Category Archives: Fun with Food
Yum! Mrs J turned this out yesterday, it has a brownie crust on the bottom, chocolate and caramel drizzles on the top, and a no holds barred cheesecake in between.The brownie crust was a generic box mix, she used a long bread knife to plane the top flat. The drizzled garnish of chocolate and caramel came out of jars.
I had some of that duck confit leftover and decided to do tacos with it. I did an image search for “duck tacos” to get an idea of what sort of fillings would work and saw a lot of pickled red onions:These are pretty easy to make, a cup or so of vinegar, teaspoon each of salt and sugar, plus whatever seasonings you desire. I used some peppercorns and a couple of cloves of garlic. The sliced onions were wilted by dipping them into very hot water for a few seconds. Stuff the drained onions into a jar with the vinegar mixture. I have a glass hockey puck shaped weight atop the onions to hold them down.I also made a slaw with half a red cabbage, an equal amount of green cabbage, and some shredded carrot. It’s seasoned with lime juice, cumin, brown sugar, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne, minced jalapeno, and olive oil.
Ribeye is the canonical cheesesteak meat but I nearly always use flat iron steaks. This one was cut thin while semi-frozen and tossed in a bowl with onions, green peppers, and salt and pepper. It marinated for an hour or so – the onions started to wilt a little.That’s provolone starting to melt into the steak and veggies. I turned small stainless bowls upside down over the two piles to help it along.It worked pretty well. This is the closest I’ve come to this particular style of cheesesteak, I usually go with a cheese sauce poured over the meat in the bun, and I think I prefer that method although it is just a touch more trouble.
Another quick pizza on a naan loaf. Loaf? Is there a better term for these? It just feels clumsy.
I finally thawed that duck we bought circa Christmas last year. We have plenty of duck fat so a confit was a no-brainer:The 6 inch deep hotel pan was just about perfect for this…This is after 3 or 4 hours at 250. I grabbed a bone with tongs and it slipped right out. Had to have been a thigh bone because the two leg bones were still there.I had the notion that I could crisp the skin under the broiler of my toaster oven but I think a pre-heated 500 degree oven would have been the better call. The skin wanted to brown under the broiler but I could see that it was going to burn the high spots. I pulled the skillet because the veggies were done and needed to be served.We went with Brussels sprouts and teeny potatoes with prosciutto, sauteed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.The blueberry sauce was a reduction of red wine, balsamic vinegar, and the last of our blueberry syrup, with a dash of allspice and cinnamon.The rice is my favorite box mix, Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Rice.
Used the rest of those first cherry tomatoes in a pico de gallo. The taco base is refried beans and chicken, I finished mine out with the pico, chopped lettuce, queso fresco, and my new favorite taco sauce. I like the red, Mrs J goes for the green.
I picked the first batch of cherry tomatoes, probably about a pint and a half. Mrs J looked at the bowl and thought they would go good on a pizza. She was right.
These are more of those naan loaves we bought at the International grocery. They are about 8 inches in diameter and make great little individual pies. I brushed them with garlic infused olive oil, added pieces of sliced provolone, and the sliced tomatoes. They went into a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Add the fresh basil after they come out. Shredded parmesan works well. I use a microplane grater on a small block of hard cheese.