What I Made: Three Cup Chicken with Shishito Peppers and Purple Basil; Swordfish with Cherry Tomatoes and Anchovy Sauce; and Plum and Blueberry Torte

 

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Three Cup Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 2-to-3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into coins, approximately 12
  • 12 cloves of garlic (or more to taste), peeled
  • 4 whole scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • a bunch of shishito peppers
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless or bone-in, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined or light brown sugar
  • ½ cup rice wine
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 cups purple basil

Preparation:

 

  1. Heat a wok over high heat and add 2 tablespoons sesame oil. When the oil shimmers, add the ginger, garlic, scallions and peppers, and cook until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the aromatics to the sides of the wok, add remaining oil and allow to heat through. Add the chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and crisping at the edges, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir to combine, then add the rice wine and soy sauce, and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat, then simmer until the sauce has reduced and started to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the basil and stir to combine.

Swordfish with Cherry Tomatoes and Anchovy Sauce:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb swordfish, if using Mermaid’s Garden’s, cut in half
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 3 Tbsp.  Olive Oil
  • a branch of purple basil
  • ½ Cup  White Wine
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Put 2 Tbsp. olive oil oil, anchovy, garlic and jalapeno in a heavy sauté pan that has a tight fitting lid. Place the pan over medium-low heat until the anchovy begins to break down a bit, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, basil, wine and a bit of salt to the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high, place the lid on the pan and cook about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes have released their juices and are nice and cooked. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, season both sides of the swordfish with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy pan over medium-high heat, when hot add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until desired doneness is reached.
  4. Spoon sauce onto fish and enjoy.

Plum and Blueberry Torte

So, I just got back from Maine and have a boatload of blueberries, so I threw some in. You don’t have to…I mostly made this for all those plums we’ve been getting. I followed the Marian Burros’ Original Plum Torte recipe that’s published every year in the Times. It’s easy. And delicious. You should definitely make it.

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Ingredients:

  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup unbleached flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 halves pitted purple plums
  • 1 pint blueberries (or omit and double the plums)
  • Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping

Preparation:

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
  3. Spoon the batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10 inches. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, depending on how much you like cinnamon.
  4. Bake 1 hour, approximately. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze if desired. Or cool to lukewarm and serve plain or with whipped cream. (To serve a torte that was frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.)

 

 

What I Made:Grilled Veggies and Halloumi Cheese; Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Salad and Sweet & Sour Eggplant with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Grilled Veggies and Halloumi Cheese:

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So, this one you can pretty much throw whatever else you want into the mix, too. Here was my take:

Ingredients:

  • Halloumi Cheese
  • All of my thin white eggplants from this week’s share
  • Shishito peppers
  • Zucchini (I happened to have one I got at the farmer’s market in Maine)
  • Scallions

Preparation:

  1. Heat up a grill, or a cast iron skillet
  2. Thinly slice all ingredients
  3. Brush all ingredients with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Grill everything up. I had to go in batches, so I started with eggplant, then added peppers and cheese and then zucchini and scallions (though I sliced my zucchini very thin, so it took less time)
  5. Eat

This is great! And worked at room temperature the next day for lunch at work, too.

Tomato, Watermelon, Basil Salad

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I served this with the Sweet & Sour Eggplant dish, so, only one photograph for both.

Tomato, Watermelon, Basil Salad

Chop tomatoes and watermelon and throw into a bowl. Sprinkle with feta or ricotta salata and coarsely torn basil leaves. Toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt.

Sweet & Sour Eggplant with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds, halved lengthwise then cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ pounds tomatoes, grated or peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh mint

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, and oil it with olive oil. Lay the eggplant slices on top. Salt lightly and brush with olive oil. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the eggplant is lightly browned and soft to the touch (the surface will be dry). Remove from the heat, and fold over the foil to make a packet around the eggplant slices. Allow them to soften and steam inside the foil for 15 minutes while you proceed with Step 2.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy lidded casserole or skillet. Add the garlic. Cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, salt to taste, sugar and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until the tomatoes have cooked down and smell very fragrant.
  3. Add the eggplant, molasses and chickpeas. Cover and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. The mixture should be thick and the eggplant should be very tender, melting into the mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle on the parsley and/or mint, and serve. Alternately, allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.