Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cooking in My Kitchen

The cookbook Marcella Cucina has been this month's source of new recipes for both of us.
I bought this book fairly recently, though it was published in 1997.
In the kitchen in February not many items are new, but we've been enjoying a number of dishes that we haven't tried before or that we haven't had for a long time. I'm sharing, as usual, with the blogger event "In My Kitchen This Month," hosted by the blog Sherry's Pickings -- link here.

In the skillet: Marcella's "Fricasseed Chicken Abruzzi-Style with Rosemary,
White Wine, Cherry Tomatoes, and Olives."
The finished dish after the tomatoes and olives are added.
"Pork Strips with Broccoli and Carrots" made by Len.
The pork dish was quite delicious. Surprisingly, it uses only the stems of the broccoli.
We've also tried some pasta from this interesting and unusual cookbook. Its recipes
are quite different from American Italian restaurant and prepared food.
An old favorite of ours is steak with wine and green peppercorns.
These are pepper berries picked green instead of ripe (black).
They are usually sold in cans, pickled in brine.
The steak: sautéed, sliced and served with tomatoes and cucumbers.
This recipe is not from the cookbook, but as I say, an old favorite.

Using Sourdough Starter

Leftover sourdough starter makes good pancakes! These are savory,
made to serve with sautéed salmon as shown.
We ate the pancakes and fish with Ikea's mustard-dill sauce and veggies.
Another sourdough pancake preparation: sweet ones with fruit in & on them.
The starter was leftover from Len's beautiful loaves.

A few more items in & around the kitchen in February:

Mangos in a custom-moulded plastic container from Costco. They taste very good but I feel guilty about the plastic.

In the display cabinet in the dining room: a new storyteller figurine. 
My new figurine is by a Hopi ceramics maker named Tony Dallas. The faces on these figures are the faces of the mudheads, a type of clown that appears in Hopi ceremonial dances, and which are sometimes depicted in Kachina figures (see below). The small child on the storyteller's right is holding a special type of Indian doll that's flat and made of wood. I photographed my new storyteller with a tumbler figurine by the same artist.

I have a few other storytellers and various southwest Indian figures, which I find very appealing. Storytellers were first made by Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in the mid-20th century. They became very popular and are now made by potters from many Pueblos.

A mudhead, or clown, Kachina from the Detroit Institute
of Arts.


Jeanie said...

I think I'd better make breakfast. Wish it was pancakes from Len's sourdough! It all looks delicious, Mae, and love you are trying new things. We had a bottle of that Jadot Beaujolais brought to Cork Poppers. Very good indeed!

Angie's Recipes said...

wow So many mouthwatering foods. Steak is definitely my favourite, and that fricasseed chicken looks fantastic too. Your sourdough loaves are for sure bakery perfect.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

You certainly have had some wonderful dinners in your kitchen. I have several of Marcella's cookbooks but have never made with dishes you prepared. Time to got those books out again.

Pam said...

Love that cookbook, great recipes in it! Your pork dish looks really delicious!

Johanna GGG said...

Love seeing your sourdough cooking - wonderful loaves and the pancakes with the mustard sauce sound great. Your hopi ceramics sound like they come with wonderful stories. And I was quite admiring the plate that the pork dish was served on.

Tina said...

I had this book and it’s excellent! Sadly, I loaned it to someone and didn’t get it back. That will teach me, I guess. The pork dish looks very good and I never thought about using the bread starter for pancakes. Great idea.

Beth F said...

I have that book too. Nice bread!

bermudaonion said...

Y'all have been eating good! All of the dishes look good but the pork with carrots and broccoli stands out to me.

Sherry's Pickings said...

hi Mae
i started a comment but not sure i finished it :) love your Hopi figurines. i'm a bit of a collector of unusual figurines myself, as my groaning shelves testify. thanks so much for being here in IMK again. the fricasseed chicken looks very tasty, except mind the tomatoes for me:) I love the ceramic plate that the pork dish is on; you know me and ceramics. yum to sourdough pancakes especially with salmon. i get very antsy about plastics these days too. i emailed a company here that has started to put their vinegar into plastic bottles rather than glass but they weren't interested. i won't buy from them anymore and will tell them so! Have a great month. see you in april! cheers sherry x

Shari from GoodFoodWeek said...

I love what you did with your starter. I really want to get back into baking.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

That moulded plastic would have put me off buying the mangoes. What a waste. Love the recipe book, and all the dishes you have shared. Made me feel quite hungry! And happy anniversary to you too :)

Kim Bultman said...

Mae, I like your fish-shaped serving plate -- the ceramic one, too -- and your penchant for trying old and new recipes. (I've been on that kick myself.) All of your dishes look appealing -- nice plating! Your figurine collection is fascinating, too. History is being preserved.

Tiffin Fiona said...

Fricasseed Chicken Abruzzi Style? Shut the gate! That looks so good. We have visited parts of the South West and have had a very small amount of exposure to Hopi culture so I was interested to see these figures. All the best for the coming month. Fiona

(please ignore my comment to Sherry - lol. Wrong comment!)

Jen Rose said...

Your Hopi ceramic figurines are gorgeous! I like to use my leftover sourdough starter in waffles. You have to prep them the night before, but they're delicious. =)