two recipes for date-nut truffle thingies – holiday cheer, yo

December 15th, 2014

Tasty, easy, easier on dietary restrictions than the chocolate-and-heavy-cream sort.

ONE: mac nuts, pepitas, dates, walnuts
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup macadamias
1.25 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups pitted dates
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Buzz walnuts, pepitas, mac nuts and 1 cup coconut until finely crumbled. Add dates, oil, salt and vanilla, and buzz till it looks like wet sand. Roll into tbsp balls. Roll in cocoa and last coconut. Lay on a parchment lined tray and freeze at least 30 mins. Serve room temp. Makes 20.

TWO: figs, apricots, almonds, spices

http://altonbrown.com/sugarplum-recipe/

6 ounces slivered almonds, toasted
4 ounces dried plums
4 ounces dried apricots
4 ounces dried figs
Whizz all this into bits but not paste in the processor. Then mix in
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
Make into wee balls (makes 80 he claims, i got more like 40), lay out on parchment, and roll in:
1 cup coarse sugar

Plus bonus recipe for booze (Rudolph’s Nose):
2.5 cups Ransom Old Tom
1/3 cup velvet falernum
1.25 cup cranberry shrub
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Angostura

mix, strain into a pitcher, serve rocks. Makes 10. To make shrub: heat 2 cups apple cider vinegar and 2 cups sugar, stirring till dissolved. Add 2 cups cranberries or 1 cup unsweetened juice, 2 oz clove and 4 crushed star anise (seems like a lot of spice), and reduce by 1/3.

cheesy oatmeal with spicy squash soup

November 18th, 2014

More weird food: steel cut oatmeal, with cheese melted into it (oddly mild “gruyere” from TJs – tasteless on its own but good in this application), topped with hot spicy curried squash soup. Delicious, warming, filling.

KO Pies

September 29th, 2014

Finally made it to KO Pies in Eastie this weekend — the outdoor dance was a couple blocks away! Had a classic beef and a jerk chicken (special), both tasty. Fries are the dreaded wedge, but fried to a golden fucking delight, so WINNING. Lots of beers, a few Aussie desserts, and picnic tables in the shipyard parking lot. My kinda joint. Want to try the beef stew flavor next time.

http://kocateringandpies.com/

deviled egg flavor ideas

August 21st, 2014

from a magazine I read in a doctor’s waiting room… not that I see any cause for deviation from the WASPy classic I always make.

cress-horseradish
roast pepper-thai chile
tomato-pimenton
olive-garlic
smoked salmon-radish
miso-sriracha-sesame
avocado-anchovy-caviar

pickling recipe of unknown provenance

August 21st, 2014

scribbled on a sheet of paper that’s kicked around for *cough* years probably *cough*

1 cup vinegar (half rice, half white)
2 cups water
3 tbs sugar
3 tbs salt
pickling spice (coriander, turmeric, cumin, mustard, bay, chile)

celery-tahini-date salad

July 27th, 2014

4 large pitted dates
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp crushed red chile flakes (mine are old and dead so I added also a dash of Penzey’s Berbere powder)
1/4 tsp sea salt
8 stalks celery, cut thin on the bias (I also included lots of robust leaves)
1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Put dates in a bowl, pour over 1/2 cup boiling water and let sit 10 mins. Whizz up dates and soaking liquid with lemon juice, zest, tahini, chile, and salt. Add the celery and herbs and almonds, mix up.

Noelle’s Tuna Salad

June 28th, 2014

from a friend:

White Tuna (in water)
Apple (sweet-tart)
Cauliflower
Celery
Pickles (for real, yo)
Celery Salt
Black Pepper
Mustard (dijon)
Mayo
Lemon
Balsamic Vinegar
Maple Syrup

Take the apple, cauliflower, celery, and pickles and chop up into small happy pieces and throw them in a big bowl. Mix in a few cans of tuna, as little or as much as you like. I generally do more veggies than tuna. Plop on a nice dijon mustard and mayo. Add a couple tablespoons of maple syrup, lemon juice, vinegar, a couple shakes of pepper and celery salt. Mix it all together.

broccoli-scrambled eggs with gochujang

June 5th, 2014

How did I not think of this before? Scramble eggs with butter and chopped broccoli and salt, then smear with gochujang instead of ketchup. OMG the yum.

dried cherries cure hiccups

April 11th, 2014

Occasionally when I eat something spicy, it immediately triggers a bout of hiccups. That happened to me today with the first bite of spicy butternut squash soup, right before a client phone call. For some reason, I just then craved dried sour cherries specifically, and I had the sudden thought that eating them might cure the hiccups. Which was completely bizarre and obviously bullshit, EXCEPT THAT IT WORKED. Instantly. First cherry in the mouth, hiccups gone. WTF? But AWESOME.

delicious desperation lunch: tuna-carrot-hummus-cilantro-raisin

April 4th, 2014

OK, so yesterday I kind of ran out of stuff to eat for lunch, so I made this:

grated carrot
few spoonfuls hummus
spoonful cilantro chutney
half can tuna
handful raisins
drizzle olive oil

Mix all together, shovel in with a spoon. OMG so noms.

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