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{Ginger Mint} Lemonade

19 May

Mmmm Lemonade the perfect summer treat!

You’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Cut peels off lemons and halve each lemon:
  2. Add cut lemons, water, sugar, and ice cubes into a blender.
  3. Blend thoroughly and pour over a sieve and into a large bowl to catch the lemonade.
  4. Pour into glasses and add Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup and serve!

Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup

15 May

THE SAUCE:

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves, minced
  • 1 inch of ginger, minced

Directions:

  1. First, take your mint and lay it out to mince.
  2. Then place in a heavy pot with minced ginger
  3. Then, add water and sugar and simmer. Remove from heat once sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Then, carefully pour mixture over a sieve into a bowl.
  5. Press down on the mint leaves to removed all the simple syrup
  6. Pour your syrup right into a bottle. I used a old happy bear honey jar.

  7. Now you’ll have all the yummy ginger-mint simple syrup you need! Toss it in your fruit salads, add it to a vinaigrette, sweeten your tea with it or use it to make delicious lemonade!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

27 Apr

I made these for my lovely friend Brett’s Birthday. They were a hit.

The recipe it only for about 6 cupcakes. It was more of a lack of ingredients at the time, but it worked out. We didn’t stuff our faces silly as a result.

You’ll Need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 6 T sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 cup of stout beer

THE {Chocolate Stout Ginache} SAUCE :

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3-4 T stout beer
  • 1 T brown Sugar

For the  Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4T butter, softened
  • 6 T cup cream cheese
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350* F
  2. In a bowl, mix the cupcake batter. Soften butter by throwing it in the microwave for a bit, add beer, sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
  4. Finally, divvy up batter into 6 cupcake liners.
  5. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. As they are baking, make your ganache that will go inside the cupcake.
  6. This part is complicated… put the incredients for the ganache in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, and then mix them:
  7. When the cupcakes are ready, remove from over and poke holes in them, like such:
  8. With a funnel or a very steady hand, pour the ganache into the wholes of the cupcakes.
  9. Then, whip up the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting in a hand mixer. After the cupcakes have cooled, remove them from the baking pan. I put my frosting in a plastic bag, cut a tip from one end, and dressed the cupcakes with a twist. Followed by a small sprinkling of cocoa powder. Enjoy!

White Wine and Turmeric Mussels

13 Apr

Ohhhh Mussels, so delicious. They’re so easy and fast to make.

Did you know?

Mussels have more iron than red meat.

If you are cutting red meat out of your diet, this is a great option to maintain your iron. Also, at $2 a lb (at least, here in Toronto) they are a relatively inexpensive way to get protein without damaging your wallet.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound of mussels, washed and scrubed

For THE {White Wine Turmeric} SAUCE:

  • 1 cup of white wine (or chicken stock)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 2 t turmeric

Directions:

  1. First, put garlic, butter, and lemon in a large non-stick saucepan on medium heat. Cook until garlic is fragrant and butter is melted.
  2. Then, add the wine/stock to the mixture. I recently found out the key to making these right: When cooking mussels, you need to conserve the natural juices that they release when opened by making sure they are not submerged in liquid.
  3. Carefully, add your mussels into the pot.
  4. Turmeric… I have an unearthly love for this spice. It’s known for turning things yellow, and was used as a dye back in the day. Turns your food yellow too. If you don’t have turmeric, consider purchasing- its the cheap man’s solution to saffron, great for paellas and anything Persian. Also- its just fun. Add some to  your mussels.
  5. All you really have to do now is cover the mussels. Like a nice friend, they’ll open right up for you. If any of the mussels don’t open up to you, they’re bad. Discard them. Only friendly mussels allowed.
  6. Mmmm. They’re ready to serve after they’ve opened, so just pour the mussels with juices into a bowl.
  7. Scoop up some of your broth with each mussel, and enjoy!

Honey-Hollandaise Sauce

13 Apr

I don’t know about all of you guys… but I sure have an affinity for breakfast foods. I love eggs. I decided recently I would make Hollandaise sauce to go with asparagus and for some eggs Benedict latter on.

For THE {Honey-Hollandaise} SAUCE you’ll need:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup of butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 T Honey
  • 2 T Dijon Mustard
  • Juice of about 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1t alspice
  • 1t salt

Directions:

  1. Separate your eggs, reserving the egg yolks in a double broiler pot. Use the egg whites for something else, like an omelet or for egg white eggs Benedict, or something of that nature. Perhaps a meringue? There are many options!
  2. Juice the lemon wedge into the eggs, add honey, dijon, melted butter (slowly), and spice and whisk the egg yolk mixture.
  3.  Move to a double boiler, continuing to whisk mixture. Over time, it will thicken and gain a creamier consistency. In the end it should stick to the whisk like this:
  4. Make some Slivered Garlic Potatoes and Blanched asparagus:
  5. And dress it with your freshly made Hollandaise! Makes a great side dish.
    Enjoy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies!

27 Mar

I love bananas. My dad loves bananas too. He used to sing this song to me about loving bananas when I was a kid that’s called “I love bananas because they have no bones”. Whenever I’ve sang the song to others, they’ve responded that they’ve never heard the song. It turns out, its an older one… from the 1930’s. If you’re feeling jazzy, you should give it a listen! You can hear the song here – forgive the long intro for the song, but its an awesome song.

Bananas are going extinct. The genus of banana that we eat today is actually dying out due to a fungus, scientists estimate, will wipe out this type of bananas we eat. You can find out more about this unfortunate fate by listening to an informative podcast from NPR.  I feel like I’m giving a PSA to my blog readers, but you ought to cherish your bananas while they’re around! Make some Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, why not!?

Now… about these cookies… they’re a beautiful dichotomy between a muffin and a cookie. Seriously. Right in the middle. They’re fluffy, sweet, and fun. Hope you enjoy!

You’ll Need: Cookies

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 a lemon- juiced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2T honey

For THE {Nutella Cream} SAUCE:

(Optional)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4T Nutella
  • 4 T Confectionar’s Sugar
  • 2T Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. Mix the bananas, sugar, brown sugar, lemon, vanilla and egg in a bowl. Once the bananas are mixed well, sift the dry ingredients into the mix.
  3. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix, and finally the honey.
  4. The result is something between a batter and a dough. Divide the batter on trays and bake for 15 minutes
  5. When they are finished, they will be fluffy and light:
  6. If you feel so compelled, you can make a cream for the cookies, and make sadnwiches out of the cookies!
    • Mix 4 tablespoons of the cream with the Nutella, vanilla and confectioner’s sugar in a blender or food processor and make mix until it forms a thick sauce.
    • Whip remaining cream in a separate bowl, until the cream forms soft peaks. Gently fold the Nutella sauce in with the whipped cream until it is evenly combined.
    • Put it in between your cookies, mmmm so delicious. I took a bite from one and too a photo, its so fluffy and nice!

Green Eggs and Ham

21 Mar

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss. Everyone loves green eggs and ham. If you’ve tried them at least.

This recipe necessitates pesto. That’s how my eggs are green. It’s a fun surprise for kids, and a good laugh for anyone else. Finally, its delicious.

I made this recipe like a breakfast sandwich, but you can make just the eggs with ham if you like. I used prosciutto. Do what makes you happy. Let’s get started!

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White Bean & Sun-dried Tomato “Mac and Cheese”

13 Mar

I was on a role making sun dried tomato pesto and putting sun dried tomato in just about everything when I realized, it could taste phenomenal with mashed beans. Beans are great, they can adapt tastes pretty nicely, they’re cheap (yay!) and they have lots of protein and are quite filling when buying meat isn’t in the stars. After all, meat can be expensive.
So, I decided on a casserole for this idea, added some pasta and threw some veggies on top. I ran out of cheese when I was making it, so we decided to do the vegan thing… just this once. Needless to say, if you aren’t lactose intolerant and love cheese, add some into this recipe on top. If you are a vegan, adding some nutritional yeast on the top of the casserole can give it a nice cheesy zing.  Hope you enjoy!

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Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

1 Mar

You’ll need:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • large bowl
  • ice cubes
  • cold water
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cajun seasoning

For THE SAUCE:

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375*F
  2. Cut the tip of your sweet potatoes so that it will stand up straight; I do this to make slicing sweet potatoes easier. This way it won’t roll around under your knife. 
  3. Next, when your sweet potato has been sliced, place the fries in a large bowl of water and ice for about a half hour to an hour to remove some of the starch. This will help to make the fries softer on the inside!
  4. After the fries have soaked, place them in a tupper ware or a large plastic bag with olive oil, and shake them around until coated. Finally, place them on a baking tray, cover with cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper, and bake for about 30 minutes.
  5. Then Enjoy! Try this with Jamie’s Avacado-Lime Aoili sauce, so good!

Jamie’s Avacado-Lime Aoili Sauce

1 Mar

This is the making of a joint effort between Jamie and I. We’re roommates. We love making food together. I got the sweet potato fries, she got the sauce. She knows what’s up.

For THE SAUCE You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (reduced fat)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 1 ripe avocado, mushed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix all of the sauce ingredients together.  For a true aoili sauce you’d use egg yolks, but this is quicker/easier and so so good.

This goes wonderfully with Cajun Sweet Potato Fries!

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