Monday, May 26, 2008

rabbit roasting

rabbit roasting
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
this post is a bit late, but I though I had covered it. These are two rabbits end to end and cooked on the rotisseri.

They looked like this before starting

rabbit ready to go

After 45 minutes...

rabbits turning

and when done

rabbit almost done

and served

rotisseri Rabbit cropped

they where marinated with white wine, olive oil, garlic, salt , pepper, thyme, cumin. I cooked them with the indirect head burner somewhere around 350-400 although the temp control was a bit tricky. I basted them with butter and leftover marinade 2-3 times during cooking. Served with a basic side salad and some rice and beans.

Friday, May 23, 2008

head banana crab

head banana crab
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Kids are unpredictable. The boy and the headcrap banana, the girl and the smirk.
then the cannibal boy

sirloin tip

sirloin tip
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Cooked out the first summer meal. Sirloin tip with butter, garlic salt, butter and pepper. Corn on the cob, gnochi in a garlic butter sauce with boiled turnips.
corn on the cob
herb butter
turnips with herb butter

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Richmond Food Collective: We Love Food.

Richmond Food Collective: We Love Food.

Korea Trip May 2008

Korea Trip May 2008
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
My friend Steve sent me this picture obviously to cause me pain.
The center dish is the object of the Umami (fermented bean stew I think) The other dishes in the picture include: 5 hour braised pork bellies, squid pepper relish, bulgogi (marinated and grilled rib eye steak), 2 kinds of kim chee (spicy pickled cucumber and radish roots) and pan-fried seafood pancakes with scallops, octopus and scallions.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Not My Pie Social

Pie Social
Originally uploaded by ericmonasterio
My brother took this picture of a pie social he attended. Following is the recipe for the green pie in the lower corner...

Avocado lime pie.
1 cup avocado pulp
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp lime zest
1/2 cup lime juice
2 egg yolks
pinch salt
combine milk, zest, juice, beaten yolks & salt until thickens. stir in avocado, pour in graham cracker crust. chill several hours, serve with whipped cream. yum!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

baked cornish game hens

baked cornish game hens
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
I brined the game hens in a salt, sugar, fish sauce, soy, lime, garlic and molasses liquid for 2 days. Then baked at 400 deg F for 80 minutes. The potatoes are sitting in a stock made from the necks of the hens, along with onions, garlic and parsley. I was very happy with the outcome!

prior to baking...
cornish game hens coming to temp

The bacon is to keep the skin from burning and drying out.

cornish game hens bacon on top

There is also some preserved bell pepper in there.

cornish game hens


aerial shot

cornish game hens done

More complete recipe:

Ok these are all eyeball measures for the brine.
I put the hens in a half gallon container and almost covered them with water (probably 3-4 inches I was trying to leave some room for the next ingredients)
added 2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of dark molasses
3 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
The juice and the left overs of 3 limes
4-5 large cloves of garlic mashed
a generous grinding of pepper

I the added enough water just to cover.
put them in the fridge for 24 hrs

I then drained them and patted them dry stuffed half a lime and 3 cloves of garlic in each.

The potatoes are small red potatoes salt pepper onions quartered garlic chopped, some roasted bell pepper. I added a little stock from the necks to the dish and baked at 400 deg for about 80 minutes.

The mad genius

The mad genius
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Ready for another sandwich.

ready for closure

strawberry yogurt, peanut butter pretzel crackers, and a couple of cheetos thrown in for good measure.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chicharron de pollo y tostones

ah comer
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Fried some chicken thighs chopped into one inch pieces. Oil at 400 deg, interspersed with green platain (tostones). Marinade for the chicken... salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, olive oil, lime.

Chicken thighs chopped into one inch pieces, marinated in salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, oregano, cumin. Pat dry and fry

el pollo crudo

the green plantains are par fried at low temp, then soaked in salted water and flattened and fried at high temp

tostones friendose

The combination is classic, sometimes served with hot sauce or chicken broth.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

finished masterpiece

finished masterpiece
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Basic recipe...peanut butter, hard pretzel, frosted mini-wheats. A classic follow up to the peanut butter and fish cracker sandwich.

In preparation


The boy said it was "very good, actually" and finished the whole thing.

Really just a matter of ingredient selection

The madness

Friday, May 9, 2008

gaby bday

gaby bday 08 010
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Gaby decided on a small sleepover with her friends for her 10th birthday. Her mom fired up the sleepover cake.
Nuff said

sleepover cake

Nice view of the sleep over

moon view

beds are chocolate cream sandwiches

detail 1

chocolates for pillows

detail 2

Probably be up all night!

not ready to go to bed