Spring Herbal Pavlova Cups with Rhubarb Rosemary Granita and Beet Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

pavlova

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For pavlovas

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

For granita

2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped fine


Directions


For pavlovas


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and herbs. Set aside. In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat. Continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating. For serving, place a little granita in a pavlova cup and drizzle a little lavender syrup on top. Garnish with some fresh herbs.


For granita


In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.


Beet  Lavender Flower Syrup


Ingredients


½ cup honey
1 cup water
1 medium beet chopped
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped


Directions


In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Orange Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 cup water
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Raviolis with Ricotta and Mint and Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter and Micro Beet Greens

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Beet Pasta (recipe follows)
Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter (recipe follows)
Olive Oil
Micro Beet Greens

Directions

Mix the ricotta, goat cheese, orange zest and fresh herbs in a mixing bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Make raviolis using the beet pasta, about 2 inch squares. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place raviolis inside. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Raviolis should float when almost done, make sure to flip to ensure that both sides are cooked evenly. Take out of the boiling pot of water with a slotted spoon and place a dollop of shallot poppy seed butter on top. Garnish with some micro beet greens.

Fresh Beet Pasta

Ingredients

3 medium beets, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor blend beets, flour, egg and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for another 15 seconds to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To roll pasta divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter

Makes 2 cups butter

Ingredients

1½ sticks butter
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
12 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

Heat all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir. Refrigerate until the mixture hardens.
In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Ginger & Orange Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen doughnuts

*Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup milk, warm
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon orange zest

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the yeast, water  and milk and set aside.  The mixture should begin to foam, allow to sit and “activate” for about 7-10 minutes.  Add the sugar, orange zest, salt , eggs and butter and mix well.   Next add the flour stirring well as you add the flour in a little at a time until a sticky dough is formed.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 5 minutes or until super elastic.  Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a towel.  Set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut  doughnuts using round cookie cutters and using the small cutter for the center hole. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let stand for 30 minutes. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan filled about 3 inches filled with oil to a medium heat.  Cook the doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown flipping ounce.  (about 3 minutes per side.)  Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, combine the milk rice syrup, zest, ginger , chocolate and vanilla in a sauce pan and heat on low stirring until all is melted and incorporated.  Take off the heat and add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Dip the doughnuts in chocolate and let sit in a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Orange Cinnamon Fennel Soda

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of fennel seed syrup with 2 ounces fresh orange juice and fill with seltzer and stir!

Fennel Seed Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

Moroccan “Krak” Tea

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 ounces Kraken rum
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce orange juice
2-3 mint leaves
1 ounce orange peel black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
2 ounces homemade ginger ale
Sparkling wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Candied Kumquats (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix together the kraken, lemon juice, orange juice, mint leaves, ginger ale and syrup and pour into an old fashioned or short class. Fill the glass with extra ice if needed and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with the candied kumquats and a mint leaf.

Orange Peel Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
Peels of 1 orange
3-4 kumquats halved
1 cinnamon stick

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.

Moroccan Spiced Candied Kumquats

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1½ cups kumquats, halved
½ cup orange liquor
½ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup honey
¼ cup water
2 star anise
2 cloves
3 all spice berries
10 black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to make sure sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes. Making sure to stir often while the liquid thickens and the kumquats shrivel up. Cook until most the liquid is cooked down. Take off heat and allow to cool, making sure to discard the anise, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean shell. Store in a glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Take out of the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.

Orange Cinnamon Fennel Cava

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce fennel seed syrup (recipe follows)
Cava
Cinnamon dusting

Directions

Place one ounce of the orange juice and one ounce of the fennel seed syrup in a champagne glass and fill with cava. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated cinnamon.

Fennel Seed Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

Orange, Cranberry & Pecan Muffins

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans  (optional)
1 tablespoon orange zest

Topping:

2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Fold in sour cream. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in orange zest, cranberries and pecans. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two thirds full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones.

Earl Grey Tea Madeleines with Orange Chocolate Glaze

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

5 tablespoons unsalted butter plus additional for molds, at room temperature
2 tablespoons loose tea or tea from 2 tea bags (preferably Earl Grey)
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
13 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon peel (packed)

For glaze

¾ cup semi sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
½ teaspoon orange liquor

Directions

Line small sieve with 2 layers of damp cheesecloth and set sieve over small bowl. Melt 5 tablespoons butter in saucepan over low heat. Mix in tea. Let stand 10 minutes, then pour into sieve. Twist cheesecloth tightly around tea mixture, releasing tea flavored butter into bowl.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until thick, about 4 minutes. Add honey, vanilla, and lemon peel; beat 1 minute longer. Gently fold in dry ingredients, then tea flavored butter. Press plastic wrap onto surface of batter; chill batter at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Brush twelve 3×2 inch madeleine molds with butter. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Place pan on baking sheet. Drop 1 scant tablespoon batter into each mold (batter will spread while baking, filling molds completely). Bake madeleines until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Sharply rap pan on work surface to loosen madeleines, then turn out onto rack. Serve warm with glaze.

For the glaze

Over trouble boiler heat chocolate, butter and corn syrup to bowl. Stir to combine. Take off heat and add liquor. Serve warm.

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.

Citrus Chili Atlantic Mackerel Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped super fine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and garnish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 12

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk Chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Orange Sherbet

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

orange sherbert

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Frozen Beet Orange Sherbet Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 medium red beets, trimmed peeled and sliced
1 navel orange
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
Orange sherbet (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium saucepan placed sliced beets, juice and zest of the orange, sugar and tarragon and heat to a low boil stirring gently. Cook beets for about 3-5 minutes until tender but still firm. Take off heat and strain. Place beet slices on a lined baking sheet and freeze. Place a few spoons of the orange sherbet on the beet sliced and gently push down forming an ice cream sandwich shape, cover with the reaming frozen beet slices and refreeze. Make sure to thaw a few minutes prior to serving.

Orange Sherbet

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Carrot & Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 cup ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Take the top parts of the carrots and slice them in rounds thin but not paper thin, at least 1 inch wide. Arrange 10 slices of carrots on a lined baking sheet. Place a small spoon full of the ice cream over the carrot slices on the baking sheet making sure it is a small enough amount it doesn’t hang over the carrot slice. Place another (equal size) slice of carrot over the top of the ice cream and gently press down forming a tiny ice cream sandwich. Freeze for about 1 hour. Store in a zip lock freezer bag.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 sodas


Ingredients


¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine
2 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey (optional)
4-6 carrots (medium sized)
Ice
Seltzer water


Directions


Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice between four classes and fill glasses with ice, place a bit of the seltzer water on to fill and serve, garnish with a basil leaf.

Orange, Ginger, Mint Honey Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried orange peel (optional)
2 slices fresh orange slices
1 slice fresh or dried ginger
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place fresh mint leaves, ginger and orange peel and sliced oranges. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Steamed Asparagus with Citrus Salt & Olive Oil

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound (abut 30-40 medium spears) fresh green asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons extra
Salt
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon maldon salt

Directions

Bring 2 inches of water in a large skillet to a rapid boil. Toss in 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Toss in asparagus making sure they are fully submerged in the water. Cook the asparagus for about 2-3 minutes or until bright green and just tender. Remove asparagus from the pan and immediately submerge in a big bath of ice water. Plunge the asparagus in the ice water until the asparagus is no longer hot but warm or tepid. Place the asparagus on a flat plate and drizzle with olive oil and garlic. In a small mixing bowl combine the zest and the maldon salt and mix well. Sprinkle desired amount on the asparagus and let it sit for about 3-4 minutes before serving.

Sweet Herbal Mimosas (Lemon Thyme Orange & Basil Tangerine)

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 mimosa

Ingredients

1 ounce herbal syrup (lemon thyme or basil), recipe follows
2 ounces fresh juice (orange or tangerine)
4-6 ounces champagne, prosecco or cava

Directions

In a champagne class combine the herbal syrup and the citrus juice and fill glass with champagne, cava or prosecco.

Herbal Simple Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 cup water
1 cup fresh herbs leaves & stems

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how potent you wish the syrup to be.

Dried Strawberry Basil Buttermilk Biscuits

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
½ cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl, and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and basil in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour, and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic, and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into even shapes of your choice- circles, squares, triangles and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 cocktail


Ingredients


1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish



Directions


In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake well and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice or a martini-style glass. Garnish with a lillet-soaked cucumber and cinnamon basil leaf.


Cinnamon Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup syrup


Ingredients


½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water
½ cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves


Directions


Place water, sugar and cinnamon basil leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain out basil leaves. Bottle and refrigerate.

Grand Marnier Soufflé

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

â…“ cup orange jam or marmalade
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 cup egg whites
Crème Anglaise, to serve (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare 6 ounce ramekins by buttering and sugaring the inside. Tap out excess sugar.

In a small bowl, whisk orange jam or marmalade and Grand Marnier together. In a large separate bowl, whisk egg whites until firm peaks. Fold in jam mixture. Pour into ramekins and bake until soufflés rise, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Crème Anglaise

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

6 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a medium sized bowl, add egg yolks and set aside. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, add heavy cream, milk, sugar and vanilla extract together. Bring milk mixture to simmer and gradually whisk hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Return custard to saucepan and stir over low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Strain sauce into bowl. Cover and chill.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

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.

Fennel, Orange & Mint Salad

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Served 6

INGREDIENTS

2 fennel bulbs with fennel fronds
3 navel oranges
½ red onion, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped fine
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and reserve ¼ cup of the fennel fronds and chop (set aside). Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside.

To prepare the orange segments, using a serrated knife, slice off both ends of each orange and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a small bowl (to reserve any juices), still using your serrated knife cut into each orange segment avoiding the white pith to create clean orange segments and place in bowl with fennel. From what is left of oranges, squeeze juice (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) into bowl and set aside.

In the same bowl with the fennel and oranges, add red onion, mint, kalamata olives and reserved chopped fennel fronds. In the bowl with the leftover orange juice, add honey and olive oil and whisk. Add to salad and season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Tarta de Naranja (Orange Tart)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 Tarts

This sweet, simple tart highlights the region’s most prized fruit- oranges! Just a taste of these delicate tarts will make you feel like a Valencian!

INGREDIENTS

1 package frozen puff pastry
½ cup water
1 cup light brown sugar
6 large Valencia oranges, sliced round with rinds removed
1 vanilla bean, split open
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
Flake sea salt

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

Place puff pastry on a greased baking sheet, and poke holes throughout to aerate. In a medium sauce pan, add water and sugar, and stir. Add oranges and vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until liquid reduces by about one third. In another sauce pan, mix honey, cream, and marmalade. Heat enough to warm, and mix until smooth. Strain the oranges from sugar syrup. (An aside: reserve liquid for another purpose, for example, a sweetener for tea!) Arrange oranges on the puff pastry all over. Glaze the pastry with the honey crème marmalade mixture. Sprinkle with a little bit of flake sea salt. Place in the oven, and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut into 3 4-inch squares, and serve.

Beet Ravioli with Orange Poppy Seed Butter

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 large red beets, roasted and peeled, chopped fine
½ cup Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
Pasta sheets (Recipe on Ger-Nis site)
1 stick butter
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine beets, cheese, and orange zest. Season with salt, and set aside.

Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down.

Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until floating.
Strain and set aside.

In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea

Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
13 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive oil, plus extra for frying
Zest of 1 orange cut into long thin strips
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
½ teaspoon anise seeds
Marmalade, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, take off heat add the wine, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir well with a wooden spoon.
Heat a large pan with olive oil about an inch deep until just about smoking hot, 350°F-375°F.
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the liquid mixture mix up quickly and vigorously until dough forms. On a lightly floured work surface knead dough briefly until soft and flexible. Shape into a ball and let rest for one hour.
On a lightly floured work surface roll the dough out very thin about ½-¼ inch rolling the dough to about the size of 20-inch square. Cut the dough into 4-inch squares, you will have 25 4-inch squares. Working from the corner of each square, roll up the square on the diagonal, creating a cylinder with a ½-inch hollow center, rub the corners together with a damp finger to get them to stick. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and anise seeds before frying.
Working in batches, fry fritters turning as needed about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

ORANGE MARMALADE

INGREDIENTS

2 oranges
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split open
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
½ cup of honey
¼ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Slice the oranges (use a mandolin if needed) discard any seeds, cut the slices into little pieces and place a medium thick bottomed sauce pan, add the lemon zest, water and sugar and stir well, bring to a boil, add the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and star anise, bring to a boil then reduce heat, reduce to low cook for about 1 hour on low or until all the fruit is broken apart. Discard the cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla bean. Set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of the marmalade and ½ cup of honey, heat until just before boiling, take off heat add heavy cream and served drizzled over fritters.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Grilled Lamb Chops with Orange Mint Pomegranate Salsa

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8 small lamb chops
Salt/pepper
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tiny pinch of red chili flakes
2 medium oranges, segmented and chopped coarsely
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
Couple of pinches of salt & pepper

PREPARATION

Prepare grill and place salt and pepper on lamb chops, let set while grill heats up. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, honey, chili flakes and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in oranges, pomegranates and mint and mix well, let stand for 20 minutes room temparature before serving. Grill lamb chops on each side for a few minutes until desired texture, medium rare is more preferred. Serve with the salsa spooned on top of the grilled lamb chops.

Excellent accompanied by herbed bulgar pilaf.

Carrot Beet Orange, Herb Morning Drink

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 medium sized carrots
1 medium sized beet
3 oranges, juiced
¼ cup fresh mint
¼ cup fresh parsley

PREPARATION

Juice all the ingredients. Serve and enjoy!

Tarragon Beet Raviolis with Orange Butter and Shallots

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 medium red beets, roasted and peeled
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup ricotta cheese
Fresh Pasta , round sheets
1 stick butter, unsalted
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
½ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Salt and pepper
Poppy seeds, for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION

To assemble the filling mash the red beets, ¼ cup orange juice and ricotta together, season with salt and pepper.  Assemble raviolis by spooning a spoonful of filling onto the pasta round and top with another pasta, using wet fingers seal ravioli edges.  Cook raviolis in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes.  While the raviolis are cooking, place butter in a sauté pan, add the shallots, tarragon and orange zest, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add orange juice and season ith salt and pepper.  Toss the raviolis in the butter sauce and serve.  Garnish with poppy seeds if desired.

Strawberry Shortcake With Orange-Basil Biscuits and Sweet Pesto Cream

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the Strawberry Filling…

3 cups strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced thick
½ cup turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and gently stir.  Let soak for at least 30 minutes.

For the Orange Basil Biscuits…

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips

PREPARATION

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and basil in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

For the Pesto Sweet Cream…

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

PREPARATION

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth, strain mixture with cheesecloth for fine pesto cream or use as is for a chunky, denser sweet cream.

To assemble biscuits…

Slice baked biscuits in half, spoon strawberry mixture on one half, cover with other half and drizzle with sweet pesto cream.

Cinnamon Orange Basil Sweet Rolls

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 large rolls

INGREDIENTS

1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon honey
5 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 cup whole milk, lukewarm
1 stick butter melted
½ cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze

INGREDIENTS

2 cups powdered sugar
½ stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Pinch of salt

PREPARATION

In a medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, ¼ cup lukewarm water and the honey. Let the mixture stand until frothy, about 7 minutes. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, salt, zest and basil. Use a mixer to add milk, butter, vanilla and sugar to the yeast mixture. When it is mixed well, mix in the eggs and mix well again. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until combined well and dough is forming yet slightly sticky. Knead with hands using a floured surface until dough is elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a warm towel. Let rise in a warm draft free location for about 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

Knead the dough again on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes. Divide dough in 12 equal pieces, form each piece into a smooth ball and arrange balls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Let rise again in a draft free location for about an hour. Place in an oven that has been preheated at 400° for at least 45 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Take rolls out of oven. Whisk together all ingredients for the glaze until they are smooth and creamy. Drizzle glaze over the warm rolls and let stand for another 20 minutes.

Orange Citrus Basil Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

This is an orange citrus basil mousse served over lemon cake. Use heavy cream mousse recipe but add ½ cup fresh basil chopped, ¼ cup lime, Clementine, and orange juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest.

Citrus Basil Cocktail

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 drinks

INGREDIENTS

1 orange
1 tangerine
1 grapefruit
1 lemon
1 lime
1-2 tangerines
2 T chopped basil
the zest of one lime
4 oz vodka

PREPARATION

This cocktail is an invigorating drink that will both dazzle and refresh the drinker. It takes advantage of winter and the exorbitant amount of seasonal citrus fruits available during this season. The cocktail is best paired with a sitcom. Juice one orange, one tangerine, one grapefruit, one lemon, one lime, and 1-2 tangerines. Place the juice in a shaker with 2 T chopped basil, the zest of one lime, and add 4 0z vodka. Shake and serve!

Orange Beet Salad with Orange Tarragon Crème Fraiche

October 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 to 4 medium sized peeled beets
2 oranges, juiced
½ cup of crème fraiche
¼ cup of chopped fresh tarragon
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Roast three to four medium sized peeled beets with the juice of an orange, salt, pepper and olive oil. Thinly slice the beets and place them flat on a serving plate. Mix the juice and zest of another orange with ½ cup of crème fraiche and ¼ cup of chopped fresh tarragon, salt and pepper. Drizzle over beets and serve.

Orange Fennel Rocolla Salad

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

3 cups washed rocolla
3 large cut and peeled and segmented oranges
½ c sliced red onion
1 c sliced thin fennel
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 shot shallot
¼ c almond oil
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Toss rocolla fennel, red onion and oranges in a large salad bowl. Mix together separately the juice of the lemon and oranges shallot, salt and peppers and the almond oil. Toss together with salad.

Orange Basil Beet Carpaccio

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

6 Medium beets, trimmed
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/3 cup champagne vinegar
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup walnut oil or almond oil
2 cups of mashe salad or mixed baby greens
juice of 1 medium orange
Pinch of sugar, salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp orange zest
½ cup chopped walnuts (caramelized or raw)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place beets in aluminum foil sprinkle salt and a drizzle of olive oil and wrap tightly. Bake until beets are tender when pierced with fork, about 40 minutes. Cool. Peel beets. Can be prepared ahead by up to a day if so place in refrigerator in plastic bag or covered Tupperware.
Slice beets very thin, you can use a knife, mandolin or cheese slicer. Lie flat on a large serving plate overlapping a bit. Mix shallots, basil, vinegar, oil, juice of orange, orange zest, salt, sugar and pepper, pour mixture over beets and let stand to marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Place mashe or baby greens, and then the goat cheese and walnuts. < /p>

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