Saturday, October 28, 2017

Coconut Rice with Chicken and Zucchini

1 Tbsp. oil
3-4 chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
salt and pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, minced
coriander
cumin
onion powder
3/4 c. rice
8 oz. coconut milk
3/4 c. water
2 small zucchini, diced
1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a deep frying pan over medium heat, add the oil and chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown on both sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan. Keep about 1 Tbsp of fat in the pan.

Bring the heat down to low. Cook the garlic for 1 minute.

Add in the rice and seasonings, and more salt and pepper if you want.

Stir in the milk and water. Add in the chicken. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium low heat, stirring once or twice, for about 20 minutes.

When the rice is cooked, add in the zucchini. Cover and cook about 7-10 more minutes.

Stir in the lemon juice.

Serve hot.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies with Lemon Icing

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. blueberries
1 c. powdered sugar
juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 350 F. Make sure your oven rack is set in the middle position.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, and set aside.

Cream together the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then mix in the vanilla.

Stir in the flour mixture, then stir in the oats. Next fold in the blueberries, making sure to be very gentle.

Using 2 heaping tablespoons per cookie, roll dough into balls and place them onto the prepared cookie sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.

Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are just turning golden brown but the middles are still quite pale.

Cool the cookies for several minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Once the cookies are cool, mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together. Drizzle the glaze on top of the cookies and let sit until glaze has hardened.

Store in an airtight container.

These cookies were way better after they sat and cooled and set all night. Delicious. I'm already planning on making another batch.

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://ahappyfooddance.com/blueberry-oatmeal-cookies/

Funfetti Cake

Cake:
1 c. milk, room temperature
6 egg whites, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. cake flour
1 3/4 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. butter, cool room temperature
1/2 c. confetti sprinkles

Icing: 
2 c. butter, room temperature
6 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. whipping cream
pink food coloring (or whichever color you want)
1/4 - 1/2 c. sprinkles

To make the cake:Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Butter and flour 8 inch round cake pans (2). Then line with parchment.

In a medium bowl, mix together milk, whites, and vanilla. Set aside.
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add sugar and powder, and mix on low speed. Add in the butter. Continue mixing on low until crumbly.

Pour in all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the remaining milk. Beat for another minute.

Fold in the sprinkles.

Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Bake 27-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

To make the icing: In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy.

Add in the sugar, and beat on low speed. Mix until well blended. Change to medium speed, and beat for 2 minutes.


Add vanilla.

Add the cream in 1 tsp. at a time.

Add in the food coloring. Mix, then stir in the sprinkles.

To assemble to cake: When the cakes are completely cool, use a serrated knife, and slice the top of each cake layer off to make it even and flat.

Put cake number 1 on the plate you're going to serve it on. Add a level layer of icing to the top of the cake.

Place cake number 2 on top of the icing.

Add a very thin and even layer of icing all over the cake (this is called your crumb coat). Chill for 30 minutes.

When the cake is done chilling, finish frosting the cake how you want it to look. Pipe a border around the base if you like, just make sure you use a large enough tip otherwise the sprinkles can get stuck.

I served this cake the day I made it, and it was good. I had some the following day, and it was even better. So if you can plan ahead, this cake is best the second day. Just make sure to cover it so it doesn't dry out. I put a few toothpicks in the top of the cake to keep plastic wrap from touching the icing.

Making this cake is definitely a time consuming process, but it's a great cake. Fun for a party!

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/2013/11/double-layer-confetti-cake/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sweet Potato Curry

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ginger, peeled and minced
1 can coconut milk
1 c. chicken stock
curry powder
turmeric
coriander
white pepper
salt
dash of garam masala
dash of red pepper flakes
4-5 drops lime juice
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. red bell pepper, deveined and chopped
1/2 c. frozen peas
1 c. fresh spinach leaves
hot cooked rice

In a large pot, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes.

Add the sweet potato to the onion. Cook for another 4 minutes.

Add the garlic, ginger to the pot. Cook for one minute.

Add in the coconut milk, chicken stock, seasonings (to taste), lime juice, and brown sugar. Mix. I added a lot of curry powder, turmeric, and coriander. I added a little less white pepper and salt. But adjust to what tastes good to you.

Add in the bell peppers and peas. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure you taste test as it simmers to see if you need to add more seasonings.

Remove from heat. Add in the spinach and stir.

Serve over hot cooked rice.

Here's a link to the recipe I adapted: https://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/yellow-curry-soup-with-black-rice

Honey Sweetened Raisin Rolls

Plan ahead... needs to chill...

7 oz. wheat flour
4.5 oz. flour, plus more for kneading
1/2 Tbsp. yeast
4 oz. raisins
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. honey, warmed
1 oz. butter, melted
7.4 oz. milk, room temperature
half an egg
oil for greasing
cooking spray

2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. honey

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add flours, yeast, raisins, and salt. Mix with a spoon.

In a separate bowl, add the 1/4 cup honey and 1 ounce butter, and milk. Whisk.

Add in the half egg. Whisk again.

Pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix.

Knead on a lightly floured surface about 2-3 minutes. This dough is sticky. Do not add more flour. Make sure you have floured hands while kneading. It gets a little frustrating, but just keep dusting your hands with flour and knead as best you can. You want the dough sticky.

Coat the inside of a bowl with oil. Add the dough. Sprinkle with a bit of flour. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

After an hour, turn dough out onto floured surface. Split into 8 pieces. Form into rounds.

Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheet.

Spray the baking sheet and dough rounds lightly with cooking spray.  Drape plastic wrap over the dough. Lightly tuck the wrap under the baking sheet. Chill overnight in the fridge.

The next day, remove the baking sheet from the fridge and set on the counter for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the 2 Tbsp. melted butter and honey together.

Bake the raisin rounds for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.

When they are done baking, remove from oven and brush with the honey butter mixture. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

So delicious. 

Here is a link to the recipe I adapted: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/raisin-bread-perfect-healthy-snack-stafidopsomo/

Pasteli

1 c. sesame seeds
1/3 c. pistachios, chopped
1/2 c. honey
1 inch lemon peel slice
1 tsp. lemon juice
dash or two of sugar

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Brush olive oil onto a spatula. Set aside.

Add the sesame seeds to a small pan, and cook over low heat until lightly golden. Takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Add honey, lemon peel, juice, and sugar to a pot. Heat over medium heat until simmering. Then stir continuously for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and carefully remove the lemon peel. Discard the peel.

Immediately add sesames and pistachios to the honey mixture. Mix well. Empty onto prepared baking pan.

Flatten the mixture with the prepared spatula.

Cool at room temperature about 20 minutes until semi hard. Cut into bars. Wrap each bar in wax paper. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 10-12 bars

The recipe I adapted is from lemonandolives.com.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Aussie Bites

1 3/4 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. dried apricots
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. ground flaxseed
1/4 c. sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut, shredded
1/4 c. quinoa, cooked or uncooked*
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lightly grease a 24 count mini muffin tin.

Pour one cup of oats into a food processor. Process until the oats are basically oat flour.

Add in the remaining oats, sugar, apricots, raisins, seeds, coconut, quinoa, and baking soda. Pulse until apricots and raisins are in small bits.

Pour in the honey, butter, oil, and vanilla. Pulse until just combined.

Divide batter among the prepared tin.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are turning golden.

Let cool in the tin on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

Remove from tin and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

*Cooked quinoa gives a softer texture, but if you don't want to cook any, uncooked works too! I've made it both ways. Not gonna lie, cooked quinoa is better.

*Now that I've made this recipe 5-6 times, I think my favorite way is with quinoa that was cooked a day or two ago instead of with warm freshly cooked quinoa. But feel free to experiment with this yourself.

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://thestayathomechef.com/homemade-aussie-bites/

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pound Cake

1 lb. butter, softened but cold, plus more for greasing
1 lb. sugar
1 lb. eggs (approximately 8), room temperature
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. cake flour, sifted
1/2 Tbsp. salt

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Grease two loaf pans with butter and line with parchment paper, leaving enough parchment overhang to be able to pull the loaves out of the pans after baking.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar, and beat on high for about 10 minutes, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. The mixture will become light and fluffy, almost completely white in color.

Add the eggs one at a time to the batter, mixing well on high speed between additions.

Add in the vanilla. Beat the mixture on high until completely smooth and evenly mixed.

Add the dry ingredients, and finish mixing the batter by hand, stopping as soon as the batter is smooth. You don't want to over mix it.

Divide the batter into the loaf pans. Bake for approximately 1 hour, rotating the pans at 15, 30, and 45 minutes. Rotate the pans carefully and slowly; try not to disturb the cakes.
Ice cream pound cake

Test with a toothpick after an hour, it should come out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans. Cool the cakes on a cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.

This recipe is easy to halve if you only want one pound cake. I've served this pound cake plain, with fruit, with ice cream, and I've used it to make an ice cream cake. It's delicious and versatile.

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/easy-vanilla-bean-pound-cake-recipe.html

Fleischkuechles

Dough:
3 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. sugar 
 
Meat: 
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage (seasoned is fine)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 c. bread crumbs
Dash MSG
A few Tbsp of beef broth
Lard or vegetable oil, for frying

To make the dough: Mix ingredients and knead until soft, smooth dough forms, adding flour as necessary. Set in mixing bowl covered with a towel for at least 30 minutes. It should be resting/rising in a warm place. I usually turn my oven onto the lowest setting and set the bowl on top of the stove.
 
To make the meat: Mix everything but the broth and lard/oil, then add small amounts of broth until meat is wetter but still sticks together well.  (Fry a small amount of meat in a frying pan to test seasoning, adjusting if desired).

Tear off golf-ball sized pieces of dough, rolling on a pastry cloth or lightly floured surface to make 4" circles. Cover half the circle with meat, and fold the dough closed over the meat, pinching and rolling the edges to seal and forming a roughly calzone shape.  Be sure to squeeze the air out before sealing.  Press the fleischkuechle gently to flatten it slightly.

Heat 1/2" deep of lard or vegetable oil to 325 F, fry fleischkuechle several minutes on each side until deep golden brown and/or meat inside is fully cooked.  

Freezes well, reheat in the oven at 350 F, for about 20 minutes, flipping them over once halfway through.
 
Here are links to recipes I was inspired from: https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/412970-fleischkuechle and https://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/https://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/foods/recipe/fleischk.html.

Greek Chicken

Plan ahead... needs to marinate...

1 lb. chicken, diced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 Tbsp oregano
2 1/2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
salt and pepper
Hot cooked rice

Combine everything except the cooked rice into a large ziplock bag. Make sure the chicken gets coated in the marinade. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

Remove the chicken from the bag into a skillet. Throw away the rest of the marinade.

Cook the chicken over medium heat until cooked through. Serve over the hot rice. We'll definitely be making this again.