Sunday, March 3, 2013

Small Kitchen Stories: Meatballs and Lentils

  The first twinges of Spring make their selves known to me when I hear whispers: It is now OK to empty out the Winter Emergency Pantry Supplies.
  Thus it was time to do something with the box of lentil soup and the vacuum packed chicken meatballs.

Lentil Stew with Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs, pre cooked.  Mine were caramalized onion and delicious.
Lentil Soup Box.  Mine was "organic" and compellingly good.
Cauliflower or any veggy needing to be cooked rather than trashed.

Ok, it is another Rice Pot dinner.  Into the Rice Cooker add in some olive oil ( forgot to add to the list above; so you get the idea this is a lazy cooking effort ) and heat up to sizzling.  Then add in the mushrooms and the veggys.  Saute a bit.  Add in the Lentil Soup and the Meatballs.  Throw in some wine and a dab or two of the mustard.  Put on the top and let it simmer for 25 minutes or so.

Dessert: sliced blood oranges topped with rice pudding!

Ta Da!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Small Kitchen Stories: Meyer Lemon Compote

  I love it when the Giant surprises me with a little something special as it makes up for all those sad times when my favorite items have been pulled...... for good.
  Did you hear me squeal when I picked up a net-bag of Meyer Lemons?  All the produce staff did!
  This was the very first time I ever bought this Lemon, now made famous by Martha Stewart.  As I drove home I contemplated what this would become.  Winter is when I crave a deeply complex fruity compote.  A compote it would be.
  The Meyer Lemon is a cross of a lemon and a clementine, and thus the flavor goes more tropical than Mediterranean.

Meyer Lemon and Banana Compote

Meyer Lemons, 4, peeled, seeded and cut into small chunks.
Peel from one lemon, cut into tiny-tiny pieces.
Raisins: soaked in white wine or Orange Juice
Bananas, 2, cut into chunks
White Wine and/or Orange Juice
Cardamom seeds from two or three pods.

    In a nice deep heavy pot combine all of the above, except for the honey and liquids.  Add enough liquid to cover the fruit.  Add honey to taste.  You might need more than you imagine.  Simmer until all fruits are soft and plump.  Remove from the heat and cool.
    Use to top rice pudding, yogurt, cottage cheese, pound cake!

Ta Da!