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Korean style pork medallions with Napa slaw February 27, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Pork,Quick and easy,Salads,Thrifty — blisteringlydrunk @ 3:03 pm
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IMG_7674This was last night’s supper; so good, so fast, so easy and everyone ate it (even the cabbage, which is a miracle around here). I really can’t ask for anything more. Plus it felt like good take out from a Korean or Vietnamese place, which my family usually won’t be talked into, so it was a treat for me. The recipe was found in Fine Cooking’s Make it Tonight cookbook, which I borrowed from the library and sadly had to return yesterday. I have yet to try a Fine Cooking recipe that isn’t both complexly delicious and a crowd pleaser. I plan on putting this one into the regular rotation of easy weeknight suppers, and you should consider the same!

 

1 large pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 lbs)

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp Sriracha

1 lb Napa cabbage, thinly sliced

1 cup grated carrot

4 green onions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)

4 Tbsp canola oil

1/2 tsp coarse (Kosher) salt

Hot, steamed jasmine rice for serving

 

1. Slice the pork into 1/2″ thick medallions and place in a medium bowl.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, 2 Tbsp rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, garlic, ginger, 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil, and 2 tsp Sriracha (I cut this by about 1/2 tsp to avoid over spicing my kids and it was perfect, so if you like things really spicy, you may want to consider increasing the Sriracha). Add half a cup of this mixture to the pork medallions, stir well and set aside at room temperature for 1/2 hour or in the fridge for 2 hours.

3. Meanwhile, stir together 1 Tbsp canola oil, salt and remaining rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil and Sriracha. Toss with cabbage, carrots, and green onions. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving, tossing once more before dishing up.

4. Remove pork medallions from marinade, shaking off excess and discarding the marinade. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Arrange half the pork medallions in a single layer in pan and cook for 2 minutes a side (at which point the pork should be cooked through, but cut through a big one to make sure). Heat remaining oil and repeat with remaining medallions (I had a big pan and was able to do it all in one batch).

5. To serve place 1/2 cup or so of rice in the bottom of a big bowl, layer a cup or so of slaw and top with pork medallions. Drizzle reserved sauce overtop. Makes 4-6 rice bowls, depending on how hungry you are.

 

Enjoy!

Ky

This worked out to be about $2/serving, but if you have to go buy all of the ingredients it will feel like more; I had most of this in my house!

 

 

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Breakfast at my house, every Saturday February 26, 2013

ImageI thought for years that I had scones all wrapped up. I kept reading about cream scones and I thought they were crazy, that clearly you would need an egg in there to get that lightness¬†that you want in a good scone (who knew whipping cream would be the solution to that?). But finally, I caved, and tried this recipe, and our Saturday mornings haven’t been the same since. These are perfect; light, soft, and delicate, creamy with a hint of sweetness, just what I want with my lazy weekend coffees. This picture is of my family’s favourite flavour, raspberry, but I have also tried lemon ginger (zest of one lemon, a third of a cup chopped candied ginger, lemon egg wash and crystallized sugar at the end), cherry orange (orange zest instead of the lemon and frozen cherries) and roasted pear and dark chocolate (just like it sounds). All flavours have been well received. The best part of these scones (besides eating them): they freeze beautifully. Once they are mixed and shaped, just pop them on a cookie sheet and freeze them solid, then transfer to an airtight container and: TA DA! you have the ability to put freshly baked scones on your table in about 20 minutes, including the time it takes your oven to preheat. Add about three minutes to your regular baking time and nothing else. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does!

 

1 cup unbleached flour

1 cup spelt flour

1 Tbsp Baking powder

3 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

5 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cubed

a few big handfuls of frozen raspberries

1 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone (unless you are going to freeze all of them, in which case you can skip the preheat)

2. Combine flour thru salt in a large mixing bowl (or in a food processor, I just find this so simple it’s not worth having to wash my food processor).

3. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or by pulsing in the food processor, until mixture resembles oatmeal. Stir in raspberries and cream until it all starts to come together. Turn out onto counter and knead a couple of times, just to get everything to stay together. Pat into a 6-8″ disc, then cut into 8 wedges.

4. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. I always check by pressing the tops; the scones shouldn’t feel liquidy inside, they should be firm all the way through.

5. Let cool a little on a rack, then eat ’em up! Scones are best fresh baked and are great for a few hours, just don’t seal then inside anything; they will lose there crispness.

 

Enjoy!

Ky

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Homemade chili powder and my ultimate chili February 8, 2013

Filed under: Beef,Make Ahead,Pork,Sausage,Soups,Uncategorized — blisteringlydrunk @ 1:57 pm
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IMG_7150This post has been waaaaay too long coming. I keep promising the recipe to people, but I didn’t want to post it until I had a picture, and I couldn’t take a picture until I made more, and I couldn’t make more until I had time/the season was right/the kids forgot that they don’t like chili so were willing to try it again, and I wouldn’t have time until my children (??? not sure when I will actually have more time)/the season’s almost over (again)/the kids finally forgot. That’s a lot of excuses, huh? I eventually ran out of them and just buckled down one night and made this, at which point I remembered that it takes all of 15 minutes to do and I really should have done it ages ago whether my kids liked it or not. I think I was confused because the last time I made this, I made enough to give a jar each to my 15 favourite people as Christmas gifts, which did take a long time because my coffee/spice grinder just isn’t that big. But it was a hit, hence the recipe requests, so without further ado, here is the recipe (originally found here, but adjusted a lot) along with MY (read: adjust to suit your palate) ultimate chili recipe.

Chili Powder

5 dried Guajillo chilies

2 dried Chipotle chilies (if you are a big Chipotle fan, you could add one more of these and one less Arbol)

3 dried Arbol chilies (if you like really spicy chili, I would add another of these)

1 Tbsp good quality smoked paprika

1 Tbsp coriander seed

2 Tbsp cumin seed

1 big cinnamon stick

2 tsp whole cloves

4 tsp oregano

1 tsp onion powder (your could also add garlic powder here; I like to add fresh garlic to the chili, but if you want to keep the chili prep minimal, that’s one way to cut down)

1 tsp whole black peppercorns

1. Wipe dust off the dried chilies and toast them whole on a cookie sheet in a 200 oven, until the chilies are crisp and fragrant, anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the chilies.

2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium heat and toast coriander and cinnamon for one minute, then add the cumin seed. Toast until fragrant, 5 minutes at the most, being careful not to burn them.

3. Remove the seeds and stems from the guajillo and chipotle chilies, then add, along with remaining ingredients to a spice/coffee grinder. If using your regular coffee grinder, tap out any loose grounds, but don’t worry about it being perfectly clean; the coffee with be a good flavour kick in the chill. Afterwards just run a piece of fresh bread through it to clean up the remaining spices. I usually have to do mine in two batches to start with and then do one big batch once everything is ground down to size.

4. Pat yourself on the back, you’re done.

My Ultimate Chili

OK, this is the way I like chill; it’s rich and flavourful, with a slight kick (in deference to my children. As it is I still have to add a big spoonful of yogurt to theirs to mild it out a little) and a subtle sweetness. I have my favourite chili veggies in here and all my favourite beans. Make sure when you make it, you do the same; if you prefer green peppers to red, switch it; if you don’t like mushrooms, or don’t like them from a can, switch it; if you want to burn your mouth with heat, add more chilies or hot sauce; make it your own, but trust me and try the chocolate, vinegar and brown sugar, they make this recipe!

2-4 cloves garlic (to taste), finely diced

2 medium onions, diced

1 lb extra lean ground beef (I love bison or ostrich here as well)

1 lb good quality chorizo sausage, casings removed (I use a chicken one I love, but pork is also fantastic, just make sure you have eaten the sausage on it’s own and like the flavour of it, as that’s what will come out in the chill, more than the type of meat)

2, 28 oz cans diced tomatoes

1 24 oz jar passata (strained tomatoes)

50 grams dark (the darker the better; 70-85%) chocolate

3 Tbsp dark brown sugar

2 Tbsp vinegar (I just use white, but white wine would work too)

2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp Chili powder (this is assuming the homemade stuff above; if using store bought, you will need a lot more, I would say double to start)

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

2 10 oz cans whole mushrooms, halved

2 sweet red bell peppers, diced

4 19 oz cans beans (I usually use 2 kidney beans, one chick pea, and one either black bean or black eyed peas, depending on what’s in my cupboard)

1. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add beef, sausage, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring and breaking up large chunks of meat, until beef and sausage are just cooked.

2. Add tomatoes, passata, chocolate, sugar, vinegar, salt, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until thickened to stew like consistency.

3. Add beans, red peppers, and mushrooms. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes, or until peppers are cooked to your liking. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary, keeping in mind that the flavours will enhance over time. I prefer to make my chili a day or two before I plan to eat it, to give the flavours time to bloom.

Enjoy!

Ky

PS A friend told me to try giving my kids taco chips to scoop up the chili with; worked like a charm, now everyone loves chili!