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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by t-dub, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Vitolo

    Vitolo Vaporist

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    I was in the Garden grabbing a few goodies for dinner, and decided to pull a beet to roast with Carrots and Red Onion in a dish I call
    "Peasant Vegetables".
    I started pulling the beet, that I thought would be a modest sized one, but the beet kept coming!
    This beet was the size of a grown man's head!

    More Garden stuff...

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  2. Reflections

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    Looks delish,sad the pics ended there lol.
     
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  3. vaporist4LIFE

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    Gaawgeous beet ! I grow these delicious Japanese turnips that are so sweet !! Even when oversized , I eat them like apples , just fermented about 30 pounds of em, will post pics soon :)
     
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  4. Vitolo

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    Behind the scenes/ preparing the dishes:
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    Patty grew every herb and all vegetables used... except the trout and the Lime~
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    Above and below... Mushroom Duxelles for tomorrow's salmon
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    Note: The Duxelles recipe is my own... using standard Duxelle ingredients.....
    Most chefs use butter... some use cream and others use oil.
    The bowl you see here is pure healthy food.
    After sauteing the ingredients below for about an hour, once all wine is absorbed
    it went into the small vessel you see above.
    It weighs about a half pound, and will be chilled overnight before cooking with it tomorrow.
    More than one educated palate has not been able to realize there is no butter in this!
    1/2 pound Mushrooms
    A dozen leaves of fresh Italian Flat parsley (minced)
    1/3 of a medium shallot Shallot (minced)
    2 cloves of Garlic (minced)
    black Pepper (a fat pinch)
    1Tbs Olive Oil
    1 cup red wine (half for the chef, and half a cup to deglaze pan in the end)
     
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  5. Vitolo

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    You saw the preparations for last night's trout.
    At the end, I showed you Duxelles that was for the Salmon tonight.
    Generally Duxelles is served with toast points, or wrapped in a puff pastry atop steak (beef wellington)
    It also is served with salmon under a puff pastry (Salmon Wellington).[​IMG]
    Salmon Wellington
    Patty and I eat no fats or butter so nowadays we do not eat Salmon Wellington, but instead, I place the
    Duxelles along side the Salmon....
    as so:
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    Salmon with lemon and dill with mixed peppercorns.
    The plate is edged by armenian cucumber slices and a carrot sliver.
    Zucchini from last night with beets from the nigh before.
    Brown rice with JalapeƱo from last night, mixed with the black rice and pasta from the night before. and of course... Duxelles
     
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  6. MinnBobber

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    @Vitolo ,
    so no fats or butter?? 60% of our brain is fat so we do need our fat. What do you do to make sure your body gets enough fat?

    Do you have a recipe for Duxelles? I'm intrigued and was already looking at store ads for salmon this week.
    I don't see why I couldn't sous vide the salmon at 115 F for 45 minutes, then hot sear as normal and dress with
    Duxelle? Never had Duxelles but love sauteed mushrooms so this sounds great.
    So, how was it???
     
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  7. Vitolo

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    It was magnificent.
    What I did not tell you was the "how".
    Large frying pan...
    Mushrooms minced very finely.. (this can get messy)
    Oil in pan.. at medium heat... add the oil and then the mushrooms, topped
    by all the other stuff.... cook and stir, until it darkens....
    the mushrooms will release a good deal of moisture... let that moisture sizzle until it has been re-absorbed into the Duxelles......
    When it is dry and sizzling, pour a half cup of port or other red wine onto pan.... and scrape it around to de-glaze the pan, and stir around, until the wine has absorbed.. scoop up, and pack, let cool, and refrigerate over night.. re- heat to serve.
    About fats....
    I eat a thin slice of provolone.... a small amount of mayonaise from time to time... that's it.
    I am not allowed cholesteral meds due to muscular issues, and my cholesteral bordered on 378
    Sorry... my brain will have to make it's best with the fats in the fish I eat! (I do select well marbled fish).
    Eating this way, in the first year I dropped 150 cholesteral points.
    I now am at last reading, sitting pretty at just below 199.
     
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  8. crawdad

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  9. MinnBobber

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    Salmon that was fan-tastic! Wild caught, fresh (never frozen) and prepared sous vide method, of course. It's the only way for perfect fish, or at least the most consistent.
    115 F for 50 minutes with salt, pepper, dill. Chill down a little in fridge. Sear in super hot oil til skin side was super crisp and then finish with short sear for color on top.
    It was probably the best I've ever had as it was perfect medium rare with innards cooked just beyond opaque. Exterior was seared nicely and spices were perfect blend--not overpowering. Had a little wasabi/mayo/dill relish/lemon juice sauce but it really needed nothing.

    I wonder if especially the texture is better on wild caught vs commercial as this texture was awesome.

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    With sous vide, the exterior seared crust is only like 1/32" thick so entire interior is delicious med rare.
     
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  10. vaporist4LIFE

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    That is beautiful !!! Almost too pretty to eat....almost ;)
    Little salt and pepper topped with some hummus and fresh diced tomatoes mmmm
     
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  11. crawdad

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    take a toasted sesame seed bagel, light cream cheese, sliced avocado slightly salted, on top put trader joes sun dried tomato in olive oil...makes a bad ass breakfast sandwich. ive tried other sun dried tomatoes but tj's is the best imho.

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  12. Vitolo

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    I am going to make a post...
    Photobucket does not allow image sharing anymore, but I own a forum, to which I can attach files, then I can copy and paste them to here.
    The following are the meals I had posted previously, that now are all broken links.
    It is good to own my own personal photo hosting service!
    Patty grows all of the herbs, spices and vegetables that you will see here.

    Vito does all of the cooking.

    Patty cleans up.

    EVERYTHING you will see here has no fat, and only pure natural ingredients, and not one recipe uses more than ONE tablespoon of Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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    Above: Everclear with cranberry juice!

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  13. Vitolo

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    Continued
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  14. Reflections

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    Sighs...cant see the pics Vitolo..I so loved looking at your food...sad face..have you tried http://imgur.com/
     
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