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keep calm and c[u]rry on…

With a serious want for a wonderful Indian dish, but a lack of desire to go out for dinner on a Monday night… I decided to browse through some cookbooks and with what I had in the house, whip up a quick pork curry dish served with a coconut rice.
Green curry paste, sliced scallions and olive oil were the building blocks to what would soon be a delicious meal. After a quick sauté of the above, thinly sliced pork was tossed in and stirred around. Once the pork was no longer pink, in went some coconut milk, some shredded coconut, and water.
As soon as the whole lot was boiling, it all went down a notch, soybeans and sugar snap peas were added and it was time for a slow simmer to let everyone get to know each other.
After roughly twenty minutes, it was time to plate and surrender to this luxurious and flavor-laden dinner!

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s still a bit brisk[it] outside…

So for a weekly Sunday supper, the dish started with a beautiful beef brisket that I seasoned with salt and dusted lightly with flour. This hunk of meat went into my cast iron pot to get a beautiful crunchy crust!
Once the brisket was browned, I pulled it out and placed it to the side while two Spanish onions got their own workout in the same pot and sweated it out… as soon as the onions were ready to ‘hit the showers’, the brisket went back into the pot and joined them, along with a bottle of root beer and some homemade BBQ sauce.
With the brisket partially submerged, on went the lid and it was time for a long relaxation period until the meat was tender and fall-off-the-bone[less]!
The brisket was shredded up, tossed back into the pot and mixed with the onions and sauce…
To go along with our shredded brisket ‘burritos’, a side of arroz con crema! Such a simple rice dish to prepare, but the flavor is out of this world… you combine four-five cups of prepared rice, diced poblano peppers [I roast mine on the grill], panfried corn [grilled during the summer months] and one cup of heavy cream. This all is stirred until it starts to ‘thicken’, then in goes shredded monterey jack and cojita cheeses. Lastly chopped cilantro is quickly incorporated and it’s on to eating! [I tend to not add salt… I know I know, but the cheese I feel offers enough]…
Piled high into the center of a light tortilla, dolloped with a hefty helping of homemade coleslaw and then a final tight roll! It was time to bite into this fragrant and tangy ‘burrito’. The flavors burst in our mouths and the coleslaw balanced out the slight heaviness of the brisket; this was just a wonderful Sunday evening dining experience!

at a low simmer…
-R

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south of the border…

So tonight was a nod to a summer favorite… guacamole! It’s been what feels like a while since I’ve made a fresh, creamy batch. Since we couldn’t [well I guess we could have] just eat a bowl of freshly made guacamole, I thought why not make a whole meal around it!
So marinated skirt steak fajitas and arroz con crema seemed to be the perfect idea… To top the fajitas, sautéed onions and peppers and fresh squeezed lime juice.
For the arroz con crema… I prepared some rice. Once the rice was done, in went two cups of heavy cream, chopped roasted poblano peppers [just tossed on the grill until charred, covered with plastic wrap and then peeled], pozole, cilantro, monterey jack and cojita cheeses. Everything was stirred until combined, melted and creamy!
To build up these skirt steak fajitas… a spoonful of the arroz con crema was spread on a tortilla, along with the sautéed onions and peppers, the grilled skirt steak, a dollop of the guacamole and a squeeze of the lime juice.
Each bite was full of so many different flavors… creamy, citrusy, sweet, savory! Guacamole thank you for an exciting meal…

at a low simmer…
-R

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after a week of filling gas tanks, now it was time to go out and fill our bellies…

So after close to two weeks of being home bound, it was time for a nice evening out to dinner… nothing fancy, just a trip to our new favorite Asian-fusion resto in the area!
With a great, chilled bottle of white in tow and some large appetites to fill, we were on our way!
The menu at this resto is vast with many delicious choices, however the decision was pretty much made once we decided on venturing over there that a ‘stone hot pot’ was in our very near future…
These mini, cauldron-like bowls offer a decent sized portion of rice, scallion, shredded carrot, onions, shiitake mushrooms and a protein of your choice, all topped off with an egg [which literally from the heat of this bowl cooks in front of your very eyes]!
Slightly saucy, full of flavor and never lacking… this was just what we needed on this brisk November night…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a hot pot I can warm up to!

After a day of Halloween preparation, whipping up dinner was just not in the cards… instead a serious craving for sushi was!
So we pulled a nice bottle of wine out of our wine fridge, hopped in our car and off we went!
Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by a hostess and whisked to our seats… The decor was modern and very enticing. One if the most unique elements that we noticed was a conveyor belt of sorts which trailed sampler sizes of sushi, sashimi and other appetizing little pleasures! You picked what intrigued you and paid based on the plate design…
Tonight instead of selecting from the belt, we ordered some well known appetizers [Negimaki and Harumaki], along with some sushi. In addition, we tried a ‘hot bowl’ as a main as well!
This ‘hot bowl’ was absolutely mind-blowing… seasoned rice on the bottom layered with a sliced breaded pork cutlet, topped off with a raw egg which cooks from the heat of this ‘hot bowl’… this was like nothing I have ever experienced, but have to say may have quickly become one of my new favorites!
It’s been a while since we’ve ventured out for sushi, but this may have been the night that changed it all again…

at a low simmer…
-R

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mexican flair…

Gosh I’m stuffed!! Tonight we went out for dinner and hit up one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. It is truly a hidden gem, that in recent times is becoming more and more visited.
We started off with a trio of fantastic appetizers… guacamole of course being one [I love the version they offer here], nachos [not served in the style many are used to] and an order of chicken quesadillas. Every bite was breathtaking and so eye-catching that I realized as I was stuffing my face that I forgot to get a full plate photo!! [forgive the close ups of the guac and quesadillas following]…
Onto dinner we went [I think we surprised the server when we ordered this course since the appetizers alone could have fed quite a few]… one dish was a skirt steak served in an adobo sauce, along with rice, refried beans and flour tortillas; the second dish was fried steak with onions served alongside black beans and rice…
The flavors were amazing and I honestly do not know how I was able to complete the entire dish, but then again I have never been one to back down from anything [meals included]!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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from rice to wraps [well burritos]…

So tonight for dinner I thought what would be a good change-up to the norm, then it hit me… burritos served with a cilantro and lime rice, ground turkey seasoned with tons of Spanish flair, shredded Manchego cheese, black beans and lettuce! Everything was wrapped into the perfect little package, cut on a bias and plated alongside homemade guacamole.
The rice [which in my opinion was the star] was simple… fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt to taste. The flavors were a touch floral and slightly tangy, but paired so well with all of the elements in the burrito!
To wash everything down… a crisp glass of Albariño… [ok who am
I kidding… definitely not a glass]

at a low simmer…
-R

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