No Recipes vol. 13

It’s been ages since I last did one of these, so here are the “outtakes” from the past few weeks. The fact that they were outtakes shouldn’t dissuade you from making them, they just didn’t make the cut for various reasons, often because they involved leftovers.

Tonight marked the end of the epic sauerkraut and sausage making experiment, undertaken by Claire from Colloquial Cooking, Stephane from Zen Can Cook and I, so I’ll be posting my homemade sauerkraut recipe (more like a technique) and a recipe for Choucroute Garnie later this week.

Roasted golden beats with pea sprouts and arugula flowers and mint feta dressing
Roasted Beet Dalad with a Lemon Mint Dressing – This was a nice salad I made with some leftover roasted beets from the cupcakes. I paired it with a mini salad of arugula flowers and pea spouts, with a lemon, olive oil and mint dressing, and some fresh feta crumbled on top. The peppery arugula flowers aren’t much to look at, but they add a terrific bite to the salad, and the whole thing just tastes like spring.

Sauteed Pork Belly and RampsSauteed Pork Belly and Ramps – This was another leftover dish with braised pork belly chopped up and sauteed with some fava beans, peas, shimeji mushrooms, ramps and some carrots rescued from the braising liquid. Super simple if you have some braised pork belly sitting in the fridge. Because it has so many vegetables (and so few carbs) you can almost get away with calling it healthy… I said almost:-)

Fried smoked pork belly with poached eggFried Smoked Pork Belly with Poached Egg – This on the other hand can’t be called healthy by any stretch of the imagination, unless you’re a lumberjack named Paul Bunyan. It really is the sort of energy packed meal that you can only justify eating before a long day of physical labor, but once you’ve had a bite, you’ll want it every morning. I made it with the last of the molasses smoked pork belly from a Williamsberg rooftop smoking session with Claire and Stephane. I just sliced it into thick slabs, and fried it till crisp on 2 sides, and served it with a poached egg.

Spring Flower SaladSpring Bouquet Salad – While flowers and sprouts are great to use as a garnish, when you have several boxes of them and nothing to garnish, they make a great salad. This particular one has Nasturtium flowers, mustard flowers, arugula flowers, pea sprouts, and radish sprouts tossed with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Ramp and Red Bell Pepper Pasta with FishcakeRamp and Red Bell Pepper Pasta with Fishcake – This might sound like an odd combination at first, but the fishcake serves as a perfectly suitable substitute for sausage in this Japanese-Italian hybrid pasta. The char roasted bell peppers were sauteed with ramps and fishcake and then tossed with linguine and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Simple pastas like this are among my favourites and it’s often the unexpected combinations that come together from a few items in your fridge that work the best.

Tororo SobaTororo Soba – This is the kind of dish that people will either love or hate. Japanese people are really into foods with a slimy texture, like okra or raw eggs, and this bowl of cold soba noodles is covered in natto (fermented soy beans), grated mountain yam (the white stuff) and uni with a cold dashi broth. For Japanese people it’s the perfect appetite building meal for a hot summer day, but between the slimy fermented soy beans and slick mountain yam puree, I could see how this might sound unappetizing to some.

  • http://www.glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com/ Gina

    Beautiful leftovers! I especially like your Spring Bouquet Salad. Flowers are a food that is often overlooked.

  • http://www.glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com Gina

    Beautiful leftovers! I especially like your Spring Bouquet Salad. Flowers are a food that is often overlooked.

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com/ elra

    Beautiful dish. I am also admiring the beautiful Spring salad!
    Cheers,
    elra

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com elra

    Beautiful dish. I am also admiring the beautiful Spring salad!
    Cheers,
    elra

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Amazing– that smoked pork belly deserves all the mileage it’s gotten. That spring bouquet salad (though I must admit flowers don’t figure into Southeast Asian cuisine very much) looks way too beautiful!
    I’ll pass on the natto, though. :P For when I’m braver!

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Amazing– that smoked pork belly deserves all the mileage it’s gotten. That spring bouquet salad (though I must admit flowers don’t figure into Southeast Asian cuisine very much) looks way too beautiful!
    I’ll pass on the natto, though. :P For when I’m braver!

  • http://www.shesimmers.com/ Leela

    Not that the others aren’t interesting, but I can’t get my mind off of the spring salad and the Natto.

  • http://www.shesimmers.com/ Leela

    Not that the others aren’t interesting, but I can’t get my mind off of the spring salad and the Natto.

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com/ katiek @kitchensidecar

    the greens make everything look so inviting. I feel like I am diving face first into a flowerbed.

    Always utterly impressed.

    Anyways, the pork belly inspired me to do some duck smoking. tee hee.

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com katiek @kitchensidecar

    the greens make everything look so inviting. I feel like I am diving face first into a flowerbed.

    Always utterly impressed.

    Anyways, the pork belly inspired me to do some duck smoking. tee hee.

  • http://ouichefcook.com/ MrsT

    Those are some really good looking leftovers! All the dishes look great, think the soba would be really interesting to try.

  • http://ouichefcook.com MrsT

    Those are some really good looking leftovers! All the dishes look great, think the soba would be really interesting to try.

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com/ megan (brooklyn farmhouse)

    Nice! I see you’ve discovered the lovely arugula flowers. Subtle beauty with a kick. Aren’t they fantastic?

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com megan (brooklyn farmhouse)

    Nice! I see you’ve discovered the lovely arugula flowers. Subtle beauty with a kick. Aren’t they fantastic?

  • http://www.shelbymaelawstories.blogspot.com/ HoneyB

    It all looks so delicious and beautifully presented! Amazing what you can do with leftovers! :o)

  • http://www.shelbymaelawstories.blogspot.com HoneyB

    It all looks so delicious and beautifully presented! Amazing what you can do with leftovers! :o)

  • http://savorysweetlife.com/ alice

    Your left overs make my main dishes look awfully pathetic. Well done.

  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    Your left overs make my main dishes look awfully pathetic. Well done.

  • http://www.diaryofafanaticfoodie.com/ heather

    i just bought ramps! i am so excited to make them. your pasta looks delicious – as does that very pretty salad :)

  • http://www.diaryofafanaticfoodie.com heather

    i just bought ramps! i am so excited to make them. your pasta looks delicious – as does that very pretty salad :)

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    Marc, your plating is fantastic. The Tororo Soba is fascinating.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    Marc, your plating is fantastic. The Tororo Soba is fascinating.

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com/ maggie (p&c)

    You had me at molasses smoked pork belly…
    I love looking at other folks’ outtakes—getting creative and making lovely things with leftovers is a sign of a good cook, I think.

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com maggie (p&c)

    You had me at molasses smoked pork belly…
    I love looking at other folks’ outtakes—getting creative and making lovely things with leftovers is a sign of a good cook, I think.

  • http://colloquialcookin.canalblog.com/ colloquial cook

    Look at that soba and uni! Bring on the slime!

  • http://colloquialcookin.canalblog.com/ colloquial cook

    Look at that soba and uni! Bring on the slime!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    Trade fridges?

    That tororo soba is quite something. I’d try it, once.

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Trade fridges?

    That tororo soba is quite something. I’d try it, once.

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    I would love to try that tororo soba! I just made a dish with soba too.
    Uni is my absolute favorite.
    LL

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    I would love to try that tororo soba! I just made a dish with soba too.
    Uni is my absolute favorite.
    LL

  • http://frenchcookingfordummies.com/ French Cooking for Dummies

    Everything looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try your Roasted Beet Dalad with a Lemon Mint Dressing…

  • http://frenchcookingfordummies.com French Cooking for Dummies

    Everything looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try your Roasted Beet Dalad with a Lemon Mint Dressing…

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