Monday, January 26, 2015

Bazlama - Turkish Yogurt Bread

Turkish Bread recipes, Turkish Flatbread

Today, we are traveling to Turkey to sample one of several yeasted flatbreads popular in Turkish cuisine. This yogurt bread has a light and soft texture. Serve with hummus, olives, dates and feta for a traditional breakfast or meze or try one of the links posted below to other Turkish inspired meals I have cooked up before..

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spicy Orange Chicken Wings

Hot Wings

This recipe was taken from this year's Costco magazine. Every year during the Holiday season Costco publishes a free cookbook full of delicious recipes, utilizing Costco products. I only made a few slight changes due to what I had in house. This is a delicious sauce that would also be delicious with some fried tofu, if you're vegetarian.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Whole Wheat Cuban Pan Medianoche

Cubanos are my all time favorite sandwich. Roast pork, ham, pickles, cheese pressed on a parrilla for a crusty exterior on the bread is an explosion of flavors. This makes a very hearty meal.

Medianoche is Cuba's tea time, where small snacks are enjoyed with a cafecito. Medianoche sandwiches are made with a sweet egg rich bread. These sweet rolls perfectly complements ham and cheese, a much more simplified sandwich than the multi-faceted Cubano.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Turkish Recipes for #Food of the World

It's time for Food of the World again and this month we are doing Turkey. Turkey has such a diverse cuisine with one foot in Europe and the other in the Middle East. Olives, dates, figs, grape leaves and feta feature widely in their cuisine as with other Mediterranean countries. Warm spices like cumin and coriander also play a big part of their seasonings as is common in Middle Eastern food. Middle Eastern spice blends like baharat & raz al hanout are often used in Turkish cuisine as well.

Since I didn't have time to come up with a new Turkish dish for today, I am instead going to let you feast on some Middle Eastern delicacies that would be enjoyed in Turkey that I've cooked up in the past:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slow Cooker Boston Brown Bread for #BreadBakers

This month's Bread Baker's theme is rye. I was excited to make something rye, as I had never before baked with the flour, although I do occasionally cook with Rye Berries as in this Spaghetti Squash Rye Berry Pilaf or Carrots with Mint & Rye Berries. Armed with my rye flour, I made these Cloverleaf Rye Rolls and then I re-read the rules for this month's theme and realized part of the challenge was to include no refined flours or sugars. Something else had to be made. I had always heard of this colonial whole grain bread, but never tried it. This was my excuse to do so.

Boston Brown Bread is one of the first truly American creations. Prior to the invention of this bread, most foods cooked in America were transplants from Europe, albeit with some adaptations. The first American settlers had limited resources. Most homes only had a fireplace for cooking. Wood or clay ovens came later. They needed a way of producing bread easily in a fireplace. That is how this steamed bread was created. This bread is traditionally steamed in a metal container as in a coffee tin, although I used a more modern cooking method by using my slow cooker.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Legumes Melange avec Veloute (Vegetable Medley in Veloute)

Vegetable Medley, Veloute Mother Sauce, Mother Sauce

For this week, I have been focusing on French cuisine. Cuisine as an art form and as a craft has been credited to the French. Sure, people have been eating and preparing food since the beginning of time, however the thought of food prepared outside the home and charging people for it as a service is credited to Boulanger, a Frenchman, who is said to have opened the first restaurant in 1765. Careme, who came along in the early 1800's then developed haute cuisine is credited as the father of the Mother Sauces.

MLLA Roundup

I am much delayed in posting the roundup for My November's My Legume Love Affair event. I can give you a list of reasons and excuses, but that's not what you're waiting for. Here's all the delicious recipes in celebration of legumes:

My dear friend Usha contributed a delicious black eyed peas curry, perfect to warm you up with the cold temperatures we have been having the past week in NYC, where we both live.

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