Posts Tagged ‘nutmeg

01
Feb
20

Eggplant something or other (moussaka)

I found I did get the basis of this recipe from a WP blog  Mostly Greek Eggplant Mousskasa , Eggplant Moussaka    after a search for eggplant recipes.

The eggplant is my fav meal, and at times better than the chicken or beef or used as a filler with meat.  So here we go.

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I used ground pork instead of beef

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I stuck with the cinnamon spice for the Greek style taste of the tomato sauce

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some canned diced tomato for the suace

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a bit of melomel replaces the wine

process the tomato sauce

salt and let sit for while to draw out some water, test fit in the baking dish

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brush with olive oil, broil till browned, both sides

make the bechamel sauce

into the baking dish

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add the tomato sauce

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top with the bechamel and some grated parmensan, bake.

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after baking, let cool a bit.

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excellent flavor the eggplant, tomato sauce and bechamel compliment each other

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not overly watery or runny, just right, perhaps a glass of wine and a chunk of fresh bread.

 

 

 

 

 

01
Apr
19

Apple Squares

A pie that turned into a bunch of squares. I was going to go for a pie but decided to spread the whole thing on to a sheet pan. I followed the dough recipe from the Cuisinart food processor by mixing the dough as directed and before it actually comes together, placing it plastic bags and squeezing it to a disk , then refrigerate for an hour. Butter was the fat utilized.

The apples were then prepped with fresh grated cinnamon, all spice,and nutmeg with both shaved solid brown sugar and granulated brown sugar. (and a touch of grated ginger root). To provide some structure bread crumbs were added also.

The dough rolled out very easy both top and bottom.

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The squares ready to go, with a small one on the side.

Trimming into squares

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Well, I went this far, so I added sugar and chocolate icing.

COFFEE?

 

24
Jul
18

Corn Dogs

A while back we had the opportunity to be served a meal of corn dogs. I have never had them before. Served with a salad they are certainly a different way to have hot dogs. Frying in oil is usually not used too much as a method of cooking. Even a better meal when made by sister in law and her daughter.

If you make these, having the batter in a tall glass makes coating the hot dog easy as was demonstrated.

recipe from photo:

  • oil at 350 degrees for 3 minutes
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4hot dogs

flour for rolling

crisco for frying

 

01
Oct
17

Grapenut Pudding

I can’t take credit for this simple nutritious recipe. My wife makes this periodically also known as a custard to some.

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One of those handed down faded paper recipes folded and retained for easy access.

 

The recipe, doubled, just fills a rectangular glass ware baking dish, placed in a water bath in a large broiler pan.

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The richness can vary, ranging from any combination from low-fat milk to heavy cream for the milk component. The  grapenuts are the type usually found along side breakfast cereals at the market. Fresh grated nutmeg a plus, an anytime snack  kept in the fridge that doesn’t last long !

 

03
Oct
15

Apple crisp

Ahhhh…….

apple  🍎 season and the apple crisp/fruit recipes abound…

other than outright making apple pie,

so here’s one:

oven at 375 …✔︎

► grease up a 8 inch square pan

✔︎ the following

IMG_8860☐1 cup oats

☐3/4 cup brown sugar

☐1/2 cup flour

☐1 teaspoon cinnamon , ground, fresh if possible

☐1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground, fresh if possible

☐1/2  teaspoon ginger root , ground,  fresh grated preferred

▶︎ combine the above in a bowl and cut in :

☐6 tablespoons butter,

if unsalted: then add  ☐ 1/4 teaspoon salt

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► prepare  ☐ 4-5 apples,

mine was a mix of Greening and Macintosh.

if you have on of these machines , it makes life easy. It goes into the dishwasher to clean. (remove wood from handle)

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peeled, cored, and spiral cut….

▶︎ place the apples in the greased pan, separate into slices of course, add the topping mixture….

► bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, about 30 minutes…

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▶︎ cool to preferable serving temperature, serve plain , garnish with heavy cream, whipped cream(s) (flavored), diced apples,other fruit etc.🍨

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☕️

✑ utilizing character sets
10
Jan
15

lamb babyback ribs

from the store

 

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a 5 spice rub, cinnamon, star anise,  cloves, nutmeg, pepper (pink peppercorns) actually 6 if you count the ginger I added.

 

 

 

 

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I used a roasting rack to suspend the ribs over a glass baking dish.

 

 

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In a slow oven about 250 degrees, a cold day , the oven ran for  around 4 hours keeping the kitchen area warm.

 

IMG_7052Add some BBQ sauce and wrap in foil. The sauce I used was strained from a recent batch of baked beans.

Back into the oven reduced to 200 degrees.

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Done !

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Plated up with broccoli rice and pineapple.

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16
Nov
14

spiced teacakes

from 10/13/2014

modded from recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/spiced-teacakes/

13 oz strong white bread flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/4 oz sachet fast action dried yeast
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 zest of orange
1 and 1/4 oz caster sugar
1 and 1/4 oz butter, cubed
5 fl oz semi skimmed milk
1 egg beaten , free range
4 and 1/2 oz mixed dried fruit
sunflower oil 2 tsp for greasing
butter for serving

 

 

mix the dry ingredients,

13 oz strong white bread flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/4 oz sachet fast action dried yeast
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 zest of orange
1 and 1/4 oz caster sugar

 

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in a pan melt the butter and milk

 

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 Heat till lukewarm…Whisk in the egg

 

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I added raisins to the dry ingredients….

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add the warm mix to the dry components

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 form it into dough and knead, cover , let rise.

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divide, shape and  and let rise again.

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Bake

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An OK recipe, not really that spicy, but good if you prefer a more biscuit type of cake rather than a sweet cookie.

14
Sep
14

tomato – basil custard (quiche)

real men don’t eat quiche, so custard seems better…..

Fresh tomato and basil from the garden narrowed down this recipe.
But any event, it took a bit of time to make a crust the egg mixture was easy and the result was good.
From:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2014/09/02/recipe-for-tomato-basil-quiche/FfpVGKTRD2j0bB9ppuV6UN/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article_More

for the PASTRY:

1½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut up
¼ cup ice water mixed with 1 teaspoon vinegar
Extra flour (for sprinkling)
Add sliced butter to the dry ingredients and with a hand held pastry blender, cut in the butter to get a crumbly mixture. Add the ice water mixture and pull together.
form into a ball , slightly flatten and refrigerate for about 20 minutes while you get the rest of the ingredients together and 9 inch deep dish pie pan.

FILLING

4 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup milk
whisk the above together and set aside.
and prep ready :
1 cup grated smoked or plain mozzarella
2 tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick
½ cup torn fresh basil leaves

Back to the pastry, roll it out to about 12 inches diameter and place in the pie pan. Refrigerate again for 20 minutes. I put a stockpot that fit  in the pie pan to hold down the crust while baking. Bake for about 12 minutes, remove the weight, the stockpot, and finish baking another 10 minutes or so, cool.
IMG_6166The recipe wasn’t specific but I guessed 1/2 the  cheese goes in the bottom of the crust.

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followed by the sliced tomato

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Then the torn basilIMG_6169gently pour in the custard

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top with the rest of the cheese. Some of the mixture poured over the crust, should have rolled it out bigger to go up the side of the pie plate.

IMG_6172Bake at 375 for about an hour or less, let it puff up and brown.

cool slightly serve hot or cold.

Diane wanted the first piece.

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The crust was a bit overdone, definitely not soggy ! fresh tomato and basil was refreshing !

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14
Oct
12

Spiced up Carrot Cake

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Guess the spices, oh , maybe you read the tags , fresh ground except for the ginger.!

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May be because of the time of the season, the smell of apples , cinnamon and other spaces like allspice, cloves etc. seem to dominate in recipes of cakes cookies and muffins. An abundance of carrots made this recipe possible. No, skip the frosting, cut into squares and enjoy. Good for lunchbox and a way to get more carrots into your diet. This recipe makes a very moist cake, one that won’t dry out too soon.
Recipe:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon of each of the following
Baking soda
Baking powder
Salt
Ground cinnamon, add your own fresh ground spices here as noted above
Blend together to above dry ingredients.
Add:
3 cups shredded carrots
4 eggs
1 cup oil ( possibly less)
Mix to a batter and pan into a 13×9 pan,
Go at 325 degrees 50 to 60 minutes.
Test as usual with tooth pick etc.
Let cool.
From Better Homes and Garden Step by Step Cookbook.




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