Green chili polenta

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Today polenta, and as usual, a variety of season produce.

2013-08-19

I cooked the polenta grain. Added minced and salted sweet green chili, small bits of hot chili (red). Pepper, nutmeg. Let chill overnight in a mold. Then put on a dish, paint with olive oil and pass a few minutes under the grill. Pour a little tomato juice around in the dish. Serve hot.

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Frozen cotton tofu (momendofu). I froze the whole block in its water. Thawed. Press to push out the water, cut in cubes. As you can see, it has a bread like texture now.

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Stir-fried frozen tofu with eringi mushroom, garlic, olive oil.

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Na no hana no ohitashi (rape blossoms). They are blanched and refreshed. With tomato juice agar jelly.

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Edamame pesto salad. Boiled edamame, onion, yellow pepper, the broken leaves of na no hana. I mixed in a leftover of sesame basil pesto. Let a few hours in the fridge.

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Nashi. Japanese pear.

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Petit jambon antillais (pineapple baked ham)

Jambon de Noël antillais
This is another style of Christmas ham, from the Antilles (French Caribbean islands). That’s addictive. I could eat some in all seasons. It’s fruity, spicy and fun. It’s hard to stop eating it. Probably impossible. That was 3 portions for an animal of the size of the gourmande. I’ve schlurped it all in one sitting, licked the plate, the fingers, the dish.
So you’re warned : Make it at the right size or invite the right number of persons.

It’s a boring white ham but of good quality of meat and not many additives. And they discount them from now. That’s perfect for that kind of recipe.

Shopping list :
-buy one more ham.

The net made indentation, I’ve cut a little further to allow flavor to get inside :

Dark rum, cinnamon sticks, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, black sugar and a little vinegar… and later I’ve added slices of raw ginger, bits of pineapple and juice.

Bagged and put to marinate 2 days in the fridge.

Baked one hour with regular showers of marinade (plus 1 tbs of honey). Then I added more pineapple, poured half of a lemon juice on the top, and I decorated with cloves. Baked again half an hour.

Serve with rice and…

… steamed rape blossoms with lemon.

A sweet potato baked at the same time made the dessert.

Edit of shopping list :
-buy 2 hams… no 3 or 4.