Saturday, January 31, 2015

Indian Potatoes

Here is another dish to serve with naan and it is delicious.  I am enjoying my winter CSA so much because each week when I pick up my box, I have to figure out how to use the contents. This last week's box had a bag of new potatoes and a head of cabbage and the first thing I thought of was Indian food. My daughter loves Indian potatoes so it was a no brainer.
 Start by soaking some dry red chilies in 1 cup of hot water.  3 or 4 will do the trick.

 Dice 4 large red potatoes into small chunks and let them sit in cold water.

 Roughly chop 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro and put it in your food processor with 4 cloves of garlic and the red chilies.  Reserve the chili water and remove the seeds unless you want the dish to be very spicy.  Pulse until it is pureed.

Saute the mixture in 2 tablespoons of oil for a couple minutes.
 Add the drained potatoes and stir to coat them.  Add 1/4 tsp. of turmeric.

 Add the reserved chili water, bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

 Add 1 chicken bouillon cube.

 Add 1 cup of buttermilk.

 And 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.

 Simmer for about 5 more minutes.  Taste and add some salt if needed.

 I served it with an Indian cabbage recipe which I will post later.  We like to spread the naan with chutney and lime pickle and use it to scoop up the potatoes.

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Special Sandwich

The naan I showed yesterday can be eaten many ways but this is the way I like to eat it.  I don't like big meaty sandwiches.  I actually prefer vegetarian ones and naan is the perfect bread to use when making them.
 I begin by spreading some cheese spread on the naan.  I used a feta spread but you can use anything you like.

 I added butter lettuce from last weeks farm share box and a bit of arugula.

 Then some thinly sliced Leyden cheese which gives this sandwich a wonderful flavor.

 I added some shaved watermelon radish, also from my CSA and some shaved onion.  I grated some Robusto Uniekaas cheese on it too.  Use your favorite cheese. If you aren't a cheese adventurer, use cheddar.

 I sprinkled a bit of balsamic vinaigrette over it.

 Then I added pea shoots.

 Roll it tightly.

 It's a very fresh and tasty sandwich.  This one sandwich lasted me three days.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Garlic Naan

I have cooked a lot of Indian food in my lifetime and therefore I have made more than my share of naan.  This is a new recipe I tried recently and it makes the best naan I have ever had.  I've made it four times in one week.  I served the gyro meat on it but it also makes wonderful sandwiches. I'm not naming names but some people in my household grab a piece when I am making it and eat it like a big potato chip.
 In the bowl of your mixer, pour 1 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of milk, add 1 egg, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2-1/4 tsp. of rapid rise yeast, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. minced garlic and mix in 4 to 4-1/2 cups of all purpose flour.  Knead until you have a smooth dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.

 Break off pieces and roll as thin as possible on a floured surface.  Set them aside.

 Keep rolling into thin disks.

 Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Add some ghee to the pan and place one of the disks into the hot pan.  You could use butter but ghee doesn't burn as easily as butter does.  Cook it for a minute or two until it starts to brown. Flip it and cook the other side.  Sprinkle it with a bit of garlic salt.

 I place them on a kitchen towels while I work.  The towel absorbs the condensation so they don't get soggy.
 These freeze perfectly so I make a lot of them and keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

 They are so much better then plain white bread. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Homemade Gyros

 We love gyros but we rarely buy them because they always seem to be filled with greasy mystery meat.  I was thinking about them the other day and realized, why don't I just make my own and then I can control what goes into them.  They turned out to be excellent, best gyros ever!  Start by roughly chopping 1 medium yellow onion and putting it in your food processor.  Add 7 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, 1 tsp. of ground cumin, 2 tsp. fresh thyme, 1 tsp. of oregano 1 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 pounds of ground lamb and pulse it until you have a paste.  Put it in a loaf pan and press down to get all of the air bubbles out. Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

 When it is done cooking, refrigerate it until it is cold.

 Sorry for the blur, I did a really bad job of taking photos for this post.  Once the loaf is cold, slice it thinly and brown the slices in a skillet with a small bit of olive oil.

 I made tzatziki sauce to go with the gyros.  Cut a cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds.

 Grate it and place it in a towels and squeeze it dry.

 Squeeze 1/2 lemon into a bowl.

 Add 1 pint of Greek yogurt, the cucumber, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 T. diced fresh dill and 1 T. diced fresh mint. 

 Season with salt and pepper and stir it all together.

I made garlic naan to serve it in.  And I forgot to take a pic of the finished gyro.  You need to form a mental picture here but I laid the warm gyro slices down the middle of the warm naan and topped it with lettuce and feta cheese which was sprinkled with a bit of olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.  The tzatziki was served on the side to spoon on before you took each bite. I will post the naan recipe soon.  It is so good and so easy that I have made it several times in the last few days.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yay Snow!!!

 We finally got some snow!

 Interestingly enough, we might have more than NYC which was really supposed to get slammed.

 This was early yesterday, in total we got about 9 inches.

 The snow puppy.

 And no puppy, just her outline.

 Resting inside...notice how pink her nose is?  I can't figure out what is causing this.  Allergies?  If she has allergies this time of year, it is going to be a tough spring and summer.

A winter wonderland.  Thank you snow gods!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ice Festival

 The reason we drove to the mountains on Saturday was to go to an ice festival.  The rime made the scene perfect.

 A scarecrow on the square.


 The detail on some of these is amazing.

Blocks of ice were ready to be carved.

 When we were here last year, the temperature was 28 below zero. This year it was about 30 degrees.

 I thought these baby birds were cute.

 Setting up more blocks to carve.

 A stiletto.

 I like this palette.

 The entry from the local firehouse.