111. Wild Rice and Toasted Almond Pilaf p.262

111. Wild Rice and Toasted Almond Pilaf p.262

The recipe
I messed this dish up quite badly, so badly I’m not sure it’s fair to count it. The main ingredient is 2 cups of wild rice, without further specification. I’m not a big rice eater, and I’d never cooked wild rice before. I went to the health food store and got two cups of [...]

27 October 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 1 Comment
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85. Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter p.524

85. Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter p.524

The recipe
This is about as simple as side dishes get. Just fry up some bok choy, toss on a mixture of water, soy, oyster sauce, and butter, cook for a minute or two, then eat. I prefer baby bok choy to the gargantuan full grown versions. They don’t taste much different, but I like the [...]

1 September 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | Comments Off
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74. Lemon Coleslaw p.193

74. Lemon Coleslaw p.193

The recipe
This coleslaw is meant to be served as part of Shredded Pork and Lemon Coelsaw Sandwiches (p.192). I made the slaw on it’s own though. This dish is found in the Sandwiches and Pizzas section of The Book, and this is the first recipe I’ve done from that section. So, let’s open Sandwiches and [...]

9 August 2007 | Sandwiches & Pizzas, The Book | 2 Comments
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54. Herbed Spaetzle p.241

54. Herbed Spaetzle p.241

No recipe for this one.
This recipe was a bit of a disaster. As disaster’s go it tasted quite good, but the result bore little resemblance to the recipe description. The Book says
“The tiny drop-style German dumplings called spaetzle are juged by their lightness, and these practically take flight”
My efforts yielded large, dense, and doughy [...]

17 July 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 2 Comments
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50. Winter Vegetables With Horseradish Dill Butter p.526

50. Winter Vegetables With Horseradish Dill Butter p.526

This version of the recipe makes three times as much as The Book’s, and recommends steaming the veggies for two thirds of the time.
Parsnips, turnips, and Brussels sprouts, horseradish, and dill all in one recipe? My goodness gracious, it’s almost too good to be true. The parsnips, turnips and Brussels sprouts are steamed together, while [...]

11 July 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 6 Comments
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47. Cuban Black-Beans p.267

47. Cuban Black-Beans p.267

No recipe for this one.
These beans were fine, completely middle of the road fine. They’re pretty standard soaked black beans with a bit of bacon, green pepper, cider vinegar, and a bay leaf added. The effect of these added flavours was very subtle, so subtle you might not notice them at all. I tried them [...]

5 July 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | Comments Off
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42. Pan-Browned Brussels Sprouts p.526

42. Pan-Browned Brussels Sprouts p.526

the recipe
A while back I mentioned that I’d think about opening a restaurant that specializes in helping adults overcome their childhood food traumas. Brussels sprouts will feature prominently on the menu. This preparation is the perfect reintroduction to this maligned vegetable. Boiled or steamed they can be fairly one-note bitter, and overcooked they have that [...]

22 June 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 5 Comments
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37. Swiss Chard and Chickpeas p.542

37. Swiss Chard and Chickpeas p.542

the recipe
This quick stew was fine, nothing special, but fine. It’s centred around swiss chard and chickpeas, with a bit of tomato, onion, garlic, and lemon juice. It was a bit bland, and the flavours never really came together. The fibrous swiss chard and grainy chickpeas didn’t make for the most appealing texture either. On [...]

7 May 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 6 Comments
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30. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots p.559

30. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots p.559

the recipe
These were nice potatoes, not spectacular, but good. These were part of the same meal as the pork chops, so I I was scaling this recipe up too. I’m not always a fan of stuff in mashed potatoes, I do like a little roasted garlic, but people can go too far with cheese, bacon, [...]

14 April 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 2 Comments
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24. Green Bean Salad With Pumpkin Seed Dressing p.143

24. Green Bean Salad With Pumpkin Seed Dressing p.143

the recipe
I love cold green bean salads, they’re so quintessentially French countryside. When I’m eating them I can’t help but feel I’m sitting in the back garden of the old farmhouse, outside Lyons, I stayed at one summer as a teenager.
This dish wasn’t particularly French, or entirely what I expected it to be, but that’s [...]

6 April 2007 | Salads, The Book | Comments Off
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