30 December 2008

Chili Sin Carne

ok, so it isn't chili. I know this. But it is a pretty damn tasty chili like substance for those who either are not eating meat, or simply are too lazy to go to the store for a pound of ground round (but happen to have tempeh on hand).

1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/4 cup turnip, diced
1 jalapeño, minced
2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pound Tempeh, cubed
1 cup cooked rice or grain of choice
1 can diced tomato, pureed
3 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
Salt and pepper TT
Some water

Sautee veggies in olive oil until softened, add tempeh and sautee until browned. Add tomato purée, spices, rice and water, and simmer until thickened and tasty. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve with cornbread and ridiculous amounts of cheddar and sour cream.

Notes: I used turnips, because I had them. I used rice, which happened to have a 1/2 cup or so of beans in it, because that was the container of leftovers I had in the fridge. I used Tempeh, because I got a gift certificate to the hippy market and thought it looked interesting. Point being, play with it. Remember, recipes are starting points.

There it is. Please don't revoke my Texan status.

10 December 2008

turnips and tops

get whole turnips, greens and all.
Peel roots if older (bigger) or leave young peel on.
Cut up roots. Sautee in olive oil until they start to brown.
While they are cooking, smash a little garlic and add that in
Also, chop up the greens and add those in.
Add a glass of white wine to the pan, cover, and simmer 15-30 minutes until greens and roots are tender.
Finish by stirring in a pat of butter (or duck fat) and a squeeze of lemon.

toaster resolution

So one of my New Years resolutions this year is going to be to Write down recipes. I tend to kind of make things up on the fly or google what I want to make, then throw it together with some modifications, which works great, until someone asks how to reproduce the item. Then I have to say something along the lines of "well... ummm.... i put some stuff in it..." I am also going to try to continue to twitter new or interesting items that I make. The combination of those two ideas leads to my request.
If you see me twitter/facebook/blog something that you want to know about, ask me to email you the recipe. I don't believe in secret ingredients or secret recipes, so ask away.

To start out early, here's an idea taken from a NY times/Emeril/the internet somewhere, i think...

Candied Bacon

Take thick cut bacon and lay it out on a cookie sheet (the kind with a lip)
Mix 1 cup brown sugar with 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
Coat bacon slices thoroughly with sugar mixture
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy and bubbly.
Cool slices on wire rack
Eat as is, or chop and use to top a salad, or use whole on a sandwich (ham, cheddar, thinly sliced apple maybe?)