She also got a side of tropical fruit (various papaya and pineapple) and pears.
Monday, December 9, 2013
My daughter has a two hour delay this morning so I made us a fried egg and roasted red pepper sandwich on a toasted jalapeño bagel. I sliced that puppy in half and we shared... I had fried up two eggs so we got plenty of good stuff to start our cold day.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
At school, they serve a dish called pizza dunkers. It's breadsticks with a side of dipping cheese and marinara sauce. How that constitutes a valid meal, I don't know.
Today we made a pizza dough of:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- Italian seasoning
- about 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- about 1 cup warm water
- about 1 teaspoon local raw honey
- 2 tablespoons yeast
Let rise for an hour, mix with more flour if dough is sticky after kneading.
My daughter lined a large baking sheet with olive oil and we sprinkled it with corn meal.
We spread out the dough into a rectangle on the sheet. We lined it with spinach and mozzarella and folded it in half. We carefully topped it with Parmesan and some more mozzarella.
We cut it into breadsticks.
Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Serve with a side of warm marinara or pizzasauce.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
This weekend groceries are low and I threw my back out hand-washing pizza pans at work.
Last night my husband fried some hot dogs and tossed out some chips, made more palatable by special condiments like wasabi mustard and my own homemade pickles from dill that I grew in my own garden.
Tonight I made a sauce of garlic, sesame oil, honey and low sodium soy sauce for some frozen sugar snap peas. We served these with boxed mac and cheese made with coconut milk and adding bits of bacon leftover from a bacon-and-egg dinner Thursday night.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I went for a simple dinner tonight. I broke up some chicken breasts and mixed them with the leftover turkey. Served with some potatoes, home canned apples and cranberry clementine relish and a taste of store bought cranberry sauce for comparison.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
In the food processor combine:
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 5 small clementines cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup local raw honey
- almost one cup sugar
- almost one cup raw almonds
Chill for several hours.
I'm going to can this. For Christmas.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
My mother-in-law requested that I make either roasted cauliflower or my special mini vegetable pot pies for thanksgiving. I made both.
This year for the pot pies, I put about 16 ounces of fresh cauliflower, carrots and broccoli in the food processor.
I bought Pilsbury pie crust because I got it on sale at Target. I greased muffin tins with butter and cut the pie crusts into weird shapes to stuff into the muffin tin.
The filling started as a cheese sauce. Some butter melted in a saucepan, mixed with a teaspoon or so of flour and then slowly mix in, over medium-low heat, about a cup of milk. I used soy milk this year but coconut milk would have been awesome.
I think I added about a teaspoon of ground four color peppercorns.
Mixed in Colby jack and extra sharp cheddar until I liked the consistency. Then I mixed in the vegetables.
Poured the mix into the muffin cups. Topped with generous amounts of shredded Parmesan and then pinched closed.
Bake at about 375 until golden brown.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Based on these:
My father spent a good portion of my childhood as a diesel mechanic. A talented mechanic. When I needed a car to get to my college internship (a dream come true to intern in the PR department of Crayola), he bought me a totaled 1984 Ford Escort. In 1996.
Someone he knew had hit a deer with it. I think he paid $50 for it. For months, he pieced that car back together with junkyard parts.
It had a bad carburator. Every time it rained he had to come clear the carburator so my car would start.
And he never brought tools. Only a screwdriver. Often a hanger and some duct tape. No matter what the problem.
He prefers to fix versus replace. He's spent more than one afternoon trying to fix my 50-year-old garage door. The tracks are bent and the pulleys keep jamming.
I've begged him to take my money and go buy new parts. But no, he hammers and bangs the old ones. Once there may have been a torch involved.
Why the resistance?
"Because any idiot can fix it with new parts," my dad says.
Well, I don't follow recipes. I rarely make the same dish twice. Any idiot can follow someone else's recipe or even their own recipe.
I prefer experimentation.
So, the coffers are low (fuel oil drop, new washing machine, extra car maintenance and I apparently ate my seven-month old implant crown), I'm using what I have.
- 1 1/2 cups corn meal
- 1/2 cup ground cashew
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- 1/4 cup sourgum flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- pinch salt
- one big tablespoon baking powder (when did I run out of baking soda????)
- 1 cup soy milk
- about 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- less than 1/4 cup canola oil
- about 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 can cream-style corn (the dole version is cream-style-- not creamed, no dairy)
Mix quickly, portion into muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
Mine took forty.
I love these. They have a bit of a baking powder aftertaste, a tad of a grit to them (but much less than other coconut flour recipe I have tried). They are very moist on the inside. Very much a success.