Sunday, July 13, 2008

Curried Scrambled Eggs

So I cheated and started Baba on egg whites a month and a half early.  He loves this Indian-ish version.

Curried Scrambled Eggs

2 eggs
1/8 tsp (non spicy) curry powder*
1/2 sandwich-sliced cheddar cheese torn into small pieces
pinch salt
small grind of pepper
2 tsp olive oil

1. Lightly beat eggs, curry powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Add cheddar cheese.
2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan.  When hot, add egg/cheese mixture.  Let eggs set slightly before stirring gently and with restraint.  Let egg cook in sheets rather than a traditional scramble.  Sheets can then be cut up into small pieces so baby can feed self.  
3. Remove from heat when cooked through.

* I use a home made version - Fragrant Curry Powder in Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" 

Easy Grill Menu

Lac and I made this dinner menu for friends Barbara and Alvin this weekend and loved how it turned out.  Everything went together really well and with both of us pitching in the whole thing was effortless.  

* Wild Salmon marinated in Maizine's spicy Goan Masala and Grilled on a plank.  We used the same masala to marinate tofu slabs for me (also grilled).
* Corn grilled without husks.  After grilling, corn was brushed with lime juice, chili power mixture.
* Green salad with cherry tomatoes, shredded carrot and shaved aged Gouda (optional)
* Quinoa Salad with Grilled Zucchini (recipe below from Bon Apetit - August 08 with some very minor mods)

Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzo Beans and Cumin

1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed
3 Tbs lemon juice
5 Tbs olive oil, divided
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric, divided
1 tsp smoked paprika, divided
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tsp coarse salt
4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped

1. In a large bowl, marinate garbanzo beans in lemon juice, 3 Tbs olive oil, and garlic for at least 15 min and no more than 2 hours.  Toss occasionally.
2. Heat 1 Tbs olive oil in medium pan over medium high heat.  Add cumin, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and cook 1 min stirring constantly.  Add water, quinoa and salt.  Bring to boil.  
3. Boil quinoa for 5 minutes, cover, turn off heat and let sit at least 10 minutes.  All water should be evaporated.  When finished, toss with garbanzo beans.
4.  Meanwhile, drizzle zucchini with 1 Tbs olive oil and toss with ground cumin, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
5.  Put zucchini on grill until tender and browned on all sides (10-12 minutes).  Let cool slightly and cut into 1/2 inch pieces and toss with quinoa mixture.  Add green onions and parsley before serving.  Taste for salt/pepper.

An Easy Lentil Soup - Baby food for the Soul

I may have created a monster.  I swore early on that I would not make Aiden eat food that I wouldn't eat myself.  I've stayed true to this promise....for the most part.  I did break out the jarred baby food a couple of times when traveling but mostly he's been raised on the homemade stuff and real-deal adult food that is baby-friendly because he is always more interested in what's on our plate than what's on his plate.  With in a month, Aiden had a discerning palate and didn't want anything but real food.  So the challenge was to made food that my 30 something husband and my 9 month old baby would both eat.  Soup, beautiful soup, pleases them both.  

This lentil soup is based on Mark Bittman's Classic Lentil Soup in "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian".  It might just be the perfect bowl of soup.  It takes 30 minutes to make.  It is  nutritious.  Blended, it is the perfect vehicle for sneaking chard, broccoli, zucchini into Baba's diet.  

1 cup brown lentils
1 bay leaf
2 big pinches of dried thyme (or several sprigs of fresh)
1 carrot, cut in 1/2 inch dice
1 celery stalk, cut in 1/2 inch dice
6 cups vegetable stock
salt/pepper to taste
2 Tbls olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
a couple of handfulls of spinach, chard (de-stemmed), roughly chopped (Optional)

1.  Bring lentils, bay leaf, thyme, carrot, celery, stock, salt and pepper (to taste) to boil in a large pot over high heat.  Set heat to low and cook, stirring occassionally, for 30 min or until lentils are tender. 
2.  Meanwhile, prep onion and garlic.  Then saute onion in a skillet over medium heat until soft (5 min).  Add garlic and cook another minute.  
3.  Once the onions are cooked, add mixture to the cooking lentils which should be finishing up the last 10 minutes or so.  Toss in the greens.  Make sure they have wilted before turning off the heat.

4.  Let the soup cool.  Puree soup (using either an immersion blender or a regular blender).

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Elena writes: I made these for my husband and he just LOVED them.

BTW, Elena was lazy this year and only made about 12 different kinds of cookies for her holiday cookie extravaganza instead of the 20ish she usually makes. So if Elena the cookie-godess says they are the best ever, she probably knows what she's talking about!

Best Ever Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2- 1 tsp almond extract (really does it!)
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Mix in rest of wet ingredients, then add flour one cup at a time. do not chill the dough.
4. Cut 1/8 inch thick and cook for 6-7 min for chewy, 8-9 for a browned butter effect (quite yummy)!

makes about 9 doz small cookies