Showing posts with label I Heart Cooking Clubs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I Heart Cooking Clubs. Show all posts

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Chowder with Spiced Butter for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

I could eat chowder every week in the summer. There is just something about the combination of good fresh sweet corn and potatoes and the creamy base that is so satisfying, even on a warm and humid day.  I have had this Ottolenghi recipe tagged for a while now, liking the idea of a drizzle of spiced butter on top of a veggie chowder.
 

Ottolenghi says, “I call this a chowder even though it lacks the non-veggie elements of the traditional New England varieties. The pungent herb butter added at the end gives it a nice kick (for even more spice, add half a thinly sliced green chilli with the potatoes). Though spicy, it's a very comforting dish that works well as a late weekend brunch.”

 
Sweetcorn Chowder with Spiced Butter
(Serves 4)

1 large leek, cut along its centre and then cut into roughly 1cm squares (I used 2, sliced)
3/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
3 bay leaves
1 Tbsp olive oil
30g butter
2 celery sticks, cut into 1cm slices
2 medium waxy potatoes (220g in total), peeled and cut into 1cm dice (I doubled the potatoes)
500ml good quality vegetable stock (I used about 6 cups non-chicken stock)
4 fresh corn cobs, corn shaved off (I used 5 ears of Ewa sweet corn + 5 oz frozen corn)
300ml milk (I used 1 can coconut milk)
20g fresh coriander leaves, very roughly chopped

For the spiced butter:
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 tsp coriander seeds
60g butter
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

(I added 1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper)
sea salt and white pepper

Gently sauté the leek in a large saucepan along with the thyme, bay leaves, olive oil and butter. Once soft and slightly translucent, add the celery, potato and stock. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the potato is almost totally tender. It is important not to over-cook the potato, to ensure a nice, firmish texture in the finished soup.

Remove the bay leaves and add the corn to the soup. Transfer about a half of the soup into another pan and blitz until completely smooth. Return the blended mixture to the main pot and add the milk. Simmer for two to three minutes, taste, season with salt, and remove from the heat.

For the spiced butter, grind the cumin and coriander with a pestle and mortar, place in a dry frying pan, heat up and after about 30 seconds, when you can smell the aroma of the spices, add the butter, paprika, salt and white pepper. Stir to combine, and take off the heat as soon as the butter has melted.

To serve, ladle the soup into four bowls, drizzle each with spiced butter and top with the fresh coriander leaves.


Notes/Results: Chowder that is tasty enough on its own, but raised to the sublime level with the addition of the fragrant spiced butter which adds another layer of flavor and contributes to the silkiness of the soup. It's easy to make and the west coast--almost a California or maybe Baja California vibe it gets from the oil and the cilantro make it unique and a keeper recipe. As usual, Ottolenghi is dead on with the flavors. I will happily make it again.


Speaking of a California vibe, I am linking this soup up to I Heart Cooking Clubs where this week's theme is our monthly Cuisine Spotlight: California. Dishes from any of our IHCC chefs with California feeling ingredients and/or a California vibe.


 Now let's have a look in the into the Souper Sundays kitchen.


Tina of Squirrel Head Manor shared a classic BLT sandwich and said, "As I mentioned earlier I wanted to hook up with a few cooking events but alas......best laid plans. One of the days we were home watching over Aja we made simple BLT sandwiches. It wasn't a cool and unique offering for Deb`s Souper Sundays event but I think I will bring it to the party after all. Obviously you don`t need a recipe for a BLT. I like to load them with fat tomato slices and use the Trader Joe`s bread. That makes such good toast!"

 
Thanks to Tina for joining me this week!

About Souper Sundays:

Souper Sundays (going since 2008) now has a format of a picture link each week where anyone interested can post their soups, salads, or sandwiches at any time during the week and I post a recap of the entries the following week.

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...


To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
  
 Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rick Bayless's Quick Pozole: Made Vegan with Jackfruit for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

Although I eat soup in warm weather pretty much all-year-round, summer is when I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and when I look for fast and easy recipes like this Quick Pozole from Rick Bayless. A good example of pantry and fridge cooking that is very low effort for big flavor. 


Since I don't eat meat and poultry (and wanted a featured ingredient that starts with "j"--see my I Heart Cooking Clubs mention below) I decided to replace the shredded cooked chicken in the soup with canned jackfruit, shredded and cooked with taco spices. It adds an extra step to the soup, but still, I was out of the kitchen in 20 minutes or so, with a bowl of delicious soup.


Quick Pozole
Slightly Adapted from RickBayless.com
(Serves 4)

1 (29-oz) can hominy
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used low-sodium veggie broth)
8 oz red chile enchilada sauce (I used Rick's Frontera brand)
2 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken (I used 1 can jackfruit)

1/2 small head green cabbage (preferably Savoy), thinly sliced (I used a cabbage salad mix)
1 tsp oregano
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges

(I added cilantro and pickled jalapeno) 

In a medium (4-quart) saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the hominy (with its canning liquid), the broth  and the enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil. Stir in the shredded chicken. Simmer about 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls, garnish with cabbage, oregano, radishes and lime.


Deb's Note: I rinsed my canned jackfruit well, drained it, shredded it with my fingers and sauteed it with olive oil in taco seasoning before adding it to the soup. 


Notes/Results: Another quick and low-effort soup that has excellent flavor making it perfect for summer cooking. The jackfruit gives the texture of shredded chicken and the hominy is chewy and delicious. I added the pickled jalapenos on top--the 'tamed' ones add just enough spice and they went well with the crisp cabbage and radish slices. Very tasty and almost too easy to make. I will happily make it again. 


Linking up with I Heart Cooking Clubs where this coming week the theme is June Starts with J--recipes from our past 19 featured chefs that feature ingredients that start with J (in this case jackfruit and jalapenos).


Now let's have a look in the into the Souper Sundays kitchen.


Angela of Mean Green Chef is back with Romaine Blue Cheese Salad. She says, "Romaine Blue Cheese Wedge Salad a refreshing, easy summer dinner or side dish that comes together in a snap bring a fork and knife or chop it all up and devour in minutes! I’ve always had a love affair with the wedge salad, maybe the explosive combo of blue cheese, bacon and a rich balsamic reduction, plus the fact that it’s so fast to make. Slice off the perfect bite and savor the sharp, smoky, sweet flavors all in one distinct mouthful. Simple in execution and so complex in flavor, it’s salad Zen! "



Tina of Squirrel Head Manor shares Lemon, Oregano, Bacon, Mushroom Chicken Soup and says, "Just last Wednesday I posted about an easy chicken meal - Lemon Oregano Chicken.  With leftovers I made a lovely soup. But I am getting ahead of myself here.  This is a combo of leftovers from two very different meals that blended into a tasty soup. ... I added a bit of broth to this to thin slightly but it was treat as a thicker soup. What does Rachel Ray call this consistency? I think she says Stoup. This was definitely stoup."
 
 
Thanks Angela and Tina for joining in this week!

About Souper Sundays:

Souper Sundays (going since 2008) now has a format of a picture link each week where anyone interested can post their soups, salads, or sandwiches at any time during the week and I post a recap of the entries the following week.

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...


To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Shadow Writer" by Eliza Maxwell, Served with a Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

Happy Friday! I love a short week. I also love a good mystery thriller and I adore shrimp tacos, and this post has all three. I am happy to be the last stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell and I am pairing my review with some delectable Shrimp Tacos. Enjoy! 


Publisher's Blurb:

Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.

Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

Paperback
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2019)


My Review:

The Shadow Writer is my first book from Eliza Maxwell and it won't be my last. I was drawn by the premise and the fact that one of the main characters, Laura, is a book blogger. Graye is a young aspiring author with a tragic background who works her way into a position as Laura's personal assistant. Laura's life might seem enviable to those looking in, except for her alcoholic husband, a famous author whose work has deteriorated after his big break and initial success which Laura heavily influenced. Graye was David's teaching assistant before coming to work for Laura, and although he was once her idol, she is no longer impressed. 

The story is a bit of a slow burn with the plot slowly unraveling secret by secret, and told by the perspectives of Laura, Graye, and Sister Margaret, the nun who helped raise a young Graye after her family tragedy. There were plenty of twists and turns that had me guessing and the tension was steadily built throughout the book. Although there were some suspenseful moments, it was the several smaller dramas that brought the thrills rather than one big "aha" moment. If you like psychological thrillers and domestic thrillers, with intriguing plots, add The Shadow Rider to your summer TBR--it will bring some good chills to a hot summer evening. 

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Author Notes:  Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s WatcherThe Unremembered GirlThe Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

Connect with Eliza on her website, Facebook, and Instagram

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Food Inspiration: 

There was not a lot of food inspiration in The Shadow Writer but mentions included, pasta and wine, a taco stand with shrimp tacos, Thin Mints, champagne, margaritas, a frosty pink drink, salad, bread and gruel, a facetious mention of "salmon with a side of poison" for a murder mystery event, pizza, coffee, a root beer and a club sandwich, and fresh cherries.

For my book-inspired dish, I decided to make some fish tacos like the ones Laura and Greer enjoyed at a roadside taco stand early in the book. Not a lot of description was given--other than them each getting a plate with two over-stuffed shrimp tacos, so I just did my own thing, pairing Mark Bittman's Spanish-style Simplest and Best Shrimp with a bunch of taco fixins' and adding some of these tasty pickled sweet peppers from Chef Edward Lee.


Mark Bittman says, "Excuse the superlatives; this spin on a Spanish tapa is my favorite, and everyone I serve it to loves it. The shrimp juices infuse the oil, and the sum is beyond delicious. It’s good with bread, over rice, tossed with pasta, or stuffed into tacos.

Other seafood you can use: similar-sized scallops (or larger, though they’ll take longer to cook)."


Mark Bittman's Simplest and Best Shrimp
From How to Everything via MarkBittman.com
(Makes 4 Servings)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more as needed
3 or 4 big cloves garlic, cut into slivers
About 1 1/2 lbs shrimp (20 to 30 per lb), peeled, rinsed, and dried
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/ 2 tsp hot paprika
chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish


Warm the olive oil in a large, broad ovenproof skillet or heatproof baking pan over low heat. There should be enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan; don’t skimp. Add the garlic and cook until it turns golden, a few minutes.

Raise the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp, some salt and pepper, the cumin, and the paprika. Stir to blend and continue to cook, shaking the pan once or twice and turning the shrimp once or twice, until they are pink all over and the mixture is bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish and serve immediately.

I served my shrimp on grilled corn tortillas with cabbage slaw, cilantro, salsa, pickled sweet peppers, guacamole and lime juice.


Notes/Results: I think if you aren't over-stuffing your tacos and needing multiple napkins for the ensuing mess, you just aren't having the full taco experience. These shrimp tacos were definitely the full experience--full of ingredients and flavor. They made for a quick and easy and pretty healthy dinner. Mark Bittman's shrimp were a definite win--I loved the cumin and paprika along with the garlic. I will definitely be making them again. 


Linking up with I Heart Cooking Clubs where this week's them is Take It Outside with outdoor-friendly recipes from any of our 19 featured chefs like Rick Bayless


I'm sharing this post with the Weekend Cooking event at Beth Fish Reads, a weekly event that is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share. For more information, see the welcome post.


Note: A review copy of "The Shadow Writer" was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  
 
You can see the stops for the rest of this TLC Book Tour and what other reviewers thought about the book here.


 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Green Curry Spinach and Coconut Soup with Grilled Shrimp for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

It's Memorial Day Weekend and the weather shows it in the warmth and humidity, but still, any weather is soup weather for me. My tastes in summer soups are lighter and brighter. Thai flavors are a favorite because even though they can be spicy, they have such cooling elements in the coconut, lime and lemongrass that they are perfect or warmer days. I was attracted to Nigella Lawson's Spinach and Coconut Soup for those flavors and for the speed and ease it putting it together, limiting time and effort in the kitchen. She recommends adding some small cooked prawns and I tossed frozen shrimp in coconut oil and spices and tossed them in the toaster oven. Easy and delicious.


Nigella says, " This is an almost instant, super soothing supper made easily from store cupboard ingredients. I have stipulated two tablespoons of Thai green curry paste, but do be prepared to add more if you like a bit more fire.
 
If you want to adjust this a little, consider adding some little cooked prawns; just make sure they’re heated through before serving. The chopped red chili I add on serving is not obligatory, but I like the glossy red confetti!"

 
Green Curry Spinach and Coconut Soup with Grilled Shrimp 
Slightly Adpated from Nigella.com
(Serves 2-4)

2 Tbsp Thai green curry paste, or to taste
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
500 grams frozen chopped spinach
250 ml freshly boiled water
1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
(I added the juice from 1 lime + extra lime for serving)
1 red chili deseeded and chopped (optional)
grilled shrimp (optional)   

Put the curry paste into a medium-sized saucepan or casserole with a lid, and add a few tablespoons of the coconut milk to whisk it into a paste over heat. 

Stir in the remaining coconut milk, and add the frozen spinach chunks. Stir, then pour over the boiled water. (It should almost cover the spinach, but not quite.) 

Add the vegetable bouillon powder and stir to mix. Bring soup to the boil before putting on the lid and turning the heat down, so that the soup cooks at a gentle simmer for 10 minutes. 

When serving, if so wished, sprinkle each bowl with chopped red chili.

Note: I tossed raw peeled extra large (16-20 per lb) shrimp in a little coconut oil, lime juice, dried basil, Aleppo pepper, roasted garlic powder and cumin and coked them in a 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes--until pink and cooked through.


Notes/Results: A very simple and tasty soup--as Nigella says it is almost as quick as instant, even if you take the time to cook some shrimp. If shrimp isn't your thing, you could do a skewer of tofu or vegetables, or add some cooked chicken to round it out. I will likely take this to work this week with rice as my accompaniment. I used about 3 tablespoons of green curry paste and found it pleasantly spicy but not overpowering but make it to your tastes and the level of heat in your green curry paste. I would happily make this again.


Linking up with I Heart Cooking Clubs for Potluck Week

 
Now let's have a look in the into the Souper Sundays kitchen.


Angela of Mean Green Chef is back and sharing a delectable Bistro Broccoli Cheese Soup. She says, "I can honestly tell you that our Bistro Broccoli Cheese Soup is the best broccoli cheese soup ever, I mean it this is one seriously good soup! It transcends Panera by leaps and bounds, plus it’s super easy to make! A one pot wonder that we’ve boosted taste on by sautéing the vegetables and then browning the flour to pull out every last drop of flavor. Did I mention it’s easy to make too? It is!"



Debra of Eliot's Eats brought this yummy Chopped Greek Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Pitas inspired by Mama Mia Here We Go Again for Food 'N Flix. She said, "The original recipe (found here) used cannellini beans and grilled peppers. I halved the recipe to make servings for two, swapped out the cannellini beans for chickpeas, added more cucumber, less feta, and topped it off with toasted pine nuts. (I had jarred red peppers to add but forgot. I found the jar still in the grocery sack while I was doing dishes. Notice they’re optional.)"
 
Thanks to Debra and Angela for joining in this week!

About Souper Sundays:

Souper Sundays (going since 2008) now has a format of a picture link each week where anyone interested can post their soups, salads, or sandwiches at any time during the week and I post a recap of the entries the following week.

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...


To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:

  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Have a happy, healthy week!