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Dinner Rolls 11/27/2010

Filed under: Baking,Breads,Christmas,Holiday — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 21:59
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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and got lots of good deals on Black Friday hehehe, for those outside US, hope you all are having the time of your life. C’mon, chin up, Christmas is right around the corner. Oh, the cinnamon aroma taking over the kitchen, the smell of fresh-cut Christmas tree, the carols playing at the radio while driving, the cookies, oh, the cookies, the sexy gingermen, and let’s not forget about the presents and the kisses under the mistletoe 

I love this time of the year, if it is up to me I’d skip Thanksgiving and start decorating next day after Halloween

Now, back to my latest dinner rolls accompanied by some Christmasy music

 

 

Ingredients

4 cups bread flour

1 package dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm milk

1/4 cup butter

1 egg

For topping

1 egg

poppy seeds

sesame seeds

black sesame seeds/nigella

sea salt

* you can use whatever you want to top them or even leave them plain.

Directions

Make a well in the middle of the flour. Cream the yeast and little milk, pour into the well and leave about 5 minutes.

Add the egg and  melted butter

 

Start mixing while slowly add the rest of the milk forming a smooth and elastic dough.

Place in a greased bowl, cover with foil and leave to rise until doubled.

When risen, take the dough out and divide it into 12 (almost) equal balls.

Shape each ball as you wish or as shown HERE

 

Place them on baking sheets and leave to rise again. Meanwhile heat the oven at 425F.

Brush them with egg and sprinkle with seeds/salt if you use.

 

Bake them for 16-18 minutes or until golden.

 

enjoy

 

In case you were thinking we don’t have the tree up, you were wrong, hubby did today

Did you start decorating the house ?

 

Oregano Ricotta Knots and more awards 11/23/2010

Filed under: Awards,Baking,Breads,Cheese — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 23:35
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I know, I said I’m not going to post any recipe by Thanksgiving but I have some recipes I didn’t have time to write about when I made them and if I don’t post know I have the feeling I’m not going to do it soon. Plus, I still have to give the Lovely Blog Award to 30 more bloggers.

Today I’m going to share with you a Oregano Ricotta Knots recipe. Those of you who don’t like baking will say : ahhhh, another baking recipe but this is an easy one, actually I rarely do hard ones (I’m afraid of failure).

The ricotta cheese makes the knots stay moist even after 2-3 days, but for best results serve them warm to appreciate the oregano flavor.

Let’s start baking.

Gather on your working bench

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 package dry yeast

~ 1 1/2 cup warm milk

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

2-3 tsp dry oregano

2 tbsp butter

1 egg for brushing

and leave them at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour.


In a small bowl cream the dry yeast with a little lukewarm milk. Leave aside 5 minutes or so.

In the mixer’s bowl mix flour, ricotta, oregano, diced butter and yeast mixture.

Slowly add enough milk to form a soft dough.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with foil and leave until doubles in volume.

Divide the dough into 12 balls

Take one piece of dough and roll it on your working surface into a rope.

Lift one end of the rope over the other to make a loop. Push the end through the hole to make a knot.

Place the knots on baking sheets, cover with foil and leave to rest for about 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size. Brush them with egg wash.

Bake them in preheated oven at 425F for 16-17 minutes or until golden brown.

 

inside view

 

 

Yesterday I posted the list with 15 lovely blog, tonight I’m going to post 15 more blogs and for the rest 15 please let me know which blog you think deserves the award and I didn’t mention.

1. Lisa from Korean American Mommy

2. Sara from CaffeIna

3.Andreea from Andrea’ s wellness notes

4.  Raven from Ravie Nom Noms Blog

5. Nancy from Spicie Foodie

6. Lindsey from Gingerbread Cake

7. Koci from La Kocinera

 

 

8. Yesim from Yesim Style Kitchen

 

 

9. Zerin from Give Recipe

 

 

10. Dionne from Try Anything Once

11. Cardamom Hills

12. Spice Sherpa

13. Black Book Kitchen Diaries

14. Torview

last but not the least, ladies first, right?

15. Chef Dennis from More than a Mount Full

I also want to thank you all for you kind comments, they make me go on and brighten my day. From the bottom of my heart a big Thank you

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, hope you are surrounded by great people and delicious food

 

A Lovely Blog Award 11/22/2010

Filed under: Awards — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 12:59
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A while back I was more than honored when Elishabeth from Food and Thrift Finds http://foodandthriftfinds.blogspot.com/2010/11/lovely-blog-award.html Livya from Eat Greek http://eatgreek.net/2010/11/my-first-award/ and Alisha from The ardent Epicure http://www.theardentepicure.com/2010/11/whats-for-dessert-baked-brie-croissants.html let me know I was given the Lovely Blog award. Thank you so much.

It took me a while to come up with a list of 15 blogs I like, it’s so hard, it’s harder than making a cake from scratch. I promise I’ll post a list with 30 more blogs.

Most of you I met on FoodBuzz  http://www.foodbuzz.com/ . I’m so happy to be part of this big community where I got my languishing blog off the ground ha ha ha and met so many wonderfully talented writers/cooks/photographers . I’m so thankful to all of you for those wonderful recipes/stories/photos you share everyday.

Back to my 15 blog list, gosh, this is hard

1.  Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food , is one of the Moms I admire, she has three wonderful kids and still has time to share with us wonderful stories and recipes. I wonder if her day has 36 hours or more, hmmm. Check out her latest “freaking good” walnut blondies http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com/2010/11/walnut-blondies-with-dark-chocolate.html and let yourself carried away to a land of nuts and low carb chocolate  chips. You will also find lots of low carb/gluten-free recipes.

 

2. Monet from Anecdotes and Apple Cores, she’s one of those people whom you get along so easily. She’s a great writer and baker. Oh yes, she does love baking, check out her latest cranberry bread http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/1/post/2010/11/moist-cranberry-bread.html and tell me if you can resist  those moist breads.

 

3. Sommer from A spicy Perspective,  is on a Cranberry mood lately, check out her Christmasy Candied Cranberries http://aspicyperspective.blogspot.com/2010/11/gear-up-for-holidays.html and start playing the carols. Christmas is right around the corner.

 

4. Lora from Cake Duchess, as the title says, her blog is about cake, cake and more cake. Her latest Cranberry and apple cake http://www.cakeduchess.com/2010/11/easy-cranberry-and-apple-cake.html makes you want to be on her Thanksgiving guests’ list.

 

5. Letizia from For the Love of Food, tho I can say lately she can call her blog : For the Love of Chocolate since her Ultimate Chocolate Cake http://letiziagolosa.blogspot.com/2010/11/ultimate-chocolate-cake.html would satisfy every chocoholic’ sweet tooth.

 

6. Roxan from Kitchen Meditation, for her well-balanced dishes and great photos, tho I might give the award to her husband for the dinner he put together http://kitchenmeditation.blogspot.com/2010/11/guest-chef-husband-makes-fish-tacos.html#more . Didn’t he do a wonderful job, I do believe he did.

 

7. Claudia from Foodessa. If i have to explain why I always go back to read for blog, I would not know the answer : the stories, the recipes, the photos. I’ll go with all. See her autumn photos http://www.foodessa.com/2010/10/october-in-quebec-share-and-tell.html and you’ll fall in love .

 

8. Dimah from Orange Blossom Water, most of her posts bring something new to me, I love the way she takes the time to explain the secrets, tips and ingredients of Syrian cuisine and the cookies, oh, the cookies http://www.orangeblossomwater.net/index.php/2010/11/19/eid-al-adha-sweets-2010/ how I wish she’s be my next door neighbor.

 

9. Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker, I don’t know is she’s a brown-eyed girl, but I do believe she’s a baker. Those of you who are still looking at the turkey and have no clue how to cook it, read her tips at http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/11/17/thanksgiving-cooking-turkey-tips/

 

 

10. Kristi from Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right, her recipes are so easy and healthy and reading your blog you’ll feel like she’s one of your girlfriends talking about weight watchers. Check out her latest soup http://motherrimmy.com/wordpress/?p=6985

 

 

11. Marvellina from What to cook today. On her blog you’ll find lots of Asian recipes, great stories and wonderful photos. Also check her post about post natal diet http://whattocooktoday.com/postnatal-traditional-chinese-confinement-period.html

 

12. Sarah from Baking Serendipity, yup, another baker :d I found her blog a while back and kept going back for more recipes, tips and stories and since she confessed that “I sometimes eat dessert for dinner” I started to like her not just the blog :P. Her Apple Cinnamon Bread http://bakingserendipity.blogspot.com/2010/11/apple-cinnamon-bread.html just calls your name this time of the year.

 

13. Norma from Platanos, Mangoes and Me. she puts in one blog Spanish and Latin flavors and shares with us recipes learned from her mom and the ones she passes to her granddaughter. Oh, and she’s so funny and full of life and a great chef, look at the wonderful dinner she put together http://platanosmangoesandme.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-pom-wonderful-dinner-party.html you can tell by the photos how much fun they had. Did you notice the apron 😉

14. Kylie from A hungry Spoon, another dessert lover and if you don’t believe me check out her chocolate-peanut butter cookies http://ahungryspoon.blogspot.com/2010/11/girls-night-ganache-goodness.html and envy her for the girls night out (I did)

 

15. Julie from Mommy Cooks. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for the perfect apple pie or want to impress your guests with a lattice pie, check out her how-to clip at http://mommiecooks.com/2010/11/22/apple-pie-recipe/.

 

 

Gone to the beach 11/15/2010

Filed under: Pictures,Trips — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 12:51
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Just wanted to let you know I’m away till Thanksgiving. I’ll still read your blogs but won’t post any recipe until I get back home, well, maybe I’ll share some lovely (if I take any)  pictures with you, I’ll see

 

See ya

 

Candy Cake 11/10/2010

Although we are not capable of understanding the miracle and wonders of birth and life, but we have watched with joy and amazement our lovely and beautiful daughter growing from newborn to one year old.

At birth everyone at the hospital adored and treated you with utmost care. We gave you the finest care and love enduring many sleepless nights, watching over you, our concern being at every turn your well-being and comfort. We sang you many nursery songs and read lots of stories and your gift back to us was, at first, a heart melting smile followed by your first “mama” and later “daddy” .

We have witnessed your fighting spirit at every turn. On November 2009, although you knew you are going to be loved unconditionally, you didn’t want to leave the comfort of my belly, panicking us and the hospital stuff. Despite the numbers of  stories you are read at bed-time, you let us know with no uncertain terms you are not satisfied going to bed. You have even protested by eating away at your crib :)))

At lunch or dinner time you are also a fighter, pushing my hand away with food you find distasteful. We often watch with laughter as you discard food from your tray, dumping the fruit and vegetables onto the floor. To our surprise, you made a great connection with the nature, and by saying this I mean eating flowers, grass and leaves.

Above all, we are amazed that you posses the gift and appreciation for the zest of life. At every turn you make your eyes take notice, something new to discover, something not yet touched and experienced. The inquisitiveness and interest for like you show will prove to be one of your greatest findings.

It was a year full of firsts, you’ve learned so much and had lots of fun.

Happy Birthday out dear Tiffany, may all your dreams come true

love,

Mom & Dad

Candy Cake

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

10 tbsp butter

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

few vanilla extract drops

 

Directions

Melt the butter and set it aside. In a big bowl mix well the flour, sugar and coconut

 

add the melted butter

 

 

buttermilk

 

 

eggs, one by one

 

 

and vanilla extract. Pour the batter in a 9 inch springform pan and bake the cake in preheated oven at 350F for 55-60 minutes.

 

 

Let it cool for few hours and then slice it in two.

 

For the coconut mousse you need

 

1 8oz package cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup heavy cream

 

 

Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl and slowly add the heavy cream mixing until stiff

 

Assembling the cake

 

In a foiled springform pan place the first layer. Add the coconut mousse and spread

 

place the second layer on top and cover everything in foil. Put the cake in the fridge for few hours or overnight

 

Remove the cake from the and place it on serving plate

 

Cover with a chocolate ganache made from 2/3 cup chocolate chips and scant 1/2 cup heavy cream.

 

 

Let the ganache set and start decorating the cake

 

welcome to CandyLand :d

 

An inside view

In the end, I’d like to apologize for being away these last couple of days  and not visiting your blogs. Now that everything is back to normal I’ll do my best to catch up with all those wonderful recipes you shared.

 

This recipe was featured on Foodbuzz

The recipe goes to Your Best Recipe @ Spicie Foodie http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/p/your-best-recipe.html

 

Asparagus and Pea Soup 11/03/2010

Filed under: Cheese,Lunch,Soups,Vegetarian — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 19:57
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The weather is such a funny thing. If yesterday I could have sworn spring is coming, today I take my words back. The bloomed flowers call your name but the wind makes you stay inside and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows or/and a bowl of soup.  I’m happy at least on Halloween it was sunny, I even saw a butterfly on the side of the house

 

I can’t say I like winter, last year was the ugliest of all, it snowed up to 26 inches in less than 24 hours, and to top it, the power went out. All the hotels were jam-packed that weekend. The next day we went out for brunch and enjoyed a warm bowl of soup. I know you rarely eat soup for brunch but I felt i just need something to warm me up and give me strength to go on despite the cold weather. Don’t you agree that a warm bowl of soup  may brighten your day ? I do think so.

Back to my today’ soup, Asparagus and Pea soup with shavings of Asiago cheese

 

 

Ingredients

 

1 pound asparagus

lit less than 1/2 pound frozen peas

2 onions

2 carrots

2 tbsp butter

parsley

~ 1/2 cup heavy cream

Asiago cheese

1 bay leaf

salt, pepper

 

 

Directions

 

Cut the wooden parts of the asparagus and chop them roughly. Chop the carrots and 1 1/2 onions. Add them to a pot, add the bay leaf, pour over 6 cups of water, bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

 

Melt the butter in another pan. Add the remaining chopped onion and cook over low heat 2-3 minutes.

 

Add the chopped asparagus stems (reserve some tips for garnish if you want), peas and asparagus stock.

Bring to a boil and simmer until the vegetables are tender. When almost done, add the parsley.

 

Cook for further 3-4 minutes and let in cool slightly. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender. Return to pan, add the heavy cream and heat it gently; do not boil.

 

Serve hot with blanched asparagus tips and shavings of Asiago cheese.

 

 

Amaranth Salad stuffed Carnival Squash 11/02/2010

Filed under: Main dish,Salads,Seeds,Squash,Vegan,Vegetarian — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 21:44
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Amaranth

Amaranth was one of the main food sources for the Aztecs, who also used it in religious rituals. Cultivation ended almost completely after Spanish conquistadors made growing the plant a punishable offense. Today, both farmers and anyone interested in nutrition are showing increasing interest in the plant because it has more protein (15 percent to 18 percent of calories) than most other grains (8 to 15 percent of calories). It also contains more lysine and methionine, amino acids not provided by many common grains. Combined with other grains, it can provide a complete balance of amino acids. Amaranth is also a source of calcium and magnesium and contains more iron than almost any other grain. The amaranth plant has long clusters of red flowers and grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet. It produces tiny seeds—up to 3 feet. It produces tiny seeds—up to 500,000 per plant. These seeds can be cooked and eaten as a grain or popped, sprouted, or ground into flour that has a strong, nutty flavor. Amaranth flour can range from a light yellow to dark violet, although most amaranth flour sold in stores is buff-colored. Pasta can be made from amaranth flour, and amaranth oil is obtained from the plant’s seeds. The green leaves and stalk of amaranth (also called pigweed) can be cooked and eaten. The leaves have a taste similar to that of spinach.

Preparation Tips
Amaranth flour does not contain gluten, which means baked goods containing it will not rise as desired and will be crumbly. It can be used in baked goods, but it should be combined with wheat flour (which contains gluten) in recipes for muffins, bread, cookies,or pastries. Because it has a nutty, assertive flavor, you may want to experiment somewhat with how much amaranth flour to add to recipes. Amaranth’s nutritional advantages, however, make adding it to baked
goods worthwhile. Amaranth seeds also can be cooked and eaten as a cereal. Or, they can be popped by adding them a tablespoon at a time to a hot, ungreased skillet. They take just a few minutes to pop.

Serving Suggestions
In addition to using amaranth in baked goods as described above, amaranth can be substituted for flour in pancake or waffle recipes. Cinnamon particularly complements its flavor in both of these breakfast favorites. Amaranth leaves can be substituted for spinach in salads or cooked dishes. Popped amaranth seeds can be used as a garnish or topping or in breading recipes.

 

Amaranth Salad stuffed Carnival Squash


Ingredients

3 carnival squashes

1 onion

few garlic cloves

parsley

1/2 to 2/3 cup of  amaranth

frozen corn

frozen peas

carrot

bell pepper

dried cranberries

 

 

Directions

Cut a small cap and clean the squashes

 

Put the cap back on. In a ovenproof casserole dish pout about 1/3 cup water and arrange the squashes.Cover well with aluminum foil.

 

Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the amaranth (1/2 cup amaranth in 1 cup water) simmering it in a covered pan until the water is absorbed.

 

In another pan, boil the corn and peas for 2-3 minutes.

 

In a bowl mix onion, garlic, bell pepper, cranberries, corn, peas, amaranth, parsley and carrot. Season to taste.

 

Remove the squashes from the oven, take off the cap and stuff them with the amaranth salad.

 

Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 30-40 more minutes, until the squash is cooked.

 

Serve hot.

 

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