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Turkey Pistatio Patties/Meatballs

Wednesday, August 07, 2019, 07:41 PM

Meredith and I made turkey patties using the Ottolenghi Recipe with the usual changes including turkey for lamb. Also, since we didn't have arugula, Meredith used kale (which worked well enough). As we did the past few times, we baked them only this time, I did it as meatballs. That made it a lot easier to make and was still very good.

Meredith premade all of the different mixed. I combined it all, shapred them, and then baked them at 400°F for about 15 min.

Salmon Croquettes

Tuesday, August 06, 2019, 12:12 PM

From Grandbaby Cakes (LOCAL)

Meredith made these for Caroline for lunches. She subbed red pepper for the green and left out the salt and crushed/ground red pepper. She did a diy self-rising flour since we don’t buy that. Also, followed the instructions for baking instead of pan frying, 15 min at 375. She then thought they could use a little longer, so flipped them and let them go another 5 min or so. They turned out pretty well. Probably would have benefited from the salt, but Caroline seemed to like them, and it’s nothing a sauce or dip wouldn’t fix. I really liked the texture of the coarse corn meal on the outside.

I ended up freezing most of them since Caroline seems to get tired of the same ol’ thing too many days in a row. I found heating them at 300F from frozen for 15 min was pretty effective. Warm, but not too hot. Perfect for baby.

Dan Dan Noodles

Saturday, August 03, 2019, 07:03 PM

We made tofu Dan Dan noodles. We followed the same basic changes as last time for the sauce and again combined Every Grain of Ricen with The Woks of Life. Since it got kind of confusing, I will put it down here what we did. Essentially, make the sauce as below (note it does not put (sui mi/Sichuanese) ya cai1 in the sauce. It goes the meat along with five-spice powder).



We used 3 clumps of the noodles which was fine but had lots of leftovers

I also threw together a stir-fry from some snow peas. It was

Stir fry:

It was too much corn starch and/or too high of heat but it sizzled into thick globs. Not idea. And not particularly good as a stir-fry sauce. But I needed something quickly.

Overall, I think we liked the pork version more but were fine with the tofu. It still tasted really good. Just lacked some of the flavor and color from the pork (also, it was really hard to mix the tofu into the noodles)

  1. Preserved Mustard Greens (碎米芽菜) -- see Omnivore's Cookbook 

  2. except today we didn't actually use this since we were out 


Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 07:55 PM

Made a double batch of batter for these on Saturday using the Patisserie (pink book) recipe like last time, only this time I subbed Kraken rum for the brandy. I was trying to use up the last of a bottle. Cooked according to the Eat Little Bird recipe again on Wednesday for the first batch, and Friday for the second. The first batch I baked starting at 460F and the tops turned out burnt. The second batch I started at 430F, and put the wire rack underneath while baking. The tops came out nicely bronzed, but some of the bottoms were a little too brown. I may have overfilled them slightly.

Note: The double batch of batter made about 25 mini canneles using my silicone molds.

Soy Chorizo Ragu

Monday, July 29, 2019, 11:20 AM

This is a repeat of last time using the same recipe and similar changes


Saturday, July 27, 2019, 07:39 PM

Meredith made Laksa using basically the recipe from Amazing Malaysian (book). It was not specific on pepper so she used 4 New Mexico Red Chile, 2 Guajillo, and 2 Morita. Other notes:

Notes for next time:

Roasted Broccoli with Chermoula

Friday, July 26, 2019, 06:23 PM

The broccoli idea is based on the broccoli we had at Surly Brewing

Roasted Broccoli: Halloumi Cheese, Broccoli, Hummis, Chermoula

(Not very descriptive...). Based on some old menus, it also has sumac. And I pulled some pictures from yelp.

We used Trader Joe’s halloumi. It was much saltier than I remembered. And Meredith though more sheepy. And we used regular hummus since we didn’t want to make a broccoli hummus on top of everything else.

The meal was very good though. Not as good as the restaurant but still very good. And lots of food without too many calories.

Broccoli Bites

Friday, July 26, 2019, 11:07 AM

Meredith made broccoli bites from A Healthy Slice of Life (LOCAL). She halved the recipe and used a cannelés pan in place of a small muffin tin. They worked well. A simple and easy meal to have ready for the baby. And Caroline likes them! I can see us mixing up the grains, veggies, and seasonings for variety.

Note: a full batch makes about 25 bites.

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