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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Steve"s Mole


2 tblsp guajillo powder

1 tblsp ancho powder

4 cups home made chicken stock

3 tomatillas,  cut in half 

2 tomatoes, cut in half

2 tablespoon Manteca ( lard )

1 onion, halved and thickly  sliced

½ head garlic, peeled and sliced

⅓ cup chopped peanuts

¼ cup raisins

2 tsp cumin 

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tblsp allspice 

5 whole cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons white sugar

Water as required

1 teaspoon salt

Italian Roasted Eggplant


2 large eggplant 

1 vidalia onion, chopped 

4 cloves garlic,minced 

1 fresh hot red chili, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp chopped basil

1 small can tomato paste 

1 tsp salt 

Pinch of sugar or balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

Preheat oven to 375°F. 
Trim the ends off the eggplant and cut lengthwise into eighths. 
Place skin side down on a baking sheet and roast until the flesh is browned.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, cook briefly. Add onion and chilies the stir fry until onions are clear. Add eggplant, 
tomato paste and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add basil, and a pinch of sugar. Toss. Add chopped basil, and correct seasonings.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Best Thai Coconut Fish Soup


Thai often combine fish flavors with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and coconut milk. For color they use a variety of colorful vegetable and herbs.

Bruised lemon grass
2 tblsp of olive oil
1/3 cup assorted grape tomatoes
Minced garlic
Scallions separated into two portion, white, a green
Minced ginger
Sliced mushrooms 
Fish sauce
10 Snow peas
Lemon peel 
3/4 pound white flesh fish ( haddock, cod, pollock, or catfish )
8 shrimp ( prefer head on, but cleaned)
Cilantro, Thai basil and or fresh spinach add-in with greens of scallions
Coconut milk

Optionally, add bruised kaffir leaves when adding coconut milk

Heat a wok until hot, add oil, when smoking, add garlic, ginger, scallions whites, smashed lemon grass. When cooked, add tomatoes, snow peas, fish sauce, lemon, black pepper, pinch of salt, coconut milk. When hot, add fish, shrimp and cook 4 minutes. Then add cilantro,basil,scallion greens. Serve.