Saturday, May 17, 2014

eggs benedict with a southern touch! kitchen! kitchen!

Eggs Benedict With A Southern Touch
Eggs over buttermilk pancakes with thick slices of double smoked bacon

A pretty simple EGGS BENEDICT with a bit of the south - understandably so, since we just came from Virginia for my nephew's college graduation. So my mind is still very "southern" especially after we had a very finger licking good southern ribs. So the first order of the day, when I arrived home was to make eggs benedict for brunch with a southern touch. Of course!

Everybody knows how to make eggs benedict so, I don't really need to put down the recipe. But, if one has not done this wonderful rich dish, fear not, just google the recipe. The only difference here really is I opted to make buttermilk pancakes for my eggs benedict to rest on. I drizzled each layer of pancake with maple syrup; added thick slices of smoked bacon and voila! A very delicious and filling eggs benedict. As my nephew would say, " I never had eggs benedict with pancakes, but man, this is delicious"!

from Greenpoint to smoked salmon kitchen! kitchen!

From this wonderful smoked salmon comes
a very irrisistible "SMOKED SALMON BURGER".

Smoked Salmon Burger
Layered with hard boiled egg yolk, paper thin slices of
English cucumber anchored by a sticky brown rice
What one thick piece of smoked salmon steak could turn into if one really tries to think other than just what one sees.

So easy to assemble: (Serves one)
1 2-1/2 inch pastry ring ( or an empty can of tuna bottom part removed - for molding)
2.75 oz. of shredded smoked salmon meat
1 tsp. of minced shallots
1 tsp. of minced celery ( or dill will be perfect )
3-4 paper thin slices of cucumber for each layer
1 hard boiled egg - yolk only
1/4 cup of cooked sticky brown rice ( or plain white rice)

Combine the shredded salmon, minced shallots, and minced celerey or dill in a bowl and add 1-1/2 teaspoon of the chili dressing. Set aside.

For the dressing to bind the ingredients:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tsp. ketchup
2 tsp. chili sauce
Season to taste

Use only 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. of the dressing to the egg yolk in a separate bowl
First layer is the rice - brushed the top with the dressing; then top with slices of cucumbers;
3rd is the shredded salmon; followed by the egg yolk; cucumber slices and lastly the rest of the shredded salmon.
Slowly, push down the assembled salmon from the ring mold with a spoon unto a plate and garnish with cucumber and lemon. Serve with salad and some toast if you so desire.

A trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for kitchen! kitchen!

Smoked Goodness
Smoked bacon, smoked sausage, and blood susauge.

Gorgeous slices of Smoked Ham

Smoked Salmon And Haddock

Kitchen! Kitchen! is beyond the rolling pin of Tarts & Quiches.
It is it's alter ego and responsible for creating
dishes that are simple, delicious, easy to follow, as well as a feast to the eyes.

I trekked to Greenpoint, Brooklyn with friends headed by our leading "pipe-piper" Halina to shop and discover the Polish gastronomy. The trip brought us some insight as to what Polish cuisine has to offer. The rainy weather would not damper the spirit of us foodies. We were like kids going to a candy store, as soon as Halina opened the first magic door of Polam Meat Market, the magic scent of smoked meat and fish met us with such force (in a very good way) that our stomach started to grumble. Smoked sausages in all shapes and sizes, hams, slabs and slabs of bacon smoked and otherwise. There were also smoked salmon, haddock (where have you been all my life my love) and their other friends of the sea smoked to perfection. A wall full of jams, cheese, and what nots. My head was just spinning with joy!