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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
I got this idea from a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook, and while I doubt my Publix pita bread would meet with her approval, it's a really good idea. I can think of all sorts of modifications. Next time if I feel like getting fancy, I may try adding some shredded chicken and spinach.

Pita Pizza

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[personal profile] acelightning
This is a bit time-consuming, but most of it is just waiting for the dough to rise (more than once). If you have a heavy-duty mixer, like the classic KitchenAid, it helps a lot. Makes 1 loaf.

SPONGE:
1/2 cup bread flour (see Note 1)
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoons yeast (the rest of the packet will be used later)
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons water at "room temperature" (between 70° and 90° F.)

Whisk this all together in your mixer bowl, or a large bowl, until it's smooth and well-combined.

DOUGH:
1 cup bread flour (see Note 1)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
The rest of the yeast

Mix thoroughly, and sprinkle it evenly over the sponge in the bowl, covering the sponge completely. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to ferment for 1 to 4 hours at room temperature. (Or allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, then refrigerate overnight. Let it warm up a bit before proceeding.)

FINISHING THE MIXTURE:

1/2 cup cracked wheat (coarse bulgur)

Place in a dry frying pan over medium heat; shake or stir continuously until lightly toasted. Remove from pan immediately so it doesn't burn. If you want it less crunchy in your bread, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the cracked wheat and let it stand until the water is absorbed.

When the sponge is ready, add the cracked wheat, along with
1/4 cup peanut butter (see Note 2)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt

Mix thoroughly, then cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Knead by hand or machine for approximately 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic - poke in any bits of cracked wheat that keep trying to escape. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (Optional: Punch down, knead briefly, and let rise again.)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9"x5" loaf pan. Punch the dough down and shape it into a loaf to fit in the pan. Let rise until almost doubled - top of dough should be just a bit higher than the top edge of the pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes - an instant-read thermometer plunged into the center will read 210° F. Turn out onto a rack immediately, turn the loaf right-side-up, and allow to cool.

A slice of this will take you clear to Rivendell! :-)


Note 1: Instead of bread flour, you can use unbleached all-purpose flour, and add 1 1/2 tablespoons "vital wheat gluten" powder to the "Dough" mixture.

Note 2: Creamy peanut butter works better, because the chunks will get lost among the bits of cracked wheat.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
[personal profile] sasha_feather came over for lunch last month, and we created NOM soup! I am immodestly proud of my soup summoning ways! It's perfect for winter since it doesn't require freshies. It even got a thumbs' up from the better beet bureau, aka [personal profile] were_duck


Four-Way Root Vegetable Soup
SERVES: Four as a main course, six or eight as soup course

TOOLS
One burner
8 quart stock pot (the soup is only four quarts but it's much easier if you've got plenty of room to stir)
Tablespoon measure
One cup measure
Great sharp knife
(Immersion blender/food processor/blender/potato masher+strong arms) see note A
(Ladle)

PREP
measure:
One tablespoon cumin powder

mince:
Fresh ginger root big as your thumb (or more)
Two fat cloves of garlic (or more)
One small onion

pick stalks from, wash thoroughly, and drain:
Large handful fresh cilantro (Chinese parsley)

peel off skin and dice in half-inch cubes:
Two medium turnips
Two medium carrots
Two medium sweet potatoes
Two medium beets (see note B)

Mix
1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon Chicken Base (see note C)
1 cup boiling water
stir vehemently until base is dissolved

ASSEMBLY
Drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil (or whatever oil you prefer) in your soup pot
Heat on medium until fragrant (or you see the heat waves)

Stir in minced ginger, garlic, and onion thoroughly to coat with olive oil. Turn down to medium-low, stir frequently, and keep an eye on it so it caramelizes instead of burning (around 10 minutes)

Stir in diced root vegetables to coat. Cover and check every five minutes, stir if it makes you feel better (it does it for me). After they've joined in, cook for another 15 minutes.

Add in the bouillon-water mix, then three more cups water

It should come to the boil in around 8 minutes. Cover, turn down to low, and clean the kitchen for forty minutes.

This soup is tasty no matter how you serve it.

For sensuous delight, puree it, and it's transformed into gourmet orange fog. Serve in large bowls generously decorated with cilantro leaves.


Variations
My original plan was to add around one-half cup of coconut milk right before serving, but after I tasted the puree, I realized it was thick and creamy all on its own. But if you're feeling the need for coconut milk, or heavy cream, or sour cream, this soup would be an excellent place to fold some in. For creamy + protein, some soft tofu in the puree stage would do nicely.

The root-vegetable proportions when mixed with 4 cups of liquid were perfect, and I'd leave them alone. To satisfy my unending protein hankerings, I sauteed 1/2 lb of pork tenderloin dice and plopped them in to the soup as we were about to eat. Let me know if you have other ideas!



NOTES &c
A. Puree for heavenly texture.
I'm fortunate to have an immersion blender, which means I can puree something in place, without having to lift and pour hot heavy soup from a pot to a blender and back. But then my stock pot is non-stick, so I can't do it in place. But! I had [personal profile] sasha_feather over for lunch, and she did the heavy lifting. If you use a blender/food processor, you'll probably have to split the liquid into three portions.

B. Beet Peeling Frustration
I can't peel raw beets without gouging myself a lot. This method works but is a pain, so I welcome suggestions.
1. Snip off the greens one inch above the bellybutton
2. Drop beets in boiling water for five minutes
3. Pick them out of the water with the stem handles
4. Drop beets in ice cold water for five minutes
5. Grab the peeler and go

C. Better than Bouillon
This soup base (an aromatic, moist mix with the texture of toothpaste) is truly all that and a slice of coconut creme pie. They come in scores of flavors and a wonderful variety of containers, from an 8 oz home size to five-gallon plastic barrels. Yes, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, also chicken, ham, mushroom I can't remember them all.
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[personal profile] eien_herrison
Every since finding this recipie on BBC Good Food, it's become our household's go-to recipe for cheesecake. It's light and not at all cloying and, bonus, if you can get quark cheese, this is lower in fat and calories than a lot of other cheesecakes.

While the estimated time is quite long, this is largely to let the cheesecake set -- this can be easily done in the evening and the cheesecake left to set overnight.

Note: method uses UK metric measurements (grams) and ingredients, although approximate substitutions have been given where possible.

Ingredients & Method )


Dietary Info, Optional Additions & Alterations )
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[personal profile] sid
15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained, rinsed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste (if you have wussy tastebuds like mine you'll want to start with less)

Wow, this is simple but good! read more )
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[personal profile] fish_echo
Slight rambling wrt motivation for cooking with lavender. )

There are two dishes here, the lavender-and-corn and the summer squash. They go rather well together and combine to make a light supper, although if you'd rather have a full meal, I'd suggest adding a nice toasted starch-- ideas I contemplated were: naan, lightly toasted cornbread, a very not-rich biscuit, fresh tortillas, or maybe a simple quesadilla. (Um, yeah, and I also was thinking that a bit of my father's homemade beef jerky would have gone quite well too. Which is clearly not a starch. So, um, let your tummy guide you.)


QUICK DESCRIPTIONS
Recipe 1: Corn with Lavender
A subtle play of flavours in a refreshing summery dish. The warm and soft corn is nicely complimented by the cool and crisp lemon cucumber. It requires a little bit of time and attention during the cooking but isn't inherently difficult.
Recipe 2: A Basic Summer Squash Sauté
Quick, easy, tasty.

Time and serving sizes for making both
1.5 hr-ish
2 people for supper

Photos
I took pictures with my phone, but it's new and I'm having a devil of a time getting it to talk to my computer. Once I get around to figuring that out, I'll update this with pictures. When I do that, I'll drop a quick note to the comm whenever that happens, because I know some people find pictures helpful.


Corn with Lavender )


A basic summer squash sauté )


I'm sorry that this is all very rough and informal! :( If I'm unclear or if you have any questions, drop a comment and I'd be happy to help!

And if you have any suggestions, observations, etc etc, please also drop them in comments!
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[personal profile] jana
Three different recipes that lead to very delicious results if you ask me. Maybe you'll like them too... The recipes behind the cuts are described in text only, if you prefer step-by-step descriptions with lots of images, follow the x-posted link at the bottom of each recipe. Enjoy!

Breakfast bunSpaghetti CarbonaraNettle soup


Breakfast buns )

Spaghetti Carbonara - made in the what-I-had-in-the-fridge way )

Spring-y nettle soup )
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[personal profile] redsnake05
So, it's autumn here where I live, and a Snake's thoughts turn to carbohydrates. I had the urge to make dumplings, so I kind of half-invented dumplings cooked potsticker style but with a vaguely Eastern European-ish flavour. Precise, I know.

This recipe is vegetarian, and vegan if made with soy (or nut etc) milk and oil

Recipe, such as it is, under the cut )

Now, the questions. I am sure many of you have experience with dumplings, while I am very much a beginner. Tell me, what is a good way to wrap up your fillings so that there is not a huge wodge of dumpling on the top, and also so they don't fall apart. I kind of wrapped mine up like an origami envelope, but I feel I am missing something. Second, we do not routinely eat dumplings where I live, but I love and adore them. What are some other inventive ways of filling and cooking them? (I'm vegetarian, but feel free to include your favourite meat recipes, I will still read them with interest)
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[personal profile] herlander_refugee
Ok, let's get the curiousity party started!

First, the cake which is egg and dairy free! I was given this recipe over 20 years ago and it is fast, easy, and delicious as it came to me---it works pretty decently with gluten free flour mixtures, too. It molds nicely for fancy cakes, too!

I made a chocolate version of this cake (but the pic has vanished) using the recipe I think should be called Miracle Cake, Not Crazy )

And now, for the texture of cornbread without the corn! I buy hulled millet at the grocery bulk foods department. I do have a small kitchen grain mill, but to be honest, I rarely use it. The millet stays fresh better whole, so I grind it by the recipe....with the ordinary little cheapo coffee mill I keep for spice grinding. I use the sort that you take the lid off the top and can see the little blade. I do it in two batches to have enough for the recipe. And the nice thing is, it is easy to select the coarseness or fineness of the meal! (I've included dairy free options in parens)
Corn-less Bread )
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[personal profile] staranise
Hi there!

I'm trying to find a cake recipe for my nephew's first birthday--his mom really wants to make him one and take pictures. However, he's allergic to wheat (not gluten or other grains), milk, peanuts, and eggs. We do have egg replacer, milk replacer, and rice and arrowroot flour, but none of us know anything about cooking with them.

Any help, please? His birthday's on August 18.
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[personal profile] dragonwolf
I just came across the "edible cookie dough" recipe and thought I'd share a little of my baking experience regarding egg substitutes.

1 egg =
2 tablespoons Applesauce, or
2 tablespoons Milk

There are probably others, but these are the two I know of and use. So far, I've successfully used both in several recipes. As far as I know, either of these will work for any recipe that calls for eggs short of ones that require eggs for a specific purpose (such as meringue).

Such recipes include cookie doughs, dessert breads, brownies, meatloaf, cakes, pancakes... I think you get the idea.
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[personal profile] redsnake05
The birthday party went off without a hitch - and the egg-free recipe for the cake was successful (although you'd think by now there would be a way to stop the smaller kids from trying to blow out the candles as you're lighting them).

Recipe this way )

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