MALIBU, California

MALIBU, California
LOOKING ACROSS STA MONICA BAY

Sunday, January 31, 2016

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER QUICHE; PASTA BAKE WITH RED BELL PEPPER SAUCE; RICE GRATIN WITH EGGPLANT AND ZUCCHINI SAUCE..PHOTOS OF PREP. FOR TOMORROW'S RAINY DAY DELIVERIES

THE VEGETABLE BASE FOR THE EGGPLANT SAUCE


PREVIOUS 2 THE BELL PEPPERS FOR THE PASTA SAUCE

TURMERIC SCENTED JASMINE RICE FOR THE GRATIN

THE BELL PEPPER SAUCE WITH SLICES OF ZUCCHINI FOR THE PASTA

THE RICE GRATIN..WILL BE BAKED AT CLIENT'S HOME

PASTA AND SAUCE READY FOR PACKAGING THIS ALSO WILL BE LAYERED WITH CHEESE AND BAKED AT CLIENT'S HOME

WHOLE WHEAT FENNEL BREADS, NOT SOURDOUGH..THE RECIPE IS IN MY "BAKING A NAME FOR YOURSELF" Only available on www.amazon/kindle.com..under heading "fresh own made bread in under 2 hours".

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH SAUTEED ONIONS

PREPARING THE QUICHE, GRATED WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE TOPPED WITH SAUTEED ONIONS AND ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, THEN I WILL ADD A NUTMEG EGG CUSTARD AND TOP WITH SLICED FRESH TOMATOES AND A BIT MORE CHEESE


THE BAKED QUICHE(S)

THE SAUCE FOR THE RICE GRATINS


A Mediterranean inspired menu for the first REAL downpour of our rainy season.

Gorgeous roasted cauliflower grown just north of Los Angeles, with sauteed onions and cheese in a nutmeg custard; deep flavored sauces for a pasta and a gluten-free rice gratin.
Also hearty whole wheat fennel breads, soft and tasty breads great for toasting.

We are expecting over 2 inches of rain today, which is the most for months, and snow on our local mountains; even the High Mojave Desert will get wet and maybe even more snow...have a great week, World of Good Eaters.
John Nigel

Fragrant, Meyer lemons.Venice ca.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Marinating vegetables overnight for fresh and tasty salads and the peanut butter cookies are out of the oven..photos

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#2


In the 1960-70's the idea of marinating vegetables ( including defrosted and drained garden peas and beans) in Vegetable oil and vinegar were popular, now updated I like to marinate chopped raw vegetables in olive oil & fresh  citrus juice ( no salt or pepper) and dried herbs ( fresh herbs will blacken in citrus juice)
This way "cooks" the veggies and also helps to reduce the "raw flavors" of onions and garlic.
In these 2 salads, both have a base of chopped raw broccoli:

Salad #1  bell pepper, fresh blueberries, zucchini in olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon Mustard..served on a bed of baby spinach



Salad #2 sliced tomateos, purple onion in a grapefruit, orange juice and olive oil dressing

Both will marinate overnight, tightly sealed in the fridge and served tomorrow

BAKED TOMATO & CHEESE TART; SPINACH AND CHEESE BAKE; COTTAGE CHEESE & APRICOT NOODLE KUGEL; CHEESE & YAM ENCHILONES; CHEESE AND BROCCOLI WHOLE WHEAT CREPES; PUMPKIN, CRANBERRY. ALMOND, BLUEBERRY CAKES & PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES : PHOTOS AND TIPS OF ALL PREP FOR TOMORROW'S DELIVERIES.


SLICE VERY RIPE WINTER GROWN TOMATOES ( HOT HOUSE) AND ALLOW TO DRAIN OVERNIGHT, THEN BAKE IN SEA SALT AND OLIVE OIL FOR THE TARTS

THE VEGETABLE FILLING FOR THE ENCHALONES

COOKED NOODLES, COTTAGE CHEESE, DICED DRIED APRICOTS, NUTMEG FRESH GRATED GINGER, ALMOND MILK, ALLOW TO MARINATE FOR 30 MINS THEN ADD SUGAR AND BEATEN EGGS, BAKED IN A BUTTERED DISH AND TOP WITH CRUSHED BRAN FLAKES AFTER 20 MINS



COOKED SPINACH, GARLIC, ONIONS AND CHOPPED TOMATOES THE BASE FOR THE CHEESE BAKE SORT OF A QUICHE WITHOUT THE CRUST


DRAINED AND SLOWLY BAKED TOMATOES FOR THE TARTS


THE COOKED (HEALTHY) KUGEL

GRATED CHEESE AND FRESH BASIL LEAVES ON BASE OF THE TART

COOKED BROCCOLI IN A WHITE CHEESE SAUCE FOR THE WHOLE WHEAT CREPES, WILL BE STUFFED AND BAKED AT CLIENTS HOME

WHOLE WHEAT CREPES

THE BAKED TOMATO AND CHEESE TART

THE FULLY COOKED SPINACH, TOMATO AND CHEESE BAKE


PUMPKIN-WHOLE WHEAT, CRANBERRY, BLUEBERRY AND WALNUT LOAF

COOKED POTATOES FOR THE BASE OF THE SPINACH AND CHEESE BAKE, THEN LAYER CHEESE AND THE SPINACH MIX, BEFORE ADDING A NUTMEG SCENTED CUSTARD

THE VEGETABLE ENCHALONES...CORN TORTILLAS FILLED WITH ITALIAN STYLE VEGGIES LIKE A GF CANNELLONI
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH, has to rest for 4 hours before baking


Hello all, well today's bumper menu highlights the fact that Great Vegetarian dishes are not all nut loaves and cooked beans..I have used over 1/2 gallon of almond milk and 18 large eggs in these dishes & the results are fantastic.
Old classics like Noodle Kugel  scented with fresh ginger and nutmeg, enchiladas now become corn cannelloni, and whole wheat crepes filled with steamed broccoli and a white Cheddar cheese sauce are fabulous.

Enjoy the photos and remember you can still make hot house grown tomato dishes taste better by removing most of their juices and adding fresh herbs..slowly baking any veggie makes them sweeter too.

Have a great weekend, John Nigel

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Whole wheat Cinnamon-raisin sourdough breads & Powerhouse vegetable salad with orange & ginger dressing..all salt & dairy free..cooking healthier for Vegan clients..all photos and tips

Whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin sourdough breads, also added some molasses to the dough, but they are salt, fat and diary free.

Great, very healthy salad dressing, juice from fresh squeezed red grapefruit, tangerine and navel orange, ginger root, olive oil and red onion..blend well the refrigerate overnight. Dress half the salad, 30 mins before serving to allow the fibers to break down

The original POWERHOUSE salad with red cabbage, cooked broccoli, cooked snow peas, grated raw carrot, grated raw butternut squash, fresh herbs of choice (rosemary and basil), yellow bell pepper. After it is dressed it will be plated onto a plate of bitter greens and more dressing added as needed.

Marinara Sauce and it's many uses: Vegan Polenta with Zucchini-tomato sauce; Gratin of rice, with baked eggplant and a mushroom-tomato sauce and cheese; Bell Pepper and tomato soup; Using fresh picked herbs from my garden today! healthy Cooking in Southern California..photos of prep for tomorrow's deliveries

Starting with a base of fresh Marinara sauce...saute onions, garlic, bell peppers and mushrooms, deglaze with apple juice or wine and add the prepared sauce and simmer for 30 mins. This is for the white polenta.

Year round perpetual basil in my garden today, flowers all year and attracts lots of wild bees.

Fresh Rosemary..like plenty of heat and sunshine

Again a marinara base with sauteed zucchini for the eggplant (also own grown and picked this week) and rice gratin

White cornmeal boiling with herbs and almond milk, also added olive oil

Layers of cooked rice, sauce and cooked eggplant slices topped with grated Parmesan cheese will be baked at clients home

The blended Tomato-Bell Pepper soup, topped with ground smoked paprika

The polenta cooling, topped with olive oil, will be cut into triangles tomorrow, the client will broil it or saute it at their home

Own grown, now sliced and sprinkled with sea salt to remove any bitter juices, Asian eggplants do not need this procedure as they are naturally sweet.


Hello all, well we have had some more odd weather this week, cold days and mainly sunny and warm, last night more snow fell on local mountains but we in the LA basin just had a cloudy evening.
Last night was cool, mid 50f's and today is a brisk 62F, it is taking ages for my wholewheat sourdough cinnamon-raisin breads to prove for the second time...I hope to have them baked before 4pm!

Also the BEST, easy recipe for Marinara Sauce is in my first book "Recipes For Success" only available on www.amazon/kindle.com  but the book and cook properly!
Here are some photos from this week, enjoy.

Malibu in far distance

Sta Monica Pier

Looking due south over Sta Monica Bay towards Palos Verdes in far distance



In my garden today

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