Posts Tagged ‘side dish’

Chopped Watercress Salad

February 19, 2015

watercress saladServes 4-6

This salad is colorful as well as crunchy

2-3 bunches of watercress washed and spun dry
1 small red onion chopped into small pieces
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese- preferably Valdeon or Jasper Hill Bailey Hazen blue
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts
1 head of Belgium endive sliced julienne
1 small red pepper seeded, remove rib and cut into small pieces

You will need a large salad bowl

Prepare watercress by cutting off lower thick stems, keep small leaves and chop into bite size pieces and place in bowl
add endive, red pepper and onion
top with nuts and cheese, set aside

Rice vinaigrette

whisk the following ingredients in a small bowl set aside

3 tablespoons of Marukan seasoned rice vinegar
pinch of sea salt
pinch white pepper
2 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of walnut or hazelnut oil

To maintain the delicate nature of watercress it is essential not to dress salad until serving time

Shrimp Pad Thai

June 4, 2009

serves 2-4

Have all items prepared and chopped before starting

 8 oz of rice stick noodles (half package)

3 Tablespoons of peanut oil

1/4 cup water

4 cloves fresh minced garlic

2-3 eggs

4 Tablespoons of  real lemon juice

3 Tablesppons of fish sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar

4 Tablespoons of corsly chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts

1/4 lb of raw shrimp with tails on 

1/4 cup of fresh bean sprouts

3/4 teaspoon of chile garlic sauce without seeds (preferrably Siracha)

3 whole scallions white & green parts cut into half inch slices

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro sprigs

 1 lime sliced into  wedges


soak noodles in warm water 15-20 minutes till somewhat soft

scramble eggs and set aside

 Heat large skillet, add in oil and sautee garlic till golden

drain noodles and add to pan toss with garlic

slowly add lemon juice, fish sauce, vinegar, chile sauce, half of peanuts and sugar

toss noodles and add in shrimp and water

noodles will become soft within 4-6 minutes, add more water if needed 

 when shrimps start to turn pink, add in eggs, scallion and bean sprouts and toss.

place on platter

Cover with remaing peanuts. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges

Zucchini shitake sauté

May 30, 2009

Serves 4-6

2 large zucchini peeled and sliced julienne  about 1  1/2 -2 cups 

1 large yellow onion sliced julienne about 1 ½ cups

2 cups of chopped fresh shitake mushrooms sliced julienne

 3 large garlic cloves pureed

½ stick of unsalted butter

 ½ teaspoon chicken stock concentrated liquid chicken Bovril or 1 teaspoon of  Herb Ox chicken stock powder.

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (preferably Portuguese, Spanish or Lebanese)

Salt to taste


 Sautee garlic & zucchini in oil and butter. Add in onion, mushrooms, and sauté for 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, continue to sauté until all veggies are tender. Season with salt. Serve as a side  with grilled tuna steaks or teriyaki meat dishes.