Roasted Heirloom Vegetables Bouquet Garni

Roasted Heirloom Vegetables Bouquet Garn...

Roasted Heirloom Vegetables Bouquet Garni. The flavorings used refers to sprigs of herbs, usually rosemary parsley and thyme, and bay leaves tied together for roasting, steeping simmering with juices to flavor it. A bouquet can also contain a stalk of celery or a leek top; black peppercorns or other whole spices may be included as well. I just add the herbs and spices that will enhance the olive oil and go well with the chosen vegetables. I simply toss the cut vegetables in a bowl with the seasonings. Kosher salt, pepper and cider vinegar to intensify the taste. Roast on...
Chive and Cheddar Laced Cornbread

Chive and Cheddar Laced Cornbread

  thekitchenman Cornbread Corner; Chive and Cheddar Corn Bread Muffins. I fondly remember the first real good corn muffin I tasted back in Kitchener at the Purple Turtle Bistro. The chef used to serve them with the soup of the day. Added items like bacon, jalapenos, crispy fried capers were things that made his muffins so special. When I get a nice offering of a kitchen baked item served with a soup salad it shows that the cook care about the stuff they are serving. Use sharp cheddar and real chives or shallots for flavoring. Add different ingredients like chili...
Flawless Lemon-Aid.

Flawless Lemon-Aid.

Flawless Lemon-Aid 1 cup sugar 1 cup filtered water. 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice. 5 or 6 lemons. In a sauce pan over medium heat add the sugar and cup of water and simmer, stirring till the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the stove and add the cup of lemon juice and stir in. In a glass pitcher add to four cups of ice cold filtered water. Mix well and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour so as to let the flavor’s blend. Before I squeeze the washed off lemons I like to rasp-grate the peel and place it into some water to obtain the extreme lemon oil...
Authentic Perogy’s

Authentic Perogy’s

Pillows of Joy! A large solid wood table sat in the kitchen with my grandmother’s hand crafted homestead chair and well hued benches which could easily sit a dozen people. This vast table was used as the main preparation table that all my aunts and us kids sat at while hand prepping the many perogy’s, cabbage rolls, and other cultural delicacies from early homestead recipes. The different yearly holidays meant lots of company to feed. My Ukrainian mother and Romanian father had 21 siblings between them and about half of my aunts and uncles families would descend on our...
Smoked Salmon and Prawn Party Shooters.

Smoked Salmon and Prawn Party Shooters.

Here is a tasty appetizer Smoked Salmon or Spot Prawn Shooters. In a stainless or glass bowl make a salsa. 1/2 cup each of diced 1/4”cubes of nectarine or peach, avocado mango and papaya. ½ a cup of fine chopped cilantro.   ½ cup chopped green onion 1 tbs. of chopped garlic, ginger and shallot. 1/4 cup of fine chopped pistachios or cashews.   Add one deseeded and fine chopped red jalapeno pepper. Use a red sweet bell pepper in place of if required. Add 2oz. of some Vodka.   Add fresh squeezed juice with pulp from 1 orange, 1 lemon and 1 lime. Add 1 tbs. of extra virgin...
Petit Green Pea Vichyssoise

Petit Green Pea Vichyssoise

I just got a bag full of organic english peas. I’m going to make a Petit Green Pea Vichyssoise using an Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Vichyssoise recipe. Ingredients needed; 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 leeks, white part only, cleaned and thinly sliced 2 cups of petit english peas 2 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes 2 cups chicken stock 2 cups heavy cream 4 fresh chives, finely chopped 1 pinch nutmeg salt and fresh pepper to taste. Yogurt creme finish. In a large, heavy bottom pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter is melted, add the leeks...