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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

A trip to the optometrist yesterday yielded a slightly annoying recommendation to move to wearing glasses full time and a rather wonderful instruction to eat more fish. Apparently fish oil can help relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. Of course, I could take capsules but that's not as much fun and I'm no fan of the vitamin industry. The bloke will just have to cope with the smell of fish in the house on a more regular basis.

Tonight's dinner was seared albacore tuna with a bit of wasabi mayo. Steamed broccoli on the side. The bloke and four year old had fried onions and bacon, wilted broccoli greens, boiled sliced potatoes - all combined in a pan once cooked and then topped with a bechamel and finished under the grill (broiler).

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

That sounds like a perfect meal to me.

about 12 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

You just can't beat butter can you.

It reminds me of a team dinner in Singapore at No Signboard Seafood - famous for its chilli crab and pepper crab. The locals all ignored those and ordered butter crab. Just incredible.

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Ahh, I cut it extra small. I liked the little nuggets of crunch it gave. Nice to know I was on track.

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Our supermarket had precooked Canadian lobsters on special so the four year old and I tried something you all have introduced me to - lobster rolls. They're practically unheard of here. I googled Jasper White and found a recipe that looked good but had to swap the out of season tarragon in it for celery from the garden.

They're delicious - no wonder you all rave about them. What a treat. I bet they would be even better with fresh lobster.

The bloke will survive on something with beans, greens and bacon. Some days it's tough being a fish hater.

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

When I get a chance I will post up my recipe and the bloke's if he's still kept it.

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

The rebuild has been a shocker, sorry to hear of the aunt's issues. I hope she gets a home soon - and that you make the trip.

Aug 31, 2015
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Leftover fried rice tonight and leftover meatballs.

The meatball competition was a blast - very sore heads all round today. The bloke came second with his Dan Dan noodles inspired entry and my prawn and pork ball won, a complete surprise as I thought it was a bit average. I tried a lot of the ideas you all suggested but ended up back at where I started as that's what I had practiced the most - I'm going to come back to some of them next time as they were really good. I did add some blanched garlic stems.

Photos of both entries. I love the bloke's presentation - the balls and sauce were on top of cucumber and daikon 'noodles' and dry crispy noodles. If he had gone easier on the chilli oil he would have won, his were just too spicy for most people. I have to judge next year so I have two years to figure out my next entry.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

That terrine sounds amazing. Nice work!

Aug 25, 2015
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

I like the lettuce cups idea. Good crunch, a bit of colour and nice delivery mechanism.

My last meatball entry - (larb inspired) had a nuoc cham sauce so I'm trying to mix it up a bit. It would work nicely though.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

The bloke would kill me if I spilled his secret but I'll share my entry ideas.

My meatball is prawn and pork. More prawn than pork and what pork it has is fatty pork so it's a good succulent meatball. I've got some diced water chestnuts in them for texture, a little ginger and some shiitake mushrooms for flavour. The balls themselves I'm happy with. Deep frying them seems to keep them nice and moist and they have a nice spring in the texture, with the odd crunch of the water chestnut.

It's the presentation and pairings I'm struggling with. I've made this ginger, shiitake, soy, lime sauce a couple of times, once it was killer, the second time not so great (wrong lime I think). http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

But it looks quite boring - just a beige meatball on a beige sauce. I'm dithering with doing a different sauce completely such as a black vinegar one, or adding another element. One thought is to serve the meatballs like fish and chips (a typical kiwi/English takeaway meal wrapped in newspaper) and mix it up by making deep-fried pig ear slices as chips and serving the sauce in a little pottle on the side of each of the servings. It would mean an awful lot of deep-frying though that would have to be done in the two hour cook time.

We get marked on taste, texture and presentation so I need to nail all three to be in with a chance. All suggestions gratefully accepted WFDers!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

The onion tart was appreciated last night and there are still leftover caramelised onions so I'll turn those into French onion soup tonight. Salad as well.

We're gearing up for the annual meatball competition this weekend so there may be some practice going on if we get time. The bloke's entry is outstanding (in my opinion) so he's in with a good chance. Mine is still not coming together as I would like so I need to refine it a bit.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Agree!

Aug 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Exciting times - congrats on the sale.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Onions were on special this week so the bloke and the four year old are getting a caramelised onion and feta tart. Just cooked onions spread on puff pastry with some feta and thyme and baked. A lettuce salad alongside. Easy and lazy aside from the time spent nursing the onions.

For me it's octopus again. I'm craving spice to nuke my cold so I'm thinking of making it Korean style. Lots of gochugaru and some green chillies and trying to not use much oil when I quick fry it.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Due to four year old pester-power we're all heading to our favourite yakatori place for Sunday dinner. Likely dishes to be ordered include chicken hearts, chicken livers, beef tongue, grilled rice and a couple of plates of their cold blanched broccoli with sesame sauce. I'm still rocking a cold so I'm happy to be off cooking duty once again.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

The mother-in-law is joining us tonight for dinner and the bloke has volunteered to cook. He's chosen a pearl barley 'risotto' from Jerusalem that uses a tomato base and is topped with caraway infused feta. Tasty winter fare. A not so wintry salad will be served as well.

We might break out a nice cheese and chutney for afters.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Terrible about the fires - sounds awful. I hope there are no more lives lost.

Lovely crisp, sunny day today. The child I went foraging in a new suburb and came back with a bag of frozen octopus bits. They're simmering away in sherry laced water with smoked paprika and garlic. Potatoes will be added at the end. I'll scare up some greens from the garden to go with it.

The bloke's getting a beef taco. He's happy, we're happy.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Glad it worked out.

Aug 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Thanks MC. I've been mostly eating food not worth talking about and been busy on a project so haven't posted for ages.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

We're in the last throes of winter here. It's dreary and everyone has a cold. Tonight the bloke's getting a hot and sour soup - not Chinese but a purchased item from a raw food place that's ingredients include cashews, tomato, jalapeƱos, fresh coriander and cider vinegar.

The four year old and I are having seared albacore tuna with freekah and a carrot salad.

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Super impressive!

Jul 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

We're having friends over tonight who have a child a bit older than ours. I'm feeling a bit under the weather and not much like cooking. I'm thinking of doing a top your own pizza night. It should be fun for the girls and easy on me.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

One of the bloke's favourites tonight. Sambal petai beans with tempeh goreng.

It's a bit of a mash up of some traditional recipes to his taste. Normally the sambal petai beans (stink beans) are made with prawns. I'm subbing in sliced tempeh fried until it's crispy to make the tempeh-loving fish-hater happy. There will also be a touch less belacan in the sambal paste and a healthy addition of extra green beans to stretch the meal further.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Nice photos MC. It looks delicious.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Stunning looking plates NW.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Another night of salad for me after a big lunch at a Chinese cafe. I had Fuqi feipian - 'sliced lung by the married couple'. No lung but it did have beef tongue and tripe with a wonderful chilli and Szechuan pepper sauce.

The bloke had hand pulled noodles with braised pork. It came with black vinegar and chilli oil. Dumplings for the four year old.

I've blown my calories for the day (and thoroughly enjoyed it) but the bloke and child are planning dosa, coconut chutney and dahl for dinner. My food capacity seems to have declined and at 4:30pm I'm still in a happy food coma from lunch.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

If I lived in the U.S. I would put my hand up. Postage to NZ would be insane. Gorgeous looking grinder, nothing like the rubbish quality ones you get these days.

Jul 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Last night we went to Hansik - a
modern Korean restaurant. http://hansik.co.nz

We had the raw beef with miso, the tofu salad, the bulgogi and the kimchi jjigae. All ok but a little lacking in flavour compared to our normal hole in the wall joints. Maybe they were toning it down for us even after seeing me pour soju like a Korean granny for the bloke and asking if we had visited Korea before. Nice decor and service but random music. Polka and some weird flute rendition of perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

Tonight I'm going to make use of the now stale pide bread and make bread and greens fritters for the bloke and four year old. Feta may find its way in depending on what greens I have. If it's just Asian greens I might use a miso paste as a flavour boost instead of feta.

Spinach and tomato salad for me.

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Lol! You are my hero. I'm stealing that idea for one day when rinds are back on the menu.

Jul 22, 2015
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