Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Two great home-cooked meals


Saturday night: sockeye salmon from Costco (I hate that place!) with fruit salsa. Recipe: one nectarine, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch dice, 2 Tbsps diced sweet onion, one large Roma tomato, diced, 1/2 to one jalapeno - seeded or not depending on how hot you like it! Mix together with a splash of EVOO and one to two tsps lime juice and a handful of chopped cilantro. I also made a version of this adobo-style eggplant. Trim ends and peel some of the skin from two large Japanese eggplants, then cut into one-inch-thick diagonal slices. Saute in oil until soft, Add 1/4 cup sliced onion and 1 cup haricots verts (French green beans - from Costco, as was the eggplant). Cook until onion is slightly soft, then sprinkle with one to two teaspoons sugar, 2 to 3 Tbsps shoyu, 2 to 3 Tbsps. vinegar, and garlic salt to taste.

4th of July Monday night: whole wheat spaghetti, 16/20 shrimp cooked with EVOO, homemade basil pesto from the freezer and wine to deglaze the pan. I made two salads: peeled and sliced 3 lovely beets and julienned them. I also julienned a finger. Ow! Mixed with Angel Pietro ume dressing, diced sweet onion and chiffonade of fresh basil. Instead of making namasu, I turned the remaining three cucumbers I talked about here into cucumber salat: trim ends and peel skin in strips, halve and remove most seeds. Slice thinly and sprinkle with 2 tsps sea salt. Mix and let sit for at least an hour. Slice 1/4 sweet onion and 2 cloves of garlic and mix in. Stir together 3 Tbsps vinegar, 2 Tbsps EVOO, 1 tsp sugar and mix into cucumbers.

The DH groaned with pleasure over both of these dinners - and that is the highest praise!

Happy Eating to you all!

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