Posts tagged "lunch"

Sundays with Sparky: Oggies (Cornish Steak and Rutabaga Pasty) and Oggy Pie

Sundays with Sparky: Oggies (Cornish Steak and Rutabaga Pasty) and Oggy Pie
It’s a blustery autumn day, and Sparky and Dr. Lasergonapus agreed, possibly reluctantly, to take a break from decimating aliens on the Xbox and cook with me. I had previously told them we’d be making Cornish Pasties, also known as Oggies; savory pastries with a charming history. The song “Oggy, oggy, oggy, oi, oi, oi”... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Lightning-Fast Tomato Soup and Toasted Cheese Soldiers

The Food Desert Project: Lightning-Fast Tomato Soup and Toasted Cheese Soldiers
This is a week where, like most of you, I’m behind, frazzled, can’t think straight and really, really need dinner on the table ten minutes ago. Once upon a time, on a day such as this one, I sent my husband to make dinner, fully expecting to find cold bowls of cereal and glasses of... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Cthulhu Sandwiches

The Wayback Machine: Cthulhu Sandwiches
“In his kitchen at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu simmers…dreaming.” With a gnawing at their vitals, three young men, of apparently sound mind but empty of stomach, resolved to venture into the kitchen for some sustenance. Little did they know the horror that awaited just beyond the sink…. The first of the three first braved the sulfurous stink of... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Bolani Kadu (Persian Pumpkin Turnovers)

The Food Desert Project: Bolani Kadu (Persian Pumpkin Turnovers)
Whenever autumn rolls around, I stockpile cans of pumpkin puree – not the “pumpkin pie filling” that has who knows what added, but the plain stuff.  I love baking with it, and for Halloween breakfast I’d made pumpkin muffins and added a jam swirl to the batter, which used 1 cup of pumpkin.  Terrific. Of... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Vegan Pumpkin Almond Cream Soup

The Food Desert Project: Vegan Pumpkin Almond Cream Soup
Every year, we host the Neighborhood Watch for Halloween. A while back, our neighborhood was plagued by teens who thought egg-throwing was mischief and good fun, but who didn’t realize that eggs permanently stain masonry and fabric awnings, and etch the paint on cars. Over 40 dozen eggs (we retrieved the cartons,) or 4 full cases was... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Causa Limeña (Spicy Mashed Potato Salad)

The Food Desert Project: Causa Limeña (Spicy Mashed Potato Salad)
We think of American and European foods as being meat-and-potatoes, but of course the true potato culture is Peru, where the potato was first cultivated; we are late adopters.  Ancient Peruvians preserved potatoes by naturally freeze-drying them: they were dug up and left outside to freeze during the night, after which the heat from the... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Salami Rolls with Marinated Vegetables

Doesn't this look like a delicious lunch?
The last week has been peppered with extra days off,  which mean days where lunch isn’t as much of a structured event as it is an extended rummage through the refrigerator. Sparky and I decided to kick things up another level by taking our rummaged pantry finds and turning them into a delicious meal. We... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Tuna and Sweetcorn Popovers

The Food Desert Project: Tuna and Sweetcorn Popovers
Yes, the Hays family are anglophiles -so, I’ve created this amalgom of traditional British recipes. The UK has more than its share of odd contributions to world cuisine: Stargazy Pie (which Sparky refuses to allow me to make!) Jellied Eels, Oggies and Kedgeree to name a few.  Yorkshire pudding or popovers seem positively ordinary in comparison…and, indeed,... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Fried Rice with Sardines

The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Fried Rice with Sardines
Since this project relies so heavily on preserved foods, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with summertime recipes.  I’ve been toying with finding a way to reproduce kimchi because Korean-style fried rice is delicious year-round, and I suddenly realized that the closest counterpart I am likely to find in the food desert is not sauerkraut... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Char Siu Chicken Buns

Sundays with Sparky: Char Siu Chicken Buns
Near where we live, there are many extremely good Chinese restaurants, one of which serves a full-course Bejing Duck feast. In one course, the beautifully laquered duck meat is served on these clamshell-style steamed buns with a simple garnish of julienned spring onions, and it is heaven. We stuffed ourselves. Then we did it again.... Read more »