Sunday, August 21, 2011

Homemade Ravioli

Beating the egg

Mix the flour




Top with prosciutto


Finished Product!

I found the pasta dough recipe on the back of Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour.

1 1/2 c. Semolina flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tb. water
2 Tb. Olive Oil

Combine semolina and salt. Add beaten egg, water and oil to make stiff dough. Knead 10 minutes until dough is elastic. Wrap dough in towel and let rest 20 minutes. Roll out on lightly floured surface. Pipe filling, fold dough, cut out ravioli.

My filling was half a can of artichoke, a few teaspoons of ricotta, roasted garlic, and fresh chives, topped with prosciutto. Yum!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Homemade Pasta Sauce

The pasta sauce was simple. Yellow, orange and red tomatoes on the vine, onion, thinly sliced carrots, garlic, leftover fresno pepper that should have gone in the chili sauce, 2 tsp. sugar, salt, smoked paprika. Simmer, blend, done. I got the sausage from whole foods, Turkey with green chile.


Spring Rolls with Chili Sauce

The chili sauce I took from She Simmers. It's really good. I couldn't find Red Jalapeno or Serrano Peppers so I used Red Fresno Peppers. They were the only spicy red pepper I could find at the store. Needless to say, though I kept every last seed, they did not impart a whole lotta spiciness. So the sauce turned out sweeter than I wanted it, but it's zesty nonetheless.

The spring rolls are fairly basic, and really you can add anything you want to them. I finally found rice noodles at whole foods, so this was the first time I used them. Otherwise I filled 'em with watercress, carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and green onion.

Curried Lentil and Quinoa Burger with Tomato Chutney and Baked Potato Fries

A Cafe Flora recipe. Which reminds me, if you've never been there, GO! Case and I are non-vegetarians. (Give up BLTs?!) But this restaurant is very good. I appreciate vegetarian cooking infinitely more when they aren't using meat recipes and substituting tofu for the meat. Cooking vegetarian should really make you go out of your box in terms of using different ingredients, spices, herbs. Making unique dishes...
I loved the chutney in this recipe. It's absurdly easy and quick to make, and good on pretty much anything. The 'burgers' didn't hold together for shit, though. So it turned out to be more of a sloppy joe style burger, fine by me. It probably would've been fine had I added an egg (even though the recipe didn't call for one) but we were momentarily vegan.

3/4 c. red lentils
1 bay leaf
1/2 c. quinoa
1 tsp. olive oil
1 c. diced yellow onion
1 c. diced celery
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. fresh parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted, ground
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 c. rolled oats
2 Tb. All purpose flour
1/2 c unseasoned bread crumbs
Oil for cooking burgers
Rolls, toppings

Cook Lentils
Rinse, put in small pot with cold water and bay leaf, bring to boil, lower heat, simmer covered 10-15 minutes, add water if needed. OK if mushy.
Cook Quinoa
Bring 1 c. water to boil. Add quinoa, lower heat, simmer until water is gone - 15 minutes. Remove, cover, steam for 5 minutes, fluff!
Cook onion, celery, garlic, salt, 10 minutes. Add parsley, paprika, curry powder, cumin, and chili powder. Set aside to cool.
Grind oats until they are broken up, but not as fine as flour.
Make Burgers
When ingredients are cooled, mix together. Sprinkle oats, flour and bread crumbs on top. Mix with hands. Use 1/2 c. of mixture for burger. Pan fry, 3-4 minutes per side.

Tomato Chutney
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 tsp. light brown sugar (I used honey)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard and fennel, stir until mustard pops. Add remaining ingredients, lower heat and simmer until liquid is reduced (or in my case, until you have the consistency you want). Remove from heat, set aside to cool.

As for the fries, I was watching Pantry Raid and they (he?) recommend(s) cooking the potatoes at 400 for 90 minutes. No way. That was way too long. They were super crunchy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jambalaya & Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade

This meal marks our fifth day of the detox. To be honest, the jambalaya was a little bland. I usually make it with Andouille sausage, which gives it spice, flavor and the great meaty texture. Apparently I have been relying on it to really 'make' my jambalaya. :( Which I was aware of. I tried to make up for it by adding smoked paprika, chili powder, parsley but it wasn't quite the same. If the jambalaya was so-so everything else was good, especially the atmosphere.

Basil Lemonade:
2 cups water
1 c. basil leaves (roughly)
1 tsp. honey (or more to taste)

Bring water and honey to boil. Stir. Add basil. Set aside until cooled. Ice + basil water + lemon juice to taste = yummy.

A meal for two



Thai Endive Boats

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Delish! Zucchini, Onion, Pepper sautéed in coconut oil. I added a splash of fish sauce and chili oil for seasoning, and topped it with fresh tomatoes and cilantro. The peanut sauce was the star. *sigh* I'm really loving coconut milk.

Peanut sauce:

1/2 can lite coconut milk
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 tahini
2 Tb. rice vinegar
2 Tb. sesame oil
2 cloves garlic
red pepper flakes to taste

Toss in blender. Heat in sauce pot. 'nuf said.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Corn Potato Chowder with Asian Pear Salad

The Corn Potato Chowder (aka leftover soup) was leftover corn chowder, veggie broth, stir fried celery, potatoes, garlic, shallot, onion, and carrot, topped with scallions and green pepper. We cooked it for a good bit so the corn soup got really starchy from the potatoes. Very satisfying soup. I added cumin to mine.

I got the Asian Pear Salad recipe from Vegetarian Times' Starter Kit. For two servings:
1 pear
1 green pepper
4 scallions
1 bunch of watercress
sesame seeds for topping

This recipe called for fennel which as soon as I cut it up I realized that I didn't like it. It's tastes like licorice. Yuck.

I usually only make one type of salad (the one previously posted) but holy cow this was good. I was however very disappointed with their dressing they told me to use. Vegetable oil and lime. Blah! I say. So instead I used olive oil, honey, ginger, lime, crushed black pepper (which are now stuck in my braces. Every once in awhile one will lodge loose and I get a POW! of pepper. It's keeping me on my toes). I loved the dressing. Loved it. I'm an olive oil and balsamic vinegar girl, but I will make this again. I've never (knowingly) had watercress. It's a more tender/delicate spinach, will definitely have it again.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jalepeno Creamed Corn Soup

This recipe was taken directly from Girl Cooks World. Definitely out of my box. We are not exactly corn people, especially after Michael Pollan-ism, but sometimes my appetite doesn't want to make a political statement. Plus we happened to have a bunch of frozen corn on hand, nice thing Case noticed since I was going to buy some.

And for dessert:

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Salad Days

Salad Buffet
Week number one we are going vegan, something we never thought we'd be able to do. To make it fun, Case has decided to forgo bread and pasta too. He himself is going low-to-no sodium. I finally put my foot down. Our first salad of the detox. Radishes, cucumbers, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, boston lettuce. Dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, topped with sesame seeds.


Friday, August 5, 2011


Last detox was mildly successful. We are giving it another go, for three whole weeks. :(. Okay I am somewhat excited. The Medjool Dates were my last meal of sorts, and this morning I start with oatmeal. YUM! Talk about a flavortastic snack and a totally bland breakfast. I know, negative thinking. Dinner was very good though. I picked a recipe from my Cafe Flora cookbook and ended up changing it, and changing it some more until it no longer resembled the original at all. Eventually I ended making brown rice with tomato and shallots and topping it with lentils bathed in a zesty/creamy coconut sauce. The coconut sauce was taken directly from the Cafe Flora cookbook with some mild changes (loved it!)
3 star anise
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
8 whole cloves
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 14 oz. cans coconut milk (I only used one)
1 Tb. Tamari
1 tsp. honey
1 Tb. tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Put first five spices in sauce pan until mustard pops. Add rest of ingredients, bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Mine simmered way longer as I wanted more intense flavors and a thicker sauce.

Considering that I can't have any dairy I was impressed with the creamy texture of this sauce. Detoxing always encourages using unique ingredients! The picture looks pretty blah but it was a kick in the mouth.


Amazing-ness. x10! Prosciutto-wrapped-goat cheese stuffed Medjool dates. Salty and sweet, crunchy and soft, juicy, oohhh! So damn good. I ate every single one of them!

Matcha Eclairs

Puff Pastry turned out good. However this recipe called for vanilla pudding and I didn't choose a very good one and the matcha didn't integrate very well with it. This was for a bake sale and I was in a bit of rush so I couldn't properly let it congeal in the fridge. And lastly I wasn't hungry when I made these so I didn't eat one. So who knows what they tasted like...