Sweet Potato Succotash & Pear Glazed Pork Chops, another solo dinner at Chez Gypsy featuring autumn flavours. It's almost impossible not to make Looney Tunes references when motioning succotash "sweet sufferin' succotash!" It's not often I quote Sylvester the Cat.
Indulge in fresh Mediterranean flavours and omega threes. Three Pepper Salmon with Lemon Herb Rice and Olive Tomato Relish, is a meal in 45 minutes with colourful citrus rice and a super-fast relish, warmed to make a salty drizzle and capture all those healthy oils.
Rosemary Apple Glazed Chicken with Dried Cranberries and Bacon Polenta. Perfect on a dark & stormy early autumn evening, as temperatures drop and comfort food comes to mind.
After last week's post on Salade Nicoise, we take a merry little detour to Pain Bagnat (literally translated: Wet Bread) which is that same Salade Nicoise, layered in a day-old sourdough roll, wrapped tight, put in the cooler overnight and the back of the car in the morning for the perfect picnic a la Provencal.
This week we join the many voices celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday in August of this year, with JC100. Starting with Salade Nicoise, from Child's The Way to Cook, a light, fresh garden salad from the south of France.
Easter at Chez Gypsy, by Chef B: green salad topped with seared duck breast, truffled potatoes & mushrooms, sometimes it's the simplest of meals that make the most memorable moments.
Braised Pork Belly, Roasted Beets & Parsnip Mash a late winter's meal, low and slow and comforting, because slow food is good food. As the last of the winter storms blew though; I dug to the back for the freezer for a succulent price of pork belly to be the star of a cold weather menu. Could be the last of the season, it sure looks like spring, Baby!
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a little taste of Ireland, straight from the rugged western shores and the storied medieval Ashford Castle, Chef Stefan Matz' Char Grilled Scallops with Bacon and Sweet Potato Lemon Thyme Champ. Comfort and complexity.
This Valentine's Day instead of posting yet another red velvet cupcake, we decided to let Food Gypsy Technical Adviser Chef B loose in the kitchen with some food science. Using three relativity easy molecular techniques: Gelification, Spherification and Emulsification, he's taken a few simple ingredients to a rather extraordinary result. Our Molecular Valentine.
Made with beets, cabbage, onions and three meats including a smokey kielbasa sausage, salt pork and a nice shank of beef, a good Russian Borscht is winter comfort food that is as rich in aroma and falvour as it is in colour. A soup from my eastern bloc roots.
How to warm up on a cold winter night, just wrap yourself around a big pot of Texas-Style Chili. Rather than using ground meat and sauteing, we use a blade roast and slowly braise it until it's pull-apart tender for big, beefy texture and big chili flavour.
Yea, that just happened, I made a waffle out of leftover stuffing and served a turkey sandwich on it, that's how white trash I am. Christmas 2011; the year of the Stuffing Waffle Turkey Sandwich. Straight out of the Gypsy Kitchen.