January 31, 2011

North African Coriander Bread

Don't you love those lazy Sunday afternoons. Lazy Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to make homemade bread. You can spend the whole day lying about, while the yeast does its magic! My lazy Sunday afternoon was spend making North African coriander bread. This recipe has been passed down from my friends mother, and I excited to share it with you.


Cadillac Margarita

There's nothing like a good margarita to remind you of that amazing trip you had in Mexico last summer. Or maybe you don't want to remember last summer's trip to Margaritaville? I love Margaritas. They are so good. I went to a party. There was a theme. Carnitas! What's a carnita you ask? It's a pork thing. A braised or roasted pork, shredded and served in taco shells with all the fixins' thing. I'm more of a beans and cheese girl. I passed on the pork and made up for it in margaritas!


January 27, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I love cupcakes. I love every kind of cupcake. I am so lucky that Seattle has 3 amazing cupcake shops not to far from my house. There is the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. which have the most amazing Lavender Macaroon cupcakes. Trophy Cupcakes which sells a salted caramel cupcake that is to die for, and Cupcake Royale which I have not yet eaten at, but guaranteed, I will in the near future. At the last minute (10:45 pm), I decided to make Red Velvet cupcakes - which I've always wanted to make, but never got around to it (luckily we live on top of a grocery store). I didn't realize that red velvet cupcakes are really just devils food cake with red food coloring added. The cupcakes are good, but take quite a bit more time than the Betty Crocker (just add water) boxed mix (which I love). MMMmmmmm french vanilla icing in a can. Have I told you before that Dietitians really do love their desserts! I've been having really good luck with the recipes from the Joy of Baking, so I decided to use it for the cupcake recipe as well.


January 26, 2011

Key Lime Pie

This is the first time I have every made and tried key lime pie. Oh man, it was so amazing. I had some friends over and they agreed. I needed a second opinion, because I really wasn't sure what it was supposed to taste like. I wanted to eat the whole pie, but stopped myself, only because we had company over. While making the whipped cream, I was impressed at my ability to whip the cream into a hard peak, which usually I find quite difficult. Key lime pie is a really easy dessert to make.  If you want to impress your guests and don't have a lot of time, make key lime pie. 


January 24, 2011

Sweet and Sour Tempeh

When I was traveling in Thailand, I survived on sweet and sour tofu. I was sad when I left, because I didn't think that I would see my sweet and sour tofu again. But fortunate for me, I arrived in Indonesia and was so excited because they served sweet and sour tempeh, which is so much better.

It is worth mentioning that I will be travelling to South America in May for 3 weeks. I have not yet decided what to do about my recipe challenge. I can either start banking my meals now or blog about new foods that I try in South America. Though, I am not sure how this will work out, because we (husband and I) are planning to visit Argentina, and I'm pretty sure their diet is 70% beef and 30% dulce de leche. What do you think (about the challenge)?

[edit: we are now going to Peru and I hear the food is vegetarian friendly and amazing]


January 21, 2011

Manicotti with veggie sausage

I had a large tub of left-over ricotta from my ravioli experiment.  I wanted to make a vegetarian lasagna, but the grocery store below my house only sold whole wheat lasagna noodles - which I don't like.  So, instead I made manicotti.  I loved manicotti when I was younger.  I am not a huge fan of it anymore, but Brent (husband) loves pasta, tomato sauce and cheese, so this dish was ideal for him. I know what your thinking, that's super nice of me to make his favorite dish.  If you think that's nice, I also brought it over to his office for dinner.  Sometimes it amazes me how domesticated I have become.


January 20, 2011

Sour Cream Banana Bread

I needed an ego boost this week, therefore, I made banana bread. It is so easy to make and almost impossible to mess up.


January 14, 2011

Risotto Cakes

Ever wonder what to do with your left over risotto, if there is any? Risotto is ok heated up the next day, but risotto cakes are so much better.

Take your left over risotto and roll into small balls.  Stuff with your favorite cheese (I used left over mozzarella from the Eggplant Parmesan).  Dip the balls into a beaten egg and then coat with bread crumbs.  I made a breadcrumb concoction consisting of dried sour dough bread, ground to a fine powder, corn meal, salt, and pepper.  

Next, pan fry in oil - I used canola.  I also tried to bake a few in the oven (the dietitian in me trying to make things healthier), but they didn't taste that great.

Risotto cakes can be served as an appetizer, or part of a main meal.

January 11, 2011

Eggplant Parmesan

I went to the grocery store and bought an eggplant, because they are so pretty.  I love the deep rich purple color, which is also a sign that the eggplant is a good source of anthocyanin (an antioxidant). A good eggplant with be firm, heavy, and free of bruises or blemishes. I brought the eggplant home and sat it on my counter.  Eggplants are kind of scary -  I never know what to do with them.  I always buy them with good intentions, but they almost always sit on my counter for days until they eventually go bad.  But, because I am committed to trying new recipes and blogging about them, I put on my thinking cap and came up with a recipe.  A recipe that I have always wanted to try, but never got around to it - Eggplant Parmesan.


January 10, 2011

Butter Tarts

During the Christmas holidays, I was fortunate enough to come across the most amazing butter tart in existence, from the Sweet Oven, in Barrie Ontario. It had everything I look for in a butter tart - sticky on top, gooey in the middle, super sweet, and the perfect crust to filling ratio. I am super picky about my butter tarts, as are most Canadians, and this one really lived up to my expectations. After I tried this butter tart, I was convinced that this was going to be the new cupcake.  Eager to jump on the entrepreneurial band wagon, I started experimenting with different recipes. So far, I have made two batches this weekend, and unfortunately, I wasn't quite fond of either. I think it's because my expectations are now to high from my Sweet Oven experience.  I have decided to give up my butter tart career, and stick to blogging. It is much more forgiving on the hips.