(from an idea by itsxpaperdoll and HisMrs)
Indian Taco Recipie
Fry Bread (self rising flour and buttermilk)
Anything else you can think to put on there!
First you have to make the fry bread. You get a deep fryer, fill it with peanut oil, and crank it up. You mix equal parts of buttermilk and flour, being careful not to knead it too much or your bread will be tough. You will be left with a kind of sticky dough. You then make the dough into flat circle pieces of bread; each piece should be about 5-6 inches big. Poke a small hole (about like your finger) in the middle of the bread. Fry dough until it is a golden brown. Cook meat, chili, and beans. Take a piece of bread, pile EVERYTHING on top of it, and get a napkin, cause they are messy! YUM!
You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on the fry bread; it's like a funnel cake, only fluffier!
Eggs in a Basket
I think my favorite is breakfast food, I could eat breakfast for dinner all week long :) There's this thing I learned from my bff's dad a while ago...they called it a "nest egg" but its called different things by different people from what I've learned... most commonly "eggs in a basket"... they look like this:
Butter two slices of bread on both sides
Use a small drinking glass (shot glasses work well too) to cut a hole in the middle of the bread. (keep the bread cut outs)
In a large frying pan (non stick pan or butter the pan) place the two slices and their cut outs in the pan... medium high (use discretion depending on how you like your eggs)
You need two eggs which you will break open into the hole of your two slices of bread.
For over medium eggs (how I like mine) cook on medium high on one side for about 3-4 minutes then turn and cook for another 3... use your eye as to how you like your eggs though and how toasted you want your bread to be... but presto thats it... place on plate and enjoy! (I use the two mini circular toast cut outs to dip in the yolk :) )
Pineapple Vodka Cocktail
I discovered a nice and very easy cocktail yesterday: basically, we were just looking for something to do with a bottle of vodka. Cangel happened to have a tin of pineapple chunks. So this is what I did:
Pineapple chunks in a longdrink glass. Pour a generous amount of vodka over it, and let the chunks soak for a short time. Add pineapple juice till the glass is almost full, then some cold spring water and icecubes (ours were heart shaped, aah ^^) You can also top it with anything that goes nicely with pineapple. I can imagine you can also do it with raspberries & raspberry juice. The nice thing is that by the time you're finished drinking, the pineapple chunks are soaked in vodka, which tastes nice ^^
Oh, and; Alcohol is bad and vodka can be particularly nasty, don't try this if you're under-aged. Obviously.
Last night we had pasta... it was very good. :) I made an alfredo sauce from scratch, it's *way* simple.
For two people, I used half of a regular sized carton of heavy cream, and dumped in a bunch of shredded parmesan cheese to taste. I stirred this on low/medium-low so it would thicken, and added about a tablespoon of butter and a little bit of flour to help with the thickness. I then added some garlic powder, onion powder, oregano (parsley's good too), salt and pepper to taste. Stirred it with a whisk until it was cooked through and thick enough. I also added some pieces of imitation crab meat (we had that on hand, I've done this before with shrimp, it's great). Made some rotini, dumped the pasta on the plate, spooned alfredo sauce over it. Quick and easy, probably takes about 15 minutes overall to cook. :)
Tostones (Fried Plantains)
As promised, the recipe for the traditional and super delicious Puerto Rican classic, "tostones" or Fried Plantains:
You'll need large unripe (green) or barely ripe (slightly yellow) plantains (a single plantain will make 5-6 tostones). Peel and then slice the peeled plantains diagonally into 1" slices. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet heat 1/2-inch oil over moderate heat until just hot enough to sizzle when a plantain piece is added. Fry until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer plantains to paper towels to drain. Remove skillet from heat and reserve oil. Using a tostonera (a press), slightly mash each piece to about half an inch in thickness. If a tostonera is not available insert the pieces between a folded piece of brown-paper sack (paper towel will do) and press down using a saucer. Dip each piece in warm salted (garlic also if you like) water. Heat reserved oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and fry flattened plantains until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Salt them and enjoy! :)
from Blondie Bear
Here's my recipe for chicken strips. This feeds 2 people very very well and would work for 3 if you had lots of fries or something to go with it.
2 boneless chicken breasts (or 12 chicken tenders--some stores sell them pre-cut)
1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, a healthy sprinkle of paprika, and an equally healthy sprinkle of garlic powder in a baggie. Set aside.
Slice chicken breast into strips
In a small bowl, combine oil and another healthy sprinkle of garlic powder
Dip chicken strips into oil (mush them around real good so you get garlic on them, too), then dump them in the bag and shake it until the strips are coated. I usually do 1-2 at a time, depending on how big the strips are.
Grease a cookie sheet and lay the strips on it. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Serve with ranch dressing (my favorite), BBQ sauce, or whatever you usually dip your chicken nuggets in
WARNING: This is very very messy and works best if you have one person coating the strips and dumping them in the bag and another person shaking the bag; when I do it myself, the outside of the bag ends up all oily and nasty and then it gets all up my arms and all over everything
The best apple pie I've ever had... and it was a hit with my new extended family on DH's side (first Thanksgiving married, yay!) :)
*8 tart apples (I suggest 3 granny smith and mix-and-match 5 others... really, this is the secret to the greatness that is this pie)
3/4-1 C sugar
2 T flour
1 t cinnamon
2 T butter
1/4 t nutmeg
Pare and slice apples thinly. Mix sugar, flour, salt and spices. Add to apples. Put into 9" lined pastry pan. Dot with butter. Adjust crust. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes.
*If you don't use tart apples, add 1 T lemon juice
from Crazy Flakes
Russian Tea Cakes
Okay, since it was requested in the happiness thread, here's a recipe for Russian tea cakes :D They're really easy to make, and that's coming from someone who can't cook for her life (although I am pretty damn good at stirring. It's one of my special talents.)
1 cup of salted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
6 tablespoons of confectioners' sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1/3 cup of confectioners' sugar for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celcius).
- Cream the butter and vanilla in a bowl until they're smooth. Then, mix in the 6 tablespoons of confectioners' sugar and 2 cups of flour; stir them into the butter mixture until it's blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts, roll the dough into little balls (*snicker*...I'm so mature), and place them on a cookie sheet.
- Bake them for about 15 minutes. Take them out and let them cool a little (but not too much...if they're not warm, the sugar won't stick), then roll the cookies into the 1/3 cup of confectioners' sugar.
In the spirit of the holidays, and because I think eggnog goes great with Russian Tea Cakes *steals CrazyFlake's recipe* here's our recipe for eggnog (Warning: Alcohol Content!):
10 eggs, separated. Add 1/3 C. sugar to the egg whites and beat until frothy but not quite soft peaks. Beat the egg yolks. Add egg white mixture to egg yolks, mix together. In another bowl (big enough to hold your entire eggnog batch), beat 1 quart of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the egg mixture. Add 3 cups of brandy (750ml) and a cup and a half of rum. Sprinkle with nutmeg and/or cloves, to taste.
This does make 6 quarts, which, of course, Mr. Crayon and I realized after we made it, and there are just the two of us, so we'll be drinking plenty of eggnog, I suppose. ;) But it's good! Although, if you want a less booze flavour to it, put in a little less brandy. Or add some milk to your glass. But all in all, it's good. :)
Chicken with Honey
Here's a recipe I completely made up myself; it has no interesting name but for now I will name it 'Poulet au miel, avec d'aubergine, fromage mozarella et tomates', which is french for chicken with honey, with aubergine/eggplant, mozarella cheese and tomatoes. ;)
Here's how it works: get as many chicken breats (or fillet, or any other soft bit of chicken) as you need, bake them in a frying pan. Squirt over it a generous amount of honey and add some herbs like basil, oregano, whatever you like. When the chicken is almost done, put slices of aubergine and tomato in the pan with it (if it don't fit, take the chicken out when done and put it somewhere warm so it doesn't cool down and bake the aubergine and tomatoes quickly in the liquidy, honey-and herby stuff that's still in the pan) When everything is ready, place the chicken and the tomatoes on a plate and put a slice of mozzarella cheese on (or under or between) the slices of aubergine and so that it looks neat and professional. This way, the mozarella will partly melt but not entirely which is nice. It goes perfectly with pasta or spaghetti or something like that.
That's it! It's really easy and looks quite good, too ;)
from white avenger
I do have a recipe, if you could call it that, for a very fast pizza that my granddaughter likes. Split a piece of pita bread, put either tomato sauce of pre-mixed spaghetti sauce on top of the two halves (crust to the bottom) and top it with crated cheese (She likes hers plain, but you could put anything on it that you might have handy) and toast it in the oven until the cheese melts. Then, if you don't like it, you can feed it to the dog and go to Burger King.
from Tueuse de Vampires
Fried Ham & Onion
I sort of made up this recipe by accident (well, I was just trying to get rid of some old food) which I really like now. It's very easy. Dice an onion, fry it together with a package of ham blocks (no idea how much is in one of those boxes...I assume about 150g), dice a yellow paprika and chop a bunch of cherry tomatoes in half and put them into your pan with the onion and the ham. Just let the stuff cook/fry in the pan for some time (I don't really keep to a certain time, it's more about how done it looks). Then I usually add some woksauce, ketchup, vinegar (the dark one), Worcester Sauce, salt and pepper and it's done :D I eat it just like that, but I bet it would also taste nice together with noodles or possibly potatoes :)
16 oz. box of Elbow Macaroni (or any type of Pasta, just not spaghetti noodles)- cooked and drained
2 jars of pizza sauce
1 lb. sausage (browned and drained)
2 bags (2 cup size) of shredded mozzarella cheese
Stir pizza sauce into cooked sausage. Set to the side. Take baking dish and coat with non stick spray. Take half of cooked pasta and spread into pan. Take half of sausage/pizza sauce mix and pour over pasta. Sprinkle one bag of mozzarella cheese over sauce. Repeat another layer.
Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, till cheese melts.
Serve with french bread and salad.
My sons love this and I normally have to double recipe because of our family size and make 2.
Hehe I'm a lazy bugger so I just make my own nachos :).
Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips (17p in Sainsburys :)
Sainsburys Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese
Put the chips in a bowl, grate the cheese on top, mix it in, microwave for 30 seconds, phwoar!
I have a nice recipe for a pizza baguette
Basic tomato sauce
(and whatever you wanna add like ham/salami stuff or do it veggie whatever)
(salt and pepper if you like)
If you baked the baguettes or have fresh ones (even better) put a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom and add just a little kethcup to make it sweeter
Oregano, basil how you want it. (maybe salt and pepper)
Some cheese and whatever you wanna add.
Bake it like 10 min and you got a delicious pizza baguette
Easy and quick!
Pleskner (Small cakes)
You need :
½ a teaspoon of vanilla
Mix the egg and sugar first until it looks like a yellow substance. Add flour and vanilla and mix. Turn your oven on 225C. Take a spook and but a spoonful of the dough on a plate (Should be about 6 spoonfulls.) Now insert plate into the oven, and wait for 6 minutes. Check if the small cakes are yellow with a little brown edge. Turn off the oven and let the cakes cool a little. Voila. Small cakes just in time for coffee or tea :D
If you want to, you can put raisins or chunks of chocolate into the dough.
from definition of insane
Chocolate MUG Cake
4 tablespoons self raising flour (or 3 and bit of plain flour and some sort of rising agent like baking powder)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
A few drops of vanilla essence or extract if you have any
A decent sized mug
Add dry ingredients to the mug and mix well.
Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners.
Pour in the milk and oil and vanilla essence and mix well,
Pop your mug into the microwave and zap for 3-4 minutes on maximum power. It's a good idea to have a plate underneath the mug just in case there is any spillage.
If necessary, run a knife around the sides of the mug and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer
And done! :D
*just as a tip, I've made it without using eggs before as well, you just need to add a little extra oil instead.
from Angelic Slayer
Banana Chocolate-Chip (With Oats!) Muffins
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 + 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 dash of salt and ginger
about 3-5 dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter (soft)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 ripe bananas, smashed up
2 tablespoons cooking oil, I used canola
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips
and some extra brown sugar to sprinkle on top
***(the chocolate chips could be substituted for nuts if you would rather)***
How to Make 'Em!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (listed in the first paragraph, above).
3. In a smaller bowl, blend together your butter and brown sugar until they're thoroughly mixed. Then, beat in the bananas, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix until blended together.
4. Mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients gradually, until you have a nice moist batter to work with. Then, add in your chocolate chips (or walnuts or whatever you'd like to have in your muffins).
5. Spoon your batter into lined muffin tins, about 3/4 full. Then sprinkle your muffins with a little bit of brown sugar on top (emphasis on little!).
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (or until a toothpick/knife comes out clean of batter). Once they're baked just let them cool for about 5 minutes and you're done! Enjoy! :yay:
from Washburne and Bluebird
Sponge cake can be made in many different ways and it can even tell you different times on how long to have it in the oven. But we just used:
Dried breadcrumbs (? Especially for baking)
2 dl sugar
3 dl wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1,5 dl water
* Grease up a baking tin and cover it with the breadcrumbs
* Mix the egg and sugar
* Add the flour, baking powder and water and mix again
* Pour the mix in the baking tin and put it in the oven for about 30 minutes on 175 degrees Celsius.
* Take it out and turn it over and let it cool down a bit.
* Done. Literally a piece of cake. :D
And this is the simplest of sponge cakes. I bet there's at least 10 different recipes for a "simple" sponge cake. :p For some different recipes you check here Sponge Cake Recipes Sponge Cake Recipe Sponge cake But my guess you can find a recipe in a cook book (or just google it ;)). It does in Sweden. At least if it includes cakes and/or cookies. Well duh!
from Big Damn Hero
Strawberry/Summer Fruit and Lemon Tart
250g digestive biscuits
175g lemon curd
Strawberries/other fruit, enough to cover the top. Approx 500g fruit.
- Crush the biscuits in a food processor (or put them in a zip lock bag and bash with a rolling pin).
- Melt the butter on the hob. Once melted, stir in crushed biscuits.
- Make a base out of the butter/biscuit mixture approx. 1-2cm deep, and then refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (or pop in the freezer for 15, and then leave it in the fridge).
- Spoon the lemon curd into a bowl. [You may want to mix it/make it smoother before you add the marscarpone to get rid of lumps.]
- Add the marscarpone.
- Mix until smooth.
- Spoon on top of the now set biscuit base.
- Chop strawberries/fruit and layer on top to taste.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Ground Beef Stroganoff
1 Pound of Beef
1 can of drained Mushrooms (Optional)
1/2 Teaspoon of Musturd Powder (Optional)
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder (or Minced Garlic)
1 Cup of Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons of Mayo
1/2 Cup of Beef Broth (or Chicken Broth)
1 (16 ounce) package of Egg Noodles
In a Skillet, Add Ground Beef, Mustard Powder (optional) and Garlic Powder. Cook untill meat is Brown. Stirr Occasionally, Drain Fat, Stir in Sour Cream, Mayo, and Broth (beef or chicken broth) Cook over low heat for 10 to 15 Minutes. Serve Over hot noodles
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water untill done, Drain, Serve sauce ^ over hot noodles. :)
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 medium egg.
1 ½ cups of flour.
¾ cup of milk.
¾ cup of chocolate chips.
½ cup of brown sugar.
½ cup of pureed banana.
¼ cup of vegetable oil.
3 teaspoons of baking powder.
½ teaspoon of salt.
½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg.
Blend all of the ingredients together thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into greased muffin tins, about two-thirds full.
Bake at 400°F (205°C) for twenty minutes.
from Blondie Bear
Sausage Pasta Casserole
I made up the recipe for dinner last night and figured I'd pass it on. I guess it's sausage-pasta casserole, but whatever. This recipe feeds 2.
2 cups (dry) penne
2 sausage links (I used Johnsonville smoked bratwurst)
2 cups spaghetti sauce
Garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, etc--to taste
Chop sausage into thin wafers and brown over medium heat. Boil penne until JUST soft. Grease an 8x8 glass baking pan and spoon in a very thin layer of spaghetti sauce. Drain and rinse sausage, then spread evenly over sauce. Drain penne, then spread evenly over sausage. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the penne, spreading it as evenly as possible. Sprinkle spices over the sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle parmesan over the top and let stand for 5 minutes.
from Spuffy is true love
Prolly the best thing that I make is an Italian chicken. You just take any ole chicken breast and pop it in the oven smothered in oregano, garlic and butter. If it's frozen wait till it thaws so that you can slice it open and stuff it full of cheese. Then add in some green peppers and onions and let it bake for a bit, pull it out, have a nice glass of wine and go to town...I'm hungry now....
Cherry Yum Yum
You Will Need
2 cans cherry pie filling (3 if you want a LOT of cherries, like me :D )
2 pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 pkgs Readi-Whip mix
1/2 cup milk
4 cups crushed graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs
2 cups butter
large mixing bowl
large Pyrex dish
1. In a bowl melt the butter in a microwave.
2. Cover the bottom of the dish with the graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs. Add the butter and work in to form the crust. (If there are holes, you can add more butter and graham crackers til you get it just right.)
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, Readi Whip mix and milk. Blend until creamy. (If the mixture is too thick, add milk a little at a time until you get it to the right consistency. You don't want it to be too runny, though, so add milk in small increments!)
4. Once the mixture is the desired consistency, add vanilla and sugar little by little and blend until you get it as sweet as you want it.
5. Spread the cherry pie filling over the top of the dish and chill overnight. Serves 8-10.
from Ms. Trick
An evil chocolate cake to have a party in your (Hell)mouth: a must-slay!
A friend of mine knows how much I LOVE chocolate and gave me a recipe to make a delicious chocolate cake in 3 minutes! It's always nice to roll yourself into your covers, confortably put on your pillow, eating chocolate and watching Buffy!
Sooooo, here's is the easiest recipe ever!
2 (or three) tablespoons of chocolate (Nutella or something alike)
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of (baking) bloom
And, if you really, really like to eat "bad things", a big spoon of peanutbutter! *Evil*
Then, take a mug (or anything you can put in a microwave without it explodes), put all the ingredient in it, mix it, put it 1minute 30 (or 2 minutes) in the microwave and, wait a bit so you won't burn your tongue and then...EAT! :X3:
I HAD to share that recipe!
Something delicious, easy, and Slovenian
Boil some small shell noodles; drain
Saute bread crumbs (fresh are best, but bought are fine, too!) with butter until golden
Mix the two together, and top with ketchup or pork n' beans, depending on your mood, taste, or food persuasion
My favourite not-my-secret-recipe pancakes are ones my mother-in-law makes.
45g Geschmolzene butter
(That is exactly what the recipe card says...I'm sure Oma's card is a little more detailed.)
Basically mix together the dry stuff, then add the wet stuff and mix together, then cook in a normal breakfast pan by the spoonful.
(You can add vanilla or cinnamon if you want to punch pancakes up! Makes them amazing.)
from This Year's Girl
Shrimp & Mango Appetizer
A really yummy starter dish (nice to have before a nice thai meal for example):
- 1 chopped and pealed mango
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- Fresh shrimps
- A little lime juice
- salt, pepper
Enjoy! It's really good and feels light and fresh!
Marinated Pork Loin
Just a pork loin marinated in a reduction of
pint orange juice
pint cranberry juice
2 cloves minced garlic
a bit of thyme (I use two or three sprigs, generally)
and a splash (or three) of of balsamic vinegar
Score the fatty side before you start to marinate and you can roast it (covered until the last five minutes or so) just like you might any other loin of pork that size. It's really easy (if you over-reduce the marinade, just add a bit of water) and delicious and moist. The reduction will boil over if the heat is high, though, because of the orange juice.
Guinness Christmas Cake
Kean family recipe :)
1 Bottle of Guinness
1 pound of self raising flour
1/2 pound of butter
1/2 bag of brown sugar
1/2 bag of sultanas
1/2 bag of seedless raisins
1/2 bag of mixed fruit
1/2 tsp of mixed spice
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
tip of tsp of bread soda mixed with a drop of milk
Grease proof paper
Preheat fan oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
Melt butter, Guinness, brown sugar, sultanas, raisins, mixed fruit, mixed spice, cinnamon, and bread soda in a big pot on a high heat.
When butter is melted leave mixture to stand, off the heat, for 15 minutes (or overnight).
Mix your eggs together with a fork and add to the mixture (make sure mixture is cool or eggs will scramble).
Fold in flour.
Double line tin with grease proof paper (bottoms and sides -cut out two sheets for the top too).
Wrap outside of tin in brown paper and tie with twine.
Pour mixture into tin and place the final two circular cut out sheets of grease proof paper on top, not on the mixture but on the grease proof paper sides.
Cook in fan oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 90 minutes. Check after one hour.
Leave for a day or two before eating. It's really nice with some butter :)