No Recipes vol. 6

Happy Holidays Everyone!

This will be the last post I personally post until after the new year as I will be in Napa for a few days followed by a much needed vacation in Seoul and Tokyo. To keep you from getting bored, I’ve scheduled a few posts to go up throughout the next week and a half leading up to a special new years day post that delves into the food traditions of Japan during Oshogatsu (New Years).

Maybe it’s the Japanese in me needing to do my annual osoji (a thorough cleaning that’s a part of the new years tradition), but come the end of the year I feel a primal urge to purge the freezer and pantry. This week’s No Recipes is a product of this urge with 2 “left over” dishes cobbled together from scraps of meat and odds and ends in the kitchen.

While I’m away I won’t have a computer, but I plan to flesh out some of the ideas I’ve been kicking around in my head and I promise to come back with lots of new ideas to get 2009 started on the right food foot.

In other news there was a short article about this blog (with a photo of me) in the NY Daily News on page 6 of the Your Money section yesterday (12-22). Not nearly a impressive as being interviewed during the pregame show of the Super Bowl (as L managed to do a couple years ago), but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Whatever your plans are for the holidays (which I’d love to hear about in comments), be safe, keep warm, and eat well!

Leftover Paella – Nope, not a rehash of my Paella, this one was made from random scraps in the fridge and freezer. An odd morcilla sausage, half an onion that’s been in the fridge for a week, and some frozen mystery meat (which turned out to be veal) defrosted and marinated in garlic, olive oil and pimenton. All cooked with some Valencia rice sitting in the back of the pantry, saffron, a box of ham stock I got for free at a food event, and a scoop of heirloom tomato granita. To finish I topped with some frozen edamame, and some frozen pre-cooked shrimp that looked like it was well on its way to freezer burn purgatory (which was also marinated in a copious amount of garlic and pimenton to cover up any unpleasant freezer odors). Given the questionable nature of the ingredients, it actually came out pretty well, though if I had a choice, I’d definitely go with my original recipe.

Pork Schnitzel and Pickled Potatoes – This one is basically my Wiener Schnitzel recipe, except I swapped out pork for the veal and I ran out of bread crumbs, so I added some stale matzo meal that was lurking in the back of the pantry. I also gave my lemony potato salad a fresh pass, slicing the potatoes and lighting boiling them until the crunch went away but they were still on the hard side. Then they were marinated with meyer lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper. The result was a toothsome “pickle” of sorts that went nicely with the capers and pork.

Leftover Tortilla Soup – Another leftover dish. This one included some failed Al Pastor chopped up along with some onions, half a green bell pepper. Spices that went in include cumin, dried anaheim and guajillo peppers. To finish I rubbed a stick of butter on both sides of some stale corn tortillas then cut them into strips which went into a toaster oven for a few minutes to crisp. Cilantro and shredded cheese of unknown origin rounded out the soup.

It takes a bit longer to peel a pineapple like this, but it results in a lot less waste as you can get all the “eyes” out without sacrificing the fruit around them. Basically you just chop the top and bottom off then peel a thinnish layer of the skin off, then go around cutting “v” shaped spirals to get all the eyes out.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Happy Holidays Marc…enjoy your travels!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Happy Holidays Marc…enjoy your travels!

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com/ Peter

    Marc, have a wonderful vacation and see you on the other side of the year!

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com Peter

    Marc, have a wonderful vacation and see you on the other side of the year!

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

    Have a great and safe trip Marc! And hope we see a lot of pics about it next year :) As for me, I’ll be cooking quite a bit this holiday season to get as much advanced blogging done before I leave for the States.
    The leftover paella looks soo good, though the words “mystery meat” make me cringe for some reason :P

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Have a great and safe trip Marc! And hope we see a lot of pics about it next year :) As for me, I’ll be cooking quite a bit this holiday season to get as much advanced blogging done before I leave for the States.
    The leftover paella looks soo good, though the words “mystery meat” make me cringe for some reason :P

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com/ Lorraine E

    Great round up Marc and I hope you have a safe and fun holiday season! :D

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine E

    Great round up Marc and I hope you have a safe and fun holiday season! :D

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

    Napa, Seoul and Tokyo – that sounds like so much fun! Have a safe and happy trip, and happy holidays!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Napa, Seoul and Tokyo – that sounds like so much fun! Have a safe and happy trip, and happy holidays!

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com/ _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Man, I don’t think I’ll have the patience soon to have peeled the pineapple in that way. Although, I know you’re “supposed to”, to reduce flesh wastage. =)

    These clean-out-the-fridge/freezer/pantry dishes are still beautiful!

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Man, I don’t think I’ll have the patience soon to have peeled the pineapple in that way. Although, I know you’re “supposed to”, to reduce flesh wastage. =)

    These clean-out-the-fridge/freezer/pantry dishes are still beautiful!

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

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy your time off! I’ll be spending Christmas day with my hubby’ family this year – then off to the midwest to spend some time with my brother and his family!

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

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy your time off! I’ll be spending Christmas day with my hubby’ family this year – then off to the midwest to spend some time with my brother and his family!

  • http://www.janespice.com/ ursula

    I have a fun adventure — leaving tonight to Guatemala, Belize and Playa Del Carmen. Have a great trip and happy holidays.

  • http://www.janespice.com ursula

    I have a fun adventure — leaving tonight to Guatemala, Belize and Playa Del Carmen. Have a great trip and happy holidays.

  • http://noobcook.com/ noobcook

    happy holidays! Enjoy your vacation… wish I can be at tokyo now ;p congrats on your article feature too =)

  • http://noobcook.com noobcook

    happy holidays! Enjoy your vacation… wish I can be at tokyo now ;p congrats on your article feature too =)

  • http://www.whiskblog.com/ Shari

    Have a great holiday! I love how you cut that pineapple!

  • http://www.whiskblog.com/ Shari

    Have a great holiday! I love how you cut that pineapple!

  • http://gagainthekitchen.blogspot.com/ gaga

    That pineapple is beautiful. I had no idea that you waste less that way. It’s the best of both worlds!

  • http://gagainthekitchen.blogspot.com gaga

    That pineapple is beautiful. I had no idea that you waste less that way. It’s the best of both worlds!

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    It’s definitely time for my osoji, too. :)

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    It’s definitely time for my osoji, too. :)

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

    Hope you are enjoying your trip and the holidays Marc! Looking forward to hearing about the food in Napa as well as Seoul and Tokyo!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2009!
    Lori Lynn

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

    Hope you are enjoying your trip and the holidays Marc! Looking forward to hearing about the food in Napa as well as Seoul and Tokyo!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2009!
    Lori Lynn

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

    Enjoy your trip in Korea and Japan. I am very intrigued by the new year food in Japan after seeing the plastic fake new year food during my recent trip to Tokyo. Take lots of pictures. :)

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Enjoy your trip in Korea and Japan. I am very intrigued by the new year food in Japan after seeing the plastic fake new year food during my recent trip to Tokyo. Take lots of pictures. :)

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