Menu of the week: Vanilla; Cocktail of the week: Blood orange and vodka

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday - Vanilla


Grilled center cut pork loin (from our pig Pancetta) with my fennel coriander rub, lemony (no lemon in the house) lime-y steamed broccoli and sage (sage plant looks a bit weary) thyme and shallot Parmesan polenta with a Hen of the Woods mushroom sauce on the side. I have never used Hen of the woods before and Trader Joe had them priced to try.

Cocktail of the eve: blood orange juice and vodka refreshing and healthy!

blood orange and vodka


Moroccan chicken (just found some preserved lemons at the store) recipe via Elise and GF cous cous (throw basmati rice in your spice grinder and add a dash of turmeric while cooking – pretty close). Still thinking about a Moroccan veg.

Edited to add, that I went to see There will be Blood, so I popped everything in the crock pot, doubled the preserved lemon (and skipped the raisins, not a fan of them) and put the rous cous (rice cous cous ha!) in the rice cooker.  I forgot about a veg.  By the way, the movie was great!


Seared scallops with garlic buerre blanc on a bed of angel hair pasta with broccoli rabe


Argentinian Chimichurri grilled beef (grass fed), marinated grilled asparagus (from Peru – I know, horrible of me, but my boyfriend will eat about three different vegetables – asp, broc and greens – at least it is on South American theme night) and tostones/patacones (twice fried plaintains).


Green chile cheese empanadas, Mexican rice, frijoles (pinto beans) with onion, cucumbers in lime and chile and chile de arbol salsa

Oh yeah, vanilla. BF has planned a very raspberry valentine cake and I will make a vanilla sauce to go with it.

Edited to add:  I just made a batch of very dense chocolately brownies with vanilla, raspberry puree and coconut flour.  It is almost a flourless brownie.  As soon as they have cooled, I will update you.  They look and smell delish!

i’m out

5 thoughts on “Menu of the week: Vanilla; Cocktail of the week: Blood orange and vodka

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  2. Wow, great menu! Wed, Thurs and Friday sound especially delectable. Mmm, twice fried plantains… I want the recipe! I’ve been planning to make empanadas forever- I need to do that. 🙂


  3. Hi Sea!
    Here is a link to the plantains. They are called patacones in Ecuador, where I first tried them and tostones in Puerto Rico. All you do is slice them in 1 inch size slices, fry them up, let them cool a bit and then squash them until they are flat and fry them again. Couldn’t be easier.

    Here is another recipe from Ecuador that I want to try that I think you might like too. Muchines de Yuca. Grated yuca balls stuffed with cheese. I spent years wondering how to recreate my first meal in Quito after traveling for 24 hours, and then found this recipe. Ours were served with a wonderful aji which was a salsa made from tree tomatoes or tamarillos. I find this site to be a great start when searching for ethnic recipes when I can’t find blogs that cook the cuisine I am interested in (or I can’t read the language of the blog!). I will post the empanada recipe. I looked for a long time to find recipes with only masa in it, as they would traditionally be made in Mex. We tried it last fall, and will be tweaking it this time around (hoping for less greasy and more filling).

    I do plan to give your bibimbap a try in the near future. I haven’t had tempeh in ages!

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