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Local Eats

Home Cooking & Takeout in Roslindale, West Roxbury and Beyond

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Cooking Equipment For The Disabled

From Singapore - A stove for those with visual disabilities. It hasn't been built yet, it's in the planning stages.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Chicken with Lemon Grass Recipe

I would have loved to make this but I didn't have the stuff. It looks really good and easy too. Asian Online Recipes - Chicken with Lemon Grass Recipe

Thai Stir Fry Try

When I do stir frys it's usually with Chinese style ingredients and flavors but I'm trying to branch out and I was finally able to get some lemon grass so I did Thai tonight. It came out pretty good so I'm posting the recipe. Next time I'll use more lemon grass, ginger root and basil leaves. I got the basic idea from the internet and adapted it to what I had in the house.

½ boneless chicken breast
7 to 10 dried red chilies – more if you like
1/2 red bell pepper, thin sliced
juice of a lime
1 Tbs. fish sauce
lemon grass cut in two inch strips
chopped ginger root
chopped garlic
zucchini – roll cut
a few basil leaves
peanut oil
crush a few of the peppers
slice the chicken and marinate in the lime juice and fish sauce – about 15 or 20 minutes

To a hot wok add the oil, heat briefly and add the crushed chilies, the whole chilies, the lemon grass and the ginger. Add the zucchini, stir fry for a minute and add the red pepper. Drain the excess marinade from the chicken and add to the wok, stir fry another minute or two, add the garlic and the basil leaves. Keep stirring a couple more minutes until the chicken is done and serve right away. Goes with Jasmine rice.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Whatta Burger!!

Burger Onions 2
Originally uploaded by Candlemaker.
Juicy and flavoriffic with thinly sliced onions, ketchup and some nice hot sauce. Mmmmmmmmm!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Currried Butternut Squash Soup

And just in case you have some squash left over from last season...Golombek* offers this fragrant treat. *G needs a refresher course on how to post elstwise she would do this herself.

Currried Butternut Squash Soup

1 lb. butternut or other winter squash, in chunks (weight after seeds, peel removed)
1 medium leek, white part, chopped (or small onion)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. celery tops or parsley, chopped
2 tbs. olive oil
1 -2 bay leaves
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 tsp. cardomon seed (removed from pods)]
1 tsp. coriander
6-8 peppercorns
1 small dried hot red pepper (optional)
salt to taste
1 qt. chicken stock, defatted
1 pt. water
1/2 - 1 c. yogurt

Saute leek, garlic, and shallot in olive oil until translucent. Add celery/parsley, spices, and salt. Saute until celery/parsley is bright green. Add squash, stir fry for a few minutes until hot. Add stock and water, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until squash is falling apart, and cooked down to about 5 cups. Cool, then puree in blender. Return to pot and reheat gently. Top each serving with a generous dollop of yogurt.

Spring Green Soup

Here in Roslindale our long cool and wet spring is mostly behind us but before it’s completely gone here’s a warm and tasty soup from Golombek.

Spring Green Soup

2 oz. pancetta or ham, diced small
2 medium leeks, white part, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/4 c. celery tops, chopped
1/4 c. parsley, chopped
2 c. loosely packed turnip greens with flower buds, chopped (sub broccoli raab)
2 c. loosely packed sorrel, chopped (sub spinach)
1 c. asparagus pieces (good use for tougher stalks - peel and chop)
1 pt. chicken stock
1 qt. water
Bay leaf
8 - 10 peppercorns
1 Tbs. olive oil
salt to taste
1/2 c. half-and-half

Saute pancetta in olive oil until it releases its fat. Add leeks, garlic, celery and parsley; saute until translucent. Add turnip greens and sorrel; saute, stirring frequently, until mostly wilted. Add asparagus, chicken stock, bay leaf, peppercorn, a little salt (remember pancetta is salty) and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer about 20 minutes. Let cool, remove bay leaf, then puree in blender. Return to pot, heat gently, and add half-and-half. Taste for seasoning - add salt if necessary.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Nestle In Hot Water In China

In hot water maybe but maybe not in baby's bottles or store shelves according to Forbes.com: " BEIJING (AFX) - Nestle SA is receiving further complaints in China after its baby milk products were found to contain too much iodine and withdrawn from shelves, state press reported. " " Every 100 grams of milk powder for infants and young children is allowed to contain 30-150 micrograms of iodine, according to state standards.

The Nestle products contained 191 to 198 micrograms, the People's Daily reported. Nestle has said it is investigating."    

Remember this the next time you see a Nestle product.

Further complaints emerge in China against Nestle baby milk powder - reports - Forbes.com

Unhelpful and Expensive Target Recipes

This could really be a lot better. The link is to a recipe from Target but the only way to save it is to print it or save it as an image. I suppose that way the Target name will be seen every time the recipe is looked at so it's good from their point of view. But it's the text that's important for me not the graphics or a paper copy. If I can save the text I can manage the information any way I need. Otherwise.... Also, the recipe itself calls for no less than 4 different brand name products and that's not so great either. Who cooks like that?
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