Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pork Chops with Cranberries

I planned to cook pork with ginger and apples for today’s dinner, but the store was out of ginger. So I bought a bag of fresh cranberries instead (they were conveniently located underneath an empty ginger box) and figured that there must be some pork-apples-and-cranberries recipe on the net.

Not surprisingly, there are many. I picked this one, but enhanced it to my taste. It came out better than I expected. I will cook it again (hence the post)! So here is what I used: Continue Reading
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak

Spinach and feta stuffed flank steak.This was a nice break from my regular repertoire, and it took under an hour to cook. I am not sure I’ll do it again any time soon, but I thought that it was worth posting here just in case.

For stuffing I mixed some feta cheese with a pack of frozen spinach (defrosted the spinach fist of course), then added minced garlic clove, some lemon juice and lemon zest. I also boiled two eggs.

I butterflied a flank steak, rubbed it with salt and pepper, put spinach mixture and eggs on top, rolled the whole thing up and tied with the twine. Then I brushed the meat with some olive oil and put under broiler for 20 minutes.

I served it with baked corn (brushed with butter, rolled in foil and baked in the oven), whole wheat pasta and sauteed spinach with green beans. For the saute I steamed the beans first for a few minutes; then heated a tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan, added 2 cloves of garlic and fried until fragrant; added beans, sauteed for a few minutes; then added spinach, salt and lemon juice and sauteed for 1-2 additional minutes.

As I said, it was a nice break from my regular stuff. My favorite part was a lemony-garlicky saute, although the steak was Ok too.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pork Chops & Green Beans Salad

Pork Chops & Green Beans Salad.What I like about this meal idea is that it can be easily cooked on a week day, but it is still sophisticated enough for a weekend special. I did not use any recipe for pork chops, but rather added ingredients based on common sense. The salad idea was taken from one of the wonderful cooks (Клара_С) of kuking.net forums.

For pork chops I used:
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Continue Reading
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Salads, Movies, Languages

Green bean, squash, kale, zucchini and cantaloupe salad.This is another experiment with green beans. I have to say that I still like the simplest salad the most, but one can get tired of the same thing over and over. I mixed together some green beans, zucchini shaved with vegetable peeler, “massaged” kale, fresh cantaloupe, roasted almonds, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper and some salt. Danya did not care for it, but I enjoyed it — even more, considering how healthy it is!

Aroshka also tried cantaloupe today — it seems that he quite liked it!

And since we normally watch movies while eating, might as well throw it in this post. We’ve finished the 3rd season of The Wire last night. It wasn’t bad, but somewhat depressing — no matter how many hydra’s heads you take off, there are always more popping up to replace them. We started watching 2nd season of the Mad Man today. I enjoy this show quite more, even though it seems like I miss half of the content. Not sure if this is the nature of the show, or if my English is not strong enough. Anyhow, it also makes me sad somewhat, but it’s witty, and I like that!

Oh, and on the subject of languages — good news for those of us who are actively bilingual. Pretty much, it strengthens the mind (not surprisingly) — an article in NY Times outlines the benefits more clearly.

And lastly, a few words about weather — it is hot and humid, and I really hate it! I wish NY summers were more like NY springs. I can only go outside with Arosha either early in the morning, or in the evening before his bedtime. Today we went out at 8 a.m., and in an hour it was so bright and hot, that our poor baby was hiding his head on my chest (I had to take him out of the stroller). We sleep with AC and today we’re actually running it all day. I think it gives Arosha a runny nose, but none of us can tolerate the temperature otherwise.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Green Beans, Corn & Feta Salad

I am in love with green beans this season. Don’t know why, but they taste just so darn good! I even opted for chicken with green beans while ordering Chinese for lunch the other day.

Green Bean Salad.Anyhow, I stumbled upon this Corn and Feta Cheese Salad last week, and decided to try it. I just HAD TO add green beans to it though, ya know? It came out pretty good — I ate it all by myself (it had 1 lb of green beans and kernels from 4 corn ears) in two settings. Now what green bean salad make do next? Any ideas?

Forshmak Pro Sandwich.Oh, and just the lunch idea for those of you who like forshmak (a.k.a. chopped herring salad) — spread it on your choice of bread, top with fresh cucumber and boiled egg slices and (this is important!) eat with some green bean salad.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lunch Time

Lunch.While Aroshka was sleeping, I quickly fixed myself some lunch — boiled buckwheat, roasted a few chicken thighs and sweet potatoes in the oven and made this awesome green bean salad. I can’t get enough of it in the last few days!

Arosha eating green beans.It looks like Aroshka approves too. By the way, the green bean he is eating is taken directly from the salad, so it has a bit of hot pepper, garlic, olive oil and other good stuff on it. He ate a bit of buckwheat kasha as well.

Eating banana.And we finished it off with an excellent desert — a banana! Granted, Aroshka ate a miniscule amount of each food, but he had fun, and it all that counts for now.
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