Sunday, October 24, 2010
I did learn how to use the artichoke. I had plans all week to saute it in some butter and garlic. It would have been delicious I am sure. Not only did I not get to use my artichoke this week but most of my meals consisted of grilled sandwiches and kale chips. I am glad my super busy week is over and I can resume to cooking up some new recipes, when I return from Montreal of course.
I will hopefully have some excellent food experiences in Montreal that I will share upon my return, or maybe even mid trip.
Monday, October 18, 2010
A while back my Nonna made me a pasta dish with no sauce, and was dressed with some olive oil and canned clams. I LOVED it! I made it once after that and then totally forgot about the potential of canned clams. They went on sale at the grocery store a couple weeks back and I remembered how much I loved them. I sauted up some garlic, chili pepper, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli, and then added the drained canned clams. Once all the veggies were tender and the calms were hot, I added some cooked rice noodles and tossed until mixed well. Any noodle would work well here but I liked the tenderness of the rice noodle.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thanksgiving dinner this year was at my Aunt's house in Waterloo. They live in a beautiful neighbourhood with lots of very large old trees. This makes for beautiful scenery for a Thanksgiving feast. It was so warm out so we got to sit outside. The sun was shining and there were barely clouds in the sky! Here are some pictures from our day of thanks...
I am thankful for my aunt and cousin for cooking all the delicious food!
I am thankful for roasted red peppers from my Tatone's garden.
I am also thankful for cookies!
We had vegan chocolate raspberry (by cousin Diana)
Oatmeal, biscotti, pizzelli (by Nonna), and pumpkin spice cookies (by me). The pumpkin spice cookies was a hybrid of two recipes. The cookie was very soft and almost muffin like. I would love to play around with the recipe some more to make a crispier cookie which I much prefer. Here is the recipe as it stands so far.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies adapted from the Voracious Vegan and Vegan by Valerie
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup wheat bran
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup butter
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
granulated sugar for coating cookie
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Mix wet ingredients. It is difficult to mix the butter well into the wet ingredients.
4. Mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture in two portions. Mix well until fully blended. The batter is pretty sticky and wet (kind of like cake batter). It also tastes delicious by the way.
5. Roll into 1 inch diameter balls and roll lightly in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with a fork in a crisscross pattern.
6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
These cookies are chewy and soft, if you are into that sort of thing. Next time I am going to cut back on the oil and butter and see where that takes me. I will let you know how it turns out. Since I have so much leftover pumpkin puree I may just make another batch this week ;)
It was a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Now onto the pizza. I have yet to tackle making my own pizza dough. One day I will attempt it but for today Fortinos fresh whole-wheat pizza dough did the trick. Store bought pizza sauce would do as well.
1. Fire up the BBQ and let it get really hot!
2. Roll out the dough into preferred thickness and size.
3. Place onto hot grill.
Once the bottom is cooked, the outer edges are almost cooked and the middle is still soft, remove the crust from the grill, uncooked side down (rotate halfway through cooking time).
4. Place your toppings onto the grilled side. We added sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, veggies (green pepper, onion, mushrooms, hot peppers), then Romano cheese.
5. Put pizzas back on the grill and close the lid to allow the cheese melt while the bottom is cooking.
Once the cheese is melted and the bottom has the desired colour, it is done!
While the sauce was a little bland, the pizza was delicious and satisfied my desire for some cheesy pizza.