Monday, April 28, 2014

Name that cake!

I'm sure that somewhere on the internet there is an "official" name for this cake.  But I think we need to come up with our own version.  Will you help me name this 2 ingredient "cake"?  There is no baking involved and is one of the easiest cakes to make.  It's light and delicate and will wow people when you tell them it's just cookies covered in whipped cream




Ingredients:

  • Whipping Cream
  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies


Steps:
  • Whip cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Ice each cookie with cream, and form small stacks, 5-6 cookies high

  • Arrange stacks of cookies/cream on a plate to form the shape of your cake
  • Cover the whole thing with whipped cream
  • Decorate with any left over cookie crumbs 


  • Chill for a minimum of 4 hours.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Parsnip Chips

I love parsnips chips, but they are very hard to find.  Making them myself allows me to control the amount of oil that I use, and they are baked instead of deep fried.  My plate full today, made from 2 parsnips was only about 200 calories and made a very satisfying mid afternoon snack





Ingredients:

  • Parsnips
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings - Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper


Steps:
  1. Peel Parsnips
  2. Slice thinly - use a mandolin if you have one
  3. Toss with oil and seasoning
  4. Spread evenly on cookie sheet
  5. Bake at 350 till done to desired crispness - approx 15 minutes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ants Climbing Trees

This is one of my favorite Asian recipes that Hilary makes.  I admit, I was concerned when she first told me what she was making, but I quickly realized that it was a descriptive name, not a reference to actual ingredients.   The ground pork (or turkey) clings to the egg noodles, giving the illusion of ants climbing trees.






Ingredients:

  •  8 oz ground pork or turkey
  • 7 oz fine egg noodles
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped finely
  • 8 oz hot chicken stock
  • 2 green onions, chopped - for garnish

Marinade
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dry sherry or sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt


Steps:
  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the pork (turkey) and stir well to mix.
  3. Cover and let marinate for about 30 minutes
  4. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions; drain thoroughly
  5. Heat the wok until hot
  6. Add the oil and heat over moderate heat until hot
  7. Add the pork and spring onions and stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until the meat loses its pink colour
  8. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then add drained noodles.
  9. Stir-fry for 1 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and the noodles are hot
  10. Sprinkle with spring onions and serve at once.




Serves 3-4

Source: Wright, Jeni, 1990, Sainsburys Wok and Stir-Fry, Sainsbury, London, p.55

Friday, October 11, 2013

Irish Chocolate Potato Cake

This cake gets made for every birthday and celebration that requires cake.  We've even made it as a wedding cake for friends.  Topped with Incredible Chocolate Icing, it's the richest, moistest, most amazing cake I've ever tasted.



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Steps:
  1. Combine the ingredients in the order given.  
  2. Pour into two greased and lined 9" layer pans and bake in 350 oven for 35 minutes, or until done. 
  3.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on racks. 
  4.  Fill and ice with "Incredible Chocolate Icing". We like to add raspberry jam between the layers for extra flavour.


From: Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Incredible Chocolate Icing

We use this icing with Irish Chocolate Potato cake, but it's just as good on brownies too.  It's a very thick and dense icing, so it's not good for delicate cakes or cupcakes.





Blend 4 seconds in food processor (electric mixer ok, but not as smooth):
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa

Add and process until smooth:
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 T. hot coffee
  • 2 T. milk


From: Nuts About Chocolate

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Eggs Baked in Avocado





Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped  
  • 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced very thin 
  • Salt an pepper
  • 1 large avocado 
  • 2 eggs 
  •  Warm corn tortillas

Steps:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425
  2. Lightly toast cumin until fragrant in an oven proof frying pan.
  3. Add olive oil, onion and garlic, cooking till soft.
  4. Add tomatoes and salt and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Cut avocado in half, discard pit and peel.
  6. Remove tomato mixture from heat and nestle avocado halves in the mixture, cut side up.
  7. Crack an egg into each avocado, season with salt an pepper.
  8. Bake in oven till egg is cooked to your desire, approx. 15 minutes
  9. Serve on warm tortilla


Adapted from Food52.

Friday, May 24, 2013

HOT QUINOA BREAKFAST

Ingredients: 

2/3 cup of water
3 Tbsp quinoa
2 Tbsp quick cooking rolled oats
1-2 tsp maple syrup, honey or brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp flax
2 Tbsp blueberries, cranberries or raisins (fresh, frozen or dried)
Milk, cream or yogurt to serve with

Directions: 

Place water and quinoa in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cover.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes
Stir in oats (and dried fruit if using), cover and cook for another 5 minutes, until oats are tender
Remove from heat
Stir in maple syrup, honey or brown sugar and flax
Fold in fruit if using fresh or frozen.
Top with milk, cream or yogurt
Serve immediately

 From: Quinoa 365 - The Everyday Superfood