Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Red Beet Dumplings, Mache & Golden Beet Miso Broth

Creative Cooking Crew Jan 14: Dumplings



It is great to be posting in 2014.  Hope you are all having a fabulous start to the new year.  I have not been blogging lately.  Life is quite hectic, (in the best possible way), right now for me.  2014 is setting up to be an incredibly exciting, game-changing year.

When I started this blog in 2010, I posted A LOT.  Food blogging was a thrill.  Sharing my food photos.  Meeting some nice like-minded cooks to share with.

Also, meeting some real assholes I'd rather forget.

The truth is that in time I realized there are many aspects of blogging that do not appeal to me at all.  Posting recipes is a pain in the ass.  Especially when you tend to have multiple component courses like I do. Posts tend to get LONG and attention spans are SHORT.  Not a good equation.

The "comment game" is tedious and mind-numbing...

My point is that there are numerous reasons why my post activity is way down.

With that said, this tiny blog started as a labor of love for me.  I love cooking.  I love pushing myself in the kitchen.  It feeds my creative soul.

Somewhere along the line things changed but...

In 2014, I plan to pick things back up again.  So, thank you.  Yes, you.  That one person still reading here.  I will continue to share with my food with...YOU.  Hope you enjoy it...

I am excited that our cooking group is still going.  It's been a long time now.  Glad this thing is still here. Through a few incarnations.  I always get inspired by collaboration.  Cooking with this group of talented folks really is an honor.

This month we tackle dumplings.  I decided to use beets.  The market is abundant with fantastic beets these days.  This is a most nutritious and delicious veggie.

Plus, so vibrantly colorful...

Red Beet Dumplings, Mache & Golden Beet Miso Broth



I know.  I know.  The photo sucks.  Normally I photograph outside.  This past weekend was impossible for me to work on this stuff.  So, this is a photo taken inside my condo.  Que mierda!

Moving on....

Both varieties of beets offer great flavor and amazing color contrast.  All the veggies were oven-roasted.  In my mind intensifying all flavors throughout the course.  Making the finished product something truly sublime.

My wife is not a beet fan at all.  She enjoyed the hell out of this course.

Red Beet Dumpling Filling:
  • Red Beets
  • Yellow Onion
  • Anchovie Fillets
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Sea Salt
  • White Pepper
Golden Beet Miso Broth
  • Golden Beets
  • Miso
  • Yellow Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
I roast my veggies wrapped in foil.  Oven at 400 F.  For about 50 minutes.  Works for me.

Thanks again for dropping by.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks and months.

Be Well!


14 comments:

  1. Glad you got your mojo back. Don't you dare give up blogging! I love your authentic, oft times spicy, narratives -- and I'll happily take my food in courses, well-presented and creatively inspiring as I always find here.

    Love this dish -- how clever of you to put anchovies in the dumpling filling.

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  2. Laz. You KNOW what I'm thinking so I won't say it. Actually- yes, I will- TOTALLY agree with everything. Trying to get it together and get myself back. Blogging has changed- don't know if I can deal, but your brilliance will always rise above. Stay true to you. This is GORGEOUS
    On another note- Michelle, how can you not like BEETS? Blasphemy! LOL

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  3. Laz, I'm excited that we are close just a tiny bit in concept. I love your broth way better. I show soup just as an option. I love beets and I'm glad that they are coming into glory here, sitting with that earthy broth.

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  4. I am dying to see just the dumpling - I love the broth

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  5. Thrilled to see you post, Laz, especially as I understand where you're coming from on the blogging stuff. It takes so much time- the paradox is that my kids say I make less in the kitchen since I started to blog!
    Who cares about the photo quality: it looks fabulous, tasty and love your different beets used, that you roast them. Always love your writing style, how you make us laugh and really look forward to future posts.

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  6. Laz I know what you mean Laz...but I am glad to get a glimpse of you at least once a month. Te adoro y este plato tambien!

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  7. Great idea for the dumplings, especially with the color contrasts. Glad to be seeing more of you online soon.

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  8. Woot woot!! It's so exciting to see LC come back to life! :D I cannot wait to see what's to come. The photo is not totally horrible by the way. Looks good to me! :D and it all sounds very good.

    Cheers to a productive, delicious and fulfilling year my friend! :D

    Toodles~

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  9. I like having a few people I keep in touch with through blogs. Just a few words sometimes to let them know I am reading and vice versa. I know some are phony as hell but so many like-minded food lovers too.

    That said, fun dish. Beet gnocchi is one of my favorite things so a dumpling would be right up my alley.

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  10. What a lovely take on dumplings! Also, I'm glad to see you looking forward to posting more this year! I'm always happy to see your creativity on your blog, Laz :-D

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  11. Hey Laz, I am glad to hear that things are going so well for 2014! I agree with you about blogging and because I do it for my business too, I keep going. These challenges are great for me because it gives me something to post about. During high season when I'm busy (now) I don't always have time to play about in the kitchen enough to blog about it, so the CCC is a great topic for me every month. Also, I stopped putting recipes and step by step a long time ago, I no longer want to share that intellectual property for free. I also feel you on shooting outdoors and am in the same boat as you, esp with it getting dark so early. Now, about those beet dumplings, I normally wouldn't like a beet dumpling either but if Michelle likes them, I would too (we seem to have the same tastes!) Keep up the good work, brother.

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  12. I know what you mean about blogging. I go back and forth on whether I love it or hate it. Still trying to get in the frame of mind that I do it because I love food and when it becomes a chore then I'll stop doing it.
    I have only really had beets roasted or pickled. I love the miso base in this so I'm sure it will be a hit.

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  13. It is crazy how consuming blogging can be - I feel like I spend much less time in the kitchen and more on the non fun parts of it. I'm sorta trying to find my way to a new, saner balance for this year.

    I am not a fan of beets, but I really really want to try this dish! awesome job!

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  14. You had me at golden beets miso. And funny, the first thing I noticed was your slightly out of focus photo! Because your photos ROCK! Life is indeed full of change-good for you. Happy to see your post.

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