Monday, July 30, 2018

Rice Noodles from Scratch Video

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cornish Pasties for the First Time

This was honestly the first time I've ever tried to make pasties. It was prompted partly by a recent trip to Britain, but moreso after having seen beef tallow, perhaps the same as suet, in my local grocery store. A few years ago I asked for it there and got a look like I was from Mars. The world has caught up. So you need to make a hot water crust, which is about half a cup of water and half a cup of fat, brought to the boil. I used about 2 cups of Italian pastry flour (whole wheat) and salt. You need to eyeball this, there is no exact measurement, pour in the liquid until it comes together as a dough. The filling is raw. One pound of short ribs cut off the bone and into tiny cubes. Then rutabaga the same size, onion ditto and a potato likewise. I had a lot of the vegetable filling leftover which went into a frittata. That's it. And it made 4 big pasties. A round folded over filling and pleated along the upper seam. Brushed with whole egg and baked about an hour or more at 350 degrees. And it really was fantastic.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sea Bass Ceviche Noodle Soup

This Noodle Soup was quite lovely. Sea Bass stained with Campari, red onion, jalapeno, avocado, tomato, sumo orange slices, cilantro all awash in Tiger's Milk. With Home made rice noodles. Not in my Noodle Soup Book, but there are similar ones there to check out.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Carob Noodle Soup

I found a cheery carob tree on the walk home from work the other day. I jumped to get a few pods, ground them up finely and made these very subtly sweet extruded noodles with them. I'm not sure why people always gravitate toward sweets with carob, thinking the flavor is like chocolate, it really isn't. In any case, matching with other ingredients was a challenge. In the end I went with a vegetable broth, a few bits of leftover seafood from a Thai salad and other vegetables. Really pleasantly sweet in a vegetative way.

I bet this would go really nicely with pork too, and chilies. I think you can buy carob flour commercially, in which case mix about half a cup with about half the volume of flour and an egg for one serving.

And of course be sure to check out my new book NOODLE SOUP

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fermented Akara BLT

About a week ago I was walking downtown (Stockton) and found a Caribbean/West African grocery on Harding. I've seen it before but I'd never been down here on foot. Stopped in and found akara flour. I'd made them before from black eyed peas, and they made it into either my beans book or pancake. But I'd never made them from flour. I mixed up a batch, fried in palm oil. My son and I said, eh, ok. Even with peanut sauce. SO I left the batter on the counter to ferment for about 5 or 6 days. Beautifully sour. Fried up a batch today, like little pancakes in a pan. Then what to do with them? Japanese was my first thought, since a fermented bean should go wonderfully with fish. But then it hit me. A proper BLT. It is SO nice with the sour bean fritter. What a slider!