Author: lobstah

  • Dried Scallop Congee (Conpoy Congee)

    Dried Scallop Congee (Conpoy Congee)

    In a pressure cooker, combine ¼ cup (45g) dried scallops ¾ cup (170g) white rice 8 cups water Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes, let cool for 15 minutes and then release remaining pressure. Add salt to taste, probably about 1 to 1½ tsp salt Serve with your favorite condiments: I like pickled mustard […]

  • Gigantes


    Pick through 2 cups picked over dried large lima beans removing any foreign objects (rocks) you find. Place them in a 3-quart saucepan, cover them with plenty of water and soak them overnight, at least 5 hours. Drain off the water and add fresh water to cover them by at least two inches, add  2-3 […]

  • Dal Masala

    Heat Soak all day or overnight 1 cup black lentils½ cup kidney beans Drain the beans and place in pressure cooker. Mince the following 1 medium onion2 medium tomatoesa 1-inch piece of ginger4-5 garlic cloves and add to pressure cooker along with 4 cups water1 tsp cumin seeds or ½ tsp cumin powder½ tsp red […]

  • Potato Soup

    Combine in a large saucepan or small stock pot 4 large or 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 large onion, peeled and pierced in several places with a knife 1 carrot, peeled and diced 2 teaspoons salt Cover with water, a couple of inches above the level of the other ingredients. Bring it to […]

  • Colonial Poppy Seed Cake

    Combine ½ cup poppy seeds (2-ounce jar) ¾ cup milk Let stand at room temperature three or four hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Let remaining ingredients warm to room temperature. Place all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer, including poppy seed-milk mixture 3 eggs ¾ cup softened unsalted butter (should be very soft) 1¼ […]

  • Blueberry Sauce

    This recipe makes a good topping for cheese Blintzes. See the recipe for Cheese Filling for Blintzes. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine 2 cups blueberries (frozen are fine) 1 TBL butter 2 TBL lemon juice ½ tsp cornstarch pinch of salt and cook over a medium-low heat, stirring as it comes to a gentle boil. […]

  • Cheese Filling for Blintzes

    Cheese Filling for Blintzes

    First off, the amount of farmer cheese is a range because the primary producer of packaged farmer cheese, Friendship Dairies, has reduced the size of their packages from eight ounces to seven. If you can buy farmer cheese in bulk, buy the larger amount, but also, don’t bother buying 3 packages of farmer cheese just […]

  • Oniony Potato Filling

    Oniony Potato Filling

    This is a large recipe, suitable if you are making 3-4 dozen Blintzes, I would guess. My mother would often make larger batches of this filling with 5 pounds of potatoes and 3 pounds of onions. It is dense. Very dense. Peel and dice 1¼ pounds yellow or white onions In a large skillet, heat […]

  • Blintzes


    While this might sound like a big production, in fact you can throw these together pretty quickly once you’ve done it a couple times. The entire process consists of these steps: make the filling(s), make the batter, cook the blintz wrappers, form the blintzes, cook them, eat them. I prefer to make the filling first […]

  • Summer Squash with Mint

    Summer Squash with Mint

    The measurements in this recipe are vague. Don’t let it throw you. When shopping, look for the squash with the smallest diameter. They should be cylindrical in shape more than bulging or the seeds will overwhelm the results. Using careful knife skill, a mandoline or other gadget, cut very small summer squash (1 per serving) […]

  • Roasted Banana Ice Cream

    Roasted Banana Ice Cream

    Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice 4 bananas (ripe, with a few speckles), cut into ¼-inch slices Toss with 2 TBL vegetable oil 2 TBL brown sugar pinch of salt Spread on parchment paper and bake until caramelized, about 15-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool […]

  • Cullen Skink

    In a shallow broad (frying) pan, place 16 ounces smoked haddock fillets 1 bay leaf 3 cups milk and heat until it’s steaming but don’t let it boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the fish is fully cooked. Turn off the heat, remove the fish to a cutting board, and reserve the milk and bay […]

  • Fresh Herb Kuku

    Fresh Herb Kuku

    Preheat oven to 400º F. Wash and dry the following fresh herbs. 1 bunch scallions 2 bunches fresh parsley 2 bunches fresh cilantro 2 bunches fresh dill For the parsley, discard the stems and keep the leaves. For the cilantro, trim away the bottom part of the bunches, keeping the remaining stems. For the dill, […]

  • Peach-Sweet Tea Sherbet

    The book Hello, My Name is Ice Cream is an outstanding source of information and recipe ideas for ice cream. I found the amount of almond flavor overwhelming and suggest a smaller amount here. Peel 3 large fresh peaches If using frozen peaches make sure they are peeled. Cut the peaches into chunks and heat in a […]

  • Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt

    The recipe in Hello, My Name is Ice Cream is a much more nuanced description of how to make this frozen yogurt, giving you a number of options for thickeners (“texture agents”) and it has a more subtle mango flavor. I pushed up the mango puree volume substantially. I encourage you to track down the book […]