Caitlin’s Curried Avocado Toast

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Avocados by twinsfisch on Unsplash

Caitlin, my son’s fiancee is a wonderful cook and she made curried avocado toast the other day that was delicious. Don’t know why I never thought of putting a spin on avocado toast, but why not?  Avocados are not a common food in the Indian Subcontinent at all, but putting those flavors together is incredibly good.

Ingredients:

1 avocado, seeded and peeled and very slightly mashed in a bowl
sprinkle of curry powder (Caitie used Madras Curry Powder)
pinch of Cayenne pepper
quick grind of black pepper
sprinkle of Maldon Salt

Toast a good, hearty bread. Scoop avocado onto toast and sprinkle with rest of ingredients. Devour.

Variations: Caitie also suggested an alternative of avocado, salt and pepper and chopped fresh rosemary, which I will definitely try. She also said avocado toast made on Herbes de Provence bread is amazing. I have a feeling this is going to be a summer of Avocado Toast at our house!

Tangy Fruit Salad

Another great recipe from Ree Drummond, that’s both pretty and delicious.  I ended up halving Ree’s original recipe, which serves 12, and still had more than enough for the 6 of us, with plenty left over for nibbling later.

The Orange Vanilla sauce adds just enough sweetness and tanginess to brighten everything up without being too sweet.  We loved it and had leftover fruit and syrup on vanilla ice cream the next day.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
juice of 1 orange
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 pints strawberries, hulled and halved
2 pints blueberries
1 cup red grapes, halved
1 cup green grapes, halved

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool, then stir in vanilla. Store in the fridge until cold.

Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate.  Just before serving, pour the syrup over the fruit, tossing gently to coat.

 

Migas: Tex-Mex Egg Casserole

Last Sunday all the kids were home so we had brunch. Maya requested Baked Apple Pancakes. I also made Migas and a tangy, fresh fruit salad – both recipes from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. These eggs were ridiculously delicious, especially paired with the pancakes and fruit.  I’ll add the fruit salad recipe later, but here is the best new breakfast dish I’ve had in a long time!

INGREDIENTS

4 corn tortillas
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes and peppers, with most liquid drained off (Ree uses 4 plum tomatoes and one seeded and deveined Jalapeno, chopped)
1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
12 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Cotija cheese, grated (may Use Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Etc.)
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup Half-and-half

In a bowl, whisk together eggs and half & half. Add salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large, cast iron skillet over medium heat, heat 1 Tbsp of of oil and fry each corn tortilla just until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop tortillas into 1″ squares and set aside.

Then in the same pan, melt the olive oil with the butter. Add onions and bell peppers and cook until starting to turn brown/black, about 7-8 minutes.  (You may need to turn up the heat a bit.)  Add in Rotel tomatoes and stir around, then add tortilla pieces, stirring gently to combine.

Reduce heat to low.

When the heat has decreased, pour egg mixture into skillet. Stir gently to cook with the peppers, folding mixture very gently as it cooks. This just take a few minutes. Add in grated cheese and chopped cilantro, and stir to combine.

Crazy delicious!!

Ground Turkey Fried Rice

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 cup grated carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1-2 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cups cooked brown rice chilled in the fridge (or 1 packet frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s, thawed)
1 tsp sesame oil

Garnishes

cilantro, rough chopped
green onions, sliced into little rings
sesame seeds
Sriracha
fresh limes, quartered
Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise (optional)

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggs and scramble fairly quickly, chopping them as they cook. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add in turkey, onion, carrot, garlic, ginger, and black pepper and saute for a few minutes, stirring to break up the meat.

Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin, and chili garlic sauce. Continue cooking until meat is no longer pink.

Stir in peas, scrambled eggs and brown rice and cook until heated through.

Drizzle with sesame oil and serve with garnishes. (Kewpie is our addition – Samir puts Kewpie on everything and I have to admit it was pretty delicious – but not strictly necessary.)

Note: I used an Indian Chili Garlic sauce which is hot, garlicky and a little sweet. If you can’t get Chilli Garlic sauce, substitute a blend of 1 1/2 Tbsp Sriracha, with 1/2 tsp brown sugar and 2 cloves of garlic, crushed. If you have fish sauce, add a 1/4 tsp of fish sauce, too.

Lemon Poblano Shrimp

Picked up some beautiful Poblano chile peppers from a farmer’s market while on vacation, which had great flavor and color. Poblanos are a mild, sweeter Mexican pepper and you could substitute red bell peppers if you can’t find them. But if you can get Poblanos – try them. They really add amazing flavor

Ingredients

1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 fresh Poblano chile peppers, seeds and ribs removed, diced
1 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Juice of 2 large lemons
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 12 Tbsp butter

Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium size pot. Add peppers and saute 3-4 minutes. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and shrimp and saute for 7-8 minutes until the shrimp is pink.

Add butter, lemon juice and Cilantro and saute another minute until warmed through. Check seasonings.

Serve over hot rice. Super quick and so good – Kumy loved this dish!

One Pan Oven-fried Chicken, Pork Chops or Cauliflower Steaks with Veggies.

Southern Living Magazine has done it again.  Another recipe that I am not entirely certain how I lived without.  I made it a few weeks ago and then again the other night when the kids were over for supper, and it is ridiculously good!

You can make it with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, pork chops, or even cauliflower “steaks”. (Just slice a cauliflower in half, and slice the halves into 3/4″ slices, without removing the stem.) I do love a meal that comes together in one pan, and this one is really cleverly done.  You can substitute almost any veggie as long as pay attention to cooking time, so use whatever you have on hand.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp dijon mustard (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp chopped dried rosemary, or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

1 cup panko bread crumbs
7 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs or 4 good sized porkchops, or 4 big cauliflower steaks.

1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
8 shallots, halved
12 oz fresh green beans, stemmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar.

Mix first five ingredients in a medium bowl, and save 2 tsp out. Add meat/cauliflower into bowl, and gently with remaining mustard mixture.  Place in a lightly oiled baking tray.

Mix panko bread crumbs with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Scoop the panko bread crumbs on top of the meat, dividing equally and patting gently on top.

In a the mustard mix bowl, toss together all veggies except green beans with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Scatter the veggies around the meat.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. Mix the green beans with 1 Tbsp olive oil and scatter over the veggies. Bake another 5-10 minutes until the green beans are slightly tender and all the vegetables are cooked.

Mix the 2 tsp of mustard mix with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar. Drizzle over the veggies and serve.

Alternate veggies:

1 large onion, cut into wedges
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 lb. baby potatoes, cut in half
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
1 lb. green beans

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

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Beautiful image of peppers by Csengele Horn-Barta from Unsplash.

Ree Drummond has a wonderful recipe for roasted pepper soup that I will make often – since it’s easy and so good. I did make a few changes, but stayed pretty true to Ree’s recipe.

Normally I always drain and rinse canned veggies, but because the peppers were in a glass jar, I tasted the red pepper jar liquid.  It wasn’t very salty and had lots of pepper flavor, so I tossed it in, too. Not sure if that breaks some kind of kitchen “law” – but it tasted great.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp chopped dry oregano, or 2 tsp fresh oregano, minced
1 good-sized russet potato, peeled and chopped into ½” cubes
3 jars (12 oz each) roasted red peppers, sliced – plus the jar liquid
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup half n half (Ree uses heavy cream)
1 tbsp cider vinegar (Ree uses red wine vinegar)
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add potato, roasted peppers, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix well and let cook for 5 minutes.

Add white wine and let it cook down for 3-4 minutes. Then add the stock and pepper jar liquid. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, checking to see that the potatoes are nice and soft. Remove from heat, and buzz with an immersion blender until everything is fairly smooth. Add cider vinegar, butter and 1/2 and 1/2 and let heat for a minute or two. Check seasonings.

Serve with fresh grated parmesan sprinkled on top. So good – and even better the next day.

I also stirred in a tsp of butter at the end, so you could do that too.

For a vegan version – leave out the 1/2 and 1/2 and butter, or substitute vegan butter.