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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Goulash is my favorite meat stew, no matter which protein is used – beef, veal, pork, poultry or game. The texture, color, and flavor have great appeal to me.
While there are of course different ways of preparing goulash, as well as different recipes, the main mark of a good goulash is to use the same amount of onions as protein, a great amount of sweet paprika powder for color and texture (sometimes hot paprika is added), as well as a special season mix of 1/3 thyme, 1/3 caraway seeds, and 1/3  lemon peel (yellow part only), all finely chopped and added to the meat while sauteing, to impart a rich, un-mistaking goulash-flavor. Of course, salt and pepper is a must.
Naturally, as with most dishes that have been around that long, there are dozens of variations,- you can add (or not) garlic, rosemary, bell peppers, potatoes, marjoram, red wine, bell peppers (zigeuner goulash) and even sauerkraut (Szegediner goulash). Also very popular is goulashsuppe (goulash soup). The big difference between preparing goulash and a regular stew is that for goulash, the onions are sautéed first until broken down and lightly colored, THEN the meat is added, and sautéed until all liquid has evaporated.
Because of the collagen in the meat, as well as the large amount of onions and ground paprika, no flour is needed to thicken the sauce.
Best enjoyed with pasta, goulash can also be served with rice, bread dumplings or potato dumplings, mashed potatoes, croquette potatoes, roast potatoes or just plain rustic bread.
Myself, I enjoy any type and version of goulash, paired with any good side dish that’s available 🙂
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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Hans’ Pork Goulash With Peppers & Pasta Pearls

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Preparation :
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Nasi Goreng

 

Restaurant Version Nasi Goreng

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Nasi Goreng  can be had in one version or another in many Asian countries. Actually, it is the national dish of Indonesia, where it can be eaten at any time of the day from road side hawker carts to 5 star restaurants and in any home.
As with so many Asian dishes I learned about in Germany the 60’s, the”Nasi Goreng” of my youth was usually made with curry powder, which qualified the dish as “exotic” :-).
In later years, while working and travelling in Asia, I got to know the real stuff, usually seasoned with sambal ulek and kecup manis, garlic, sauteed and fried shallots and soy sauce.
However, even back then when I was a kid and enjoyed the curry powder versions, the standard accompaniments (Garniture) were the same as you’d find in a good restaurant then and now anywhere around the world, where appearance is almost as important as taste : Kroepek (shrimp crackers), sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, fried eggs, fried shallots and satay’s with peanut sauce.
Today, after coming home from work, “Garniture” was not in the forefront of my mind but rather a hearty, spicy, quick to prepare dish which would hit all the buttons of my culinary lust 🙂
So here it is : Nasi goreng without the bells & whistles but at it’s tastiest !
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As you can see in the picture, I used fresh-cooked rice. Day old rice is of course preferable for any fried rice, including nasi goreng, but I needed to have my fix NOW.
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Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

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Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

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Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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We  have come to expect a steak salad to be mostly beef and greens, usually with an afterthought of a few cucumbers, tomatoes and onions thrown in. (Myself – guilty) 🙂 😦
So today I went into a different direction, with a salad of pickled artichokes, sliced red onions, diced tomatoes, black beans and garbanzos in a delicious sweet chili, garlic confit and cilantro vinaigrette .
The result was a spectacular dish, outstanding in looks, taste and texture.
Definitely a permanent addition to my personal repertoir.
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Sweet Chili, Garlic Confit And Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe :
Mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 10 cloves of garlic confit, 1 tblsp sweet thai chili sauce, 1 tblsp chopped cilantro, 2 tblsp rice vinegar and kosher salt to taste.
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Steak Salad - Just A bit Different

Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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Steak Salad - Just A bit Different

Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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Artichoke & Legume Salad

Artichoke & Legumes Salad

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Hickory Smoked, Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Here  we have another dish which exemplifies home cooking at it’s most simple, most tasty, most satisfying goodness.
It goes to show that you don’t have to be rich or a professional chef in order to serve excellent food. Creativity and good, simple  ingredients will get you pretty far.
While I love my lobster, caviar and foie gras, food made with  simple ingredients  should, in my opinion, alternate with the high-end stuff which most of us could not afford on a daily basis anyway. But even back in the day’s when I ran five star operations and could have had “the good stuff” for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I always liked to mix it up with some home style cooked dishes. After all, the beauty of good food lies, among other things,  in variation.
Well, there you have it : Another  ChefsOpinion 🙂
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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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mix 1/3 corn starch, 1/3 ap flour, 1/3 panko bread crumbs, season with cayenne pepper, english mustard powder and granulated garlic

mix 1/3 corn starch, 1/3 ap flour, 1/3 panko bread crumbs, season with cayenne pepper, english mustard powder and granulated garlic

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dip ham steak on both sides into flour mixture, saute in butter until golden, remove ham and set aside, fry sunny side up eggs in same butter, season eggs with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

dip ham steak on both sides into flour mixture, saute in butter until golden, remove ham and set aside, fry sunny side up eggs in same butter, season eggs with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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saute onions in butter until lightly caramelized, add garlic confit paste

saute onions in butter until lightly caramelized, add garlic confit paste

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add cabbage and peppers, saute until cabbage starts to wilt

add cabbage and peppers, saute until cabbage starts to wilt

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add demi glace and grape tomatoes, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

add demi glace and grape tomatoes, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate cabbage on serving dish

plate cabbage on serving dish

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top with ham steak

top with ham steak

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top with fried eggs, serve with horseradish mashed potatoes or a good rustic bread to soak up the sauce and juices

top with fried eggs, serve with horseradish mashed potatoes or a good rustic bread to soak up the sauce, egg yolks and juices

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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EASY DOES IT # 17 – Hans’ Homemade Buffalo Sauce

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While  buffalo sauce is most famously used for chicken wings, I use my recipe for many other dishes, such as steak sauce, light coating for sautéed shrimp, sautéed vegetables, sautéed potatoes, etc, as well as fried foods such as  chicken hearts, duck gizzards, chicken wings ( pictured below). I also use it as a spicy dipping sauce for french fries and whatever else needs a bit of a pick-up 🙂
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Recipe :
Melted butter                  1/2 cup
Sriracha                           1/2 cup
Green tabasco                 1  tablespoon
Confit garlic paste          1  tablespoon
White vinegar                   1  tablespoon
Honey                               1  tablespoon
Maggi seasoning              to taste
Kosher salt                        to taste
Mix all ingredients well, check / adjust taste

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Easy Does It # 17 - Hans' Buffalo Wings

Easy Does It # 17 – Hans’ Buffalo Sauce

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Easy Does It # 17  Hans' Buffalo Sauce

Easy Does It # 17 Hans’ Buffalo Sauce

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Easy Does It # 17  Hans' Buffalo Sauce

Easy Does It # 17 Hans’ Buffalo Sauce

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Cornish Hen  has very tender meat and does not need to be stewed – it can be grilled, roasted , poached or sautéed.
However, once in a while I like to braise (stew) one because of the delicious sauce this cooking method will produce. So then, this is what I had for lunch today, accompanied by a tall  glass of  iced tea. (No more booze for me, at least for the moment 🙂

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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season 8-cut chicken with salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic in olive oil until golden brown

season 8-cut chicken with salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic in olive oil until golden brown

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add onions, saute until translucent

add onions, saute until translucent

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add chorizo, saute until starting to brown

add chorizo, saute until starting to brown

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add diced red peppers, garlic paste and scallions, saute one minute

add diced red peppers, garlic paste and scallions, saute one minute

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deglaze with merlot, add small blanched potatoes, chopped tomatoes with their juices, cannelini beans and straw mushrooms

deglaze with merlot, add small blanched potatoes, chopped tomatoes with their juices, cannelini beans and straw mushrooms

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simmer until sauce sliightly thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes

simmer until sauce slightly thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes

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 add grated asiago cheese, check / adjust seasoning

add grated asiago cheese, check / adjust seasoning

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to serve, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

to serve, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot  With Beans And Vegetables

Stew Of Cornish Hen In Merlot With Beans And Vegetables

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Spatchcocked Sautéed Cornish Hen With Arugula In Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

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Traditionally,  when spatchcocking a bird to be served in a restaurant, one should remove the backbone and sternum. Not only will that allow the bird to cook easier, but also allow the guest to eat it more comfortable with fork and knife at the table.
However, for me, one of the best part’s of eating poultry is to gnaw on the bones, especially the backbones and remove the bits of meat from there 🙂  So, In order to satisfy my bone-gnawing graving’s, I just cut the bird in half, especially a very small one such as this cornish hen, then saute, roast or grill it, usually just seasoned simply with kosher salt, sriracha and granulated garlic.

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Spatchcocked Cornish Hen & Arugula In Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Spatchcocked sautéed Cornish Hen & Arugula In Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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Breakfast Of Champions # 29 – ”Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower”

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I Didn’t  get much sleep last night, so I needed a light but satisfying breakfast at 6.00am.
At first I wanted to add some potatoes, but then decided against it in order leave room for later when a nice lunch was called for 🙂

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Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

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Saute italian sausage in olive oil

Saute italian sausage in olive oil

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Add garlic paste and onion julienne

Add garlic paste and onion julienne

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Add bok choy and blanched cauliflower, season with kosher salt and sriracha

Add bok choy and blanched cauliflower, season with kosher salt and sriracha. To plate, sprinkle with chili flakes

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Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

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Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

Sauteed Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bok Choy & Cauliflower

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” Rigatoni Rustica “

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Last
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simple, tasty, pretty, easy, and satisfying.
(Sounds like a wish list for a spouse  🙂
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Ingredient’s :

Chicken,   cut into one inch pieces
Rigatoni,   cooked al dente, strained, reserve some of the cooking water
Bok choy,   cut into one inch pieces
Onions,   julienned
Kernel corn,
Grape tomatoes,   whole
Chilies,   sliced
Garlic,   paste
Ginger,   grated
Kosher salt,   to taste
Cayenne,   to taste
Butter,   to saute
Red wine,   to deglaze

Method :

Season chicken and saute until golden brown and cooked through.
Remove and reserve. Saute onions, corn, garlic, ginger, bok choy and chili,
deglaze with red wine and a small amount of the cooking water from the pasta,
add  pasta and tomatoes, season with salt and cayenne.

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” Sauteed Whiting Filets, Shrimps, Grits & Mango / Caper Butter “

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Grits and lot’s of butter.
NOT a slimming day.
But a GOOD day    🙂
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Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !
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