“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
3 whole dried red chiles
1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
2 red onions, finely chopped
3 fresh hot green chiles, slit the length of the chile
1½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons dried mango powder (amchur), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons pomegranate seed powder (anaardaana), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1½ cups water
3 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, and red chiles in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the ginger and curry leaves, if using, and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Add the onions, green chiles, and salt while cooking, stirring often, until the onions turn a uniformly dark brown color, about 20 minutes. Keep a cup of water beside the stove as the onions cook. As the onions begin to stick to the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan with the spoon to pull up the browned bits, keeping the onions and spices from burning. Do this as often as necessary (5 or 6 times) until the onions are well browned.

When the onions are cooked, add the mango and pomegranate powders, if using, as well as the ground/toasted cumin, turmeric, and ½ teaspoon of garam masala; cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the cayenne and black peppers. Immediately add the water and all but about ½ cup of chickpeas. Mash the rest of the chickpeas to a puree with the back of a form, and add them to the pan along with the remaining ½ teaspoon garam masala. Bring to a simmer, stirring, and cook gently, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, if using. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Ras El Hanout (traditional recipe follows)
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup brown sugar

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

2nd Ave Cocktail #2

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 wheels of cucumber, 1 reserved for garnish
2 sprigs of dill
¾ oz honey syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
2½ oz gin

PREPARATION

In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber and dill with honey syrup. Next, add lime juice and gin and shake vigorously. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled cocktaile glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Justin Briggs

2nd Ave Cocktail #2

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking sheet. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds and cut each half into half-inch slices. Lay them on the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes or until soft.
When cool enough to work with use a paring knife or your hands to peel the skin off each slice and chop the squash and put it in a bowl.
In a medium sauté pan, cook the onions, garlic and jalapeño in the oil until tanslucent. Add the pepper strips and cook for a couple minutes more. Add the squash and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the squash is tender and the flavors have melded. Season with salt and pepper, add cilantro and take off heat.
Spread a few tablespoons of the cooked squash mixture onto one 10-inch flour tortilla. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of the cheese. Place another tortilla on top and sprinkle with more cheese and place in a hot pan with oil, and fry until crispy. Cut the finished quesadilla into 6 triangles. East while warm.

Tortilla Salsa

INGREDIENTS

10 tomatillos, husked and well washed, quartered
½ bunch of scallions, roots and green ends trimmed, cut into big segments
5 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños, roughly chopped
Pinch of cumin
¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together until very smooth in a blender. Season with salt.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Agua de Valencia

November 22nd, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 Drink

This Cava cocktail, straight out of the Valencia region of Spain, showcases the fresh sweet oranges of the region and makes a terrific addition to any Sunday brunch.

INGREDIENTS

3 ounces cava (super cold)
2 ounces Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon white sugar

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, and shake lightly. Strain, and serve in a champagne glass.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Meatballs:

8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coriander seeds (freshly ground)
2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (freshly toasted and ground)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

For Spicy Tomato Sauce:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups (15 oz can) crushed tomatoes
½ cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl combine pork, beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, spices, egg and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly by hand until the mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Turn mixture into small 1-inch balls. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil on medium high heat and cook the meatballs, rolling until all sides are golden brown, drain on paper towel. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes. Add parsley and white wine and reduce liquid a little. Add tomato paste and mix well, add the crushed tomatoes, stock and cayenne and mix well. Add meatballs back into the pan and cook for another 10 minutes on medium low heat. The sauce should get thick. Serve warm.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

Almond Recovery Smoothie

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Aloo Bonda Potato Dumplings

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 dumplings

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 pounds (about 5 medium) red potatoes, peeled and quartered
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
24 curry leaves
3 to 6 dried chiles, coarsely crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 small jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely diced
Juice of ½ lime

For the batter

4 cups canola oil, for frying
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ cup water

Tomato Chutney or Ketchup

DIRECTIONS

To make the filling, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, turmeric, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender but not falling apart, about 25 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and set aside.

Heat the oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the mustard seeds begin to pop, about 1½ minutes. Add the chiles, and cook until the curry leaves become brittle, about 1 minute longer. Stir in the ginger and jalapeños cooking for 30 seconds. Then add the mixture to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes against the sides of the bowl until they are semi-smooth. Stir in the remaining 1½ teaspoons salt and the lime juice. Take 2 tablespoons of potato mixture, and roll into a small ball. Set the ball on a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

Heat the canola oil to 350°F in a medium saucepan. To make the batter, whisk together the chickpea flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and asafetida (if using) in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water so it resembles a thick pancake batter. Dip each potato ball in the batter, and roll it in your hands to coat evenly. Gently drop a few battered balls into the hot oil, and fry until they are golden brown, turning often for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the dumplings to a paper towel-lined plate, and serve hot with Tomato Chutney or ketchup.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Apple Bit Créme Fraiche

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup créme fraiche
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.

Apple Cider Gravy with Ginger Apple Bits

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups of gravy

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup tart apples, chopped fine
1½ tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped super fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 cinnamon stick
2 fresh bay leaves
1 cup apple cider
½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons apple brandy or Lairds applejack (optional)
½ cup heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.

In a medium sauté pan, heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Sauté shallots and garlic and cook, 5 minutes. Next, add apples and ginger, cook 3 minutes longer. Remove 2 tablespoons of the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven and cook until until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, add the fresh herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, apple cider, chicken broth and apple brandy to the rest of the sauté mixture, combine and cook, 30 minutes or until liquid is reduced by a quarter. Remove pan from heat and add heavy whipping cream and add cooked crispy apple bits.

Apple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 3 cups

This is an extrmely versatile cranberry sauce, pleasing the palettes of most everyone, while tasting delightful and fallish with a unique, subtle and spicy gingery twist! Also a delicous accompaniment to pork!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups fresh cranberries
2 medium tart apples, peeled and cored and chopped super fine
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped super fine
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped fine
1 cup apple cider

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until sauce is thick and chunky, about 25 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. This can be kept chunky or blended until smooth.

Arroz con Coco

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Asian Pear with Blue Cheese with Rosemary Honey Drizzle

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, medium size, sliced ¼ inch thick and cut in half (half moon shapes)
4 ounces sweet blue cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan, heat honey and rosemary leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused with rosemary. Arrange the pear slices on a serving tray and top each with a small amount of blue cheese and drizzle with warm honey-rosemary syrup. Serve.

Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add butter and olive oil. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, nutmeg, and asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half then stir in the cooked brown rice. Fluff mixture with a fork and sprinkle herbs into pilaf. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
12-15 corn tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Juice of 1 lime
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the cilantro, oil, cumin seeds, lime juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Baked Herbal Goat Cheese with Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Bread

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Chopped herbs for garnish

Directions

Pre heat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl mix together tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt. Place in a small shallow baking dish. Place dollops of goat cheese on the top of the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little black pepper and place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. In the meantime, slice bread into sliced about ½ inch thick and toast in the oven. When the tomato dish is done take it out of the oven and sprinkle a few fresh herbs over the top. Serve with the olive bread.

Baked Spring Rolls

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 spring rolls

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
1 cup Napa cabbage, sliced thin
¼ cup carrots, shredded
4 shitake mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup green onions, shredded
½ cup bean sprouts
3 tablespoons tamari
Spring Roll Wrappers 10 x 10
Sweet Chili Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan or work, heat the sesame oil and coconut oil on high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook a few minutes until they start to turn slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage, carrots and mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes until the carrots and cabbage are soft. Take off the heat and mix in the green onions and bean sprouts and drizzle with tamari, mix well and let stand about 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.
To assemble the rolls, place a wrapper on a flat surface and place a few tablespoons of filling inside and wrap up in a roll shape, sealing the end with a dab of cold water to seal. Place the rolls on a lined baking sheet and place in the hot oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes turning a few times and allowing all sides to brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Balsamic & Rosemary Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This is an amazingly “winter fresh” tasting dish! Cut and peel the roots according to your own preference and mix and match vegetables according to your local farmers and tastes!

Ingredients

1 medium potato
1 rutabaga
1 turnip
1 orange beet
1 red beet
1 carrot
1 shallot
1 medium red onion
5 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Cracked black pepper
Balsamic & Rosemary Honey (recipe follows, should be made ahead or while vegetables are roasting)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Chop the root vegetables, onion and garlic to the size of your choice, making sure they are consistent in size in order for them to cook properly and evenly. Toss together with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes (may take 30 minutes for larger pieces). Remove from the oven, place vegetables in a bowl and toss together with the Balsamic Rosemary Honey. Return vegetables to the baking sheet and place back in the oven, turning up the temperature between at 400. Roast until vegetables are caramelized and beginning to brown.

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

Ingredients

½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.

Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 milkshakes

Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
1 banana, ripe and cut into chunks
2 cups milk
1 cup ice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The Central American versions of milkshakes are often much looser than other milkshakes and often served over more ice.

Bay Leaf Créme Burlée

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 ramekins

Ingredients

2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy cream
12 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (seeds reserved)
3 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar (plus more)
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf sugar (1 cup sugar and 4-6 bay leaves in a jar for 1 week-shaking each day)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cream, bay leaves (crack before putting in pan to release oils), vanilla bean pod and seeds and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let steep for about 20 minutes. In the meantime beat the eggs, egg yolk and ¾ cup sugar and the pinch of salt. Remove the vanilla pod and bay leaves and whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk until thick custard is formed. Divide the custard into 6 lightly greased ramekins. Place the ramekins in a baking dish with sides and place about 1-2 inches water in the dish. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 3 hours. For serving place a tablespoon of sugar over the top and with a kitchen blow torch heat the sugar until it caramelizes. Allow to burlée to set for a few minutes while the caramelized sugar hardens.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stir Fry

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1½ pound sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
8 ounces snow peas, trimmed
1½ pound boneless beef sirloin or flank steak
6 scallions
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
6 tablespoons peanut oil
3 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

Directions

Peel sweet potatoes, cut lengthwise and slice into 18-inch thick slices. Diagonally halve snow peas. Diagonally cut scallions into thin slices. Slice the meat, against the grain, into thin strips similar in size to the sweet potato slices. In a small bowl whisk together broth, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch until combined well. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion and stir-fry until softened. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 30 seconds. Add sweet potatoes and stir-fry until just tender; 6 to 8 minutes. Add snow peas and stir-fry about 2 more minutes. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to wok or skillet and heat until just smoking. Stir-fry half of beef until browned and transfer to bowl with vegetables. Add remaining tablespoon peanut oil and stir-fry remaining beef in same manner, then transfer to bowl.
Add broth mixture to wok or skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer broth mixture 1 minute. Return beef-vegetable mixture with scallions to wok or skillet and stir-fry until combined and heated through. Season stir-fry with salt and pepper and stir in sesame oil.
Serve stir-fry over rice, garnished with scallions.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.
Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.

Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt, place skin side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and cool and scoop out center, leaving a little on the bottom as the shell becomes a boat or vessel for your mixture. Chop the eggplant super fine and place in a large bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and place in shells and bake for about 30 minutes or until super soft. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

Berries and Sugar Crepes

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup turbinado sugar (white sugar is okay as well)
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Creme fresh
Sugar, coarse or regular
Powdered sugar

Directions

In a large bowl toss together whatever berries desired and sprinkle with sugar and let stand. Whisk together melted butter, milk, flour, salt and eggs until smooth and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cold! Heat a large crepe pan or non stick skillet to medium high heat and brush with a combination of butter and oil until greased lightly. Pour a little batter (about ¼ to ½ cup) into the pan and cook, flipping once when the bottom side is cooked brown. There will be some small bubbles as when cooking a pancake. The process should take a few minutes total for each crepe and varies with the heat of the pan. Place a spoon full of creme fresh on the crepe and spread into a thin layer. Spoon the berries onto the crepe and fold the sides together to form a crepe or roll. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Bite Size Samosas with Apple Chutney

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 Samosas

Apple Chutney

Ingredients

6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1¼ (inch) pieces fresh ginger root, peeled
13 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a saucepan, mix the apples, onion, ginger, vinegar, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover.
Simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender. Mix in some water if necessary to keep the ingredients moist.
Remove ginger.

Samosas

Ingredients

1 package square wonton wrappers
1½ lbs red or yellow potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 green chilies, minced
1 tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup of frozen peas, defrosted
Salt to taste
1 egg, beaten
Oil for frying

Directions

Large mixing bowl, add warm potatoes, lemon juice, green chilies, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, sugar, oil, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add peas to mixture and combine.
Add one tablespoon of mixture into the center of a wonton wrapper from one corner to the other in a triangle shape, brush edges with egg wash and seal shut. Make sure all sides are sealed.
Deep fry samosas, a few at a time, till golden brown. Take care to not overcrowd the oil.
Serve with apple chutney.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

Blackberries with Mint & Honey-Crème Drizzle

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups fresh blackberries
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup crème fraiche
¼ cup honey
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Maldon salt
Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

Arrange berries in 6 single serving bowls. In a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream, crème fraiche, honey, and mint until thick and creamy. Spoon over berries and sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and garnish with mint leaves.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Have large bowl and sieve set over a small heatproof bowl.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers and fry the following ingredients one by one. As they’ve fried use slotted spoon and transfer to large bowl and hold.

-Fry peanuts and almonds together until golden
-Fry the Pecans until lightly colored
-Fry each chili on both sides, turning with tongs just until the flesh has turned a lighter color
-Fry the onion and garlic together until light brown

Mix together 1½ Tablespoon of reserved chili seeds, sesame seeds, canela, aniseed, and coriander and fry them until lightly toasted. Stir in the oregano, cloves, and cumin, then transfer the mixture including the oil to large bowl of fried ingredients.

Using tongs, hold the tortilla directly over the burner (set to medium) turning till brown on both sides. Crumble into fried ingredients.

Working in 2 batches, transfer HALF fried ingredients mixture into a blender and pour in 2 cups of stock, blend until smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 Tablespoon of oil in pan over medium high heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce and stir. Bring to simmer and reduce heat to low.

Add blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and ¼ cup of the stock to blender and puree till smooth. Strain through medium sieve into sauce, discarding seeds.

Bring sauce to simmer and reduce, stirring frequently and adding more stock as necessary maintaining a velvety consistency that thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Season with sugar and salt to taste. Sauce should only taste slightly sweet.

Add the pork to the mole, cook for about 15-20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This mole keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days and freezer for a month.

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

4 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 cups water
1 medium white onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring water to a boil over high heat then reduce (low) to a simmer. Skim any foam from surface if necessary. Cook until pork is fork tender (about 2 hours). Remove pork and set aside.

Strain the stock into a wide bowl. Use the stock to make mole. You can refrigerate stock up to 2 days and freeze up to 3 months.

Blackberry-Basil Buckwheat Flax Crepes with Basil Sweet Cream

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups blackberries
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs
Basil Sweet Cream (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl mix the sugar, basil and blackberries and let stand. Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until coled before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used. Place a few spoonfuls of the blackberry mixture on the center of a crepe and fold over into a square or just a roll up. Drizzle some basil sweet cream over the top of the creme.

Basil Sweet Cream

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup creme fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon blackberry juice from the sugared blackberries
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

Broccoli with Ginger and Sesame

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
¾ cup vegetable stock
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1½ pound broccoli florets
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger
Canola, or grapeseed oil for sautéing

Directions

Mix the vegetable stock, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil together in a small bowl and set aside.
Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with oil, heat over medium flame and add the broccoli florets. Stir to coat the florets with the oil and sauté for about a minute. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for half a minute more, until fragrant.
Add the vegetable stock mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover for 2-3 minutes; until broccoli is still firm, but can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon and set aside. Return pan to high heat and boil down the liquid until about 3 tablespoons remain. Turn off heat, return broccoli to the pan, add the toasted sesame seeds and toss all with the liquid. Serve immediately.

Brown Rice Fried Rice

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli florets, peppers), chopped small
¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
¼ cup water
1 small green chili, chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add oil. Cook the vegetables, 5 minutes.
Add peas and water and cover to steam vegetables until tender, but still have a bite. Add chili, scallions, garlic and ginger and continue to cook, 1 minute. Add the cooked rice and combine. Create a space in the center of pan and add eggs. Cook, breaking up the eggs with a spoon until they are lightly browned. Increase heat slightly and cook until the rice is crispy, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and mirin with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture over the rice.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and serve, with extra soy sauce on the side.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets

INGREDIENTS FOR SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS

½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until tanslucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, add onions and garlic and rest of ingredients up until pasta sheets. On a cutting board, place a pasta sheet and spoon a line of filling down the middle, roll and place seam side down in casserole. Continue until finished with all sheets.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown and butter solids have sank to the bottom. Add sage leaves and hazelnuts and remove from heat. Pour sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Caramelized Apple Buckwheat Crepes with Light Rosemary Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until cold before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used.

For the caramelized apples

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped super fine
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ apple cider

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add apples and cook for a few minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, rosemary and nutmeg. Continue to cook apples, until slightly golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add apple cider and turn up heat a bit until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

For the light rosemary cream

INGREDIENTS

½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon syrup from caramelized apples
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

To assemble crepes

Place a little bit of the apple mixture in a crepe and fold over. Spoon some light rosemary cream over the top.

Caramelized Banana Tartlets with Chocolate Port Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw hazelnuts
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 bananas, sliced in rounds about ½ inch thick
1 package puff pastry, thawed
4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup tawny port

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine hazelnuts, white sugar and nutmeg. In another small bowl, combine vanilla and melted butter and pour over hazelnut mixture, tossing to coat well. Lay on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Once out of oven, set aside to cool and then chop.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, butter. Sauté bananas and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add chopped hazelnuts, and sauté another few minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. Cut puff pastry sheets into 8-10 squares (4 X 4 inches) and place on a lined baking sheet. Spoon a few spoonfuls of the banana mixture onto the center of each square and place in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

In the meantime, fill a saucepan ¼ with water and bring to a simmer. Place a metal bowl on top to create a double boiler. In the metal bowl, add chocolate, heavy cream, brown sugar, and stir until all sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add port, and stir well. Once tartlets come out of the oven, drizzle chocolate over tarts, and serve!

Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 13 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water to a blender. Drain the remaining water from the rice, and place the rice in the blender. Grind the rice as finely as possible, scraping down the sides of the blender jar as necessary.

Bring the half-and-half to a simmer in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1 cup of the half-and-half to the blender, and pulse to release some steam; then, blend for 10 seconds to combine. Transfer the contents of the blender to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and stir constantly until the rice cream is as thick as a thin pudding and a trail can be made through the cream on the back of a spoon, 16 to 18 minutes (if the mixture foams up in the saucepan, remove the saucepan from the heat for a few seconds, reduce the heat, and continue to cook). Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the sugar and cardamom. Divide between 6 small glasses or ramekins, and cool to room temperature. Cover each glass or dish with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface, and chill at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Place the saffron in a small skillet, and toast over low heat until the saffron threads are fragrant and darker in color, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl or to a mortar to cool, and then grind with the back of a teaspoon or with a pestle until powder-fine. Add the heavy cream. Drizzle some saffron sauce over each serving, and serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato chopped fine)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

Directions

Mix the salt with the yucca and set aside. In a large sauté pan heat a small amount of vegetable oil (about 3-4 tablespoons) on high heat. Add the garlic onions , jalapeño pepper and green pepper and sauté for a few minutes, or until onions are semi translucent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until ground beef is fully browned or about 3-4 more minutes. Add fresh herbs. Add the tomatoes or tomato paste and all the spices and hot sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until all liquid is cooked out of the beef mixture. Cool beef mixture. Form yucca mash into about 3 inch long circular shapes in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of the beef minute in the middle and form the yucca mash around the beef mixture in the shape of an oval. Make sure there is a tight seal and all beef is in the inside of the yucca mash. Set aside. After all yucca mash patties are made, heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan until hot, Place yucca patties in the hot frying pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes each or until golden brown. When browned place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Serve with Panamanian Salsa Chombo.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic, onions and ginger for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth or water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime pesto and garnish with a few toasted pumpkin seeds.

Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil (optional)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a blender mix all ingredients until smooth and desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the cumin and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat, and cool for a few minutes.
Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth.
Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime cream, and serve.

Cilantro-Lime Cream

Makes a ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Celery Root Potage with Fried Shallots, Fresh Sage and Apple Bit Créme Fraiche and Crispy Shallots

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium leek, sliced thin
1 medium red onion, chopped small
2 small or 1 medium celery root (2-3 pounds total), peeled and cubed small
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
Salt
Cracked black pepper
¼ cup apple cider
2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
2 cups water
Apple Bit Créme Fraiche (recipe follows)
Crispy Shallots for garnish (recipe follows)
Fresh Sage Chiffonade for garnish
Nutmeg, freshly grated for garnish

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the butter and oil on a medium high-heat. Add the garlic, leek and red onion and sauté until semi-translucent and slightly brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the celery root and apple and sauté until apples begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and cracked black pepper. Pour in apple cider and scrape any caramelized and dried bits stuck in the pan to loosen them into the liquid. Add the stock and water and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the celery root becomes soft, about 20-30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and transfer half of the celery root potage into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy, being careful as the liquid is hot! Pour the smooth potage back into the chunky potage and stir gently until totally incorporated. Serve with a dollop of apple bit créme fresh and garnish with crispy shallots, fresh sage chiffonade and freshly grated nutmeg.

Crispy Shallots

Ingredients

½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons oil of choice (walnut, sesame, almond or pistachio)
1 cup shallots, sliced in thin rounds
2 teaspoons fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
Maldon salt

Directions

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and oil of choice to a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shallots and stir until they are completely coated with oil. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir the shallots often, slowly cooking until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Add the herbs in the last 5 minutes, making sure to coat them entirely in the oil. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. The shallots and herb bits should be crispy once they are placed on the paper towels and the oil has drained. Season with Maldon salt.

Apple Bit Créme Fraiche

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup créme fraiche
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.

Chai

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk
1 cup water
1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea
A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half
9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open
7 whole cloves
A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let sleep 15 minutes. Then return to a boil, strain, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chapati

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 14

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
1 to 1¼ cups water
All-purpose flour, for rolling
Butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Mix the flour(s) in a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the water to the flour, and mix with your hand to combine. Add another ¼ cup water, and mix again. Continue adding the water, a little at a time, until the dough forms a ball. (The dough should take about 1 cup water.)

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured surface until the dough is moist, soft, and slightly sticky but doesn’t cling to clean hands or the work surface, about 5 minutes. If the dough is dry, dip your fingers into some water, and knead the water onto the surface, and let rest at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

When the dough has rested, prepare a small bowl of all-purpose flour and also flour your work surface. Break off a piece of dough a little smaller than a golf ball. Toss it in the bowl of flour, and then roll it between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Set the ball on the work surface, and flatten it into a 2-inch disk. Now roll the disk, flouring the work surface and dough round as needed, into a thin round 5 to 6-inches in diameter. Put the chapatti on a plate, and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Continue to roll all of the dough into chapattis, and stack them on a plate, pieces of plastic wrap between them.

Heat a griddle or frying pan (preference goes to cast iron) over medium-high heat. Place a chapati on a heated griddle or in the pan over medium-high heat, and cook until the top darkens slightly, and your see bubbles begin to form underneath the surface of the dough, about 1 minute. Now flip the chapatti with a spatula, and cook the other side until you see more bubbles, about 30 seconds.

If working on a gas stove, turn on a second burner to high. Using a pair of flat tongs, carefully pick up the chapati by the edge, and put it directly onto the burner. Cook until the chapati balloons and browns, 10 to 15 seconds. Then carefully turn it, using the tongs to pick it up by the very edge, and cook until the underside browns and the bread balloons again, 10 to 15 more seconds. Remove the chapati from the fire the tongs, or slide it off the griddle, put it on a plate, and rub with butter. Serve immediately while you continue cooking the remaining chapatis.

If working on an electric stove, cook the chapati on the griddle, or in the pan until the bubbles have begun to form on both sides. Then continue cooking the chapati, pressing down the edges of the round with a wad of paper towels as it balloons and turning it in a clockwise motion, until the chapati is well browned and swells like a balloon. Turn and do the same on the other side.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chapatis

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 12

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
Additional flour for rolling
1 cup of water (approximately)
½ tablespoon of salt or to taste if you want more
2 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil

Directions

Mix flour and salt well. Make a hole in flour and mix in a little water at a time while trying to form dough. Add little water at a time to ensure the dough consistency does not get too soft or sticky. You can always add more flour to thicken the mixture. Knead for five minutes, cover with wet cloth and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll out flour into a small log and portion 12 small rounds. Heat a flat pan, nonstick pan, until hot OR tortilla press work too. Roll out 1/2 a handful of dough into a flat round shape (3mm thick) and put into pan, cooking for 1 minute either side. Once turned press gently with a towel, until brown. Keep warm.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Chicken and Cashews

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green chili, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin (separate green and white parts)
¾ cup chicken broth
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup cashews, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Cook the chicken until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, chili, garlic, and scallion whites to wok or skillet and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into wok or skillet. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate. Serve.

Chicken Biriyani with Cream and Garam Masala

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

10 cups water
2 cups basmati rice
1 recipe Braised Chicken in White Sauce with Garam Masala

DIRECTIONS

Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the rice, and stir gently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Return to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer vigorously, partially covered, 6 minutes. Drain, return rice to the pan, and set aside until ready to use. Make the chicken, and simmer stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes after adding the cream.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Layer a third of the cooked rice over the bottom of a large ovenproof casserole dish, preferably with a lid. Layer half of the chicken on top, and smooth with a spoon. Add another third of the rice and then the rest of the chicken. Top with the remaining rice. Cover tightly with a foil and then a lid, if there is one. Bake 30 minutes. Remove casserole from the oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chicken Cacciatore

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup of each reserved for the end
½ cup dry white wine
1 large (28-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock

PREPARATION

Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a heavy bottom 5-Qt pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté chicken until brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. You can do the chicken in two batches if need be, take chicken out and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and add garlic and onion, sauté until the garlic and onions are tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add bell peppers, carrots, and celery, and continue to sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of all herbs and sauté just until coated. Add the wine and remove any little bits and pieces stuck to bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, squishing them with your fingers to break apart whole tomatoes. Add chicken stock, stir well. Add the chicken and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add remaining herbs and take off heat. Remove any excess oil or fat floating on the top of the sauce with a spoon. Serve over Herbed polenta.

Chili Dipping Sauce

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1-2 red hot chili peppers, sliced

Directions

Whisk together all the ingredients and let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of canola oil
¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
3 cups of plain yogurt (whole or reduce fat)
¼ cup of mint chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Green chilies, optional

Directions

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop in oil for approximately a minute. This makes the oil very aromatic. Remove pan from heat and cool. Peel and seed cucumbers cut into small dice. Stir cooled mustard seeds into yogurt and whisk yogurt. Stir mint, cumin, salt and green chilies. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the mixture is chilled.

Chilled Tomato Soup

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8-10 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
6 large basil leaves
Garden caviar (recipe follows)

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add one large basil leaf to the top of each soup, gently spoon some of the garden caviar on top of the basil leaf for garnish.

Garden Caviar
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Chipotle Herb Glaze

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups thick glaze

This spicy south-of-the-border glaze or BBQ sauce will turn your Thanksgiving into a spicy zest affair. The sauce can also be used to fl avor mashed potatoes and is excellent outside of Thanksgiving on beef, chicken, fi sh and vegetables!

INGREDIENTS

1 can (12-ounce) of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2
1 or 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a mopping sauce for your bird!

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Chocolate & Pumpkin Bread Pudding

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 ramekins

Ingredients

1 can (15 ounces) coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
2 teaspoons nutemg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups day old bread, cubed about 11/2 inch thick
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
Powder sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Grease 12 ramekins. In a large bowl whisk together the coconut milk, almond milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices until smooth. Mix in the bread and the chocolate. Place the mixture in greased ramekins. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned. Remove from oven and take out of ramekins while warm by cutting around the mold and turning upside down onto a small plate. Dust the tops with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Mint Pudding

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1½ cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
12 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate
3 cups milk (infused with fresh mint, recipe follows)
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add chocolate, and melt down, whisking well. In another bowl, beat eggs with milk, and add vanilla. Gradually whisk into chocolate mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking until mixture is thick. Remove from heat, and add a pinch of salt.

Milk Infused with Mint

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

3 cups milk
1 cup fresh mint, crumbled between fingers

Directions

In a medium saucepan, add milk and fresh mint. Heat on simmer, about 5 to 8 minutes. Strain out mint, and discard.

Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

This spicy sauce is perfect for a south-of-the-border themed Thanksgiving. Try it with a chipotle glazed turkey, corn bread jalapeño stuffi ng, corn mashed potatoes, and green chili gravy.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh cranberries
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup tequila
1 cup water
1 medium jalapeño, roasted, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Place first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat, and add jalapeño and cilantro, and combine.

Cilantro Lime Honeydew Prosciutto Bites

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 Bites

INGREDIENTS

Lime marmalade, recipe below
10 each prosciutto slices, sliced thin and cut in half
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 ripe honeydew melon, skin removed, sliced in 2 to 3” long slices

PREPARATION

To assemble, spread ½ teaspoon lime marmalade over the prosciutto and place a few cilantro leaves on top, followed by a slice of melon and then wrap the prosciutto around the melon.
Serve immediately.

Lime Marmalade

INGREDIENTS

2 limes
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

Zest limes and set aside.
Remove and discard the white part (pith) of the lime and segment into supremes or just the lime “meat”.
In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring the lime zest, sugar, water, lime “meat,” and salt to a boil.
Let boil on a low rolling boil for about 20 minutes or until reduced by half.
Take off heat and allow to cool to room temperature (it will thicken as it cools).

Cilantro Lime Honeydew Prosciutto Bites

Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, lime zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Citrus Miso Dipping Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar (plain rice vinegar okay)
Juice of one lime
¼ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ tamari
¼ cup miso paste

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until emulsified and well mixed.

Citrus Thai Basil Iced Tea

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-6 drinks

Ingredients

2 Thai tea bags
2 tablespoons orange zest
½ cup orange juice
½ cup thai basil leaves
½ cup turbinado sugar
4 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
Ice

Directions

In a large sauce pan place the tea bags, orange zest, juice, thai basil leaves, sugar and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Strain out the tea bags, leaves and zest and add the remaining water and stir. Allow to cool. In a glass filled with ice, fill the cup about 75% with the tea mixture and fill with coconut milk.

Classic Garlicky Caeser Salad

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 heads of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1½ teaspoons anchovy paste or 4 whole anchovies
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
13 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
13 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

In a large serving bowl, place chopped romaine lettuce.

Meanwhile, to make the dressing, place all ingredients except olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a blender and puree, slowly stream in olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Mix salad with dressing and Parmesan cheese and season with salt and more black pepper. Serve.

Classic Guacamole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients

2 tablespoons white onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Serrano chili, minced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup chopped cilantro, divided
1 large avocado
A squeeze of lime

Directions

Mash the onion, chili, salt, and half the cilantro to a paste consistency. Score the flesh of the avocado halves in a crosshatch pattern with a knife then scoop into a bowl. Combine ingredients and mix well. Add the rest of cilantro season with lime and salt.

Recipe Property of Roberto Santibañez, from Contemporary Flavors of Mexico

Coconut Sticky Rice Mangoes (Mock Sushi)

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup of sweet/ glutinous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of white sugar
1 tablespoons lime zest
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced into thin “sashimi” like pieces
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice in water overnight or for 10 hours. Place drained rice into a pan with the coconut milk, white sugar, zest and rice flour. Steam until rice is cooked through and sticky, about 30-40 minutes. Form sushi oval with the sticky rice and place a mango slice on top. Enjoy the mock sushi pieces!

Corn Curry

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For green paste

1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only)
2 tablespoons water

For the main dish

1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (optional)
3 whole dried red chiles
¼ teaspoon turmeric
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 ears) or frozen corn

DIRECTIONS

For the green paste, combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor, and process into a paste. Set aside. Combine the milk and the half-and-half in a 2 cup measure or small bowl. Combine the oil, cumin, and mustard seeds, if using, in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover if using mustard seeds (they pop and splatter), and cook until the cumin turns golden brown or you heat the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chiles, turmeric, curry leaves, and asafetida (if using) and stir. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Immediately add the green paste, and turn the heat down to low. Then cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add the flour, and cook, stirring, 1 more minute, scraping the bottom of the pan to keep the flour from sticking. Gradually add the milk mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time at first, to make a smooth paste. Start to add the milk more quickly, adding the final cup all at once. Stir in the salt and the corn, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until the corn is tender, about 4 minutes. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Cranberry & Thyme Sparkler

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup cranberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 few fresh thyme sprigs
1 cinnamon stick
Sparkling water or sparkling wine
Cranberries and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions

Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, fresh thyme and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat to high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolved and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is at a boil reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until the liquid turns thick and syrupy; stirring occasionally throughout the process. Let the mixture cool and discard the thyme sprigs and cinnamon stick. Blend te mixture in a blender until smooth and strain.

Place about 1 ounce of the syrup in a champagne flute and fill with sparkling water or wine. Garnish with a cranberry and a few fresh thyme leaves.

Cranberry Bulgur Stuffed Acorn Squashes with Cranberry Port Sauce

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed
Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 cups bulgar, cooked
1/2 cup vegetable stock, more as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Place the squash cut-side up in a small baking dish. Drizzle a little olive oil on the cut squash and season with salt and pepper. Roast for approx 15 minutes. In a medium saute pan with a few spoonfuls of olive oil, saute onion, and garlic until onion is softened. Add cranberries, pecans and herbs and season weith salt and pepper. Add the bulgar and mix well. Add stock, as required, to prevent mixture from sticking/burning and making sure it is moist. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove squash from oven. Fill cavity with stuffing. Return to oven and roast for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender and the top browns. Serve with Cranberry Port Sauce.

Cranberry Port Sauce

Makes 11/2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup port
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons black pepper, fresly cracked

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and cook in a medium low heat. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will begin to pop and allow all the cranberries to pop, cooking (continuing to stir) for about 15 minutes or until the sauce is smooth with some thickness due to the berries. For a thinner sauce, add a bit more water.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté a few minutes. Add the lemon thyme and sauté until the asparagus is soft. Add the vegetable stock, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree into a smooth soup. Slowly blend in the heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Creamy Cauliflower & Spinach Soup

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground peppercorns
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflowers, cut into florets (about 3½ pounds)
1 small red potato, peeled and chopped
1 pound spinach, washed and tough stems removed
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
8 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter, oil, rosemary, thyme, and ground peppercorns in a large pot, and heat over medium-high until the butter is melted and the rosemary is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they are soft, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and potato, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the spinach, milk, salt, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower easily mashes against the side of the pot, about 30 minutes.

Transfer some of the soup to a blender (don’t fill blender more than two-thirds full), cover, and pulse to release some heat. Blend the soup until it is completely smooth, and pour it into a clean pot. Repeat with the remaining soup. Bring the soup back to a boil, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or regular)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
½ red onion, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic salt and mustard. Mix well. Add onions and shallots and fresh herbs and whisk together well until smooth and creamy. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Crispy Okra Salad (Kararee Bhindi)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Canola oil
1-pound okra, stemmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium or 2 small tomatoes, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1½ teaspoons chaat masala

DIRECTIONS

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot to 350°F. Add a third of the okra, and fry until browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, and repeat with the remaining okra, making sure the oil temperature comes back to 350°F before frying additional batches.

In a large bowl, toss the okra with the onion, tomato, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and chaat masala. Taste for seasoning, and serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Crispy Shallots

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons oil of choice (walnut, sesame, almond or pistachio)
1 cup shallots, sliced in thin rounds
2 teaspoons fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
Maldon salt

Directions

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and oil of choice to a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shallots and stir until they are completely coated with oil. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir the shallots often, slowly cooking until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Add the herbs in the last 5 minutes, making sure to coat them entirely in the oil. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. The shallots and herb bits should be crispy once they are placed on the paper towels and the oil has drained. Season with Maldon salt.

Cucumber Raita

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2¼ cups plain yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 fresh hot green chile, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Add the shredded cucumber, green chile, toasted cumin, and cayenne, and stir. Chill well, and stir in the salt just before serving.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup canola oil
4 whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
6 green cardamom pods
1-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole dried red chiles
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, mashed in a mortar and pestle with 18 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 medium tomatoes, quartered and pureed in a food processor or blender
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ teaspoon garam masala
3 (15½-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 cup water

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil with the cloves, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, chiles, cumin seeds, and bay leaves in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the ginger, and cook 1 minute. Add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring, until the onion turns a uniform golden brown color, about 15 minutes. Keep a measuring cup of water by the stove. As the onion begins to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to pull up the browned bits, keeping the onion and spices from burning. Do this as often as necessary (5 or 6 times) until the onion is well browned.

When the onion is cooked, add the garlic, and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the coriander, ground cumin, and turmeric, and cook until the raw smell of the spices disappears, about 30 seconds. Add the cayenne, and then immediately the pureed tomato. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered until a film of oil pools on the surface of the sauce, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a measuring cup or bowl, whisk or stir the yogurt until smooth. Stir about 2 tablespoons of the hot sauce in the yogurt to temper it. When the tomato sauce has cooked 5 minutes, stir in the tempered yogurt, the garam masala, black-eyed peas, and water. Turn the heat to medium, and heat until a bubble or two just breaks the surface, 5 to 7 minutes. (Do not allow yogurt in sauce to boil, or it will curdle.) Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Dark Cherry Port Gravy

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups of gravy

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium shallots, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
½ cup dried cherries, chopped fine
1 cup tawny port
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup chicken broth
¼ heavy whipping cream (optional)

PREPARATION

In a medium sauté pan, heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Sauté shallots and cook, 5 minutes. Next, add herbs, dried cherries, tawny port and cook, rehydrating cherries. Add pomegranate juice and chicken broth, cook and reduce liquid by half. Finish with heavy whipping cream, if desired.

Delicata Squash with Garlic and Herbs

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 as side dish and 2 as main course

INGREDIENTS

2 Delicata squash, cut in half, seeds removed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Place squash in a casserole dish and drizzle with olive oil and coat cut-side of squash with garlic, herbs and season with salt and pepper, cover with aluminum foil. Roast in oven until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Delicata Squash with Garlic and Herbs

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Earthy, Grainy Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp (Chock-full of Nuts & Seeds)

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa, toasted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 egg, beaten
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flours, thyme leaves, oats, quinoa, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add nuts, seeds, and beaten egg and mix. Set aside. In a glass baking dish, mix together rhubarb, sugar, ginger, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix orange juice and vanilla together, and whisk in cornstarch. Add to the rhubarb mixture and combine. Sprinkle the oat-nut topping over the rhubarb, and bake 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Eggplant Dip

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1-2 globe eggplants (totalling 2 lbs), peeled and coarsely chopped
2 red onions, coarsely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 garlic clobes, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
Juice of one lemon – about 2½ tablespoons
2-3 tablespoons roasted tahini (sesame paste)
¼ cup chopped parsley (set aside some for garnish)
¼ cup of walnuts, chopped
Crushed red pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Lightly coat eggplant, red pepper and onions with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet roast until very tender, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
In a food processor combine roasted vegetables, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, parsley, walnuts and pinch of crushed red pepper.
Pulse 3-5 times. The mixture to be somewhat smooth but still retaining some of the eggplant’s texture.
If you want, swirl a little olive oil on the top. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Serve with crackers or bread.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences that we see in shakshuka, which is originally and Israeli version of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce!

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 green or red chilies (as spicy as you want your dish to be, use mild chilies for no heat)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Warm pita or bread for serving

Directions

In a large sauté pan with raised edges at least 3 inches, heat olive oil about 4 tablespoons on a moderate high heat. Add chilies, onions, garlic, and sauté until onions are beginning to caramelize and char or about 5-7 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour in the canned tomatoes and break apart with your hands as you add them in. Stir well and cook down about 10 minutes or until all mixture is juicy and tomato saucy. Turn burner to a moderately low heat and make sure the tomato sauce is even throughout the pan. Crack the eggs one by one, making sure not to disturb the yoke, and making sure the eggs are all over the pan. Poach the eggs, basting them with tomato sauce from the pan using a spoon. The eggs should be done in about 4 minutes, if you would like the yolks more done, place more tomato mixture atop the yolks (carefully) and cook for about 6 minutes.) Remove from heat and sprinkle with the feta and the herbs! Serve with warm pita or bread.

El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
1 lime, halved and sliced thin
1 orange, halved and sliced thin
1 mandarin, halved and sliced thin
8 kumquats, halved
1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed small
2-3 kaffir lime leaves
1 bottle Dorothy Parker Gin (New York Distilling Co.)
*Rosemary Sugar Salt
*Rosemary Syrup
Fresh pink grapefruit juice
Aperol

For the Rosemary Sugar Salt:
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons pink Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

For the Rosemary Syrup:
1 large handful fresh rosemary leaves
½ cup water
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl mix together the citrus slices, kumquats, celery root, and kaffir lime leaves. Distribute the mixture equally into two large mason jars and fill with gin. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week to infuse the flavors.

Rub the rim of a tall glass with a citrus segment and dip into the *Rosemary Sugar-Salt. Place 2 ounces of the infused gin in the glass and add ½ ounce *Rosemary Syrup. Fill with fresh pink grapefruit juice and add a splash of aperol.

*Rosemary Sugar Salt– Mix together 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar with 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan salt. Place the salt and sugar mixture on a cutting board and add 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves. Chop the rosemary together with the salt until a fine, granular mixture comes together.

*Rosemary Syrup-Combine 1 large handful of fresh rosemary leaves together with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 6-9 minutes. Take off heat, cool and strain. Chill.

Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 empanadas

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)
Guava Jam (recipe follows)
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture; mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Divide the dough in two and on a lightly floured surface roll out each piece of dough to a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in about 8-10 three inch squares. Place a tablespoon of the jam on the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet finger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, allow to cool a few minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

Guava Jam

Ingredients

2 cups guavas, chopped fine (skins, seeds and all) (about 10 guavas)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked down. Turn up heat to medium and boil for another 10 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter making sure the seeds are caught, push as much as you can through the mesh. Place the mixture in a metal bowl and place in the refrigerator to solidity; Guavas natural pectin will create a more dense and thick jam.

Empanadas de Pulpo (Octopus Pie Pocket)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10-12 Empanadas

In Spain, canned and jarred octopus is a luxury. To use it in empanadas is a delicious way to enjoy the delicacies of the Valencian waters, even from afar. Empanada dough is slightly sweet and thick in texture and does a brilliant job of absorbing the sauces form the inside without becoming soaked.

INGREDIENTS

For the empanada dough

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)

For the empanada filling

2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cans of pulpo (in oil), chopped
3 medium plum or Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper
Butter or oil
Flake sea salt

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture, mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In the meantime, mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and set aside. Divide the dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Roll into a large rectangular shape. Cut the dough into 4 5-inch squares. Place a dollop of the filling in the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet inger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Sprinkle with flake sea salt.

Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little olive oil or butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup almonds
½ cup hazlenuts
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (Spanish)
6 cloves garlic
3 slices white bread, crusts removed, cut into quarters
2 roasted red peppers, deseeded and destemmed
4 tablespoo ns sherry vinegar (Spanish)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt
4 cups baby lettuce
8 ounces canned or jarred Spanish tuna in oil or water, drained
8 anchovies
1 medium red onion, sliced thin in rounds
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
½-1 cup black olives (about 15-20 olives)
Freshly cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. On a baking sheet, place nuts and roast in oven for about 5-7 minutes or until golden color and fragrant. Cool and then remove skins from hazlenuts by rubbing together in a clean towel.
In a medium sauté pan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 cloves garlic and bread and fry the bread flipping over until crispy brown (1 minute on each side). Drain and set oil aside and place bread on paper towel to drain excess oil.
Place roasted red pepper, nuts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, sherry vinegar, lemon juice nd parsley into food processor until smooth, season with salt.
Arrange lettuce in a wide shallow dish, place tuna, red onions, bread slices, anchovies, tomatoes and olives across the top. Drizzle dressing over the top. Serve with cracked black pepper.

Ensalada de Repollo (Cabbage Salad)

May 6th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6-8

Often seen in small Nicaraguan restaurants soaking in big batches at room temperature, it is similar to a sauerkraut with a Latin Style and a citrusy tone.

Ingredients

3 cups shredded green cabbage (about ½ medium head)
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
Juice of 3 limes
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl toss cabbage and tomato with lime juice making sure it is very wet but not excessively dripping, if more lime juice is needed juice one more lime. Season with salt and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

*For a more modern version try adding ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves or use red cabbage.

Fall Herb Cassoulet

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds heirloom beans, pre soaked and par boiled
1 cup white wine
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a ceramic casserole pan heat the olive oil on a medium high heat, cook the onions, garlic and lemon zest for about 3-4 minutes or until semi translucent. Add the beans, white wine and stock and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes add the herbs and seasonings and stir well. Cook about 25-30 more minutes and take off heat. Mix together, bread crumbs and cheese and season with a little salt. Sprinkle atop the mean mixture and place in a preheated oven, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until browned on the top. Take off heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Flan de Leche (Caramel Custard)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of whole milk
1 fresh vanilla bean, cut open and scraped out
½ cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 6-8 ramekins.

In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water and bring to a moderately high heat until all sugar dissolves. Continuing to boil the sugar without stirring, allowing it to begin to turn a light honey brown, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and place a spoonful or more of sugar on the bottom of each greased ramekin, swirling it and coating the bottom of the ramekin. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet with a rimmed edge. In the meantime in a large bowl combine the eggs, condensed milk, scraped vanilla and the sugar and mix until smooth. Pour the batter evenly between the ramekins. Pour a bit of water in the pan that the ramekins are placed in. Place in the pre heated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Chill the flans well before removing from the ramekins. Run a knife around the edges and loosen the sides and invert onto a serving plate. Garnish with more caramel or fresh fruit.

Fresh Apple Shrub

January 5th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Ingredients

2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¾ cup apple cider vinegar

Directions

Mash together the apples, sugars, and caraway seeds until a rough applesauce has been formed. Place the mixture in a mason jar and let sit over night in the refrigerator. Add the apple cider vinegar, shake and keep refrigerated for another 5-7 days.

Fresh Guacamole

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

4 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
Juice of 3 limes

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth.
Add cilantro, tomatoes, white onions, jalapeño, and cumin. Continue to mash and mix all ingredients and then add a few pinches of salt and mix well. Begin to juice the limes into the guacamole one by one mixing and mashing after each one. Taste the guacamole and adjust seasoning if needed, and more salt, pinch by pinch until desired flavor, which will be approximately 3 teaspoons of salt in total.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Salt/pepper
Pecorino cheese for garnish

Directions

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

Fresh Lemon Grass Ginger Tea

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon grass bulb, sliced thin
1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced super thin
2 tablespoons lemon grass (grass)
1 green tea bag
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Directions

In a large French press, place all ingredients and cover with hot (just before boiling) water. Allow to steep for about 8 minutes. Drink warm or cool and serve over ice.

Fresh Star-Anise Strawberry Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 star anise

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, water and the star anise and bring to a boil and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until thick and strawberries cooked down. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes and take of heat and let stand to cool before serving. (discard the star anise before serving.)

Fresh Tomato Salsa

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

Frozen Mango Margaritas

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

3 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Zest of 2 limes
13 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Juice of 15 limes
1½ cups Cointreau Triple Sec
2 cups tequila blanco
Coarse salt
Limes for garnish and taste

Directions

Puree the mangoes, lime zest, cilantro leaves and lime juice in a blender or with a hand held food processor until very smooth. Refrigerate mango puree until just before serving. When ready to serve, combine the puree with the triple sec and tequila blanco and mix very well. It can also be blended with ice at this stage for a frozen drink. Garnish salt-rimmed glasses with limes. Of course, some folks may prefer a little more tequila!

Recipe Property of Roberto Santibañez, from Contemporary Flavors of Mexico

Gallo Pintos

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
Salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans and stir well, continuing to sauté beans. Add about ½ cup of the bean liquid and cook down to about half. Add the rice and mix well, making sure to get the beans and rice well mixed and stirring constantly so that the mixture does not stick. Season with salt and fresh cilantro, mix well.

Garam Masala

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon dried miniature rosebuds (optional)
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
2 bay leaves
¼ cup cumin seeds
13 cup coriander seeds
1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoon whole cloves
1 dried red chile
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
18 teaspoon ground mace

DIRECTIONS

If the roses have stems, break them off and discard. Heat the roses with the cinnamon, bay leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, whole peppercorns, cloves and chile in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the cumin becomes brown, 2½ to 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder or coffee mill, add the nutmeg and mace, and grind until powder fine. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Garden Baked Beans

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 12

Ingredients

2 pounds dry beans or 3 pounds fresh (cranberry, navy, yellow, eye, heirlooms in general are best)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup molasses
1 cup dark amber beer
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup spicy yellow mustard
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

If using dry beans, clean and soak the beans overnight submerged in water. For fresh beans or after dry beans have soaked, place the beans in fresh water with the sprig of thyme in a large pan and cook until tender for about 30 minutes. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven pot or heavy bottom pot, with a little olive oil sauté the garlic and yellow, red, and green onions until a little translucent, season with some salt. Strain the beans in a large mixing bowl, reserving the liquid, and mix together with the molasses, amber beer, maple syrup, mustard and tomatoes until well combined. Pour the bean mixture over the onions and mix together well. Pour about 2 cups of the water into the pan; the water should cover the beans by a few inches.

Preheat the oven to about 375 degrees F. Place the pot covered in the oven and bake for about 4-5 hours, making sure to place more water in the pot as it evaporates, mixing as you do this as well. The mixture will start to get thicker and darker. When the beans are very tender for the last hour uncover the beans and turn the heat up to 425 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes. Taste the mixture at this stage making sure it’s sweet and spicy enough to your taste, then add the fresh herbs and mix well. The final product should be dark, the beans super tender and the juice thick!

Garden Caviar

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Garlicky Herbed Mashed Potatoes

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and chopped medium
Salt
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon  nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup almond or soy milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water with the potatoes in it to a boil and cook until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the fresh herbs, the nutritional yeast and the soy or almond milk and mash with a hand meld potato masher until the potatoes are a desired consistency. You can make them extra creamy by adding a little more milk and extra fluffy by using a food processor or hand held mixer. Season with salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

Ger-Nis Cobb Salad With Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 slices turkey bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1 cups turkey breast, cooked and cubed small
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped small
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 avocados, ripe but firm, cubed small
1 red peppers, chopped small
1 medium red onion, chopped small
1 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cups ice berg lettuce, chopped small
2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped small
Salt & pepper
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped superfine
Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing (recipe follows)

Directions

The key to the perfect cobb is the uniform small chop. Your cuts must be constant to optimize flavors. Once all the items are chopped or crumbled etc to a consistent shape and size, combine the lettuces in a large bowl and mix well. Season with salt & pepper. Lay them in a shallow oblong serving dish, making sure it’s flat and even, perhaps with a slight mound at the center. Arrange the items one by one in a neat line across the dish, like stripes on a flag. Garnish with chopped chives. When ready to serve let each person grab their goods and drizzle the dressing on each salad.

Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing
Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or regular)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
½ red onion, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic salt and mustard. Mix well. Add onions and shallots and fresh herbs and whisk together well until smooth and creamy. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Ger-Nis Garden Potato Salad

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

087

Serves 12

Ingredients

6 cups cooked potatoes, cubed (all colors blue, red, and white)
2 cups radishes, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup red onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup lovage, chopped
1 cup crème fraiche
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Salt/pepper
Paprika
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Directions

In a large mixing bowl mix all potatoes, radishes, celery, onions, carrots and peppers. In another small mixing bowl mix dill, parsley, lovage, crème fraiche, lemon, horseradish, mustard seeds, celery seeds, vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix bowl of potatoes and vegetables with dressing and sprinkle with paprika for garnish. Garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs and fresh herbs.

Ger-Nis Herbal Pisco Sour

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one drink


Ingredients


2½ ounces Pisco
½ ounce herbal simple syrup
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 egg white
Bitters


Directions


In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a 6 ounce glass and drop a few drops of bitters on the top of the frothed egg whites.

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