Sunday Brunch @ Casa d’Amado: Buttermilk Pancakes w/ Drunken Raspberry Sauce, Egg Over Easy, Crispy Csabai Chips

8 May

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Katis wanted American style pancakes.  I normally like to enjoy them with eggs and bacon, but we didn’t have any bacon, so I improvised using Csabai sausage instead.


Basic Buttermilk Pancake Recipe:

  • 1cup Flour
  • 1cup Buttermilk
  • 1large Egg
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tbsp sugar

Drunken Raspberry Sauce:

  • Frozen raspberries
  • Butter
  • Scotch/Whiskey
  • Sugar
  • Water as needed
  • Salt as needed

Start the raspberries with a knob or two of butter. Poor some whiskey and simmer until the alcohol is cooked out. Add sugar and continue to simmer to reduce by half. Add water and salt as needed. 

Rend the fat from sliced Csabai until the sausage slices are crispy. Use that fat to fry the eggs.

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Vegan Summer Rolls @ Casa d’Amado

21 Feb


Bib Lettuce, rice vermicelli, seared seasoned tofu strips, julienned cucumber, marinated soy protein (chicken style) , shredded carrot, mung bean sprouts, scallions, Thai basil wrapped in rice sheets served with peanut sauce and paired with elder flower lemonade. Sounds strange?
It’s delicious!

I wanted to prepare something special for Katis.  It’s been too long since I’ve gifted her with a gastrorgasm.  These rolls set the pace for a memorable weekend of food and dancing.

Saturday Cookout @ Casa d’Amado: Grilled Marinated Chicken Skewers and grilled Corn in husk

17 Aug


Sunny 25C Saturday perfect for a cookout featuring grilled chicken skewers and grilled corn. 

Marinade:  I emulsified a small onion, a couple of garlic cloves, thyme, sweet paprika powder, curry powder, salt, crushed black pepper, lime juice, & olive oil.

I let the chicken bits sit in the marinade for a couple of hours.  Other good stuff for the skewers included yellow unions, red peppers, mushrooms, and Csabai.  Many of my friends back home love to cook with Chorizo, but I prefer my favorite Hungarian sausage the Csabai. When mounting everything on the skewers, I made sure that the chicken was nestled tightly between a slice of Csabai and a piece of onion or pepper.  The corn, I just tossed it onto the grill husk and all.  While gilling the skewers, I occasionally basted them with a freshly squeezed lime.  Paired it all with a good beer (I recommend a non pasteurized Czech Beer).

Saturday Dinner @ Casa d’ Amado

30 Jun

Fried Rice Fried Eggs and Smoked Sardines

Ok, not the healthiest of meals, but the flavors are amazing.
I rended the fat from diced Csabai (a spicy Hungarian sausage that kicks the shit out of chorizo) and sauteed some diced onions. Added a knob of unsalted butter and tossed in some mixed veggies. Added two day old steamed rice and salt & pepper to taste. Fried three eggs at a very high temperature in oil (almost Dominican style deep fried) to give the eggs a nice crispy bottom, then gently flipped the eggs over for a few seconds and then removed from heat. Plated rice, topped with the eggs, and garnished with Smoked Sardines.

Sunday Dinner @ Casa d’Amado

9 Jun

It’s been a very long while since I’ve cooked something exotic for myself and my son. For this evening’s dinner, I decided to bring together my Asian roots with my love of Jamaica putting a twist of Thai into Jamaican pepper pot chicken served with steamed rice.  For dessert, something fun… Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew ice cream with espresso caramel apples.  Yum!

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Tuesday dinner @ Casa d’ Katinszkaja: Asparagus & Shitake Ramen

8 May

Asparagus & Shitake Ramen

Katis & I picked up some beautiful asparagus at the market, so for dinner tonight we had asparagus & shitake ramen.  It was delicious.

Dinner @ Casa d’Amado: Parmesan Herb Crusted Catfish on Garden Penne

7 Aug


With a negative balance in the bank and two days until payday, Katis and I have had to pool our provisions since our return from Budapest two weeks ago. Thankfully we were both fairly well stocked with dry goods such as legumes, pasta, and rice. I had saved some old rolls which I grated into breadcrumbs and combined them with herbs de Provence, grated parmesan, salt & pepper, which I used to bread some catfish portions I had in the freezer. Tossed cooked Penne with olive oil into sautéed garden vegetable medley and grated parmesan, and we had ourselves one hellofa meal.


Seasoned Catfish Portions


Homemade seasoned breadcdumbs


Ready to cook