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Friday
Jun182010

pasta for dinner

Most of the U.S. thinks that a pasta dinner is a ten minute dinner tops.  Not in this house.  I start with a cup of flour, an egg, a two finger pinch of salt, and a couple tablespoons or so of water in a bowl.  Mix it all up and the knead it.

and knead it

and knead 

For ten minutes.  I do actually time this.  It makes such a difference.

Then it is time to roll out the pasta dough.  It starts out small,

and grows,

Until it is very thin and ready to cut.

 

I like using a very heavy pizza cutter.

It is then time to cook.  It only takes a few minutes in boiling water.  I usually make a light pesto sauce to go with the pasta, pesto and pine nuts.

It is a simple meal but so lovely in the tummy.  We had this with homemade blackberry sorbet for dessert.  Yum!

All pictures are courtesy of Russell.  Thank you sir!

Monday
Jun142010

Happy apple raspberry crisp tummies!

When we were invited to the house warming, our friends asked for everyone to bring a side, dessert, beverage to share or something of the like.  If you forgot, just come!  I decided to make apple crisp.  

But I looked at the number of apples I had and decided to add about a half a ten ounce bag of frozen raspberries.

I cut the apples into eighths, core, peel, and slice into chunks.  I use an eight inch by eight inch pan.

I then sprinkled the frozen raspberries on top.

In another bowl, Russell creamed together one half cup butter, three quarter cup brown sugar, one teaspoon cinnamon, and one teaspoon ginger.  When this is evenly mixed together, one cup of all purpose or whole wheat flour is mixed in.  The texture is very crumbly.  If you wish to make it gluten free, use five ounces of gluten free flours (sorghum, amaranth, teff, and tapioca mixed together) and 1 teaspoon xanathan gum instead of the wheat flour.

Spread the crumb mixture over the top of the fruit and bake for forty five minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

We like this straight out of the oven, room temperature, with ice cream, without ice cream, for dessert, and for breakfast.  It is full of fruit!  I have used peaches, mixed berries, just blackberries (add a half cup of sugar to the berries, people fight over this one), and pumpkin. 

If I do not make crisp often, I hear about it.  It just makes tummies happy!

Friday
Jun112010

new mexican stuffed sopapillas

I went to Albuquerque to take a course with American Clay.  I am now a certified American Clay plasterer.  I learned a bit of new things but nothing extraordinary.  I do admit that I really liked the New Mexican food.  The green chile sauces, flat enchiladas, and stuffed sopapillas were just yummy.  I have actually taken to making this type of food at home and last night I put together two different types of beans to stuff sopapillas.  

The recipe for sopapillas is actually fairly straightforward.  It is a biscuit dough:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tarter

1 teaspoon salt

4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/4 cup plain hempmilk

vegetable oil for frying.

This recipe makes 16 fairly good size sopapillas.  I usually cut it to a quarter for two.

I put about an inch of oil in a small cast iron pan and start to heat it.  I put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together.  I dust the counter with flour and knead twelve times.  Then roll out the dough and cut into sixteen pieces (four if you quarter the recipe).  

The oil should be about 400 degrees Fahrenheit when you are ready to fry.  Drop the dough into the oil and count to 30.  Flip, count to 30, and remove from the oil. If the sopapilla is too brown or does not puff, the oil is too hot.

 

I take one of these pillows of goodness, cut it in half, and fill it with a savory filling.  I made a bean filling from leftovers that were in the refrigerator:  about a quarter cup of black beans, a partial jar of chiliaquilla, a little chopped onion, chopped garlic, salt, a pinch of ground chipolte, and a pinch of smoked paprika.

I did save two for dessert.  When the sopapillas are warm, they are just lovely with honey or honey, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.  Or actually any combination that you wish.

We had happy tummies after dinner but the dinner was scarfed so fast that there was no time for pictures.  There was a starfished Russell in the house.

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