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One from Column ‘A’ – Five Spice Caramel Pork

To be fair, I’ve never seen this on any Chinese take-out menu. I have only been able to get it in Bangkok…. or at my favorite Chinese fare haunt in the city. So, dont hate me there. In fact, if you are going to hate me at all – its because I’ve monkeyed around with the traditional recipe a goodly amount… I’m not using pork belly, Jane is deathly allergic to soy, neither of us like our head blown off with heat….. and (God forbid), I’m not using a wok, it’s a Dutch oven. Five spice pork is an old Cantonese recipe that has cousins and distant relatives across most of Asia. And, unlike most take-out oferings, is more of a stew rather than a quick wok fried dish (hence, the dutch oven.) It is smoky, spicy, slightly sweet and terribly flavor packed. Short of Char Sui, it is my absolute favorite way to enjoy pork. Alrighty then… on with the changes we’ve made. Chinese Five Spice Powder – If you wanted to go through …

Tales of Woe ~ The one with the Cauliflower

Since in this month’s Raw Spice Bar shipment I got an extra packet of Memphis Rub Dry Mix, I didn’t want it to go to waste… so I put on the thinking spurs. Jane and I have both seen wondrous, spiced, roasted cauliflowers on various media outlets and really wanted to give one a try… this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Slather on your spice mix – roast for 30 to 45 minutes – be rewarded with amazing roasted cauliflower deliciousness. It sounds easy… right? It sounds too easy to be true… right? Okay.. like everything else that sounds too good to be true… so was the cauliflower recipe. Here’s the thing. Cauliflower is dense. 30 minutes… 50 minutes… 1 hour in an oven just isn’t going to heat deep enough through all that bulk to do anything more than softening up the outer lobes a bit… and heat the center….maybe. All in all – cooking time was 1 hour and 20 minutes at 375. I then turned off the oven and let the head rest in there …

Cookbook Sundays – Jambalaya With Chicken and Seafood

There are classics, there are fads, and then there’s everything else. I originally bought Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen way back in the 80’s because I wanted to learn how to blacken red fish. I did… it gave me monumental indigestion. Although, as a recipe, it wasn’t as terribly difficult as I had made it out in my mind, it was just something I wanted to make sure I got right… because, you know… it was the thing back then. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t all that enamored with Louisiana style cuisine, and the book found it’s way to the “probably wont try that again shelf.” With this Cookbook Sunday’s thing I’ve decided, at least for the near future, to dig back into some of my older cookbooks for inspiration. With the mill of cookbooks, coffee-table photo food books, celebrity chef books and the like working overtime in recent years, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of the celebrity chefs of earlier years and the food that really got that whole food fad machine to …