Bitter melon was our CSA adventure of the week. It’s an ugly if cool looking veggie. I asked for Twitter suggestions about it, and a friend said to saute with mustard seed, turmeric and chili powder. I took that advice, while adding a few touches. Tasty preparation, but the veggie’s bitterness is still a bit of an acquired taste for me (that I haven’t yet acquired).
Monthly Archives: August 2011
It’s been a C.I. kind of week. I was excited to see a fairly straightforward recipe for miso glazed salmon in their summer cooking edition. It was really tasty (plus we got a really nice piece of salmon), though the salt fiend in me found it slightly sweeter than I wanted. Pictured with basil jalapeno rice and sauteed bitter melon with squash (recipe to follow).
For Meatless Monday, I decided to try out this Serious Eats recipe. Kind of a mixed bag. It was tasty, but there were a couple issues that I think could have been solved by a clearer recipe (for example, one that better indicated size of fritter and length of cooking time – mine came out a little raw in the center). I also found myself craving a sweeter sauce to go with them, perhaps a sweet chili sauce? That said, a fun way to shake it up for MM.
Due to the pseudo-hurricane, we’re staying in today and possible tomorrow, which puts me in cooking project mode. This potato salad, which I’m saving for tomorrow (hope it keeps), was inspired by a recipe I saw in C.I. (and by the fact the purple potatoes we got in the CSA were looking a little rough). I had a lot less potato than the recipe called for, so I tried to adjust accordingly.
This recipe is almost too easy. My inspiration: the cognac mushrooms they put on top of some of the burgers at Ray’s.
Rochelle’s blog entry over the weekend made me in the mood to have a picnic – particularly when John came home from out of town. Circumstances ended up not making that a possibility for us (much like for Rochelle), but we still enjoyed the same food the next day, along with some brandied mushrooms and onions (recipes to follow; charred corn salad also pictured).
I followed Rochelle’s recipe here fairly closely (had a little less chicken), except I swapped in panko for cornflakes.
Jam take two (and canning take three!). Another Coconut & Lime recipe. Again, made just 2/3 of the amount, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Recipe was a bit thinner than my first jam, but still solidified enough to work (I also wasn’t that judicious about getting all the pectin out of the container, plus my mixture boiled over a little). Note: Be sure to smash up the peach well.
Yay for mystery vegetable in the CSA! It was romanesco cauliflower, which some nickname “alien” cauliflower. This batch looked a bit more like broccoli. Some pieces were tough in places but I liked this simple preparation, courtesy of advice from my friend Margeau.