Friday, February 6, 2015

Pork Ribs Steamed in Black Bean, Garlic, and Ginger

Developed February, 2015 from a recipe in ‘Chinese Cookery Secrets’. Steamed foods never dry out.
1 lb (450 g) pork spare ribs, cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
2 t (10 ml) corn or tapioca starch
1/2 t (3 ml) sugar
1 T (15 ml) fermented black beans (dou-chi, 豆豉) soaked in water and drained
1 large garlic clove
1 t (5 ml) grated fresh ginger root
2 T (30 ml) soy sauce
1 t (5 ml) dark sesame oil
pinch crushed red pepper
toasted sesame seeds or shredded green onions (optional garnish)
Place the ribs in large shallow bowl, sprinkle on the corn starch and sugar, toss to coat evenly. Mince the black beans, garlic, and ginger together, combine with the meat, along with other ingredients. Toss until the ribs are evenly coated. Spread in a single layer in the bowl and steam for 40 minutes, until tender. Combine the ribs and sauce and garnish as desired. Serves 3 or 4 as part of a Chinese meal.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Egg Salad

Recorded February, 2015. The wise cook keeps a supply of shelled, hard-cooked eggs on hand to provide a ready source of solid nutrition as well as a useful ingredient. This recipe yields a satisfying filling for a sandwich or mounded on a lettuce leaf as carbohydrate-free small plate. Ready in less than 5 minutes.
1 cold hard-boiled egg, shelled
1 T mild onion, finely minced
1 T mayonnaise
1/8 t sriracha or other hot chili sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Finely dice the egg and place in a small bowl, mix in the onion, and mash together with a fork until smooth. Mix in the mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, and pepper until well combined. Makes 1 or 2 servings.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tomato Stew

Developed February, 2015. The dish combines familiar fresh vegetables with canned tomatoes to yield a nutrition-packed side dish available in any season. It avoids the too sweet problem with most canned offerings. It's a versatile side dish, that pairs nicely with beef, fish, chicken, or sandwiches.
1 T vegetable oil
4 oz (115 g) sweet red pepper, diced
4 oz (115 g) celery, diced
4 oz (115 g) yellow onion, diced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in tomato juice (Tuttarosso™ or Muir Glen™ are good)

1 c hot water
1/4 t celery seed
pinch crushed red pepper
1 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 T (15 ml) apple cider or red wine vinegar
1/2 t (3 ml) sugar
Heat a two-quart sauce pan over medium high, add the oil, and when it shimmers add the peppers. Saute for 3 minutes, add the celery, and 2 minutes later, the onion. Add the salt, stir to combine, cover tightly, and lower the heat. Let the vegetables sweat for 5 minutes to soften. Then, add the tomatoes, water, and the remaining seasonings, cover, and cook for 30 minutes at a slow boil, stirring occasionally. Correct the seasoning. Serves 4 to 6, as a side dish.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dry Garlic Ribs

Recorded Feb, 2015. This dim sum appetizer has been developed over the years from a recipe in a simple cookbook sold by a Chinese grocery in Victoria, BC. Sadly this lovely book is lost and so this recipe has been reconstructed from memory. Either cut the ribs with a heavy cleaver or have the butcher cut up the ribs.
1 lb (450 g) pork ribs, cut into bite size pieces
5 T (75 ml) corn starch, divided
1 t (5 ml) sugar
1/2 t (2 ml) granulated garlic
2 T (30 ml) soy sauce
2 t (10 ml) dark sesame oil
vegetable oil
1 to 2 T (15 to 30 ml) garlic, finely minced
Place the ribs in a bowl, and dust on 3 tablespoons of the corn starch, the sugar, and granulated garlic. Toss to cover thoroughly. Sprinkle the soy sauce over the ribs. Mix until ribs are covered completely. Heat a wok over medium-high heat for 6 minutes. Add two tablespoons vegetable oil to the wok. When smoking hot, cautiously add the rib pieces one by one. Stir fry until nicely colored, 8 to 10 minutes. Lower heat and cover tightly. Steam 30 minutes, turning occasionally. When tender, sprinkle on final 2 tablespoons corn starch, mix well, and remove the ribs to a bowl. Discard all but one teaspoon fat, raise heat to medium-high. Add the garlic and stir fry until it begins to color. Add back the ribs. Fry the ribs and garlic, turning frequently until the ribs are crispy and coated with toasted garlic. Serves 4 as an appetizer.