Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)

Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)
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This recipe was recommend from a good friend, and I received a bag of brown lentils as well from my good friend. I am looking forward to making this dish. I will use this as a side for say some ribs or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)
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This recipe was recommend from a good friend, and I received a bag of brown lentils as well from my good friend. I am looking forward to making this dish. I will use this as a side for say some ribs or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the sorted and rinsed lentils into a medium saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover the lentils by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce to a simmer and cook until the lentils are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. As the lentils are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium high heat with the oil. Allow the oil to warm for a minute, then drop in the cumin seeds and cracked peppercorns and cook, shaking the pan once in a while until the cumin seeds darken a touch, about 1 minute.
  3. Then to the skillet add the onions, sprinkle with a dash of salt and cook until they turn dark caramel brown, stirring often. This will take about 15 minutes. Splash the onions with a little water if they stick to the bottom of the pan. You will know they are done both by their deep chestnut color and by the slight crispiness developing on some of the onions. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, remove about half of the onions to a paper towel lined plate, these are for garnish later.
  4. In the skillet, sprinkle in the ground cumin, cayenne, and then add the cinnamon stick, saute about 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often but gently until some rice grains start to brown. Add the cooked lentils, 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of sea salt and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes. The water should be completely evaporated and rice should be tender. If there is still too much water in the skillet, put the lid back on and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, keep the lid on, and allow the rice to steam undisturbed for about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts, if using, in a small skillet over medium-low heat, shaking often, about 5 minutes.
  7. Taste the rice for seasoning. Serve with the reserved caramelized onions, toasted pine nuts, if using, and a little squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with cold yogurt as an additional side.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I find lentils in Thailand, I do think they are available in Phuket at Villa Market.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the salmon, you can use a 500 gram fillet, use 4-5 smaller fillets, use leftover cooked salmon, or even canned salmon, well drained and the approximate weight stated. The salmon has to be cooked and flaked, you can bake or steam the fillets, up to you. Season with garlic salt and black pepper before cooking, if baking, brush with olive oil as well. Let the salmon cool to room temperature. Then flake the salmon with two forks and remove and discard the skin and any bones, depending on the cut you use.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butter and the onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened and starting to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, and the salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the onion and bell pepper, and mix that in then form into 13-14 patties. You can use either large tablespoons of the mixture or use an ice cream scoop. Flatten the portion out and form into about 1/2 inch thick patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 min per side or until golden brown. If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add remaining oil and butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.
  6. Serve with a tartar sauce or dipping sauces of your preference.
Recipe Notes

Four 140 gram fillets is 96 Baht each and is 560 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $2.82 per serving. High cost for Thailand, should be much less in the US or where fresh or even canned salmon is available. Great flavor and would be great for visiting friends and family.

Inspired by the recipe Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens

Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens
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This is a 2 for 1 side dish, roasted beets and the greens, excellent way to use the entire vegetable. I can only buy beets in Tesco, they have already been topped, so no greens for me, but that is going to change as I just bought beet seeds and I will be grown my own soon.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens
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This is a 2 for 1 side dish, roasted beets and the greens, excellent way to use the entire vegetable. I can only buy beets in Tesco, they have already been topped, so no greens for me, but that is going to change as I just bought beet seeds and I will be grown my own soon.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens about 1 inch above the beet. Place the beets in a small baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a knife can easily slide into the largest beet. Time will vary with the age and size of the beets. You can also just boil the boils until knife tender.
  3. Once the beets are done, cut the stem end off, and peel them under running tap water. Slice the beets and add to a serving bowl.
  4. Rinse the greens, removing any large stems, and set aside.
  5. When the beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute to just soften. Tear the greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted slice beets with either tossed with the red wine vinegar or just butter and salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Green Beans & Mushrooms

Green Beans & Mushrooms
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This sounds like a wonderful side dish. Takes a bit longer than most green bean recipes as you will need to steam some items and saute other items. For those viewers not in Asia, a long bean is just a green bean but can be 1-3 feet long. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Green Beans & Mushrooms
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This sounds like a wonderful side dish. Takes a bit longer than most green bean recipes as you will need to steam some items and saute other items. For those viewers not in Asia, a long bean is just a green bean but can be 1-3 feet long. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the carrots into 1 inch pieces, then cut each piece into strips about equal in diameter to the beans.
  2. Steam the long (green) beans for about 3-5 minutes until tender to the bite, depending on how crisp and tender you like the beans. Remove and set aside.
  3. Steam the carrots for about 3-8 minutes, depending on the size and how crisp and tender you like carrots. Remove and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, add the mushrooms and cook until almost tender, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stir in the carrots and green beans, salt, seasoned salt, and white pepper. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to heat everything through.
  5. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Variants: Substitute daikon for the carrot. Add 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary or thyme, or both.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Traditional New Mexico Sopaipillas

Traditional New Mexico Sopaipillas
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These sound real good, these get hollow when you fry them, perfect for butter and honey.
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen sopapillas 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen sopapillas 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Traditional New Mexico Sopaipillas
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These sound real good, these get hollow when you fry them, perfect for butter and honey.
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen sopapillas 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen sopapillas 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen sopapillas
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and cut in shortening.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add water to dry ingredients and work into the dough.
  3. Knead dough until smooth, cover, and set aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Heat 2 inches of shortening in a heavy pan at high heat, about 205 C is what you are looking for.
  5. Roll dough to a 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Cut dough into 4 inch squares and fry until golden on both sides, turning once. If shortening is hot enough, the sopaipillas will puff and become hollow shortly after being placed in the shortening. If you can’t get them to rise, try spooning the hot oil over the top of them.
  6. Drain on paper towels. Serve as a side or at the end of a Mexican meal, have butter and honey available as well.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Banana with Coconut Milk Sauce

Banana with Coconut Milk Sauce
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This is one of the more different Thai dishes, not eaten with rice, but with a chili sauce. Used is banana buds, banana stalk, and Chinese eggplant, sauce is simply coconut milk and shallots with sugar and salt. The chili sauce is just chilies, shallots, shrimp paste, and a locally made liquid best described as lime vinegar, I am still working out what that is. Lot of ingredients, few steps. The Chili sauce is made ahead. The Coconut Milk sauce can be made while the vegetables are boiling.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Banana with Coconut Milk Sauce
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This is one of the more different Thai dishes, not eaten with rice, but with a chili sauce. Used is banana buds, banana stalk, and Chinese eggplant, sauce is simply coconut milk and shallots with sugar and salt. The chili sauce is just chilies, shallots, shrimp paste, and a locally made liquid best described as lime vinegar, I am still working out what that is. Lot of ingredients, few steps. The Chili sauce is made ahead. The Coconut Milk sauce can be made while the vegetables are boiling.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Coconut Milk Sauce
For the Chili Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the banana buds, stalk, and Chinese eggplant to a pot, fill with water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until the vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and drain and set aside.
For the Coconut Milk Sauce
  1. While the vegetables are boiling, heat a non stick pan over medium heat, add the shallots and the coconut milk and let it heat up, when bubbly, reduce heat to a low simmer, and a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar, stir and taste, add more sugar as needed. Let this simmer for just a few minutes then remove from heat.
  2. Arrange the vegetables on a plate, and spoon the Coconut Milk sauce over the top.
For the Chili Sauce
  1. Add the slice chilies and shallots to a large bowl. Step daughter was in charge of slicing the chilies, she just chopped them, what you see in this photo could have been sliced thinner.
  2. To the bowl add the shrimp paste and mix that in, then add the liquid best described as lime vinegar (I am actively researching what this liquid is). You are looking for a near soupy consistency. This is used as a dip for the banana buds, stalks, and the eggplant.
  3. Served. There is a pork with red chili paste dish, that is eaten with the rice and lime leaves, and there is the plate of cooked banana buds and stalk with the coconut milk sauce spooned over that, and the large bowl of chili sauce. Perfect, low cost meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Watched my wife, Rrayada Thayer make this.
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Grilled Cheese Croutons

Grilled Cheese Croutons
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These sound easy and perfect for a nice bowl of tomato soup or tossed in a salad. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
60 croutons, about 10
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 croutons, about 10
Cook Time
5 minutes
Grilled Cheese Croutons
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These sound easy and perfect for a nice bowl of tomato soup or tossed in a salad. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
60 croutons, about 10
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 croutons, about 10
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: croutons, about
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium low heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and thyme, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place the slices in the hot skillet buttered side down. Top each slice with cheese, top with remaining slices buttered side up.
  3. Cook until toasted on the bottom, flip and cook the other side until toasted.
  4. Remove sandwiches from the skillet and let cool slightly then cut them into 1 inch squares. Use in soups, top of salads, etc.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)

Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)
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Absolutely brilliant combination of flavors. I made this on 29 June 2017 as a side dish to a chicken meal I made. You can make this as spicy as you want it, and let me tell you, local homemade red chili paste in a village, is spicy!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)
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Absolutely brilliant combination of flavors. I made this on 29 June 2017 as a side dish to a chicken meal I made. You can make this as spicy as you want it, and let me tell you, local homemade red chili paste in a village, is spicy!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cube your potatoes, I used 2 1/2 medium sized potatoes for just over 3 cups.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, the potatoes the potatoes and boil for 10 minutes with 1 teaspoon of salt added. Remove potatoes and drain.
  3. Prep the other ingredients while the potatoes are boiling. Shown here my garlic, coriander, chili paste (one 1 teaspoon of that was used, a small bag lasts a while), and the lime juice. I use lime juice as it is everywhere, lemon juice on the other hand is not that easy to find, they can be used interchangeably.
  4. Take drained potatoes and fry in oil, drain potatoes on paper towels. (I actually for this step but the potatoes turned out perfect.)
  5. Heat olive oil in a non stick, large skillet, add garlic and chili paste, cook for just a minute or then add coriander and lemon (lime) juice, cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes. The potatoes will cook through and the liquid will be absorbed.
  7. Cook until starting to browned, when the liquid is absorbed, the potatoes will be tender. Ready to serve. This is an excellent side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Cowboy Butter

Cowboy Butter
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Sounds really good. Serve with grilled meats like steak and chicken for dipping.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cowboy Butter
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Sounds really good. Serve with grilled meats like steak and chicken for dipping.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, shallot, mustard, horseradish, cayenne, and paprika. Whisk to combine.
  2. Stir in parsley, chives, thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Vietnamese Pickled Carrot & Daikon

Vietnamese Pickled Carrot & Daikon
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These are commonly used in banh mi sandwiches, and can be made with any vegetable, and carrot and daikon (white radish) are commonly used. You can use rice vinegar or white vinegar. Rice vinegar is more mild. The carrot and radish is pickled in as little as 30-45 minutes, and stored in the fridge for months.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Vietnamese Pickled Carrot & Daikon
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These are commonly used in banh mi sandwiches, and can be made with any vegetable, and carrot and daikon (white radish) are commonly used. You can use rice vinegar or white vinegar. Rice vinegar is more mild. The carrot and radish is pickled in as little as 30-45 minutes, and stored in the fridge for months.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. The measurements are just a guideline, if you are cutting up a large carrot and radish, you may need a bit more sugar, salt, and vinegar.
  2. Spread out the julienned veggys in a small glass baking dish, sprinkle enough sugar for just a light coating, sprinkle a pinch or two of salt over the veggys, and add the rice vinegar to submerge half of the veggys.
  3. Every 15 minutes stir the veggys around so the vinegar is mixed in well. In 30 to 45 minutes, you can use, store excess in a jar with all the liquid from dish, and top up to cover them with either more rice vinegar or if you used white vinegar, top up with water to dilute the strength. Store unused in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Cha Lua Kimbap,
Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi Cha Lua).

Adapted from an internet recipe.