> > Cod used to be one of the cheapest and most widely used fish. How times have changed. Today I paid $ 11.00 for these two small pieces of fish at my local fishmonger. How sad 😦
However, I am glad I spend the dough, the dish was excellent and well worth the cost ( about $ 15.00 for everything, one portion. Imagine I wanted to sell this in a restaurant at 20% food cost – $ 75.00 sales price ! No wonder the portions of real food in restaurants are getting smaller by the day. And never mind feeding a family of four on a average salary with food like this 😦
Bon Appetit ! Life is Good ! (For most of us, anyway 🙂 )
> > 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.
Today I wanted to use my newly purchased glass cooking vessel, “guaranteed stove top save”
Well, it might have been be save from talking or painting or other such mundane undertakings, but it certainly was not save from exploding into a thousand pieces.
So much for ” guaranteed warranties ” . ( Kind of like the promises of our politician’s ).
Any way, after I cleaned up the mess and calmed Bella down, I proceeded to cook dinner the old fashion way, on the stove top in a rigged metal steamer. . .
Braised pork ribs with fermented black bean sauce & rice. . .
In a steamer (or makeshift steamer)put all ingredients except
half the cilantro you are using in the bottom of the steamer.
Add a wire rack, place ribs on top and cover air tight.
Steam for one hour or until ribs are tender.
Remove ribs and set aside. Strain sauce and brush both sides of ribs.
Put ribs back on rack on a clean baking tray and bake in oven until
nicely glazed, repeatedly adding more sauce as needed.
To serve, nape with remaining sauce and sprinkle with
cilantro and some more chilis.