About eatwithana

After owning and running a restaurant for 8 years, I've sold it to stay home with my two girls. I think most of you are great cooks and maybe I'll spark a new idea. Occasionally I'll post a whole recipe, but if you ever want a more detailed recipe for something I post, just ask! Happy Eating, Ana

Chicken fried Cauliflower Steak

 The aioli in this picture didn’t come out very pretty, as we were hungry and wanted to dig in!

The smoked paprika and red pepper aioli I glommed on was delicious and served as the dressing for the greens as well.

Preheat oven to 375. Cut your head of Cauliflower in thick slices, some small pieces will break off on each side. Whisk a couple eggs with a tablespoon of olive oil. In a separate bowl:

 Almond flour

Garlic powder 

Paprika 

Salt and pepper 

Dip the slices of cauliflower in the egg mix, thouroghly coat. Then in the flour mix. Toss the small bits last and place on parchment on a cookie sheet. About 35 minutes. You want some good browning and I like the tip with a little char.

You could use just olive oil if you wanted to avoid egg.

Bon appetite!

Nor’easter Cabbage Soup

 Stuck at home in a storm and I didn’t go shop! The powdered milk is made and chilling. Wild yeast pizza dough is rising and tomatoes on for a long slow stew. Making things with what you happen to have around can push your creativity in delicious directions. This soup has a great sweet and sour flavor. Feel free to throw in some hot pepper flakes.

 Purple Cabbage with Tiny Meatballs Soup:

Half a large purple cabbage 

Onion heavy Mirepoix- enough for an eight quart pot 

2 quarts stock (turkey from thanksgiving in this case)

1 lb. Ground beef

Port or other red wine on the sweet side

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Almond flour 

1 egg

Garlic 

Fresh or dried basil
Oil or left over bacon fat.

 I sautéed the mirepoix in bacon fat till a little browned. Add the chopped cabbage and stir till a bit wilted. Put the stock in there and cook down the vegetables until translucent.

 Meanwhile preheat oven to 375, mix the ground beef with almond flour and egg, add seasoning. Salt/pepper- Basil frozen from your garden if you’ve got it. Line a tray with parchment and roll out tiny meatballs, about dime sized. Bake for 10 minutes.

Add garlic, port and ACV to the soup, salt pepper to taste. Simmer. Add meatballs after veg is translucent and alcohol has burned off. Heat on very low for at least 45 to get some beefy flavor. 

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

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We had a cool day, and it’s September, so these cookies seem to call to be made. It’s a good thing this recipe ended up making 36 cookies, or else they wouldn’t have lasted a day. Sometimes it’s hard to find peanut flour, but I love it! It’s great for a gluten free coating on fish and chicken too. I made these cookies with, and without the jelly. The plain ones I sprinkled a little corse pink Himalayan Salt, delicious, but everyone liked the PB&J better.
Oven to 350. 12 minutes for the plain and 15 for the jelly filled thumb prints.
2 Cups Raw Cane Sugar
2 Cups Peanut Flour
1 stick of butter (4oz)
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 eggs
Jam–I used the homemade Plum I just made, I make my jam tart and it was a wonderful balance. I recommend homemade or a tart flavor.

Yellow Tomatoes and Lavender Jam

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Let the canning begin!
It’s high season for preserving the bounty of my garden and sometimes my neighbors. The tomatoes had a booming year and this jam is wonderfully unique and very tasty with fresh mozzarella or goat cheese.
Chop the tomatoes. Stew and reduce in thick double walled pot. Add about 1/3 the volume of sugar and simmer on low. Add lavender, white pepper, pinch of salt when it’s reached almost jam consistency. Can the usual way.

Egg Salad Season

  

 With both Passover and Easter this past weekend there is a good chance a lot of you are sitting on an over abundance of hard boiled eggs. Here’s my most recent incarnation of egg salad making use of those leftovers!

 The secret was definitely in the addition of prepared horseradish, dill and scallions.

 We ate as lettuce wraps to lighten it up, since we feasted all weekend. Bon Appetite! 

All about those Rutabaga Fries

  

This early spring meal was a must to share. I was inspired by all the luscious root vegetables at the Roslindale Winter Market. Golden rutabaga fries are my new favorite food.

Ponzu Glazed Baked Salmon, Roasted Rutabaga Fries, Water Melon radish salsa and avocado. 

  • Peal rutabaga and slice into fry shapes. Toss in olive oil and salt and pepper, coating evenly. Roast at 425 for about 45 minutes until the edges are getting some char.
  • Water Melon radishes peal and julienne into little sticks. Finely dice half a sweet onion. Toss in rice vinegar, evoo and salt and pepper.

Nasturtium Pesto

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Oh yes I did! The garden as a whole did ok this year, but the Nasturtium are going gangbusters. It’s been a busy fall but I had to take a minute to share this. It’s delicious and pretty, and would accompany a hard strong cheese just beautifully.
Blend your flowers and some oil and lime juice and see how much you’ve really got, before adding the rest. The flowers look like a lot more when they are whole.
As many Nasturtium as you can gather, others quantities relative to that.
Papita ( raw green pumpkin seeds)
Raw sunflower seeds
Olive oil
Lime juice
A fresh Garlic clove
Salt
Pinch of paprika (I like it hot)
I also froze some for a winter treat too!

Left Over Hash

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My absolute favorite summer brunch is poached eggs over grill leftovers. Here served with fresh avocado and garden tomatoes. For quick hash par-boil grated potatoes for about 3 minutes in water with salt and cider vinegar.
– warm your cast iron pan with chopped garlic.
– push garlic to the side and turn up heat and add more oil, then toss in drained, par-boiled potato.
– flatten with spatula and wait for some crisping to happen. Turn a few times.
-Add paprika, a hot and smokey one preferably.
– Toss in diced meat and vegetable leftovers. Here I had grilled leaks ( high in natural fructans) corn, summer squash and steak and chicken. Heat until warmed through.

Jerusalem Artichoke Slaw

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Jerusalem Artichokes are a vegetable I just seemed to forget about for a while. Years ago in my food co-op days they were all the rage for everything from juicing to roasting like potatoes. I saw some in the store and went for it, as I had also just read an article about how great they are for your gut microbiome. The possibilities for slaw are endless and raw and that’s why I tend to slaw everything .
For today’s :
2 Jerusalem Artichoke (slightly pealed)
3 Carrots
Juice of 1 lime
A thumb of fresh ginger (also grated)
A small bit of finely chopped cilantro
A Tbsp of sesame oil
Sea salt and pepper
It’s really good. I’m excited to try also fennel instead of carrots and add toasted leek and a sherry dressing!