Jack is Cooking Mattar Batata… Or something Similar

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as part of my continuing experimentation in learning to cook indian food, i made a tomato based curry with potatoes and green beans.  The Recipe i started with called it Mattar Batata, and was made with potatoes and green peas (Green Peas are called Mattar).  However i didn’t have any green peas, and instead i had beans.  So the name Mattar Batata is not really correct and this should really be called something else, probably with the name Aloo in it (Aloo is potatoes).

Anyhow its very easy to make.

Heres what i used in my made up curry based off of Mattar Batata.  As with my other recipes for indian food i will divide the spices into groups, for when they need to be added to the mix.

3 Tbspns Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 dried red chillies (broken)
1/2 teaspoon asafetida

1 lb Potatoes (cut into one inch cubes)
2 Carrots (diced)
1/2 an onion (diced)
1 clove garlic (diced)

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon sugar

A Handful of green beans (put your two hands together and however many beans fit in there.  thats how many you need!! )

1 tomato (finely diced)
1 80z can crushed tomatoes

So first!

Organize your Spices into two bowls, and have them ready.

Heat up the oil in a medium sized pot, and add in Spice Group A:


 Cook for about 10 seconds, and then add in the onions, garlic, and carrots.  stir and cook until the onions are a little wilted, and then add the potatoes.  fry the potatoes until they start going brown.  don’t worry if they are sticking, let them stick.  This will add to the flavor!

Once the Potatoes are browned add in Spice Group B:


Stir them together and then add half a cup of water (it won’t cover it completely).  Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes (or until the potatoes are soft).  The water will mostly boil off at this point, but some should remain.

At this point you can add in the beans, the tomato, and the crushed tomatoes, and simmer for a further 5-7 minutes – or until the beans are tender, but still a little crunchy (As good beans should be!)
Everything in the Pot

and that’s it!  Serve it with some Rice.


Jack is Cooking Root Vegetable and Leek Soup

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This past sunday, julie and i decided to make a Root Vegetable and Leek Soup!
its very easy to make.
heres what you need
1 leek
1 potato
1 rutabaga
3 carrots
3 parsnips
1 onion
2 inches of ginger
chicken stock (3-4 cups)
salt and pepper (1/2 tablespoon each- more pepper if you want)
half and half (1/2 cup)
first chop everything up into 2 inch cubes (except the ginger.  chop that up pretty finely)
then with a little butter sauté the carrots, onions, ginger, and parsley for about 5 minutes, or until the onions start getting a little clear
put the rest of the vegetables in the pot with the chicken stock (enough that all the vegetables are covered)
cook for about 45 minutes.  at this point all the veggies should be nice and soft.  take a potato masher
and mash them all together.  i prefer the masher to an immersion blender, because i like it still a little chunky.  then add in the half and half, the salt and pepper, and the cinnamon (just a dash)
cook it for 15 more minutes, then serve.  i served it with a spoon of greek yogurt, some chives, and a dash more cinnamon
mmmm mmmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Christmas Dinner

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So the last 10 posts have all been about Christmas Dinner, and i made so many things, that they’ve been pushed off the main page here.  so i decided to make one conglomerate posting with everything i made!

Heres what Rosie and I made (if you click on the links you will be taken to the individual post):

Gluten Free Croissants
Gluten Free Chipolata Sausages
Gluten Free Pancetta Chestnut Stuffing
Ginger-Garlic Brussel Sprouts with Leeks
Mashed Carrots and Swedes
Roast Potatoes
Roast Turkey
Glazed Ham
Turkey Gravy
Gluten Free Mini Key Lime Meringue Pies
the Leftover Sandwich

Enjoy, and Happy Christmas to Everybody!


Jack is Cooking Roast Potatoes

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Heres how to make Roast Potatoes!

unfortunately i forgot to take pictures!  i was so busy making everything, that somehow it slipped my mind…

anyway parboil the potatoes.  this means boil them until the surface is soft, but not the center.
strain.  in the colander swirl them around.  the idea here is to get the outside of the edges (which is now soft) all rough.

then take them and put them back in the pot, and add in a sprinkling of Gluten Free All Purpose Flour  (or regular flour)  swirl them around until they are coated.

take a roasting pan and put some oil.  put this pan in the oven and heat up the oil.
 when the oil is hot, take the potatoes and put them in the pan coating them in the oil.  put the pan back in the oven and roast until they are golden brown.  it should take an hour or so.(you’ll have to turn them every now and then)

mmm mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking a Spanish Omelette (Tortilla)

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Tonight I am making a Spanish Omelette, also known as a Tortilla.  My mom used to make this for me all the time when i was a kid.  its delicious and very easy to make.  I have thrown in a little twist to the standard omelette but otherwise the method is the same.

First I put some onions and potatoes that I had sliced very thinly into a pan with a good amount of olive oil. Next I added some broccoli, but only the stalk of the broccoli which I also sliced very thinly.

Here is everything in the pan:

i cooked everything in the oil over a medium low heat for about 20 minutes.  then i turned the heat up quite high just for 5 minutes, to give the potatoes a little crispy edge around the outsides, and to get the onions to caramelize just a bit.

after that i took 4 eggs that i scrambled and poured them over the potatoes

let that cook a little bit and then when the omelette is mostly cooked its time to flip it.  you need to use a plate.  slide the omelette onto a plate so that the uncooked eggs are still on the top.  now then holding the plate in your strong hand, put the pan upside down over the plate.  then flip!

cook it for just a minute or two more and then slide it back onto the plate.  and your done!

its good with some salad, and some toast.

its quite filling so i will have leftovers for lunch tomorrow also!

Ingredients list:

olive oil