Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vegetarian Jucy Lucy!

With the 4th of July coming up it's time to think about grilling up some burgers! For a festive event, why not make something special, like the Minneapolis-created Jucy Lucy!



A Jucy (or Juicy, depending on whom you ask) Lucy is a burger with cheese tucked inside. I've adapted my Vegetable Burgers to incorporate this secret package of ooey gooey goodness, and added some tasty Bac-O bits (which are actually vegetarian!) for a bit more flavour.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

French Silk Mini-Pies!

The first time I had French Silk pie it was from Baker's Square and it was at once wonderful and terrible: silky smooth and light, infused with rich chocolate flavour, but SO DAMN SWEET. I couldn't ever finish a slice 'cause I'd inevitably eat up all the whipped cream to balance out the silk, leaving several bites of lonely chocolate with no cream to temper it.

Turns out making French Silk is REALLY easy to make. Like, really really easy. Like, two steps easy. The trick is to whip it long enough (just like the castella!) and use really cold fresh eggs. Oh yeah, there are raw eggs involved. DON'T FREAK OUT --- you're more likely to get in a car accident than contract salmonella. Plus, if you use organic free-range eggs, you are only 1/5 as likely to get salmonella compared to using conventional eggs. THE ODDS ARE IN YOUR FAVOUR!!!

Nonetheless, if you've got a compromised immune system, or are otherwise vulnerable (e.g. pregnant, an infant, or elderly) this probably isn't the dish for you. Or, you can use pasteurized egg product, though I haven't tried it so I dunno how well that would work out.

Back to the point: now I can make French Silk pie that isn't OTT sweet! WOOHOO!!!



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Sunday, June 19, 2011

You Only Think You Know Me

I like things that pretend to be other things. Like food erasers, animal disguises, or cupfakes.
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I also have a mad obsession with waffles, and a recent craving for pizza. Combine that with a lack of an oven, and you get.... creativity!

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I guess this is not so much a recipe post as a "here are some things to try and some tips to avoid the mistakes I made" post.

Ingredients:
Pizza Crust dough (homemade or storebought)
Pizza Toppings cut into very small pieces


Directions:
1) Roll out your pizza crust VERY thinly. The thinner the better, though not so thin it breaks. I did that a couple of times

2) Lay a layer of crust over your preheated waffle iron

3) Top with toppings (which will be more like fillings

4) Place another piece of crust on top

5) Close the waffle iron, remove excess dough, and allow to bake for 5-15 minutes (irons vary!)

I suggest using fresh tomatoes, not pizza sauce ;D

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Using ingredients with strong flavor such as basil and garlic will help to offset the crust flavor without needing huge quantities, which wouldn't fit inside the waffle pizza anyway

If you are concerned about making your waffle iron too dirty, you can put a small wad of crust dough into your waffle maker, bake it by itself, and then top with toppings and bake in an oven. But my goal was to make pizza without an oven, so this is my waffled pizza pockets ^u^

Remember, the crust will puff slightly when baked, so don't overstuff!
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Castella

CASTELLA!!! The dense-but-soft moist cuboids of tea-time DELICIOUSNESS. This recipe makes LOADS of castella, which is good, because there are no leavening agents so it takes FOR-FUCKING-EVER to whip all that fluffy goodness into the eggs and you never want to touch a mixer again when you're done.

One great coping mechanism, I've found, is to have a booze & BAKING PARTY!!! So you can tag-team that damned mixer with your friends while you all become increasing inebriated, such that by the end of the whipping process none of you care that you've just spent like an hour of your life making cake batter.

Check out Azuki and me not givin' a SHIT that we just made cake for hours:

We both look way better irl, believe me. This is pretty much the most terrible picture in the world.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fluffy Pancake Batter!

'Cause these pancakes were NOT FLUFFY ENOUGH!!!

This batter is more suited to pancakes, what with its soft texture and thicker fluffier nature, whilst its precursor is actually happier in the waffle iron, due to its crisp crust and easy releasing qualities.

Both are delicious. Both are STUPID-easy. This one also doesn't separate :D and actually works best if you make it the day before and let it sit overnight. Something about the gluten relaxing.




Fluffy Pancake Batter

Beat 1 egg 'til fluffy.

Add:
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk, or regular milk, or beer! for the lactose intolerant, obviously
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil



Beat 'til just combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

Make pancakes.

OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

Happy Breakfasting!
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

NACHOS! with Pico di Gallo & Guac!



More delicious meals that are STUPID-easy to make :D

These are kinda ~fancy~ nachos 'cause we happened to have blue corn flaxseed tortilla chips and nummy nummy smoked gouda and sharp cheddar. *u*

Topped with home-made pico di gallo and guacamole, it was a pretty tasty lunch!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vegetable Burgers

These burgers are not your average veggie burger; they do not attempt to replicate their meaty counterparts, instead they showcase the delicious goodness of vegetables used, providing a new and FRIGGIN' AWESOME gustatory experience.

Aside from being tasty-good, they are also really easy (if proportionally messy) to make and store excellently in the freezer. Measurements are approximate and materials are flexible --- feel free to add or take away as you please to customize your burger :)


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