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Fumi Salad

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This unique salad and “Pot Luck Favorite” is very easy to make using most pantry items and will become a favorite to your family and friends. Its a unique dish that most people will ask for a copy of it as it’s so delicious and kid friendly. One recipe will feed an ARMY of people. A great go-to dish in the summer!

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Ingredients:

 

1/4 c slivered almonds, toasted

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1/4 c plain sunflower seeds, toasted

3 Tbsp plain sesame seeds, toasted

3 Tbsp black sesame seeds, toasted

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1/2 medium head green cabbage, shredded

1/2 medium napa cabbage, shredded

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1/4 red cabbage, shredded

1 c carrots, shredded

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6 green onions, sliced

1 pkg. Ramen noodles, uncooked

3 tbsp. fine sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

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3/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tbsp rice vinegar

 

Directions

 

In a small nonstick skillet over low-med heat, toast sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds separately,

stirring constantly. Set aside.

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In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot and green onion. Set a side.

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Break Ramen noodles up and set aside.

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In a small bowl or lidded jar, combine sugar, seasoning, oil and vinegar.

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Just before serving,

add almonds and sesame seeds to cabbage mix and top with crushed noodles.

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Add dressing and toss until coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours

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Serve cold or room temperature.

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Makes 8 to 10 servings. Recipe can be halved

 

Note: if the salad will not be served right away, take the various ingredients in separate baggies and assemble on sight. The noodles and cabbage gets soggy if salad is allowed to sit overnight.

 

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You Need Eggs To Make An Omelet

I am sure some of you have heard the old saying ” you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs”? 

Well that is me presently sitting here very nervous, as I start typing, not sure where to start, what to post, delete, or edit towards getting my blog moving full steam again. When I had logged in I went  straight to my stats and the numbers my page continues to hit daily, is SHOCKING and HUMBLING. I should be seeing ZERO’S!! I never meant to be gone for this long or neglect my blog like this, but when I realized my passion to cook was gone, my desire to do pretty much anything else had followed. How can I talk about food when I don’t want to open my eyes and face another day because each day I was too DEPRESSED to function.

YEAH…

I tumbled down that dark scary road of depression from a broken relationship, and sadly I let it affected everything i enjoyed and everyone around me that I loved.

Cooking is the one thing that has always come natural to me. There is nothing i ever learned about food or cooking that was ever difficult. Food and cooking comforted me as a child and as an adult, cooking was a stress reliever for many years and then one day I did not want to eat or cook. Often I felt no creativity and I didn’t care to make anything I made taste out of this world F-ing good!

It’s said a persons overall mood while cooking really does affect how a dish will taste to others. If you are sad, down or depressed, its crazy but those emotions do come out in your food. Regretfully I stopped caring and you could taste it. My substandard cooking did not faze me until my son very gingerly expressed how far down the totem pole I and my cooking went.

Mom, do you not care anymore.

That was when I realized how disconnected I was from my family and friends, man its hard to admit that I let depression take over my life and I knew I cant continue in such a depressed mess. Something needed to give and that something was what I didn’t want to accept.

That it was truly over.

I was the give that needed to let go, to let him go…  and I did, and this heaviness I felt inside for so long is gone too. So now this is my time for me to heal and move on because that is what we do in life. We live and we love, and should a love be extra special, then we remember it with a smile…

I don’t want to promise when I’ll post again and not follow through, so ill just say

Goodnight and I’ll see you all soon.

Clarissa

 

 

Heavenly Chocolate Angel Food Cake With Fresh Berries and Cream

There’s a reason angel food cake is a favorite dessert among many — it’s tender, light as air, and tastes, well, heavenly.

The Divine Angel food cake is known for being a delicious, light and fluffy cake, made with almost no fat or cholesterol.

Angel food cake is made with just six ingredients, and none of those six are butter, oil or egg yolks. which makes it low in cholesterol and fat-free. Now lets put a spin on this classic dessert, by adding just a little unsweetened cocoa powder and you really can satisfy your chocolate craving with no extra calories, grams of fat or guilt. 

This recipe calls for cake flour now before you go pick up a rather small box for around five bucks, I’ll tell you how to make your own and its as easy as 1-2-3

To make cake flour:

Simply take 1 cup all-purpose flour leveled, then remove 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and replace with 2 tablespoons corn starch. Sift both flour and corn starch through a sieve five to six times to make sure the two are well blended together. And that’s it!

INGREDIENTS

For the traditional Angel food cake.
1 cup cake flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Berries and Cream, for serving

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To satisfy your chocolate craving add the following steps the recipe above.
Take out 1/4 cup of cake flour and replace with 1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder, and put cake flour and cocoa powder through a sieve several times till it’s all blended together. Also reduce the vanilla extract from 2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon.

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl sift flour and salt in a sieve set and set aside. With a hand mixer, beat egg whites on medium-high until the whites get foamy, about 1 minute.

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Next Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. While mixing gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

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Add in vanilla and beat to combine.

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Transfer egg-white mixture gently into a large bowl. In batches, using the sieve again, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture.

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Use a rubber spatula and while turning the bowl fold in the mixture. Do not stir quickly, use a whisk or hand mixer.

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Carefully spoon batter into an ungreased angel food cake pan with a removable bottom.

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Using a spatula smooth the top of the batter, then using a knife or small spatula push through the batter to release any air bubbles.

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Bake until cake is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Invert pan; let cool in pan, 1 hour. 

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Use knife to release cake from bottom of pan, and remove.

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Top with fresh berries and cream and enjoy!!!

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Cool Refreshing Mango Orange Sorbet

Craving something cool and refreshing on a hot afternoon?
Well how does a mango-orange sorbet sound, made from fresh-cut mangoes and oranges.

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Ingredients:

6-7 large ripe mangos
2 large oranges, segmented, including the zest of one orange.
1-2 cups simple syrup

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Directions:

Ice cream maker
Food processor

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Using a food processor place all ingredients, and pulse 3-5 times

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Pour in 1/2 cup simple syrup continue to pulse 3 times, then add another 1/2 cup simple syrup. Continue to add syrup till smooth or desired texture. Pour into ice cream maker set to desired settings.

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In a few hours you’ll have a freshly made fruit sorbet! Fruit Juices can be used in place of simple syrup.

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Don’t forget to enjoy! 

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Tuscan Panzanella Summer Salad

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Panzanella is a popular summer salad that originated in Tuscany. Its made with chunks of stale bread, vine ripened tomatoes and sweet basil. It’s similar to the middle eastern salad called Fattoush which is made with fried pita bread.

Panzanella is popular in other parts of central Italy and considered a poor man’s salad by using up any remaining stale loaves of bread.

But what makes this salad a summer delight, is the bread soaks up the dressing and all its rich flavor from the center of the tomatoes, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

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Panzanella is the perfect salad for a picnic or day at the beach, just don’t toss the bread until you are 10 min from serving so the bread can really soak up these wonderful flavors, and please DO NOT refrigerate or the tomatoes will lose their wonderful flavor!!!

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Now by making a few recipe adjustments this salad is over the top delicious and healthy to eat. I can seriously eat this entire recipe in 24 hours, it’s that good and my favorite salad.

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To make this salad a success really depends on using a good quality olive oil and freshest tomatoes.

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If you come across any Heirloom tomatoes grab em! Also If you use fresh bread without grilling or toasting it first, the bread will disintegrate into a mushy mess. This is the perfect salad to show off the best summer produce and is visually stunning with the variety of colors.

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Adapted from Cooks Country, 2012

 

Ingredients:

6 cups Italian or French bread, cut loaf or tear into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cored and seeded, then cut into 1 inch pieces
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 medium cucumber, skin peeled, cut lengthwise, then seeded, and sliced thin
1 med shallot, sliced thin 
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400.

Toss cut up bread with 2 tablespoons oil and ¼ teaspoon salt; arrange bread in single layer on rimmed baking sheet.
Toast bread pieces until it just starts to turn light golden, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Set aside to cool to room temperature.

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Grilling Bread Method

Get your grill hot and slice the bread. Place slices of bread on the hot grill for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. You'll want to stay near the grill or the bread will burn and too chard and mask the flavors the same. A little char is okay, a lot will kill the dish.

Get your grill hot and slice the bread. Place slices of bread on the hot grill for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. You’ll want to stay near the grill or the bread will burn and too charred and mask the flavors the same. A little char is okay, a lot will kill the dish.

 

Cut tomatoes in half, than using a spoon remove the center and seeds and place into a small bowl then dice tomato into medium pieces.

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Gently toss tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt in large bowl.
Transfer tomatoes from bowl into a colander or sieve and set over same bowl to drain for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.

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Peel and Slice cucumber in half and remove center and seeds and discard, slice cucumber thin.

Slice shallots thin, set aside with cucumbers

If you don't have shallots or can't find any, then its okay to use red onion.Just slice it really thin.

If you don’t have shallots or can’t find any, then its okay to use red onion.Just slice it really thin.

Roll basil and repeat.

Whisk remaining 6 tablespoons oil, red wine vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon pepper into reserved tomato juices and whisk together.

Add bread pieces and toss to coat all the bread evenly, then, let stand for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.

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Add tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, and basil to bowl with bread and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

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Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream With Candied Orange Peel

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Do you remember having orange creamsicle ice cream bar during the summer. It was an orange popsicle on the outside with a creamy ice cream center and those flavors just married again and again.

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Well I got a wonderful easy version of the orange creamsicle that is very easy to make using only six ingredients, plus you wont need an ice cream maker to make this.

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Now I’ll admit when I made this ice cream I went a little over the top by making candied orange rinds as a garnish. If you want to make them its an added treat both visually and taste wise and really not hard to do at all, but if you don’t have the time its okay to omit this step completely, however candied orange rinds taste better than candy orange wedges and the bonus; you control the amount of sugar versus candy loaded with lots of it.

Candy orange wedges are loaded with sugar, corn syrup and even more sugar...

Candy orange wedges are loaded with sugar, corn syrup and even more sugar…

If you do not know how to segment an orange we will be doing that too. There really is no other way to make this ice cream pop without segmenting, well unless you peel the orange old school and you’re a fan of the bitter white pith and skin. In other words if you want real fresh orange flavor and you really want to push this ice cream over the top, then use some of the zest too.

So grab the kids or surprise them with this smooth citrus delight!!

Ingredients For Ice Cream

1 3/4 cup Coconut milk, full fat
4 medium Oranges, zest and segmented
4 tbsp Sugar or sweetener (honey, powdered sugar, maple syrup)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract (optional)
8 oz heavy whipping cream (optional)
1-2 tsp orange zest

Directions:

Zest one of the oranges and set zest aside.

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Peel and segment oranges.

 

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Rest the orange on your cutting board with the stem end pointing to the left or the right. Carefully slice off about 1/2 inch from the stem end. Repeat with other side.

Note: Cut deep enough so that you expose the bright orange flesh.

Using even downward strokes, slice the skin away from the flesh and discard.Make sure you take your time, and start at the top and slice downward as you work your way down the orange.

Using even downward strokes, slice the skin away from the flesh and discard.

 

Make sure you take your time, and start at the top and slice downward as you work your way down the orange.

Make sure you take your time, and start at the top and slice downward as you work your way down the orange.

Cut between the membranes to segment the orange.

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This will release the orange segment onto your knife.

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You can set them aside on a plate or

bowl.

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Lay flat on a sheet tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper and freeze until hardened.
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In a blender or food processor, add coconut milk and frozen orange sections.

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Add the sweetener of your choice along with vanilla and orange extract.

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Blend until smooth.

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Using a hand mixer on high-speed, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form and pour into a medium freezer proof bowl.

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Fold in orange mixture with whipped cream until well incorporated

Freeze until solid.

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When ready to serve, let it sit out for a few minutes to make it easier to scoop.
Garnish with some candied orange peel and orange zest!

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Enjoy!

Candied Orange Peel

Ingredients:

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4 orange peels, cut into 1/4 inch strips

Now using a similar cutting technique your going to clean up the orange peels by removing the white pith.

Now using a similar cutting technique your going to clean up the orange peels by removing the white pith.

Make sure you are slicing away from you

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Leaving you just the top layer of the orange.

1 cups white sugar
1/2 cup water

Using a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil over high heat.

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Place cut up orange peel in large saucepan and boil for 20 minutes, drain and set aside.

In medium saucepan, combine sugar and 1/2 cup water, and orange peel

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Bring to a boil and cook until mixture reaches what is called a thread stage or 230 degrees F (108 degrees C)

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Use candy thermometer, or you can test by dropping a small amount of sugar liquid in cold water and it forms a soft thread.

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Stir in peel, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain.

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Roll peel pieces, a few at a time, in remaining sugar.

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Let dry on wire rack several hours. Store in airtight container.

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Garnish your homemade orange creamsicle and impress everyone!!!

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Super Decadent Bacon Blondie’s And Maple Sauce

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Yes, I said BACON!!

Now not everything goes with bacon, but this dessert  most certainly does.

In some recipes bacon can pair well with desserts, especially for those, who do not care for desserts that are “too sweet”, the use of bacon can balance the sweetness out.

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A couple of years ago for my son’s birthday we ate at Slater 50/50, Now those who are unfamiliar with this restaurant, its known for serving burgers that are 50% beef and 50% ground bacon. My son had the turkey burger, but for dessert he chose the traditional brownie baked with chopped bacon inside, and that was DELICIOUS!

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At Apple bees they serve a blonde version of brownie with candied pecans and a maple sauce that is “out-of-bounds” fantastic. I’ve come across a few recipes for the maple sauce and none came as close to the sauce I adapted from Applebees. 

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The base recipe for a Blondie is pretty much made the same, but the maple sauce was challenging to replicate till now.

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Those with a die-hard sweet tooth know nothing is better than a home-baked warm Blondie with ice cream. This recipe takes it to a whole other level for the die-hard bacon fan. I posted pictures with Bacon and without.

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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts; toasted and divided in half for Blondie and half for topping
1/3 cup butter or margarine; melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Optional:
1/2 cup bacon or about 8 strips of thick cut apple-wood bacon cooked and chopped; divided in half for Blondie and half for topping

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Directions For Blondie’s:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, after the bacon and walnuts are done.

Using large skillet over medium-high heat cook bacon till its nice and crispy. Do not under cook the bacon, it needs to be crisp!

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Remove and place on paper towels to dry completely.

Using a medium size skillet heat on medium-high, then add shelled walnuts. Stir often to make sure all walnuts are toasting evenly and to prevent burning, about 5 minutes.
Walnuts should smell toasted and have started to brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

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In a medium size bowl add all dry ingredients, shift together and mix well.

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In a larger bowl add melted butter and bowl sugar and mix with a hand blender till mixture is smooth.

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Then add beaten egg and vanilla extract, blend again till smooth.

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Add flour mixture, a little at a time, either using hand blender on low-speed or use a wooden spoon and blend together by hand.

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Add chopped nuts and bacon and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon, set aside.

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Stir in white chocolate chips.

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Spread out dough in a 9-inch pan.

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Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if the center of your Blondie is done. Toothpick should come out clean.

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Serve warm with ice cream, Maple Butter Sauce, and of course don’t forget to top off with more walnuts and bacon.

Maple Butter Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4-1/2 tsp maple extract
Pinch of salt

 

Directions For Sauce:

Using a small sauce pan melt butter over medium-low heat.

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Add brown sugar and whisk together to combine.

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Pour heavy cream, and powder sugar in a saucepan and cook, constantly stirring on medium-low for 1-2 minutes or till sauce becomes bubbly and starts to thicken. Remove from heat.

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Be careful not to burn the sugary sauce.

Add maple flavoring to desired taste by starting with 1/4 tsp and stir until combined. Taste and add another 1/4 tsp if desired.

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I baked mine with toasted walnuts, thick cut apple-wood smoked bacon bits, served warm covered with a rich, sizzling maple butter sauce along with ice cream and its topped with more chopped walnuts, and bacon.

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