About This Blog

This is, as the title indicates, my kitchen notebook (the header is actually a scanned image of the cover of a notebook that I started using about 25 years ago and the background is a stained page from that book). I am not a professional recipe writer. If you try any recipe here, please keep that in mind, these recipes have not been tested by an independent tester. The "recipes" are often not even really recipes but rather a list of ingredients that I've noted after preparing a dish on the fly that I thought came out well. Perhaps I've also added some instructions, but I rarely keep accurate track of what I've done in terms of time or temperature, I've just noted to the best of my memory (feeble) what I did.

Please feel free to take some inspiration from here, but on the other hand, please give credit where it is due. I also welcome any constructive comments that you might have if you are inspired to try a recipe. Questions are welcome, but keep in mind that I may not remember specifics. The dishes do evolve over time...

Thank you and enjoy!

Grilled Spring Onion Salsa

An unexpected bounty of spring onions prompted me to experiment. This very chunky salsa was one result. Allow the salsa to sit at room temperature for a few hours to allow the dried tomatoes to soften and the flavors to meld.

25 ounces fresh spring onions, grilled, thinly sliced
1 ounce dried Fiaschetto tomatoes, cut in slivers, or any dried tomatoes not packed in oil
1 teaspoon Mareko Fana pepper flakes, or other medium hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fish sauce (Red Boat brand is my favorite)
2 teaspoons pomegranate concentrate (aka pomegranate molasses)
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 - 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Mix everything together in a non-reactive bowl. Store in the refrigerator.

Goat Cheese and Avocado Toasts
with Grilled Spring Onion Salsa

Serving ideas, spoon generously on top of...

- Goat cheese and avocado toasts
- Ricotta toasts
- Smashed beans on toasts
- White bean salad
- White beans and tuna
- Olive oil packed tuna on toasts
- Olive oil packed sardines on toasts (or without toasts)
- Pasta or rice
- Pasta or rice with shrimp or chicken
- Grilled shrimp or chicken or tuna or other seafood
- Grilled asparagus
- Grilled chard stems

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