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Football Season Recipes V1: Jalapeño Poppers by quornflour

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#football #foodie #glutenfree #GF #poppers

It is football season, which means tailgate parties, beer and finger foods.

I have recently been really into Punk Rawk Foods aged cashew and macadamia nut cheeses, so this weekend I decided I would make some jalapeño poppers.

They are pretty simple and you could even make a lot in advance to freeze and bake them to reheat later.

Unless you have a deep fryer, you will need a pot to fry them in, (I use my smaller -5 qt – cast iron Dutch oven), a pair of tongs and a wire skimmer or strainer.

You will also need:

  • 6-8 small jalapeños
  • 1 tin Punk Rawk Labs cheese (the nacho cheese is pretty amazing with this)
  • ½ cup chickpea flower
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Reed’s Ginger brew (for gluten free) or Leinie’s (I prefer Summer Shandy or Honey Weiss)
  • Canola oil (for deep frying)

First up, slice the jalapeños in half the long way and scoop out the seeds, fill the halves with the cheese.

In a bowl mix the rest of the ingredients (except the oil), the batter should be similar to cake or pancake batter thickness, add more flour if you need it thicker, or more liquid to make it thinner.

Coat the stuffed jalapeños completely in the batter and then fry until golden. Serve them up with your favorite other snacks.

Your guests may not even realize the cheese is non-dairy, so unless they care, there is no sense to tell them.



French Monkey Toast – a recipe by quornflour

#nomnom #food #foodie #recipe #MonkeyBread

Monkey bread is a nice and gooey treat for when you want something sweet. It isn’t dissimilar to cinnamon rolls so I figured that I would make some and use the leftovers – yeah, I had leftovers, though my niece would have loved to prevent that from happening.

I started out by making Monkey Bread, there are recipes all over the internet, but I always find myself adjusting the recipe because they seem to always have far more sugar than you actually need, plus as I cannot leave well enough alone I add a little something here and there. So here is my recipe:

  • 2 Cans Exploding Biscuits (Pillsbury biscuits from a can)
  • 2/3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 Cups Melted Butter

You are going to need a Bundt pan for this, if you do not have one 2 loaf pans should suffice in a pinch.

  1. Grease up your Bundt pan
  2. Heat your oven to 370
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix together your brown sugar, white sugar, spices and salt
  4. Remove the exploding biscuits from the can and slice each biscuit into 6-8 pieces
  5. Roll each piece in the sugar mixture covering the piece in the sugar mixture and place in the Bundt pan
    1. Make sure you are evenly distributing them
    2. Once you have used the first can of biscuits, sprinkle about ¼ cup of the sugar mixture over the top and then continue with the second can
  6. When you run out of biscuit pieces, evenly pour any excess sugar around the top of the biscuits
  7. Next pour the melted butter over the top distributing it as evenly as possible
  8. Let bake for 45 minutes
  9. When you pull it out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes and then flip it onto a plate

When it is cool enough to touch without burning your hands it is ready to eat, simply by pulling off the little pieces.

Now, why stop there?

Instead of pulling it apart, let it cool completely, (or cut it in half, serve half warm and put the other half away for later and let cool).

For the French Toast mixture you will need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Grade B Maple Syrup
  • ½ Bunt Pan Monkey Bread (or if you use loaf pans one loaf) sliced into ½”-1″ slices
  • Spray Oil

     

  1. Mix the ingredients together well, beating the eggs until everything is uniform in look
  2. Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with oil
  3. Dip the monkey bread slices into the egg mixture and cook each side until you have a little golden brown on each side
  4. Serve warm with maple syrup, berries and butter


Veggie Hash – a Breakfast Anytime Recipe by quornflour

#recipe #food #nomnom #foodie #vegan #vegetarian

When thinking about supper, sometimes I think about breakfast. There are plenty of days when supper really is breakfast – in the traditional meaning of the word being break of the fast. Sometimes however, I just want breakfast foods some other time in the morning.

So, last night I decided to make French toast and vegan hash. Today I enjoyed the leftovers with a topping of Spice-Yoghurt… You know you want some, so here is what you need to do: make it. This will serve 4-6 people as a side or 2-3 people as a standalone.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 red potatoes – shredded skin on
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts halved or quartered depending on size
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced scallions
  • 1 teaspoon ground horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • black pepper to taste
  • spray oil

Shred your potatoes and mix 1 teaspoon of garlic and 1 teaspoon of scallions mix together in a bowl, cover and set aside.

In a 5 quart Dutch oven heat your olive oil on high heat and caramelize the onions, horseradish and a tablespoon of garlic.

Add the Brussels sprouts, and caramelize them, then add tomatoes and salt and cook until the tomatoes get a little deflated.

Turn the heat down to medium and add the potatoes and water, mix it together. Cook for a few minutes so that the potatoes get soft.

Next you’ll want a griddle, get it nice and hot and spray on some oil. Take the hash and crisp up each side. Serve hot.

To make the yoghurt topping, simply add a tablespoon of Cholula hot sauce to a quarter cup of plain Greek yogurt and mix well.



Bucket List by quornflour

Bucket List (Originally posted on Quornflour.wordpress.com).

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For an upcoming project I need some food safe, water tight buckets.
Now I could go to Home Depot and buy a few Homer Buckets and call it a day: but that seems ridiculous, especially since they don’t need to be orange and I don’t want to pay to advertise for someone. (When I bought my Wrangler I removed all traces of the dealer, even the hitch cover which in hindsight I wished I had just spray painted, but oh well.)
I have a few buckets that I use for my recycling and dog food and kitchen laundry, which I figured I could use in a pinch, but first I figured I’d see about acquiring a few.

Did You Say Free?

Now you can get buckets from lots of restaurant and catering places that order large amounts of food supplies, especially pickles, croutons, protein powder and teriyaki.
I have had the best luck acquiring buckets from sandwich shops.
All you need to do is call (or stop in) and ask, now don’t do this during the lunch or dinner rush or they might stomp ya.
It is a good idea to call first because a lot of places don’t keep around what they don’t need, so you might need to ask them to save them for you. A smaller place may go thru a bucket a week or so, so if you need multiple call around.
Be sure to let them know if you need lids as sometimes they get separated.
I have run into places that charge a small amount for their buckets, if it is a mom and pop type place I am ok with it, if it is a chain, forget about it!

What’s that smell?

It is important to note that these buckets are plastic (not BPA free as far as I know), so they will most likely smell like whatever they were originally used for.
Generally a little time in the sun will remove significant smells and over time the smell will dissipate, so keep this in mind and time things accordingly.

I am super happy about my acquisition and after they sit outside for a day or two I will get some good use out of them!



Divine Cupcake Intervention by quornflour

I live one town over from Boston. From the time I moved back east, my faux niece Alexz has asked when she can come visit me.

Her parents and I decided that this year, she was old enough to board a plane all by herself. So I booked a ticket so that she could take her first solo flight (across the country) to come visit me.

Her spring break coincided with Patriot’s Day, so of course I thought it would be a fun outing for us to go check out the Marathon.

Alexz is a super smart kid, though she is only 10, she is definitely smarter than a lot of kids her age (and it’s not just me that says that even if I am a tad biased).

When she arrived she went on and on about this show “DC Cupcakes” that she LOVES, I had never heard of it.

She showed me a book she had and gushed on about how amazing Sophie and Katherine are and how they make things out of cupcakes and how they made a dress for DC Fashion week “where the trends are set”. She talked about them as though they were close personal friends of hers. She idolizes them and wants to be just like them when she grows up. Frankly if a kid is going to pick reality TV stars for idols, she could definitely do worse.

Sunday we trekked out to OSV (Old Sturbridge Village) and since we were meeting friends there, one of whom is a vegan we made, that’s right vegan cupcakes using my tried and true favorite recipe.

Monday was race day, so we got up and started in on what had quickly become our routine, the Coffee shop: coffee and scone for me, hot chocolate and chocolate croissant for her. Then we hopped on the redline and headed into the city.

We went to the commons and rode on the swan boats. The weather was beautiful and perfect, (especially compared to 2012 when it was so hot some people had deferred.)

As we worked our way to the finish line an ice-cream truck passed. Alexz excitedly asked if she could have ice-cream. Being the responsible Aunt that I am, I told her, “no sweets before lunch, but I reserve the right to change my mind.”

We continued our walk, as we headed up Newbury Street I noticed a cupcake shop, mind you, I had not made the connection that Georgetown Cupcakes was in fact DC Cupcakes. She had not seen it and I needed coffee, so I said to her, “remember how I said I reserve the right to change my mind?”

“Yeah”, she says.

“You want a cupcake?”

I have seen this kid excited, but OH MY HECK, she went crazy, I instantly went from Best Aunt Ever, to BEST.AUNT.EVER!

She was very proud for knowing about the secret cupcake, which she of course ordered.

After calling all of her friends to brag about going to Georgetown Cupcakes, we headed to the Marathon finish line.

We found spots upfront across the street from the medic tent. She asked about why there were so few women, and counted each one she saw come across.

I told her what I knew about the history of the race, she commented on how crazy it was that anyone would want to intentionally run 26 miles as fast as they could. I told her about Katherine Switzer and being hassled (to put it nicely) when she first ran the marathon.

And then something happened… she went from peppy to – SUGAR CRASH MELTDOWN COUNTDOWN. I looked at her and knew we needed to get some protein in the kid, or I would be sorry. How true that was I did not yet know, so instead of heading to the finish line to meet a friend, instead we headed back to the Gardens and I sent a text to my friend that we were going to get lunch instead.

We headed to a restaurant, when we got there my friend got a call from her roommate, wondering where she was, and that’s when we found out what had happened, a mere 15-20 minutes from leaving the finish line.

Now I am not one to go on about God or Divine intervention, but I must say, this was a Divine Cupcake Intervention for sure. Had it not been for one awesome 10 year old and her obsession over cupcakes, well I don’t even want to think about that.

With or without cupcakes, I am glad she had a sugar crash, she is after all the BEST.NIECE.EVER.



Trial file: Veggie Pie by texaskillet

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So occasionally as you know, I receive recipes in my organics box.  It is important for me to keep most of these, unless they are truly disgusting, and try them out when I have the energy.  This one was really really delish so I thought I would pass it on.

Filling:

4 tbsp oil

1 onion (white, yellow, whatever)

1/2 lb baby bella’s or crimini mushrooms sliced

1 cup of white wine

2 sweet potatoes (or yams)

3 medium carrots chopped up

2 tbsp sage, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup vegetarian broth

salt and pepper

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Topping:

4 medium yukon gold potatoes, chopped

1 head celery root, peeled and chopped

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

In a large frying pan, heat half of oil over medium high heat.  Saute onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes, add mushrooms and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.  Deglaze with white wine and simmer until wine is almost completely absorbed.  Transfer to bowl.

Heat remaining oil in pan and fry potatoes and carrots until just tender, about 10-12 minutes.  Add sage and garlic and saute for another minute or two then add broth.  Simmer until liquid is reduced by half.  Salt and pepper to taste and then combine with onions and mushrooms.   Set aside.

For topping, steam first three ingredients until easily mashed with a fork, roughly 15-20 minutes.  Mix well with butter and heavy cream, but still chunky.  Fold in Cheddar.

Assemble filling in layers in a 9×9 inch baking dish.  Top with mashed veggies.  Add grated Parmigiano cheese and bake for 20 minutes, or until sides are bubbly and heated through.WP_20121227_008WP_20121227_010

Happy Eating and leftovers most likely for a day or two!  YAY!



Bottle Cap Table by quornflour

A few years back I decided that I needed more color in my life.

If you knew me you might laugh at that statement. Anyway.

I always liked bottle cap art. The way they are used in shrines and other art forms to add a bit of color here and there. So I decided that I wanted to cover a table in them.

One of the things I liked about the idea of a table covered in bottle caps, is that crown caps (most commonly used for beer and “fancy” sodas,) is that they are all the same size.

Most of the instructions I found called for gluing, or putting them in a frame and then covering them with a lacquer or epoxy.

I wanted the texture.

First it came to collecting bottle caps. This table takes roughly 3.8 beers per day for a year, so either get drinking or ask for friends to help.

I had friends all over saving bottle caps for me, so that I could get a nice variety.

Then I picked up some ¾” – 1″ Crown Bolt Weather Strip nails, I got a mix of brass, copper and nickel. The caps are about a ¼” high so you need them to be able to go thru the cap and then into the table. Be careful not to get finishing nails since you will need something with a flat top to lay flush against the cap.

I also needed a table, so I searched on craigslist for the jokkmokk table from IKEA, it is made of pine and fairly inexpensive to start with and a pretty sturdy table, (I also use one for my sewing table).

Often you can find them for around 50-100$ usually missing a chair. It is about 150$ new, so avoid paying more than it sells for in the store.

Really most any pine table would work, this was just fairly cheap and accessible.

Pine is good because the wood is soft enough to pound the nails into and the jokkmokk is just the right size to evenly place bottle caps is you need it to be straight.

So in addition to loads of bottle caps and nails you will need a hammer and needle nose pliers.

Trust me, trying to use your fingers instead of pliers will only lead to tears.

If you want to paint the table, do so before you start. I painted mine black with a matte water based enamel.

Start at a corner and work your way around the table, try to keep them evenly spaced and count to make sure you have the same number along the sides. If you want to be super meticulous you could make a grid, but I was just winging it, so I didn’t.

It is super helpful if you can get a second set of hands for the border to help hold the nails in place, or make some starter caps, by putting the nail into the cap separately so that you can hold it in place with your hand.

Place the nail at the center of the cap holding with the pliers and hammer into place.

Once you have your border in place, lay out the rest of your bottle caps then working your way around the outside of the table work inward, nailing each cap in place. This takes a while, but in the end it is totally worth it.

If you wanted to you could then set these with an epoxy or lay a glass top over it, I didn’t bother because I like the texture and how it ages over time, because the caps are the same size the table top is even.

You may want to invest in a steam pressure cleaner in the event you ever plan to clean this.

I also painted the chairs to add to the color and I use it in my kitchen.

Simplified instructions

You will need:

Getting to work

  1. Place first bottle cap at the corner of the table.
  2. Using needle nose pliers hold nail at the center of the cap, hammer into place.
  3. Works your way around the table into the center, lining up each cap as you go.



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