lundi 31 octobre 2011

Jamie Oliver's Parents’ Spicy Butternut Squash Soup… Because I Have Gas Problems

I had a lovely apple-braised pork shoulder recipe all set to post today, but was unable to finish it off because PG&E turned off the gas line to do repairs on our street. So, stay tuned for that tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a great butternut squash soup video from Trevor and Sally Oliver, parents of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s one of my favorites, and not only are his parents adorable, but you can see where he gets some of his skills from. Enjoy!

This video was originally posted on Thisisbrandculture's YouTube Channel, February 22, 2011.

dimanche 30 octobre 2011

Chicken Pie Recipe






Amma loved to make pies-her favourite was chicken and mushroom pie- sometimes using  her own pastry dough recipe but often using readymade pastry.  She used aluminum pie moulds -which are easily available in most South African stores. If you find yourself without moulds then you can also use a muffin tray or ceramic pie dish or shape the dough into squares or crescent shapes.








The

samedi 29 octobre 2011

Mango Chutney Recipe

Mango Chutney (Sugar Mangoes) is a composition of ripe mangoes, sugar, spices and vinegar cooked on low heat to form a thick sauce like texture-perfect  for sandwiches or a condiment for meat samoosa’s or hot curry-but especially suited as an accompaniment to chicken dishes like Mango Chicken Curry. Amma never made Mango Chutney-this is one of my favourite relishes.


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vendredi 28 octobre 2011

Riding High at the California Olive Ranch

Michele and I were invited to tour the California Olive Ranch this week, where we got a firsthand look into how olive oil is produced. The ranch is the largest producer in California, and uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology to produce extra virgin olive oil that’s cold pressed within a few hours of picking.

I was shocked to learn that only two percent of the olive oil purchased in the United States is made domestically, but thanks to producers like California Olive Ranch that number is sure to be going up. The oils are reasonably priced, and tend to be more on the buttery/fruity side, than their more intense and peppery European counterparts.

The ranch plants three varieties of olives that were selected especially for the high-density planting method they employ; Arbequina and Arbosana from Spain, and Koroneiki from Greece. The trees are much more shrub-like than one would expect, but perfectly suited for the ranch’s unique harvesting methods.

It would have been cool enough just to watch how these olives are harvested, but when we were actually invited to climb up on the Oxbo picking rig, the tour went to a whole other level…literally, like 20 feet off the ground. I was amazed at how quickly the large bin next to the picker was filled with fruit. Luckily the machine has a large storage unit inside which holds the olives until another bin is brought into position.

After a loud, dusty, but nonetheless thrilling ride though the fields, we headed into the mill where we saw the rest of the process, as the olives were turned into oil in a remarkably short amount of time. The tour ended with a tasting, where I enjoyed everything I sampled, especially their Miller's Blend. We also got to taste some bright green, just-pressed olive oil, which was a rare and special treat for sure.

By the way, we were joined on the trip by Amy Sherman from Cooking with Amy, Chrystal Baker from The Duo Dishes, Aleta Watson from The Skillet Chronicles, and Jane Bonacci from The Heritage Cook. I invite you to check out their blogs for what I’m sure will be more great coverage.

Here’s a short video with some of the sights and sounds from our tour. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into what I found to be quite a fascinating experience. A sincere thank you to Kirsten Wanket, Mike Forbes, and the rest of the California Olive Ranch team for all their hospitality. Enjoy!




Disclosure: This is not a paid endorsement, or sponsored post, however, the California Olive Ranch did take us out for a lovely dinner after the tour, and provided us with overnight hotel accommodations.

Ham and Potato Soup – Tuberlicious!

This title is dedicated to all those who chimed in on our root vegetable gratin video to let me know that a potato is a tuber, and not a root, even though I mentioned that fact in the video and the post! Bless your hearts. ;-)

I know we did a black bean soup not too long ago, but I had a piece of leftover ham that needed to be used up, and this time of year you just can’t have too many soup recipes. In addition to being a proven antidote for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the recipe is definitely filling enough to serve as a main course.

The version I presented here is a little on the lighter side, but by adding more meat (including bacon, sausage, etc.), and finishing with cheese, you can significantly increase its heartiness.

By the way, if you do want to finish this with some nice sharp cheddar, or perhaps a pepper Jack, do NOT add it until you’ve turned off the heat. Cooking the cheese is never a good thing, unless you want an oil slick floating on the surface of your soup. There will be plenty of residual heat to melt shredded cheese, so turn off the heat, stir it in, and dig in.

If you’re one of these vegetarian types, may I suggest you caramelize some diced mushrooms to a dark meaty brown first, and then proceed with the rest of the procedure as shown. Either way, I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb gold potato (or any other kind will work)
1 onion
1 carrot
1 celery
8 oz diced smoked ham
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne
chives

Mince Kebab Recipe

Amma's Mince Kebabs are essentially meatballs made from minced meat and a combination of herbs and spices. Amma began making Mince Kebabs in the mid nineteen nineties- often the request from my older sisters whenever they visited. Amma usually made Mince Kebab Chutney with Roti and another one of her popular dishes- Kidney Beans Curry.






Amma’s Mince Kebab recipe was a simple one including

mercredi 26 octobre 2011

How to Reheat Soggy Leftover Pizza

I’m not sure when or where I started reheating leftover pizza using this stovetop method, but it’s one of my favorite kitchen shortcuts of all time. By the way, since I don’t remember learning this from anyone, I’ll assume I invented it. 

So, if you’ve been actually been doing this for years, and know many others who do the same, please keep it to yourself, and just let me have my moment.

There are so many advantages to using this method. There’s no insufferable wait for an oven to preheat (10 minutes in real time is 45 minutes in “I have the munchies” time); you don’t waste all that extra energy (you’re welcome, Planet Earth); and most important of all, you get perfectly crisp crust. In fact, you’ll get a crust that’s hotter and crispier than it was when it was first served.

Of course some of you will go to the old toaster oven card, and while that does work just as fast as this method, it does not give you the same quality of crispy crust. Besides, many of us haven’t seen a toaster oven since college [insert hilarious dorm room cooking anecdote here].

Not only do I use this method for reheating day-old pizza, but also for crisping up pizza that was just delivered. Because the pie steams in the box, even the best pizzerias, with the fastest delivery systems, can’t bring you a pizza with the same texture as one fresh out of their ovens. Now, using this method, you can take care of that yourself. Enjoy!

Happy Deepavali

Food Like Amma Used To Make It.com  wishes all Hindu readers and their families a Happy Deepavali. May the light associated with this auspicious day shine throughout the year.





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lundi 24 octobre 2011

Bay Scallops with Garlic Parsley Butter Sauce – I’ll Have the Nostalgia on Toast

They say smell is the sense most closely linked to memory recall, and that was certainly the case while making these garlicky, buttery bay scallops on toast. As waves of the wonderful aromas wafted up from the pan, they brought back a flood of vivid memories of my first real kitchen job.

Barely a teenager, I was hired as a dishwasher at an Italian steakhouse, called The Depot (pictured below is the train station that predated the restaurant). While it was fun being inside a bustling kitchen, washing dishes was anything but. By comparison, what I saw the line cooks doing looked like the greatest job ever, and this certainly played a role in my future career plans.

Anyway, there was a scallop dish on the menu, which consisted of 6 large scallops being placed in a small metal broiler plate, seasoned with salt and pepper, and then doused with wine, lemon, garlic, and butter. This was placed under the flame until the scallops were browned, and the sauce was bubbling below. It was finished with fresh parsley, and served with toasted Italian bread for dipping into the amazing juices.

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The smell of that sizzling plate as it went by my station was almost too much to take, and once in a while, thanks to some kind of ordering mishap, I’d actually get to eat one. It was pure bliss, and a flavor combination I still love to this day.

By the way, unlike the large day-boat scallops you’re seen me cook before, these are way too small to worry about searing brown. In a restaurant kitchen, if we’re just cooking a couple ounces, we could get a decent sear and still finish the sauce without overcooking. But doing this many at home, all we really need to concentrate on, is not over cooking them. Besides, bay scallops are so naturally sweet, tender, and delicious, the sear is not as important as with the larger ones.

As I mention in the video, this makes a beautiful appetizer, but will also make a killer pasta sauce with some cream added in to stretch it. I hope you can find some small, wild scallops soon (frozen are great, as long as “Scallops” is the only ingredient listed on the bag), and give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4-6 appetizer size portions:
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 pound bay scallops
4-5 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup white wine (NOT cooking wine)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp cold butter, cubed
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
buttered and toasted Italian bread slices
*Note for pasta sauce, add a 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with the wine, and proceed as shown. Should make enough sauce for about 4 portions of pasta)

dimanche 23 octobre 2011

Which Types of Flour to Use for Baking

What is the Difference Between Cake Flour and Bread Flour?

Walk into the flour section of any supermarket and you find most often find a choice of different flours to choose from. White flour-cake flour-bran flour to name a few-but what is the difference between them and how will it affect your baking? The answer …alot! The type of Flour is essential for the success of baked items e.g.

vendredi 21 octobre 2011

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup – Something from Almost Nothing

This black bean soup saved me during a recent attack of, “Oh my God, there is nothing in kitchen to cook with!” Even though it sometimes seems that way, there's rarely, literally nothing to cook with. I quickly found a few slices of bacon, a couple cans of beans, and an onion, and with the help of a spicy lime and green onion relish, turned it into a very decent bowl of soup.

It got me thinking about all those long shelf life, must-have pantry and fridge staples you can count on to produce a meal when lacking supplies. My short list is olive oil, beans, pasta, bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano, eggs, tomato sauce, anchovies, salami, capers, garlic, onions, potatoes, and fresh citrus. As long as those things are close by, I can still look forward to a great meal no matter how sparse the rest of the provisions.

By the way, this will work with any smashable bean, and rumor has it that a handful of sausage in place of the bacon is a great variation. With wet, chillier days ahead, I think you’ll have occasion to give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 Servings:
6 slices bacon
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 cans black beans, rinsed, plus 1 can of water
pinch dried oregano
pinch cayenne
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt and pepper to taste
For the relish (note – I only made a little bit in the video. This is enough for 4 servings):
1/3 cup minced green onion
2 tsp crushed or minced red chilies
juice of one lime
green onions to garnish
sour cream to garnish

Chicken Biryani Recipe


 Like Amma Used to Make It 

Biryani (Briyani)—is a slow cooked dish prepared by infusing rice and or vegetables and meat with spices to form a mild yet fragrant composition. Prepared in kitchens from across Persia to South Asia—and in South Africa too-the preparation of Biryani differs in both the use of ingredients and cooking techniques.   Biryani was usually one of our Sunday Lunch meals .

mercredi 19 octobre 2011

Bacon Ranch Chicken Skewers – Perfect for Tailgating and/or Vampire Staking

These bacon ranch chicken skewers were intended to star at your next football tailgate cookout, but since these are made with sharp, wooden sticks, they could be used to inflict the true death to smaller, slow-moving vampires at your Halloween party as well.

Regardless of your party’s theme, these tasty chicken skewers are easy, interesting, and incredibly adaptable. As I sometimes do when showing a new technique, I’ve kept this recipe ultra-simple, and only used ranch dressing and hot pepper as my marinade.

I was hoping that as you watched, your mind would be racing with ideas on how to make this already delicious meat-on-a-stick even more amazing. This is the kind of thing you could do a different version for every game of the season, and still not run out of ideas!

The part I hope you follow exactly is how to weave the bacon over the chicken. Using this method, you really get two kind of bacon. The exposed bacon gets beautifully caramelized and crisp, while the meat next to the chicken stays soft and fatty, more like a thin slice of pork belly.

Speaking of thin slices, don’t use extra-thick slab bacon for this. It will not cook before the chicken is overdone. I actually like to use the thinner, extra-lean bacon, as it has just the right about of fat to flavor and moisturize, without starting a raging fire on the grill. Anyway, next time you’re planning a game day tailgate buffet, I hope you give these a try. Enjoy!



Ingredients for 12 Bacon Ranch Chicken Skewers:
12 bamboo skewers
4 large (8-10 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup ranch dressing
1 tsp hot chili paste or any spicy condiment
12 strips bacon
24 pieces of red onion
salt and pepper to taste
extra ranch dressing to dip

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Shortbread Biscuit Recipe


Shortbread is one of the simplest biscuits to make –requiring just 3 basic ingredients- flour, butter and sugar...perfect for Diwali baking on a budget! Although the dough is basic-with a few additions like spice and fruit you can create several variations to form different flavours- even colour biscuits- to impress family and friends!. Amma was fond of making shortbread with almond essence. She

mardi 18 octobre 2011

Halloween Party Food Idea: Cheesy "Severed Fingers"

If you're looking for a mildly disgusting, yet fun and creative Halloween appetizer for an upcoming party, consider these severed fingers made from string cheese. I ran this video a couple years ago, but wanted to repost in case you hadn't seen it before, or just needed a reminder. Don't be scared...click on the link below the photo and check it out! Enjoy!


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Phutu Recipe

Phutu- is a dish made by the  process of steaming maize meal on low heat to form a crumb like texture. Similar to South African Pap (a  thick porridge like dish)- Phutu is also enjoyed with meat, vegetables or with sour milk. Though it is commonly associated with Indigenous African and Afrikaner Cuisines-it is not widely known that Phutu is one of the main dishes in the Rural South African Indian

lundi 17 octobre 2011

Watch Cream Cheese Frosting Being Made and Relax

As promised, here is the cream cheese frosting recipe that co-starred in our red velvet cupcakes video last week. If you’re a regular cake baker, you may be wondering why a video is even necessary for such a simple frosting? I used to think like that.

When I posted the red velvet recipe on YouTube, and teased the fact that I’d show the frosting in a future video, I was instantly met with a huge wave of panicked comments, all having a similar message; something to the effect of, “When the hell is the frosting video being shown? I want it now. I need it now. Give it to me now!”

So, not wanting an angry mob of people waving pitchforks and unfrosted cupcakes in front of my house, I quickly edited the footage and posted it today. This shows that no matter how simple a recipe or technique is, people just feel better and more relaxed about making it, if they can see it being done first.

Anyway, the next time you whip up a carrot cake, or batch of red velvet cupcakes, I hope you give this ultra-simple and delicious frosting recipe a try. Enjoy!


Ingredients for a cake or 12 cupcakes (plus maybe some leftovers):
*Double recipe if you like a thicker layer of frosting.
1/4 cup soft butter
4 oz room temp cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar (or to your taste - start with a cup and go from there)

Cookie Press Dough Recipe

Cookies made from a  Cookie Press (biscuit cutter) is often known as Pressed Cookies or Spritz Cookies. The latter is the term used in both the U.S and in Germany. A term derived from the action of the cookie press- 'das Spritzen' (meaning to inject/squirt)- hence the dough for a Cookie Press  has to be the correct soft consistency or else you will encounter great difficulty making cookies with

How to Cut Brinjal


Brinjal also known as egg
plant or aubergine. It is quite simple to cut. The soft texture makes it
easily pierceable with a knife. Amma’s technique was to cut the brinjal
in half then slice into long strips then chop into squares. When making
Dahl she would cut them into longer pieces.



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© 2011 l

How To Cut Pumpkin







1.  Depending on the size and type of pumpkin you have, you may encounter some difficulty when tying to cut this vegetable. If the pumpkin is too hard to cut then it may be best to simply crack it open by throwing it onto a hard surface (the kitchen floor works quite well), though do  watch out for splashes. To avoid a yellow mess simply kneel down on the floor, hold the pumpkin with

How to Cut Green Beans


Amma used to start by clipping off the ends of the green beans then slicing them into thin slices.


Green Beans Curry © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com



Green Beans Curry © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com

How to Cut Cauliflower



1. Start by washing the cauliflower, then remove the leaves and stem.


Cauliflower Curry © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com

2. Break the cauliflower into smaller pieces then cut the stems to break up into smaller florets.


Cauliflower Curry © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com




Cauliflower Curry © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com

dimanche 16 octobre 2011

How To Make Popcorn Without Oil

Popcorn is not only best served during movies-its high fiber content also makes popcorn a healthy anytime snack especially as an alternative to potato crisps- provided  they are popped without oil. Amma was fond of making popcorn as a snack on cold days. She would pop the corn then fill up cones made from newspaper…my younger sister and I loved this.





©l

samedi 15 octobre 2011

Hello from Washington D.C.!

“The Awakening” by J. Seward Johnson
Just a quick note to let you know that Michele and I are in Washington D.C. this weekend for my niece Brittany’s wedding. Her and her fiancé, Casey, are getting married at the gorgeous National Harbor in Maryland. 

We’ll be back in San Francisco on Monday. Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you soon!

vendredi 14 octobre 2011

Cucumber Raita Recipe

Raita is a mild condiment made with curds (yogurt, sour milk) and vegetables like cucumber and or spring onion, mint and coriander-lightly spiced with cumin seeds or jeera powder and chillies. The first time Amma made Raita was after visiting her niece in Durban-who often made Raita with sour milk, chopped mint and red chill-calling it 'Sour Milk Salad'. Raita is the perfect accompaniment to rice

jeudi 13 octobre 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes and My Big Moment on Just Desserts

I don’t make a lot of cupcakes, but since I’ve always been fascinated by the red velvet cake, I decided to try a version based on this venerable American classic. 

I’ve gotten so many requests for cupcakes and red velvet cakes that I figured I’d kill two food wishes with one video. They came out really well, and as I tasted, I actually caught myself daydreaming about being on Top Chef Just Desserts.

I imagined I’d furiously finished frosting these red velvet cupcakes just as time expired (I think the faux-hawked prima donna with the Jacques Torres tattoo next to me hid the cream cheese to screw me over). I bring them up to the judge’s table, and watch as the lovely Gail Simmons takes a big bite. She swallows, smiles, and then says, “Really not that bad for a food blogger.” Okay, so she’s too classy to ever say that, but still, it would be pretty cool.

Anyway, back to reality. I will also post the cream cheese frosting recipe next week, just in case you’re wondering. I joke about the red food coloring in the clip, and it does give the cake such a unique look, but feel free to leave it out if that’s not your thing.

Party season is upon us, and what holiday dessert table wouldn’t benefit from a plate of these classic cupcakes? It would be like Johnny Iuzzini's face without the side burns. In other words, just not as good. I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 12 Red Velvet Cupcakes:
Dry:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Wet:
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
Bake at 350 for about 22 minutes

How to Make Everyday Indian Food Healthier


 Like Amma Used to Make It 


Although Amma made all of the delicious recipes featured in this blog-she never got to taste many of them- she was Diabetic.  Amma was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes since the birth of my older sister -later transforming into Diabetes Type 2 for the next 26 years of her life until her death. With Diwali around the corner and many looking for Diwali Recipes-it

mercredi 12 octobre 2011

Samoosa Dough Recipe

Samosa (Samoosa) Dough ( Pur) much like Filo Pastry, is a thin pastry dough which when cooked has a crispy samoosa texture. Amma always made her own Samosa dough. Her technique was a simple system of layered dough separated by vegetable oil- which she would then cut into strips then pre cooked on the thawa -enabling the dough to peel revealing perfect samosa pastry.










How to Make Samoosa

Country Gravy – Deliciously Dingy and Definitely Diner

This sausage country gravy recipe comes from a time before cooks tried to think of ways to trim a few calories, but rather, thought of ways to sneak more calories into a dish. This was a meal that was meant to fill you up and keep you satisfied for a long time.

In addition to the astronomically high calorie count, another advantage of a milk gravy that’s been thickened with a roux made from the rendered fat of meat scraps, is it’s very cheap. So, when you combine “cheap,” with “filling,” and “delicious,” you have all the makings of a diner classic, which this certainly is.

In a diner, this gravy (also known as sausage gravy or cream gravy) would be made with leftover cooked sausage links and other breakfast meat scrapes like crumbled bacon, or ham ends. Since we’re making ours from scratch, we have the advantage of all that freshly rendered fat to make the light roux.

This method is more authentic and flavorful, but admittedly does nothing to improve the recipe’s dingy color and questionable appearance. Let’s face it, some great recipes are just plain ugly and that’s the way it is. I used a low fat milk, which makes for the dingiest color, but whole milk or cream, if you want this extra rich, do look marginally better.

As I mention in the video, if you’ve eaten this before, and know how shockingly good it can be, the look of the dish never crosses your mind. If this were a blind date, the recipe would be described as being “really fun with an amazing personality.”

As far as serving suggestions go, you can’t miss with fresh baked buttermilk biscuits (even though I used store bought, we have a great recipe, which you can see here), but this is also out-of-this-world on things like country-fried steak, and fried chicken. I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
2 tbsp butter
8 oz breakfast sausage
4 strips bacon
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup packed all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne to taste
2 1/2 cups milk, more or less as needed

mardi 11 octobre 2011

How To Make Chelsea Buns


Chelsea buns are quite similar to Sticky buns, cinnamon rolls or cinnamon buns  (in the U.S and Sweden), with the addition of sultanas in it's cinnamony center. The consistency of the South African chelsea bun also differs from cinnamon buns. It is not pastry like but rather more like soft bread rolls.












This recipe is based on a combination of Amma’s soft roll recipe and her Donut

Help Choose Our New Food Wishes Logo Design!

I'm very excited to announce that Food Wishes is getting a new logo! This is something I've wanted to do for years, and I'd love to get your opinion on which of these two designs you like better (btw, this is for the basic design only - colors will be explored after the final logo is chosen). So, take a look, then simply click your choice and vote in the poll below the images. Thank you for your help!

LOGO 1 - SWIRL DESIGN
LOGO 2 - STAR DESIGN



























Which logo design do you prefer?
 Logo 1: Swirl Design
 Logo 2: Star Design

  
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lundi 10 octobre 2011

Romany Creams Recipe

Romany Creams, the popular South African biscuit-was usually made by Amma for Diwali. She used a biscuit cutter with the worm shaped template to make them. I have not had any Romany Creams biscuits (homemade or bought) in  several years  so this recipe was an attempt to make them as authentic as possible.







Most soft textured biscuits result when the butter and sugar are creamed well.

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Miso Maple-Glazed Salmon – Canadian Japanese Fusion Cuisine at its Finest

While Canadian Japanese fusion cuisine may not actually be the most popular dining trend right now, this tasty combination of cultures suggests maybe we should explore this further. The salty and very savory miso paste is a perfect match for the sweet Canadian sap. The rice vinegar marries the two, and a few drops of hot sauce are all you need to complete this incredibly easy, yet sophisticated preparation.

Cooking fish this way is virtually foolproof, and will take less than 15 minutes start to finish. As you’ll see, by searing the fish briefly in the pan before going under the broiler, the filets will cook much faster and more evenly. This is the perfect recipe for beginners to get over their fear of cooking fish, and will work with a wide array of seafood.

Below you’ll note that I’m encouraging you to taste and adjust the ingredient ratios. Keep in mind that the glaze should taste fairly intense, since you are counting on such a thin layer on the surface to flavor the whole filet. This is one of those things that doesn’t necessarily taste great by itself, but once caramelized on the salmon, really is amazing.

By the way, just because my maple syrup was from Canada doesn’t mean you can’t substitute something from New England. Japanese-New English fusion cuisine is very similar. Enjoy!


For the glaze (make enough for 1 large rounded tablespoon per piece of fish):
1 part yellow miso paste
1 part seasoned rice vinegar
1 part real maple syrup
hot sauce to taste
*you should taste and adjust these proportions to your liking

dimanche 9 octobre 2011

What to Bake For Diwali




With Deepavali just around the corner you may be wondering what to bake for Diwali this year. Perhaps you will be inspired by some of the contents of Amma’s Diwali Parcels. Though Diwali treats essentially consist of sweetmeats, Amma made a variety of sweet treats ranging from sweetmeats and biscuits to savory Samoosa’s and Bajia.










I recall how excited Amma used to be about baking

samedi 8 octobre 2011

A Perfect Time for Pumpkin Pancakes

A friend sent me a nice note recently that his wife had made these pumpkin pancakes for dinner, and that they were thoroughly enjoyed by all. I always appreciate those kinds of messages, especially since they often serve as a reminder for doing seasonally appropriate recipe re-posts.

This was the week pumpkin made its yearly appearance into my life. On restaurant menus, on television, in store windows, on neighbors’ steps, and all over our living room…and dining room…and kitchen…and, well, you get the idea. So, to celebrate the beloved American gourd, I decided to rerun this tasty winter treat. Enjoy!


vendredi 7 octobre 2011

Homemade Pizza Recipe

When my siblings and I were growing up in the mid eighties to early nineties-there wasn’t a place that served pizza within a 100 km radius (or greater). It was a novelty wondering what Pizza tasted like since it seemed so popular on American TV Shows. This inspired the creation of Amma’s Homemade Pizza recipe. Back then finding a recipe was not as easy as surfing the net-one had to rely on the

jeudi 6 octobre 2011

Root Vegetable Gratin – Notes from the Underground

[I hope you enjoyed our first and last Dostoevsky reference] Whenever I see those big piles of rutabagas at the market, I always think to myself, “who the heck is eating all these root vegetables?” 

I understand that there’ve been times when we literally had no choice – it was either gnaw on a parsnip or perish, but nowadays with so many other delicious choices, why would anyone eat root vegetables on purpose? Has anyone ever stumbled out of a smoky dorm room late at night, in search of a big plate of steamed turnips? Probably not. 

So, while you’ll never catch me boiling up a batch of these fugly roots to enjoy their intoxicating sulphurous savoriness, I have been known to tolerate them in the occasional gratin.

Of course, I cheated and added some potatoes to mellow things out, but still, all kidding aside, this is a very delicious and enjoyable way to eat them, and would make a fantastic side dish for the holidays. And yes, I do know that potatoes are tubers and not roots, so save your emails. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
1 turnip
1 rutabaga
1 small celery root
2 yukon gold potatotes
1 parsnip
* root vegetable sizes and shapes vary, but bottom line, you’ll need enough to fill a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish up 3/4 of the way
salt to taste (be sure to generously salt the boiling water!)
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup cream
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cayenne
1 tbsp fresh picked thyme leaves
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

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Fried Brinjal Recipe

Amma’s Fried Brinjal recipe was much like her batter for frying fish. It contained flour and spices. The Brinjal (Aubergines) were sliced into thin discs then coated in batter before being deep fried. Amma mostly made Fried Brinjal as a topping for her Veg Pizza. 



How To Make Fried Brinjal

This recipe serves 2 using 1 aubergine. To make a larger quantity increase the ingredients

mercredi 5 octobre 2011

"Stump a Chef" with Average Betty

One reason I don’t interview celebrity chefs is because I feel so sorry for them. I can’t imagine having to answer those same inane questions, over and over. And that’s from the real food journalists; imagine how brutal us bloggers’ questions are.

However, there is one interviewer that does things a little differently; my buddy, Average Betty. Here she is at the Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine “The Taste,” breaking the modern record for most chefs stumped in 5 minutes or less. You can see her full post on the event here. Enjoy!

Vada Recipe

Vada (wada, vade or vadai), is a savory treat synonymous with prayers. The donut like form of veda is made with ground Dhal, flavoured with chilli, dhania (coriander), shallots, cumin seeds and chilli. Amma made Vedas only for prayers. She always made Vedas and Gulgulas consecutively. First Gulgulas then Vadas.






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When she made all

How to Make Woorandai

Woorandai (Urandai, Wooranda), is the filling inside Gulgula's made for Purtassi prayers. It is usually made with Gram Dhal, desiccated coconut, elachi (cardamom) and sugar. Amma usually made Woorandai with breyani dhal or black lentils.



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I have used black lentils for this recipe-but found that the mixture did not hold as easily as it

mardi 4 octobre 2011

Yellow Potato Curry Recipe

 Like Amma Used To Make It 
Unlike Potato Curry, Yellow Potato Curry is cooked using turmeric and fresh green chillies instead of chilli  powder or masala.  Amma's  yellow potato curry contained shallots,dhania (Coriander) and mint. We usually had Yellow Potato Curry for lunch during our school holidays or for filling samoosa’s during the  fasting period.Amma most often made this for Monday's

Classic Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast – What's Next? A Jell-o Mold?

I’m not sure why I’ve always had such a bad attitude towards slow cookers. It does a great job turning out delicious braised dishes like this “7-bone” beef pot roast, it’s efficient, and could not be easier to use. So, then why have I used my crock pot fewer times over the last decade than ice skates? By the way, I don’t ice skate.

It probably has something to do with going to culinary school, and judging everything from the point of view of the professional kitchen. They’re certainly not something you learn about at a cooking academy, or see in the back of a restaurant, and are generally associated with the dreaded, “housewife cooking.” This is the same reason we can’t serve jell-o molds.

There’s no chef slur quite as hurtful as having your food called “housewifey,” which is ironic since most of us were first taught about food and cooking by housewives. I’ll have to work through these deep seated slow cooker issues with my therapist, but in the meantime I will say that I’m glad I dusted off the old crock pot and used it for this succulent pot roast.

The real secret here is making sure you sear the meat before the long, slow braising. The slow cooker does a great job of cooking the meat, but unless you brown the beef thoroughly beforehand, you’re missing out on a lot of flavor. I hope this entices you to drag out your crock pot, and get your housewife on soon. Enjoy!



Ingredients:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
AP flour as needed
1 “7-bone” beef pot roast (about 5 pounds)
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 carrots, cut in chunks
2 ribs celery, cut in chunks
a few springs of rosemary and thyme
*Cook in slow cooker on high for 5-6 hours, or on low setting for 8-10 hours

lundi 3 octobre 2011

Slow Cooker Tips for Dummies

I'm going to be posting a recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast tomorrow, and in anticipation I was checking out a few related videos on YouTube. I've always assumed the people who write those "For Dummies" books must be really smart, but based on this, I may have to reconsider.

It's been a long while since I posted a video just to poke fun at it, but I couldn't resist. Just for fun, see how many strange, disturbing, wrong, and/or crazy things you see and hear in this offering from Dummies.com (btw, the glass cutting board doesn't count). Enjoy!

Coconut Ice Recipe

Coconut Ice - is a sweet treat made with coconut, either milk and sugar or condensed milk and often colored in different colors. Pink being the most popular colored coconut ice. Amma made Coconut Ice only for Diwali. She often tried several different Coconut Ice recipes-many of which were either too soft or simply did not set at all-but she never gave up-always trying to find the best way to make

dimanche 2 octobre 2011

Grilled Calabrian Chicken – A Deliciously Stubborn Hen

When I told Michele I was making a grilled chicken recipe using a jar of chilies from Calabria, she said, “Well, you’ll have to call it stubborn chicken then!” We both laughed. You see, when Michele first met my father, John, he asked her what part of Italy her family was from. When she answered, “Calabria,” he said, “Oh, so you’re really stubborn.”

Michele laughed, and agreed that she was, but asked what that had to do with being Calabrian. My father explained that where he was from, “Calabrese” was jokingly used as a term for a stubborn person, apparently stemming from an inappropriate, yet possibly accurate stereotype.

Far from being insulted, Michele embraced this revelation, and it’s been a source of pride ever since. I know, that’s so Calabrese. Anyway, now that I’ve taken three paragraphs to explain the inside joke with the title, I can finally get to this recipe.

When we first posted our Cornell Chicken recipe, I mentioned wanting to try the same method using different herbs and spices. When I saw a jar of Tutto Calabria chili peppers on a recent shopping trip, I remembered that, and decided to give this a whirl. It was great! Here's a link to their homepage, in case you want more information on this cool hot product (btw, you'll need to be able to read Italian). 

You should be able to find some at your friendly, local gourmet shop, but if not, it's not hard to get online. It’s similar to Sambal, and other crushed chili pastes, so if you can’t get it, don’t worry, and just substitute with whatever you find. I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!



Ingredients:
2 chicken halves, or 2 spatchcocked game hens
1 -2 tablespoons Calabrian crushed chilies
2 tbsp rosemary leaves
2 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp orange juice
1 anchovy filet
1 cup white wine (or plain) vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 1/4 tsp fine salt)