Middle Eastern Style Salad

This is a little salad I put together to go with a Moroccan style chicken Breast cutlets.  I have that separately posted.  Here is the link to Chicken – Pseudo Moroccan. I started by seeding and chopping tomatoes into about half inch dice. Peel, Seed and chop English cucumber, about 1/2 of a large one. …

Chicken – Pseudo Moroccan

I needed a quick cooking chicken recipe for a summer day when most of it happened on the outside grill.  I wanted something from the Middle East, may be Morocco or thereabouts. 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds Toast all of these over Medium heat till they are fragrant. …

An Experiment in Recreation – Bottarga

Bottarga – An Italian ingredient that I love but cannot really afford it as much as I want to. I was thinking about what Bottarga is; well it is smoked cakes of dried fish roe that you grate over some fresh Pasta or may be silky potato puree.  But in a functional description, it adds…

Roots – A restaurant in Rutland, Vermont

We went for dinner during our vacation in July to a restaurant named “Roots – The Restaurant” in Rutland, VT.  The food was not bad… But I had some issues with the place overall. We ordered a Cheese platter for appetizer.  The cheese was not warmed up to Room Temperature.  A cold Brie at Fridge…

Mise en Place and why is it so important?

“Mise en Place” is fancy French for Cooking Prep work.  Literally it means “Put in Place”.  This covers all of the putting in place of ingredients ready to cook.  The following steps cover “Mise en Place”. Collect all of the ingredients needed for the dish Measure out the appropriate quantities needed Cut, chop, dice, julienne,…

A Wine Rating System for a Pleb like me..

  This is a simplistic wine rating system for me.  A Robert Parker 98 means really nothing to most mortals who like to drink good wine. This is my way of categorizing my wines based on my drinking…   WTIB – This is “Wow Take it Back”, meaning take it back to the kitchen.  This…

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with an Asian twist

      Brussels sprouts are one of my favourite items for a side dish.  They are very versatile even though the family complains about the after effects of cruciferous vegetables…  🙂  .  I have blanched them, followed by sauteeing them in butter with chopped Walnuts, shredded them into ribbons and steamed sauteed them with grated coconut…

Hello World Again!!

It has been awhile.  A screwed up OS upgrade trashed phatbugger.com and it has taken a while for me to get of my tush and actually fix this site again.   I still have to get my old posts from a back up and pull them back into this site but I figured I would…