Mmm #Pizza! | I’ve already posted my pizza dough #recipe below and it hasn’t changed but I have few tips to make pizza making an easy go to when you want to use up #leftovers, #eatcheap, #eatquick or #experiment with new flavours. 1. Get a pizza stone & pizza peel (wood board to slide pizza in and out of the oven). The basics will likely be a $30 investment but it’s worth it and pretty much the cost of one pizza dinner delivered. 2. Heat the oven super hot (525F), let it hear for at least 15 min more even after the oven beats that it’s at the right temperature. 3. Do not over top the pizza. A little goes a long way but also too much topping will likely just end up all over your oven. 4. Use a little whipping cream to get the cheese to melt more uniformly for white sauce pizzas. Put the cream & cheese on the base first to create a nice cheese base. 5. Some ingredients like avocado, arugula, dried oregano, basil, cracked pepper, can be topped on a hot pizza just out of the oven instead of baking with the pizza. 6. Great ingredients = great pizza. I always use organic flour, and stick to quality toppings but a little goes a long way. 7. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, this pizza has avocado and grilled corn for Mexican inspired pizza. I also love hoisin sauce as a base for an Asian inspired pizza. 8. Cook topping first if they require long cooking times and/or to remove excess moisture. You can even cook some things in the oven as it preheats, like mushrooms, spinach, fresh corn. Enjoy!
#BBQ #SweetPotato #Corn & #Quinoa Salad | #SweetCorn in the summer is just about my favourite thing in the world but sometimes we have a few leftover so I came up with this easy BBQ #leftover salad. I used leftover #grilled sweet potato, corn, & red pepper but you can use just about any grilled summer veg. Heat up a pan with a little canola oil on a low heat, add 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp smoked paprika and cook slightly tile fragrant. Add chopped sweet potato, diced roasted red pepper, and corn removed from the cob. I used about 4 sweet potatoes, 4 ears of corn, and two red peppers. Toss veg in pan until warmed through. You can also cook in oven at 375F turning occasionally until warmed. Cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups salted water for about 15 min (or according to package). Drain and set aside. Place warm veg in a bowl and add the juice of one lime, about 1/4 cup of chimichurri (see recipe below) and 2 tbsp olive oil. Toss and add quinoa. Add an extra 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro if you like cilantro and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm, room temperature or cold & enjoy!
#Chimichurri = Easiest #SummerBBQ | When I #BBQ in the #summer it’s usually for 10+ people at a time and individual #steaks, burgers, even hot dogs can be a pain and less than impressive. My favourite party #BBQ is skirt #steak, flank steak, or any large piece of grainy meat that I can slice up against the grain for instant tenderness! Turn and watch one large item instead of many small items, it’s all done at once and everyone eats together including the chef! And when preparing for a party sometimes even marinading meat can be a challenge especially if you’re not sure about the #recipe or length of time. Rather than risk it I love making chimichurri, an instant flavour boost you add after the fact that will never be too salty or not flavourful enough. Mix 1/2 cup red wine vinegar with 1 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin. Add a bunch of chopped flat leaf #parsley (about 1 cup chopped), a bunch of #cilantro (about 1/3 cup chopped), a small red onion diced, 2-3 cloves of garlic minced. You can also add some chopped oregano, thyme, basil and marjoram. About 1/2 tsp chopped of each. Be sure to use good meat, flank and skirt steak are much cheaper than a ribeye or sirloin so visit a #butcher and invest in good meat. Plus it goes a long way. #Grill on a high heat turning just once on each side if possible. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice thin and add chimichurri on warm #meat and serve with a nice salad (recipe to follow). Enjoy!!
#CreamPuff #ChouxPastry #Profiteroles | Whatever you want to call them, they’re delicious and really easy to make. I also find they’re a great way to use up dessert leftovers like ganache, curd, icing. If you’ve baked a cake or make Danishes and find you have some extra filling you can add it to whipped cream or creme patissiere. These use some leftover #lemoncurd for a delicious #lemon cream puff and leftover white chocolate chai ganache mixed with whipped cream for a yummy white #chocolate #chai puff. Start with 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup unsalted butter in a sauce pan on low heat until the butter melts. Turn to high and bring just to a boil. Do not let boil too long or you’ll evaporate too much water. Add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and mix over low heat until the dough looks smooth and pulls away from the side. Move into a mixing bowl and beat for about a minute until slightly cooled then add one large beaten egg until smooth, then another large egg until smooth. The dough should be sticky and uniform. Pipe or spoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment into small smooth circles. Brush with egg wash or water to smooth top. Bake in preheated oven at 400F for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350F and bake for another 30 minutes. Turn puffs upside down and poke a small hole in the bottom to release some steam. Return to oven, turn off oven and leave the door slightly ajar until completely cool and dry. Fill puffs by injecting filling into hole at bottom or cut puff 2/3 the way up and spoon in filling and top with lid. I mixed a little curd and ganache to whipped cream to make filling reserving a little curd/ganache to glaze the top without whipping #cream. #pastry #foodphoria
So I’m just gonna throw this out there… Big Mac Sauce Egg Salad… Amazing! You can find Big Mac sauce in one of my posts and well add a couple of hard boiled eggs and there you have it. Maybe a little salt & pepper :)
#WhiteChocolate #Chai #Ganache | I had intended to make a filling for macarons but this turned out to be pretty good as #icing for #cakes, #cookies and other yummy treats. And it’s pretty easy to make. In a small saucepan heat 1 cup whipping #cream with 4 cloves, 1 star anise, 1/2 #cinnamon stick, 2 green #cardamom pods (cracked to release the flavour), 1/2 tsp powder ginger tho next time I’d like to try fresh ginger. Bring to a boil and remove from heat, add 1 tsp loose leaf black #tea and let steep for 10 min. Chop 200g of white chocolate into small pieces. Bring cream back to just a light boil and strain liquid over white chocolate and stir gently starting in centre and swirling out until completely melted. Add 2-4 tsp of room temperature butter depending on how rich you’d like it to be. Stir occasionally until cool and thickened. The better the tea the better the result so pick a nice black tea with large leaves with great flavour and enjoy :)
Sumiso | I mentioned #sumiso a few posts ago but since then I’ve made it 5 more times and brought it to a house party so I think it’s fair to say I’m officially obsessed. This miso, rice wine vinegar, mirin dip is just so delicious with seaweed and whatever seaweed happens to be wrapping. It’s a bit tricky to narrow down a recipe because different rice wine vinegars will be different but I’d say start with 1/2 tsp white miso, 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp mirin and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar. You may need to adjust sugar if you’d like it a bit sweeter or you can add more mirin which is also sweet. If I have time I’ll make hand rolls because I like the extra seaweed in hand rolls but lately I’ve also been buying sushi and dipping it. This recipe makes enough for 4 rolls but it does keep if you want to make more. It’s strong tho and relatively easy to make so I often jus make it as needed. #japanese #sushi #dip #delicious #food #foodphoria
Two Pot #Chicken, #Mushroom & #Eggplant #Pie (well 3 if you count this muffin tin but you can easily bake it in a cast iron pan) | So if you love #savourypies like I do, here’s a great way to get that slow cooked flavour without everything tasting the same or having too many pots and pans to wash up. Start with a cast iron pan heated on medium low with a little canola oil and an oven preheated to 425F. Sauté the 1 cubed eggplant in the pan til the eggplant starts to brown and place in oven. Next get a pot and sauté 2 small onions diced, 4 cloves garlic in a little canola oil until it’s just starting to brown. Toss in 10-14 cremini mushrooms quartered. And cook for 5-10 minutes, remove eggplant from the oven and add veg to eggplant pan. Next in the pot with a little more oil cooked 1lb cubed boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat with 1 tsp white pepper and 1 tsp salt until just browned. Add just enough water to cover the chicken and simmer for 30 min until tender. Scoop out chicken and add to pan of eggplant and veg. It’s ok if the veg is starting to cool a little. Reduce remaining liquid by half and add to veg as well. In pot add tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp flour and cook to make a rue. Add 1 1/2 cups whole mix and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook til thickened and add to veg. You now have a delicious pie filling, taste and adjust for salt. You can also add fresh basil or Parmesan if you like. If I’m in a hurry I might just top the cast iron pan with puff pastry and bake without a bottom shell or let it cool and make a proper pie with a bottom savoury short crust and top puff pastry. The puffy pastry on top is totally worth it. In this photo I made mini pies with a muffin tin with savoury short crust at the bottom and puff pastry on top. It’s a bit fussy but it’s easier if you plan on bringing them somewhere. #food #foodphoria #puffpastry #pastry
Sweet Potato Fries Hand Roll | I’m not sure this is easier, I’m not even sure it’s cheaper but I discovered this today and felt I had to share in case there are people out there who a) love yam tempura rolls b) prefer hand rolls c) think sweet potato hand rolls are hard to find and a bit pricey d) happen to always have sushi rice & seaweed on hand but don’t like to deep fry at home. I picked up sweet potato fries at the pub next to my house, made sushi rice and made my own hand rolls. The chipotle mayo even made a nice dipping sauce. I usually have sushi ginger as well. And prefer sumiso (vinegar, miso, mirin dip) to a wasabi dipping sauce. It’s also a great option for a vegetarian sushi night, slice some cucumber, avocado, carrot and pick up sweet potato fries or use the oven bake ones. I know it’s not fancy but I think it’s delicious :) #food #foodphoria #sweetpotato #sweetpotatofries #sushi #handroll
Kitchen Cleanup #Scones | I’ve posted a similar scone #recipe awhile back but since then I’ve found that recipe was particularly handy for cleaning up #leftovers in the fridge so I thought I’d share it again with a new take. This scone recipe is great for using leftover dairy (#cheese & expired milk), herbs, and other small bits. Preheat oven to 425F. Start with 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, cut butter into flour until crumbly and put in freezer. If you’re like me you probably have some leftover cheese in the fridge, that’s too small to grate or a little dry cause you forgot about it, the better the cheese, the more flavourful the scone, and it’s ok to mix different scraps. This is cheddar, gruyere, and Swiss. I like cutting the cheese into cubes because you get melty pockets of cheese when baked and my leftover bits are usually bits I can’t grate. You can also add leftover herbs like thyme or rosemary. And leftover scraps of ham, bacon, or chicken, just no raw meat. Caramelized onion and other flavourful cooked veg or dried fruit could also work. Be creative with want you have as long as it’s not too wet or too much, usually about 1/2 cup in total is more than enough. Add 4 tsp of baking powder and 1/3 cup sugar to the butter flour mix and any other dried ingredients, herbs, spices, etc. If the extras aren’t too salty add 1/2 tsp of salt too. mix one egg with 1 cup milk (great time to use expired milk that doesn’t smell off but you’re skeptical to drink). Combine to form a wet dough and spoon on to a baking sheet, preferably lined with a silicon mat if you have one. Baked until golden brown, 10-20 min depending on the size of your scones. I usually make 6-8 scones with this recipe because I like bigger scones. You could try more but try to ensure the height of the scone is about an inch. Too thin and the scone will dry out too quickly. Too thick and it’ll not cook through before the outside burns. Let cool on a rack for a few minutes before tucking in. :) #baking #cookingtip #usingleftovers #scones #biscuits #cheese #savoury