Scallops with Mushroom & Thyme on a Bed of Zucchini
3 large scallops
¼ small onion, sliced
1 garlic clove
2 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 c. mushrooms
1 zucchini, spiralized
1 t. Thyme
I spiralized the zucchini. I sautéed the onion, garlic, mushrooms in olive oil and butter. I set aside. I then did the zucchini in the garlic and olive oil and butter mixture.
Set it aside. Then I put in the scallops in the skillet with the butter and cooked them till ready. Then I put the veggies in a plate and the scallops on top.
Egg, Tomato, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley & Basil
Puppadum with Egg
1 egg fried
1 tomato sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 slice of onion chopped/green onions sliced
1 t. Rosemary
1 t. Thyme
1 t. Parsley
1 t. basil
Pinch of salt & pepper
In a skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. A pinch of salt and pepper. Add a clove of garlic. Add onion, add spices, add tomato slices. Cook until you get it to a consistency you like. I like it really soggy and almost overcooked. You may like your onions and tomatoes undercooked. Your call. Pour into a bowl. Set creation aside.
Put olive oil in that skillet. Let it get very hot. Crack an egg in skillet. Cook to desired consistency. I like my yolk running but I like the egg white cooked. Set aside.
Separate skillet. Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet well. Let oil get very hot. Take a puppadum out of wrapping and place in hot oil and it will curl. Push edges of it down into oil until it curls and cooks through. Pull out with tongs, place on plate, add tomato mixture and a fried egg on top. Then the tomato creation. Serve.
I bought these and wanted to try them. I sliced them and put some lemon juice on them and tried to eat them, but they made my mouth pucker. Not for me, but you never know until you try!
When I was in Istanbul. There was a wonderful restaurant down the street from my hotel. A gal I met on a tour was staying at my hotel. Her name was Christina and she was from South Africa but living in Saudi Arabia and we became dinner buddies. We went to this restaurant almost nightly because it was so good. I got this dish every evening for dessert.
Apricot w. ricotta & honey
6 dried apricots
1 container of ricotta
1 jar of honey
Place the apricots on a plate.
Put a dollop of ricotta on each one.
Drizzle honey on top.
Tikka Masala Cauliflower
Cauliflower Florets – separated from 1 big Cauliflower
1 cup of Canned Tomato Puree
Finely Diced Onions
Green Chillies –as many as you like for desired heat
¼ c. Cashews
1 T. Cinnamon
1 T. ginger
2 Bay Leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 t. Turmeric Powder
1/3 t. chili powder
1 T. garam masala
2 T. Butter
2 T. olive oil (or whatever oil you like to cook with)
½ c. Heavy Whipping Cream
2 t. Sugar (I will omit, as I try to stay away from sugar, may use honey if needed)
Salt – to taste
1 t. Coriander Leaves
1/2 t. Turmeric Powder
½ t. Chilli Powder (Depending on Spice Tolerance)
1 T. Tandoori Chicken Masala Powder
1 t. Coriander Powder
1/2 t. Cumin Powder
1/4 c. Yogurt
1 T. Lemon Juice
Salt – as required
Make a marinade using the above ingredients. Marinate the cauliflower florets and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
Soak 1/4 cup cashews in warm water.
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Line a baking dish with Aluminum Foil and arrange the florets. Drizzle a few drops of oil and roast the cauliflower florets for 20-25 minutes turning once in between. Alternatively, you can roast the florets on a non stick skillet with little oil until lightly browned.
Melt 2 T. butter & oil in a big pan. Saute cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and Bay Leaves for 2 minutes. Saute onions and green chillies till the onions begin to brown.
Meanwhile grind the cashews to a nice paste.
Reduce heat and add 1/2 t. turmeric powder, 1 T. chili powder, 1 T. ginger 1 T. garlic, 1 t. garam masala powder and saute for a minute.
Add the Cashew paste and tomato puree and saute for a few minutes.
Add 1/2 c. of water along with 2 t. sugar/honey and salt to taste. Bring the gravy to a slow boil.
Add the roasted cauliflower florets. Mix well and simmer for 7-8 minutes on medium flame.
Reduce heat, add fresh whipping cream and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from stove top and keep covered.
Re-doing Chris’s Chair
Helping Kristen in Paris
So, one of my best friends from New York went to Paris on business and was texting me on how to get from the airport to her Airbnb and then to certain places in Paris and it was like being back in Paris. I loved it! In helping her navigate the city, I got to be back there. Gosh, I love Paris. What a great city. It is not NY but it is a fabulous place.
Mita’s w. Eric Hunter
My sweet, dear friend Eric came to Cincy for a reunion from Seven Hills and we went to Mita’s for dinner. New restaurant downtown. Good eats. Eric thanks for treating me to such a great meal. Loved being with you as always!!!
Wagner in mask
I babysat my friend Mindy’s kids and Wagner put on a scary mask while we played a game of RumiQ.
Mobile of Venetian Glass
I took some Venetian glass I bought in Venice and turned it into a mobile that hangs in my bathroom so I can see it everyday!
Mare’s 75th B-day
My wonderful friend Mare and her son many, many years ago made a pact that they would celebrate her 75th and his 50th together! So, they had a wonderful bash down at the Sign Museum. It was such a wonderful party. Nice, nice family. Fun evening.
AND….I saw one of my best friends from college that I haven’t seen in YEARS…..good ole Mark E.
From aqua to black….
My friend Jennie came to town with her daughter. Her daughter went to an event at the Aronoff and Jennie and I went and walked the new park down by the Ohio River and then she had a her first Netherland salad, which she has heard my mom and I talk about forever! The bummer…they didn’t toss it…I should have asked…
My sweet, sweet, dear, dear friend Trouble lost her hubby. It was heart wrenching for her. Her family rallied around her including a daughter from Michigan, who brought her daughter EmJ to Cincy with her. So, in order for Trouble and her daughters to have time together, I took EmJ on a Cincy adventure, which included a ride on the new carousel, a walk through Smale Park and the Heekin kids park, and for a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream.
Dulce joined us and she had fun too….
They took this school in Northside and converted it into an apartment building. Not well done, but definitely well intentioned. I love that they left remnants of the classrooms in the apartments.
Steely Dan w. Mindy
Always wanted to see them in concert. Heard they were fabulous from my old Boston boss and he was right. Mindy thanks for going with me.
I made one for myself…not as cute…but you get the idea…
A Greek fella at my local small market told me to spiralize a daikon radish, drizzle olive oil on it, sprinkle salt, squeeze lime on it, and eat it for a snack.
Good crunchy, low cal snack.
Chicken with goat cheese, dried cherries and figs
I baked a chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, dried cherries and figs. Drizzled olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on it and baked it at 350 for roughly 20 minutes. I put toothpicks in to hold it together. It doesn’t look pretty…BUT….Easy and yummy.
Opera @ Zoo
Trouble and Vivian and I have talked about doing this forever and we finally did it! The Opera at the Cincinnati Zoo with all the animals! AND despite the ghastly heat…what a great event…
A few pieces painted by me…a few by my mother….
SALAD OF BERRIES & NUTS
Toss together and add dressing. This is a pic before I added the lettuce…always put dressing at bottom and add ingredients on top and toss…
UC Mural Tour & Taft Ale House
The University of Cincinnati did a tour of the downtown murals for their alumni. It was such a cool event. A few showcase some local artists. The tour ended at an old church converted to an ale house called the Taft Ale House. UC did such a nice job!
Here is Cincinnati artist…Charley Harper’s work on the wall below.
Here is the famed John A. Ruthven’s work below….his famed bird front and center.
ERIN & ROD
One of my friends from NY, who works at CNN came to Cincy to cover Hillary on the campaign trail. We hadn’t seen each other in 7 years and he had not seen OTR since it had turned a corner and became this totally cool, hip neighborhood. Fun to show him the city.
Sue Greenberg cookies
Salmon with tomatoes, bananas, lime, olive oil, etc.
1 piece of salmon
½ sliced tomato
Juice of ¼ lime
2 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper
Cook salmon in olive oil, salt and pepper @ 350 until it gives way when pushed upon…
Take remaining ingredients combine in bowl and pour over fish. Eat and enjoy!
Asian food week
A burger to rival DUTCH’s…I had a burger called THE TRIPLE BYPASS. Bacon Crusted Prime Beef, Hickory Bacon, Havarti, Lettuce, Bacon Aioli. I didn’t do the bun and instead had my burger wrapped in lettuce. However, what was absolutely KILLER there was the Vanilla Gelato milkshake.
Great spot down in OTR….
Figs with mozzarella, lavender honey
Small piece of mozzarella on each fig.
I found REAL figs…not dried figs…which is unusual in these here parts…beautiful isn’t it…like a piece of art..
Poached salmon w. capers
1 piece of salmon
2 T. olive oil
1 T. capers
Salt and pepper
Cook salmon in olive oil salt and pepper @ 350 until it gives way when pushed upon
Pour capers on top
Zucchini chips in coconut oil & beau monde
They are yummy sliced either way….
Peach & tomato w. pesto and mozzarella
Salad w. watermelon, figs, water chestnuts, almonds, Peyton’s dijon vinaigrette dressing.
Sushi- char, rice, avocado
My friend Annie down on Sanibel had taught me how to make sushi YEARS ago. I went and bought the mats YEARS ago to roll the sushi. I was thinking it would be a fun thing for the ex and I to do one night. He and I never made the sushi and there the sushi rolling mats sat in their wrappers. It was time to pull them out. I found an old recipe that I think was a Barefoot Contessa recipe that I adapted for myself combined with hints from my friend Annie.
CHAR AND AVOCADO SUSHI
2 T. rice vinegar
2-3 oz. cooked char
2 T. Mirin
I don;t have a rice cooker, but I have a steamer… so I improvised. I put a paper towel on the bottom of my steamer making sure to not cover the entire bottom of it. Only half of it. I placed some rice on the towel and then drizzled 2 T. of rice vinegar and cooked the rice for 45 minutes stirring it a bit 20 minutes into the process. I wanted it to be a little crunchy and soggy so I could clump it together easily.
I placed the sushi mat down. The seaweed sheet glossy side down. I drizzled some Mirin on the seaweed and spread it all over it. Then put the rice near the bottom edge but an inch from the bottom. (Picture below it is centered. That won’t work. Scoot it closer to the bottom.) Then covered it with slices of avocado and then bits of the char fish. Rolled it. Sliced it. Ate it.
Late morning snack
A bowl of cornichons and olives
A bowl of sunflower seeds
Filling and healthy. Salty and sweet.
My friend Melinda was married to a Columbian. They had a daughter named Maya who went to Walnut Hills and now is a freshman at Temple. I was lucky enough to be a part of her graduation celebration and her going to college party. Her dad and then subsequently her mom made a traditional Columbian treat called an Arepa. They make theirs with cheese. You can buy them at Findlay Market. They are SO yummy!!!!
They also had a gluten free cake from CAKE RACK down at Findlay and let me tell you…it is flipping good.
How does one treat oneself after an annual mammogram exam? The answer is with a 4-way and a cheese coney from Skyline. If you are a Cincinnatian….this is heaven on a plate. This is mother’s milk…Only thing better is a bowl of Graeter’s ice cream…
Labor Day Fireworks
Most cities do a big firework display on the 4th. Here in Cincy it is on Labor Day weekend. MY friend Mare invited me to her holiday celebration. Her condo has the BEST view of the river EVER!!!! I have seen lots of views and you get one direction or another but at Mare’s place…it is panoramic.
Fun, fun group of people. Her kids. Their kids. Their friends. Great, great time.
I learned 2 things about raspberries.
- Put them on fever blisters and it helps take the sting out and helps them heal faster.
- Spread them on a cookie sheet and do NOT let them touch each other and they will last longer in your refrigerator.
Grilled Lettuce w. Balsamic
1 Head of Romaine lettuce
1-2 T. olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
Crumbled bleu cheese
Cut the romaine in half.
Smear olive oil on the inside of both halves. Place face down on grill until charred.
Plate it. Drizzle balsamic over it. Cheese on top.
I had this in a restaurant in Baltimore MANY years ago and loved it. I had a friend who made it for me a few months ago and I replicated it. I forgot how much I loved grilled romaine.
Until we meet again…
Enjoy! Eat, travel, laugh…often….