Sunday, February 28, 2016

Steamed cauliflower

        1 - cup water
        1 - rib celery with leaves, cut into several pieces
        1 - lemon, cut in 1/2
        1 - head garlic, cut in 1/2
        3 - pounds assorted colored baby cauliflower, such as yellow, orange, and purple
        1 - lemon, juiced
        1 - teaspoon minced garlic
        1/4 - cup extra-virgin olive oil
        Salt and pepper

Heat water, celery, lemon, and garlic together in a saucepan. Place cauliflower in a steamer basket and set over water. Steam cauliflower for 5 to 7 minutes or until fork tender. 

Meanwhile, combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and toss with dressing. Serve warm.

Fake mashed potatoes (Boiled cauliflower)


    1 - medium head cauliflower
    1 - tablespoon cream cheese, softened
    1/4 - cup grated Parmesan
    1/2 - teaspoon minced garlic
    1/8 - teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
    1/8 - teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 - teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
    3 = tablespoons unsalted butter


Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool  if cauliflower is to wet just heat it up on the stove to get rid of extra moisture.

In a bowl, use a potato masher to blend everything.

Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Boiled beef.

Boiled beef is a traditional English dish which used to be eaten by working-class people in London; however, its popularity has decreased in recent years. Traditionally, cheaper cuts of meat were used, because boiling makes the meat more tender than roasting.  It was usually cooked with onions and served with carrots and boiled potatoes. It was not uncommon for the beef to be salted in a brine for a few days, then soaked overnight to remove excess salt before it was boiled. In other parts of England cabbage replaced carrots.

This dish gave rise to the old cockney song Boiled Beef and Carrots which is still sung in some East London pubs when they have a pianist and singsong night.

Boiled beef is also a traditional Jewish dish served in many homes and Jewish delis alike. It is usually flank steak boiled and served with vegetables, broth, and sometimes matzo balls. 

Put the meat in a pot big enough for the vegetables too. Cover with cold water. The meat must be fully submerged. Bring to the boil, skim the froth and add the parsley, the celery, one carrot, one onion, the bay leaves, the peppercorns and a big pinch of salt. Then reduce to a very gentle simmer for about four hours. After three hours, add the rest of the carrots.

After about 3½ hours, prod the meat with a knife to see how it is doing: it should be very tender. Check the vegetables too: they should be soft, but not too soft – if they are, remove them until the meat is done.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coffeepot beer.

The process of brewing coffee is very similar to the way beer is brewed. This mini-homebrew recipe below only produces a small batch of beer, but very worth it since you most likely have most of these supplies in your kitchen already!  


1 - standard electric drip coffee maker (with water heating compartment and hot plate)
1 - wooden rolling pin
1 - coffee filter
1 - saucepan, larger than 2 quarts
2 - One-quart canning jars with lids
2 - Six-inch squares of cheesecloth
2 - rubber bands
½ - gallon filtered water (not distilled)

1¼ - cups malted barley (or can use base malt)
5 to 7 - hop pellets
½ - packet of champagne yeast (or can use baker’s yeast)

Malted barley acts as the sugar content for fermentation. The hops will help preserve the beer and give it added flavor. Make sure you clean everything thoroughly before starting, because any kind of small residue can affect the process.  


1. Start with the 1¼ cups malted barley.
2. Take the rolling pin and roll gently just to crack the grains, but don’t over roll to get the consistency of flour.
3. Place the grains in the coffee pot.
4. Put 2 cups of filtered water into the coffee machine and turn it on.
5. The hot plate and water-heating chamber with temperatures of 170°F and 150°F are perfect temperatures for brewing.
5. Then wait for the coffee maker to brew for about an hour before it shuts off.
The coffee maker will break down the grains and complex sugars into fermentable sugars.
6. Strain the liquid through the coffee filter and put the filter full of grain into the filter basket.
7. Pour the strained liquid back into the water-heating chamber.
8. Add 1 of cup water to the strained liquid in the chamber and start the coffee machine again.
9. After the liquid flows into the coffee pot, turn off the machine and pour the liquid back into the chamber.
10. Repeat 5 times, adding another cup of water each time.
11. Keep an eye on the coffee maker through this "lautering process."
12. This is where the hot water washes over the grain extracting the sugars.
0dh.The liquid that comes out is called "wort," or sweet liquor.
14. Place the wort in a saucepan and when it comes to a rolling boil, add 5 to 7 pellets of hops.
15. Boil for an additional 30 minutes, then turn off the burner.
16. Stir until mixed then pour the wort into the canning jar.
17. Pour down the side of the jar without splashing to keep all the ingredients contained.
18. Next, place the jar into the sink filled with cold water.
When the temperature reaches 60-70°F, screw on the top of the jar and shake vigorously.
19. Take off the top and add yeast.
20. Put a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubbed band.
21. Place jar in a cool, dark place and the liquor will become beer in 5-7 days.

If you try brewing beer in your coffee maker let us know how it turns out!
This is a great way to learn and understand the process of how beer is made.
I simplified the instructions above; for more details read the article. Now this is a long process that is time consuming and you will only have created a small amount of beer. This process will be fun to try, however if you’re really serious about making beer.

Yet another method.

10. Beer
This sounds insane, but bear with us. Southern Fried Science has produced the definitive article on “how to brew beer in a coffee maker, using only materials commonly found on a modestly sized oceanographic research vessel.” They recommend using cereals for grains, vegemite for malt, and seaweed for hops. Amazing.

  1. Grind up your ‘grains’ (but not so much that it becomes powder).
  2. Place your ‘grains’ in coffee pot (not the filter basket, the carafe).
  3. Run 2 cups of clean water through coffee maker and let it sit on the hot plate for an hour. This releases all the good chemicals from you ‘grains’ and creates a fluid called wort.
  4. Strain the wort through the coffee filter and place the filter full of ‘grain’ into the filter basket. Add the ‘malt’ to the filter basket. Pour the strained liquid back into coffee maker and add 1 cup of water.
  5. Run the wort through the coffee maker 5 times, each time adding 1 cup of water.
  6. Pour the wort into the saucepan and boil for 45 minutes. Two minutes before boiling is done, add the hops.
  7. Carefully pour the wort into the canning jars.
  8. Let the wort cool to between 60 and 70 F. Once it is cool enough to touch the outside of the jars without burning, pitched the Bakers’ Yeast into the mixture.
  9. Seal jar with a handkerchief and rubber band over the mouth, and let sit for 3 to 5 days.
  10. And table spoon of sugar to the jar and seal with the lids, making sure they’re air tight.
  11. Store in a cool, dark place where it will not be disturbed for a week.
So the next time you’re in a hotel and reaching for the phone and steeling your nerves to fork over $30 for a crappy pizza, go for the coffee maker instead. And if you’re willing to throw the clothes iron in to the mix, it opens up all sorts of possibilities. Now go out there, and cook some dinner in the most backward way imaginable.