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March 5, 2011

Stuffed Dates

Filed under: Appetizer, Good for party food, Quick cook, Snacks, Special occasions — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 2:09 am

Got this from Rachel Wilkerson‘s excellent rundown of Thanksgiving recipes. But I think these puppies are awesome enough to deserve their very own blog post. Also, unlike Rachel, I don’t think the cheese is optional. I’ve made them three times now, and they’ve always been a hit!

Dates, the big ones, the best quality you can afford (it’s actually easier to buy the ones with the pit still in)
Gorgonzola cheese

Pit the dates, and replace the pits with a similarly sized and shaped bit of cheese.
Cut the slices of bacon in half, and wrap a half-piece of bacon around each date.
Bake at 400* for 20 minutes, turning halfway.

They’re best slightly warm but not hot (about half an hour after coming out of the oven).

Ta-da! A filling, impressive, and easy appetizer! I made these the other day, chilled them, then reheated them at a party and they were still delicious.

(No picture, because while they are DELICIOUS, they are not photogenic)


January 29, 2011

Blue Cheese and Apple Omelet

Filed under: Breakfast, Quick cook, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:38 pm

I’ve been playing around with sweet and savory quite a lot lately–savory fruits, sweet veggies and the like. This recipe in particular was inspired by my host mom in Tbilisi. I don’t know her actual recipe, so I’ve been messing around with this for awhile to come up with something similar. I don’t think this is all that close to hers, but it’s really good!

(In other, totally unrelated news, my 90s plates from Goodwill were the ones they had in My So-Called Life)

1 small apple
2 cloves garlic
black pepper
ground cinnamon

2 eggs
a splash of milk
cream cheese (optional)
Blue Cheese that will melt (I like Cambazola or Blue Brie..especially the Saga brand)

Cube the apple and slice the garlic into chunks slightly smaller than the pieces of apple. Sautee the apple and garlic with the black pepper and cinnamon.

While the apple and garlic are sauteeing, beat together the eggs and milk (and if you choose to use cream cheese, it will make the egg part creamier). I learned that one of the tricks to making a good omelet is to make sure your mixture is thoroughly and smoothly beaten together.

Remove the apple mixture from the pan and put it aside. Add a bit more butter to the pan, and turn the heat up to medium high. When the butter is melted, pour in the eggs and swirl the pan to coat evenly. As you go, lift the edges so the uncooked egg can run under and cook.

When the omelet is mostly firm, place the cheese on top of one half. Add the apple mixture to that half. When the cheese is melted, Slide the omelet out of the pan and onto a plate.

In my opinion, this works equally well as a nice breakfast, or a quick dinner.


November 26, 2010

My Family’s Signature Sandwich

Filed under: Light lunch, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 12:57 am

In my little town we have a fabulous bakery that makes an incredible cranberry-walnut bread. This sandwich was created around this fabulous bread, but I imagine any sort of sweeter bread with substance would work nicely. We usually use deli turkey for this, but given the time of year; I suggest leftovers.

Cranberry walnut bread (or other sweet, substantial bread)
light coat of mayo on one slice
turkey breast (we often use the “cajun turkey”, and the bit of heat is nice)
Cambazola or Blue Brie cheese
Bacon (if you’re feeling gluttonous)

You can serve this sandwich either cold, or warmed to melt the cheese. Very tasty!

November 20, 2009

Grown-Up Mac and Cheese (Sort-Of)

Filed under: Dinner, Healthy, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:15 am

This is delicious and fast…highly recommended!

Pasta with Butternut Squash

July 21, 2009

Melt-in-your-Mouth Indian Eggplant

Filed under: Quick cook, Side Dishes, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 7:19 pm

eggplants, sliced thin, salted and dried on a paper towel to remove bitterness

For frying:

8 whole fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp kalonji

To garnish:
tabasco sauce
lemon juice
sour cream

Take the prepared eggplants, and fry them in the spiced oil until golden and crisp.  Garnish with salt, lemon juice and a dash of tabasco sauce, and serve with sour cream.

Delicious!  You won’t be able to find an eggplant big enough to make as many as you’d want to eat.


October 13, 2008

Mom’s Easy Chicken in Vodka Sauce

Filed under: Dinner, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 2:55 am

My mom made this for me when I came to visit for a weekend; it tastes like you spent hours slaving over it, but only takes about 15 minutes to make!

2 chicken breasts (Mom cuts them in half width-wise to make them cook faster)
flour to coat chicken
a pat of butter
2 tomatoes, cubed
a splash of vodka
a splash of cream

Lightly flour the chicken, and pan fry it in the butter.  If you cut the chicken breasts in half, this will only take about 2 minutes on each side.  When the chicken is cooked, remove it and turn off the heat.  Deglaze the pan with the vodka.  Turn the heat back on, and add the tomatoes.  Now add a splash of cream, and pour the vodka-tomato-cream mixture over the chicken breasts.  Ta-da!  That’s it!


September 8, 2008

It’s not Easy Eating Greens

Filed under: Healthy, Quick cook, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:46 pm

Actually, it is with this tasty and simple recipe!  Try this to avoid any Kermit the Frog related complaints at the dinner table.  You can use any kind of greens: kale, chard, collard greens, spinach, brocolli leaves…they’ll all have their own flavor, but will be tasty.  Keep in mind that the greens will melt down to practically nothing, so you need to start with quite a lot to get a decent serving.

For approximately 1/2 pound of greens

2 tbsp. olive oil
a pat of butter
3 cloves of coarsely chopped garlic
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
chili flakes or cayenne pepper to taste

Warm the olive oil and butter (the blend gives a wonderful flavour, but isn’t necessary) over medium heat and add the greens.  Once the greens are approximately half their original size, add in the chopped garlic and let it sautee, now is also the time to add the spice if you’re using any.  After the garlic has been sauteed, add in the balsamic vinegar, and let it carmelise.  Now turn off the heat and serve.

The result is a wonderful medley of sweet, sour, and spicy flavours.


July 27, 2008

This city deserves a better class of turkey sandwich…

Filed under: Light lunch, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:49 pm

To be perfectly honest, I don’t usually like sandwiches (yes, I know that’s weird).  But I’m working full-time at an unpaid job, so packing a lunch became a necessity, and I am without the lovely thermos that I used in school to bring myself tasty leftovers. It seemed that some creative thinking was in order.  After a few sad days of PB&J and a chat with my housemate, I discovered an easy addition to a basic turkey and cheese sandwich to make it wonderful: Pesto!  I just take my slices of bread (I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane, a nice all-purpose sourdough), and plop on a few slices of turkey and cheese (provolone, brie, and havarti have all worked nicely for this).  Then, on the top slice of bread, I spread on a teensy bit of mayo, and a spoonful of pesto.  Delicious!

July 15, 2008

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

Filed under: Dinner, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:18 am

No photo, because I actually made this recipe about three months ago and only remembered it today. It’s delicious and has a wonderful provenance to boot. I was reading Haruki Murakami’s elegant ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ and at one point the narrator makes a dish for his wife with onions, beef and green capsicum with some soy sauce and beer. It sounded simple and delicious, and, overcome with a strange craving for this very dish, I threw together something based on it (sans beer and using mixed capsicums, not just green). Served with rice, it’s not only lovely but literary.

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

500g beef, diced into chunks (or indeed cut into fine strips…those will cook faster, of course)
1 onion, sliced
Capsicums, sliced. I used about two and a half, I think: red, yellow and green. I think using multicoloured capsicums here is lovely for visual purposes, but if you prefer the taste of one or the other, please use that instead.
A dash of soy sauce, about a tablespoon or two, to taste
Spring onions, chopped into rounds, optional
Vegetable oil

In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the beef. Brown on all sides and then cook for a few more minutes, then add the sliced onion. Stir occasionally. Cook until the onion is lightly browned, then add the capsicum, stirring. Cook until soft. Add the soy sauce and stir it through. Check the beef. You may need to add a little water or stock if it’s not yet cooked through. If you do, cook it until it bubbles away.

Serve scattered with spring onions and alongside some steamed rice. Some lightly blanched bok choi or kai lan would go nicely with this as well, I think!

Eat well…life is too short not to!

June 25, 2008

Pico de Gallo: Fresh Salsa

Filed under: Appetizer, Healthy, Quick cook, Snacks, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 8:06 pm

Salsa doesn’t have to come from a jar at the store!  It’s delicious when you make it yourself, and is a good way to use garden tomatoes when an onslaught comes. 

You can obviously increase the quantity easily, but I’m giving proportions for one normal-sized tomato.

1 fresh tomato
1/2 onion (I prefer red) (optional)
1 clove garlic
1 TBSP cilantro
1 TSP salt
juice of 1/2 lemon (can use lime, too)
a dash of hot sauce or a chopped chipotle pepper

Cut everything up and throw it in a bowl.  Simple and tasty.  You can experiment with some additions for fun;  my mom sometimes adds mango, and it’s delicious.  Use it just like salsa from the jar; dip in tortilla chips, or add to tacos or burritos.


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