Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cookies for a celebration

We're celebrating at the school's library, it's Language and Book Week. My little contribution is a bunch of cookies...

The recipe is so simple, they're ready in about twenty minutes (preparation and all). To make them mix 100 gr of unsalted margarine, 100 gr flour, 50 gr cornstarch, 50 gr confectioner's sugar, when the dough  is compact (without over working it), flatten it to disc with a roller, cut it with cookie cutters. Bake it at 150º F until golden brown. Cool on a rack and then sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

That's the basic recipe, you can add any dry flavor of your choice: instant coffee, cinnamon, lemon grind, grounded nuts... 

Tomorrow I'm starting a seminar on chocolate, we'll learn to prepare and make bonbons and such. Don't worry, I'll spread the knowledge.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Very hungry day

I'd been working a lot, even got a volunteering job a few days a week in the afternoon. Sometimes I have to skip lunch, ouch! 

I got very hungry on Saturday, you know, housework plus the paper work I have to  take home from school... Maybe that's just an excuse, but my lunch was delicious lol

Regular pasta became extra healthy with two sauces, bologna and spinach. Bologna has ground meat, seasoned with Worcestershire sauce. garlic, onion, sea salt, basil, oregano and a bay leaf, of course, tomato and tomato paste; the fancy touch is a couple of olives in it. The Spinach sauce is super easy, just cook the spinach leaves a couple of minutes on a little boiling, salted water, then remove, let set and put it on the blender with a couple of peeled garlic gloves, half an onion, pepper and pecorino cheese (you can add a little milk and cream cheese to get a softer taste). Sprinkled with olive oil and pecorino (yep, like it way better than Parmesan).

Then there's the salad. Tomato, cucumber, apple, celery, lettuce, red bell pepper with a youghurt sauce, made with plain youghurt, goat cheese with herbs, thyme, sea salt and pepper.

Dessert was sweet plantain. Boil the plantain, cut in thick pieces, with sugar, grounded cinnamon and cloves. Water should only cover the plantains, so it thickens and make a nice syrup.

Yum!!!! Happy cooking!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trying to eat pretty again

Long time, no posts. I'm back. These past few days I've been compelled to make "pretty food" again. The good news is that I'm renting a nice new place just for me :)  Here's lunch.

The rice has capers, olives, carrot, cilantro, garlic and a bit of curry. shaped with a Tupperware rice mold, but I think a cup has the same effect.

Made a very simple tomato-cucumber salad to go with it.

The flowers are made of ground chicken, seasoned with garlic, a bit of ginger, pepper, salt, cilantro and red bell pepper. The center is an olive.

 I shaped them with a rice ball maker from my new bento gear from J-list.

The dessert is home made chocolate ice cream, just made a thick chocolate beverage and froze it.

Bon appetit!