Pasta, Recipes

babybella angel hair

Babybella Angel Hair served with Fyl's Chicken Parmesan (infinitely better than your average Chicken Parmesan!)

18 ounces (approximately), angel hair pasta cooked al dente
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup chopped baby Portabella  mushrooms
1 to 2 tsp crushed red chili
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp minced garlic, divided
1/3 cup red wine
handful of parsley springs
handful of basil leaves
1 cup whole black olives
1 cup diced, seeded fresh firm Roma tomatoes
salt to taste
Parmesan cheese, generous helping (optional)

Heat olive and butter in large, deep skillet. Lightly brown onions. Add mushrooms red chili, pepper 1/2 Tbsp garlic and salt to taste. When mushrooms are well cooked. add wine, parsley and basil. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Taste for salt. And the rest of the ingredients and toss.

Main Dish, Personal Ramblings, Recipes

black beans

3 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes (pureed if you don’t like chunks)
1 cup chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder (more or less)
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)
1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
2 bay leaves (optional)
2 cups water
salt to taste
garnish with one or all of these: chopped green onions, sliced fresh radish, shredded cheese.
cooked rice  Mix everything together in a heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to boil, then simmer for at least an hour. Serve over hot rice (Jez sprinkles sharp cheddar on it). You can throw all the ingredients in a crock pot and set it on low in the morning and it will be ready for dinner. Serve on top of cooked rice.
Recipes, Rice

vegetable fried rice

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sliced onions
1 tsp ginger grated
2 cups chopped vegetables (Any combination of the following)
Green beans
Bamboo shoot
1 Tbsp soy sauce or 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups cooked rice
salt to taste

Heat oil in wok or wide, deep skillet. Add onion and ginger. Saute for about a minute. Add vegetables, salt, and soy sauce or cilantro. Stir fry on high heat for 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp and tender. Stir in rice.

Optional: garnish with scrambled eggs.