Friday, December 6, 2013

Nursing mamas need cookies

We had the pleasure of visiting some friends, David and Amy and their 2 week old baby boy yesterday! They have a daughter that is about Lyra's age and they had a blast together. I brought them some yummy cookies and Dave asked for the recipe... since it was already all typed up I figured I'd share it here. This is a baby cakes recipe that I've altered, it's amazing, chewy, soft perfect texture, seriously.
I'll call these

Nursing Mama Cookies

1 & 1/2 cups Bob's redmill gluten free baking flour
1 cup oat flour ( we sometimes grind our own)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flax meal
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1 & 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 2 TBS melted coconut oil
6 TBS unsweetened applesauce
2 TBS vanilla extract.... I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

Basically just blend all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ones using a wooden spoon or a rubber
Once it is nicely blended add the chocolate chips and the peanut butter, mix it on up and voila!

Bake at 325 degrees for about 14 minutes. You can rotate the pan half way through if your oven cooks more on one side. Let them cool before transfer, then eat em up!

Brian calls these healthy cookies.... he's maybe not that far off :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Family Soup

Hello it's been a loooong time!
My family of two has multiplied and we are now 4. One 2 year old daughter and another almost 3 month old daughter. They are amazing! The last few days we have had I believe that it is my 2 year old, Lyra's first cold ever. I think she has been so healthy because we eat so well and feed her so well. She eats pretty much everything we eat and most often rather enjoys it! But having a cold makes mama want soup, so we have had two impromptu soups that turned out very well indeed. The first soup I made shall be dubbed......

Get Well Soon Soup.

2 carrots
2 stalks celery
1/2 large celeriac root
1 red onion
2 leaves kale
1 large clove garlic (minced)
1- 1.5 inch piece ginger ( minced)
1/2 jalapeno pepper de-seeded (or the whole thing if you like spice)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper

Chop all veggies. Heat olive oil in pan, medium heat. Saute onions, garlic, jalapeno and ginger in pan till nicely aromatic. Add the rest of the veggies, oregano, salt, pepper, and the can of tomatoes. Add enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Cook until the veggies are soft and puree in a blender. Not the prettiest color, but super tasty and nutritious! We grated some tasty cheese on top and viola! Lyra loved it and so did we.
Happy December :)

I'll share that second soup later.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rain Equals Cookies

The wedding and honeymoon were quite successful. I don't think I would change a thing (other than the dress malfunction). Trying to find jobs and working occasional shifts at the East West Cafe has kept me busy and though we still cook daily, I haven't been finding the time nor motivation to post our treats. Anyhoodles... heres a new one from the 'babycakes' cookbook, which was a wedding gift from my dear friend Misha. I renamed these cookies to suit myself..... they are...

.... I Have A Really Good Feeling About Whats Happening In This Bowl Cookies...

1 c. coconut oil
1 & 1/4 c. organic sugar
1/3 c. apple sauce (I used Nana Mae's from Sebastopol)
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs vanilla extract (It's a lot I know, but just trust me)
1 & 1/2 c. Bob's Redmill gluten free baking flour
1/4 flax meal
1 tsp baking soda
1 & 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 c. chocolate chips (enjoy life are the best!)

Preheat the ol' oven to 325 degrees, and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mix the oil, sugar, applesauce, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. In a second bowl mix the flour, flax meal, xanthan gum and baking soda. Slowly blend the dry mixture into the wet mixture, once completely mixed add the chocolate chips and fold in. Form small balls and place an inch apart on the baking sheet, gently press the top of the ball down to flatten.

Bake for 9 minutes, then rotate the cookie sheet 180 degrees, then bake another 5 minutes. There will most likely be over half of the dough left in the bowl, just cover and refrigerate, then you can make fresh cookies throughout the next few days, my mama taught me that trick.

So tasty, mmmm. I brought a couple of cookies to my papa and Weston who are working down the street, they loved them, big thumbs up, thank you Misha and thank you 'babycakes!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

French Cooking and Greg Brown Singing

I am amazed and inspired by my parents garden. It's full of wonderful veggies and every time we head over there I come home with fresh flavorful goodness. Looking at our booty the other night I decided we had the makings for ratatouille, to be quite honest I had never heard of this dish until i saw the cartoon 'Ratatouille'. It's a great movie about a rat that loves to cook. Anyway Ratatouille is a French stewed vegetable dish that uses an abundant array of veggies that I personally adore. I didn't have an onion so I just used what I had and went with it, it turned out fantastical! All the veggies minus the garlic are from my parents grand garden and so....

This shall be deemed

My Parents Are Unbelievably Amazing Ratatouille!

1 medium Rosa Bianca eggplant quartered and sliced
1 medium zucchini halved and thickly sliced
1 large heirloom tomato cubed
2 small cloves garlic minced
1 heaping tsp thyme
1 heaping tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbs olive oil

On medium heat, heat the oil and garlic in a pan, add the eggplant and zucchini, stirring often till veggies begin softening. Add the tomatoes and the herbs, stir. Cover for 5 minutes letting flavors meld and veggies cook. Remove from heat, and eat!

On a different note, I wanted to share the lyrics to a Greg Brown song that inspired this blog title. I love Greg Brown he's a seriously talented poet. I hope you like it.

Lyrics to Steady Love :
She wants your passion, your caress
She wants your hands on her and a soulful kiss
But she's lookin' for more than just that, son
Gotta be somethin' under all the good times and fun

Oh steady love, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

She might like flowers, might like a poem
Might like it better if you were home
And cooked with her and did a little dance
Where the kitchen is happy, love has a chance

Oh steady love, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

She's seen the cool boys hangin' around
With their sad dark eyes they never settle down
They might've written books or made CDs for the shelves
But they mostly just think about themselves

She wants steady love, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

When the kids are cryin' and the bills are due
And you wonder what you have gotten into
And you think the whole deal is not to be
Give her steady love, you'll find out how hot a woman can be

Steady love, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

I've heard men say, "Well look at that
She's such a babe, he's kinda dull, a little fat"
He must know something about kind and fair
When she needs somebody, the man is there

He gives her steady love, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

Mmmm, steady love
When the chips are down
The kind she can be sure of
Oh steady love

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hankering Answered

Today at the grocery store I purchased a jar of kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish. It is fermented and a little like sour kraut except it's spicy. There are many different recipes for kimchi and a wide variety of vegetables that are used. The most common ones that I've seen are Napa cabbage and daikon radish. It's pretty tasty if you like a bit of spice and that fermented flavor.
Thinking about said jar of kimchi on the walk to pick up Brian's suit from the dry cleaners I got a hankering for Bi Bim Bop. A delectable Korean dish that I got introduced to by a friend who used to live in Korea and makes his own homemade kimchi that is way better than any other I've tried. Anyhow, Bi Bim Bop is another traditional Korean dish that literally translates to "mixed rice". When the Korean BBQ was still on 4th street I used to frequent there with some friends and get a sizzling bowl of Bi Bim Bop.
This said what I made tonight was nothing like traditional Bi Bim Bop, served in a hot stone bowl, chili sauce, with multiple side dishes including cucumbers, seaweed, radish..ect... and all that Korean flare. If there's a Korean restaurant in your town I suggest giving it a try, as long as they are MSG free.
What I made tonight I shall call....

... Nat Bim Bop (serves 2)

2 c. cooked arborio rice
1 c. steamed bok choy
1/2 cup steamed burdock root
2 cloves garlic steamed and minced
small handful pea shoots
2 peeled and sliced lemon cucumbers
1/2 avocado sliced
2 Tbs chopped parsley
2 over medium eggs
4 Tbs kimchi

Divide the ingredients in half and arrange in bowls or on plates. Place the hot egg on the top and dive in. If you want to add some extra spunk add a hot sauce of your choosing. We added salt and fresh ground pepper it twas tasty. It also helps that the cucumbers were grown in my ma and pa's garden, extra love.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Love Me Some Cali Cooking!

Several months have past since I last posted a kitchen wonder. Many brilliant and delectable food items have been created over said months, but alas between moving from West Virginia back to California and planning Brian and my wedding I have been unable to post them. Today I have a simple yet wonderful summer meal. The other night I felt in the mood for sandwiches, a rare desire on my part but I went with it. The sandwich we created was so amazing that we made another for lunch today.
There is a local bakery called Grindstone Bakery that makes mouth watering organic, gluten free, vegan quinoa ciabatta bread. It's a tad expensive but once in while we feel the need to splurge on them. They became the base for the sandwich, I'm calling it.....

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore's Magic Sandwich

The amount of ingredients vary as to how many sandwiches you are making and how overflowing you like them. All ingredients are organic.

shitake mushrooms, red onion, and purple bell pepper sauteed in olive oil till soft.
thickly sliced heirloom tomato
thinly sliced lemon cucumber
thickly sliced avocado
sunflower sprouts
chopped up basil leaves
sour kraut

before piling on the veggies..... spread a honey mustard sauce onto your bread.

Honey Mustard Sauce or Dressing

1 Tbs organic mustard
1 Tbs local honey
1/2 -1.5 Tbs olive oil (depending on how thick you want it)
1/4-1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
dash of salt
dash of cayenne pepper

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Yummy Yummy Yummy I got Love in My Tummy

All I can say is wow.

It's too late for dark chocolate, but c'est la vie bars

1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts

Melt your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small pan on low heat, stir constantly to avoid burning. Once completely melted remove from heat, stir in walnuts, vanilla, and salt. Pour into parchment lined round baking pan and spread to an even thickness about 1/2 inch. Place in the fridge and let cool completely. Once hardened cut into slices and enjoy! So easy, so amazing, I could eat way to much of these!(Especially since Brian isn't partial to nuts... they're all mine...) Thanks again to Flying Apron for your amazing recipes!!