Haute Hot Food

Only for the adventurous in eating that want to tantalize their taste-buds and make food dance on their palate.

For I am not afraid of letting the food
overtake my desires, nor am I afraid of letting my desires be my food. Food is my expression, not just my livelihood. Cooking is my art, not out of responsibility, but purely out of passion.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Going Green!

Everywhere I turn, I hear the phrase "GO GREEN". Seems as though everybody doing it from new grocery bags, separate trash cans, recyclable foil and chip bags, to drop boxes for old electronics, and even the new canvas shoes made from other pre-used materials!
Yes, I'm following the trend! I'm coming out and GOING GREEN! Maybe not in the way you are thinking......
If you know me at all, my passion is to get others out of their square, brown, boring and predictable box. This one is sure to broaden not only your palette, but your concepts, as well.
Why does a dip always seem to fall into 3 basic categories: bean based, sour cream based, or salsa. Let me be very clear here. I adore dips all kinds of spread and dips, but there are times I need to be stretched and my palette needs a change.
Many people shy away from so many flavors or cuisines and continually make the same three or four recipes for every football game, birthday party, or holiday gathering. How do you feel about curry? What are your thoughts about about Indian? Before I loose your interest, and you eyes, let me say that until a couple of years ago, I had never bought curry powder! I liked to eat Indian, but why would I want to learn how to make it or even use the spice associated with it? I bought it, tried it, and now have created new concepts and recipes for all my parties! This recipe brings all the senses in your mouth to a new level and takes you out of the predictable dip rut we all seem to find ourselves in.
Come out of your brown recyclable box, and GO GREEN!

Curried Spit Pea “Hummus”

1LB Green Split Peas
5 cloves of garlic
1 small eggplant
4 toasted red dried chilies
2c. Plain yogurt
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 TBL white wine vinegar
1 TBL Madras Curry powder
1/3 -2/3 c. Olive oil

Preheat oven 450.
Cut eggplant lengthwise rub with 1 TBL Olive Oil. Roast on baking sheet 20-25 minutes. Cool and scrape inside out
Boil peas in 2 qt. pot. Cook peas until tender about 30 minutes. Drain.
Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor.
Pulse until mixed well.
While motor is running, add oil until creamy.
Serve this yummy spread in a shallow bowl, or plate, topped with Cilantro Ginger Chutney and pita chips and cucumber slices.

Cilantro Ginger Chutney

3 green onions cut into 2-inch lengths
2 small Serrano chilies
1 (1 1/4-inch-long) piece peeled fresh ginger roughly chopped
2 c. Cilantro, packed
2 TBL fresh lime juice
2 TBL water
3 TBL plain whole-milk yogurt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

With small processor running, add green onions, chilies, and ginger through feed tube; process until minced. Add cilantro, lime juice, and water. Process until smooth. Add yogurt, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Keep chilled.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Oh, where have you gone??

After years of harsh reality about "homemade" in the restaurant business, I decided it is my quest for freshness. When I go to eat Italian food, I want authentic food and fresh pasta. The same goes for Mexican. I want fresh sauces (not pools of grease) and homemade tortillas. Is that so much to ask for?? Obviously, it is, but I have found a great 5 table Mexican hole -in- the- wall in my town that produces the most amazing homemade corn tortillas that your taste buds have ever experienced. I will forgo the Guisada, and Relleno, and stick strictly to the tortillas and hand formed Gorditas! I seem to find a few places that serve fresh flour tortillas, but corn seems to be a novelty. If I find them, I want them....and l want lots of them!! I have found that taking the extra time to hand form and roll these wonderful vehicles for even more fabulous of meats, is truly appreciated. I seem to go out if my way and over indulge if I know it has truly taken extra moments, and extra care to serve me truly authentic food! Thank you to La Flor, and Urban Taco.....you have both pleased my palette!

Here is my take on wonderful hand-formed mesa cakes (sopes) that I had the privilege to share at Texas' Largest Food and Wine Festival....Grapefest!!

Chipotle Roasted Pork Served on Fresh Sopes and topped with Serrano Mango Slaw


4-5lb Shoulder Pork Roast
1/2cup Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Chipotle Powder
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
1-teaspoon ground toasted Cumin Seeds
1-teaspoon ground toasted Coriander
1 Spanish white onion sliced
Mix all dry ingredients together and rub on roast until coated. Top with onions. Wrap roast in foil and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 275 and roast until tender enough to shred with a fork. About 5 hours. (OR place in slow cooker ). Shred and keep warm until ready to use

Serrano Mango Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup finely shredded green cabbage
1 medium carrot, grated
1 small red onion finely sliced
3 Serrano peppers, deseeded and minced
1 ripe mango, diced
Combine and toss with dressing. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes

1/4-cup fresh limejuice
1/4-cup olive oil
2 -3 tablespoons honey
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
Salt to taste


2 cups masa harina
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
Canola oil, for frying

Mix flours, baking powder, and salt, and add the warm water. You may need a little more warm water to make moist, smooth dough.
Make balls the size of a walnut, a few at a time, and keep the dough in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out. Moisten a cloth napkin and spread out on a flat surface. Roll each ball of dough in moistened palm of you hand until smooth, lay on the damp towel, cover with a plastic bag, and press down with your hand to flatten to the size of a silver dollar. Heat a cast iron skillet and add enough canola oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When hot, slide the patties into the hot oil and fry until they are a light golden brown and slightly crisp on top, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels

To assemble: Top warm sopes with meat, slaw, and garnish with Mexican Crema!

Only for those......