We received a Striper as a gift last week and to me that was a great opportunity to make Siyyadiyyeh.
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Sushi is one of the items that were on my culinary to-do list. Well it is not an actual to-do list, it is not even virtual, it is a series of dishes that always run through my mind as things that I want to make. Sometimes it is because it is a dish that I particularly like, sometimes it is because it contains specific techniques and some other times it is just because that dish is something plain challenging and it will give me a sense of accomplishment for actually being able to cook it right. Somehow they also are the funnest to cook.
Ever had braces? Then you will certainly know what I mean: after that ortho visit where your mouth feels like it has been assaulted with a ton of metal. Oh wait! It has! All the tightening, separators, rubber bands, springs and who knows what else can kick your mouth into hit by a truck mode.
Although I like great tasting food as much as the next guy, I do tend to pay attention to my health and diet. All of those college biology courses might be to blame, but I I have also had an innate interest in health since I was just a little tike. Recently I have been on a workout routine that requires me to have a large amount of good quality protein in my diet. As I don’t want to overload myself with too much saturated fat, I began considering adding some plant sources to meet my protein needs and lo and behold I came across Quinoa. Continue reading
I meant to do this entry a while back, but unknown to me, my brother had borrowed my camera cable to a friend. So, here I was thinking I had lost my cable and been looking for it frantically when it had been borrowed out all along. As annoyed as I am about having my things borrowed without my permission, I am happier to have it back!
I made the Jambalaya with Chicken only. I didn’t like the thought of mixing meats, especially sausage, and also since it was the first time I was cooking this, I didn’t want to add much meat in case I spoilt it. I made my own Creole seasoning as I do not think we have that available to buy here. Therefore, I had to get a few spices from the store, but when I got home, realized that I had forgotten to get a plain garlic spice and an onion spice, so I left it out of the Creole seasoning. I therefore added ground garlic to the chicken along with the Creole seasoning to marinate.
I had the opportunity to make dinner for the family today, so I decided to go ahead and do the challenge recipe. I wanted to make a healthier version of the jambalaya, so I decided to use shrimp, chicken breast, and turkey polska kielbasa sausage as meats in this dish. I noticed that the turkey sausage only had about 1/3 of the fat of any of the other sausages available and so it seemed the likely candidate. I also decided to use a mix of whole brown and wild rices as the base for the more health-conscious alternative to the white rice.
Jambalaya has been a favorite dish of mine for years. I enjoy the spiciness the dish delivers in addition to the multiplicity of meats. It was created in Louisiana by Spanish settlers attempting to mimic paella with the new and available ingredients in their new location. The Creole versions and the Cajun versions are similar, the major difference being that the Creole version includes tomatoes.
Jambalaya offers flexibility in its preparation as one can use any combination of meats/seafood they desire and it can be served in combination with either rice or pasta. For a basic recipe, I have included one of Emeril Lagasse’s (which I believe is incorrectly dubbed “Cajun Jambalaya”). This recipe looks similar to the ones I enjoy and should give us a good foundation on which to build. I hope you will find a satisfied palate with this challenge. Bon Appétit !
- 12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
- 4 ounces chicken, diced
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, recipe follows
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 3/4 cup rice
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 5 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced
- Salt and pepper
Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
In a bowl combine shrimp, chicken and Creole seasoning, and work in seasoning well. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, pepper and celery, 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Stir in rice and slowly add broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until rice absorbs liquid and becomes tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. When rice is just tender add shrimp and chicken mixture and sausage. Cook until meat is done, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.
Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
I decided to go for an Asian meal on Sunday and my sister-in-law was invited to share the meal. My brother is in a business visit to China till the end of the month and it had nothing to do with it really. It was a more earthly reason: A soy sauce bottle that will soon expire.
After almost a week of trying to find the right window of opportunity, I finally found the time to make the Breyani on Wednesday morning. Immediately after getting off work (at about 8am), I was off to the store to gather my ingredients. It was actually nice shopping so early in the morning since most people were either just heading to work, or were not awake yet. I’m not a fan of the holiday crowds. I always feel like I am dodging cars in the middle of a busy freeway when walking the stores this time of year.
This recipe required numerous spices of which I only had about half of. In addition, some of the spices are not used that often in every day cooking here in the US. To my relief, I found all of them but the saffron at the first store I hit. I decided to go with beef instead of lamb in this dish since buying this much lamb would surely empty my entire Christmas savings account. I also had to settle for dry spices instead of fresh ones in some cases as I did not want to drive another 30 miles to an Indian store for solely this reason. I could not believe how much saffron was at the second store. They wanted about $15 for not even a pinch of the stuff. There was even a choice between 3 brands, all about the same price! I reluctantly chose one to ensure I got the fully authentic experience.