Friday, May 11, 2007
Let's see what I do on Saturday.....
Monday, May 7, 2007
Here is the recipe, which I adapted from recpiezaar...
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon (one sachet) unflavored gelatin
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup honey (less if you don't like it too sweet)
few drops of vanilla essence
Berries to serve
Berries to serve
Place the milk in a pan and sprinkle the gelatin over. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.
Stir the mixture over medium heat just until the gelatin dissolves but the milk does not boil, about 5 minutes.
Add the cream, honey, and vanilla. Stir until the sugar dissolves, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Pour into 6 wine glasses(or any other glasses that you like) so that they are 1/2 full. Cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours.
Serve with berries on top, or with raspberry/strawberry sauce and some fresh berries...
To make the raspberry sauce: Puree 12 ounces fresh/thawed raspberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a blender until smooth and strain. Adjust taste by adding more sugar or lemon juice.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
The basic trick is to combine the right amont of rice and beans and mix with tomatoes, shallots, cilantro etc. The combinition of these ingredients go perfectly well to produce a wonderful dish. Gallo pinto means spotted rooster and it is obvoius why this recipe is named this as the combinition of the red and green of the vegetables here and there with the background of dark purple of the grains... makes it visually very appealing.
I would not go in details of how Cedar prepared this, becauese I did not take notes while she made it.. I kind of know how to make it, if I have to make it.. But here is a nice recipe by a fellow blogger Tico Pinto.
Here is an edited version of a recipe from recipezaar:
Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Rice and Beans)
Time to make 15 min 5 min prep(serves 6)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cooked white rice
2 cups cooked black beans, (I soaked mine overnight and pressure cooked for few minutes)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tomato (finely chopped)
salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
fresh cilantro (optional)
sliced green onions (optional)
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until it just begins to soften and turns color. Add garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until onion is golden.
Add spices and stir into onion and garlic. Next, add the beans and then the rice.
Combine the rice and beans evenly and cook until mixture is heated through.
Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some chopped cilantro or green onions.Serve hot with avocado and feta cheese.... For breakfast you can add a fried egg on the side as well.
My couscous recipe
1 shallot (finely chopped)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 tbs olive oil
1/4th of a bell pepper (cut into small pieces, 3/4 cm cubes)
2 tbs cashew nuts
2 tbs raisins
1/2 cup couscous
3/4 cup water (the rule is to keep a ratio of 1 to 1.5) [I added a bit more]
2 black olives
dash of lime
1/4 tomato (roma), chopped
Fry the shallot and garlic till slightly golden, add bell pepper and continue to stir. Add the nuts and raisin. After 2 mins add the water and let it boil. Add the couscous, stir, and immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for 7-10 mins. Don't peek. After 7 minutes, fluff with a fork and add tomatoes, lime and olive and serve.
There are several kinds of JAMUs for different purposes. This Jamu is supposed to be good for women's health, especially before periods... it cleanses the system and they say that it stops fat accumulation in your body....
unfortunately there are fewer resources in English on the net on Jamu, but I found some. One is this blog by an Indonesian which discusses the aphrodisiac properties of these herbal drinks..
Jamu with Tamarind, Ginger and Turmeric
1 ounce fresh turmeric root
1 ounce fresh ginger root
1/2 ounce tamarind
brown sugar to taste
2 litres of water
Wash, peel, and chop the turmeric and ginger. Put the first three ingredients with water in a pan and cook for 10 -15 minutes after the water boils. Add sugar and salt to taste.
You can serve it hot or cold with ice cubes.
Here is one recipe that I saw on cooks.com that looked simple enough to be the subject of my improvisation..
This is MY version of the original Cooks.com - Recipe - Banana Carrot Cake.
BANANA CARROT CAKE
1/2 stick of butter
1/3 c. honey
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup mixture of cashews, chocolate chips, raisins, dessicated coconut
2/3 cup mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups sifted flour (I cup all purpose and half a cup of wholewheat)1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon powder
1/4 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of milk
Mix ingredients in order given and pour into a loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees until center springs back when touched (about an 45 mins). Cool down the cake before serving.
This freezes well.