Power Foods – Asparagus

You might remember, last week, I learned how to handle an artichoke, a brand new vegetable, to me.  This week, I learned how to  hide asparagus, in a recipe so that my husband, who has refused to eat it, since he was a child, wouldn’t know it was there.  When, we married, there were three foods, he would not eat, tuna, chicken and yes, asparagus.  Twice, I tried to have him see the light and made asparagus, the first as a newlywed and the second. twenty years later.  Both times, he soundly rejected the asparagus with moans and groans and a matching facial expression.

I knew, this was going to be a challenge.  I made a stir-fry, hoping to camouflage the asparagus, in the midst of other delicious vegetables. 

Camouflage Stir Fry  – done in great trepidation

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 thin asparagus spears, cut into small pieces (about an inch in length)

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 cup broccoli florets

1/2 cup carrot slices

1/4 cup sliced mini orange peppers

1/4 cup onion slices

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh is best)

2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey

Procedure:

Combine, in a small bowl, soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar or honey.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add vegetables to skillet and cook for 4 minutes.  You can add the asparagus for just the last minute, if you would like it to retain a slight crispness.

Add soy sauce combination to skillet and mix in with the vegetables.  Cook, stirring for an additional two  minutes.

*** I didn’t tell my husband, there was asparagus in the stir-fry but I figured, he would recognize it.  He didn’t.  He cleaned his plate completely.  I have to add that the soy sauce did camouflage the asparagus taste so that he ate with relish.  Can you imagine?  He was not perturbed when I told him those green “sticks” are asparagus.  He just kept eating.  Does that mean, he will eat asparagus, in the future?  I doubt it.   It is deeply ingrained in him that he despises it.

You are entitled to a giggle.  I made him this, the following night and he ate it.  Recipe at a later date…

 

Please check the following blog to see what they did with the asparagus.

Second Course: Asparagus with Morels

Second Course: Asparagus with Morels (Photo credit: ulterior epicure)

Jill – SaucyCooks 2girls@saucycooks.com
Sarah – Everythinginthekitchensink sarah.toskanoski@gmail.com

Patty’s Pasta


This recipe seems to fit my expectations of  Guy Fieri.  It has  an edge to it.  I think it is the horseradish.  Since, I can’t cook meat and dairy together, I had to make the decision whether to make this with the corned beef or cheese.  In truth, the corned beef had a lot more appeal, especially for a change of pace, but practically, I had cheese and did not have corned beef, so gushy cheese came out the winner or perhaps, we came out the winners.   I used about half of the cheese called for and it oozed cheese, anyway.

Patty’s Pasta  (adapted from Guy Fieri)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1/2 cup small diced carrots

  • 1 1/2 cups diced cabbage

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots

  • dash of  black pepper

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 1 cups heavy cream

  • 1  cup  milk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 2 cups grated  Cheddar 

  • 3/4 cup fresh peas, or frozen

  • 1 pound cooked spaghetti (I used brown rice pasta)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the butter and 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add the carrotsand cabbage and saute until they are just tender and the cabbage is starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the shallots and saute 3 to 4 minutes longer. Add  black pepper.

 Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add in the cream,milk, the mustards and the horseradish. Let simmer until the sauce has tightened up a bit, about 5 minutes. Stir in the shredded cheese and adjust seasonings, as needed.

Stir in the peas and the pasta, then transfer into a serving dish. Serve immediately garnished with the Parmesan.

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Veggie Burgers

I met a woman, online, a number of years ago and she shared a recipe for black bean burgers.  I thanked her and groaned because I could not imagine such an item, being good.  I never made it and I don’t have her recipe, today but wish I did.  I am going to check it out on the Foodie Sites because now, I do want to make it.

In the meanwhile,  I found in Susie Fishbein’s kosher cooking book, a recipe for the Ultimate Veggie Burgers and I made them.  What a pleasant surprise.  They are a nice change from beef burgers and a lot healthier.

What did my husband say? “They don’t taste like hamburgers,” followed by, “They taste good.”  I like them also.

Ultimate Veggie Burgers (adapted from Susie Fishbein)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup carrot, shredded (I used food processor to shred)

3/4 cup sweet potato, shredded (1/2 sweet potato shredded in food processor)

1/4 cup water

1` 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I used the mix in the photo)

1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup brown rice flour (or any flour )

zest of one lemon

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon fresh oregano

1/2 cup white beans, rinsed and drained

2 eggs

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil (I used safflower-wanted to use up the bottle)

Method:

Place carrot and sweet potato in a small bowl.  Add water and cover loosely for about four minutes.

Place rice,  sunflower seeds,  flour, lemon zest in to food processor bowl with metal blade.

Remove leaves from basil and oregano stems and add to the food processor bowl.

Pulse until everything is uniform but you can still see grains of rice.

In a medium bowl, mix together mushroom mix, carrots, sweet potato, white beans. eggs, salt and pepper.

Using my ice cream scoop, I made my patties, flattening them down in the pan and squaring off the edges, pushing sides up to give depth to patties.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Use one and one half tablespoons of olive oil for each batch, you are going to fry.

Put patties in hot oil and sear for 3 – 4 minutes, per side.

Serve on pitas or buns with tomato slices, cucumber slices and thin slices of red onion.

Take a bite and delight.Photobucket

Spinach Gefilte Fish Rounds

Gefilte fish is commonly served on the Sabbath in Jewish households.  With company, I want to spend time with, joining us, I wanted to do my cooking as early as possible.  One of the dishes, I made, is the gefilte  fish.  I have never made it this way, before.  I have all kinds of “exotic” recipes, using frozen gefilte fish.  As a foodie, I wanted to do something different.  I came across this recipe and I was in synch with it.

Making this is easy.  The most difficult part was squeezing the water out of the spinach.  That is not a job, I enjoy.  Otherwise, it is basically, mixing the ingredients in a bowl, transferring them to what you are baking them in and baking them.

Spinach Gefilte Fish Rounds  

Serves: 16
Ingredients
2 loaves frozen gefilte fish, thawed
1 carrot, shredded
2 10-ounce boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
Pepper
Method
Preheat oven to 350°.
Thaw fish and spinach thoroughly. Squeeze the spinach to remove as much of the water as you can. Really try to get it as dry as you are able.
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until spinach is well-distributed and the mixture is even in color. Spray a loaf tin, 8″x8″ square or round cake pan with non-stick spray.  As you can see, I used these round and small tins.  They just make a  more interesting appearance.  A loaf pan or round one would do, just fine.
Pour mixture into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 1 hour or until a golden brown crust forms.

(I decided half way through, to spray the tops with olive oil to aid the brow

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