food

Tarter Sauce revisited

Tarter Sauce v2 lowrezYears ago, I ate or tried to eat some commercially prepared Tarter Sauce and it spoiled it for me for years.

 

 

 

 

A couple of weeks ago I made a recipe that included some homemade Tartar Sauce so I choose to try making it. What a difference! Give it a try.

 

 

Ingredients 

  • 1-Tbsp. Dijon Mustard.
  • 2-Tbsp. Sweet Pickle Relish.
  • 2-Tbsp. Mayonnaise.
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Capers.
  • 1-Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar.

 

cooking, food

Left Over Lunch- Chicken Tagine with Cherry Tomatoes, And Dates over Couscous, and Marinated Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Nicoise Olives on the side.

Chicken Tagine2 lowrez

I do a lot of cooking and most dishes are for two so often I have leftovers. Saturday’s lunch was two dishes.  Chicken Tagine with Cherry Tomatoes,  and Dates over Couscous, with Marinated Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Nicoise Olives on the side.

I made the Chicken Tagines yesterday.

Chicken Tagine1 lowrezIngredients

  • 10 oz. Chopped Chicken Breast.
  • ¾ Cup Couscous.
  • 6 oz. Cherry Tomatoes.
  • 1 Yellow Onion.
  • 1 bunch Cilantro and Mint.
  • 2 cloves Garlic.
  • 1 oz. Dried Noor Dates
  • 2 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar.
  • 1 1 in piece Ginger.
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste.
  • 2 Tsps. Ras El Hanout.

 

Mise en place

  • Peel and roughly chop Garlic.
  • Peel and finely chop Ginger.
  • Peel and finely dice Onion.
  • Rough chop the Dates.
  • Half the Tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pick the Mint leaves off the stems and discard the stems.
  • Roughly chop the Cilantro.

Cooking

  • In a small pot boil 1 cup of water and the Couscous. Once boiling cover and turn off the heat for 7 minutes.
  • In a large pan heat 2-Tsp. Olive Oil and cook for 7 minutes. Set aside on a plate leaving any browned bits (the fond) in the pan.
  • Begin the Tagine. Add 2 Tsp. Olive Oil to the pan the chicken was cooked in then add the Garlic, Ginger, and Onion and cook until lightly browned.
  • Add the Tomato Paste, and Ras el Hanout and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Add the seasoned Tomatoes, the dates, and ½ cup of water. Cook 2 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Finish the Tagine. Add the cooked Chicken and Vinegar and cook 1 minute stirring constantly.

Divide the cooked Couscous between to dishes. Top with the Tagine. Garnish with Mint and Cilantro.

The marinated Cucumber, Nicoise Olives, and Cherry Tomatoes were pare of the Summer Vegetable Tartines I made last week. I think the extra week in the refrigerator helped.

cooking

Cheesey Summer Vegetable Quiche

Cheesey Summer Veg Quiche

Here is a great lunch for those summer days of great vegetables. If you don’t have to drive have a glass of wine with it.

Ingredients

  • 1-cage free Egg.

  • 2 small Pie Crusts.

  • 6 Oz. Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1-bunch of Chives.

  • 3-cloves Garlic.

  • 1-Red Onion.

  • 1-Summer Squash.

  • ½ cup Ricotta Cheese.

  • 4-Oz. Mozzarella Cheese.

  • Olive Oil

Mise en place 

  • Peel and finely slice the Onion. I used a mandolin.

  • Half the Tomatoes into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  • Peel and slice the Garlic.

  • Finely slice the Squash. I used mandolin.

  • Finely slice the Chives.

  • Tear the Mozzarella into small pieces.

Cooking 

  • Preheat oven to 425.

  • Heat 1-Tsp. Olive Oil in a frying pan and cook the Onions and Garlic for 4 minutes stirring frequently.

  • Add the Squash to the pan and continue stirring frequently for 2 minutes more.

  • Add the Tomatoes and continue stirring frequently. Then turn off the heat.

  • Wisk 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, the Egg, the Ricotta Cheese, and 2 Tbsp. water until smooth. Then add the cooked vegetables and gently fold together.

  • Spoon the mixture into the 2 pie shells, place the shells on a cookie sheet, and bake for 11 minutes.

  • Then remove from the oven and top with the torn-up Return to the oven but watch it to make sure the pie crust does not burn but is a golden brown and the Mozzarella has melted.

  • Remove from the oven for at least 5 minutes. Then garnish with some of the chives and serve with fruity white wine. I used a Chenin Blanc.

sansar

Sansar’s road to acceptance just got longer

Vive HMDJust the idea of putting something like this on my head was making me nauseous. But I was thinking of buying a head mounted display and trying one with Sansar until I heard the following, “if you are using a VR rig, you cannot see the chat, nor can you respond, because you cannot type while using the rig.”.

Assuming this is true it is a problem for me and probably some others. Why? Because of an injury I can’t physically talk but I can type. It seems if I bought a HMD I could walk around a look at things but I couldn’t communicate. This sure doesn’t seem like social VR to me.

Getting information about Sansar is not easy. Is this true?

astrophotography

Astronomical Images from the past. 8/10/17

Flame Nebula

I am going to add some of my astrophotography to this blog. I have been making astronomical images since early in the 21 century. These images are older images. Unfortunately, the computer I stored most of my astrophotography images on crashed and I lost most of the images.

The above image is the Flame Nebula. It is a sub section of the great nebula in the constellation of Orion.

T5-AniThe image was made with a remotely controlled .333 meter telescope in Mayhill, New Mexico, USA. The CCD camera was cooled close to 0 degrees centigrade and the exposure was about 3 hours to 72 registered and stacked FITS images using Red, Green, and Blue filters and processed with CCD and Photoshop software. I lost the image of the telescope but this is what it looked like.

Carinea Nebula

This is the Carina Nebula as viewed from a telescope in Siding Springs, New South Wales, Australia in 2014.

At present iTelescope has 20 telescopes in Spain, 2 locations in the US, and Australia. They are all remotely controlled over the Internet.

Refractor

They range from a refactor of 105 mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to

Big telescope

To the BCL .7 meter (27 inch) Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph with a 9 Megapixel CCD running at -35 degrees centigrade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cooking

Simple Spaghetti

Spaghetti Sauce lowrezI don’t always cook complicated dishes. Like the Yakiniku-Glazed Eggplant with Shishito Peppers and Ginger-Lime Cashews I made yesterday.  Sometimes I’m in a hurry or just don’t feel like taking the time. On days like that I usually make a version of spaghetti.

I’ve always liked spaghetti. My base sauce has

Ingredients for my base sauce

  • Crushed Tomatoes.
  • Sugar
  • Flaked Red Pepper.
  • Garlic
  • Red Wine.
  • Olive Oil.
  • Salt and Pepper.

That is my base sauce but often I’ll just look in the refrigerator or pantry and add something that I think will be good. Adding wilted spinach or mushrooms makes a good sauce. Lately I’m using sautéed Summer Squash a lot of the time.

Pasta

Dry Angel Hair Pasta lowrez

Most of the time I prefer Angel Hair Pasta. My pantry is full of it. But there are dozens of shapes.

If the sauce I make is thick I’ll use shells or some other shape.

Boiling Angel Hair lowrez

Something I’ve discovered recently by cooking my pasta in a small strainer in a small pot I’ll have the perfect amount for one person.

Spaghetti In Bowl lowrez

Transfer the pasta to a bowl, add some of the sauce, then top with some grated cheese. Then a glass of wine if you aren’t driving and you have a nice quick lunch.

cooking

Yakiniku-Glazed Eggplant with Shishito Peppers and Ginger-Lime Cashews.

Yakiniku-Glassed Eggplant with Shishito Peppers and Ginger-Lime Cashews lowrez

For those vegetarians amongst us. I’m not one of you but this dish is for you. I don’t eat that much meat. Humans evolved to be omnivores and I’m one. What meat I do eat does not go through the usual commercial meat network. It is what I call ethical food.

For example, chickens are free range and vegetarian fed even the beef (Which I eat only once a month.) is all grass fed and does not go through the feed lots and have hormones and other chemicals added.

Yakiniku-Glazed Eggplant with Shishito Peppers and Ginger-Lime Cashews.

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 3 oz. Shishito Peppers
  • 2-cloves Garlic
  • 2-Scallions
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Lime
  • ½ lb. Baby Bok Choy
  • 3 Tbs. Roasted Cashews
  • 2 ½ Tbs. Yakiniku Sauce
  • 1 1 in. Piece of Ginger
  • 2 Tbs. Mirin
  • 2 Tbs. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Sambal Oelek

 

Mise en place

  • Cut off and medium chop the leaves and stems of the Bok Choy.
  • Peel and roughly chop the Garlic.
  • Cut off and discard the root ends of the Shallots then roughly chop the white ends.
  • Cut the Eggplant into ½ in. rounds.
  • Cut off the pepper stems the cut cross ways into ¾ in. pieces.
  • Zest the Lime skin then get the juice.
  • Roughly chop the Cashews.
  • Peel and finely chop the ginger.

 

Cooking 

  • In a small pot combine 1 cup of water, the Rice, and a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling cover and reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook for 13 minutes and the water is absorbed. Transfer to a serving bowl and put aside in a warm place.
  • In a large pan heat 2 Tbs. of olive oil. When it is hot add ½ the ginger stirring frequently for a minute and a half. Add the Cashews and cook stirring continuously for 1 minute. Add the Lime Zest then transfer to a small bowl.
  • Blister the peppers in a heated pan for 2 to 3 minutes without stirring.
  • In the pan, you made the Ginger-Lime Cashews heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil on medium. When hot add the Eggplant rounds and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Add the diced Shallots and the remaining Ginger. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 1 minutes stirring constantly. Add the Bok Choy, Yakiniku Sauce, Mirin, Sambal Oelek, Lime juice, and ¼ cup of water. Cook stirring well for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the peppers.
  • Stir in the Sesame Oil to the Rice.

 

Yakiniku-Glassed Eggplant with Shishito Peppers and Ginger-Lime Cashews lowrezPlate your dish and garnish with the Cashews. Makes 2 servings. There will be a good bit of heat in the dish. I think that is good in a vegetarian dish.