Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I am a serious stress-eater; I eat when I'm stressed. Long before I learned oats calm nerves, I must have instinctively known it because I was making a pot of this special oatmeal, my basic, bejeweled oatmeal below, in the morning, and then just leaving it out all day on the counter in a sealed container, taking a spoonful several times throughout the day, as I passed by it, like when I felt "I gotta chew!", like when I'm frustrated.
In a small saucepan, add:
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. raisons
1/2 c. cranberries
1 3/4 c. water
Bring to a rolling boil.
Add 1 cup oatmeal, barely stir, immediately remove from heat.
Let sit uncovered for 2 minutes.
Feel free to add hipping cream, butter, cinnamon, raw or brown sugar, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, etc.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Black rice is often called “Forbidden Rice”, which makes it all the more fun to make, serve and eat! So exotic and mysterious! (As always, if you can’t find the fancier rice, good ol’ brown rice is always fine.)
Try out this Black Rice Pudding:
1 c. black rice
1/2 c. sugar
1 15 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk, stirred well
Bring rice and 3 c. water, and 1/4 tsp. salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with a tight-fitting lid, 45 minutes (rice will still be wet). Stir in sugar and another 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 1/2 c. coconut milk and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a low simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and rice is tender but slightly chewy, about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool to warm, stirring occasionally, at least 30 minutes. Just before serving , stir pudding, serve in bowls, and drizzle remaining coconut milk over pudding.
*Rice pudding takes some time to cook, but it keeps very well, covered and chilled, for 5 days, so you’ve got breakfast for your work week all ready!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I don’t share the current national aversion to white rice. True, nutritionists prefer brown rice because the high fiber content slows down the carbohydrate absorption rate. But you can get the same benefit by combining rice with high-fiber vegetables and legumes.
Mr. Alford and Ms. Duguid make another interesting point about the nutritional quality of brown rice:
“It is true that brown rice has more calcium and iron as well as higher protein levels and significantly more of the B vitamins [and] more fiber than white rice. But brown rice is less digestible than white . . . rice. The aleurone layer and embryo, still present in brown rice, contain phytate phosphorus, which seems to interfere with the absorption of calcium, zinc, and iron.”
Bottom line: if you prefer white rice, just make sure you’re also eating lots of vegetables or beans with it.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
To sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Slipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice.
In February it will be my snowmans anniversary,
With cake for him and soup for me!
Happy once, happy twice, happy chicken soup with rice.
In March the wind blows down the door and spill my soup upon the floor.
It laps it up and roars for more.
Blowing once, blowing twice, blowing chicken soup with rice.
In April I will go away, to far-off Spain or old Bombay, And dream about hot soup all day.
Oh my once, oh my twice, oh my chicken soup with rice.
In May I truly think it best to be a robin lightly dressed, Concocting soup inside my nest.
Mix it once, mix it twice, mix that chicken soup with rice.
In June I saw a charming group of roses all begin to droop. I pepped them up with chicken soup!
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice, sprinkle chicken soup with rice.
In July Ill take a peep into the cool and fishy deep, Where chicken soup is selling cheap,
Selling once, selling twice, selling chicken soup with rice.
In August it will be so hot, I will become a cooking pot. Cooking soup of course. Why not?
Cooking once, cooking twice, cooking chicken soup with rice.
In September for a while, I will ride a crocodile Down the chicken soupy Nile.
Paddle once, paddle twice, paddle chicken soup with rice
In October Ill host to witches, goblins, and a ghost. Ill serve them chicken soup on toast.
Whoopy once, whoopy twice, whoopy chicken soup with rice.
In Novembers gusty gale I will flop my flippy tail. And spout hot soup. Ill be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice, spouting chicken soup with rice.
In December I will be a baubled, baubled Christmas tree With soup bowls draped all over me.
Merry once, merry twice, merry chicken soup with rice.
Chinese Corn and Chicken Soup
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, but in bite size pieces
2/3 c. white rice (or any other rice)
1 15 oz can of cream corn---whirl it in the blender for an even smoother soup
8 c. chicken stock
1 tsp. salt
2 T flour (or try corn flour, cornmeal ground very fine) dissolved in 1/4 c. water
2 eggs (or just the whites), lightly beaten with 2 T water
2 T roasted sesame oil
Place the chicken in a bowl together with 3 T rice vinegar and combine. Set aside.
Combine sweet corn, chicken stock, and salt in pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, add the chicken and stir; simmer 15 minutes until chicken in cooked through. Add dissolved flour, in a thin stream, stirring continuously, and simmer until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and pour in egg, in a thin stream to create strands, mixing as you pour. Stir in sesame oil. Check the seasoning and serve immediately.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This is the most basic and easiest way to make risotto, and once you make this one, it becomes so easy to make it your most versatile dish by adding artichokes, beans, cabbage, zucchini, sweet potatoes, spinach, red peppers, corn, tomato & basil, seafood, meat, and on and on.
Not the most cholesterol friendly, but just the most delicious risotto on the planet.
Risotto with Parmigiano and fresh parsley
1 c. butter
2 1/2 c. risotto rice
1 c. cooking red wine
1 qt chicken stock
1 c. freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, plus more for topping
handful of chopped Italian parsley
sea salt , freshly ground black pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
Melt half the butter and a good shot of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the rice and keep stirring until rice is opaque and just beginning to crisp. Add wine and stir briskly. As soon as wine has completely disappeared, stir in 1 c. chicken stock, and stir constantly until that has incorporated fully. Then add another cup of stock, stir, repeat, until all stock is added. Continue to cook and stir until rice is just tender. Stir in the rest of the butter, 1 c. cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Finally add the parsley and complete incorporate.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Basmati---long, slim grain, available in brown or white, cooks up in separate fluffy grains with a fantastic aroma. Great for savory dishes, like curries and pilafs, where separate grains are essential! But Basmati is great for Indian sweet dishes, like Kheer, a creamy, sweet rice pudding. This recipe requires some attention, but you can still do other things in the kitchen while you watch this dish cook.
1/4 c. Basmati rice
1 T. butter (or Ghee---clarified butter, used in many Indian dishes; has a higher smoking point and toasted flavor)
4 c. milk (or soy or rice or almond milk)
sugar to taste, from 3 T to 1/2 c.
pinch of saffron
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 c. chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, etc.)
1/4 c. raisons
In a saucepan, heat ghee or butter. Add chopped nuts and raisins. Set aside when raisins get plump and nuts turn reddish brown. In same pan, toast the rice for 3 min. on low heat. Add milk; increase heat to med-high and let it come to a boil, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn milk. Add sugar and stir; reduce heat to med and cook until milk is reduced in half. Stir often! It is done when milk has been reduced to half and rice is soft, but not mushy, about 25 min. Add the saffron, cardamom, some of the nuts, and raisins, reserving some for garnish. Serve hot or cold. Pudding thickens with time; add a little warm milk to thin.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Asparagus & Bacon Wild RiceINGREDIENTS:
2 cups wild rice, cooked
6 slices bacon
1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed, blanched, and cut 1 inch diagonal
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
Cut bacon into one inch pieces, sauté on medium heat until crisp and brown, then set aside on paper to remove grease. Blanch asparagus in boiling water for one minute. Cut into one inch lengths on the diagonal. In a large bowl, mix together wild rice, asparagus, olive oil, half of the bacon, and toss. Top with remaining bacon, season with salt and pepper and serve.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
My niece just returned from an 18 month mission to Thailand. She ate lots and lots of rice, especially for breakfast, and totally fell in love with it--even after finding gnats in it! One of her many wonderful experiences was ‘getting’ to harvesting rice---an incredibly labor intensive process.
First, the rice stalks have to be cut, and at just the right time, too. If the plants are too old, they are droopy and much harder to cut. According to my niece, it was ‘a million degrees’, but all the harvesters were made to wear coats and hats so they wouldn’t get burned or cut by the rather rough stalks. Or killed by the others swinging sickles, maybe.
The next step is to separate the rice from the rest of the stalk, the most strenuous work she’s ever done (and she’s done a lot of hard things, like 50 mile backpacking in 135 degree heat...a story for another day). She took bundles of rice stalks and whacked them feverishly against a wooden grate, to make the rice fall out. For each stalk, she had to hit it 7 or more times. After several hours, in "million degree heat", so hot, so tired, there was only a small pile of rice!
Monday, August 9, 2010
|The Wheat Berries: Two or 3 days before baking bread, soak berries in 1 cup of cold water for 6-8 hours in a sprouting jar. Drain well and rinse several times. Invert or place jar on its side in a warm location 70-80 degrees. Water seeds 3-4 times a day by covering with tap water and then draining well. Your sprouts are ready when they have a 1/4" top and 1" roots.|
The Baking: Place sprouts in a blender with 2 cups of warm water and blend on high until the water looks very milky. Strain this milky water into your bread bowl (reserve the sprouts). Add one more cup of warm water to the bowl (total of 3 cups). Add yeast to the liquid and let stand until bubbly. Add salt, molasses, sprouts and oil to the liquid and begin mixing by hand or bread hook. Add wheat germ, mix well. Add 3/4 cup of oatmeal and mix well. Add whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Finish bread dough by adding white flour, one cup at a time until mixture can be turned onto a bread board and finished by hand.
Add 1/4 cup of oatmeal and knead in. Oatmeal may still be seen when mixing is complete. When the dough is elastic and smooth, place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat, cover and allow to rise 1-1-1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Punch down and shape into 3 loaves. Place dough in greased bread pans and cover. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Mix one egg yolk and 1/8 cup of water and 1/8 cup of olive oil to form an egg wash. Brush to tops of each loaf just before placing in oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake loaves for 1 hour or until tops are nicely browned and the loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove baked loaves from their pans and cool completely on wire racks before slicing or storing in plastic bags. This bread will keep longer if stored in the refrigerator.
Makes 3 loaves (13 slices each).
Optional: Add 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to recipe.
Serving Size: 1 Slice (53g)
Calories 110, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 20mg, Total Carbohydrates 20g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 2g, Protein 4g.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
- 3/4 cup white quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup shelled raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios, chopped
- 1 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- Vegetable-oil cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve; drain. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa; return to a boil. Stir quinoa; cover, and reduce heat. Simmer until most liquid is absorbed and quinoa is slightly undercooked, about 12 minutes; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, fluffing with a fork occasionally, until pale golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in a large bowl.
- Spread oats on baking sheet; bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add oats to quinoa. Spread seeds on baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, about 7 minutes. Add to quinoa mixture; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
- Toss nuts, apricots, sugar, and salt with quinoa mixture. Beat honey, oil, and vanilla into eggs; stir into quinoa mixture.
- Line a 12-by-17-inch baking sheet with parchment; lightly coat with cooking spray. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto sheet for each cluster; space 3 inches apart. Flatten to 1/4 inch thick. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until crisp, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Store, loosely covered with foil, up to 2 days.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Couldn't resist adding a couple more pictures of glorious Montana. May it always be kept pristine. We can't take any of our beautiful country for granted. We were appalled when some jerk threw his cigarette in Dickey Lake, right where we were swimming. My terrific niece energetically dove in and swam to retrieve it! I was so impressed. I liked the quote the Amish had posted: "Its the 'unity' in 'community' that gets the job done". We are all in this together!
We just returned from my beloved Montana, my namesake and home. We visited the beautiful West Kootenai Amish village, a place of grace and beauty. A beautiful young lady, "T", showed us around on her lunch break from the wood furniture shop. She had sawdust on her nose and a bright, cheerful smile. She is 19 years old, single, but she proudly told us she owns her own home, no doubt through her hard work and resourcefulness.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Quinoa---and Amaranth---are actually grasses. A staple in South America, Quinoa is an excellent complete protein and cooks in just 15 minutes. Just avoid stirring it---it becomes too mushy. Substitute Quinoa for chicken or beef in any recipe, or try as a salad, with dressing, or swing the other way, and sprinkle on brown sugar, syrup, whipping cream, jam, or honey.
Monday, July 26, 2010
|Are you getting enough protein?|
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small head kale (about 51/2 ounces), tough stems removed, cut in large pieces
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels 2-4 ounces queso cotija, chopped
8 6-inch corn tortillas
1/4 cup prepared, low-sodium salsa, or more to taste
1 medium avocado, cubed (optional)