Sometimes I wish there were a Nobel Prize for flavor. My nominee this week (why wait a whole year?) would be the inventor of the cookie bowl, whoever they might have been. They got the bright idea of turning a muffin pan upside down and mashing cookie dough over it. The resulting cookie bowls look like they would be an awesome and potentially showy dessert, especially if filled with ice cream. I did a little looking for fun shaped pans, here's what I found: The one pictured above This one with five fancy shapes This elegantly fluted one Shells
Bakerella has a great method if making cups and bowls out of chocolate. Just inflate a balloon, dip it in molten chocolate, and let it cool. Once you remove the balloon, you are left with an edible bowl that is great for serving desserts in. Each one comes out unique and not looking like it came out of some mass produced mold. You can decide what size and shape you want by what kind of balloon you use and how much you inflate it. It even makes its own little stand as the chocolate runs to the bottom. You can even make other shapes. Amazon has a bunch of different balloons, like these: Doughnut shaped balloons Skinny ones for tall cups
I've seen this referred to as The King's Dessert. This South Korean street vendor gives us an entertaining demo of how he makes 16,000 strands of hair-thin honey in moments. He makes it look easy. I imagine it would take time to master, but in principle it shouldn't be too tough, it's like making noodles, only smaller. I might just have to go throw some honey in the freezer and give this a try.
Tags: Cardamon, Chile Peppers, Curry, Fresno Peppers, Halloween, Pepper, Pumpkin, Recipe
This is a guest post from Gen at North Coast Gardening This year for Halloween I tried something a little different. Instead of carving a cheap, fibrous jack-o-lantern pumpkin, I opted for a medium size sugar pumpkin instead so I could re-use it after carving for pumpkin curry! This required that I carve my pumpkin on Halloween itself, and that I only leave it outside for the duration of trick-or-treating. Once the raiding marauders went home to eat candy, I brought my pumpkin inside and made curry. This is one of the simplest dishes to make, and could totally be done in a slow-cooker if you prefer. The hardest part is carving the hard outer skin or shell off your pumpkin, the rest is just checking and tasting every so often. You need: a six-pound sugar pumpkin 2 cans coconut milk Yellow curry (powder, paste, or fresh, to taste. If you want to make one from scratch, use the freshest (preferably whole) ingredients you can find. It goes something like this: 9 part turmeric 3 parts cumin 3 parts ginger 6 parts coriander 3 parts black pepper 1 part Cardamon 1 part nutmeg 1 part cinnamon (cassia) habanero to taste Optional ingredients: (I love the simplicity of pumpkin curry with just pumpkins, but if you like a more chunky curry, go for it) potatoes, carrots, ...
I have done it! I have successfully melded two of the worlds greatest foods into a flavor the gods would surely decry as too decadent for mere mortal tongues, if they only knew (but I'm not sharing with them). When the idea struck me to try and make truffles with bacon in them, I figured I'd just throw some things together and see if the idea had potential, but the first batch came out so perfect I can't think of anything to change. I'm sure I will, because I never cook anything the same twice, and truffles are the kind of food that really thrives on an exotic ingredient or two. This recipe takes some time, so don't start it unless you have a few hours to spare waiting for things to heat and cool. The crucial ingredients: Chocolate Sweetened condensed milk bacon coarse salt (for garnish) For the chocolate filling, I chose Galler 85% chocolate. Use something quite a bit darker than you want to have as the end result. I went with good quality ingredients for everything, and I think it makes a big difference to the end result. I started a pot of water lightly simmering on the stove and floated a smaller pot inside ...
If you've ever wanted your kids to be excited to eat radishes, here is your answer. The Super Mario themed Bento above is the awesome work of Anna The Red. Complete instructions here. Japan has had a wonderfully fun, light hearted, and healthy impact on the world of food. A couple more examples of work by Anna The Red: Manga Meat Bento, for the cave man in your life. Inarizushi Totoro Bento, and Totoro Cream Puffs definitely fall into the category of too cute to eat...well, almost, they are cream puffs after all. This is the greatest turkey sandwich ever. Food doesn't always have to be pretty. I'm sure we've all have a recipe that looks horribly unappetizing but more than makes up for it, but there are times when making your cooking look great can be a big part of the reward of cooking; on the other hand, there is really no excuse for things like fondant. Just because it is 'edible', doesn't mean you should sculpt things out of it and eat it. Thank you Japan for making cute food edible again. I leave you with a somewhat related clip, via geeksaresexy:
Tags: Anaheim Pepper, Chile Peppers, Cumin, Fresno Peppers, Green Bell Pepper, Magic Bullet, Mango, Pepper, Poblano Pepper, Recipe, Tomato
Salsa has too long been a bastion for the onion, but it's totally unnecessary. Unless you want your salsa to taste like armpit, toss out the onion and go back to the core elements that make a salsa great. If you're really not into the DIY thing, there is one commercially available salsa with no onions, and it's excellent. I've posted a review here: Salsa With No Onions What does salsa absolutely have to have for it to be valid? Chili peppers. You need other stuff too, but that is the only ingredient I'm calling non-negotiable. One of the things to think about before you begin is appearance. If you mix red ingredients and green, you end up with brown salsa; not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you are big on appearances, either pick one or the other, or keep the chunks big. I'll put up a list of things I've found to be good salsa ingredients. Pick and choose what you like or have on hand. I'd recommend at least one item from each section: Chilies (mandatory): Habanero. Great flavor, but deadly hot (orange). Fresno peppers: Excellent and quite hot (red). Jalepeno: Boring, but easily available, hot (green). Poblano and Anaheim: Mild, and ...
When I first saw this Batter Blaster can of spray on pancakes, I was a bit horrified. There is just something about food in a spray can that screams artificial, but check out these ingredients: Filtered water Organic unbleached wheat flour Organic cane sugar Organic whole egg solids Organic soybean powder Sodium Lactate (from beet sugar) Dicalcium phosphate and Baking Soda (for leavening) Organic rice bran extract propellant Nothing scary in there. The beauty of this product is that it makes pancakes into such a quick and clean operation, that you really can just make one or two without being late for work or making cleanup for yourself. It has been getting good reviews, including the below video review from CrunchGear.