Monday, October 20, 2014

Potato Leek Soup

You guys, I'm in a terrible mood this morning. I flew back from Turks & Caicos on Saturday and I've just been feeling crummy because vacation is over and now I'm back in this chilly weather, which just sucks. On the bright side, I think we can all be pretty happy about the fact that soup season is here! In the summer, I think I really lean towards fresh dishes that don't require much help from the stove, for obvious reasons. Who in their right mind wants to turn on a heat source when it's 90+ degrees outside? However, as soon as there's a chill in the air, I want to be hugging my active stove to warm myself up. And I welcome any chance to stand over a hot pot or be splattered with hot oil. Okay, so maybe not so much the latter, but certainly the former.

Today, I'm sharing my take on potato leek soup. I say "my take" because as you might see in the photo below, it doesn't look super traditional. The first thing you might notice is that it's kind of orange. The second thing you might notice is that it's got some yummy looking crispy toppings. Well, scroll down for the recipe below to find out to solve the mysteries of the orange color and the crispy toppings.
for the soup [serves 6 to 8]
2 oz. salt pork, cubed
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 leek, whites sliced thin
leek stalks
1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
2-1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
6 to 8 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup milk

*You could totally make this a vegetarian soup by leaving out the salt pork (just use a little oil in the pot to substitute for the rendered fat) and substituting the chicken stock with vegetable stock. And, if you wanted to make this vegan, you could substitute the milk with some almond milk.

crispy leeks
1 leek, whites sliced thin
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup potato starch
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
oil for frying

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I Ate: Kimbap & Rabokki

Sometimes we have what I call "lazy" dinners. It's a meal made up of stuff we just slap together.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Grilled Nutella & Marshmallow

First of all, happy birthday to my baby sister! We're on holiday right now, and we've got reservations to dine at Coco Bistro tonight. We're going to get some of their world famous coconut pie. If you've never been or you're craving coconut pie, you could totally make some yourself. Anyway, this is a recipe dedicated to her because she loves marshmallows.

This is a modified take on grilled nutella. For some reason, we had piles and piles of bread so for dessert, I whipped together this grilled nutella and s'mores hybrid. It was delicious. I feel like this could have been just another 'What I Ate' type post and just reference you to the grilled nutella post. But, I wanted to make this an official recipe post because it turned out so delicious, I just wanted to share it properly.
Ingredients [for one]:
2 slices challah bread
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Nutella
1 jumbo marshmallow, cut into pieces
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