Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pasta with sage-butter sauce.

Simple pepper butter pasta dish.

8 to 12  ounces uncooked capellini pasta (angel hair)
6 - turkey bacon strips
1 - gallon water )for boiling noodles)
1 - stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 - teaspoon sage
1 - teaspoon black pepper
1 - slice swiss cheese
1 - dash garlic powder


Start to boil the water in a large pot.
When boiling, add the dried pasta and cook for several minutes.
In a skillet fry  the bacon strips till semi-crisp, the remove for skillet.
Melt the stick of butter gently.
Add the pepper and sage.
Tear bacon into small pieces and add back to the pan.
Remove the pasta from the water and add to the skillet and toss well.
Tear a slice of swiss cheese and add to the skillet.
Add garlic powder to taste.
Stir well and server while hot.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Yam pie.

 Version 1:  Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch pie.


    1 - pound sweet potato
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup milk
    2 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


    Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in honey, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

Version 2:


    1 pound 3 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
    5 egg yolks
    1 (9-inch) deep dish, frozen pie shell
    1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    Special equipment: steamer basket


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place sweet potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment. Add yogurt, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, yolks, and salt, to taste, and beat until well combined. Pour this batter into the pie shell and place onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with maple syrup.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the custard reaches 165 to 180 degrees. Remove from oven and cool. Keep refrigerated after cooling.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pasta soup

Super easy pasta dish to make.


12 - ounces Angel hair pasta
4  1/2 -cups water
1 - can tomatoes
1 - green pea
Garlic power
Parmesan Cheese


Thrown everything into a pot except the cheese.
Turn heat on high.
Cook till pasta is tender.
Turn off heat and let simmer.
Add the cheese when serving.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pseudo restaurant menu

Allow your home dinners to be more interesting.  Add a web based restaurant menu form you won local server..

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fake mayo.


These are the ingredients you need:
1/2 cup of soy milk (100 ml)
1 cup of sunflower oil (250 ml)
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of mustard
A pinch of salt & some pepper to taste

Please make sure you buy unsweetened soy milk. I like my soy milk made solely from water & soy beans, without any additives. You can replace the sunflower oil by any vegetable oil, but I believe the sunflower oil gives the best results. Some people like to use extra virgin olive oil.

Tools you need:

Grab your hand-held blender! Never tried it with an upright blender, but it should work just fine as well.


1. Blend everything except the sunflower oil.
2. Pour the soy milk + mustard + apple cider vinegar + salt + pepper in a jug.
3. Blend for 3 seconds, just to get everything mixed.
4. Then add sunflower oil while mixing as I like to pour the sunflower oil slooowly into the mixture while blending...  But that is because I like some kitchen drama. If you add the oil all in once, it still works.
5. Just blend and watch the magic happen!

It takes about 30 seconds to get your mayonnaise.
All done! Stored in a jar, it keeps up to 2 weeks in your fridge.

Tip: add some grated garlic, spring onion, rosemary or curry to your mayonnaise.  Perfect, try your snacks with this mayonnaise. You won't be disappointed! Enjoy!

Italian tostada.

We like to take traditional foods and shake it up a bit the the foods we grew up with. The Italian tostada, is like a polenta chip covered with lentils. mozzarella. cheese, and fruit. It is a snack you will certainly have over and over again. It is a bright change to the traditional tostada. Enjoy.

Step 1: Ingredients:

Tostada base
1 cup tortilla masa flour
1 cup warm water
1 pinch salt
1 pinch baking power


Corn Tortillas
Tortillas de Maiz
Serves: makes 12 tortillas
2 cups corn tortilla flour
Pinch kosher or coarse sea salt
1 3/4 cups water (or enough for a Play Doh consistency, may vary with climate)

1/4 cup drain cooked lentils
14 cup cheese
1/3 cup salad
1 tablespoon or so fruit.

Step 2: Corn tortilla base.

Add 1 cup warm water, 1 pinch baking soda, and one pinch salt for tortilla masa.
Mix with spoon till incorporateed.
Let siit in refrigerator for a while to rehydrate.
Take some of the mixture and make about a golf ball size golfball.
Squish flat with a frying pan or a tortilla press.

Gently lower ithe pressed tortilla into a screaming hot (oil-less) pan without your hands or finger touching it.
Let it cook for a minute on eash side.
Remove to a warm place till all the the dough is used in making tortllas.

Step 3: Lentils.


Boil lentils til tender. (a little baking soda can reduce cooking time).
Let cool in the fridge before putting in a plastic container.
Remove some lenils with a spider or holed spoon to drain the liquid thoroughly.
Lash with a potato masher or the like.
Put on top of a cooled corn tortilla.

Step 4: Cheese

You can wither use store bought cheese or make your own and freeze for later. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Yet-another-cheese-making-episode/).

Take the stire bought mozzarella cheese and top the lentils.
Optional: maybe a few seconds in the microwave.

Step 5: Salad, fruit and etc.

Add the salad on top,
Spoon some fruit on top of that.
You could add just a bit of pepper andd what ever else suits you.

Step 6: Done.

Hope you enjoy our Italian tostadas. They are great for game day. We had quite a few during the last playoff games. They are a nice change to the traditional pizza and you do not have to tip the delivery person. Yummy yummy yummy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Spice rack.

Chemistry of cooking sort of. Saw these pictures and thought they were cute for a basis of a spice rack.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Superbowl eats.

A Fococcia (aka thick bread pizza) covered with American cheese slices.