   Have A Wonderful Day !
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Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon


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Flank Steak & Sauted Potatoes In Green Peppercorn Butter

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I  came across a can of green peppercorn in my cup board and the first thing that came to mind was, of course, a classic green peppercorn sauce, flamed with cognac. But then I did not really feel it to go with my  flank steak  today,  so instead, I made these very tasty potatoes to go with my steak. Great taste and texture, I am sure I will do some future dishes in that direction  🙂
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It’s right here in the pictures, folks    🙂
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Enjoy !  Live is Good !
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” Smoked Goodies ” – Artisanal Smoked Fish

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I  recently run into an old buddy of mine from the cruise ship day’s.
Much to my surprise, Greg is now following his dream of many years,
running a comercial  ” Smoke Shack “.
On the weekend he surprised me with a few (too few  🙂 samples of his
selection and I was amazed by it’s taste and quality.
Unfortunately, his website is not up to the quality of his food, so as soon as
I have the time I will be helping him with it.
In the meantime, here are some of his delicacies which I enjoyed saturday
and sunday :
(Sides are : Sauteed potatoes, onion bread, wasabi, horseradish cream,
onions, grape tomatoes, boiled eggs, scallion, capers, chilies, radish, lettuce)

Captain Greg’s Smoke Shack

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Salmon Filet

Smoked Salmon, Served Warm

Smoked Salmon, Served Warm

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Wahoo Filet

Wahoo Filet, Served Warm

Wahoo Filet, Served Warm

Whitefish Dip

Whitefish Dip

Whitefish Dip

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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