Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How Much is Too Much?

Today was a trip down memory lane. When I was young, one of the best meals my mom made were eggplant croquettes. She pulled out the big guns cause company were coming over. They were so crispy on the outside but so soft and cheesy on the inside. I got in trouble cause I hung around the dining table after dinner and kept nibbling on the croquettes. I touched every croquette that was left so no one could have any more. I thought it was a good idea but I guess it wasn't what others where thinking of.

Recipe asked for parsley but I only had cilantro. It still worked out great.

I was even being a good girl and went the healthy way. Dusted the George Foreman Grill and just used it to toast the outside. I was even more suprised at how quick it came together. It only took half hour to make. Definitely going to make it in big batches next time.

OMG! My mouth is watering just typing this post. I only bought one medium eggplant so I can't make anymore. I need to get to the store asap. Honey...are you busy tonight?
If there were no more meat to eat tomorrow, I can turn into a vegetarian no problem. But only if there were no eggplant crisis simultaneously.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Who's the Cutest Pumpkin?

I don't know why but I have been on a cooking frenzy. I made cabbage rolls yesterday but with chicken gravy instead of tomato sauce. The sauce needed more flavour but the inside was surprisingly decent. I didn't take any pics cause I was worry it would not come out right.

I am planning to make some eggplant croquette/patties later this week and make my own pumpkin puree, hence the pumpkin pic. Just to let you know, I have been waiting almost 2 weeks for pumpkins to be on sale at the store. This pumpkin obsession started cause some girls at work want to put on a "pie party". Each person is to bring in a different pie for the party for this coming weekend. So I was researching on how to make one of my favourite pies, pumpkin pie. However, I think I won't try a pumpkin pie for this weekend. I want to save the pumpkin puree for cookies and a cake roll. Mmmmmmm! I want to make a rustic tart filled with pears, pecans, caramel and brie. We will see how that turns out. I remember eating a grilled chicken sandwich with brie and apples and it was one of the best things I ever ate. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Do Apple Fritters Count as a Serving of Fruit Per Day?

Recipe # 2: Apple fritters

I found this awesome website with beautiful pictures of her farm, family, kids and food. She has a super easy fritter recipe and had to try it out. Her website is The Pioneer The woman behind the site is Ree Dummond who used to live in the big city but found her cowboy and turned into a pioneer woman that cook, blogs and writes cook book. She loves butter like Ina Garten and Paula Dean but looks like Giada De Laurentiis. So jealous.

I just realize how blurry the close up picture is. There is so much dusting of powdered sugar that the flash reflects off of it. Opps.

Would someone please tell me if eating apple fritters counts as a serving of fruit per day. Or at least tell me what I want to hear and not what my belly or blood sugar level will reflect.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can you Do the CanCan?

My parent's apple tree exploded and I am challenged to find new and tasty apple recipes.

Recipe # 1: Apple Chutney

This is my first time canning. (By the way, it doesn't count if you helped your mom make raspberry jam when you were younger). Just saying.

I didn't add the making of the chutney process cause it was messy. And to be totally truthful, the batch you see is the 2nd batch cause I accidentally doubled the ginger amount. The recipe was for almost 22 cups of chutney so I halved the recipe. I halved every ingredients but didn't for the ginger. When I tasted the first batch, the ginger was so strong that before I tasted the sauce, the ginger scent was going down my throat.

The best part was hearing the "ping" of the lid when they vacuum seal itself after boiling the cans. And to top it off, they all stayed sealed in the morning. YAH!!!

Just the finishing touches for the pretty little jars. I used the left over paper that I recently used for the wedding card and some green ribbon in the ribbon stash.