A Word On Food

Johnny Bread

Feb 13, 2016

JOURNEY BREAD (ALSO KNOWN AS JOHNNY  BREAD AND JOHNNY CAKE)

2016 © All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken, “My Key West Kitchen”

Yield: One 9-inch square pan.

Key Lime Pie

Feb 6, 2016

KEY LIME PIES

by Justin & Norman Van Aken © 2012, “My Key West Kitchen”, Kyle Books

Discos Voladores

Jan 30, 2016

Hash Browns

Jan 23, 2016

HASHED BROWNS

© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

2 russet potatoes, scrubbed well, peeled if desired

1/4 Cup bacon fat or pure olive oil or Clarified Butter (or any combination of them)

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon Spanish pimentón

1 Tablespoon of whole butter

salt and pepper to taste

Shred potatoes into a large bowl filled with cold water. Stir until water is cloudy. Now drain, and cover potatoes again with fresh cold water. Stir again to dissolve excess starch.

Buss Up Shut

Jan 16, 2016

Churros

Jan 9, 2016

CHURROS

Norman Van Aken, © 2001 Excerpted from “New World Kitchen”, HarperCollins Books

These deliciously addicting fried dough strings dusted with sugar and cinnamon, are traditional street desserts sold in many Latin American countries. They are originally from Spain, but the Spanish explorers of the 16th century brought them to the New World and the Mexicans adopted them as their popular street snack. Today, Churros are served as a dessert and they make a great pair with Cajeta or a hot cup of frothy Mexican Chocolate.

Catfish

Dec 26, 2015

FRIED CATFISH

Copyright © by Norman Van Aken, 2015

Although I’m more known for Latin and Asian flavors I still have been fortunate enough to spend many years in a state that is also quite “southern” in its pedigree. One of the most serious complements I have received have been from a number of true born and bred children of the South who have murmured their appreciation for my way with catfish and collards.

Yield: Serves 4

Breaking Bread

Dec 19, 2015

The Sauce Boss

Dec 12, 2015

IRV’S BBQ SAUCE

Knife Skills

Dec 5, 2015

    

Fish Head Soup

Nov 11, 2015

FISH STOCK

Norman Van Aken, © 2011

To make this into Fish Head Soup. Strain this and then cook fresh vegetables, chilies, herbs and potatoes as desired and top it with this stock. Garnish with one cooked well fish head if feeling sportyN.

Yield: 1 Gallon

5 pounds fish frames from non-oily fish (such as Snapper or Grouper)

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 ounces whole Butter

1 head of roughly chopped fennel, all parts included

3 washed and roughly chopped leeks

Buttermilk

Oct 31, 2015

BUTTERMILK BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Janet & Norman Van Aken, © 2013

Yield: 3 + Cups

1 Cup buttermilk

1 3/4 Cups Sour cream

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Champagne wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 large garlic clove minced

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces good blue cheese, well crumbled

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl or blend briefly.

Fish Cheeks

Oct 24, 2015

FISH CHEEKS SATAY WITH SWEET SOY

© 2015 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

 

Kecap Manis is a type of sweet soy sauce condiment similar to American ketchupbut of course not the same exactly either. It can be used in a broad number of sauces, marinades etc. and worth having in your home pantry.

Serves 2

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 habanero chile, stemmed and seeded

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 Tablespoons kecap manis

Pupusas

Oct 19, 2015

PUPUSAS

Norman Van Aken. Adapted from The New York Times 

Yield: 9 Pupusas

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 Cups masa harina

1 ½ Cups warm water

12 ounces mozzarella, grated (or a mix of mozzarella and queso blanco) 

canola oil, as needed

In a large bowl, mix the salt into the masa harina. Stir the water into the masa harina with your hands. Lay a foot-long square of plastic wrap on a work surface. 

Divide the cheese into 9 balls. 

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