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Tuesday Twister 11/9/2010 – Abundance of Pumpkin

November 9, 2010


I have been wanting to do a few Tuesday Twister posts, but I never seem to have time on Tuesdays. Maybe I will have a Tuesday Twister Retro post where I recap some things I did over the summer.

I bought a pumpkin at the last farmer’s market of the season (I think I got about 3-4 cups from a sugar pumpkin) so we’ve been having a lot of pumpkin themed food over the last few weeks.

I made the not very TF Freeze-Ahead And Bake Pumpkin Scones, subbing Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Baking Flour, and adding 3/4 tsp xantham gum. (I did them without the xantham gum the first time, but the texture was not quite right). You could sub any gluten-free blend (there are tons of recipes online, Living Without has a few, and there are the Bette Hagman mixes). I’d be interested to try them by using kefir as the liquid, but how can you soak the grains for scones? Mix up the batter and let it sit overnight? I also would be curious to see what you could do for the glaze if you wanted it besides using confectioner’s sugar. I haven’t had much success with trying to sub rapadura in something like that. Maybe maple syrup thickened with a starch? I think the maple would go nicely with the spiced pumpkin flavor.

We also had one of our fall favorites, Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce.

I used Nourished Kitchen’s Toasted Pumpkin Seeds to make “classic” (just salted) pumpkin seeds and they were the best ones I have ever made. Too bad we didn’t do a jack-o-lantern this year, so that we would have more pumpkin seeds.

And I made Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, which is one of my new favorite breakfasts.

I think I need to buy a few more pumpkins so I can cook and freeze them, before they are impossible to find.

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Tuesday Twister – Week of 3/30/2010 – Korean Food – Hazelnut Butter

March 30, 2010

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It’s been a while since I participated in the Tuesday Twister, because Tuesdays have been really busy for me lately.

This is more of a summary of things that have been twisting in my kitchen over this month than over this week.

In the beginning of the month, we had a nice homemade Korean dinner. I made some amazing kimchi; it’s really authentic tasting. The rest of the family doesn’t like it, so any tips on what to do with kimchi? I also made scallion pancakes with spelt flour and they were a big hit. I sauteed ground beef with garlic, pepper, sesame oil, a little rapadura, and sesame oil, and made the side dishes from this bibimbap recipe, cooked rice, and fried some eggs so we could assemble our own rice bowls. It was really fun. All of the little salads take a lot of prep, but it’s worth it.

Then my birthday was a few weeks ago. I was going to make a meringue cake, but the eggs were old and wouldn’t peak, so I made a “failed meringue cake” (I used refined sugar, but I can post the recipe if anyone is interested, it came out really well). I frosted it with chocolate buttercream frosting and filled it with homemade chocolate hazelnut butter:
2 cups roasted hazelnuts, skins removed (or crispy hazelnuts)
1 cup rapadura (next time I think I will try 1/2-3/4 cup honey instead)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
up to 1/4 cup oil (I used hazelnut oil)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Process nuts in food processor until they turn into a paste. Add remaining ingredients (adding the oil a little at a time) and process until smooth and spreadable. Store in the fridge for a month or two, if it survives your husband that long!

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Tuesday Twister – Week of 2/23/09 – Beets, Beans, and Arugula Pesto

February 23, 2010

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This was a busy week in the kitchen. Some of it was not real food, I made English muffin breakfast sandwiches for my hubby to take to work when he works overnights, and granola for him (one of these days I would like to find a good recipe for soaked oats granola, but this was regular granola), and oatmeal cookies and deviled eggs for a funeral at my church.

But there were other real food activities as well. I have been trying to follow Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen’s Real Food Challenge, with some success. I already did the Day 15 assignment, since I have kefir going on the counter, and a ginger beer plant resting in the fridge. I’d like to try water kefir one of these days too. I didn’t make any yogurt or cheese, but I roasted some walnuts for pesto for the Day 19 assignment (and was interested to learn that blanched almond flour is OK to use; I had been worrying about that). I soaked a big pot of chickpeas, which I used in Crispy Garbanzo Beans, my friend Sigga’s coriander hummus, and Crockpot Honey Lentils.

And for the Day 21 assignment, I made arugula pesto with lightly cooked arugula and olive oil (seems right on for that assignment!) as well as beet kvass. Finally, for a vegetable “dish” that is fun, I made amazing chocolate beet muffins.

Someone else has been busy in my kitchen too, emptying out drawers and cupboards, so hopefully my hubby gets child safety locks put on soon!

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Tuesday Twister 2/16/10 – Birthday Party Goodies, Bollur (Icelandic Cream Puffs)

February 17, 2010

Things have been hectic here so I am a day late with my Tuesday Twister post. My Valentine’s baby had his first birthday, so we had a lot of baking/prep for the party. None of it is “Traditional Foods” per se… it’s all white sugar and white spelt flour, although you could use rapadura in the meringue. Also, some of this has dairy (all of the whipped cream), although the custard was made with goat milk (and could have been made with some other non-dairy milk).

Birthday Spread

Here’s what we have:

  • A brauðterta (“bread cake”): egg salad with chopped ham and asparagus between layers of spelt bread, covered with sliced ham and decorated with asparagus and egg
  • A Sachertorte (chocolate and almond cake, with apricot jam sandwiched inside and spread over top, and then covered with a chocolate glaze, made with white spelt flour)
  • A sugar-free, gluten-free quinoa carob cake with coconut-apple juice frosting (recipe from Allergy Cooking with Ease)
  • A meringue cake (meringue is brown sugar and egg whites), filled with whipped cream with chopped dark chocolate and dates, and then topped with whipped cream with cocoa powder mixed in as well as chocolate-covered orange candies from Trader Joe’s
  • Bollur (Icelandic cream puffs), filled with either vanilla custard or whipped cream and blueberry jam and topped with melted Icelandic chocolate. These are a tradition on the Monday before Lent, Bolludagur or “Bun Day”. It is like the English tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to get rid of eggs, sugar, and flour before Lent. Mine were made with spelt flour and came out perfectly.

Everything was wonderful and well received, although I was pretty tired after all of this (and cleaning the house, since my husband was working the day before).

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Tuesday Twister – 2/9/10 – Wiener Schnitzel, Stuffed Mushrooms, Fettucine with Almond Butter, Lots of Veggies

February 9, 2010

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It’s been a busy week of trying recipes. Wednesday’s simple fish supper turned into a gourmet fish supper with carrots sauteed in butter and honey, and a great cabbage-apple salad in kefir based on a salad in Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

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Tuesday Twister – French Dinner

January 19, 2010

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Saturday we had a busy day and I said to my husband, “I really wish we could go out to eat at a fancy restaurant for dinner,” but we just don’t have the money. He did get a big paycheck this week because he’s been working a lot of hours, so we decided to splurge and make a fancy dinner. Actually, it wasn’t a big splurge, we got some steaks (natural but not grass-fed) on sale for $5, a lemon for 50 cents, shallots for 75 cents, and some organic swiss chard for $2. Everything else was already in the pantry.

I pulled out my copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (mine was from a tag sale or library sale, it’s a classic copy), and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen.

For the main dish, I settled on steaks cooked in butter and olive oil, with a bearnaise sauce. This was the first time I made bearnaise, but Julia Child’s directions were easy, and it was amazing. It is just butter, egg yolks, vinegar, wine, shallots, and herbs, and I have been OK with butter, so I am happy to have a sauce that I can eat. I also made Vineyard Swiss Chard from The French Market and finally found a way that I can get my husband to eat Swiss chard; it’s made with lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts, and raisins. For dessert, I made Îles Flottantes from The French Market, which is a custard with meringues and caramel on top. I burned the caramel because I got distracted at the last minute, so I left it off, but it was still amazing. Again, I just used goat’s milk, eggs, and sugar, so it’s inexpensive yet elegant. (You are supposed to top it with sliced almonds, but I didn’t have any and we just left them off). Julia’s recipe also looks good, but is more almond-y and complicated.

It was so much fun to have an elegant dinner for maybe $10. We decided that the same quality dinner out would have cost $60 at the very least, but more likely around $100. I think it was a good splurge.

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Tuesday Twister – Christmas Bread – Lacto-Fermented Red Cabbage

December 23, 2009

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This week I have been busy getting ready for Christmas and fighting off a cold. I made more meringues (coffee this time, also good) and mömmukökur (the healthy ones were a hit at my Christmas party and at home, so I made some slightly-unhealthier ones since I was getting low on honey), as well as cookies for the baby. It used to be that my sister and I would get together (sometimes with my mother, sometimes without) and make 5-10 different varieties of cookies (but always spritz, and chocolate cookies filled with a mint chocolate candy). Lately, between our busy schedules and my special diet, we end up making our own batches of cookies. I was thinking of making one more kind, but I’ll see if my family eats all of the ones I have. I want to have some left for a party the day after Christmas. I wanted to make Wardeh’s peppermint bark, but I am not sure if I have enough coconut oil left, and haven’t been able to rummage in the cabinets to find my peppermint extract.

Also on the Christmas theme, I made some Christmas bread: a loaf of spelt sourdough with cardamom, cinnamon, and raisins. I think the recipe needs work (at least more cinnamon), but it could just be my stuffy nose affecting my sense of taste. It looks nice though.

And since red cabbage is a traditional Christmas food, I decided to try making lacto-fermented red cabbage and apples. I am not sure how it will come out, but we’ll see how it is and if it came out well I will post the recipe.

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Tuesday Twister – Butter Cookies – Meringues – Sourdough Pumpernickel

December 15, 2009

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This doesn’t seem like such a marathon cooking week as the last few, although I did make a roast leg of grass-fed Icelandic lamb that we had in the freezer. (When we see it at Whole Foods we splurge, because it really is the best lamb. In Iceland, the lambs roam around the countryside all summer long, and get gathered up in the autumn. One of these days I want to buy lamb from a semi-local farm that raises Icelandic sheep so we can see if it is as good.) We tried the ginger beer with it. The verdict was it was not gingery enough for us, although my husband and I thought it was still good. The kids thought it “tasted like beer” (tasted too fermented, although it didn’t really have any fermented taste to me) and wasn’t sweet enough.

I wanted to try out some cookie recipes for Wardeh’s Gallery of Christmas Cookies, but I lost steam after making a few other people’s recipes (I have a party to bring them to tomorrow):

I may try out modifying a few of my recipes this week, but I don’t have a good outlet for cookies anymore (other than my family); I used to work in an office with a lot of people that would eat anything I brought in; now, there are only a handful of people and I only work in the office a few days a week. Then again, it’s getting close enough to Christmas that cookies should keep until then if I make them later in the week, right?

I also tried the sourdough pumpernickel bread from Wild Fermentation. I love storebought pumpernickel bread, and I have been searching for a recipe that tastes like it but doesn’t have wheat in it. This one isn’t quite the same, but it is pretty good. It was popular with the boys (the baby and the 13 year old), but my husband didn’t like it. So I guess I can make it again for me and the kids. I made a few mistakes when making it, like forgetting to add all of the flour before I let it sit, so I will try doing it the right way next time. Also, you can use carob or cocoa in place of one cup of flour to darken it; I’ll try maybe all carob or half and half next time, but I was low on carob so I had tried it with all cocoa powder (which I suppose I shouldn’t be giving to the baby but he really likes rye). I also think I will try it with caraway seeds (I left them out this time).

I also made Millie’s Sourdough Bread for the family, since I found some whole wheat flour in the freezer that needed to be used up.

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

December 8, 2009

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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.

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

December 1, 2009

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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.

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