Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mediterranean Affair

Skye and I had a Mediterranean night. We started with making homemade Naan bread, which turned out pretty good. I intend on experimenting more and will post my adaptations to the recipe another time.

Here is your Naan Bread base: 1/2 cup warm water 1 cup bread flour salt and pepper to taste ***Combine the flour and water into a workable dough ball and set aside covered in a cool place for about 15 min. No need to wait for it to rise since there isn't any yeast. Just let it sit and relax for awhile. When you are ready to cook it up, tear off a piece about the size of a golf ball and roll it out as thin as possible into a nice round shape. Add more flour if you think it is too sticky. Sprinkle any combination of ingredients and spices on top and roll again to incorporate. I plan on doing lots of experimenting with this and will keep you posted ( I want to add little potatoes). When you are satisfied with your creation, throw that baby in a really hot dry pan (I used my cast iron pan- worked great). Turn down the heat to a mediumish temp and cook on each side for about 1 minute, or until the color is nice and brown.

Along with the Naan we made hummus, babaganoush, basmati rice with rice wine vinegar, roasted zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, and onion.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Beautiful Beets

I woke up this morning craving what I had for lunch yesterday. So, yes, this is what I ate for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. These beets are so easy to make and very delish! I marinated them in red wine vinegar, 1 packet of Splenda, a cinnamon stick, salt, peppercorns, and some of the remaining red-stained water they were steamed in. And as long as you don't mind your salad turning completely pink, the marinade juice serves as a good salad dressing :) --Skye

Friday, March 27, 2009

Drum Roll Please . . .

Hi Girls! Well, I didn't intend for our food blog to begin with something as mundane as mashed potatoes, but we're still in the experimenting phase and I just wanted to try posting something tonight.
So: These aren't just any mashed potatoes! They're made with equal parts red potatoes, broccoli (use the stalks too - just shave off the outer skin), and cauliflower. Just boil all three, then throw them in a food processor with whatever you have on hand (I typically use apple cider vinegar, cottage cheese, & milk). There are a million variations to this dish, but the end result is half the calories and carbs of regular mashed potatoes, more nutrition, and ALL the creamy, comfort-food, goodness! (Good way to get veggies into kids too, Molly and Nell!)