Cilantro Lime Coconut Curry with Chanterelles, Fresh Ginger + Avocado

IMG_2289 IMG_2270-001 S IMG_2274This soup made my house smell like fresh ginger and cilantro and lime in such a gentle and refreshing and rather uplifting way. And this was good, because the onion I used, bought from the farmer’s market a few days ago, it made me basically weep. I’ve had the occasional onion make my eyes watery, but this one forced tears to stream down my face. I had to walk away and compose myself. My suggestion is to use a gentler onion, like a white one, or a shallot, but I guess I was starting to think I’m immune to oniony induced emotion and this one put me in my place. This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and you could add chicken or pork belly if you have it on hand. The avocado is essential as it balances out a pretty citrusy soup and adds depth, but the rice is optional as well. It is also quite good topped with those rice sticks you find at health food stores and a good grind of fresh black pepper. Oh and I did also just happen to have chanterelles on hand, which is something that has never really happened to me before, as lovely as they are I would happily use shitake or maitake mushrooms in their place.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Curry with Chanterelles, Fresh Ginger + Avocado
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 inches peeled fresh ginger, chopped
4 baby sweet peppers, or 1 big red pepper,  seeds removed + sliced
1 zucchini, halved and diced
1 handful chanterelles, sliced
1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped
2 long pieces lemongrass, chopped
1 tablespoon yellow curry paste
1 lime, juiced
1 can full fat coconut milk + 1 can amount of water
1/4 cup brown or wild rice
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped + extra for garnish
Butter + olive oil
Salt + pepper
Avocado

Add a tbsp of butter to a deep saucepan over medium heat, add the onions and cook about 15 minutes, or until translucent.
Next add the ginger, peppers, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, jalapeno and lemongrass. Stir and drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and allow to cook for about 5 minutes, then add the curry paste, stirring again.
Add the lime juice and pour in the full can of coconut milk plus a can sized amount of water. Turn heat to medium, add the rice to the soup, cover and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Stir in the cilantro, and taste for seasoning, adding olive oil, salt and pepper if needed. Test to make sure the rice is fully cooked, and serve with sliced avocado, cilantro, a grind of pepper and drizzle of olive oil.

 

 

 

Yellow Watermelon, Blackberry, Thyme + Lemon Verbena Margarita

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Yellow Watermelon, Blackberry, Thyme + Lemon Verbena Margarita
makes 4 cocktails
1 small yellow watermelon, rind chopped off
Juice from 2 small limes
Tequila
Vanilla infused sea salt (for rims)
Lemon Verbena simple syrup (recipe below)
Blackberries
Fresh thyme
Ice

Blend the watermelon with 3 cups of ice (or more), the lime juice and 1/4 cup lemon verbena syrup. Blend until smooth, you can also juice the watermelon.
Coat the glasses with a bit of the lemon verbena syrup, then coat with salt. Crush a few blackberries in the glasses, add a sprinkle of thyme, pour a half shot into the glass, then pour the watermelon mix on top. Garnish with addition fresh thyme and nasturtium flower petals.

Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup
4-5 small springs lemon verbena
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup water

In a small saucepan heat the water + sugar. Chop the lemon verbena and bruise a bit with your hands, then add it to the saucepan. Whisk on low heat for a few minutes, until quite fragrant. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass jar. Cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

 

Balsamic-Miso Pork Tacos with Maitakes + Mustard Greens

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We make tacos more than any other meal and never tire of them. Especially when we make our own tortillas. They are hands down the favorite meal around here, and we have found ourselves in the tradition of eating them before we leave for big trips, and when we return. They serve as a send off, welcome home and everything in between. These tacos combine a few of the tastes I’ve been noticing in recent tasty bowls of pork ramen noodles at restaurants with our favorite tried and true taco accompaniment. We ate maple-balsamic glazed pork chops the previous night and saved about 1 whole, thick pork chop for this recipe. The pork is from Cosmic Apple Gardens and is exceptionally, wonderfully tasty. The mustard greens and maitakes stand out as much as the homemade tacos and pork in this recipe, the balance is meaty, but sweet and slightly bitter from the greens. In general a damn tasty taco.

Balsamic-Miso Pork Tacos with Maitakes + Mustard Greens

1 whole cooked pork chop (or other cut of pork), cut into small pieces
1/4 white onion, chopped
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, chopped
3 mustard green leaves, lower stems removed, chopped
1 handful maitake mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp syrupy, thick balsamic vinegar
Butter, olive oil, coconut oil or lard (we used lard my mom rendered from pigs we raised)
1 tsp Miso paste or powder
1/2 tsp tamari
Sesame seeds
Sea salt
Masa harina
Limes
Whole milk yogurt

Method: If you are making your own tacos, mix 1 cup masa harina with 1/2-1 cup water and a bit of sea salt, cover in plastic wrap and chill for about 20-30 minutes (we don’t always let them chill quite this long and have good results). If you have a buddy, put them on tortilla press, fry, make duty. Keep the tortillas warm in the oven.

Heat a skillet to medium-high heat, add the onions and cook for a few minutes, Add the ginger, stir, and after a few moments add the mustard greens, drizzle with lemon + sea salt. Add the mushrooms. From here you get to use some of your own measurements and adjust to your liking–add a pinch of miso, balsamic, and a tiny amount of tamari. I like to add add liquid directly to the cast iron pan, so it evaporates some and caramelizes and then coats the veggies. Stir everything together, add some sesame seeds, and cook until the veggies have a nice color to them and taste done. Push the veggies to one side of the pan, and add the pork-the skillet should be quite hot. Add just a little bit more miso and balsamic on the pork (this pork should be pre-seasoned). Cook until the pork is browned and the fat is a bit crisped.

Assembly: Place the pork and veggies on the fresh tortillas, top with a spoonful of yogurt (or sour cream/creme fraiche/etc) add a sprinkling of sesame seeds and drizzle with a bit of lemon juice.

Crackers with Goat, Gruyere and Cilantro-lime Dressing

IMG_9374-001For my birthday my mom roasted two whole goat legs. I’ve been living off the left over meat for the last few days, enjoying it with my eggs in the morning, baked in the cast iron with cheese and bread for lunch, in goat enchiladas and as a quick snack. The legs are currently simmering on the stove in water with carrots, onion, celery, salt and pepper, on their way to becoming a rich stock for future soups. These crackers are a quick snack. My roommate made the cilantro-lime dressing, and it’s good on everything, especially these crackers as it adds a bit of tanginess to the uber-rich goat meat.

Crackers with Goat, Gruyere and Cilantro-lime Dressing

Crackers, I used Ak Mak
Goat meat, sliced
Gruyere
Cilantro-lime dressing (recipe below)
Cilantro garnish
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Cook, or warm up, the meat in a skillet over high heat. Place the meat on the crackers, spread the cheese out over the meat and then drizzle the dressing on top followed by some pieces of cilantro. Season with salt & pepper.

Wallis’ Cilantro-lime Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 3 whole limes
1 tbsp balsamic, or apple cider vinegar
1 bunch of cilantro
t tsp salt

Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Enjoy on salads, meat, crackers and other snacks.