Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Oh Honey you baked!

I'm off to Berlin! I'll leave you with these little fellas - now be good to them and don't eat them all at one time :-)

Memories of Childhood Chocolate Cake

Cream Cheese-swirled Brownies

Golden Butter Cake

All recipes from the - in my blog - ever-present: Baking by Flavor...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Would you look at that?

Finally, I got the time to do mess with my template - that is, everything (almost) is courtesy of BloggerHacks - check it out!

Sunday, January 23, 2005

IMBB # 11: Beans, Beans, That Musical Fruit: Meatless Vegetarian Meatballs

I think it's come to stay, that IMBB? thing - and it just keeps getting better and better! I for one was thrilled when I found out Cathy of My Little Kitchen had the honor of hosting this version, and that with the excellent theme of Beans, Beans and more Beans! Once upon a time, I thought beans a nasty thing - guess it's just one of those things you have to hate when you're a kid, like liver. I'd eat the odd green bean here and there, but it wasn't until I started cutting back on my meat-eating habits I grew to love them. Hummus, oh heaven, a bean salad, tuna and butter beans, a nice flavorfull cassoulet. I love their versatility and the beautiful colors and variety - in fact I think the only thing I'm not to keen on is their (sometimes more than other!) flatulence-producing efforts, but I've learned to live with it!;-)

So when I heard, I immediately reached for this one:

The Bean Book - look no further! It's a great book! As you can tell from the post-it stickers I have quite a few recipes from it I'd like to try out, so it wasn't that easy to pick. Fortunately, the answer wasn't far away. Sunday evening, me and boyfriend went out to eat, came back home, sat down to play Tiger Woods Golf on the Playstation SOMEONE gave us this Christmas (no, that couldn't have been me - I would never be so silly - tee-hee!) I've had to brace myself and stay away from it while reading for my exam - which I finished this Friday, thankyouverymuch (it did not go to well btw. Well, I don't know yet,it's a written one, but - ugh. The good thing is, right now is vacation, and there's nothing more I can do.

Now where was I? Oh yes. We got home, sat down, Playstation lit up - but hey, this weekend was IMBB, wasn't it? There you go Zarah - get ya butt in that kitchen and do something beany! What better to do than a late night snack of meat-less vegetarian meatballs then?

A quick trip to the shop got me:



A little fryin'...

Hey they look kinda good!

-and back to the game!

The recipe - from The Bean Book

75 g. French beans, trimmed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil
1 red pepper, core, deseeded and diced
4 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons mild chili powder
425 g (14 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
75. g. fresh white bread crumbs
1 egg yolk
oil, for shallow-frying
salt and pepper

Blanch the French beans - I usually just put them in a big bowl and pour boiling water on them, leave for a couple of minutes, the drain.
Sauté pepper, garlic and chili powder - I actually used smoked paprika instead, just because I luv the smokiness of smoked paprika!
Transfer the sautéd mixture to a food processor, and add the kidney beans, breadcrumbs and egg yolk. Process briefly until coarsely chopped. Add the drained French beans, season to taste with salt and pepper and process until the ingredients are just combined.
With lightly floured hands, or using a couple of spoons, make little balls or flat cakes if you prefer - out of the mixture. Fry them in a large frying pan, about 3 minutes on each side.

The recipe suggests to serve these with a lemon mayonnaise, but I think that would be way to fatty - they drank up the frying oil like teenagers let loose in a liquor store! I needed some lemon spritzed on, and the tartness of a Greek yoghurt did well too...

Now bean me up Scotty, what has everyone else been up to?

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

SHF knocking on your door

Clement's hosting this February's SHF - go check it out, it's gonna be awesome!

Friday, January 14, 2005

Brain Food

I've been so privileged as to have my man cook for me almost every night, since I started reading for my exam - yes, you're right, that's for the last month or so. I miss my kitchen. I SOOO miss my kitchen. Well, and I guess, just life in general! Not that I'm complaining really - I actually, in some twisted, self-destructive way, enjoy my studies - most of the time!;-)

Last night I had to cook dinner myself (YAY!), and I made these wraps with chickpeas, courgettes and rocket - yummy they we're indeed, devoured in front of the books. Just one more week, and there will (hopefully) be plenty of blogging going on... (No comments on the messy desk - I thrive in it, or so I tell myself anyways!)

Btw, I'm going on a mini-holiday to Berlin with a couple of friends the last weekend in January - any suggestions from you all-knowing, all-seeing people out there?

Friday, January 7, 2005

SHF # 4: Let's Go Nuts! Nutella

Well, what do you say, wanna go NUTS? I sure did! When the lovely Viv over at Seattle Bon Vivant announced January's theme for this Sugar High Friday I clapped my little hands, chirping "Oh goody! Almond cake? Baklava?..." to myself.

Then came Christmas. And January. And uh-oh...What to make, what to make? Will I even be able to come out from my weird world of not doing anything else but studying for my exam??

Oh yes I will. I shall not miss this - I SHALL NOT!!

And then I thought about it. And thought some more. Because actually - I'm not that big in nuts. I mean, hand me a piece of cake that's got nuts in it, and I won't be all: NO WAY! - I mean, it's cake! But I don't find myself putting nuts in all my cakes and pastries. More often than not, I leave them out if they're in a recipe. I do almonds, and I like almonds. I think I've just had to many bad (read: rancid) experiences with nuts.

But what I really like about these events is how they make you think about a lot of things you could do, and then you end up doing something completely different - and of course the fact that they are often a bit challenging. So I had, obviously, very little time, and no need for a challenge I'd have to re-do the next day. And then it hit me, from out of nowhere - hazelnuts!

Equals NUTELLA! Ha! There we go!

I've made this recipe before, so it's tried and tested and tasted - but I gave the recipe to a friend (who's usually skilled enough in the kitchen) and it just didn't turn out well. I'm writing this seconds after I finished it, so I might put an update in here as to how it went after refrigeration... The taste was nice - no mistaking, it's chocolate and hazelnuts and not much else, but boy is it gooooood! I like this idea of doing commercial products myself and getting stuff that's miles better then what I can buy!

Here goes nuts! from Morten Heiberg
180 g. hazelnuts
250 g. milk chocolate (or dark, but use a little less if you go for dark) - finely chopped.
½ vanilla pod
2 tablespoons honey
1 dl. cream

Toast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a 180 C hot oven. When they start giving of that nice toasty smell, pour them straight into a food processor. Pulse for a couple of seconds, then add the chocolate and the seeds from the vanilla pod. Pulse again, the idea being that the heat from the nuts will melt the chocolate. Add the honey and cream, pulsing briefly.

Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.

I'll eat it on toast or put it on ice cream, or on Digestive bisquits - or just lick it of a spoon!

Hopefully I'll be back soon from the unwanted leave of absence from my blog here, to check all of the adventurous things you're doing out there in the food-blogging world. Meanwhile, books are calling again... Man, sometimes I think they're worse than having a baby!;-)

Sunday, January 2, 2005

IMBB # 11: Beans, Beans, that musical fruit

Cathy's announced the next IMBB, the 11th of it's kind: Beans, Beans, that musical fruit. Head over to her place and join the fun!