Monday, November 20, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease and Dolphins, Pho Ga, Snow,

How very sad. I find Alzheimer's is the most pernicious and terrible disease, particularly as there appears to be nothing that can be done. They have now discovered that Dolphins can also get Alzheimer's Disease. I had always believed it was man's curse, but apparently not. Care2 was the first source I read but I later verified it on Google. I have discovered that there are particular areas in India and other parts of the world where they are not prone to the disease and it is attributed to the various herbs and spices they use together with the fact that they eat little or no beef.

Sunday I made Pho Ga which I posted a few days ago. I realised that although it lists peas on the recipe it doesn't tell you what to do with them. I added them at the same time as the carrots. I was assured it was both different and delicious. Matt has never eaten Pho in a Vietnamese restaurant. I have always been put off making it before because of the "boiling beef bones" part prior to doing the rest. The Campbell's carton of Pho makes an excellent start to the dish. One thing I personally found, the raw carrot shavings were a tad tough for me although Matt didn't find them so. Also, the rice noodles said pour hot water from the tap and soak for 25-30 minutes. The hot water from our taps is almost boiling, but they were slightly soft but not enough so I shoved them in the microwave, water and all for 4 minutes total and they came out perfect.

More odd weather on Sunday, we had snow flakes for a while, but they were coming down so slowly you could count them. They never settled on the ground, not enough of them.

I just came across this recipe in my cookbook software. As an Englishwoman I have made many Yorkshire Puddings or what North America calls Popovers, but never with cheese. They sound pretty good.

Roquefort Popovers

Popovers and blue cheese are naturals in their own right with beef, but when combined into one, the results are incredible. This recipe is not complicated but it must be made and served at the last minute to ensure the best results. If you are not a fan of blue cheese, try using a crumbly goat cheese in its place.

Vegetable oil, shortening, or lard for the pans
1 1/2 cups whole milk
6 oz Roquefort cheese, crumbled
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
9 oz (2 cups) all-purpose flour
6 large eggs

1. Set the oven rack to its lowest position in the oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously grease 12 popover tins (preferably nonstick) with oil, shortening, or lard (butter won't work).

2. In a small saucepan, warm the milk and cheese over medium-low heat until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the salt and pepper. (You can also melt the cheese in the milk in a glass measuring cup in the microwave on low power for 1 min.)

3. Put the flour in a medium bowl. Whisk in the milk mixture until just combined; it's fine if the batter is a bit lumpy. Add the eggs one at a time to the batter, whisking well after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared tins and bake on the lowest shelf for 20 min. at 400 degrees F. Don't open the oven, but reduce the temperature to 350 ddegrees F and continue to bake another 15 min. until the popovers are browned and fully puffed. Remove the popovers from the oven and immediately take them out of the tin to keep them from getting soggy. Poke each popover with a knife to release steam. Serve immediately or reheat just before serving.

Servings: 6
Yield: 12 popovers

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue No. 30

Have a great day
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Recipe

Jacques Pépin is one of my favourite chefs and I was looking through my cookbook tonight and came across this recipe. I luuuurve smoked salmon any which way, and this sounds delicious. Bit late this week, but next week I shall plan to have this I think. I just discovered that in 2015 I posted a similar recipe by Wolfgang Puck, another of my favourite chefs.

Smoked Salmon Pizza

1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 naan flatbreads or other style of flatbread you prefer (I used garlic naan)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp bottled horseradish, drained (I used 3 tsps)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (I did a quick pickle of my red onions--see note below)
8 oz sliced smoked salmon
2 Tbs drained capers
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (I subbed in coarsely chopped fresh tarragon)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush baking sheet or grill pan with oil and turn the naan in the oil to lightly coat both sides. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the bread is crusty and brown, or crisp in the pan 3-4 minutes per side or until nicely browned. Let cool to lukewarm.

2. Mix the sour cream and horseradish in a small bowl. Spread on the bread and sprinkle half of the onion over the sour cream mixture. Arrange the smoked salmon slices on top. Sprinkle the capers over the salmon and add the remaining onion and some freshly ground black pepper. Finally sprinkle with the cilantro (tarragon) leaves. Cut the pizza into wedges or slices and serve.

3. Quick Pickled Red Onions: This recipe had a lot of red onion in it and I was concerned that if left raw, they would overpower the other flavors. I did a quick pickle with about 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt shaken together in a jar with a very thinly sliced red onion. I left it to sit about 45 minutes before using on the pizza. I also drained the onions for the pizza and patted them dry with paper towels. It took the bite out perfectly. Since I had plenty of leftover onion, I added some to my salad and used a bit of the pickling liquid, mixed with an equal amount of olive oil as dressing.

Servings: 4

Author: More Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pépin

Have a great weekend