Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Okay, so i have just about the easiest recipe for amazingly delicious corn soup.
You will need:
1 can of cream style corn (see picture)
1 jalapeno pepper
Paprika (if wanted)
Start by opening up your can of cream style corn and pouring the entire can in a pot and turning the heat on medium on your stove. Mix the corn around so you lose your lumps and add in milk. The amount of milk depends on how thick/ thin you want your soup. I generally put in 1/3 cup of milk; however, you can change that by adding more or less.
Mix the corn into the milk well. As it is starting to warm up, cut your jalapeno into tiny little chunks. Add in as many pieces as you desire. I generally add in half the pepper because i like my soup a little spicy. If you don't want your soup spicy, add in 1/3 of the pepper. Sprinkle in some salt and black pepper and paprika if you desire.
The big thing about this soup is that it all pretty much depends on how spicy, salty, thick, thin YOU like it to be! You are your own chief so experiment and see what works best for you!
Let the soup boil with all the ingredients for about 3-5 minutes and you're ready to enjoy!
The picture i have attached is basically what the end product will look like!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I've had numerous people who have been interested in my past experiments with jalapeno poppers. Though I've never had the opportunity to eat a popper before, they had definitely made my mouth water with their spicy fried cheesy deliciousness.
So I got my experiments to work, the only downside of this experiment was cough and sneezing while removing the seeds. This of course led me to be very weary of poppers. I missed their hot deliciousness because I stared at them in horror of their spicyness. Alas, they were not spicy at all.
On to the recipe.
Cut the jalapenoes in half, leave the top part (see how they are jut 70% up to the top). Leave the stems on.
The most dangerous part - Deseed and remove the membranes. Wear gloves if you are scared. (A secret - if you get really spicy pepper juice on your hands and want to get it off, use DOVE - the soap bar worked wonders for me)
Above you will see the workstation - Cheese, flour and breadcrumbs (I added salt, white pepper and thyme to my breadcrumbs) and an empty bowl. That empty bowl will have the binding agent, the secret to eggless Jalapeno Poppers.
Before we make the secret to Poppers, we stuff string cheese into the jalapenos. Cut the cheese to the appropriate size and get ready for a mess.
To make the secret following the directions below -
1 Tbs Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder
3 Tbs Boiling Water
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
Combine the boiling water and egg replacer powder and whisk until thick and foamy. Add to a separate large bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy milk until thick and frothy. Set aside.
(This tip is from VeganYumYum, though she hasn't included instructions for poppers yet.)
Then all you do (before getting the oil warm) is dip the stuffed peppers in the egg replacer mixture, roll around in flour - let sit for 10 mins, then redip in the egg replacer mixture and roll around in bread crumbs. Let sit for a bit.
Warm up the oil, and FRY!
(I recommend making two batches of the mixture if you make more then 8 poppers, because the measurements above barely covered 8.)
Dangerous and yummy!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This is for Nicki Auntie!
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
So the Vinaigrette (recipe can be found here)
The salad -
Main things you need
Things I've added
(I say it helps to have some nuts)
This is a really yummy salad and simple.
Also the pasta is a fancy alfredo recipe that I got from The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I warn you, its not healthy. (Hence the veggies and salad in the pic)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I know Ekadashi is still about a week away, but this is one of my favorite ekadashi dishes.
Start with a potato - See small yukon gold potato
Grate and put in water, rinse out the potato starch
Lay out to dry on either a cloth or paper towel, layer another on top. (I sometimes add weight so as much of the water gets absorbed.)
Once dry, in a warm pan, put some oil and add half of the shredded potatoes. DO NOT TOUCH. Leave it alone till the edges are looking nice and brown.
Then sprinkle some yummy cheese. (Use good melting cheese.) You can add tomatoes, or chopped serrano or bell peppers, whatever you are desiring. Sprinkle some black pepper. Do not sprinkle salt!
(Its really easy to over salt this dish, but if the cheese isn't salty enough you can always sprinkle it on top after you've tasted it.)
(Look at the gooey cheese. And see the browning on the edges? That's what you have to wait for before you touch it.)
Add the second half of the shredded potatoes, then carefully cover the pan with a plate, and flip the hash browns onto the plate. Then slide it back into the pan, so the beautiful golden bottom is now the top. Cook until the bottom is nice and golden brown. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
This dish is really yummy, and really simple when you are hungry. The first time you attempt this dish it might be hard not to disturb the potatoes, but trust me, leave them alone, otherwise you'll ruin that beautiful crust you see up there.
Enjoy a stuffed hash brown for me!
(Tomorrow Mira's new favorite salad and salad dressing)
Sorry for the long absence, been busy trying to finish my paper so I can get closer to graduating. So I get tired of writing.
A simple dish - A Caprese salad with a twist.
Normally, most people make their caprese salad with fresh mozarella, good tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil.
But I didn't have mozarella and I had amazing tomtatoes and basil. So I made a monterey jack cheese caprese salad.
Remember, do not put salt or pepper. The goal is to enjoy the taste of tomatoes, good cheese, and good olive oil all with some yummy basil.