I’m a Pasta Fanatic… Aren’t You?

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If you’re not eating fresh pasta YOU ARE CRAZY!  Especially for the simple reason that it’s incredibly easy to make; not to mention the, “I can’t get enough fresh pasta” taste it leaves in your mouth after you’ve tossed the noodles in your favorite sauce.  I had someone comment on my homemade pasta video a while back.  They were so thankful for my simple little recipe.  This person even went out and bought a little hand churned Pasta maker for like $20 or $30 bucks and mentioned that they were going to start cranking’ that dough out so they could even stalk up the freezer and have it ready to go down the road.

So let’s talk about it shall we?  As you can see in this photo, I’ve got a pasta maker.  It’s been sitting in my storage unit for a while because I’ve been on the road working lately, BUT, was able to pull it out recently and grace my family with a few dishes that involved some freshly made egg noodles.  It doesn’t matter what you decide to make, whether it be Italian, Greek or some twist of your favorite Asian noodle dish, but one thing is for certain, if you’re pasta isn’t the right consistency, you are going to make a mess!  Now this isn’t a contradiction to my theory that pasta is incredibly easy to make, NO!  All I’m saying is, like anything else, you’ve just got to do it right!

You don’t have to follow my recipe by any means but I’ve laid out a basic instructional video for those of you that aren’t too familiar with making your own noodles and in fact don’t have any fancy gadgets or gizmos to “Get’R done”!  The most important thing to know are two simple steps for the final outcome.  ONE, make the dough Dense.  TWO, when the dough is rolled out for the slicing of the noodles, make absolutely sure the dough is dusted with flour and dry enough to separate; otherwise you’ll have a sticky mess.   Easy enough right?  Now watch this video and you’ll see just how easy it really is from any Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen!

The Full written original recipe can be found here http://poormansgourmetkitchen.com/making-fresh-pasta-from-scratch.html

My Hobbie My Headache!

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I love to cook.  I love to eat.  I absolutely love food.  But!  I don’t eat drink and sleep recipes.  I can’t stand all day in a kitchen preparing meals for others that I’m simply not going to be able to sit down and enjoy for myself.  Though I love the critics, and I enjoy the compliments, if I’m going to endure a full day stand in the kitchen I’m going to inherit a headache.

Moderation is the key for good cooking I think; at least it is for me.  I’ve got to resonate after I take in a good meal and process what I can do better next time.  Putting it down on paper doesn’t seem to help.  In fact it’s actually something I avoid wholeheartedly.  Doing the blog, the facebook page and the Youtube channel weren’t even things that I originally wanted to do, like, at all.  My brother talked me into it.  And the problem I find myself repeating constantly is making the time to write down these recipes that I’m constantly perfecting on a daily basis.

As you can see here, I’m clearly cooking.  There’s the evidence right in front of you.  But, I ask myself, “Is this something others want to be cooking?”, “Are these secrets that I even want to be giving away?!  It’s really tough to swallow sometimes.  A ton of hard work goes into making a dish something that everyone wants and loves to eat, then just hand over the recipes.

Why do others do it?  We see it all over the web these days right?  What’s the payoff?  Advertising!  Commercials, product placement and pay per clicks.  Guess what though.  You’ve got to be getting hundreds if not thousands of ad clicks a day to see any results from that kind of gig before you even see a dime.  I haven’t.  not even one red cent.  Not that I’m complaining, I just want you to recognize that some people just love what they do so much they feel like keeping things to themselves.  That way our hobbies don’t become headaches and we don’t become slaves to the pills that stop the pain.

I don’t want that for me; headaches that kill the passion I have for my hobbies.  As long as I can share the things that I’ve learned through my education and experimentation, I’ll keep cranking out recipes for Poor Mans Gourmet Kitchen.  But like any true artist out there, sometimes you’ve got to wait for the release of a masterpiece! ;-)

On a lighter note, here are a few concoctions I’ve been thinking about writing about.  If any of these recipes catch your attention I’d like to know about it.  There’s a Lo mein noodle that is as good as any restaurant or fast food I’ve ever had; grilled Salmon smothered in a sweet and sour sauce with veggies; Nachos… baked; Ceviche Tilapia; fresh Chicken Tequitos; and last but not least, a Chicken Wrap with a Peanut Lime sauce!

Beef, Chicken or Shrimp Curry Recipe

Curry RecipeI love a good Curry Recipe

There are a lot of different traditions out there when it comes to making curry.  If you read about it, you’ll find that it is more or less complex combinations of spices and/or herbs, usually including fresh or dried hot chilies.  Many Asian and Indian cultures have different methods in their preparations as well.  There are two ways to make curry; dry or wet curry.  This curry recipe that I’m going to be sharing with everyone is preparing a wet curry.  Wet curries contain significant amounts of sauce or gravy based on yoghurt, coconut milk, legume purée (dal), or stock.  And the easiest way I can show you how to do it is with coconut milk, not to be confused with coconut cream(very important).

Curry Recipe

1 12 oz can coconut milk

2 tbls curry powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

One 12 oz can of coconut milk, 2 tbls of curry is all you’re going to need for the basic curry recipe.  Heat a pan on High Heat, add the milk and stir in the curry.  As soon as it comes to a complete boil remove it from the heat immediately and then add salt and pepper to taste.  Now, this basic sauce can be turned into anything and will set up and get really thick in the refrigerator if you want to save it for other things; cold curry chicken salad for example is one of my favorites.  7 oz of pulled cooked chicken breast to 1 ½ oz of curry dressing and a handful of raisons mixed together and mashed into a snowball sized lump in the middle of your favorite greens makes for an excellent chicken salad.  However, using the curry recipe right away for a Masala over rice like what I have demonstrated in the photo is just as easy but will take a few other preparations to kick it up a notch.

Wikipedia says a survey found that of 48 different Tikki Masala recipes, the only common ingredient was chicken; which tells me you can substitute anything you want in the curry recipe and completely make it your own!  All I did here is diced up some bell pepper, green onions, pureed a couple of tomatoes in a blender with a clove of garlic and pinch of Cumin, and I was ready to roll.  Originally I was going to make the Tikki, meaning chicken, but I remembered that I already had a cooked beef brisket in the refrigerator; so essentially that alone cut my cooked time in half right there.

Here’s how I did it: In a hot skillet a few tbls of canola oil, added the diced green onions and bell pepper and sautéed for just a minute before I added the sliced brisket portion.  Now the beauty to doing this yourself people is that you can add as much onion, pepper, beef brisket, chicken, shrimp, WHATEVER as you want.  Completely make this dish your own! Now, after you toss all of that together for just a few minutes add and combine your curry and your tomato puree.  Add if you happen to have some cilantro, now is a good time to add that too.  I know cilantro is one of those things you either love or you hate it.  Anyway, just let this reduce just a bit, maybe 10 minutes is all and serve over your favorite rice.  Now if you don’t want the Masala and you want to just stick with the curry, NO PROBLEM!  Just eliminate the tomato puree and add the garlic to the pan directly instead, it’s just that simple.  But don’t stop here, look around and experiment with your own curry recipe and make it your own.