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130305 – Curried Chicken Salad
130306, 11:05 am
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chicken salad
Making use of our leftover chicken from last night, and the remaining curry powder from making this dish a few nights ago (one of our staples that I finally know by heart).  I won’t change a thing about the recipe below when I make it again.
[Serves 4]

  • 1/2 C plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 2 t curry powder
  • 2 t peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 C cooked, medium-dice roasted chicken
  • 1/2 C small-dice sweet apple, such as Fuji
  • 1/2 C toasted, unsweetened, shredded dried coconut
  • 1/4 C raisins
  • 3 T coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • flaky sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, curry powder, ginger, and onion in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir until evenly combined.


130120 – Muesli

130120_Muesli

This is now our go-to breakfast cereal.  We’ve made an effort to eat less refined sugar lately and one of the biggest culprits in our diet has been our breakfast cereal even my seemingly healthy raisin bran packs a whopping 19 grams of sugar!!!  I guess if I watched the Today Show, I would have noticed that earlier.  Better late than never…

  • 2/3 C wheat germ
  • 1/3 C ground flax seeds (10 seconds in the coffee grinder – you get fiber with your morning Joe as a side benefit)
  • 3 C old-fashioned oats (I always add more after mixing it all up, we just like it oatier)
  • 1/3 C raisins
  • 1/3 C chopped dates
  • 2/3 C other dried fruit – I always use chopped dried apples and sometimes dried peaches or apricots
  • 1/3 C hazelnuts (half or chopped)
  • 1/3 C slivered almonds
  • 1/3 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  1. In a big Tupperware type container (something you can mix then put a lid on to store), mix the wheat germ, flax, and oats (I add a teaspoon of cinnamon here as well).
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients, adding extra oats if you want.
  3. Our 2/3 C measure lives in the muesli for scooping in the morning and replenishing every couple of weeks!

 



120105 – Bread Pudding

I wanted to take a picture of the pudding plated, but it smelled and tasted so good that it was gone before I had a chance.  I combined two great bread pudding recipes – one from Simply Recipes and one from Gourmet – to make this amazing dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette (homemade is best)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1 cup skim and 2 cups plain soy milk)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2/3 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped mixed dried fruit such as raisins and apricots

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  2. Cut enough 1-inch pieces from baguette to measure about 5-6 cups.
  3. Stir together eggs, butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Then whisk in cream, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Add bread and soak, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, boil brandy and water with dried fruits in a small heavy saucepan until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbsp, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  6. Stir fruit mixture into bread mixture, then transfer to a 2 Quart baking dish. Bake until custard is set and bread is golden in places, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool slightly before serving.


091028 – Panettone | BBA #24
091029, 10:15 pm
Filed under: BBA Challenge, BREAKFAST, DESSERT, SNACK | Tags: , , , ,

Baby Panetonne

FINALLY!  I got back in the kitchen and made some bread!  It feels like ages.  I have been away the last two (three?) weekends and just couldn’t wait till this weekend to get back into it.  I have been doing more cooking than the blog suggests, but it takes more than i have these days to post every good thing i eat.  Maybe this weekend i will get around to retro-posting some highlights.

This was not a good recipe to choose to make during the week after work.  Especially not while making dinner, trying to bike on the trainer for an hour, and getting up at 6 to run before work the next morning.  I think the bread came out pretty well, but I sacrificed the run.

My experience of this bread was ruined from the start by the perfectly delicious Panettone that I ate last Christmas.  It was my first ever panettone experience.  One of our consultants shelled out hundreds of dollars to ship us (us = the architecture firm i was working in) – a REAL Milanese Panettone.  Despite it’s massive size, the crumb was as airy like a croissant with a perfect distribution of candied fruits and nuts.

My first panettone probably weighed 20 lbs. and I can only imagine that it had baked for hours.  My petit panettone on the other hand, took roughly 40 minutes.   I checked at 20, 25, and 30 waiting for the tops to be golden brown, and i think 40 minutes was a bit too long and dried them out too much.  The big one (below) took about 1:20 and seems just right (texture-wise, i know it isn’t pretty).  I don’t have a thermometer for it yet, but I know my oven is on the cool side.    I was VERY glad i chose to use my mixer for the whole kneading process on this one.  It was sticky, tacky dough (I may have been heavy handed with the rum) and i would have added too much flour had i kneaded by hand.

Panetonne Grande

This bread in particular has made me appreciate the amount of quality control that goes into professional baking.  To make this bread come out consistently good WHILE making a profit on the effort must be a real challenge.



091014 – Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies
091016, 10:22 pm
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Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

These were sooo good!  I was worried that they would come out too carrot-y, but they were GREAT!  Next time i would consider adding whole or ground flax seeds, and more carrots and oats.

  • 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 C oats
  • 2 C grated carrots
  • 3/4 C raisins
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce (no oil!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix together egg, applesauce, and sugar in a large bowl.  Combine flour, baking soda, and spices in another bowl.
  2. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients then add carrots, raisins, and oats.  (add more oats as needed)
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes in preheated oven, or until cooked through.  Eat immediately!


090709 – MamMaw’s Cookies
090710, 6:48 am
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White Chocolate Cookie

So, here I stray from my typical (at least somewhat) healthy recipes.

My uncle’s mother is one of the sweetest women i know and she comes to the beach with us nearly every year.  This year she brought some interesting looking cookies with her.  I admit that i was apprehensive at first, but these cookies taste better than they look.  They are super simple to make and serve as a satisfying, crowd pleasing dessert.

  • 2 C mini marshmallows
  • 4 C rice crispies
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 C raisins
  • 1 C crasins (or other dried fruit)
  • 2 lb bar or blocks of white chocolate
  • 2 C dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  1. heat white chocolate in a large bowl in the microwave for approx. 2 minutes, stir, then repeat to melt completely
  2. add peanut butter till mixed
  3. add peanuts, fruit and rice crispies and drop 1/4 cup portions onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate to harden for at least 2 hours.


090706 – Cinnamon raisin walnut bread | BBA #9
090706, 8:40 pm
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Cinn Rai Wal Swirl Bread

We (my family) have been coming back to the same beach house on the Outer Banks for 10 years now.  The owners have done something new to the house just about every year and this year they have remodeled the kitchen.  The new kitchen has lots of gadgets, but lacking a few basics – no wooden spoon, only one loaf pan, no half cup measure.

I have an aversion to shortening, so i I used regular butter instead.  The recipe makes two loafs, so since i had only one loaf pan, i put one half in the fridge for the a while.  I will make the second loaf later this evening, and probably end up taking it home with me.  by making one a time, i also have the chance to learn a little from mistakes.  To make a cinnamon swirl in the middle of the bread, i pressed the dough out into the 8″x5″ rectangle (roughly 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick) that the book calls for, and rolled it up into loaf form.  It came out with a barely recognizable ‘swirl’.   next time i will make a much thinner rectangle, maybe half or 1/3 as thick to get a real swirl effect.

All in all, the bread is very tasty.  Even though the dough seemed extremely thick while kneading, the resultant bread is surprisingly light and fluffy.  I think it will make great toast, and maybe even french toast.

Check out more photos on FLICKR and the full recipe is on Google Books!

update:

the second loaf with more of a swirl was a success!  more cinnamon sugar and spreading the dough thinner and rolling it up tighter was an improvement .  Here is a shot from Tuesday’s breakfast:

Cin Rai Wal Swirl Toast




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