All posts filed under: cooking

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

The Dumpling Galaxy, Book Review

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook, by Helen You About the Book: “Flushing jiaozi master Helen You’s guide to what many consider the best shuijiao (or boiled Chinese dumplings) in town.” [New York magazine]   From the restaurant where adventurous foodies get the freshest dumplings in New York City, comes the ultimate Chinese cookbook with 60 recipes for classic and unexpected dumplings and dim sum-like side dishes. New York Times critic Pete Wells calls Helen You “a kind of genius for creating miniature worlds of flavor” and, indeed her recipes redefine the dumpling: Lamb and Green Squash with Sichuan pepper; Spicy Shrimp and Celery; Wood Ear Mushroom and Cabbage; and desserts such as Sweet Pumpkin and Black Sesame Tang Yuan. With information on the elements of a great dumpling, stunning photography, and detailed instructions for folding and cooking dumplings, this cookbook is a jumping-off point for creating your own galaxy of flavors. My Thoughts: I love cooking, especially foods that are a little out of my comfort zone, so of course I love cookbooks. That meant as soon as I saw The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook being offered …

Recipe,Vegan Spanish Rice Meal

My first week back has been crazy, which makes me realize maybe my winter break wasn’t as busy as I thought it was. While I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like to I’m hoping by the end of next week I’ll have everything all together so I can get on a more consistent schedule of sharing with you guys. I have made a few great meals in the past week with my new Ozeri frying pan and wanted to share one of my recipes with you as well as give a mini review of this pan at the end of the post.  This one is mostly for Spanish Rice but in addition I shared a little bit of info on how to make the rest of the meal so it’s a complete dinner. The first step is of course putting the already cooked rice into your frying pan with a bit of vegetable oil on high on your stove top. Then add in a cup of salsa, and let this heat …

Baked Custard with Grape-Nuts, Recipe

It’s officially that time of year, the holiday season. Although I’m not done with school yet, I’m totally feeling into the season. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making (and of course eating) baked goods! As the weather gets colder it becomes even more fun to stay inside and cook and bake. One of my first recipes of this holiday season is something new and I had to share it, Baked Custard. I wanted to make this recipe a little different than your transitional baked custard so I added in a few crunchy things, like dates, and Post Grape Nuts® that made it even better. In addition to sponsoring this post they’ve also done a partnership with Sing® the movie, which reminds me of another great holiday tradition in my family, going to the movies. But about that recipe. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups Grape-Nuts 1/2 Stick Butter 1 Tbs Coconut Oil 3 Eggs 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 1/2 Cups Milk 1/4 Cup Dates 2 Tablespoons Vanilla 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Pinch of Salt Pinch of Nutmeg Preheat the oven to 380 …

Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables, Book Review

Lucky Peach Presents Power VegetablesBy Peter Meehan and the Editors of Lucky Peach The editors of Lucky Peach have colluded to bring you a portfolio of meat-free cooking that even carnivores can get behind. Designed to bring Big-League flavor to your weeknight cooking, these recipes developed by the Lucky Peach least kitchen and chef friends, feature trusted strategies for adding oomph to produce with flavors that will muscle meat out of the picture.When I was a vegan the biggest issue I had was kicking out the meat, sure I loved the taste of cheese and various other dairy products but I really craved meat. It felt like dishes were empty without it. So when I was given the chance to review a book all about vegetables and how to cook with them I immediately said yes to Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables. The book starts out with a few pantry staples, which was nice, before going into the recipes.The food photos were realistic and simple but delicious. One thing I thought was kind of cool is that …

Inspiralize Everything, Book Review

Inspiralize Everything By Ali Maffucci Revolutionize healthy cooking.  As the creator of the wildly popular blog and the author of the runaway bestselling cookbook on the topic, Ali is indisputably the authority on spiralizing. Inspiralize Everything is organized alphabetically by type of produce, allowing you to cook with whatever you already have on hand, what comes in your CSA box, or what you find at the farmer’s market. Ali highlights more than 20 vegetables and fruits, detailing their nutritional value and preparation techniques, including the more abundant beets, butternut squash, and carrots, but also the less common chayote, jicama, and kohlrabi. Each recipe was crafted to become a well-loved staple in your repertoire with a focus not only on healthy eating, but also on easy cooking. Diet customization options, veggie swap suggestions, and special attention paid to one-pot, make-ahead, and no-cook meals ensure that Inspiralize Everything will become a workhorse in your kitchen. Want a vegan dinner that’s minimal on cleanup? Try Cheeseless French Onion Soup. How about a hearty meal that’ll make great leftovers for lunch tomorrow? Winter Lasagna with Butternut …

French Country Cooking, Book Review

French Country Cooking Meals and Moments from a village in the Vineyards By Mimi Thorisson  A captivating journey to off-the-beaten-path French wine country with 100 simple yet exquisite recipes, 150 sumptuous photographs, and stories inspired by life in a small village Readers everywhere fell in love with Mimi Thorisson, her family, and their band of smooth fox terriers through her blog, Manger, and debut cookbook, A Kitchen in France. In French Country Cooking, the family moves to an abandoned old château in Médoc. While shopping for local ingredients, cooking, and renovating the house, Mimi meets the farmers and artisans who populate the village and learns about the former owner of the house, an accomplished local cook. Here are recipes inspired by this eccentric cast of characters, including White Asparagus Soufflé, Wine Harvest Pot au Feu, Endives with Ham, and Salted Butter Chocolate Cake. Featuring evocative photographs taken by Mimi’s husband, Oddur Thorisson, this cookbook is a charming jaunt to an untouched corner of France that has thus far eluded the spotlight. My Thoughts: French cooking is one of those …

Soframiz Middle Eastern Cookbook, Review

Soframiz Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery & Cafe Award-winning chefs Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick have spent more than a decade frequenting the electric cafes and souks of the Middle East, sourcing ingredients and gaining inspiration for their uber-popular New England restaurants. In their first cookbook together, they demystify and explore the flavors of this popular region. Using the concept of soframiz, which means “our table” or “our hospitality,” they re-create the Middle East’s generous warmth and spirit through beloved everyday dishes such as Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers, Lamb Shawarma with Pickled Cabbage and Tahini, and Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava. Their recipes are rooted in tradition but also adapted for a modern audience – a unique hybrid approach that has won them fans around the world. With evocative storytelling and a primer on iconic ingredients, Soframiz will transport you to the markets and homes of the Middle East.  My thoughts: When I saw that this was one of the books the publisher was offering for review I immediately picked it. In …

Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

Last week I shared with you guys a recipe for making Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa that is dairy free and low histamine. This week I wanted to do another food post (maybe I should make recipes a weekly thing?) Sticking with the Arabian Gulf or as some of you might call it Persian Gulf style for the dish I’m sharing a recipe that is incredibly easy to find ingredients for and just as easy to make. While I would call this recipe something that is great if you’re on a low histamine diet it isn’t quite non dairy because there is a bit of yogurt in the mix. Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 50 minutes Ingredients:  Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 1/2 a lemon 2 Onions 2 Tomatoes 1/2 Green Pepper Yogurt 1 Carrot 3 Small Golden potatoes *I used Extra Long Basmati Rice as well Spices: (in order of amount used) Curry Powder Chicken Masala Salt Ground Black Pepper Paprika Garlic Ginger Clove Cinnamon Cumin Nutmeg Red Chili Okay so first of all I did …

Martha Stewart’s Vegetables, Book Review

Martha Stewart’s Vegetables  Inspired Recipes and Tips for Choosing, Cooking, and Enjoying the Freshest Seasonal Flavors An Essential Resource for Every Cook In this beautiful book, Martha Stewart – one of America’s best known cooks, gardeners, and all-around vegetable lovers – provides home cooks with an indispensable resource for selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking from the garden and the market. The 150 recipes, many of which are vegetarian, highlight the flavors and textures of everyday favorites and uncommon varieties alike. Martha Stewart’s Vegetables makes eating your greens (and reds and yellows and oranges, too!) more delicious than ever.  Martha Stewart is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Her first book, Entertaining, was published in 1982, and since then she has authored dozens of bestselling books on cooking, gardening, weddings, home keeping, and decorating, including Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, Martha’s American Food, One Pot, Clean Slate, and Martha Stewart’s Appetizers. Martha Stewart has been widely recognized by the media industry for award-winning content, including numerous national …