Recently my husband and I hosted a dinner for the gang at Agents of Shield, and for dessert I made this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It was my only superpower I had to offer in that situation, and suffice it to say, those dudes from the Marvel Universe’s eyes could be seen rolling back in their heads as the warm blueberries exploded on contact with our unsuspecting guests’ tongues. The reassuring creaminess of vanilla custard with the mouthfeel of silken ambrosia, then the unexpected kick of tart lemon juice left them knowing who was boss. BOOYAH! Check it out.. I can’t be responsible for what happens if you have any left over. It is my Kryptonite.
Let me introduce to you my new thrill. It goes by the most unfortunate of names…dukkah. I discovered it when I made the New Year’s Resolution Spinach, Broccoflower and Coriander Soup with Yogurt Feta Swirl and Dukkah which I posted a few weeks ago, and the recipe suggested the soup be sprinkled with this…dukkah. Once I googled it I found there are any number of ways this Egyptian seasoning can be made, with an array of different nuts and spices. I made it as described on the blog From The Kitchen. It might be my single favorite condiment, and SUPER easy, btw, maybe took me 15 minutes. I now put it on eggs, avocado toast, I dip sliced honey crisp apples in it, sprinkle it on my kale salad, my experience so far is that everything is better with dukkah on it… So get ready for your world to be rocked. I now at least double the recipe of this mouth magic and keep it in the fridge, i even put a fistful of the stuff in a container and take it with me in my bag. I know it sounds cuckoo, but I kid you not, I think I’ve struck gold.
click here for recipe.
So when I don’t have time to make the Life Changing Loaf of Bread, or I am in a “porridgey state of mind”, I make this concoction and fill my mason jars or empty honey jars, so it’s ready when I need a quick, high protein, delicious snack/meal-on-the-run. I think it’s just as good cold or room temperature. I throw in all of the ingredients for the bread and then some. You don’t have to have all of the exact ingredients, I do it with whatever good stuff I have in my pantry or fridge. I start with a pot of boiling water, throw in some rolled oats, then add raisins and dried coconut, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, quinoa, psyllium husk flakes, lite coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, sea salt… I’m obsessed with this stuff, and if you feel the same, just remember to proceed with the same caution I advised about the LCLOB aka “Nature’s Broom.”
Everyone’s favorite bread is back…click here for the recipe from the lovely Sarah at #mynewroots, I like to call this bread “nature’s broom” just something to consider when you feel like consuming the whole loaf in one sitting thinking “goodness never tasted so good.” Easy does it, it is the gift that keeps on giving. I have also taken to making one sweeter loaf along with the original more savory version by adding shredded coconut, raisins, or dried cherries, and a tad more maple syrup, Just play around with it til it tastes juuust right. I always toast it first, then either top it with coconut spread in lieu of butter, or i like to mash a nice ripe avocado on top, a squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkle sea salt and cayenne or red pepper flakes for an amazing breakfast or snack. If you like jam on your morning toast, go for it, or just the coconut spread and a drizzle of raw honey.
click here for this easy recipe. you’ll be able to use this crazy delicious nut milk instead of cow’s milk (we are the only species that drinks another animal’s milk, eww) in your oatmeal, granola, smoothies, and it’s too die for. fully worth the effort.
Elisabet Spaulding, one of my go-to food friends, rocked my world last night when she introduced me to 101 Cookbook’s “Magic Sauce.” The moment it touched my lips, I was hard pressed to think of one thing I wouldn’t put it on. They call it Magic Sauce, “because it makes everything it touches shimmer with deliciousness…You’re best off making a double or triple batch. This is the sort of stuff you burn through in minutes. Not exaggerating. I cook eggs in it - scrambled, omelette, frittata, you name it. I drizzle it on soups. I can attest it’s the sort of thing that makes baked potatoes even better than usual. And salads welcome it as well - particularly shaved salads, or ones made from spicy greens. You can use it to marinate or slather ingredients before grilling or roasting. And its the sort of dressing that turns a bowl full of farro or quinoa or soba noodles into something close to a full meal - just toss in another favorite seasonal ingredient or two.” -101 CookBooks
I have to admit, beef is the last thing I think of eating these days, but somehow, Oscar night begs for chili (not to mention my family). This recipe will win any chili cook-off you’ll ever enter. The condiments are key (diced fresh tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced scallions, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro leaves, sour cream, and shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese). I turn my kitchen counter into a little chili bar with all the fixins’ so people can help themselves. Throw in a basket of hot Jiffy cornbread, and you’re golden. The chili improves with age, so make it a day ahead and reheat before serving. Oscar day, all you’ll have to do is chop your condiments and, after the arrivals, throw your cornbread in the oven and place your bets. Do you smell what I’m cookin’?
My friend, Julianna Strickland, has a web series called Cinema & Spice (check out her tumblr here). She made up this irresistible concoction when my daughter came home from school, and mayhem ensued. Taste and you’ll see why.
Generous spoonful of almond butter (any more than that is not encouraged in one sitting…)
Unsweetened almond or soy milk
Dried unsweetened coconut (not pictured here, but highly recommended)
Sliced tart apples (I like Fuji or Honeycrisp)
In a small bowl, combine almond butter with a little bit of the milk, about a teaspoon of honey, a splash of vanilla extract, and a generous pinch of salt. Stir like a madwoman (or man) until it is creamy and easy to dip into. Sprinkle coconut on top. You can make it the consistency to suit your mood, but I like it about as thick as caramel sauce. Taste with an apple slice to make sure the dip is just the right salty-sweet to drive you around the bend.
My go-to, no need to shop, last minute, knock your socks off meal is pasta with tomato sauce from Marcella Hazan. This is the tomato sauce that my dad has always made. For me, it is the most comforting of all comfort foods, and it is also an insane crowd pleaser.
This is the simplest of all tomato sauces. There is no chopping, it only calls for an onion which is cut in two and cooked with a can of tomatoes (the onion should look like two floating boobs). Except for salt, and a tiny amount of sugar, the sauce has no seasonings. It has no olive oil, only butter. It is an unsurpassed sauce with spaghetti, penne, and ziti. Since this is Marcella’s recipe, I actually have the specific amounts of ingredients.
1 28oz can of whole peeled Italian tomatoes
¼ pound unsalted butter (don’t start with me, you only live once)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
(optional hot pepper flakes)
Cook the tomatoes in a covered stockpot or saucepan until they have simmered for 10 minutes. Add the butter, onion, ½ teaspoons salt, and sugar, and cook at a slow but steady simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes. Taste and correct for salt. Discard onion.
If you don’t mind the extra step, you can put the can of tomatoes in the blender until pureed before cooking.
Before serving, I like to mix the sauce with the pasta and some freshly grated parmesan.
Baked Egg in a Baked Potato…RECIPE