Bring salted (1 teaspoon salt) water to a boil over medium heat, then add potatoes. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 20 to 25 minutes then drain. Add the lemon zest, half the milk and cream, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Use a potato masher to break up the potatoes and add the milk and cream as you go along - to just 'wet' the potatoes. Add more, for desired creaminess. Spoon the potatoes into a serving bowl and serve immediately.
I began making sushi in college with her roommates Katie and Sherrie. Alton Brown from Good Eats has a video on how to make the rice. In grad school, this evolved to wonderful sushi parties then into a great appetizer for dinner parties at the Lucas household. Fillings can be as simple as cucumber or salmon, but it’s up to your imagination. A favorite is mango salmon and cucumber – the sweet, savory, and crunch play off each other well. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger, and or spicy mayo.
2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Cut favorite ingredients so they are as long and square as possible, like a long matchstick.
Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water, pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear.
Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer the rice into a large wooden or glass mixing bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi or sashimi.
California Roll filling:
3/4 cup imitation crab
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into matchstick-size
Another cupboard special that’s great on a cool day.
I grew up on Betty Crocker’s crepe recipe and explored the world of sweet and savory crepes, especially when she traveled in France. My crepe world changed again when I used butter in Julia Child’s Crepe Recipe. For sweet crepes, fill with any variety of jams, honey, cinnamon, and apple sauce. Some favorites include maple-banana-walnut and fresh apricot jam, but don’t’ underestimate the delicious simplicity of honey crepes.
**Don’t forget the melted butter in the microwave. It happens more often than not.
Pour a little olive oil in a microwave safe bowl. Use your finger or a napkin to spread the olive oil around the whole bowl. Pour in eggs (egg whites or beaten eggs) and sprinkle some salt in. You can add a handful of spinach and some chopped onions and/or herbs to make it tastier, and they also add to the texture.
Microwave for 90 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 30-60 seconds, until the eggs are no longer runny. You might have to adjust cooking time for how strong you microwave is. You’ll know it’s really done when the middle of the gigs start to puff up. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.
Fold your omelette in half and add some sides, which usually means leftovers from the fridge: meat, cheese, veggies, kimchi. Below are some examples of my breakfast bowls.
Buckwheat is an ancient “grain” that is high in protein, fiber, four B vitamins and dietary minerals. Despite the name, buckwheat is not closely related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Check out the Wikipedia for it.
What’s not to love about it?
It’s easier to cook than quinoa!
It’s faster to cook than any rice or bean!
It’s gluten free!
You can cook it ahead!
Where do I buy it?
I go to Russian grocery stores to get whole buckwheat groats. It’s also easily available on Amazon, however I would only trust the Russian brands. They’re dark brown. 800 grams (1.7lbs) of buckwheat groats is usually $3.50-$4.50. There are sometimes larger bags.
I tried the Red Mill version of buckwheat... they were very light in color and it turned out slimy.
You may also be able to find buckwheat groats in health and specialty stores.
How do I cook it?
Put buckwheat in a pot and add enough water to cover the groats with 1/4 inch of water. I add a splash of soy sauce or apple cider vinegar with a pinch of salt to season it.
Bring to boil, then reduce to low. Remove from heat after 8 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes so it finishes cooking.
Once you try it a few times, test cooking it a little more or less so you know which is your favorite.
I like it cooked a little less, because otherwise the shape of the groats breaks down just like rice when it’s overcooked.
I usually make half a bag of buckwheat at a time and store it in a baggie in the fridge. When you pull it out to use it, warm it up at least to room temperature, or more, so that it tastes better. Cold buckwheat just doesn’t taste as good to me.
This recipe can easily scale for however many people you’re cooking for, or just for yourself.
**If possible, salt the chicken up to a dat in advance. It always makes the chicken taste better, but of course it’s not necessary. I only remember to salt ahead about 1/2 of the time, lol.
It’s vegetarian, it’s vegan, it’s gluten free!
1 bunch Parsley
2 tbs minced onion
1.5 cups cooked buckwheat (you could also use the more traditional bulgur, or any other hearty/protein filled “grain”)
1 can beets
1-2 tomatoes and/or 1 cucumber
1 tablespoon lemon
2 teaspoon olive oil
Add protein to make it a meal, chicken or steak work best
*Note: when I make this I start by chopping the onion, and immediately add some salt, and maybe the lemon or olive oil. Adding salt starts to reduce the sharpness of the onion.