Category Archives: Healthful Eating

Hawaiian-Style Lunch For Two At Home In The Middle Of The Desert

Yup, that’s right.

My husband made a request the other day, he said that he was really ono (hungry for) for some Poke and Sushi.  Well, I was out and about and stopped into my favorite green grocer.  HEH! They’ve got a Sushi Counter, ya know the kind were they make it right in front of you to take home, complete with Wasabi, Pickled Ginger and a small packet of Shoyu (they had chopsticks and forks too 😉 ).

Also in the fresh fish case they had Ahi fillets, CHEAP…I love this place.

DING DING DING!!!  LUNCH!  YUM!

When I got home, I made up a batch of Shoyu Ahi Poke with a beautiful half pound Ahi steak and served that with the Unagi (Fresh Water Eel) Nigiri Sushi.

What a treat!

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

Meyer Lemons just arrived in our local Green Grocery.  These little darlings have the most wonderful smell.  They kinda brighten up a Winter’s Day.  I wanted to try something different with them, AH!  Flavored Salt.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars

I found these jars at the Mega-Mart and thought this would be perfect for Food As Gifts.

So here’s how it went …

 

Auntie Doni’s Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

½ C. Coarse Sea Salt

2 Meyer Lemons, zested (approximately 2 Tbsp. of zest, no white pith please)

2 Tbsp. fresh Thyme, cleaned and dried well (leaves only, stripped off the stems)

Place all of the ingredients into a Food Processor and whiz it up to the coarseness of your choice.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars filled with my Sea Salt

You’ll have enough Salt to fill 2 four ounce Mason Jars.

Refrigeration is not necessary in an airtight container, such as a Mason Jar.  Your infused salt will last indefinitely in a cool, dark cupboard.

Shucks, I had to use different jars

And this my friends is why I had to return those uber cute jars, they’re not airtight, DANG IT!!  I transferred the salt into regular 4 oz. jars, fitted with new lids and rings.  Oh well.  But I mean, come on man!  How great does that look?!

I shared a jar with Missus Dear Friend, who has tried her share of the bounty on acoupla things already.

Her first try was on some Baked Salmon Fillets served with her KILLER Caesar Salad; next was her outstanding Guacamole, MMM!

The possibilities are endless.

*Cook’s Tip: You don’t need to go out and buy expensive labels.  Use your favorite Word Processor and print out whatever you like, in the font and colors that tickle your fancy; use your choice of crafting scissors and a glue stick.  That’s it.  It’s simple, cute and the label will wash right off with warm, soapy water.

Enjoy!

Fish Vera Cruz Style Ala Missus Dear Friend

I’ve mentioned my Dear Friend before several times here on my blog.  A few months back she and her husband decided, for better health, that they would go Gluten Free-Dairy Free-Pescetarian.  We started to talk about different Seafood, mainly Fish, recipes.  I suggested this one for them

https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedesert.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/vera-cruz-style-fish-our-way/

Might tasty!

So as we talked about this particular recipe, I suggested that I contribute to her pantry some of the ingredients to make up this dish and she could go from there if they enjoyed it.  There’s no sense in investing in a whole jar of capers and you discover that you don’t care for them, then what?  Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, make it your own.  If you don’t like a component, leave it out.

WOW! Missus DF you knocked it out of the park girl friend!!  She used Cod, which is a nice mild fish for sure, and her choice for a side dish was Cabbage Steaks.  If you’ve never tried them, do!!

So if you’ve been following my blog over the past 4 years and you’ve EVER tried any of the recipes or concepts that I’ve posted, please let me know…a photo of the dish would be awefully nice too 😀

A Different Twist On Salad Dressing

I really like to make my own Vinaigrette.  This way, I know what’s in it; I can control the amount of salt and vinegar, which we don’t care too much for.

My husband just loves Anchovies added to his salad, so I found some in a jar at one of those high end markets and he went absolutely wild for them.  Mind you, they’re not cheap (as compared to the stuff in a tin), so when he finished off one of his jars, I noticed there was all this oil left and it had that potent fish smell and taste to it.

Hmmm  💡

What if I used that oil in the dressing?  Let’s try it.

Homemade vinaigrette ingredients

Anchovy Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp. Anchovy Oil

4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Mustard

1 Garlic Clove, finely minced

1/2 tsp. dried Oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Find some sort of covered glass container that you’d like to keep your dressing in, I use a half pint mason jar.

First into your jar is the vinegar, then the salt, I use just a pinch.  Shake well to dissolve the salt into the vinegar. Next in is the Mustard (this helps to emulsify the dressing), what ever type you have on hand, I have Spicy Brown Mustard in our `fridge; give it another good shake.  Everybody else, into the pool… Add the remaining ingredients and give it one more health shake.

Oops, don't forget the mustard in your homemade vinaigrette

Isn’t that beautiful? (oops, I forgot the Mustard in the other photo  😀 )

Give it a taste!  It does not taste like anchovies! Believe me, I can’t stand anchovies; I gross out ever time I come near them, ACK! :/  But this dressing has that umami flavor, that nice mouth-feel, ya know?  It truly is good.  And yes, you got it!  The basic recipe that I use for any Vinaigrette is 1:3, one part Vinegar to 3 parts Oil, easy-peasy.

Keep your dressing in the refrigerator and it’ll be okey-dokey for a super long time, but I think it’ll be gone pretty quickly.  ⭐

Missus Dear Friend was just saying the other day that she too will be making her own salad dressing, so I made an extra jar for her as well.

ENJOY!

(As always, remember that a recipe is just someone else’s idea.  Take it and make it your own, using different components, like maybe Rice Wine Vinegar or Canola Oil .. the skies the limit 😉 )

A Bit Of Home In Central Arizona

It has been a VERY stressful, well, seven months for my husband and I, what with listing our home, open houses, 3 offers to buy our home and finally selling it, MAN!  It’s rough, let me tell you.  So we both decided that we needed some comforts from home, Hawaii that is!

Cucumber Sushi

The first dish I made was Cucumber Sushi, super easy!

Limu Ahi Poke

Next up was some Limu Ahi Poke, MMM!  Now that just screams Hawaii, doesn’t it?

As I always do, I made WAY  too much food.  You know the drill, I gotta share it, so who better than our new landlords.  We’ll just say that Mister Landlord liked the sushi.

Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce

Every so often, I make an attempt to expand our culinary palates, I mean DH’s mostly, HA!  Some of my foodie-buddies pointed me towards Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce, hmmm, okay, this might work.

Trader Joe's Curry Simmer Sauce

Back home in Hawaii, Chicken Curry Stew is popular, so I thought, this could turn out to be pretty ONO (delicious) with an Indian-style sauce? Let’s see.

We’ve tried this twice now …

Chicken Curry and Rice

My first crack at Curried Chicken and Rice

I must tell you that this sauce has some zip-a-dee-doo-dah spicy kick to it, but a nice heat though; not the kind that you can’t take more than one bite of.  DH said, “WOW! This is HOT!” and yet he cleaned his plate.

This second attempt was as a Chicken Curry Stew with diced Potatoes, Carrots, Celery and Onions… MAN, was that GOOD!

I used half of the jar of sauce with each go-around and maybe 2 cups of diced boneless/skinless Chicken Thigh meat, if that much.  For the stew, I added about a cup each of the veggies.  This made three servings, so you adjust for your table. Very tasty, I would recommend you try it.

`Member now, recipes are just someone else’s idea (and you don’t always need a recipe, just an idea), you take them and run with it, make it your own.

ENJOY!

 

Homemade Chunky Applesauce

Source: Homemade Chunky Applesauce

MMM!  I made another batch of this wonderful Chunky Apple Sauce the other day. This goes so well with just about anything on your table, at any meal.  This makes a thoughtful gift as well.  Oh, how about taking the family to a local Orchard and picking your own apples.  How ever you get your fruit, do please try this recipe.