danistrulytheman

I'm STILL a self confessing, self professing know-it-all, or so I think!


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Grilled Greek

Sometimes pics don’t do the food justice. This is one of those times. Slightly pounded, then marinated chicken breasts … grilled them over hot coals to blacken them. Also grilled the green bean, tomato, and onion salad. And yes, I know I’m feta-heavy, but I REALLY REALLY love my feta, lol. A few pics y’all!!

Salad and chicken (a few olives too) platter

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Blackened chicken – love the dark grill marks

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LOVE this salad

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My plate – w/ grilled pita, a dollop of tzatziki

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Roasted green bean, cremini, & grape tomato salad!

LOVE roasting veggies, this one’s easy peasy … and healthy as hell to boot. First snip, then wash the beans (and tomatoes), wipe clean the creminis with a mushroom brush (or a damp paper towel), then slice in half … season it all liberally with sea salt and freshly ground pepper (oh, I also threw in a few cloves of smashed garlic for added flavour, which I later removed after roasting). Liberally splash with olive oil and toss till coated … evenly spread on a parchment lined baking sheet, and throw into a 450° oven, and half an hour later Bob’s yer uncle!! A coupla pics, enjoy!

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my thick ass ossobuco

Had these sexyshanks a while back with the family … believe me, there’s enough meat here to feed the troops, and then some … finally got around to bloggin’ pics ’bout it. Real easy & simple too … key is to have a butcher who’ll go out of his way for you, willing to work with you … getting the exact piece you ask for, and cutting to your specs. Season liberally with salt and pepper, brown in olive oil … then, add the shanks to 1.5 – 2 litres of the best homemade tomato sauce/passata you have, and bake in a dutch oven at 350° for a couple of hours till falling off the bone tender, the marrow oozing/melting into the sauce. At this point, I pulled out the ossobuco and cut/broke apart into 1-2 inch portions. I also extracted any remaining marrow from the bones, adding it to the sauce, discarding any sinewy/grisly bits as well. Served up family style with my best al dente Italian linguine (sorry, no pics … was crazily rushing around …and stressing, lol)!! 🙄

yeah, thick ass is right …

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browning away #1 …

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… and #2 …

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kale ‘n garlic

… along with rapini … my favourite greens, hands down! Very healthy, and easy to prepare/make too. I grab the bunch, and chop off the bottom (thicker) stalks/stems … wash and rinse 3-4 times quickly, shaking off excess water, yet leaving it wet … heat up my pot, add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and throw in the kale. You can immediately hear it crackle as the cool, watery leaves interact with the hot oil … season liberally with salt, black pepper and put a lid on it. A few minutes later when it’s wilted somewhat, I add the slivered garlic (I find they’ll burn if I add them along with the kale), allowing them to get golden, by that time it’s all done. All that remains is the plating, and tossing on a few chili flakes too. Enjoy!!

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