Posts tagged ‘recipe’

May 6, 2010

Bread Makes the World go ‘Round

In the spirit of “there’s more that unites us than divides us” I present you with: Bread.

India: Naan

naan (BBC Good Food website)

Mexico: Tortillas

tortillas (Cooking Light)

France: Baguettes

baguettes (The Kitchn)

The list goes on and on and on.  Every culture has its own style of bread, and within that culture, there are 1001 different recipes for that bread.  One of my favourite breads comes from the land where my mom was born, England.

Scones:

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Here’s my recipe for chocolate chip scones (co-opted from many recipes found across the web):

2     cups unsifted flowers

3     tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2     tsp baking powder

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup buttermilk or milk

1     large egg

1     tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
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  4. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly
  5. add the milk, egg, vanilla, and chocolate chips, and mix until it comes together into a wet dough
  6. turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until it comes together
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  8. roll dough as thin as you can (the chips will let you know how thick)
  9. cut the dough into whatever shape you like
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  11. place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes
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  13. Enjoy!

What is your favourite thing that unites people?  Food? History?  Something Else?

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May 5, 2010

Stew + Soup = Stoup!

If you watch Rachael Ray at all, you will know that stoup is one of her made-up words.  It describes a meal that is thicker than a soup, but thinner than a stew.  Last night I made Rachael’s Tomato Vegetable Pasta Stoup (from Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine) with some modifications.

Ingredients:

2     tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3     carrots, grated

1     onion, chopped

4     ribs of celery, chopped

1     cup frozen corn

1     cup frozen peas

1     bay leaf

4     cups broth – I used low-sodium chicken

1     can chickpeas

1     can crushed tomatoes

1/2 lb pasta – I used elbows

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a big soup pot over medium-high heat
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and bay leaf to the pan, and season with salt and pepper100_1186
  3. Add broth, tomatoes, and chickpeas to mix, cover and bring to a boil
  4. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 15 minutes
  5. add the corn and peas about 3 minutes before the pasta is fully cooked100_1193
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  7. I served ours with a bit of grated cheddar and some Pillsbury crescent rolls.  As you can see, it got a thumbs-up from hubby, so score one for Rachael Ray!  This would also be so good with corn muffins, maybe crumbled over the top! mmmmm!

This meal was extremely filling, very satisfying, and completely meat free!!  What’s your favourite vegetarian recipe??

April 7, 2010

Hoppin’ on the Oatmeal train!

I’ve finally done it!  Yesterday, for the first time I made oatmeal for breakfast.

Oatmeal Picture from Quaker Oats Website – I gobbled mine too quickly to take a picture!

I got the recipe from Kath’s blog, and It was just too easy not to try! I read the recipe as making 2 servings, but maybe I did it wrong, cause there was only enough for 1! This morning I doubled the recipe, and it made enough for me and hubby to share. I added some yummy toppings at the end to make it:

Banana Bread Oats!

Recipe: (Based off of Kath’s basic whipped-banana recipe)
2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup almond milk
2/3 cup water
1/2 banana
splash vanilla

Toppings: spoonful of PB, handful of chocolate chips, and a 1/2 handful of pecan pieces.

These oats are creamy and delicious. One thing I discovered was that yesterday when I ate less oats, I wasn’t hungry for lunch until about 12:30. Today when I ate a full serving, I was super-hungry by about 10:30! What is up with that?

What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?  What keeps you full until lunch?  Post your favourite oatmeal toppings, and I will try them out this week!!

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