Posts filed under ‘cooking’
I bought a new waffle iron to make beglian waffles and soon realized that I couldn’t just use my all purpose pancake/waffle mix (which came out too heavy and dense). But this was the perfect time to try out a yeast waffle recipe. A quick googling got me to http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/belgian-yeast-waffles-recipe and it’s pretty easy. I had recently bought some organic cultured butter which was perfect for this. I whipped it together in the morning and made waffles for lunch and dinner. They are so light and crispy and fluffy in the center. I just picked it up by hand and ate them plain, they need nothing else.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp rose powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp rose water
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3/4 cup almond flour/meal
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Cream together sugar and shortening, then incorporate one egg at a time till completely blended. Add in flavorings (rose powder, rose water, honey, almond extract) and almond flour, mix thoroughly. Then add flour and baking powder with the pinch of salt, mix till smooth. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease pans throughly. Try to under fill the molds, and you can get make 2 batches of the full sized madeleine pans or about 3 batches of minis. Bake for 18 min (for full sized pans, 13-15 for minis) till the top starts to turn golden brown. Cool for 5min before popping them out.
The garden yield a lot of cherry tomatoes, basil and cubanelle peppers (my bell peppers are few and slow growing). I haven’t been using my rosemary with all the basil around, rosemary will last far into autumn. Here I made a pesto with basil, garlic, walnuts, grapeseed oil, and a squeeze of lemon. I spread it on pizza dough coated in olive oil and push in the tomatoes. Since the pesto had no cheese it crumbled when you try to eat it but the flavors were amazing (you can add cheese to the pesto and it might hold together better). If I were to do it again I would fold the dough over the pesto and tomatoes.
I also made a gazpacho by blending the cherry tomatoes till it was liquid with a few cloves of garlic, a tablespoon or two of red wine vinegar, and a few pinches of salt and black pepper. I add in diced up cucumbers, onions, and bell pepper. Topped with lots of torn basil and some olive oil.
The photos make the peppers look large, these are like 5 inches long.
So far I’ve only gotten one pepper to red.
The black bell peppers are really small but cute and tasty. I’ve been throwing them in any dish that needs more veggies.
The tomatoes are coming in fast, while there’s only three peppers out there now. They are so sweet I can just eat these tomatoes like fruit (yes they are fruit). Also great with a little olive oil, salt, black pepper, and basil.
When I plucked the purple pepper last week, it didn’t developed seeds yet. So maybe I was a little impatient, tho after plucking it started producing more buds. The pepper was very fruity, a little tart but not bitter in any way. I made a pasta salad with the first harvest.
Pasta salad with herb infused oil
- 2 1/2 cups fusilli pasta (cooked to desired texture in salted water)
- 1 small onion (sliced thinly and rinsed)
- 1 small bell pepper (diced)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
- small bunch of basil (torn)
- small bunch of thyme (or a few sprigs of rosemary)
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/3 (to 1/2) cup olive oil
- 1 large lemon (zested then juiced)
- small can of kippered herring or tuna or sardines (optional, you can also add cooked lentils or beans instead)
- salt and black pepper
Heat up the olive oil over medium low heat with the thyme (either tied and remove later or strip the leaves into the oil), the basil torn into small pieces, and the crushed garlic. Simmer for a few minutes till it starts to smell fragrant and before the garlic turns dark . Put the pasta and everything into a large bowl, pour the oil and lemon juice (and zest) on top, toss together then salt and pepper to taste.
From the left: coconut macaroons, pecan blondies (you can see some on the edge, also there’s a peak of rainbow cookies next to the papaya), balsamic portabello mushroom and onion sandwiches, tomato basil mozzarella sandwiches with a little caramelized onion, and papaya dressed with honey and lemon.
Cupcakes from http://www.dessertclubchikalicious.com/ , black and white (taste like a really upscale devil dog or ho-ho), caramel with caramel frosting and filling, and s’mores with the browned marshmallow top and chocolate filling.
Seafood salad, and pita chips. The hummus, carrots, and olives were out of frame.
- 1 lb squid bodies/rings (or scallops)
- 1 lb shrimp (the smaller kind)
- 1 large english cucumber
- 2 lbs tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 1 bunch of basil
- 4 or 5 lemons juiced
- zest of 1 lemon
- 5 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Cut up shrimp and squid to bite size. Remove the seeds of the cucumber and cut into a large dice, roughly the same size as the seafood. Dice the tomatoes and slice the onion thinly. Half then seed the jalapeño, thinly slice or dice finely. Tear up the basil and put everything in a large bowl (except the seafood). Peel and mince the garlic. Heat a large pan/pot with enough olive oil to coat pan, add half the garlic in then all the seafood (throw in a dash of salt). Cook till shrimp changes color and the squid is just done (there will probably be a lot liquid left in the pan which I keep). Pour the seafood (and liquid) into the bowl with everything else. Add in the rest of the garlic, the lemon zest and juice, toss together, then salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (I made it the night before). Mix it a bit before serving.
Thanks to everyone for coming and making it really fun.