Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Unfortunately for me, Meaghan is on a Mexican adventure whilst I am here in the cold...working away...Trying to make myself feel better I though why not whip up some Guacamole...it is easy and quick and Delicious!
The first thing you need to make sure you have a ripe avocado. You want the outside to be black and you want them to be soft. If they are green on the outside STAY AWAY. They will be hard and make lumpy guacamole.
I usually use the rule, one avocado for every 2 people. This recipe is easily doubled and tripled.
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of cilantro (fresh, dry will not work)
1 chili pepper diced up for those who like it hot!!!
Now for the fun part...
Scoop out the avocado with a metal spoon into a medium bowl. They have special avocado cutters which makes things easy, but a spoon works great! Take a potato masher and mash up all the avocado so it is nice and smooth, it is ok if it is a bit lumpy, it just depends what kind of texture you are craving. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the bowl, add the salt and cilantro. If you are using chili this is also the time to add it. Mix it up with a fork, you can also use this opportunity to get our any lumps if you are craving a silky smooth guacamole.
Sure with corn chips, I prefer the blue kind (adds great colour). Try not to get the kinds that have too much salt it takes away from the yummy guacamole. I like to serve this along side some sour cream, I think it really compliments it, but it is delish by itself too!
Friday, October 16, 2009
One of the best easy couple things to make on Friday nights is Pizza.
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and olive oil and stir until it resembles somewhat of a ball. Dump it out on a floured surface and kneed into a ball. It should only take a few minutes and don't be afraid to add flour as needed, but add it in small quantities so you do not end up with dried out dough.
Oil a bowl (some people like to use a spray or butter but oil is best for this) turn the dough in the oil to coat it and let stand covered in plastic wrap for an hour and a half.
Turn the dough out onto flour board and punch the air out of it in the centre of the ball. Shape the dough into a round disk and let stand under plastic wrap for 15 - 20 minutes.
Roll the dough out thin to cover your pan or pizza stone, you should flour or put cornmeal down before you put the dough on the pan or stone.
The toppings a really up to you. My favorite is the best can of diced tomatoes you can find (I use these instead of a pizza sauce, just spoon them out of the can), fresh basil, spicy pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese . Don't put too many toppings or sauce on the Pizza, it will just make the crust gooey.
Bake the pizza at 475 for about 10 minutes.
Tip: put any meat you like on top of the cheese instead of under it, the meat takes longer to cook then the cheese and this will allow the meat to cook more thoroughly.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
My lovely father in law is the creator of these beauties and I have added a finishing touch.
So you want to start our with 1 or 2 racks of ribs, first you need to remove the film from the back of the ribs this should be easy to remove with a small paring knife. Removing this allows for all of the juices to distribute evenly while the meat is cooking and makes for some fall off the bones delicious ribs.
You then want to cut the ribs into pieces so that there is about 4 or 5 ribs still stuck together. Put them in a lasagne dish and cover with 2 part olive oil and 1 part apple cider vinegar. You should also add 2 cloves of garlic salt and pepper and if you want some steak spice to give it some more flavor, cover and let sit for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
Once they have sat and marinated for the night drain the liquid and cook covered at 250-300 for 2-3 hours. Preheat your BBQ to a medium heat. Cover the ribs in your favorite BBQ sauce homemade or store bought are both fine, and put the ribs on the BBQ for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy
Trust me you will be forever known as the master of the grill. These babies are amazing!!!
Now I love sweet potatoes they are full of nutrients and are so sweet your kids will love them.
So you want to start out with
4 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 . Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place sweet potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before peeling and placing into a large bowl. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 2 quart casserole dish. Mash the warm potatoes along with butter, cream, vanilla extract, brown sugar, salt, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 cup chopped pecans, and eggs. Spread mashed sweet potato into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of pecans. I added more maple syrup to cover most of the top of the casserole and 2 tbsp wasn't enough.Bake sweet potatoes in preheated oven until thoroughly hot, 30 to 35 minutes.
Now some may find this a bit too sweet as sweet potatoes are so sweet to start with so you may want to add less Maple Syrup.
This makes quite a bit but believe me they will not last long!!! Enjoy! and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!