Meatloaf Corn Potatoes Mushroom Gravy


First I got concert tickets to Mother’s Finest in Pforzheim in September. Yay!!!!
Then I went to the grocery store to see what I could make. First I wanted to make a greek dish called Melitzanes Papoutsakia, a dish of eggplant with ground beef and Bechamel sauce, but it was getting late and I knew I had to make something less time consuming. I haven’t had meatloaf in a while and had just bought a pound of ground beef, so I went to work.

Meat loaf ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup of fresh (homemade) bread crumbs
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 Tbs of marjoram
salt, pepper
1 fresh egg
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

Combine everything. Don’t overwork, because that will take the air out of the meat and compact it too much. Fill the mixture into a pound cake form (greased) and bake at 375 F for 35-45 minutes. This depends on your oven. I have a very fast oven, but if you don’t, you might want to test your meat with a meat thermometer. It is done at 155 F.

Meanwhile, start the potatoes and the corn. Use one pot, since they take a similar amount of time.

In another skillet, fry a handful of bacon lardons. Add chopped onion and garlic, add 2 inches of tomato paste from a tube and brown. Add the sliced mushrooms (about 8 medium), saute until they lose their water, then add a swig of port. Let it evaporate and add a cup of red wine. Slowly reduce, adjust the seasoning.

When the corn and the potatoes are ready, place on a plate, mash the potatoes, add butter to corn and potatoes and add a slice of meatloaf and the mushroom gravy.

Great taste, no fillers, pre-made sauces, helpers, glutamate – nothing but herbs, infusions, meat and vegetables… and a lot of taste!

Pork Cutlet Autumn Cornucopia


Diese langen Fahrten im Stau sind nichts für mich – ich fange an, mich wegzuzoomen und bin dann in einem Universum aus Zutaten, Speisen und Sachen, die ich schon Zuhause liegen habe.

So auch heute – 90 Minuten statt der 45 üblichen, und daheim angekommen, fiel mir ein, daß ein Paket auf mich wartet, aber mein Pedelec in Reparatur ist. Also wieder ins Auto. Die Strecke ist nicht weit, vielleicht 500 m, aber ich bin gar nicht gut zu Fuß. Jedenfalls hab ich das Paket in Empfang genommen, nicht ohne daß die Postbeamtin meinen US Pass (nachdem sie gefragt hatte) ausgiebig unter die Lupe nahm und ihn als wunderschön tituliert hatte 🙂 (Sachen gibt’s!).

Danach ging ich noch kurz in den Laden und holte mir ein Schweinekotelett und einen Rotkohl.

Meine Idee war zuerst, eine Art kalten mexikanischen Rohkostsalat zu machen. Dann war ich in der Käseabteilung und für diese Idee gab es keinen Käse, aber dafür Feta. Und schliesslich fiel mir ein, daß es daheim auch noch Mais gibt, der auch gut wäre.

Die Zutaten der großen Unentschlossenheit (Autumn Cornucopia/herbstliches Füllhorn)

Rotkraut, fein geschnitten

Selleriestange in feinen Scheiben

Gurke in kleinen Würfeln

Kirschtomaten in Scheiben

Röllchen von 2 kleinen Frühlingszwiebeln

gelbe Bete in Essig mit Kurkuma (mein Paket :-))))

Feta

Mais in der Pfanne geröstet, vom Kolben geschnitten

höllisch scharfe Peperoni

 

Zum Kraut gab ich eine Prise Salz und Zucker und knetete es ein paar Minuten, um es weicher zu machen. Die Sauce für’s Kraut bestand aus Limettensaft, Salz, etwas Zucker und Olivenöl.

Danach schnitt ich alle anderen Zutaten klein und mischte für sie aus dem Rest Limettensaft auch noch ein bißchen Sauce. Das ließ ich ein paar Minuten einwirken.

Jetzt kam das mit Salz und Pfeffer gewürzte Kotelett in die Pfanne, um bei mittlerer Hitze nicht zu schnell gar zu werden.

Danach, beim Anrichten kam ich auf diese geschwungene Form, die mich an ein Füllhorn erinnert. Das würde vielleicht besser zu Erntedank oder Thanksgiving passen, aber an dem Tag sind die Teller so voll, daß an eine solche Choreographie auf dem Teller nicht zu denken ist 🙂

Außerdem ist mein Hirn ein Sieb und ich hätte die Idee bis dorthin vergessen…

Fazit: Die Gemüsemischung ist einigermassen wild, hat aber trotzdem gut zusammen geschmeckt. Das Kraut und die gelbe Bete hat sehr gut harmoniert, zumal ich auch etwas des Betesuds zur Krautsauce gegeben habe. Hier wieder der Hinweis – alles war frisch zubereitet, der Mais noch warm und schön natursüß, dann schmeckt alles zusammen sehr gut. Dosenware würde ich hier nicht empfehlen, außer man möchte Kantinenfeeling nachbauen (Nix gegen Kantinen, auch die muss es geben!).

Das Beste ist, es gab ein zweites Kotelett und noch viel Gemüse, alles für Morgen im Geschäft 🙂

 

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Short Ribs BBQ Sauce Corn


Going shopping in KA, I had my sights on a piece of veal liver, but that wasn’t meant to be… Rather than getting too many mussels (and feeling guilty about not buying at my local fishmonger), I walked the aisles and saw… ribs!

I love ribs! I love beef ribs too, but you just can’t get them here. Short ribs it was, then. First I was thinking salad, when the obvious hit me – corn. Of course its out of season, but they have it in vacuum foil, no problem.

Since I bought a pressure cooker last week, I decided to try it with the ribs. I usually pre-cook them anyway, because I find they stay juicier. For this recipe I just barely covered the 3 pieces I had cut from the rack, added 3 berries of allspice, 5 juniper berries and a bay leaf, put the lid on, turned up the heat and reduced it as soon as the pressure indicator rose up, and cooked them for 15 minutes. Then I depressurized the pot quickly and soaked the ribs in sauce. Then I put them in an ovenproof  dish and baked them to get the sauce on them better (about 15 minutes). They were ready after that.

The sauce:

3 Tbs Oil

5 Tbs Tomato concentrate

Spice mix

/2 Tbs Ancho chips, dried

1 Cascabel chili, dried

1 Serrano chili, dried

1 Tbs Onion powder

1 fresh clove of garlic

2 Tbs white wine vinegar

2 Tbs maple syrup

1 Tbs Pimenton de la Vera

salt

I ground the whole spices in a Braun coffee bean grinder until they were a powder.

The tomato paste was roasted in the oil first, the spices were added with a swig of Port. Then a half quart of water.

When tasting the mix after it’s flavors had melded, I decided to add 3 medium sized tomatoes, for extra flavor and acid.

That turned out to be a good decision. For this evening I was happy with the result, but feel free to add things like lemon/orange/lime zest or juice, other sugars instead of maple syrup or

other acids. The sauce had some heat, but I wound up breaking out the pickled jalapenos for some extra tickle – in other words, even amateurs could have taken this heat.

I decided against a carbohydrate (the corn has some, anyway) and was happy with that. A rack of ribs and the corn filled me up and the lesson learned was not to buy commercial BBQ sauces anymore,

this one was tasty!

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T-Bone


With summer in full swing, I had the urge to make a typical american steak in a typical american style. What better than to barbeque the meat! That said, the rest was easy- it had to be corn. Not shown is the healthy salad we had as a side.

The corn, by the way, came in it’s husk and not frozen or in a can-just sayin‘

Instead of potatoes or some other warm starch we had pieces of bread to sop up the juices.

The steak was every bit as good as I remember it to be in times long gone.

It’s absolutely necessary to stand there and watch it and turn it  so it doesn’t turn into shoe leather!

The only thing I made for this steak was the herb-butter. This was made with a clove of garlic, chives. lemon juice and parsley.

Everyone wanted more after the first taste and it was easy to anticipate the time it would run out.

To bbq the steak, salt and pepper it, put it on a very hot grill and give it a few (about 5 minutes) on the BBQ. Be sure to get it off the grill sooner should it show signs of cooking too much.