Posts tagged ‘cooking’

August 18, 2010

august break, no.18: another recipe

by Hannah

Yes, another galette. I had to use the other half of the pâte brisée I made yesterday, right?
Plus, we had company for dinner. : )

How to make it:

This pâte brisée recipe {from the wonderful Smitten Kitchen}.
Having chilled the dough, roll it out on a piece of baking parchment to about 12 inches, or a little more, in diameter.
Then slide it onto a baking sheet and stick it back in the fridge, while you
peel and slice about 4 apples (I think I may have done 5 small ones, but had some left over.
Then mix 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. sugar in a bowl, and dump in the apple slices, tossing to coat well.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Take your dough out of the fridge, and arrange the apples on top, leaving about 2 inches around.
Beat an egg, and brush onto the exposed 2″ of dough, then sprinkle with coarse or raw sugar.
Bring the edges of the dough up, pinching about every two inches or so around.
Brush the outside of the exposed dough with egg glaze, and sprinkle with coarse or raw sugar.
Sprinkle the exposed apples with cinnamon, and a small dash of nutmeg, and some coarse sugar.
Optional: drizzle on some agave nectar or honey.
Bake about 40-45 minutes, until the outside is a nice golden color and the apples look soft.
After a few minutes, transfer to wire rack to cool, but definitely serve it warm.
Ice cream or fresh whipped cream, optional but wonderful.
bon appetit!

{And I promise my next food post will not be a galette! :)}

{The August Break is, for me, about not feeling like I have to write here- pictures each day will do (but there are no rules of course, so I can write too if I feel like it!) Basically I am relaxing more in August, and letting summer be summer.
This idea is from the talented Susannah Conway. Click here for more info and a list of participating bloggers.}

August 12, 2010

august break, no.12: a recipe

by Hannah

warm beet salad

This recipe came with my organic CSA box recently, and it was so good I just had to share it here.
Beets photograph so beautifully too. Though I really would love to start looking for some different linens and props to style my food photos with.

Warm Beet Salad with Sweet Onion & Cumin

3 beets
2 oz olive oil
1 oz apple cider vinegar (I used brown rice vinegar)
1 small sweet onion
1 tsp ground cumin
fresh parsley, chopped
salt & pepper
crumbled feta or goat cheese (optional)

Cut stems from beets, wash well, rub with oil and bake at 250F one hour or until tender. When cool enough to handle, peel, dice, and set aside.

In a pan over med-high heat, saute onion in 1 oz of the oil until almost brown on the edges. Then add cumin and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add diced beets and toss until warmed.

In a bowl whisk remaining oil and vinegar together. Add warm beet mix and toss to coat. Season to taste with parsley, salt & pepper.

Garnish with crumbled cheese if desired.

warm beet salad

Enjoy!

{The August Break is, for me, about not feeling like I have to write here- pictures each day will do (but there are no rules of course, so I can write too if I feel like it!) Basically I am relaxing more in August, and letting summer be summer.
This idea is from the talented Susannah Conway. Click here for more info and a list of participating bloggers.}

January 30, 2010

Lovely Rice Pudding

by Hannah

Rice pudding always makes me think of this poem by A.A. Milne, which my grandma used to read to me a lot. I had a book of A.A. Milne poems when I was a kid.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s crying with all her might and main,
And she won’t eat her dinner – rice pudding again –
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
I’ve promised her dolls and a daisy-chain,
And a book about animals – all in vain –
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain;
But, look at her, now she’s beginning again! –
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
I’ve promised her sweets and a ride in the train,
And I’ve begged her to stop for a bit and explain –
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s perfectly well and she hasn’t a pain,
And it’s lovely rice pudding for dinner again!
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

The whole thing has a totally new meaning to me now that I am the parent of an almost-toddler…
(who by the way just went to bed at 10:45!)

Anyway…

I had leftover brown rice from dinner the other day, and so I decided to make rice pudding and blog about it. I have fun taking pictures while I cook.

Ingredients:
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The rice, of course. 2 cups.

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3 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, 1/2 cup raisins, and nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to taste.

So I am not one of those really awesome food bloggers who has a great photo for each and every step, a la the Pioneer Woman or Smitten Kitchen, but bear with me here…

First you combine the rice, milk, salt and sugar in a medium saucepan. Then get ready to add the vanilla…
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And, added! lol…
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And the raisins.
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Then bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
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Allow it boil gently for a couple minutes, then lower the heat and let it cook, covered, until most of the milk is absorbed and it looks “puddingish”.
Then add the spices and enjoy it, hot or cold it is so yummy. I ate it for breakfast two days in a row.

I haven’t the faintest idea what the matter was with Mary Jane anyway. Maybe she was teething? Actually she sounds a bit spoiled- listen to all the stuff they promised her, just to try and shut her up!

Enjoy the recipe friends!


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September 16, 2009

Cookies for Milk

by Hannah

I got this recipe from this blog: Rumble in the Kitchen. I figured that at the very least they would taste good and be fairly healthy, but I have actually noticed an increase in my milk supply! These cookies are great for any nursing mama.

Chocolate Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C butter (I accidentally only used 1 stick-1/2 cup- and they came out fine!)
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
2 T flaxseed meal (no subs)
2 Lg eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 C Thick cut oats (used regular old fashioned Quaker oats with no problem)
1 Bag Chocolate chips I used about 1/2 a bag because that’s all I had)
2 T Brewers Yeast or Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Preheat oven at 375.

Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended and mixture turns a pale yellow.
Mix dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
Drop on ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.

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