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afternoon meals – a pasta dish and a steak sandwich

In good home eating on September 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

been suffering from a bad cold this week which means i’ve been home in the late afternoons. home and hungry. which means i get the chance to have nice light before-dinner meals – suits me just fine.

yesterday, i made myself a pasta dish using pretty much what i could find in the fridge. that turned out to be some frozen peas and some shrimp that have been shelled but not cooked. good enough.

in a pan i heated some olive oil and put in about half a head of garlic chopped fine and cooked it til it was almost brown. then i threw in the shrimp and then a fistful of peas. seasoned with salt and fresh black pepper. added more olive oil so it would look like a pasta sauce instead of just sauteed shrimp then put in the noodles. worked well enough for me. just remember, season the shrimp with salt and pepper before putting it in the pan so the dish is tasty all throughout.

today, when i got home, i saw some leftover steak (which here at home the cook seasons with salt and pepper and a little knorr). so put that and a slice of kraft cheddar singles in between two pieces of bread, toasted, and ta-da! cheese steak. certainly not a sophisticated version of it, but it was still pretty good.

afternoons are really the best time to polish off the leftovers…

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an american inspired home cooked lunch

In good home eating, recipes on September 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm

this sunday’s family lunch was on me. i volunteered to cook almost everything and was waiting for the outcome before deciding if it was worth blogging about or not. fortunately, it was.

on the menu: barbecued chicken (thigh and leg), salsa, and a warm corn salad.

spent yesterday evening making the barbecue sauce for the chicken

first i roasted garlic, chopped finely, then set it aside. in a pot i then put in an onion and let it sit until it was all soft and sweet, then threw in the garlic. when their smells fused, i put in a pack of del monte tomato ketchup.

to that mixture i put in worcestershire sauce – not too much. for a cup of ketchup, maybe a couple tablespoons. also added a tablespoon of A1 steak sauce (love it), fresh ground pepper, salt, and about half a cup of brown sugar.

so this morning, the chicken had a great soak in that marinade then hit the grill all the while being brushed with this mixture. we kept on basting throughout, ensuring the chicken was moist and tender off the grill

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then the corn salad. for this i started by roasting bell peppers on the grill. peeled them and sliced them. then i threw in a couple of slices of bacon in a pan, added some button mushrooms and the roasted peppers. then i put in sweet corn, salt and pepper, and then topped this with kesong puti

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then the salsa. it was just regular tomatoes and onions and cilantro – but what i did to make the spice more subtle, was i crushed a sili labuyo with the salt and that’s the salt i used in the salsa.

with all of these we opened a bottle of homenaje blanco which is viura with a bit of chardonnay – given i was in front of the stove and grill the whole morning, i enjoyed having a cold white. given time, i’ll certainly put together a meal like this again