Sunday, September 29, 2013

Some Foods For Today

Yesterday while I was at my local independent bookstore's 25 year anniversary (I go there when I can because in addition to just being a local bookstore they donated to my school's queer scholarship fund) I found a book called 500 Paleo Recipes by Dana Carpender.  I don't normally like paper cookbooks.  I Google my recipes when I need them.  So this is actually only the third cookbook I've owned ever and the first that wasn't vegetarian (FYI, for those of you who are vegetarians, Isa Chanda Moskowitz's Vegan with a Vengeance is freaking sweet).

Today I made two of the recipes and am preparing for some more.  So for starters:

I'm not going to put actual recipes here because... well... that's a little rude (maybe if I had modified them but I didn't).  This is a poached egg on top of a blob of homemade guacamole on top of a portobello mushroom.  Transparency: I don't like portobello mushrooms very much.  I know, I went through the motions as a vegan, as they make convenient burger substitutes, but I have to be in a very specific mood to eat portobellos.

It was still pretty good.  I made three of them and for the second two I didn't actually eat the mushrooms.  It was a good attempt.  If I made it again I'd just stick it all on a plate and forget the mushroom.

 Later I made steak tartare.  Raw beef dishes are common at holiday parties here.  Last time I saw it it was literally just like... regular ground beef with onion and salt on rye crackers (considering the stuff that goes in commercial ground beef it was very unsettling).  I made it from good ingredients and minced it myself, so there's less risk.  Not no risk, but less.  It's surrounded by onion and capers, topped with an egg yolk, and the parsley is there because my plates are very non-pretty:

One thing I've learned about this cookbook: It has a recipe for almost every cut of meat in my freezer (the only two exceptions being mourning dove and all venison except ground).  And I'm the kind of person who literally buys random meat parts just because I've never had them before.  So soon I'll be making her recipe for pigs' feet, because yeah I have those.