Looks like rice, but made with pasta! Ingredients
1.5 cup orzo
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
15 oz can chickpeas
1 yellow onion
2 large tomatoes
0.25 cup chopped basil
1 tsp dry mint
0.25 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
1.25 tsp salt
0/5 tsp ground black pepper
0.5 cup extra virgin olive oil Preparation
Measure out the ingredients down from cider vinegar into a blender. Set aside.
Cook the orzo in the chicken broth and water. Add the pasta to the boiling liquid, boil for 8 minutes. Drain.
Chop the tomatoes and onions. Wash the chickpeas. Mix with the orzo, basil and mint.
Just a strange creation from various leftovers I'm trying to use up before traveling. It actually turned out quite nice.
1 lb chicken breast
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp soy sauce
3 cloves of minced garlic
4 oz spaghetti
0.5 cup sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
mixed spring greens
Break the spaghetti into 1 inch pieces, cook according to box instructions to al dente. Meanwhile, cut the chicken breast into large chunks and pulse the chunks in a food processor ten times. This will result in something that's slightly rougher than ground chicken.
Mince the garlic. Preheat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and the ginger. Stir around for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the chicken pieces, season with a small pinch of salt and black pepper. Allow to brown, stirring occasionally.
Add the soy sauce, the cooked noodles and the sweet chili sauce. Bring back to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Serve over fresh greens, which may be tossed with a light vinaigrette, if desired.
I never liked raisins in pastry. My brother and I always picked them out of every food, so after a while my mum stopped including them. Recently I had this idea that it's a texture issue, and that maybe if I mince the raisins or turn them into a paste, the flavor would be acceptable. I prepared the raisin paste in my food processor, and chose to use it as a thickening agent and sweetener in cinnamon rolls.
1 portion of this dough with 0.5 tsp cardamom
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup ground walnuts
1 cup golden raisins
0.25 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
Prepare the dough with the cardamom. Set aside egg whites for egg wash. Allow the dough to rise once, then punch down.
In a food processor, process raisins, walnuts and half of the cinnamon until the raisins are finely chopped.
Roll out the dough. Spread the the melted butter, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon and the brown sugar.
Distribute the nut-raisin filling on top. Roll up like a jelly roll.
Place into a Bundt shape sprayed with cooking spray, orienting the dough seam side-up. Brush with vegetable oil. Allow to double in size in a warm place.
Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with one tbsp of white sugar.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Flip out onto a plate. Allow to cool completely, sprinkle with confectioners sugar, if so desired. Serve!
Yesterday I picked up a box of cherry tomatoes at the supermarket. I very skillfully proceeded to drop them on the floor. The tomatoes rolled all over and me and my husband scrambled to pick them up. The temptation to just return the box was huge, but I ended up purchasing them, with the intention of throwing them away at home. Who wants to eat tomatoes that rolled around the supermarket floor?
It turns out: me. None of the cherry tomatoes burst, so I just ended up spraying them with a dilute solution of peroxide, then rinsing them very thoroughly. I am eating them now...so if no more posts appear here, you can conclude this wasn't such a good idea.
0.25 cup sour cream
1 tbsp mayo
3 oz cheddar cheese
Clean the tomatoes, if you are using large ones, slice them into wedges.
Mix the mayo with the sour cream, drizzle onto the tomatoes. Shred the cheese and sprinkle on top. Salt to taste.
Serve immediately, as part of the above Mediterranean platter, if you like.
I'm not one to eat large chunks of meat frequently, but I occasionally crave it. Due to multiple concerns relating to the meat industry, I try to buy meat from local farms. Not only does it taste better, but it is also healthier and ethically less problematic.
8 oz rib eye steaks
Preheat the oven to 450F, with a cast iron skillet in it. Pat the steaks dry and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper generously.
Remove the preheated skillet and place onto a burner preheated to medium-high. (My cast iron skillet does not allow high on an electric burner.)
Place the steak in the middle and sear for 3 minutes. Turn with a tongue and sear the other side as well.
Finish baking in the preheated oven for 3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes as well. Remove onto a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 2 minutes. Serve.
It seems every time I got to TJMax, I wind up purchasing a new jar of jam. Some of my favorites are from Maine and Switzerland. Delicious jams are a crucial component of jam-crepes and an important topping on scones. Below is a quick crepe recipe I whipped up with one of my newest acquisitions.