Another gorgeous plate using pumpkin~
Sauce adapted from a standard pumpkin soup recipe. Fried pancetta, pine nuts and
parsley to finish. Maybe a bit out of season, but what the heck.
Friday, October 28, 2011
This looks fantastic. I love this time of year, and pumpkins are so versatile~
Pumpkin soup topped with a sweet pepper and olive oil garnish.
Basic recipe (more or less);
Cut and clean pumpkin, remove outer skin and cut into chunks or cubes.
Place pumpkin pieces in large pot. Cover with water or your favorite soup stock for a richer flavor (chicken or vegetable stocks works well). Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until pumpkin is tender. As the pumpkin softens it will begin to break down and you’ll notice that your liquid is starting to thicken. Us an immersion blender to puree the pumpkin and stock mixture into a velvety smooth soup. Flavor as desired. You can add more liquid if you think your soup blend is too thick or continue simmering for reduction to thicken.
We’ve found that heirloom pumpkins offer much better flavor then the standard orange carving pumpkins so choose one that looks interesting to you and give it a shot. Also, don’t forget to save the seeds for making toasted pumpkin seeds.
Just like eating any other seasonal fruit or vegetable, eating pumpkin in the fall and winter offers many wonderful health benefits, plus it makes for a really great warm and satisfying meal on a cold day.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Woo! Where have I been all these years? Fabulous!
cook 1 1/2 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup pink lentil in your rice cooker
use some thick tomato sauce in a pan, add a tsp of agar-agar (or kanten), boil for two minutes. Add oignon, garlic, spices to your taste if you want.
mix the lentil, quinoa and tomato sauce and put in glasses or silicon cup. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours till cold and solidified.
I ate it cold with a thick dressing of balsamic vinegar, walnut oil and garlic. yum.
Quinoa before flowering.
Quinoa (pronounced /ˈkinwɑ/ KEEN-wah or /ˈkinoʊə/ KEE-no-uh, Spanish quinua, from Quechua kinwa) is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal as it is not a grass. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited.
The beauty of this simple seed is that it plays well with so many other tasty additions~
Quinoa (play /ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.
Quinoa with fresh farmers market vegetables
Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Pomegranate Seeds, and Persimmons, originally uploaded by MikeSofCA.
Oh my, this looks fantastic. This searching for quinoa salads is a happy one.
www.AsparagustoZucchini.com has the recipe for this Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes and more kick ass vegetarian recipes from A to Z!!! This site isn't only for vegetarians, it's for everyone trying to expand their cooking arsenal and find ways to use more healthy foods in their diet.
Friday, July 1, 2011
These are great!
I wish these weren't so sloppy, I'm trying Callye's technique of a stiffer icing rather than an outline and fill.
(that and I was conserving pastry bags, my supplier didn't ship my order and I ran out of small bags!!)
I love the color in this photo. Nice job~ Table spread with 4th of July offerings: cake with strawberries and blueberries, real lemonade, watermelon, salad, on a red and white checkered tablecloth with blue plates and cups. Perfect~
I couldn't resist. What a riot! I haven't had a twinkie in, well, forever!
4th of July dessert -- Twinkle Trifle, Twinkies, blueberries, strawberries, pudding, and whipped cream on top.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I am always amazed by the creativity of some cake makers. This cake is no exception. Here is the baker's/photographer's note:
I was excited to do this cake because it was a design I have been wanting to do for a while- so when a friend wanted a Spiderman-themed cake I jumped on the opportunity! I was really inspired by the Lego Batman cake that Elisa Strauss made, so I decided to do a similar style comic book street scene.
This was also very large- I bought the biggest baseboard I could find. ;) The two buildings are a dingy green (what I was going for ;) and since I still don't have an airbrush I used petal dusts for the first time to give me all the shaded effects.
The crazy thing about this cake was that it was bought as a show piece for the party! lol It was not eaten until after the party was over. I loved this cake- definitely one of my all-time favorites. :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Such a riot of color and festivity!
"A mix of regular and chocolate sugar cookies for my coworkers. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!"
And I imagine those coworkers were very pleased~ Nice work!
These look great, and wonderfully bright~
"St Patrick's Day Wheel of Fortunes
Treat them to a delicious treat and send them some Luck O' the Irish too!
Our cookies contain assorted Messages of Good Fortune inside!!"
To learn more about these cookies, click on the photo above.
Monday, February 14, 2011
To learn about this confections, visit herocakepops blog:
Wow! This is an amazing cake, combining two of my favorite things - chocolate and strawberries~
This baker tells us:
"Heart shaped devils food cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and ganache. Then topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate swirls. The perfect gift for your Valentine sweetie. This was a "tester" cake and my family loved it."
I'm sure they did!
Here are the photo notes and links:
Red Ribbon, Valentine's Cake, Roses and Kisses, Kisses,cake, Hershey's