Blood, Sweat and Tears

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True fact: ” blood, sweat and tears ” was a phrase coined by a meh-hee-can lady in her kitchen.

Sweat: cooking for the gauchos will make you sweat. They work hard and they’re mighty hungry.

Tears: chopping onions brings tears to your eyes no matter what technique you use.

Blood: with teary eyes, sometimes one can get a wee bit too confident with the super sharp, onion chopping knife.

But when you are cooking leftover pork roast that came out quite juicy what with all the fat and slow cooking, a tear shed makes you feel like you’ve made a little impact on the world.

Pork, avocado, salsa and Mexican zucchini locked and loaded for this evening’s meal.

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Stir-Fry: Peppers, Mushrooms

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I generally suck at stir-fry despite my earnest efforts. In support of our family food basics to find vehicles for animal fat in our daily meals, I gave ‘er another go. These are the tips that turned bad stir-fry good:

– prepare everything before getting your pan hot
– use two ingredients. In this case, peppers and mushrooms. ( garlic, onions and ginger (G.O.G?) don’t count. They are a given. )
– use lots of lard ( lard has a high heating point )
– get the pan really,really hot
– buy yourself some fish sauce which is clearly the “crack” of the stir-fry world.
– do the G.O.G. first, then the other bits
– season towards the end

After my stir-fry was ready, I added some fresh parsley and a bit of chopped cilantro. The result? It worked! My first stir-fry gone right. I think the garlic-onion-ginger trifecta with a splash of fish sauce sealed the deal.

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Pepper Fennel

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Though an awesome name for an emerging investment banking firm, it’s actually a little dish to be served with some veal-roast-turn-curry.

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My ” ‘n’ sauce ” has evolved into some form of curry. I love curry and IT MUST be made from scratch. Absolutely no cheats or pastes allowed. If you have leftover meaty bits, stick it in a curry. Cauliflower surprise works better than rice for rice. But if you ate the cauliflower, reach for pepper-fennel. Triple ‘A’ rating guaranteed.

When Life Gives You a Bowl of Salsa Made With Cheap Tomatoes

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… Make some tomato sauce.

I’m doing a lot of fresh salsa at the moment and look, I know, I was wrong to buy those cheap tomatoes, but they were gorgeous and cheap ( just like my men ). Should you take a moment out of your busty life to make fresh salsa ( onions, garlic, hot pepper, lemon juice, cilantro, tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper ), please don’t use cheap tomatoes. It no worky. K. ’nuff said on that. This tomato sauce, however, is tasting great due to fancy shinanigans with tom purée and Italian spices. I suppose only time will tell.

Leek Potato Soup

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As you wait for your pork roast to defrost and your large bags of stew meat to be ready for grinding. And your very suspicious sausage is not quite ready for boiling, you need to feed the troops. But with what? Leek and potato soup ( and poor celery, the “key grip” of the soup world which never even makes it to the tagline ). Purée after it’s ready, add some cream then salt and pepper to taste.