morning glory breakfast cake, smitten kitchen

  • 1 cup (145 grams) grated apple (from 1 7-ounce/medium-large apple)
  • 1 cup (115 grams) grated carrot (from 1 thick carrot)
  • 1/2 cup (80 grams) very well-drained crushed pineapple or chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/3 cup (30 grams) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup raisins or another dried fruit (optional)
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup (130 grams) raw or granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (155 ml) neutral oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups (160 grams) all-purpose or whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons toasted, salted pepitas (optional)

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 8-inch square baking pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment and let it extend up two sides of the pan. 

In a large bowl, combine apple, carrot, pineapple, coconut, dried fruit, if using, lemon zest, sugar, and oil. Add eggs, and whisk to combine. Sprinkle spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda over the batter and stir very well to combine. Add flour, and stir just until it disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle pepitas over cake, if using. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Let cool in pan then carefully cut into squares with a serrated knife. 

The cake is very moist and a little crumbly. I find that it keeps best in the fridge. The cake will keep for 5 to 6 days, chilled.

Quinoa with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Toasted Coconut Marcus Samuelsson

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  •  Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup small broccoli florets
  • ½ cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or hot red pepper flakes
  •  Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

  1. Toast coconut in a small, dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden. Set aside.
  2. Rinse quinoa well in a fine-mesh sieve, then drain. Combine quinoa, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until quinoa has absorbed the liquid, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While the quinoa cooks, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add broccoli and cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Then toss in carrots and cook about a minute longer.
  4. Add celery, scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Place tomatoes in the skillet and mix well. Add parsley, mint, smoked paprika and Aleppo pepper and stir once or twice, until everything is heated through and combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon quinoa into a wide bowl. Add vegetables and coconut flakes and mix well. Serve hot.

pasty from http://12tomatoes.com/

meat-1200x627Pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
  • 2/3 cup ice water, plus extra as needed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 8 oz. ground faux meat
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • brown mustard, garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter.
  2. Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of small pebbles.
  3. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form. Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time.
  4. Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle.
  5. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.
  6. While dough chills, combine beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary.
  7. Preheat oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle.
  9. Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  10. Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon.
  11. Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties.
  12. Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Serve hot with brown mustard and enjoy!

Meat Pasty from farmgirlfare.com

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Pastry:
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
2/3 cup ice water, plus extra as needed
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup shortening or lard
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:
8 oz. meat crumbles
1 russet potato, peeled and diced
1 small turnip, peeled and diced
1 large carrot finely diced
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
brown mustard, garnish

  • In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter.
  • Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of small pebbles.
  • With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form. Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time.
  • Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle.
  • Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.
  • While dough chills, combine beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary.
  • Preheat oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle.
  • Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  • Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon.
  • Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties.
  • Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with brown mustard and enjoy!  Serves 6

 

Stolichny Chicken (use substitute) Salad adapted from Olga & Pavel Syutkin’s CCCP Cook Book

salad

  • medium-sized potatoes
  • carrot
  • eggs
  • medium-sized onion
  • dill pickles
  • 200-250 grams cooked dark-meat chicken–use substitute
  • 300 grams tinned green peas
  • Vinegar-based hot sauce like tobasco
  1. Rinse the potatoes and carrots, but don’t peel them. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 40 to 60 minutes until tender. Remove vegetables from the stock and allow to cool.
  2. Place the eggs into the salted boiling water and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes; transfer to a bowl of cold water to cool, then peel off shells.
  3. Peel the potatoes, carrot, and onion, and cut into small uniform cubes, along with the eggs, pickles, and chicken. Combine in a bowl with the green peas. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Season with mayonnaise , stir, and let stand to allow the flavors to combine. Mix in hot sauce to taste before serving, with crackers and more pickles.  Serves 8-10

Vegetable Noodles With Shrimp from thewoksoflife.com

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1 tablespoon oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup dried shrimp, soaked (optional)
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
2 cups veggie stock
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
8 oz. dried broad bean noodles, soaked 30 minutes
1 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles
1 large carrot, sliced into noodles
2 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
12 oz. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 scallion julienned
Cilantro, to garnish (optional)

Prep all of your ingredients and have them ready before you start cooking. Heat a wok over medium high heat and add the oil, onion, garlic, and dried shrimp. Stir-fry until the onion is translucent. Add the shaoxing wine and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, salt, sugar and broad bean noodles. Turn down heat to low and let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the zucchini and carrot “noodles,” along with the soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper. Turn the heat up to medium and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, reducing almost all of the liquid. If you like your noodles a bit more soupy, you can add more chicken stock.

Stir in the shrimp and scallions and cook for another 2 minutes, or until the shrimp is just cooked through. Garnish with cilantro and serve!  Yield: 2-4 servings

 

Black Bean, Quinoa and Spinach Stew — The Washington Post

For those who want to love quinoa more than they do, incorporating quinoa into a soup or stew is one way to avoid its stick-in-your-teeth seediness. Here, it bulks up a simple black bean soup, providing the starch (and extra protein) to make a hearty meal.

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion or large shallot, chopped
1 medium clove garlic, chopped (1 teaspoon)
1 carrot, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton, sweet or hot)
3 small tomato, hulled and chopped
1/2cup dried quinoa, rinsed and drained
3 cups homemade or no-salt-added vegetable broth (1 tsp veggie conc.)
1 can  black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cup lightly packed baby spinach leaves, chopped

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion or shallot, the garlic and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the paprika, tomato, quinoa, broth and black beans. Season with the salt and pepper.

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low so the mixture is barely bubbling around the edges. Cover, and cook until the quinoa has swelled and is tender, 20 minutes. Stir in the spinach leaves and cook just until they are wilted, a few minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and eat.