Saturday, February 23, 2008

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria
New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc

Manchengo cheese and french bread app

Manchengo cheese is perfect. It goes well with french bread and honey.
Manchengo cheese sliced
French bread
Top bread with manchengo cheese. Sprinkle honey.

Grapefruit avacado and watercress salad

Category: Salad

Source: Food and Wine, March 2008

This is usually paired with fish but Jen and I decided to have it with our skirt steak and potatoes.

1 grapefruit

2 tblsp fresh lemon

1 bunch watercress

2 avacados diced

Plate watercress. Place avacado and grapefruit on top. Add fresh pepper and salt to the avacado. Squeeze fresh lemon juice. Serve.

Skirt steak with lemon and chili-roasted potatoes

Category: Main dish
Source: Food and Wine Magazine
Place Jen"s Kitchen

This is a dish that Jen and I made on a lazy winter saturday night. It was served with watercress, grapefruit and avacado salad. The grapefruit added an amazing touch -- it is in season righ now (February).
5 small potatoes cut into 1" pieces
3 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli powder, salt, pepper
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 lb skirt steak
1 lemon

Heat oven to 425. Mix potatoes, oil, chilli powder, salt, pepper, thyme into a medium bowl. Transfer to a roasting pan (or cookie sheet) and bake until golden brown and crisp (about 40 mins).
Season steak with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Broil steak to desired doneness (3-4 mins per side for medium rare). Transfer to cutting board and let it rest 5 mins before cutting (this allows the juices to stay in).

Plate steak with potatoes, lemon and salad.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Spinach Pachdi

Category: Side Dish
Source: Ajay Nair

We made this at Kailash the day before my flight back to JFK. This is a great way to eat spinach. The dish is light and flavorful. Perfect side for a nice homemade India meal.
Spinach 3 bunches (leaves only)
Yougurt 500 ml/2 cups
Rice 2 tblsp
Red chilli 4
Mustard seeds

Boil spinach in salt water. Remove and add to whisked yogurt (salt added). No need to drain spinach. In a pan make tadka (mix of spices) using oil, red chillis, rice, mustard seeds. Stir for 5-10 minutes to get flavors out. Add to spinach mixture.