Happy Halloween from Me and Veggiewise!

Happy Halloween from me and Veggiewise!

Here’s my original post with details of how I made him!

Veggiewise floats!

Roast Beef with Debris Gravy and Roast Vegetables

The State Fair of Texas is cancelled for the year, and our family always has a great time there. There’s tons of fun food, but I always get a roast beef po’ boy with debris gravy. And weird beer. Texas and Louisiana are neighbors, so there’s a lot of sharing. Whenever I make po’ boys at home, I use this recipe. PARASOL’S STYLE ROAST BEEF PO BOY RECIPE from NolaCuisine.com. Great blog! You may look at it and your eyes may get huge in horror when you read about simmering the roast and using Kitchen Bouquet in the gravy, but you just have to trust her. It’s so flippin’ lickable!

Okay, so hopefully I wont offend the author with my completely inauthentic use of her insanely delicious beef. But I’m a tinkerer. I’ve made her po’boys exactly as she commands in the recipe. So yummy! But, I’ve also turned it into a po’boy salad when I was in a more salad-y, less bread-y mood. It was awesome. Tonight, I’m using it in my 800 gram of produce challenge in my roast dinner. 345 grams per plate, which puts me at 1003 for the day. Woohoo!

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Jen’s Garlicky Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes

I went looking for a link to this blogpost yesterday, only to find I’d never blogged about it. Huh. It’s a family favorite. Super easy, delicious, and filled with all the make your body feel oh so good stuff. It has 447 grams of produce towards the 800 gram a day challenge. Hope you love it!

Jen’s Garlicky Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes

Serves 4

2 Eggplants – Peel stripes and cube 
2-4 Tablespoons olive oil (go with your preference)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Toss.  Roast at 400 for about 20 minutes. Set aside.

1 lb Ground beef
Brown. Drain excess fat if needed.

1 red onion, diced
4 Cloves garlic, minced
Add and saute a few minutes.

Diced tomatoes, 28 oz can
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
½ tsp Black pepper
½ cup Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Add. Place eggplant on top.

½ c beef broth
Add and simmer for 20 minutes.

Toss and garnish with little more parsley if you like. I ran out.


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Escali Primo P115C Precision Kitchen Food Scale

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black

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WÜSTHOF CLASSIC IKON 8 Inch Chef’s Knife

My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why, the long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

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Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

Best sheet pan

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Same sheet pan with a cooling rack/roasting rack insert. Ooooo!

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I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.

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20 magnetic spice tins

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Jen’s Taco Corn Brunch

I’ve been playing in an 800 grams of produce per day challenge. I find that I usually meet that naturally, but I would probably come up short a day or two a week. It seems like people have a harder time hitting the number at breakfast, so I thought I’d do a brunch post. Well, this is what I made after crossfit this morning, and that was like 11:00, so I call it brunch. 🙂 Some of us are late risers.

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Jen’s Grain-Free Chicken and Dumplings

I love chicken and dumplings, but wanted to skip the flour. Birchbenders pancake mix is just cassava flour (root vegetable you’ll find in Mexican applications), coconut flour, and almond flour. I played around with that and it worked nicely. And between the mix and rotisserie chicken, it fits my lazy summertime kitchen mood perfectly.

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Jen’s Tomato and Peach Salad

Ching-He Huang teaches a beautiful salad in Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese where she combines tomatoes with plums and pears, and grates salted plums over it and dots it with basil. Tomatoes and stone fruit?! Yeah. It’s amazing. I have played with so many variations on that. My salad’s quite different from Ching’s, but hugs to Ching for the inspiration! She has so many cool veg dishes. I can’t wait to make it again when the peaches on our tree are ripe. They’re little but sweet and a gorgeous vibrant orange. This salad is killer as a BBQ or grill side dish! Continue reading “Jen’s Tomato and Peach Salad”

Stephen King’s IT. Veggiewise the Clown. Terrifying produce.

I’m getting lots of emails asking for details of how I made Veggiewise the Clown. Because IT part 2 just came out! I can’t even wait to see it! My Veggiewise is the old-school Tim Curry version. I need to do a Bill Skarsgård version. That would be terrifying produce. I updated the post with veggie details. Happy Halloween season, everybody!

Veggiewise the Clown.

Shrimp Bread Porridge, Almond Cream Triangles, and Vinha D’alhos-Style Vegetables recipes, and Cookbook review of My Lisbon by Nuno Mendes.

#nunomendes #mylisbon #tenspeedpress #totalwine #viladasrainhas

IMG_2211My husband and I popped into Total Wine, Toys R Us for grown-ups, and sampled a well-historied Portuguese cherry liqueur. The guy was telling us about different ways to mix it and my head went a different direction. It would be perfect in a sauce for roast pork or beef. He got excited and asked me to post on their FB page if it works. I didn’t realize I was talking to the owner.

 

IMG_2336I love Portugal and started reminiscing with my sweetie. The gray windy coasts, fado guitar, blue and white ceramic work, and the genius handling of food, frequently inexpensive at that. We toured Spain, Portugal, and Morocco on our honeymoon with a few bonus days in Paris, a blizzardy gift from mother nature. We had the most amazing meal, a potato leek soup with a hauntingly flavorful bread, at a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere in Portugal.  He came home from wine world and looked up a historical food and cultural vacation in Lisbon. It sounds beyond amazing. I love his quiet romance. <sniff> I was craving some of the deliciousness we’d had in Lisbon, so I grabbed My Lisbon: A Cookbook from Portugal’s City of Light and Bernard put on a little fado guitar. It took us right back. The food in this book is phenomenal, and the pictures look like a well-fooded travel journal. If you’ve been there, you need this as a retroactive souvenir, and if you haven’t, it’ll give you a glimpse of what Lisbon has to offer.Cover

A huge thanks to Ten Speed Press for letting me share 3 recipes with you: Shrimp Bread Porridge, Almond Cream Triangles, and Vinha D’alhos-Style Vegetables. My review of the book follows the recipes.

 

 

 

 

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Veggiewise Floats

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We read Stephen King’s It for bookclub, and I was inspired by Pennywise the Clown to make a nice little produce sculpture to take with. Veggiewise the Clown. I cracked up when my friends were really hesitant to sample my little crudite display. He is a little bit more off-putting than our treats of Halloweens past…..

Edit: September 2019. I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking for a little more detail about Veggiewise, so I thought I’d add it in here. 😀

Veggiewise’s components

Overall face – Cauliflower florets
Hair – Grape tomatoes and irregular slices of sweet red bell pepper
Framing the top of his head – Irregular slices of green bell pepper
Ruffled collar – Green zucchini and yellow squash ribbons create with a vegetable peeler. 
His clown top – Yellow squash, halved the long way and then sliced into half moons
His clown top poofball – Baby carrots standing upright in a happy little bouquet
Eyebrows – Kalamata olives
Eyes – Radishes with green olive irises, and Kalamata olive trimmings and green pepper triangles
Nose – Radish and Kalamata olives
Mouth – The bottom of a sweet red bell pepper. It’s much easier to sculp if you choose a really fat-bottomed pepper. They make the produce world go round. The teeth are trimmed almond slivers over a Kalamata olive background. 

For the dip, I made float out of Kalamata olive slices. They float really well. My dip is ranch, but since this is the old-school Pennywise, it would be heeelarious to make a Curry dip for Tim Curry. I really need to make the new Bill Skarsgård version. That would be some mighty terrifying produce. 

Tools. I am a knife enthusiast. Here’s my collection. I have two very favorite knives for produce sculpture. They are wonderfully comfortable to work with for long periods of time and cut just so well. They are both full tang, which means that the blade runs the full length of the handle, so you don’t have to worry about it ever separating. 

Wusthof Trident Classic Ikon 7” Santoku Knife

Wusthof Classic Ikon 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife

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Okay, I am personally addicted to epic fails. Here’s one that someone sent me that cracked me up to no end. 

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And here’s a link to my own epic fail… and some flippin’ delicious popcorn if you need a treat right now. Jen’s defeated Santas. Happy Halloween, everybody!

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