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Showing posts with label fresh. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Feta Salad #BloggerCLUE

Finally, a fabulous use for the oft-wasted broccoli stalks, this salad with lime juice and feta is simple, fresh and delicious!

This month for Blogger C.L.U.E. Society, my assigned blog is Taking on Magazines, internet home of Christiane, one of the founders of our little group, where we get together once a month using the same clue - ingredient or theme - and search through our partner blog to find tastiness to recreate. With many people trying to start the new year off right, our clue for January is “healthy eating.” Christiane says herself that her recipes don’t have a focus on health but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t tempted by several of them, including her Bibb Lettuce with Citrus Herb Dressing, Vietnamese Caramel Pork and Garlicky Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Spinach, which she swears is healthy, honest! I can tell you they all look delicious!

In fact, I ended up making two dishes, her Superfast Crispy Chicken Thighs, which are started on the stovetop and then finished in the oven, crisp fried in only 1 scant tablespoon of oil, and the fresh salad I’m sharing today. Man, those thighs were good! So good, in fact, that they were eaten before I could take a decent “finished” photo. And I cannot tell you how long it’s been since that happened!

Exhibit A

Thank goodness I had planned to make the broccoli stalk salad too. I was excited to use a part of the broccoli that I know many people discard and put it on center stage.

Even though Christiane says, “serve immediately,” I wasn’t taking any chances with not getting a photo of the salad. I made it in the afternoon and took the photos well ahead of dinner. I am pleased to say that the shaved broccoli was still crunchy, fresh and delicious a couple of hours later!

Leaves and stalks from 1 bunch broccoli (2-3 fat stalks)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Flakey sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup or 28g crumbled cotija or feta cheese
Optional: few slices of radish - my addition.

Cut the very hard outsides off of the broccoli stems. Nip off the leaves and save them. My broccoli didn’t have very many leaves, so just for a little more green, I also kept one tiny floret cut into small bits.

Use a sharp potato peeler to trim off any more stringy hard bits and discard them.

Continue shaving off thin slices of the stalks with the potato peeler until they are all gone.

And you are left with this:

Pile the strips in a bowl and add in the oil and lime juice. Sprinkle on the sea salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Give it all a good toss to coat.

Crumble on the feta and stir gently. Add a few slices of radish if desired.

Serve immediately or refrigerate covered until ready to serve.


Our participating society members this month, with their Healthy Eating picks:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce with a kick of citrus. This is no-cook sauce is easy to make and pairs well with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner.

I must confess that in our family, we are fans of the jellied cranberry sauce and take a certain amount of pride in sliding it straight out of the can whole and slicing it up to serve just as is. None of this mashing it around to pretend it’s homemade in any way, shape or form. It’s completely different from this fresh orange cranberry sauce so I think there is a place for both in my life. Neither requires any cooking. Both are ready at a moment’s notice. I’m not going to pick a favorite but if you turn your nose up at the jellied stuff, give this a try.

I could have sworn I watched Paul Hollywood make his version of this on a Great British Bake Off Christmas master class but I’ll be danged it I can find it online to give you the link. If anyone out there has it, I'd be happy to hear from you.

UPDATE: I am much obliged to my friend, Nicky, with whom I watched that episode. She has just informed me that it was Mary Berry who made the fresh cranberry sauce, not Paul. Turns out it wasn't from the GBBO master class at all but Mary Berry's Absolute Favorite Christmas Favorites, which we watched that same day. Mystery solved!

For those who celebrate, may you enjoy a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow full of good food, family and bountiful blessings!

1 1/2 cups or 170g fresh clean cranberries
1/4 cup or 60ml vanilla wine syrup or rich (double sugar) simple syrup with a small splash each of sherry and vanilla
Pinch fine sea salt
1 orange

Peel and seed your orange, making sure you remove all the pith and the hard bits in the middle with a sharp knife.

Put everything in a food processor and chop till finely ground.


Need a little inspiration for the Thanksgiving feast still? Here are some of our Cajun family favorites.

Nanny's pecan pie

My grandmother's maque choux or spicy Cajun corn

My grandmother's green beans and new potatoes

Extra rich creamed potatoes

And for Friday when you have leftover turkey and gravy? Make my easy turkey potpie with store-bought puff pastry.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mo's Easy Homemade Eggnog

It only takes four ingredients to make quick, easy, creamy, delicious homemade eggnog!  But bourbon is a highly recommended fifth.

Christmas at my grandmother’s meant a huge pot of her homemade eggnog at least one of the nights of our holiday.  The original called for one gallon of milk and 10 eggs!  I’d like to tell you how it kept and whether we rewarmed it successfully the next day but I honestly don’t remember having any leftovers!  It’s that good.  As a child, I drank it plain.  No nutmeg, and, of course, no bourbon.  Now I love adding both.

8 1/2 cups or 2 liters whole milk
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
1 heaped tablespoon cornstarch
Nutmeg and bourbon or rum (Optional for serving but highly recommended)

Remove 1/2 cup or 120ml from your measured milk and set aside in a small bowl.

Heat the rest of the milk over a low fire.   Do be careful not to let it scorch.

While your milk is warming:  In a very large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until they are light yellow.  Add the sugar to the eggs and beat until creamy and almost fluffy.

Dissolve 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch into your reserved cold milk.

Use a fork or small whisk to make sure there are not any lumps of cornstarch left.

When the pot of milk comes to the boil, slowly add the cornstarch/milk, stirring quickly.  (When I looked up the boiling point of milk, most references said it was close to the boiling point of water which is 212°F or 100°C but mine bubbled gently at about 190°F or 88°C.  In case you are the thermometer-using type.)  Cook for a few more minutes until it thickens slightly.

I need three hands!  I stirred like crazy before and then after I took the photo, as I kept pouring.

Add a couple of cups of the hot milk to the egg mixture by pouring it in very slowly and whisking quickly.

This is actually the second cup I am pouring in.  I was whisking like a mad woman when
the first hot cup drizzled in.  You should do the same!  In fact, don't stop to take photos at all. 
If you have a friend to help, one can whisk, while the other pours.  If you are alone, set your egg bowl on a towel so it won’t spin and whisk quickly with one hand while pouring slowly with the other.  If you rush this step, you risk cooking your eggs in the hot milk, which will make the eggnog eggy and lumpy.  It’s not a pretty sight.  It can be somewhat rescued by straining it through a fine mesh sieve but just don’t go there to start with.  And, yes, I know all this from sad experience.

Add all the now-warm egg/milk mixture back into the pot with the rest of milk.

Bring it to a gentle boil and let it thicken slightly.

Serve in mugs, topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Go ahead and laugh but I wanted to show you my fake fireplace.  In Dubai.
 It looks like flames from an inside light but it does actually have an air blower that puts out heat too.
Bourbon or rum can also be added, if desired. If you are adding alcohol, give the mug a good stir before drinking and, of course, don't share with your kiddies.

My cup!  Get your own. 


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