Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jam & Honey Butter

Jam & Honey Butter

When I made the biscuits, I also accompanied the other side of the biscuits with honey butter. Honey butter on hot biscuit is a dangerous combo.

Of course, I made a huge amount of honey butter so I made C a honey butter jam sandwich. I finally figured out what to do with the rest of the bread, I make ‘egg in a basket’ for breakfast!

Menu: Honey butter jam (strawberry freezer jam indeed!) sandwich, fruit (strawberries and blackberries), roasted veggies, yogurt squish and pretzel sticks.

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Miso Soup with Rice

Miso Soup with Rice

C loves her miso soup with rice inside. She would happily eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For this miso soup I used tofu, seaweed, mushrooms, and my mom’s miso with a dashi stock.

Menu: Miso Soup with rice, salmon, avocado, purple carrots, and fruit (apples and tangerine). Not pictured: Annie’s crackers and pearsauce.

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Tomato Jam

The great debate- are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable? Botanically, they are a fruit but I guess the Supreme Court declared that it should be classified as a vegetable (Nix v. Hedden).  I wish I could have attended the trial back in 1893 as they asked the two witnesses what their interpretation of fruit and vegetable are as they read the definitions from the dictionary. How the quality of our cases have evolved. I think the case needs to be revisited again since after having this tomato jam, who would ever make a vegetable jam?

This tomato jam will upgrade any sandwich or crostini into something spectacular. Spectacular spectacular! I love to make quick jams such as freezer jams b/c it truly retains the flavor of the fruit, strawberries, raspberries… and also because freezer jams are so simple to make. No need to deal with any of the arduous canning process. When roma tomatoes are not in season, I would vouch for canned San Marzano ones, they worked marvelous for this recipe.

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Sausage Eggs Benedict Biscuits with Tomato Jam

“It’s like a sausage Mcmuffin!” were the words that came out of B after I labored over handmade biscuits, poached egg, sausage patty, and tomato jam for the past 90 minutes. But then again, this guy compared my dad’s french dip to Arby’s.

It was a lovely brunch-filled weekend and my brunch of smoked salmon egg benedict on Saturday inspired me to make another brunch sandwich on Sunday. Also because at my last brunch out at The Hart and the Hunter in LA, I easily devoured, a tiny but amazing, biscuit served with honey butter and pimento cheese. I just couldn’t stop thinking about biscuits.

So, I literally rolled up my sleeves to make biscuits for the very first time. The secret is using great low protein flour (ie: White Lily or cake flour), cold ingredients, handling the dough as least as possible, and also pre-heating the cast iron or pan in the oven. And then when I was thinking about what to serve the biscuits with, I immediately thought about the sausage biscuit eggs benedict at Five Points in SoHo and knew I had to re-create it. I even made it tastier.

I am only going to post about the biscuit and the tomato jam seeing that I just combined sweet italian pork sausage and breakfast chicken sausages from the casings to make the sausage patty. And poaching eggs is a separate post (hint: vinegar in the water is key).

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Turkey & Prosciutto Roll-ups

Turkey & Prosciutto Roll-ups

I personally have never been a fan of deli meat rolled up but C loves it. Turkey and prosciutto rolled up around cheese. I used string cheese so you can easily pull it to the size you need.

Menu: Rice with nori crack, fruit (raspberries and tangerine), turkey and prosciutto roll-ups, and veggies. Not pictured- pita chip crackers.

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Nori Crack

Nori Crack

Happy New Year! On our recent trip to Seattle, my mother starting making this bowl of rice with crumpled nori (seaweed) mixed throughout the rice and C started referring to it as “nori crack”. And of course while grocery shopping for meals, I asked her what she’d like for lunch, she requested nori crack. Luckily I had all the ingredients on hand. We normally buy the individual packs of nori from Costco. I have found them to be slightly salted with a generous portion of nori in each pack. All you need to do is just crumple the nori onto the rice and mix it in and repeat.

Menu: Nori crack rice, Turkey burgers, crudite with hummus, and fruit (apples and tangerine).

As for me, I am considering a nice winter detox (after returning from a holiday eating and drinking binge) and may post some of the recipes of winners I’ll incorporate throughout the season.

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