Fry up two or three pieces of bacon. I cut them with some kitchen sciccors before putting in the pan. When almost done add a bit of sliced scallions. Stir together and let the scallion flavor dance with the bacon. Next add a little bit of diced tomato and chopped fresh spinach. Just a bit of both. Now add about 3 slices of chopped up smoked salmon. Mix everything together. Remove from pan and put on plate. Add a pat off butter to the hot pan, fry up one egg and put on top of your bacon,scallion,tomato,spinach and smoked salmon deliciousness.

Enjoy the day and smile a lot!

Sashimi Ideas

If you can get your hands on some frozen ahi tuna, you can really make some amazing sashimi type dishes at home and lot cheaper than going out to a Japanese/sushi restaurant. My local fish store carries frozen ahi tuna and costs about $12 a pound. If you happen to have an asian grocery store nearby, take a look there and see if they sell some “tobiko“. The little orange fish eggs that give the restaurants dishes their distinct flavor and look, are not expensive at all. Do read your labels as some of the tobiko/masago for sale are made with msg and other non desirable ingredients.

I had such a delicious and romantic meal with my girlfriend that I almost forgot to take a picture before there was nothing left. “Wait honey….let me just interupt our special time together to take a picture of the food we’re eating” Thank goodness she appreciates my oddball blog.

Chop up your tuna and slice up a bunch of scallions. Mix together in a bowl. Now add a splash of tamari (wheat free soy sauce), some fresh ground pepper and a tablespoon or two of mayo mixed with your choice of hot sauce/chili paste/chili sauce. You have just made your self some spicy tuna. Now instead of a bowl of rice, hollow out a cucumber, spoon the spicy tuna in there and add your fish eggs (tobiko) on top. BAM! 😉  sorry couldn’t resist. In all seriousness, a simple dish to make and the flavor is delicious and I dare to say fresher and cleaner ingredients than most restaurants.

I was in the mood to play in the kitchen, so while sipping some nice sake, I fried up a few slices of Boniato. I had never bought this variety of sweet potato, but they were at the farmers market in large numbers and the young man working the stand told me that they had a really nice flavor. He was right. With this cool little kitchen tool ,I sliced some crinkle cuts. These little choppers are great. They are cheap and you don’t have to break out the mandolin slicer to create some pizazz in the kitchen. Keep a close eye on them while you fry these. It’s a fine line between a well done “chip” and a burnt piece of crinkle cut potato. A little dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of the spicy tuna on the sweet potato chip. I will say it again, MAN WAS IT GOOD! 😉

Experiment….try it out and would love to know if you have a variation you would like to share.


Okra Time

It’s that time of the year when I can get fresh organic okra at the farmers market.

I LOVE fresh okra.

Here’s a really simple Indian dish that will have you eating faster then you know is good for you.  The only 2 ingredients that might require a trip to the store are 2 spices that are essential. Garam masala and Amchur powder. You can find these at asian markets quite easily, but I think even Whole Foods carries them. Amchur is a dried mango powder  and garam masala is a basic blend of ground spices used in indian and asian cooking.

Here are the players;

fresh okra (about 15 pieces), 1 medium onion, 1/2 large tomato, 1/2 cup  any color pepper (best not to use green) I used cubanelle pepper. 2 large garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp coriander and cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp amchur powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/tsp garam masala and cooking fat of choice. Butter or ghee works best.  

Assemble your ingredients as above it will make cooking easy. When ready take your washed okra and cut of both ends. Slice lengthwise. work quickly here because the okra gets slimy when exposed to air. In butter saute the okra until a bit browned and then remove from pan.

Now in some butter cook your cumin seeds. When they start popping add your sliced onion and cook until almost brown. Next add the tomato the pepper and the garlic. Cook until soft. Now add all the spices and stir well so all the spices coat. About a minute. Add salt to taste. Finger licking good!

I’m going to make a video this weekend. Is there anything you want to see specifically? Any dishes you might be curious about?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Smile and be nice!