Archive | March, 2014

Sushi Cubes

10 Mar

Sushi cubes made with a cool little mold .  Made with fresh tuna, salmon, shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo, eel sauce, fish roe and sushi rice.   So fun to make!  And more fun to eat!

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Breakfast Cast Iron Bake

10 Mar

Breakfast pizza with hasbrowns, scrambbled eggs, turkey and cheese!

Cook frozen hash browns in a cast iron pan (or other oven safe skillet) with a little bit of oil and preheat the oven to 350. While they are cooking, whisk together at least 6 eggs with milk and seasoning.   When the hash browns are almost down, push them down into the skilled to form a solid layer and poor the egg mixture over the top.   Sprinkle the turkey (or other breakfast mean or veggies) over the top and  put into the hot oven for about 15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, I think i used a mexican cheese blend,  and turn the broiler on high until the cheese is bubbly.   Yum!

 

Salmon with Creamed Cauliflower and Pesto Oil

10 Mar

 

Salmon with asparagus with creamed cauliflower with pesto oil drizzle.

This might be the new best thing i’ve ever made.

I steamed the cauliflower until very tender then riced it in the food processor and added butter, cream cheese and half and half.  I seasoned it with salt, pepper and garlic powder and added  about a teaspoon of flower to thicken it up.  The drizzle is just a combination of a tablespoon of pesto and the same amount of olive oil blended up in our magic bullet. It was amazing.  Crazy good, amazingly good. This dish made mashed potatoes unnecessary.   Wow.

Bacon Pancakes!

10 Mar

Pancakes with bacon IN THEM!

I broiled the bacon first and then broke the pieces in half.   Then i put them in a frying pan with a little bit of salflower oil  and poured the pancake batter on top of the stripes of bacon and cooked them like normal.  What could be bad about bacon and pancake?!

Mini Cupcakes!

6 Mar

Mini yellow cupcakes filled with berry jam and topped with vanilla frosting

These were ridiculously good.

I made the jam by combining frozen  berries (staw, blue, rasp, black) water and a little sugar in a pot and bringing to a boil. I added some corn starch to thicken it up before putting it into a pipping bag.

Caprese Salad

6 Mar

Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil topped with olive oil and a brown sugar balsamic reduction.

Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction:  Combine 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 cup of dark brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.  Stir often to prevent burning. Allow the mixture to reduce down to about a half a cup. You may want to add more brown sugar or regular sugar if it isn’t sweet enough for you.    Serve over salad, steak, chicken, dip your bread it in it, yum.

Cake Balls!

6 Mar

Cake balls made from devils food cake and raspberry frosting topped with white chocolate.

Make cake as directed on box.  After it is done put it in a big bowl and crumb it up.  Mix in any kind of frosting you want and blend together.  I use my hands to mix it together, it’s very messy but it’s the easiest way to mix it up.   Wet your hands and form the mixture into 1 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet.  Put the cookie sheet in the freezer so the balls have time to freeze up.  In the mean time, melt white chocolate over a double boiler until liquid.  Put the melted chocolate into a thick zip lock bag and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes, or you’ll burn your hands while trying to pipe it.    Snip a corner off of the bag and pipe the chocolate over the frozen cake balls.  Return the cookie sheet to the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden. Keep the cake balls in the freezer or fridge until you’re ready to serve them.

Ravioli

6 Mar

Veal Ravioli from Eataly in garlic olive oil with fresh tomatoes and basil.

For the sauce: I sauteed some garlic in olive oil along with italian seasoning.  Then i added fresh diced tomatoes and basil.  The whole thing took about 7  minutes.  It was light and flavorful.  Yum.

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Baby Shower Cake

6 Mar

Dark chocolate cake with raspberry frosting filling topped with vanilla fondant.

Fondant is a bitch.

Tuna Tartar

6 Mar

Tuna tartar with avocado and crispy shallots with a miso soy sauce.

Love my new food mold!

Zach made this!  He started with fresh tuna and ripe avocados and cubed them both.  Sprinkle the avocado with salt and set aside and toss the tuna with olive oil , salt and pepper.  Finely dice a shallot and sprinkle with flour. Mix the shallots up a little so the flour evenly coats them before putting them into a small hot pan with oil to crisp them up.  Watch them carefully – they burn quickly!  After they are a light golden brown color (they will darken after you take them from the pan) put them on a paper towel to collect any extra oil.    For the sauce: start with 1/2 a cup of soy sauce. Add about a teaspoon of mirin and white wine vinegar.  Add a sprinkle of wasabi powder- or more if you’re daring  and brown sugar to your liking.  Whisk the sauce together and set aside.  Assemble my stacking the tuna and avocado, top with the crispy shallots and drizzle the plate with the sauce- you don’t need a lot of it!

Roasted Potatoes

6 Mar

 

Roasted yukon and red skin potatoes. Yum.