still cookin’ May 4, 2008

Filed under: crepes,food,fries,meatloaf,popcorn,savory,seaweed,sweet potato — insomnisnack @ 8:48 am

I have been getting some gentle reminders that I haven’t been posting as much as usual. Thanks for reading! I often feel like this blog is an interior conversation, so it’s nice to know that my readership is still there. It might seem like the oven is cold, but really I’ve been cooking. I’m going to talk a bit about those meals, and encourage you to call on your creative powers to imagine what they looked like (alas, no photos – unless I recreate them, which could totally happen).

popcorn two-fer

holy cow! Allow me to introduce Alice. She made a delicious combination of stove popped corn with olive oil drizzle, green chili, salt, and seasoned seaweed (did I forget anything?). This one deserves a repost with photo, because it was creative and exquisitely tasty. I took a stab at a sweet version popcorn with local honey and toasted sesame seeds. Mmm!

chili-corn crepes

these were very good. I found a crepe batter recipe online (flour, cornmeal, chili powder, broth, eggs and butter – but I used olive oil), which required a quick combining in the blender. I made two fillings, one chicken and one tofu. I prepared a chicken breast and thigh with olive oil, salt and pepper, browning on the stove and then finishing in the oven. Seemed moist, but Andy will have to be the judge of that. I seared strips of tofu in a pan, and added chilis, lime juice, cilantro, avocado as filling.

meatloaf again?!

you better believe it. If you are eating at my table, you will see meatloaf. Or faux-loaf? Soy-loaf? You get the idea. Meat and potatoes dish, with a side of kale. The specialness for me was in the sweet potato fries (and the company), since the meatloaf is kinda spicy. I hope you liked it! Watch out for fire-bellies.


meaty loaf and frites September 27, 2007

Filed under: food,fries,golden produce,heirloom tomatoes,meatloaf,potatoes,savory — insomnisnack @ 11:35 pm

I’ve always loved meatloaf. Even when it contained meat! This is one of my favorite dishes to make. Very easy, you just take some veggie ground beef (I like Yves “Meatless Ground – original”), a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 diced bell pepper, a 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, chopped shallot or mild onion, and about 1, maybe 2 eggs. Mix ingredients, and bake for about 4o minutes at 375 degrees. My secret is to crumble Semifreddi’s “Super Garlic Croutons” in the blender/food processor and make my own breadcrumbs. I made a tomato sauce for the top out of thinned tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper, and placed golden heirloom tomato slices as a finish. Thanks, GP!

meatyloaf - heirloom tomato slices and sauce

As for the frites…basic russet potatoes, sliced into quarter inch width pieces. I read that in order to have crispy fries you need to soak them in cold water to remove excess starch, dry thoroughly, then fry them twice. The first fry was 325 degrees for about 4-5 minutes. The second fry was 375 for about 3-4 minutes or until golden. This method worked very well, I recommend it. Extra crispy and light!

frites out of oil

frites in a cone

And the very best part of all is that I get to have it for lunch tomorrow!! Yum.

leftover meatyloaf