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Cracker Please: a recipe by quornflour

#vegan #foodporn #recipe @punkrawklabs #food

I like crackers, a little crunch for a snack, but I always feel a little ridiculous for spending good money on fancy crackers.

I had picked up some cashew cheese from Punk Rawk Labs and forgot to get crackers and decided it was time to figure out how to make them myself.

When searching for recipes, I had a problem finding exactly what I wanted, so I took what I learned and headed to the kitchen to, as I love doing in the kitchen… wing it.

One of the things I learned was that uneven shaped crackers which always seem to be a bit fancy are called rustic. Who knew?

Anyway, here is what you need to make really delicious Rustic Sesame Crackers.

  • 1 cup white flour (you also want a little more for rolling the crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame oil

For topping the crackers before baking you will also need about 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and coarse kosher salt.

  1. Heat your oven to 425◦
  2. In a bowl mix your dry ingredients together so that the salt and baking powder is well mixed in
  3. Add the water and oil and mix into a dough
  4. Set aside covered in a cloth napkin or dish towel for about 5 minutes
  5. Separate into about 4 pieces
  6. Roll each piece thinly and cut using a pizza cutter into pieces about tortilla chip size. Shape can be rough because they are rustic after all.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds
  8. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until they are golden brown
  9. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a rack
  10. Serve when you need crackers or store in an air tight container

I like to serve them with Punk Rawk Labs Cashew Cheese, the combo makes a perfect snack, they also hold up well to guacamole and salsa.

Now, if you aren’t really into sesame, or get bored with one type of cracker, here are a few delicious alterations that are just as delicious:

  1. Swap out sesame seeds for fresh rosemary and the sesame oil for olive oil
  2. Swap out the seeds with roasted garlic and the oil for garlic infused olive oil
  3. Swap the seeds for 1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil add a tablespoon of parmesan cheese and for the oil use garlic infused olive oil

I could go on and on, but I won’t, I would love to know about other combinations that everyone uses.

 

 

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Alexz’ Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Ice-Cream Sandwiches: a recipe by quornflour

#nomnom #food #foodie #cookies #recipe

My niece Alexz came to visit me for her spring break. It was fun exploring some new spots with her and just hanging out.

We cooked a bit, she cracked me up with her disbelief that corn could be cooked without a microwave (it really seemed corn specific, everything else made sense). She reminded me of her mother who about 10 years ago, when she learned I did not have a microwave she offered to buy me one, in the event it was an expense thing.

One of the things we made were Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Ice-Cream Sandwiches. Alexz made the cookies, which were delicious, even if the 4H method of cracking an egg was crazy funny…

Here are the ingredients for the cookies:

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 2/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1¼ Cup Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 Cup Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips

 

  • Start out by heating your oven to 370◦
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together shortening and white sugar until fluffy
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly
  • Mix in brown sugar
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda
  • Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix forming a dough
  • Add chocolate and peanut butter chips, mix until they are more or less evenly distributed
  • On a cookie sheet lines with parchment paper, place 2 tablespoon balls of dough about 2-3″ apart
  • Bake for 9 minutes
  • Transfer from baking sheet to cooling rack and let cool

If you want to make ice-cream sandwiches, simply put about 2 tablespoons of ice-cream between 2 cooled cookies and enjoy!

 

 



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.



Fire and Ice – a Cocktail Recipe by quornflour

A while back I was visiting friends and they told me of this cocktail they had gotten somewhere. Now I couldn’t really remember what it was other than it was a martini and it had burnt orange oil in it.

So on a recent visit with them, I stopped at the liquor store and picked up what I thought should go in the drink. Apparently it was not the same, for starters, the one they had was a gin martini and I picked up vodka instead. But regardless, it was super delicious, and almost festive. Fire and ice is festive after all isn’t it?

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 orange
  • Cointreau
  • Vodka
  • Ice
  • Matches

We used a 16oz shaker for 2 drinks…

  1. Fill your shaker with ice
  2. Add 3 oz Cointreau
  3. Top with vodka
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Slice the pith and zest off the orange
  6. Light match
  7. Bend peal over the flame aiming for the glass

Now I suspect you could also add the oil and then light the drink on fire, but I haven’t tried that…

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How to Cut a Pepper by quornflour

I am not sure why everyone does not know this, it is so simple…

  1. Cut the top and the bottom off
  2. Make a slice down the side
  3. Insert knife
  4. Roll pepper cutting along the edges of the pepper

You can pop the stem out of the middle of the top and use the meat as you like. Dry out the seeds and sprout them for your own plants or compost the middle.



Fruity Play-Dough: a Recipe by quornflour

Years ago I worked in childcare. The woman I worked for would occasionally make a new batch of play-dough for the kids. It was a simple recipe that was scented and colored with Kool-Aid.

Earlier this year I went looking for that recipe and just could not find anyone who knew it.

Then the other day I was thumbing through an old address book/journal that I had back then. There it was, scrawled on a page. So I figured while I knew where it was I would write it up.

Here is what you will need for each color:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of Salt
  • 1 envelope of Kool-Aid (the kind you add your own sugar in)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water*

Note: the boiling part is super important, if it isn’t hot enough the dough will end up too watery. If that happens, or you don’t like the consistency add a flour and salt mixture of 2:1 to thicken it up.

  1. put all of the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl

  1. using a fork, mix them together until you cannot see the color of the Kool-Aid from the rest

  1. add oil and water

  1. mix

  1. mix

  1. mix

  1. roll into a ball

  1. repeat for each color

  1. Play!

It is salty but edible if anyone gets it in their mouths or goes for a taste, which might be tempting for some since it smells so fruity.

When you are done store in an airtight container.



Simple Baked Apple: a Recipe by quornflour

Yesterday, at work we were talking about apple strudel, which then lead to a conversation about how easy it is to make. There are a number of ways to make them; one of my favorite ways is super simple and simply delicious. It is also a great recipe because you can easily make it for one person and for many.

Listed below is for one large apple but can easily also be used for two small apples.

You will need:

  • 1 large apple
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of “old fashioned” oats

If you are making this for just one or two people you can bake them in an oven safe mug, ramekin or other small oven safe dish. Here I used a small glass oven safe Pyrex dish. If you are making this for a larger number of people you can also put them together in a baking pan.

  1. Heat your oven to 400°
  2. In a bowl combine butter, sugar and cinnamon until completely mixed

  1. Add oats

  1. Core your apple, if you do not have an apple corer you can use a basic peeler if it does not have a guard on it
  2. Place your apple in the baking dish

  1. Pack the sugar, butter, oat mix into the hole, any remainder can go around it

  1. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour (it will depend on the size of the apple) – basically you want to bake it until the apple is soft enough to poke with a bamboo skewer without much force

Enjoy warm. You can also top with ice cream or brie cheese.




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