16.3.09

POSICLE


A Basic "Popsicle" Recipe


Ingredients:

3 ounce package gelatin (Jell-O or store brand), any flavor
1 packet unsweetened, flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup boiling water






Directions:

Combine all in a 2 quart plastic pitcher. Stir until all is dissolved. Add enough cold water to make 2 quarts. Pour into small paper drinking cups and freeze until it starts thickening then insert a Popsicle stick and continue to freeze until hardened.

30.1.09

Blue Smoke Pasta en Veggies














For this Pasta Salad recipe you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 pound dry pasta, the picture shows "Pipette Rigate"
1 cucumber, diced
10 dry ounces crispy corn (medium size can)
1/2 pound tomato, diced
1/2 cup mint leaves, prefereably the sturdier "Turkish" kind, shredded
1 hard apple, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped

Tip
Olive Oil!

Happy Tuna Salad


What you need:
  • Tuna
  • Corn Kernel
  • Lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Some Dressing
  • Salt & Pepper
...and =)

6.10.08

SWEDISH MEATBALLS (K├Âttbullar)



Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs, about 3 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 10 1/2 oz.beef broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream

Preparation:

Combine bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, all spice and 3/4 cup milk in a large mixing bowl. Let milk soak into crumbs for a few minutes. Gently stir in ground beef until well blended; form into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Brown meatballs in butter and oil in a large skillet; remove with a slotted spoon. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of drippings; stir flour into drippings. Cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Stir in beef broth and cream. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and boils for a minute.

3.9.08

Easy. Quick. Tasty EGGPLANT


Eggplant slices brushed with steak or bbq sauce and honey, then broiled and topped with Cheese.

18.6.08

Pinoy Breakfast


As we call it "Pinoy Quick Breakfast"

  • fried egg
  • marinated meat
  • pickled papaya
  • cup of fried/steamed rice
  • coffee

14.6.08

PESTO


serves 4

ingredients

• ½ a clove of garlic, chopped
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3 good handfuls of fresh basil, leaves picked and chopped
• a handful of pine nuts, very lightly toasted
• a good handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• extra virgin olive oil
optional
• a small squeeze of lemon juice

HOW?
First I’m going to show you an easy recipe for making pesto and then I’ll give you some ideas on how best to use it, instead of just having it with pasta all the time. When it comes to making pesto, you can invest in a good processor if you like, but you can also make it using a pestle and mortar. If you have a blunt blade from your processor then don’t chuck it, but keep it specially for making pesto or marinades where you need to bruise out the flavour, instead of chopping. You may think it’s nice to toast the pine nuts until they’re coloured, to give them a nutty taste, but the really good pestos I’ve tasted in Italy just have them very lightly toasted, to give a creaminess rather than a nuttiness. Pesto is normally made with green basil, but purple basil looks good if you can get hold of some. Another way, slightly more American, uses rocket instead of basil – it’s fragrant and interesting with roasted meats, but I prefer this classic pesto recipe.

Pound the garlic with a little pinch of salt and the basil leaves in a pestle and mortar, or pulse in a food processor. Add a bit more garlic if you like, but I usually stick to ½ a clove. Add the pine nuts to the mixture and pound again. Turn out into a bowl and add half the Parmesan. Stir gently and add olive oil – you need just enough to bind the sauce and get it to an oozy consistency.

Season to taste, then add most of the remaining cheese. Pour in some more oil and taste again. Keep adding a bit more cheese or oil until you are happy with the taste and consistency. You may like to add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to give it a little twang, but it’s not essential. Try it with and without and see which you prefer.