I realize that this recipe has somewhat of an odd name, but fear not as the name doesn’t imply anything unusual at all. In fact the recipe utilizes quite common ingredients other than the fact that it has fish sauce in it, but I’m hoping you have some because if you don’t then you are missing one of the keys to happiness. I promise you fish sauce is like a magic elixir that makes all things umami packed and delicious. Just make sure you find a quality brand like Red Boat who’s ingredients consist of only 2 things; wild caught anchovy and sea salt.
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My mother is a Texas bred woman and is also one of the most selfless human beings on the planet. Everyone that I’ve ever introduced to her has always pointed out that she is the sweetest lady that they have ever met, which I completely agree. The only thing that I’d note is despite her daintiness that some people don’t notice at first is that she is still emblazoned with that burning essence of pure fire breathing southern kick. A sort of hidden tremendous level of strength mentally and physically, and a serious love for barbecue all over her face. I feel that her Texan blood transferred a little in to me so I have a special place in my heart for all things Texas Barbecue. Many a time I kid myself with always concocting the most elegant dishes I can with atypical ingredients but I simply just can’t lie to myself anymore about still loving good old Texas barbecue.
I love various types of ethnic foods and constantly seem to talk about how much I love (x) regions cuisine. Mainly through obsessing over a specific region for weeks on end and then abandoning it for a few months to obsess over another. I’m really trying hard not to seem like an ethnic food floozy with my sporadic ”affairs” with other regional foods but I also can’t help the fact that it looks exactly like I might be. By the way as a side note, that egg yolk is not photoshopped, that is just the work of Yonder Way Farm.
I top a plethora of my meals with various garnishments and flavorings because that’s just how I am. Sure I get by with doing simple dishes without any flavor addition when I’m in a rush, but most of the time I try to keep things interesting by adding some sort of adornment. You know us foodies, and don’t kid yourself, because if you’re a true foodie you will go out of your way to make things a little more extravagant and more of an experience. Typical garnishments like fresh chopped herbs, lemon zest, fresh grated garlic, avocado, fried eggs, poached eggs, heck maybe if you’re feeling fancy you’ll slather some caviar on there. These are all good but most recently my love has been pickled red onions.
I frequently find myself looking for different ways to prepare meats. Sometimes it’s as simple as trying a different cooking method with a frequently used cut but recently I have been looking for cuts of meat that I’ve never even cooked before. Cuts like liver, heart, hocks, feet, neck; pretty much as weird as I can possibly get it. Mainly because I don’t really view it as unusual, instead I view it as just another part of the animal. And as far as I’ve experienced, there is no “bad” part of the animal.
I used to absolutely detest pickles. When living in California my parents and I would go out to some of the best delis where they always started their meal with a plate of pickles. Almost like a palate cleanser. With the fact that I didn’t like them I of course pushed them away and did not eat them. I never understood why they liked them and would wince at every crunch. Fast forward to my current state of mind and way of eating. Seeing as I pretty much eat every vegetable under the sun (except Kale) now I love pickles. Kind of like a switch went off in my brain.
Something about the refreshing crisp crunch followed by that soothing briny taste that tingles on the tongue is just so enticing to me.
Spelling seems to throw me off quite often when it comes to the spelling a recipe that is regional. Many of these recipes seem to have multiple names which sometimes have a purpose that clarifies specific ingredient usage or something releative to that. Most of the time this is not the case and they just seem to have multiple names specified on location of the region which is when it starts throwing me off.
Is it ganoush, ghanoush, ghannouj, ganush, or ghannoug? I’m sure there are others out there, but I think it’s a little unfair to throw these names out there to someone like me that’s slightly OCD. I might be using the term “slightly” a tad loosely though.
Before we get started I just wanted to say that I was nominated for Best Up-and-Coming Young Paleo Blogs in Paleo Magazine and would really appreciate it if you took a quick moment and voted for me here. You can also vote for all your other favorites there for best new cookbook and what not so it should be a pretty fun time. There is even a favorite cooking fat vote; I chose ghee but my mom chose butter, needless to say we’re a butter loving family I guess.
Any who, Boeuf Bourguignon or more commonly known as Beef Bourguignon was first introduced to me through the wondrous and amazing cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Flipping through many of her recipes you might actually notice how many of her recipes happen to actually be incredibly nourishing and healthy, in fact even Paleo! My assumption is because our wonderful friend Julia actually knew what food is.
There are many of us who know and love bacon. Of course there are the few who don’t like it, but we are not going to talk about them. I think even though a lot of people know what bacon is and what it looks like they have never considered making it themselves. Because I don’t really purchase meat from the store, I typically purchase my bacon from Yonder Way Farm but theirs comes completely uncured and unsalted, in fact it’s simply fresh pork belly. Which technically makes it not actual bacon due to the fact that bacon is a cured and preserved meat.
I was completely fine with that for a while because their pork is the best and so incredibly flavorful that it doesn’t really need to be cured. Alas my cravings for salty, piquant porky goodness began to arise so I sought to make my own.
My family has always had a strong attraction to potatoes of all kinds. Among all the many types of starchy root vegatables known as potatoes, sweet potatoes would seem a more seasonal thing. That is until I realized the nutritional benefits compared to regular potatoes. I’ve personally never been a fan of the sweetened up type of sweet potato dishes out there and not just because I abstain to eating processed sugar but I just find it too sweet. If I’m going to be eating a savory main dish then I want a savory side to go along with it.