The chunkiest boiled beef and vegetables soup


The beef was simmered on Friday, cooled in its broth then chilled in the fridge. On Saturday, I made macaroni salad -- one batch with chicken and another batch without for my vegetarian daughter.Sunday at noon, I took the meat out of the fridge, cut the meat into cubes and discarded the bones. The broth was reheated to simmering, vegetables were added and, when they … [Read more...]

Warm sausage and potato salad with honey-mustard dressing


We have a new agreement, Speedy and I. If it rains, I cook lunch and dinner. If it does not, I cook lunch and we can have leftovers or sandwiches for dinner. It's not a permanent arrangement but only until the extreme humidity lets up. In this heat, I just don't feel too inspired to cook and one cooked meal a day is better than sandwiches for both lunch and dinner.It … [Read more...]

Minted pea and potato soup


After attacking the roast duck with orange-lime-honey glaze on our wedding anniversary, I gathered the leftovers including the bones. I threw the carcass, the head, the feet and wingtips into a pot and made broth. A lot of broth. I strained the cooled broth into three different containers and kept them in the freezer. Days later, I thawed one out to make this soup.This … [Read more...]

Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing


The vegetarian dish in our simple Christmas Eve meal. The potatoes were baked, the flesh scooped out, the hollowed out centers stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli and shredded cheddar. Creamy and filling. And even better when paired with something that provides a contrast in texture like the simple lettuce salad that I served on the side.The cooking time for the … [Read more...]

Chicken, potato and spinach soup


Thick, chunky and herby. The broth is made by simmering together the back portion of a chicken, a whole onion, cloves of garlic and peppercorns. The chicken is scooped out, the broth is strained, reheated and diced potatoes go into the broth along with fresh basil and thyme. When the potatoes are soft, into the blender they go together with the herbs and broth. The pureed … [Read more...]

Tinapa (smoked fish) and mashed potato cakes


I have to admit that when the weather is unfriendly, my brain goes on vacation. The humidity today was so suffocating and my creative juices just fizzled and dried up. Oh, I did cook. The food was fine -- at least I managed that. But the photos I took of everything I cooked today? Totally unusable for blogging purposes. Someone told me once that if you stare at photos of … [Read more...]

Smashed potatoes


When Sam asked me to make smashed potatoes, I thought she was referring to the salad. You know, like mashed potatoes but with less mashing? I have it in the archive. But Sam said no, that wasn't it. It's baked potatoes that you smash, season and garnish then put back in the oven until they turn crisp. Interesting, I remarked. And since we had large potatoes, I thought I'd … [Read more...]

Frita Cubana (burger topped with shoestring potatoes)


I owe this recipe to a drained mouse battery. I was working yesterday, my mouse went dead, I needed to recharge the battery and, while waiting, there was nothing much to do. I watched TV with Speedy, he switched to the Food Network, and there was this show, Burger Land, that I had never seen before. The host was in Miami eating a Cuban-style burger smothered with a spicy … [Read more...]

Cheesy meatballs and potato casserole


It's always inspiring to take photos early in the morning. Not dawn early when the light that filters through the dining room windows are still too dull and grayish. But between eight o'clock and ten o'clock, the hues are just perfect. Soft and dreamy. It was fortunate that this baked casserole came out of the oven at just the right time.A very simple dish, this one. … [Read more...]