Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Creamy" Caesar Salad Dressings

In this modern age, people are scared of raw eggs so doing a traditional caesar dressing is hard.

Here are a couple of safe quick home alternatives to the store-bought stuff.

Version 1
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise 
  • juice 1/2 a lemon 
  • couple of anchovies filets minced (adjust to your preference) 
  • couple of cloves of garlic minced (adjust to your love of garlic) 
  • 1/2 tsp of capers minced (adjust to your preference) 
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard to taste 
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce 
  •  Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 
  • grated parmesan  or pecorino cheese to taste 
  • grated lemon peel from the 1/2 lemon. 

Whisk everything together in a bowl, taste and toss into your Ceasar fixings.  I personally like about 1 anchovy fillet per person, 1 clove of garlic per person, and a couple of caper berries per person.  Measurements are all approximate as I normally do this to taste.  Sometimes I will also add a splash of a good red wine vinegar with the lemon juice, give it a little more "traditional taste". 

Version 2
  • 1/3 cup of EVO 
  • 4 tbsp  of red wine vinegar 
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon 
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic 
  • 3 or 4 anchovy filets 
  • 1/2 tsp of capers 
  • 1 tblsp of Dijon mustard 
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • grated parmesan or pecorino cheese to taste 
Place everything except the oil into a blender or food processor and give it a blitz.  Drizzle in the oil until you have a mayonnaise consistency.  Adjust flavours per your preferences.  The use of the boiled yolks was inspired from a Lidia Bastianich technique.   If it is too thick, add a little more vinegar or lemon, a little too thin, whiz in more oil. 

I personally use the first version the most at home, but both get the job done well. I like some of the cheese in the dressing, not just tossed into the salad. 

More Later 
 -- G

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hmm what to do

After a long period of silence, I'm trying to decide what I should be doing here again.

  • Should this become a food + photo site? 
  • Should I make it tech blog? 
  • Should I make it a diary and notes site, for those that want an insight into the chaos that is my mind? 

I'm still trying to figure this out.

More Later

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A new song lyric

I am trying to get myself motivated and going again.  Here is a little lyric idea that I've been toying with as I hunt for my new inspiration.

Each Night I go to bed, I try and close my eyes
Wide awake, I count the stars up in the skies
Miles away, you don't realize
In the silence, no one hears my cries

I will post the revised lyrics once I get them complete.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wicked Baked Chiken Wings

Wings are a favourite in my place but I don't like deep frying in my flat so I've been experimenting with baked wings. After reading a recipe + comments  I did my take on them 

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A simple verse...

Another day passes into night
The wolf's endless search takes flight 
In darkness full,  moons pure light 
Guide him on his nightly plight