Cucumber Rolls and Farro Salad

Yesterday while surfing the web, I found a recipie for cucumber rolls. I thought to myself, “wow this would be great on a salad”. The excitement of plating food is finding new creative garnishes to use. Edible garnishes are great accommodations to any meal.

The cucumber rolls were easy to make. Once you slice the cucumber on a mandolin, it can be wrapped in different ways. You can wrap it around any vegtable or stuffing you choose. Goat cheese, herbs, and mayonaise, were my choice of filling. I garnished mine with micro greens and tomatoes. Left over cold pesto salmon was used for the protein, but chicken or shrimp would go well too. farro salad was a great addition as well, with watercrest, arugala, and fennel. The salad was a good support to keep the cucumber rolls in place. Using green goddess dressing as garnish made this salad exquisite.

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Homemade Split Pea Soup

Let’s be honest any bean really goes good with pork. Some peas are an accommodation to pork as well. Today I decided to make split pea soup for the first time at home. I’ve made it for restaurants several times but never at home. I wanted this dish to be so good everyone in my house would eat it. So I figured fresh food would make it best.

I put some fresh cut ham hocks, and pork neck bones from the supermarket in a frying pan. I seared these bones in olive oil until crispy brown.

Then I put them into a saucepan. In the same oil left after searing in the frying pan, I sautéd some mire pox, peppers, and garlic, until carmilized nicely brown. I added bay leaf, spices, salt, and pepper for flavor. Once carmilized I added vegtables to pork bones in saucepan. I discarded all grease.

I then turned saucepan on medium heat. I added 5 quarts water and a bouillon cube. You can use pork, or vegtable bouillon and bring to boil for 30 minutes. Then add beans, or peas, and bring back up to 5 quarts of liquid by adding more water. Bring to boil again 30 minutes. Once done add salt and pepper and serve.

I never knew fresh ham hocks and neck bone could be so delicious in soup. I usually use smoked meat for soup but the supermarket was sold out. THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF USE WHAT YOU GOT, TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. Cooking is using what you have and making it taste good. Fresh food goes a long way.

Wow Pineapple Mint

Mint is a great addition to any meal. Today I found out each variety of mint has different tastes. Pineapple mint looks almost like regular mint, but it has some yellow color tones too it. Plus it feels a little rougher than regular mint.

When tasting it I found pineapple mint is sweeter, and less minty than regular mint. This is a great herb to add to food for people not fond of eating mint. I decided to put some in my tumeric and ginger tea tonight. Pineapple mint made my tea refreshing in a subtle minty way. I could hardly taste any mint at all in my tea. I would definitely suggest pineapple mint to non mint lovers.

Spinach BLT

Who doesn’t love a BLT. You can make it healthy and taste good. Try using your favorite greens, or add cheese. You can also try tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Bread is also an option of with many choices, or don’t use any at all.

Today for breakfast I used 17 grain bread, spinach, tomato, and cheddar to make my BLT even more nourishing. Of course I needed my favorite mayo, and some butter for toasting my bread. Sandwiches are fun to make different everytime.

Turkey Carcass Soup

The good thing about soup is you can use whatever you have on hand. No matter where you are you can make a good soup. After holidays most people have carcasses and bones full of meat left over from meals they have prepared. Why not put them to good use. Soup tastes great and warms anyone’s heart through their palate.

I used a turkey carcass. However lamb, beef, veal, and chicken, fish heads, or any other protein work as well. I boiled the carcass then simmered it for 1 hour. Add your favorite herbs like bay leaf, thyme, sage, or parsley.

Removed it from the pot, and removed all the meat that was left from it. Strain the broth, and set the meat and broth to the side.

While it’s boiling chop all the vegtables you want to add in. Chopping was to much work for me though so I used a food processor and pulsed the vegtables to the size I want. I’m making turkey barley soup so I wanted the vegtables small to medium dice. Use what you like such as onions, peppers, celery, carrots, garlic, or potatoes.

In a clean pot sauté your vegtables in olive oil and a little butter. Make the vegtables sweat and add meat and broth as soon as they begin to caramelize. Let everything simmer about 20 minutes. Then add your starch of pasta, rice, or grains.

After you cook your starch in the soup another 8 to 10 minutes. Chop up some fresh herbs of parsley, or scallion. Add them to the soup stir and your done. Quick and easy. The food processor makes things easier to prepare. It also cuts down your prep time.

Blackened Salmon Kale Ceasar Salad

After a good workout, everyone wants to eat something healthy. No one wants to stand up and cook for hours. Making this salad took 20 minutes. If you want homemade croutons add about five more minutes.

The salmon was quick and easy to sauté, in the same pan with the asparagus. A fresh egg can be boiled while you prepare your protein and asparagus. Chop your veggies while you cook everything. Toss you favorite cheese with your favorite greens. In this salad I used kale, white cheddar, and ceasar dressing. Something fast can be healthy and taste good.

Try adding different vegtables. Another night I used green beans instead of asparagus. It also tastes great adding some homemade croutons.

Cucumber Pear Juice

This juice is refreshing, and revitalizing. All these amazing fruits and vegtables are a refreshing way to get you going. The fun thing about juicing is you can add whatever you like.

The cucumber has vitamin K, C, B5, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Cucumber is anti-inflammatory, energy producing, and it helps build bones, and your heart. So I decided to kick it up a notch with pears, celery, lemon, and honey.

Pears are great for burning stomach fat for that six pack ab. They are high in fiber, and help fight infection. This fruit is amazing. Pears help fight cancer, diabetes, gout, arthritis, and much more.

Celery is a refreshing root vegtable. It is a good source of vitamin A, C, B2, B6, copper, manganese, molybdenum, calcium, and potassium. This crisp vegtable is high in antioxidants as well.

Lemon has vitamin C, B6, iron, folate, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, and potassium. It is also high in fiber. Thus fruit cleanses your palate, while building healthy white blood cells.

Honey is a class of its own. This amazing sweetness can be an energy booster, or mood stabilizer for rem sleep. It’s also a antibiotic so it helps you fight infections. Great for your skin, hair, bones, and blood. I use raw honey for its super healthy powers.