Shukshuka

    • 2 bell peppers, roughly chopped
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp toasted coriander seed, ground
    • 2 tsp toasted cumin seed, ground
    • 1 tbsp Sweet Hungarian paprika, ground
    • 1 small jalapeño, chopped
    • 1 tbsp Hungarian Hot Paprika paste
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 fresh tomato, chopped
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 tbsp Salt
    • 1 tbsp Pepper
    • 3-5 large handfuls spinach or hearty green
    • 3-5 Oz.Goat cheese, canelles
    • 3-6 eggs
    • 2-3 oz of extra virgin oil
  • You can use a food processor to speed up the process but you’ll get less uniform bell peppers. My tip: use a knife to chop the bell peppers into the shape you like – but use a food processor for everything else. Even the spices. It is a stew after all.
  • Chopped parsley and fresh or preserved lemon to garnish. Serve with toasted loaf of bread, sliced.

    1. Mix chicken stock with all spices and pastes, reserve.
    2. Sauté onions med-low in EVOO, season, cook for 5-10 min.
    3. Add bell peppers and tomato season, sauté another 5-10 minutes.
    4. Add garlic and jalapeño, cook for another few min then add paste-spice mixture, stir.
    5. Cook on simmer covered for 20-25 min.
    6. Add goat cheese, crack eggs and nest half the spinach in the stew.
    7. Cover, cook another 5-10 min. Top with parsley and serve with lemon and toasted crusty bread.
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    Roast beef and fondant style potatoes

    Ingredients

    • 3-4 lb grass fed strip (top loin) roast
    • 3 tbsp salt
    • 3 tsp pepper
    • 3 cups homemade chicken stock
    • 3 tsp “beef base” base paste (I recommend “Better than Bullion” brand)
    • 1 tbsp gelatin
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1.5 tsp dry “herbs de Provence” or a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary
    • 3 cloves
    • 10 pepper corns
    • 10-12 med size golden Yukon, peeled (i like the ones that are a bit larger than eggs, but as you wish)

    Equipment

    • 12 inch oven safe stainless pan
    • Sieve/strainer
    • peeler
    • Small sauce pan (5 cup)
    • Meat thermometer

    Instruction

    1. PREP the meat: call your butcher and ask for a strip roast, 3 to 4 lbs. Trim the front bit of meat that is sinewy and attached to the ribs when you get home. Reserve and refrigerate scraps. A day prior to cooking, salt and pepper roast generously. Reserve and refrigerate.
    1. PREP the potatoes: peel, slice tips off potatoes then slice in half. Salt and pepper, toss, reserve.
    1. PREP the stock: thaw 3 cups of homemade chicken broth. Add 2 tspn beef base to chicken stock, mix. Taste, add more beef base if necessary. Using cheese cloth or spice bag – combine cloves, pepper corn, bay leaves and dried herbs. Tie and reserve.
    1. SET oven to 300F.
    1. ADD high heat cooking oil to skillet. Then add roast fat side down. Scatter meat scraps around roast.
    1. MEDIUM heat on stove.
    1. BROWN roast 8-10 min / golden brown.
    1. TOSS and brown scraps.
    1. TURN roast, Brown for another 2-3 min.
    1. REMOVE roast and scraps, reserve
    1. BROWN potatoes, wide side down in fat and oil left in skillet. MEDIUM heat for 15-20 min / golden brown.
    1. TURN potatoes, 1 by 1 checking for fineness. Cook another 5-10 min on other side.
    1. OFF heat.
    1. ADD layer of tin foil on top of potatoes. Make roughly 5 holes for drippings.
    1. ADD roast to skillet and put in oven for 40-55 min – 300F convection / 280F temperature if your oven runs hot.
    1. ADD browned scraps, gelatin and spice sack to broth. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer for about 15-20 min.
    1. DRAIN broth (jus) through strainer and then into a fat separator. Reserve jus.
    1. CHECK internal temp at around 40-45 min.
    1. REST and tent roast in foil when internal temperature comes to 115-125F.
    1. ADD reserved broth to potatoes, return to oven and up heat to 550F/BROIL.
    1. BOIL BRAISE potatoes in broth for 20-30 min while meat rests.
    1. CARVE roast.
    1. PLATTER potatoes.
    1. SERVE with jus (finished broth). Green salad and horseradish cream are wonderful accompaniments.

    Chili-cured chicken legs

    Do you like bacon? Do you like pepperoni? Do you like chicken (duh). Then make these chicken legs. I use free-range bird from my butcher, but it’s not a prerequisite. Use a smokey, earthy chili paste or harissa to give the chicken meat that deep bacony spicy vibe – without the nitrates!

    Ingredients 

    4 chicken legs
    1.5 tbsp salt
    .5 tbsp pepper
    1 tsp sugar (optional)
    3/4 cup BoyEatsWorld chili paste, BoyEatsWorld harissa or high-quality Harissa
    2 tbsp of butter

    Marinate/cure

    Salt and pepper the chicken legs and add to Ziploc bag
    Add the chili paste or Harissa and optional sugar to the bag
    Smush and toss the chicken legs so they have an even coat of the chili mixture
    Let the chicken legs marinate up to 2-3 days in the fridge

    Roast @ 425 degrees F

    Use tinfoil to cover a jelly roll/sheet pan, then add a rack,
    Place the chicken legs across the rack with a little of the sauce on each one (sometimes I sprinkle with a little BoyEatsWorld dry seasoning before roasting)
    Roast at 425 for about 20-25 min, then baste with butter
    Add the legs back to the oven for another 20 minutes

    Service
    Remove from heat, allow 10 minutes to rest before serving hot.
    The chicken tastes great cold, either right of the bone or pulled for a sandwich or salad.

     

    Swiss Chard Aloo “Saag”

    6 leaves Swiss Chard, roughly chopped
    6 stems Swiss Chard, diced
    2 tbsp butter or ghee
    1 small onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
    1 tbsp salt
    1 tbsp pepper
    1 tspn ginger root, minced or grated
    2 tspn toasted coriander, ground
    2 tspn toasted cumin, ground
    1/2 tspn cayenne pepper, ground
    1 toasted cardamom pod, ground
    1 dash of ground nutmeg
    2 yukon gold potatos, skinned and cut into medium sized cubes
    4oz cup chicken stock
    4 oz coconut milk

    4 servings 

    I was having one of those “I have nothing to cook” mornings and couldn’t inspire myself to go to the grocery store. But after scanning around my pantry and fridge I found onion, swiss chard, garlic, and potatoes and I had just gone to Kalystians so I had really good coriander seeds. Next thing you know I’m making a mock-curry. I LOVE Indian aloo saag, a rich and spiced blend of spinach and potatoes. But Indian food is expensive and I can never order just one curry – so I figured let’s give it a try with chard instead of spinach. The result: Heavenly homemade curry. Make a bunch, it keeps well as leftovers.

    In a medium-large pot, add butter over medium heat. Add onions, chopped chard stems, salt, pepper, cook for 5 min.

    Meanwhile, toast spices in a small dry pan, then blend in a spice grinder or mini-food processor (or mortar and pestle but why? Get a mini food processor or spice grinder)

    Add garlic, ginger and ground spices to onion base. Stir and cook on medium low for another 5 min, until stem-onion base is tender and fragrant.

    Add chard leaves and cook on medium for about 3 minutes

    Add coconut milk and chicken stock a and stir. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer

    Add potatoes, stir, cover. slow cook for about an hour on low heat setting, stirring occasionally.

    Soy garlic weeknight salmon

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    This weeknight wonder is great for anyone who is low on time, yet is health conscious. The salmon only needs about 20-30 minutes to marinate and get deep flavor. During that time, prep your veggies and/or starch and you can have a full meal ready in under an hour (including washing up!). You can easily do one fillet, or up to six. Adjust your acids if you desire, use Ponzu instead of Soy Sauce. Put in some cilantro to add freshness or mustard to up the spice. Do your thing and make it yours. Just remember to make more or less marinade depending on how much fish you’re cooking.

    For two servings

    2 skin-on salmon fillets or steaks (about 5-7 oz each, pinbones removed)
    1/3 cup low sodium tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
    1/3 cup of rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon fish sauce
    1 teaspoon of white sugar or honey
    1 clove of garlic (smashed and minced)
    1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (smashed and minced)
    1/2 teaspoon of pepper

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

    Place salmon  in a prep bowl or dish.
    Add tamari, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger and pepper to salmon fillets, toss to cover.
    After 10-15 minutes, flip fish in marinade.
    Once fish is fully marinated (10-15 more minutes) move fillets to a parchment lined jellyroll pan.
    Roast for 10-12 minutes for medium rare.
    Serve immediately or keep warm up to 30 min in a cooling/slighly open oven.

    Enjoy!