136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

The recipe
This soup suffers from a serious branding issue. If it had been billed as barely soupy barley stew, with extra barley, some carrots, and hardly any mushrooms at all, I would have known what I was getting into. The blurb for the recipe talks about all the contrasting mushroom flavours and blah blah blah, [...]

7 January 2008 | Soups, The Book | 1 Comment
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99. Chinese-Hawaiian “Barbecued” Ribs p.491

99. Chinese-Hawaiian "Barbecued" Ribs p.491

The recipe
I wasn’t sure I was going to like these ribs, but I was pleasantly surprised. These are racks of ribs marinated in soy, sugar, ketchup, sherry, salt, garlic and ginger. They’re then baked at 325 for 1 3/4 hours, basting with the marinade every 20 minutes. Everything about the title is confusing, I get [...]

3 October 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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73. Sherried Mushroom Empanaditas p.38

73. Sherried Mushroom Empanaditas p.38

The recipe is a combination of this one for full sized Sherried Mushroom Empanadas, and yesterday’s tuna empanaditas. Of course the full sized empanada makes way too much filling, so you’d need to cut it down.
I made these for the same party as the tuna empanaditas. They use the same puff pastry wrapping, and have [...]

8 August 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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10. Asparagus With Tarragon Sherry Vinaigrette p.520

10. Asparagus With Tarragon Sherry Vinaigrette p.520

the recipe
This turned out quite well. I served it with steak Diane and brown-buttered corn with basil. Here the asparagus is steamed and then shocked in ice water before tossing with the vinaigrette. I usually boil my asparagus, but steaming worked very well. The recipe calls for a hard boiled egg to be passed through [...]

14 March 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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8. Steak Diane p. 427

8. Steak Diane p. 427

I can’t find a recipe to link to, and that’s a real shame. This dish was a knockout. The classic version uses tenderloin, here The Book calls for much more affordable sirloins. The steaks were flavourful and ended up fillet mignon tender after a pummeling with an empty wine bottle. The steaks were seasoned [...]

12 March 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 2 Comments
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