Monday, October 11, 2010

Buttermilk Scones

Today, I made this buttermilk scone recipe from the Food Network. They turned out perfectly and so yummy! I halved the recipe and it worked out just fine.

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup currants (optional)
1 tablespoon heavy cream or regular milk, for brushing
A little bit of sugar, for sprinkling

Do it!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Add butter and mix with your fingertips to a coarse meal. Add buttermilk and mix just until combined. Add currants, if desired.

Transfer dough to a floured board and divide into 2 parts. Roll each to 3/4 inch thick rounds. Cut each round into 8 wedges and place slightly separated on a greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with the cream or regular milk and sprinkle with sugar, then bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Broccoli Goat Cheese Quiche

Over the weekend, I happened upon purchasing a dozen farm-fresh eggs from a woman with a ranch in Halfmoon Bay. They are small and delicate, and so beautiful (some of them are blue!). So, I made a quiche!

And -- oh my god. So delicious. Here's what happened:

1 3/4 cups flour
1 stick of butter, cut in little pieces
1 egg

1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
one medium yellow onion, diced
goat cheese, crumbled
parmesan, finely grated
2 cloves garlic
3 or 4 eggs, depending on size
1 1/2 cups milk
dollop of dijon mustard

Do it!
1. Make z crust! Put flour, salt and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture is pebbly. Transfer to a mixing bowl and move all the dry stuff to the side to create a little crater in the middle, into which you shall now crack your egg. Use a fork and scramble the egg a little bit, then use a mixing spoon to start slowly incorporating the flour. Add water as needed (probably not more than a few tablespoons) the create a nice dough. Knead with your hands and separate into two equally-sized balls, then refrigerate for an hour.
2. After an hour, take the dough out of the fridge and roll out one of the balls into a thin crust and lay it in your tart pan. Press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan to release air bubbles, then prick the dough with a fork to prevent it from popping up when baked. Refrigerate again while you're getting the filling ready. Alternatively, you could leave it out and actually cook it for 7-10 minutes before adding the filling. This gives the crust more substance and it's less apt to be soggy in the final product - I might try this next time.
3. Preheat oven to 375. Saute onions, add garlic, add paprika and cumin and salt, then add broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender-crunchy.
4. Crack 3 or 4 eggs into a mixing bowl and beat well.
5. Add milk and mustard, then process the whole mixture to remove lumps.
6. Take your shell out of the oven and spread the cooked veggies in the bottom of the pan. Add goat cheese and parmesan (in the future, I might add the cheeses to the milk/egg mixture to ensure more even cheese action - doing it this way you'll end up encountering big bites of goat cheese here and there, but if that's your thing, by all means go right ahead), then pour the eggy mixture over the top.
7. Bake for 35-40 minutes and enjoy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alfalfa Sprouts

I made my own sprouts, you guys! It is so easy. Let me tell you about how I did it.

I put two tablespoons of alfalfa seed in a jar (in retrospect, this was WAY too much. Not only did I end up having to split the crop into three different jars as they grew, but now I have way more sprouts then I can actually eat on my own) with 8 tablespoons of water. General rule is 4 times as much water as you have seeds. Cover the jar with some cheese cloth or stocking material and soak the seeds overnight.

After 8-12 hours, drain and rinse the seeds, roll the jar around a little to get the seeds evenly spread out, and place the jar kind of on its side and sort of upside down in a dish (it will sort of leak water so you want to make sure you have something to catch the water with).

Rinse and drain the seeds a few times each day for 5-6 days. Use high water pressure to keep the sprouts loose, or you can take them out of the jar when it's starting to look kind of crowded in there and break them up by hand. You may end up having to transfer some to new jars because there isn't enough room for all the sprouts to grow together. Eventually your jar will look like this:

And then you can take them out of the jar and eat them! Yum! You can also de-hull your sprouts, which this website is really great at explaining.

Vegetarian Minestrone

Mmm, soup. I recently lost my soup pot, which I found to be a major tragedy, but I finally got around to getting a new one. You guys, this pot is huge and awesome! I love it. So, now I'm making soup. This is based off a soup on allrecipes.

1 tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 or 1 whole onion, chopped
4 cups vegetable stock, or 2 cups stock and 2 cups water (or the water you just boiled a bunch of corn in, if you're me) - you may need up to 5 more cups depending on how watery you like your soup.
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 large potato, cubed
2 carrots, chopped
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
3 cups fresh corn kernels
1 large zucchini, sliced
2 cups uncooked pasta of your choice
A couple dollops of salsa
Cheese to taste (parmesan or other yummy distinctively-flavored cheese)

1. Melt butter in your awesome soup pot (if you don't have an awesome soup pot, what are you waiting for?)
2. Saute garlic for a second then add onions and saute until they smell awesome (this is the best part of cooking anyway, right?)
3. Add stock, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, seasoning
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Add corn, zucchini, beans, and pasta, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes until the veggies are tender.

Yay for easy soups! Yay for SF being cold enough in the summer for me to want to make soup! Haha.

Sweet Corn

I now have a 16 quart stock pot, so I made a LOT of corn.

That's all.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Veggie Deep Dish

So as I mentioned before, I have a springform pan now - and this means, I can make deep dish pizza. Last night, I did! It was, I have to tell you, really awesome.

I found this recipe for deep dish and followed it pretty closely. I also used the bread & honey pizza dough recipe that I love, but tweaked it a little (not too successfully, unfortunately. Oh well).

You Need
For the crust:
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 (1/4 oz) packet of active dry yeast (the book says "not the rapid-rise stuff!" but that's what I used and it was fine.)
2 tablespoons olive oil (and more for drizzling)
3 cups flour (I used 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1 1/2 cups bread flour, and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour. It was kind of a Frankenstein's Monster, and was kind of the wrong consistency, but tasted yummy)
1 teaspoon salt

For the innards
1 (28-ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes (the chunkier the better)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons red wine
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped Italian herbs
1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion (I used fresh)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini
1 bell pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Throw some smoked paprika in there if you have it. Duh.

2 cups shredded/grated mozzarella
2 TBSP parmesan or romano cheese

You Do
Preheat oven to 400.

Make your pizza dough (using b & h's instructions). Give yourself enough time; this will take at least an hour, and ideally a few hours. You definitely don't need as much of it as the recipe gives you; I used all of it and it was too crusty. I'd guess probably 3/4 of the ball you end up with should do the trick, but I'll get back to you when I try it again. Anyway, take your springform pan and pour a TBSP of olive oil in the center. Place your dough in the middle of the pan and press it down with your fingers toward the edges and about halfway up the sides. Prick it with a fork. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Saute your garlic and onion, add your zukes and pepps, saute for a bit. Then add all the other jazz, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Puttin' it all together
Take your pre-cooked-a-little-bit crust and layer 1 cup of mozzarella on the bottom. Add as much of the sauce as will fit, like so:

... then throw the rest of the cheese on top (including the parm/romano) and dust with some oregano. Bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating every 15. The pizza is done when the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly and delicious-looking.

I invited some friends over, so I really had to be successful, or they would have been angry and hungry. Luckily, they were pleased:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sweet Potato Fries

Super super easy. It'll take you about half an hour, maybe a bit more.

You need
Sweet potatoes or yams
Olive oil
2 garlic cloves

You Do
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set aside.

Slice up your potatoes or yams into fry-shaped wedges. Put em in a big bowl with a healthy amount of olive oil and diced garlic. Add spices with abandon, giving the cayenne, salt and paprika the most shakes and the cardamom the fewest. Stir around until wedges are well-coated with spices.

Transfer the wedges to your lined baking sheet and spread out into 1 even layer. Bake for 30-ish minutes, turning once to make sure they cook evenly.