Sunday, April 8, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
I served them on a jarred "garden vegetable" spaghetti sauce, with a side of mixed lettuce. (The family had pasta, too)
This was another easy dish to prepare. I combined a can of drained and rinsed black beans, a small can of "fire roasted" mild green chilies, a small package of condensed chicken stock, dried onion, crushed cumin seed, about 1/3 cup salsa, diced jalapeno, pepper, ground ancho chili pepper, a smale cube of dried cilantro (find it in the Mexican food section), grated garlic, and water.
It simmered on the stove to develop the flavors. Towards the end of cooking, I used an immersion blender to slightly puree the soup, leaving some recognizable bits.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
This can also be pureed to make spinach hummus.
Easy. Sweetened condensed milk, about a can and a half. Add to that lemon zest, 1/2 cup lemon juice, a tsp. lemon extract, several eggs, I think I used one whole egg and a couple of yolks.
Par-bake a pie crust, yes, I use the ones rolled up in a box in the cooler next to the biscuits. I put some foil (or parchment or waxed paper) into the shell and fill partway with dried beans. The beans prevent the crust from puffing up or shrinking out of shape. I reuse them, have them is a bag in my baking cupboard.
Put the filling into the partially baked crust, bake on low for about 20 minutes. Chill well before serving. One could top it with meringue, made with the leftover egg whites. But my husband hates meringue, so he tops it with whipped cream.
I made a brandy "cream" sauce, using fat free half and half. I sauteed onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil, deglazed the pan with brandy, reduced it. Then added peppercorns, rosemary, horseradish, and the fake cream. The fat free product isn't really meant to use in a sauce like this, it was merely O.K.
One can also add diced jalapeno to increase heat.
It started with a rich bread dough containing flour, yeast, milk, eggs, sugar, butter, cardamom. After the first rise, I rolled it out, added butter and folded the dough. Chilled it in the fridge, took it out, folded and rolled again. Repeated several times. Then it was rolled out, and spread with, yes, more butter, sprinkled with sugar and citrus peel. It was cut into slices and baked in a muffin tin.
Great with cream cheese frosting.