Saturday, September 15, 2012

Crab and Mushroom Frittata

On the rare occasion when we have Dungeness Crab for dinner and the even rarer occasion when there is leftovers, I make a frittata for breakfast the next morning.


1 cup crabmeat
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions stalks, sliced
2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh herbs (whatever you have available)
5 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

Beat the eggs and set aside.  Heat a heavy cast iron pan and add approproximately 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Fry the garlic until lightly brown.  Add the mushrooms, saute for two minutes.  Add eggs.  Add the crabmeat on top of the eggs.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Lower heat to low and cover.  Cook until the egg sets.  This will take approximately 10 minutes or less.  When the eggs are cooked, sprinkle with fresh herbs.  Serve with potatoes or bread.

Serves 3 to 4.

KBLT - Kalua Chicken, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

One of my son and his friend's favorite meal is when I make them a Kalua chicken sandwich.  A short cut to making Kalua Chicken can be found here  or here via the slow cook method as opposed to the buried in a hot pit method.

The following is my simple recipe for this ono sandwich.  But if you have hungry young men and his friend, you may want to make two for each.

Kalua Chicken or pork (cooled)
1 Italian submarine sandwich bread for each (see picture)
1 large ripened garden tomato, thinly sliced or a bunch of ripe grape tomatoes (cut in half)
1 or 2 heads of Manoa lettuce (washed and thoroughly moisture)
1 slice of crispy bacon for each sandwich
Your favorite cheese slice such as provolone and avocado slices are optional.

Lightly toast the buns.  Lightly spread mayonnaise on each side of the inside of the bread.  Add a layer of lettuce leaves, then the kalua chicken, tomatoes and top with a bacon slice and a dash of freshly ground pepper.

Serve immediately.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Some of the Plants in My Garden

Echinachea plants

Native Hawaiian Hibiscus

A vine variety of Jasmine



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beef Stroganoff using Organic Japanese Mushrooms

Marukai is currently celebrating a big anniversary.  That means they put their delectable organic mushrooms from Japan on sale.  Each 3.5 oz package is on sale for $1.99.  I am using the two shown in the photo below in Beef Stroganoff tonight.  Grass-fed ground beef is the substitute for sirloin tonight.  Yogurt is the substitute for sour cream.  I still can't decide whether to serve this dish with rice or pasta.  (We had pasta last night).

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Plants in Garden - Early September

Heirloom Cantaloupe
Started from seeds in the ground. It was recently moved to a raised bed when the true leaves emerged.  The leaves were drooping.  Reason for this was that there were ants under the leaves.  This means an aphid problem.  Treatment:  Lavender soap sprayed on leaves.

Bush Beans

These too were started from seeds sowed directly in the ground.  It is producing slowly at least 2 beans a day.  I thought about transplanting them into a raised bed but since they are already producing beans I decided to leave them alone.  PROBLEM:  ground is compacted.

I save the potatoes that have sprouted eyes and plant them directly into the ground.  I have successfully grown baby potatoes but not full grown potatoes.  The longer the potatoes are in the ground the older they get not bigger.  I don't know why.

Olena (Turmeric) surrounded by Purslane
It is taking a long time for the turmeric plants to grow but I think it will be well worth it!  I need to shade the plants from the long direct sun.  As you can tell from the photos the tips are drying.