Located quite a distance from the 23rd parallel, my island is right there, through the living room, just beyond the French doors, and situated about two-thirds of the way from the wall in my humble kitchen.
This is the place where my fan club, my girls and the occasional guest, get to see the real me.
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Fast Evening Cooking
This was one of those days when I needed to come up with some fast food, without having to get on the phone or sit in a drive-thru something that the Island just does not do. A Quick look at pantry , fridge and root cellar - Well I don't have one of those yet, nor do I have a wine cellar but I am mentally working on both - . and a few ideas came to mind that I could whip to the envy of any fast food promoter. Here goes.
Hominy with Pickled Okra and Chorizo
Hominy and Chorizo
Easy to make., Easy to eat. Toss Chorizo and Pickled Okra cut at a bias in a pan with some EVOO. Season with S/P and dry herbs. Any marjoram fans out there ? Brown the sausage links very gently, then slice into pieces.. Finally toss in precooked hominy kernels. Toss and cook another few minutes adding some H20, if needed .
Mixed Potato Hash
Yellow and Sweet Potato Hash
This is one of the great savory dishes that are so easy to make, and yet different. The use of shallots made the biggest difference. Toss in a pan , thinly sliced potatos (Yukon Golds) along with sweet potatoes also cut into circles, strips of red bell peppers. and 2-3 medium sized shallots sliced horizontally. Add EVOO, S/P a sprinkle of herbs of your choice, perhaps a splash of white wine. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes, then an additional 10-15 until the potatoes are cooked. Gently mix the roots without disintegrating them. Perfect as a breakfast side too.
Serve with some good Ale, mates. Sailors and fan club approved of these quick ones.
Yesterday , was one of those days where I just needed to recoup from a very intense stretch consulting work. Longer days than usual, and lots of New York Metro pressure than I would like on a daily basis. So, with the weatherman telling me that we would have some fairly nice outlooks for this weekend, I decided to spend less time playing with my computers. My plans included included resuming and catching up with some of my blogging.. You've seen some of that already . But my highlight for the day was for me and my Queen to head down to Chinatown in NYC. Our plans: do some food shopping , correction some "window" food shopping and course, just take in as much we could of the Chinatown scene. Given that Little Italy is also right next door to Chinatown, we would stop there too. If you do not know, Manhattan's Chinatown nowadays contently fuses with it's Italian neighbors. Great combo, isn't it ? I sure do think so.