Monday, May 25, 2020

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found online a few years ago for a zucchini pineapple loaf. I thought it might well work, with modifications, for muffins.

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins

Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.

Ingredients
2 cups, shredded, or 300g zucchini
10 oz or 280g crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups or 250g flour
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin pan by greasing it or lining it with paper muffin cups.

Whisk together the zucchini, pineapple, canola, eggs and vanilla into a large mixing bowl.


In another smaller bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just mixed.


Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.


Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.

Check out all the other Muffin Monday recipes we are sharing today. Many thanks to Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for stepping in and saving me from my lack of awareness of what day it even is! I was so sure that Muffin Monday was next week!

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.



Pin these Pineapple Zucchini Muffins!


Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes #BundtBakers

These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


This month my Bundt Baker friends are sharing cakes they’ve fancied up with decorations. I do believe that more is more when it comes to sprinkles but this time I decided to go a more natural route when I settled on baking a lemon almond cake.

Months ago my mom sent me a link to a recipe on David Leibovitz’s site with a request for me to please bake it for her. Of course I said yes and then completely forgot when I got back to Houston. It was well past time to pony up!

Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes

In order to un-complicate this recipe, I have posted the instructions for the candied Meyer lemon slices here: https://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/2020/05/candied-lemon-slices.html
They are super easy to make and turn out so pretty, perfect for decorating these little bundtlettes.

Ingredients
5 1/2 tablespoons (50g) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
7 ounces (200g) unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups (125g) almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (200g) sugar
zest of 1 large lemon
3 large eggs, at room temperature
juice of 1 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons), divided

To decorate:
candied lemon slices

Optional to brush on:
lemon syrup

Method 
Preheat the oven to 350ºF or 180ºC) and prepare your bundtlette pan by buttering it liberally then coating it with flour. Mine is called 65th anniversary Bundtlette and has a capacity of 5 cups.

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, all-purpose flour, and salt.



In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar, and lemon zest to release the oils from the zest.

Add in the butter and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium-high speed.



On low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, then the juice from half a lemon, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the mixer bowl after the addition of each egg.



Stir in the flour mixture until completely incorporated, then scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top.



Bake the bundtlettes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.



Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before loosening the edges and middle with a toothpick and turning them out onto a wire rack to cool.



Brush with lemon syrup from the candied Meyer lemon slices.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


 Top each with a candied lemon slice.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


Enjoy!

Check out the other "dressed up" Bundts we are sharing today. Many thanks to our host, Sandra from Sweet Sensations.

BundtBakers

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers can be found on our home page.

Pin these Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes!

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Candied Lemon Slices

Candied lemon slices are beautiful perched atop a cake but we have been known to eat them as is. They are a lovely combination of tart and sweet and they are wonderfully sticky.

Food Lust People Love: Candied lemon slices are beautiful perched atop a cake but we have been known to eat them as is. They are a lovely combination of tart and sweet and they are wonderfully sticky.


I’ve made candied peel before but never with whole slices so this was kind of an experiment. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how they turned out.

Tomorrow I am sharing a recipe for lemon almond cakes topped with these beauties!

Ingredients
1 Meyer lemon
1/2 cup or 100g sugar, plus 1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling
1/4 cup or 60ml water

Method
Cut the ends off of the lemons and then slice the rest of the lemons into 1/8-inch-thick rounds; discard the seeds.



In a large skillet over a low heat, stir together 1/2 cup or 100g of sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Squeeze in any juice left behind in the ends of the lemon.

Add lemon slices, and simmer gently, keeping slices in a single layer.


Bast occasionally with the simple syrup and cook for about 14 to 16 minutes or until the middles are slightly translucent and rinds are softened. You can also turn the slices if you do it carefully.

Preheat your oven to 100°F or 38°C and line a pan with baking parchment.

Lift each lemon slice out of the pan with a spatula so the syrup can drain off and place it on the prepared baking pan.



Sprinkle it with the additional sugar.

Food Lust People Love: Candied lemon slices are beautiful perched atop a cake but we have been known to eat them as is. They are a lovely combination of tart and sweet and they are wonderfully sticky.


The simmering syrup can be cooled and kept refrigerated in a clean jar to be used for glazing cakes or making cocktails.

Put the pan in your preheated oven for one hour, or until the peels have almost dried out. We like them still a little bit sticky.

Use to decorate cakes or, as I mentioned before, you can just eat them!

Food Lust People Love: Candied lemon slices are beautiful perched atop a cake but we have been known to eat them as is. They are a lovely combination of tart and sweet and they are wonderfully sticky.


Enjoy!

Pin these candied lemon slices!

Food Lust People Love: Candied lemon slices are beautiful perched atop a cake but we have been known to eat them as is. They are a lovely combination of tart and sweet and they are wonderfully sticky.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast

This Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast is made with a Boston butt roast, covered in a savory spice blend. It’s cooked with a sous vide precision cooker for 18 hours, then finished off in a hot oven, which keeps it tender and juicy. Start this recipe one day ahead of serving time. Yes, it’s a long time but most of it is hands-off. Set the sous vide and go about your life.

Food Lust People Love: This Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast is made with a Boston butt roast, covered in a savory spice blend. It’s cooked with a sous vide precision cooker for 18 hours, then finished off in a hot oven, which keeps it tender and juicy. Start this recipe one day ahead of serving time. Yes, it’s a long time but most of it is hands-off. Set the sous vide and go about your life.


I know I’m a little weird but I think the sous vide machine humming away in a corner is a happy sound because it means another perfectly cooked whatever is in our future. When my son-in-law gave me the sous vide precision cooker for Christmas several years ago, I had no idea how much fun I’d have experimenting and playing with it.

One thing that amuses me about the sous vide process is that if you are cooking a large piece of meat, you have to plan and cook several meals in the interim. So different from my usual "choose meat - season meat - cook meat - serve meat right now" method of meal planning. I enjoy the planning as much as the process: which cut to choose, how to season it, then figuring out the optimum time and temperature.

Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast

Total time for this recipe is 19 hours, 18 in the precision cooker and then 1 hour in a hot oven to brown the outside. In order to simplify this recipe, I have published dry rub ingredients and how-to on another page. Click here for those instructions.

Ingredients
1 boneless Boston butt roast (about 6-7 lbs or 2.7-3.2kg)
3 tablespoons java dry rub, divided
Time!
Optional for roasting: add potatoes and carrots for a full meal!

Method
Make the java dry rub. (See note above.)

Thoroughly massage 2 tablespoons of the rub into your pork roast.

Tuck it into a large leak-proof bag. Slowly lower the bag into a bucket or sink filled with water to vacuum pack the roast and remove all the air from inside the bag. Seal tightly.

Set your precision cooker to 145°F or 63°C – this temperature and time will create a sliceable tender pork roast.

When the bath is at temperature, add sealed bag with pork and cover with foil or plastic wrap. Leave to sous vide for 18 hours.



When the time is up, if you aren’t planning to roast the pork immediately, you can refrigerate it, still in the vacuum bag until you are ready. If the roast is completely chilled, keep in mind that it will need extra time in the oven to get up to serving temperature again.

To finish the roast in the oven: Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400°F or 200°C. Remove pork from sous vide bag and carefully blot dry with paper towels.

Rub reserved spice mixture into the surface of the pork. Place pork in a large iron skillet or roasting pan and place it in the preheated oven. If you’d like to turn this into a full roast dinner, add some peeled potato and carrot chunks that have been tossed in some oil or duck fat. Roast about 1 hour.

Remove the roast from the oven and leave to rest for about 10 minutes before carving.

Food Lust People Love: This Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast is made with a Boston butt roast, covered in a savory spice blend. It’s cooked with a sous vide precision cooker for 18 hours, then finished off in a hot oven, which keeps it tender and juicy. Start this recipe one day ahead of serving time. Yes, it’s a long time but most of it is hands-off. Set the sous vide and go about your life.
I promise, it melts in your mouth! Any drippings can be used to make gravy.

Food Lust People Love: This Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast is made with a Boston butt roast, covered in a savory spice blend. It’s cooked with a sous vide precision cooker for 18 hours, then finished off in a hot oven, which keeps it tender and juicy. Start this recipe one day ahead of serving time. Yes, it’s a long time but most of it is hands-off. Set the sous vide and go about your life.


Enjoy!

It’s MultiCooker Monday again! Many thanks to Sue of Palatable Pastime and Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for their behind the scenes work. Check out all of the great recipes my friends are sharing, using their various small appliances.


Multicooker Monday is a blogger group created by Sue of Palatable Pastime for all of us who need encouragement to make better use of our small appliances like slow cookers, Instant Pots, Air Fryers, rice cookers and sous vide machines. We get together every third Monday of the month to share our recipes. If you are a food blogger who would like to post with us, please request to join our Facebook group.


Pin this Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast!


Food Lust People Love: This Java Dry Rub Sous Vide Pork Roast is made with a Boston butt roast, covered in a savory spice blend. It’s cooked with a sous vide precision cooker for 18 hours, then finished off in a hot oven, which keeps it tender and juicy. Start this recipe one day ahead of serving time. Yes, it’s a long time but most of it is hands-off. Set the sous vide and go about your life.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Java Dry Spice Rub

Ground roasted coffee beans add a wonderful aroma and flavor to this Java Dry Spice Rub. It’s perfect on pork chops, steak, roasts, ribs or, who am I kidding, just about any meat. In fact, sprinkle a little on your pumpkin or butternut squash before roasting. You won’t be sorry.



I must confess that I am normally a purist when it comes to seasoning chops or steak. A little salt and pepper is about all I use because I want to taste the meat. Store-bought spice mixes tend to be too heavy on the salt for me and, stupid as this sounds, it hadn’t occurred to me to mix my own.

A few years ago, though, I was fortunate enough to attend a cooking session with one of the chefs from Certified Angus beef and he shared his recipe for a Santa Maria spice mix. Far from masking the meat flavors, I was amazed by how it brought out the best in the beef.

Java Dry Spice Rub 

Now that I’m a spice rub convert, I’ve been researching different recipes. Coffee is a popular ingredient, along with garlic or onion powder, pepper and salt. I’ve used this spice rub on vegetables, beef and chicken, but it is especially good with pork. This recipe makes 1 pint jar or 135g.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons kosher or Himalayan pink rock salt
2 tablespoon mixed peppercorns (or black peppercorns)
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1/3 cup or 30g your favorite roasted coffee, medium grind
2 tablespoons or 25g brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Method
Use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to grind your salt, peppercorns and cumin seeds quite finely.



Add in the coffee, sugar, smoked paprika and garlic powder and mix well.

Store in an airtight container and use within a couple of months for optimum flavor. (If it lasts that long! I immediately started putting it on everything.)

Food Lust People Love: Ground roasted coffee beans add a wonderful aroma and flavor to this Java Dry Spice Rub. It’s perfect on pork chops, steak, roasts, ribs or, who am I kidding, just about any meat. In fact, sprinkle a little on your pumpkin or butternut squash before roasting. You won’t be sorry. This recipe makes 1 pint jar or 135g.


This java dry spice rub is especially lovely on pork.

Come back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing a recipe for a whole pork roast cooked sous vide and finished off in the oven.



Enjoy!

Pin this Java Dry Spice Rub!

Food Lust People Love: Ground roasted coffee beans add a wonderful aroma and flavor to this Java Dry Spice Rub. It’s perfect on pork chops, steak, roasts, ribs or, who am I kidding, just about any meat. In fact, sprinkle a little on your pumpkin or butternut squash before roasting. You won’t be sorry. This recipe makes 1 pint jar or 135g.
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Shrimp Damian #FishFridayFoodies

Lots of garlic, lemon and, most of all butter make shrimp Damian my favorite dish to order at Carrabba’s Original. This is my own copycat recipe.

Food Lust People Love: Lots of garlic, lemon and, most of all butter make shrimp Damian my favorite dish to order at Carrabba’s Original. This is my own copycat recipe. If you aren’t coming to Houston, give my recipe a try. It brought back some really happy memories for me. It’s really rich so I served it with toasted baguette slices rather than the traditional fettuccine alfredo and we enjoyed it as an appetizer.


When my older sister graduated from law school many moons ago, my husband and I helped her buy essentials for her new office and even a few smart business suits to wear to court. For several years hence she thanked us for the support by taking us out for what she called “the firm” dinner.

Our favorite place to go was Carrabba’s and I always, always got the shrimp Damian - served with fettuccine alfredo - until one traumatic year when, much to my horror, the shrimp Damian was NOT ON THE MENU. Fortunately the lovely waiter put me out of my misery by saying that if I ordered it, the kitchen would still oblige.

I guess too many people continued ordering shrimp Damian because by the next firm dinner, it was back on the menu! Power to the people.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a chain restaurant now with locations in 31 of these United States. Sadly, you won’t find shrimp Damian on those menus but they do have a shrimp scampi appetizer that is similar. If you ever find yourself in Houston though, the two original restaurants are still owned by the Mandola/Carrabba family and shrimp Damian is still on the menu!

Shrimp Damian

If you aren’t coming to Houston, give my recipe a try. It brought back some really happy memories for me. It’s really rich so I served it with toasted baguette slices rather than the traditional fettuccine alfredo and we enjoyed it as an appetizer.

Ingredients
4 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
4 tablespoons minced yellow onions
3 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons dry white wine
1 lb or 450g cleaned and peeled fresh shrimp
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons cold butter
salt
pepper
chopped parsley or green onion tops

Options for serving:
Traditional: alongside fettuccine alfredo (serves 2 as a main course)
Less caloric: with crusty bread for dipping (serves 4 as an appetizer)

Method
First, we’ll make the lemon butter sauce. In a small pot, heat the clarified butter, add onion and garlic, and sauté until transparent.



Add lemon juice and white wine, and season to taste with salt and pepper.



Simmer for a few minutes to reduce the liquid by about one-third. Remove from heat but keep warm.

Heat a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil.

Season the cleaned shrimp with a little sea salt and pepper, massage it in gently. Put the shrimp in the hot pan in a single layer and leave it to color on one side before turning.


Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Add in the garlic and reduce the heat. Cook for a few minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic.


Now add cold butter to the warm lemon butter mixture and stir till it has melted. Add a little parsley or green onion tops for color.

Add the lemon butter to the shrimp pot and cook for another couple of minutes.

Food Lust People Love: Lots of garlic, lemon and, most of all butter make shrimp Damian my favorite dish to order at Carrabba’s Original. This is my own copycat recipe. If you aren’t coming to Houston, give my recipe a try. It brought back some really happy memories for me. It’s really rich so I served it with toasted baguette slices rather than the traditional fettuccine alfredo and we enjoyed it as an appetizer.


Your shrimp Damian is now ready to serve.

Food Lust People Love: Lots of garlic, lemon and, most of all butter make shrimp Damian my favorite dish to order at Carrabba’s Original. This is my own copycat recipe. If you aren’t coming to Houston, give my recipe a try. It brought back some really happy memories for me. It’s really rich so I served it with toasted baguette slices rather than the traditional fettuccine alfredo and we enjoyed it as an appetizer.


Enjoy!

This month my Fish Friday Foodie friends are recreating their favorite restaurant dishes along with our host, Sue of Palatable Pastime. Check out the lovely recipes by clicking on the links below.



Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies? We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month. To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517 (at) gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page and Pinterest page for more wonderful fish and seafood recipe ideas.

Pin this Shrimp Damian! 

Food Lust People Love: Lots of garlic, lemon and, most of all butter make shrimp Damian my favorite dish to order at Carrabba’s Original. This is my own copycat recipe. If you aren’t coming to Houston, give my recipe a try. It brought back some really happy memories for me. It’s really rich so I served it with toasted baguette slices rather than the traditional fettuccine alfredo and we enjoyed it as an appetizer.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Overnight Rye Buns #BreadBakers

By volume, these overnight rye buns are about half unbleached bread flour, that is to say, wheat, and half dark rye flour, which means they have plenty of flavor and a lovely texture. Lighter than all rye and chewier than white bread, these buns are the perfect combination. Eat them split open and spread with creamy butter!

Food Lust People Love: By volume, these overnight rye buns are about half unbleached bread flour, that is to say, wheat, and half dark rye flour, which means they have plenty of flavor and a lovely texture. Lighter than all rye and chewier than white bread, these buns are the perfect combination. Eat them split open and spread with creamy butter!


Years ago I found a blog that I loved so much that I actually signed up to get new posts in my inbox. It’s not that the recipes were extra fabulous. I read it because the author was so funny and honest about the challenges in her life that just reading her posts cheered me up. Sadly, she stopped adding posts years ago, but I am pleased to say that she’s left the blog up. Occasionally I visit just for a laugh.

I saved this recipe way back in October of 2014 because it sounded so easy, and indeed it was. Who knows why it took so long for me to make it!

Overnight Rye Buns

I followed the recipe trail back to the person who taught Esther of the Recipe Rifle to make these buns. Her name is Maria Mayerhofer and she has made a video so you can see how easy these are!  I am wondering if the same method will work with other combinations of flour and I cannot wait to experiment.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups or 150g dark rye flour
1 1/2 cups or 190g unbleached bread flour
1 rounded teaspoon dried yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt (I actually subbed probiotic cashew yogurt because that was all I had. You could also use sour cream.)
1 1/4 cups or 295ml cold water

Method
Use a wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. It's a soft and sticky dough.



Cover the bowl with cling film and pop it into your refrigerator for at least eight hours or overnight.

When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400°F or 200°C and prepare a large baking pan by lining it with baking parchment. Put another large empty baking pan on the lower rack of the oven. When you put the buns in, you’ll add a cup of water to the hot pan to create steam.

Fill a small bowl with water and put two serving spoons in it.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and use the wet spoons to scoop out bun-sized dollops onto your prepared baking pan.



The goal is to keep as many of the bubbles as possible so just scoop and plop. Make sure to dip the spoons back in the water between each dollop.



Slide the baking pan into your preheated oven and add 1 cup or 240ml of water to the bottom pan to create a steamy environment for the buns.

Bake the buns for about 20-25 minutes or until they are puffy and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Food Lust People Love: By volume, these overnight rye buns are about half unbleached bread flour, that is to say, wheat, and half dark rye flour, which means they have plenty of flavor and a lovely texture. Lighter than all rye and chewier than white bread, these buns are the perfect combination. Eat them split open and spread with creamy butter!


These are great with a smear of butter.

Food Lust People Love: By volume, these overnight rye buns are about half unbleached bread flour, that is to say, wheat, and half dark rye flour, which means they have plenty of flavor and a lovely texture. Lighter than all rye and chewier than white bread, these buns are the perfect combination. Eat them split open and spread with creamy butter!


Enjoy!

This month my Bread Bakers group are sharing mostly recipes made with rye flour. Because of the pandemic, our host, Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories, has loosened the restrictions and all of our members can participate, even if they aren’t able to buy rye flour. Thanks, Karen! Check out the link list of recipes:

BreadBakers
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Pin these Overnight Rye Buns!

Food Lust People Love: By volume, these overnight rye buns are about half unbleached bread flour, that is to say, wheat, and half dark rye flour, which means they have plenty of flavor and a lovely texture. Lighter than all rye and chewier than white bread, these buns are the perfect combination. Eat them split open and spread with creamy butter!
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Spicy Pickled Tomato Dirty Martini

A martini with a delicious difference, this spicy pickled tomato dirty martini is garnished with easy-to-make quick pickled grape tomatoes. The pickling liquid with rice vinegar and fish sauce also has a welcome hot kick from minced fresh chili pepper.

Food Lust People Love: A martini with a delicious difference, this spicy pickled tomato dirty martini is garnished with easy-to-make quick pickled grape tomatoes. The pickling liquid with rice vinegar and fish sauce also has a welcome hot kick from minced fresh chili pepper.


As promised on my post yesterday, here’s how you can enjoy a dirty martini made with the spicy pickled grape tomatoes I shared. I left mine to marinate in the refrigerator for two days before unsealing the jar and making my martini.

If, like me, you are a fan of more savory than sweet cocktails, you are going to love this one. It's the same recipe my husband uses to make my dirty martinis with anchovy or tuna stuffed olives and olive juice so until the pickled tomatoes are ready, use olives!

Spicy Pickled Tomato Dirty Martini

The ingredients list below makes one lovely chilled martini. The measure of 1 jigger = 1 fluid ounce or 30ml. You can, of course, increase the amounts to make two or more. The capacity of your cocktail shaker is the limiting factor.

Ingredients
2 jiggers vodka
1 jigger extra dry vermouth
1 1/2 jiggers juice from spicy pickled grape tomatoes
4-5 small ice cubes

To garnish: 3 spicy pickled grape tomatoes

Method
Spear at least three spicy pickled grape tomatoes with a long cocktail pick and rest them in a martini glass.

Put all the martini ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for a minute or two, until the ice has a chance to melt a little and chill the liquid. Strain into your martini glass.

Food Lust People Love: A martini with a delicious difference, this spicy pickled tomato dirty martini is garnished with easy-to-make quick pickled grape tomatoes. The pickling liquid with rice vinegar and fish sauce also has a welcome hot kick from minced fresh chili pepper.


So good. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: A martini with a delicious difference, this spicy pickled tomato dirty martini is garnished with easy-to-make quick pickled grape tomatoes. The pickling liquid with rice vinegar and fish sauce also has a welcome hot kick from minced fresh chili pepper.


Pin this Spicy Pickled Tomato Dirty Martini

Food Lust People Love: A martini with a delicious difference, this spicy pickled tomato dirty martini is garnished with easy-to-make quick pickled grape tomatoes. The pickling liquid with rice vinegar and fish sauce also has a welcome hot kick from minced fresh chili pepper.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Spicy Pickled Grape Tomatoes #FoodieExtravaganza

Spicy pickled grape tomatoes are a tasty addition to salads or to serve alongside fish or chicken. The natural sweetness of the grape tomatoes are beautifully complemented by the rice vinegar, salty fish sauce and hot chili pepper. My favorite way to use them is in dirty martinis!

Food Lust People Love: Spicy pickled grape tomatoes are a tasty addition to salads or to serve alongside fish or chicken. The natural sweetness of the grape tomatoes are beautifully complemented by the rice vinegar, salty fish sauce and hot chili pepper. My favorite way to use them is in dirty martinis!


Savory cocktails aren’t as popular as the sweet ones but I must admit they are my favorites.  I’ll take a Bloody Mary over a daiquiri any day of the week. I am especially fond of dirty martinis made with the juice of olives stuffed with anchovies or tuna, garnished with the olives themselves, of course. It’s like a snack and a drink if you use enough olives.

This month my Foodie Extravaganza friends are all sharing recipes for pickling or using pickles in celebration of International Pickles Week so I decided to pickle something I could use in a dirty martini. Grape tomatoes are perfect, as it turns out, especially if you add some fish sauce to the pickling vinegar.

Spicy Pickled Grape Tomatoes

This recipe is adapted from several I found on the interwebs. I had no idea people actually pickled tomatoes until I started to search for pickles that look pretty in drinks! These little guys are good in salads and would also be great accompaniments to fish or chicken. Or just eat them straight out of the jar.

Ingredients
20 grape tomatoes – about 1 cup or 140g
3 tablespoons fish sauce
6 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 Thai chili, minced

Method
Prick the tomatoes through and through with a toothpick.




Mix the fish sauce, rice vinegar and sugar in a microwavable container or a small pot. Heat the liquid up till hot but not boiling, about 130°F or 54°C. This is just hot enough to be uncomfortable if you put your finger in it. Add the minced chili pepper.




Put the tomatoes in a half pint canning jar and pour the warm pickling juice over them.

Seal tightly. Leave to cool.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy pickled grape tomatoes are a tasty addition to salads or to serve alongside fish or chicken. The natural sweetness of the grape tomatoes are beautifully complemented by the rice vinegar, salty fish sauce and hot chili pepper. My favorite way to use them is in dirty martinis!

Refrigerate for at least a day before eating outright or using in another recipe. Stay tuned tomorrow for my spicy pickled grape tomato dirty martini recipe.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy pickled grape tomatoes are a tasty addition to salads or to serve alongside fish or chicken. The natural sweetness of the grape tomatoes are beautifully complemented by the rice vinegar, salty fish sauce and hot chili pepper. My favorite way to use them is in dirty martinis!

Enjoy!

Sneak peek of the martini!


Many thanks to our host this month, Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Check out all the other recipes with pickles we are sharing today.



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