Why not? 5/6/11

Kitchen happenings today!!  It was really a rather Why not? afternoon of concoctions.  🙂

Creations that emerged:
-salmon patties
-grilled marinated chicken
-grilled veggies
-random chicken stew from the grilled chicken and veggies

I’ve been interested to try making lentil flour for a while now, using Mother Dear’s grain mill.  Today was The Day.  Finally!  It didn’t ruin her mill, thankfully.  It did have a rather strange smell when milled up; it didn’t smell like freshly milled wheat flour anyway.  Hm.

So, having a new “weapon” ingredient to try out, my mind instantly began running with ideas and thoughts on what creations I should try.  Thus, I did not get a nap this afternoon.  Again.  This seems to be a recurring theme.  *sigh*

I had been given some canned salmon a few weeks back and still had green onions left over from making lentil soup this week.  Salmon patties sounded great!

(Salmon patty about to be devoured in picture below; I froze the rest of the patties, uncooked.)

Salmon Patties

15oz can salmon with juice (deboned, de-skinned if preferred)
1 egg
¼ c lentil flour
2 large stalks green onion, sliced ‘n’ diced
salt, pepper
dash cayenne
generous amount of garlic powder

Mix, mix, mix…  form into patties and grill! 

This was good!   Definitely could see doing it again, although likely I’ll tweak it up a bit next time, depending on what mood I’m in and what’s in my fridge.  🙂

I love, love, love marinated chicken!  (pictured above, on the plate)  Playing around with marinades is so fun.  Marinades are an ART, not a science, IMO.  🙂  Which is always more fun.
Here’s what I threw together this time:

Cocopeanutty Marinated Chicken

Marinade:  (Measurements are REALLY a guess.  Measuring takes the fun out of cooking.  Recipes are only suggestions and guidelines anyway.)

  • 1 onion
  • ½ c olive oil
  • ¼ c vinegar
  • 2 T honey
  • 4 T peanut butter
  • cayenne, salt, pepper
  • just enough water to be able to blend ingredients with stick blender

Blend all.  Add ~ 1 ½ lb chicken strips, poke to death, and marinate up to 24 hours in fridge. 

Before grilling, roll in grated coconut!

Does it bother only me to throw out the leftover marinade?  I can’t bring myself to do it.  So…  I put the leftover in a saucepan on the stove and cooked it for about 15 minutes.  A great sauce!  I put it over my broccoli…  YUM!

And then I was in a random mood.  And wanted to condense; I dislike having lots of small containers and lots of leftovers on my mind to think about eating up.

Needing to be used up…

-a couple cups of leftover celery stalks in the freezer
-the leftover cooked chicken marinade sauce
-a small container of pumpkin puré in the freezer

So I put all that in a saucepan to heat up, with a small blop of butternut squash.  And added a heavy dose of poultry seasoning.  And decided I was more in the mood for curry powder and added a dose of that on top of the poultry seasoning, trying to overpower it.  Not the smartest idea.  I don’t recommend it.

After a taste, I realized that frozen, thawed celery was chewy, not what I was looking for.  So, I used my trusty stick blender and puréed the contents of the pot.

Next I added a block of frozen turkey broth.  Why not?
Then dumped in all the grilled veggies I just grilled (a couple onions, lotsa carrots, whole cloves of garlic, rosemary, and butter)

And the plate of grilled chicken was sitting on the counter begging to go in as well.  (Really, I heard it!)  Why not?  I chopped it up and added it as well.  Finally added a small bit of extra honey and several dashes of salt, and my random hearty chicken stew was finished!

I don’t know if I would serve it to even semi-picky eaters, but I sure think it’s tasty.  😀  And a great one-dish meal!

Why not? 4-22-11

Afternoon wake-up-from-nap drink, all whirred up in a mug using my stick blender!:

+leftover whey from a couple weeks ago
+new excess whey from yogurt that just thawed from the freezer
+leftover coconut juice, from cutting up a fresh coconut a few days ago
+the rest of a banana I started eating last night
+cinnamon & a little honey

The whey especially needed to be used up.  The coconut juice as well, and I wanted to use it for something more than just drinking it plain.

Great way to use up some “leftovers/excesses” hanging around…  and delicious!

Why not? 4-15-11

Much less lengthy than Susan’s recent Kambuchooby tutorial

(More power to you, dear sister!  You do inspire me.  And just out of curiosity, does Adrian join you in *cough* enjoying a glass every now and then?  Hans?  Gretchen?)

I thought I would post a picture every now and then of some of the random combinations I often throw together.
(By the way, peanut butter and eggs were made to be eaten together!  Honestly, pb goes with pretty much anything.  
Ketchup makes a great salad dressing.  
And the best way to eat choc chip banana bread?  Sliced frozen, soaked in a bowl of milk – heated or eaten really cold.)

I’ll call these posts “Why not?” because that’s usually my thought when I throw a random lunch together.  This one actually doesn’t have very random ingredients, but I thought I’d post it anyway.
Lunch today:
-Stalk of celery sliced up
-A few scoops of failed sauerkraut (the glass randomly broke after only a day of fermenting! :/I couldn’t bear to let all that food go to waste… )
-Last of the leftover marinated chicken, last of the avocado
-And a dollop o’ salsa.
=YUM!