Below you will find a sourdough bread recipe that produces bakery-quality loaves. It's awesome - time consuming - but so rewarding to know you made bread with only water, flour and a little salt.
In trying to jazz up fish and was inspired by a Tuscan chicken recipe I saw. It's luxurious and not something I would make often as it does involve cream - but it was sooooooo good!
Lastly, as I have been trying to buy in bulk to avoid frequent trips to the store, I have been blessed with an abundance of ripe bananas. Usually we make a banana shake with them (a great dessert that has almond milk, ripe bananas, ice, vanilla and cinnamon). But to spice up our Sunday morning pancake routine, we made banana pancakes in the blender. They were creamy and delicious! And sweet on their own.
Sourdough Starter and Bread
Blender Banana Pancakes
Tuscan Fish (or Chicken)
This week I tried a new experience - Peruvian chicken. OMG! Amazing. Really. I also made a favorite vegetable side dish that uses pantry/freezer staples in my house and a potato side dish to use up some leeks that have been sitting in my fridge for weeks. Hope you enjoy!
Stewed Green Beans - SUPER healthy!
Creamy Potatoes without the Guilt!
Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
This week is all about sides... Since shopping has become such a true chore I am really trying hard to make use out of what I have on hand. This week I am making:
My son Luke made his own birthday cake (pineapple upside down cake with a Star Wars rebellion symbol) and my daughter Sophia made cornbread and chili.
Fresh Corn with Parmesan
Sweet Potato Fries
Fresh Mushroom Salad
Sweet Corn Cakes
Tender Pork Dinner (recipe coming soon!)
Scroll down to see what we have been doing at home. Click on recipes to get a PDF view. There are videos included as well as the recipes. Enjoy!
Crunchy Fish Sticks
The past few weeks have been something of a bad dream to say the least. What has taken even more getting used to (other than staying at home...a lot) is the difference in shopping for food and supplies. As a very frequent shopper, I am floored at how different grocery shopping is during this viral crisis. Not to minimize what people have experienced during wartime, but the rationing at the markets is the closest experience I have ever had with such a concept. The fact that I must wait in a line at 7:00 am to get eggs is just beyond me! I am running out and I am not looking forward to going back to the store to pick some up. Having said all of that, it has been nice to be at home cooking more with my daughter. There's no rush to get to ballet class or other after school activities. Time is irrelevant for the moment and that clearly has some benefits in the kitchen.
This is the page where we will post new recipes we've created. We hope you are able to try these out too!
Try this easy Shrimp Ceviche...
This is the rice I grew up with. My mom always includes this rice with Lebanese dishes. Rice dishes can be intimidating because they can quickly ruin. Too much liquid or cooking it too long can affect the texture. I find this recipe to be almost fool-proof. The result is a flavorful rice with some unique add-ins (the pine nuts and the vermicelli noodles).
This week we are making vegetable taste good. First, students are learning how to blanch vegetables so that the texture is crunchy and pleasing and the color is a deep green. We are also learning how to roast vegetables to extract the natural sugar in them and deepen the flavor.
This is a super easy dessert to make. It's a great way to practice cutting fruit and it's fun to eat. Consider using whole wheat tortillas for more complex carbohydrate power.
Here is a sampling of Period 5's creations:
Here is a sampling of Period 6's creations:
Quiche looks complicated but it's basically a savory egg pie. Once you master pie dough, quiche is a breeze. It makes for an impressive brunch menu but can also be served alongside a salad for a lovely lunch or dinner. You can customize your quiche in endless ways or just keep it simple with something green (like chives or spinach) and some cheese. We made mini quiches shown below.