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MORE FROM THE CARDBOARD CORNUCOPIA

We got another box of veggies and fruits. Here are some of them. Plus a nice healthy looking breakfast that features NONE of these fruits and veggies!

Avocados

Romaine lettuce, carrots, and cilantro

Gypsy peppers

Tomatoes

Fresh squeezed orange juice, tea, some sort of melon from the Korean market, a whole wheat waffle, and eggs. Yummy!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in adventure, food and drink

 

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MUSHROOMS WITH PONZU BUTTER

Recently Hubby and I bought a new cookbook, The Japanese Grill, by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat.

With some of the mushrooms from our first week of produce delivery, we made Foil-Baked Mushrooms with Ponzu Butter, a recipe from the book. It was awesome, and I am not a big mushroom fan. Then we made it again with shitake mushrooms. It’s so good over rice! Here’s a picture of it, followed by the recipe.

MUSHROOM RECIPE:

  • 1/4 cup Ponzu (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon shichimi togarashi (peppery Japanese spice mix)
  • 16 ounces of mushrooms, your choice, can be a mix of several varieties
  • 1/4 lime, cut into thin slices (lemon tastes good in this too)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cut a 3-foot-long piece of aluminum foil; fold in half lengthwise and set aside. Mix together the ponzu, salt, and shichimi togarashi in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms and gently toss to coat.

Transfer the mixture of mushrooms the aluminum foil sheet, arranging in a mound in the center of the foil. Lay the lime slices over the mushrooms and randomly scatter chunks of butter on top. Carefully fold one end of the aluminum foil over the other and pinch the sides to close, creating a neat pouch.

Preheat a grill to medium-hot. Place the pouch on the grate and grill for 10 minutes. Carefully open the pouch slightly to peek inside and check if the mushrooms are cooked through and sizzling. This can also be cooked in the oven.

Transfer the pouch to a plate, unwrap it, and remove the lime slices. Serve the mushrooms directly from the pouch.

 

PONZU RECIPE:

Combine the following:

  • 3 tablespoons sake (rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet cooking sake)
  • 1/4 cup citrus juice (I combine lemon and lime)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 6-inch piece kombu (dried seaweed)
  • 1/4 cup (about 1/8 ounce) tightly packed dried shaved bonito flakes (can be omitted for a vegetarian dish)

Cover and put in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight. Strain the ponzu through a cheesecloth or fine sieve; gently squeeze to press out the liquid. The ponzu will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in food and drink, recipes

 

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A CARDBOARD CORNUCOPIA

A couple of weeks ago Hubby and I began receiving organic fruit and veggie deliveries every other week through a “community supported agriculture” organization called Farm Fresh To You. It’s fun because we get fruits and veggies that we normally wouldn’t eat. The first week we got some mushrooms, lettuce, fava beans, radishes, oranges, potatoes, and stuff I am forgetting at the moment. This past week we got another nice selection, and I remembered to take a pictures of it.

Baby Turnips

Carrots

Flame Grapes

Gypsy Peppers

Green Leaf Lettuce - So Pretty!

Nectarines

Radishes

Rapini (Chinese Broccoli)

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in adventure, food and drink, fun

 

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OMG I MISSED NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY!!!

National Doughnut Day was last Friday (1st Friday of June) and I missed it!!!

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in food and drink, fun

 

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GRAY’S PAPAYA

I went to Gray’s Papaya in New York, a small chain that has many imitators, so I made sure to go to the original. It’s a hot dog joint, with 100% fruit juice drinks that are made fresh. I learned about this place from Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. I think the main thing that makes this place popular is that it’s so cheap.

Hurray for Gray's Papaya!

All the signs and decorations inside. I don't know who's head is in my shot.

I got the fresh papaya drink. It was very tasty.

After eating hot dogs any digestion aid is good.

You can't beat this special! I heard they are opening up a Gray's Papaya in Hollywood. I wonder if they will have the same prices.

Here is my meal. I didn't get the combo, just one dog with mustard and a papaya drink. There are no tables, just a counter. If you go, order the combo, one dog is not very filling.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in adventure, food and drink

 

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