Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Tasty Potato Dish

This is a dish I might not have ever dreamed up on my own, but the ingredients were in the larder and nobody was going to use them, so a new recipe was born.

Potatos - thin discs
Onions - julienne
Fresh Fennel Leaves - minced
Dill (dry or fresh) - minced
Olive Oil
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Preheat oven: 350 degrees Farenheit

Peel and cut the potatos. Put them into a big bowl and set aside.

Sautee Onions in enough oil to coat the potatos. Add fennel after a few moments. Add salt, pepper, and dill. Simmer over medium heat until the onions soften. Pour all of this over the potatos and toss so that the potatos are evenly coated.

Spread the oiled potatos one disc deep in an oven-proof dish. Bake for about 45 minutes.

Paprika is a good garnish on this.

"Oh, so joyful."

Externally, this age of conflict's chaos erupts;
Internally, exhaustion engulfs body and mind;
Secretly, vivid thoughts flood the conscious mind.
The practitioner who transcends these three
Keeps a happy mind and is oh, so joyful.

- H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Lamb (or Gimme Lean) and Eggplant in a Mustard Sauce

Serves 4

I came up with this on an evening when I was pressed for time and decided to make the most of it. The recipe definitely needs work. If anybody has ideas for how to improve it, please post a comment.

Main Ingredients
1 med Onion - Julienned
1/2 lb. Lamb or GimmeLean - Cut into 1" chunks
1 med Eggplant - Sliced into Strips 1/2" by 3"
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Thyme
3 Tbsp Paprika
1 or 2 Bay Leaves

5 Tbsp Mustard (from a jar)
1 1/2 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
... Mix well and then add...
1 1/2 c. Water, Broth or Wine

Warm olive oil in a heavy pan and Brown the Lamb or GimmeLean. Set aside the meat. Then, in the same pan, saute the onions for a few moments and add the Thyme, Paprika, and Bay Leaves. Add eggplant strips, cook until eggplant softens (stir constantly).

When the eggplant has softened, add the cooked meat to the onions and eggplant. Sautee for a few minutes and then add sauce and toss or fold together. Simmer. If you are using GimmeLean, simmer for only 5 to 10 minutes and then serve. If you are using Lamb, simmer for 20 minutes, or put the pan in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure there is enough liquid to have some sauce remaining after cooking.

Tags lamb recipe mustard experiment gimme lean vegetarian

Monday, March 27, 2006

Newfound Love for Homestarrunner

Homestarrunner has always been hit or miss, but Teen Girl Squad is a definite hit with me. It's all about the Secret Decemberween Gift Exchange.

On the other side of the coin, what's up with the live action shorts they've started posting? I'm not feeling it.