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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Food - What's Cooking At Casa de Los Gatos This Week

Roast halibut (or escolar - depends on what's available) and asparagus - very simple, I rub the asparagus thoroughly with olive oil, place in a baking dish, toss with a little salt and coarse-ground black pepper, and roast till half-cooked, then add fish, a little more salt and pepper, and roast till everything is cooked.

Marinated grilled fish filet, probably catfish, but any white-fleshed fish is good. Also very simple. Fish is rubbed with turmeric and ~1 tbsp. thin soy sauce and drizzled with a little lemon or lime juice (depending on the type of fish and its nature). Broiled after sitting for a day or so, ~8 minutes on each side. Served with Bangali dal and a spinach/tomato dish (cooked with onion, garlic, black mustard seeds, turmeric, red chilli powder, tomatoes, then blended to a creamy consistency and reheated with a little salt. The dal is also very simple. Channa dal, boiled to a creamy consistency, then drizzled with a little oil in which I fry some dried red chillies and panch phoron, a combination of five types of spice seeds.

Chettinad chicken curry made with dried red chilli powder, dried red chillies, roughly cracked green peppercorns, fresh green chillies, red chilli flakes, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander powder, cuminseed powder, dried ginger, coconut milk and cilantro. Utterly deelish. I think I'll serve this with some very lightly cooked broccoli and maybe a lemon rice. Photos:


I decided I had to add some carrots, bell peppers, and zucchini to it. Pretty tasty.

Chettinad Chicken Curry

Made with 2 Tbsp. fresh peeled chopped ginger, 2 cloves garlic, 2 chopped onions, 10 chopped green chillies, 1 Tbsp. lightly cracked green peppercorns, 1 Tbsp. dried red chilli flakes, 1 tsp. dried powdered ginger, 1 Tbsp. cracked coriander seeds, 1 cup coconut milk, 2 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves, 5 chicken thighs, filleted and quartered, and a little salt. Recipe available on request. Must love extremely spicy hot food.

Stir-fried Broccoli

With red bell peppers, asparagus, soy sauce, rice wine, a little cornstarch, salt, sugar, hot green chillies, chopped, ground turkey, garlic, ginger. Tasty.

We went with escolar in the end, and catfish. Pix later.

Update: Photo added.

Roasted escolar and asparagus

Served with brown rice and a spicy spinach-tomato puree.

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At 3:06 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Why are you tempting people with all these pictures of food? Dinner at Q's needs no advertising. Just invite people over!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Bri! Is that a hint?

Check out "Bri Blogs Squid" in the March posts.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger william said...

Chilli powders are based on the ground flesh and seeds of dried chillies. The heat comes from capsaicin, which is concentrated in the white pith of fruit. Capsaicin relives sinus trouble, arthritis and headaches, is good for your heart and helps burn body fat and fight cancer.
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At 9:35 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Thanks for your comment, William. La Casa de Los Gatos is a great believer in the beneficial effects of spices and herbs, and sees food as both a pleasure and a source of nutrition.


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