Archive for December, 2009

Tuesday Twister – More Sourdough – Beef Stock – Flavored Yogurt – Turkey, Black Bean, and Chipotle Enchiladas

December 8, 2009


It’s been another marathon weekend in the kitchen. Sadly, my digital camera is not working so we can’t have any pictures.

  • I finished and bottled the ginger beer that has been fermenting on my counter. It should be ready to try in a week. If it works well, I’d like to try some of the recipes here… I kept my ginger beer bug going to I can try using it again.
  • I made an attempt at making baguettes with Wardeh’s spelt sourdough recipe. The spelt spread too much and came out short… I’ll have to try it again sometime, maybe make them narrower and let them rise less time. They should still be OK to have with soup.
  • I made sourdough spelt hot dog buns using my Sourdough Burger Buns recipe, and just shaped them into 5×3 ovals (makes 10 buns).
  • I made white sourdough sandwich bread for my family who is still hooked on packaged bread (it was a great success!)
  • I made sprouted spelt tortillas; one batch following Wardeh’s recipe, another batch taking the recipe from Spelt Healthy but using sprouted spelt flour instead. I think I like the version without baking powder better. I do like Wardeh’s tip about rolling out on an oil-covered surface; MUCH nicer than using a flour-covered surface and having flour-tasting tortillas.
  • I made turkey, black bean, and chipotle enchiladas with the above tortillas and leftover turkey; they came out great!
  • I made batches of homemade coffee and blueberry yogurt for the family, since my son has been on a packaged yogurt kick
  • I made a big pot of beef stock to freeze for making French onion soup next week.

There is one more day left on the book giveaway, so if you haven’t entered yet, go enter now.

Go see what’s twisting in everyone else’s kitchen at GNOWFGLINS. Thanks again, Wardeh, for hosting this fun blog carnival!

Turkey Black Bean Chipotle Enchiladas

December 8, 2009

We usually make a stacked enchilada recipe every year, but I decided with homemade spelt tortillas it was easier to make regular enchiladas. I took my favorite parts of that recipe and created this dish, which is even better than the original, so now we have a new favorite for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. My husband said that these are the only enchiladas that he loves, aside from cheese mole enchiladas, which sadly are off our menu.


Menu Plan Monday – Week of 12/7/2009

December 7, 2009

It’s another meals from the pantry/freezer week. The only thing I bought this week for dinners is a cabbage.

We tried a few new recipes last week (the baked squash custard and the garlic romano chicken) and they were surprisingly big hits! I guess they will get added to the regular rotation.


Gluten-free Naan Bread

December 5, 2009

One thing about being wheat-free is missing naan bread. This version tastes just as good as the real thing, and has the bonus of being yeast-free too.


Soaked Carob Buckwheat Pancakes

December 4, 2009

I can’t even imagine buying pancake mix. These are great because you can do most of the work the night before, mix in a few last minute things, and start making pancakes.

White Turkey Chili

December 3, 2009

This is a great way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey, plus the broth that you got from the turkey carcass! It is a very cheap meal, assuming you are using leftovers. If you make this, it won’t feel like yet another day of boring Thanksgiving leftovers. (You can also make it with chicken and chicken stock at another time of the year).


Catching a Wild Sourdough Starter

December 2, 2009

I have been baking bread since I was a child. No one in my family baked bread, but I was fascinated by the science of breadmaking. I took my mother’s cookbooks and taught myself to bake breads, croissants, and homemade pizza dough, sometimes with help from my aunt, who enjoyed participating in my kitchen chaos. One day, many years ago, I decided I wanted to try making sourdough bread, and I ordered a starter from King Arthur Flour. I made two loaves of sourdough bread every week, gradually graduating to more complex recipes from Breads from the La Brea Bakery. At some point, life got in the way of sourdough maintenance, and my starter died.

Book Giveaway: The Irish Heritage Cookbook

December 2, 2009

I collect cookbooks. I love trying new recipes, and looking for inspiration in the kitchen. There are some cookbooks I use on an almost weekly basis, and others that have good ideas but don’t get used all that frequently. It’s come to the point where I have to make space on my cookbook shelf, so a few cookbooks that I like but don’t use very frequently have to go. I am giving away a copy of The Irish Heritage Cookbook that is from my own bookshelf.

The Irish Heritage Cookbook is divided into sections: From the Land, From the Farm, From the Dairy, From the Hillside, From the Waters, From the Wild, From the Hearth, and From the Orchard and Fields. It has traditional Irish recipes with a gourmet spin, so you will see recipes for Irish stew, boxty, colcannon, soda bread (several recipes), trifle, and other Irish classics, as well as recipes that use Irish ingredients, like Cashel blue cheese, black pudding, Irish bacon, steel-cut oats and Kerrygold cheddar. For the person with food allergies, there are plenty of meat recipes that do not use any dairy or gluten. For the traditional foodist, other than many of the desserts being made with white flour and sugar, this is a goldmine of recipes.

Some highlights:
Pureed Parsnips (alternative to mashed potatoes that can be made dairy-free)
Red Cabbage Braised in Mead
Onion and Murphy’s Stout Soup
Spiced Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Cream Sauce
Beef and Guinness Casserole
Salmon and Spinach Terrine
Oatmeal Bars (made with steel-cut oats, raisins, and chocolate; these are a step up from your classic oatmeal cookie)
Irish Heritage Trifle

Sound good so far? I’m not even listing any of the great dairy recipes (for those who can have dairy), or the recipes for game and lamb. If you would like to win this book, just leave a comment. For a second entry, tell someone about the giveaway, and leave a comment letting me know what you did. For a third entry, mention this giveaway on your blog, and leave a comment linking to your blog post.

Also, if you want to enter to win something else, Sarah at Heart of Cooking is giving away a copy of her great-sounding holiday meal planner and dessert recipe e-book, go here to read more and to enter her giveaway too!

Drawing ends 12/9. I will post a winner on 12/10.

This giveaway is now closed. See who won!

Tuesday Twister – Chocolate Coconut Mousse Frosting – Turkey Korma – Gluten Free Naan Bread – Soaked Carob Buckwheat Pancakes

December 1, 2009


This has been yet another busy week in the kitchen! We hosted Thanksgiving for only 11 people (plus one baby) this year (some people were sick, some had to visit other family), and then had a birthday party for my daughter and nephew, who share a birthday, two days later. For the party, I made beef tenderloin with a sauce made of herbed goat cheese and mushrooms, Wardeh’s Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse Frosting, a marble cake (my daughter’s favorite), and homemade french fries. My sister brought a nice salad, and we reheated and served up a few leftover Thanksgiving sides (the advantage of having two parties in a row).

I learned a few things this year hosting Thanksgiving (not my first, but there were a few lessons):

  • Remember to check that the correct oven is on (I realized about an hour and a half into the “cooking” that I had turned on the wrong oven)
  • Make side dish portions for half the guests, since there are so many side dishes
  • Never trust my mother to tell her sister the correct message about the turkey being delayed (somehow dinner an hour later translated to dinner three hours later; not sure how that happened)
  • Don’t bother making a pie with store-bought wheat crust; guests will all go for the homemade spelt crust anyway
  • Arrowroot is better than spelt flour for thickening gravy
  • Having a party two days after Thanksgiving is actually a good idea, because other than the dishes the house is mostly clean, and leftover sides can be recycled

My sourdough starter is happily working, and I made a few loaves of sourdough bread as well as a loaf of sourdough raisin bread (next time I will make two loaves of that).

I’ve also been trying out new recipes. Check back for posts with the recipes; I’ll update this post with links. I made Soaked Carob Buckwheat Pancakes and Turkey Korma with Gluten-Free Naan Bread.

Don’t forget to check back for details on the cookbook giveaway!

Go visit GNOWFGLINS to see what else is twisting in everyone else’s kitchens! Thanks, Wardeh, for hosting the blog carnival!

Turkey Korma

December 1, 2009

Here’s a new spin on turkey leftovers.

1 pound (about 2 1/2 – 3 cups) cubed cooked turkey
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp coriander
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cup coconut milk, divided
sea salt

Heat oil in pot. Saute onions and garlic with coriander for about 5 minutes, until they become translucent. Add turkey and cayenne, and saute for a few minutes so turkey becomes imbued with the spices. Add 1 cup of coconut milk and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes. If sauce is too watery, remove lid and let boil uncovered until sauce is reduced. Stir in remaining coconut milk and heat.

Garnish with toasted sliced almonds or coconut.

Serve with Gluten-Free Naan Bread.