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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

ApplePear Pie!

Okay so the photo isn't all that great. But I blame the lack of natural light and the fact that even though my mother and (I hope) other people who are related to me and see how much I like doing this... won't buy me a good digital cam. 

I've been thinking of making videos. 
But once again. I do not have the equipment... 
But well... I guess at least for now we'll have to settle with crappy photos and awesome recipes. 

( There is a giant ant walking around my battery cable) 

OK Like I've said the photos for this recipe aren't that good so... I will not post any photos for now. Hopefully though I will do this recipe again and then post the photos that (hopefully) will be better. 

(The giant ant has just pass by the top of the screen) 

Let me tell you one thing about this recipe. 

It's really good. I had never baked a pie, even though I had really wanted to. Mainly because of the oven issues but the other day I gathered some courage and decided to give it a go. 
Normally I would have followed one recipe through. But I had two really awesome recipes for making the dough that both shouted success. 
One, from Jamie at Home and the other one from The Hummingbird Bakery. 
None of this cookbooks has ever let me down. 
So, the natural thing for me to do (asides of maybe freaking out a bit?) was to combine the recipes. 
I didn't know if it was going to work out at first, but, as it turns out it did!
The pie was gone within an hour it came out of my "wannabeovenpan" devoured by my boyfriend (who took some back to my mother&father in law) my sister, my mother (who had the last piece) and my father. I would like to say I had a bit, but being honest I had half of a piece so it doesn't really count, does it? 
It was delicious nonetheless. 

OK so for the Dough this is what I used: 

260g Plain Flour. 
A pinch of Salt. 
1 stick of butter, cut in small pieces. 
Zest of one Lemon. 
A little bit of Ginger. 
I got excited with the Cinnamon. 
3 tablespoons of water. 
2 tablespoons of sugar. 
2 teaspoons of Vanilla. 

This is how I did it: 

1. First I mixed the Flour, Salt, and Sugar together. Then I added the butter and with a rubber spatula I mixed  until it resembled a coarse meal. 

2. Next, add the table spoons of water and add the Vanilla, Cinnamon, Ginger and Zest and begin to knead right until you get a nice smooth looking Dough. 

( The giant ant closes in...I'm going to continue writing this in my bedroom...)

3. Let it rest for about one hour. And during that hour we cook the filling. 

For the Filling: 

Three Apples, peeled and sliced. 
Two Pears, peeled and sliced.
(In mexico, we have this small cone-figured thing called piloncillo which is basically used for sweating desserts, my mother uses it specifically for Ponche during Christmas time, I googled it and it translates as Brown sugar) 
1/4 of milk. 

I did it like this: 

1. Put the butter in a pan and wait for it to melt before adding the fruits. You want to coat them entirely in the butter. 

2. Next, add the cinnamon, milk and piloncillo ( If you are using brown sugar just wait for it to dissolve) If you are using Pilloncillo you'll notice that it takes an awful time to melt. So once I saw the mixture was watery enough and was sweet enough and yummy enough I took out the piloncillo and allowed it to cool. in a small tray. 

But it all together now! 

1. Alright, first you need your baking dish. Next you take your rested dough and cut it in half. 
Work the first half until it is as thick and long as you want it and place it on the dish. Press tightly for it to stick. 

2. Work the other half again that will work as the top part. Once your filling is cool enough , pour it nicely into your already doughed dish. And gently put the top part on. Be sure to press tightly on the sides so it sticks together. (Or you can use egg wash) 

3. Dust the pie with with some sugar and cinnamon from a high and drizzle some of the mixture the fruits swam in. 

40 minutes in your oven and you are done baby! 

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Banana Pancakes n.n

Alright! So the quest continues... a terrible thing happened today, I woke up and it was raining u.u it is 2: 37 pm and it hasn't stopped raining. It's a miserable cold, wet, grey day and I am hating it. 
However there is something that made me cheer up a bit this morning, and that was my breakfast n.n
As I woke up and headed to the kitchen I grabbed this amazing Food Magazine I bought a few weeks back that featured this nice recipe for pancakes. 
Little did I know that it was buttermilk pancakes and guess what? I didn't have buttermilk around. And I was not in the mood for attempting to make my own. So I decided to change things up a bit. 
Instead of using buttermilk as the wow factor I used banana. 
And instead of using milk I used natural Yogurt. 

Look at that amazingly gorgeous thing right here in this photo! I mean talk about finger-linking good! Right? 
I am of course talking about my pancakes. Not myself. Me? I look all pale and morning-ish. 

Moving on. 

I know... we most certainly cannot argue the fact that my banana pancakes do look exquisite. 
However there were some small flaws with the recipe. I found it slightly chewy and terribly hard to flip them on the pan. I don't know if I chose a wrong pan for pancakes or if the mixture was somewhat off because of the change of ingredients. 
At first I was so excited because the mix looked really smooth and delicious. Almost like a cupcake mix and well the last pancakes I made the mix turned of quite runny and I like it when the mixes are smooth. 
They look prettier that way. 
I suppose we owe this to the yogurt instead of milk thing I did. 
It also turned up to be like really chunky and moist. Again I suppose this we owe to the banana's we added. 
But well all in all they were made a really good smile awarding breakfast.

And it goes like this: 

1 cup of all purpose flour.
1 cup of sugar. 
1 1/2 cup of natural yogurt.  
1 teaspoon of vanilla. 
Two tablespoons of oil. 
1 egg. 
1 banana chopped. 


Ok. So first I placed the flour in a big bowl and added the cup of sugar and gave in a nice stir. Then in a small bowl I mixed the yogurt with the vanilla and added it to the sugar and flour mix before adding the egg and stirring it until there were no lumps. I suppose at this point you should add the oil as well, but I forgot it and add it in the end lol. 
Now using a fork we'll create a sort of Gerber banana pudding thing. Just press the fork against the banana. Add the cinnamon and then add the banana into the pancake mix. 
Give it a nice stir and then in a preheated pan start cooking your pancakes n.n and add them your topping of preference. Mine is always maple syrup. 

Monday, 19 July 2010

I never had a dream come true till the day that I found RHUBARB

n.n remember all those tweets I had about me dreaming of Rhubarb? Well... I am delightfully glad to tell you that that little thing shall only increase more now that I have FOUND Rhubarb! 
It finally happened.
My mom decided to take me and my sister and my boyfriend to CityMarket, the only gourmet market found in Mexico City. I expected to find lamb but instead... just as I walked into the veggies and fruits section 
The clouds opened up and the Gods decided to smile down upon me and said: 
"Andrea here is your Rhubarb" 
...cue for Angelic music...
There standing in a huge pile of ice along side with asparagus and other things I didn't mind was my Rhubarb.
At long long last. 
So Mexican readers around the country!
I give you: 


You would think that being a country that has the soil and weather abilities to produce almost anything Rhubarb would be a pretty common ingredient around here. But no. Hardly anyone has heard of Rhubarb. 
Slightly overpriced for such a small size plant.
But so totally worth it! 

I know I said that my grandma is the best cook I'll ever meet but that Jamie Oliver guy isn't that far behind...
His recipes never cease to satisfy myself and my family. 
I followed his Rhubarb Food recipe and OMG! Instant and absolute success!
Rhubarb fool is what heaven tastes like!

Look at that!

Standing on a triangle shaped Pastry cookie alongside with Orange-yogurt-sweetened with honey. Rhubarb compost. Beautiful! 

Since I started working on the recipe slightly late by the time I was done with it, the sun had already set, so with no natural light to brighten my photos I stole my sister's reading lamp in order to create a small photo-studio: 

Just simply awe-inspiring.
I simply know I have cooked my future kids favorite dessert. 

Thursday, 15 July 2010

My Grandmother ROCKS!

Man oh man are you people in for a treat! So my mom's biggest friend came down to Mexico City from NY since she is a dear beloved friend of the family my grandmother (who is the best cook I've and will ever meet) decided to welcome her with a deliciously sinful "Mariscada" which is Spanish for loads of deliciously simple seafood cooking. 

And I know this picture here looks everything but simple but apparently I have developed this ability for styling dishes. 
Here in this photo: Mr. Crab with a small example of Tostada de camaron with two over the top Garlic-ish Ginger-ish Butter-ish Shrimp. 

I've always admired the way my grandma has for cooking. I mean, it is just incredible. She manages to create the best dishes out of ordinary common ingredients and there is always something so Grandma-ish to them. 
Once upon a time I had believed that all this seafood dishes required an extensive super hard preparation but I was so amazed to find that it isn't that complicated after all. 

Our Menu for today.

Shrimps a la Diabla.
Shrimps al Mojo de Ajo. 
Ceviche de Pescado.
Ceviche de Camaron.
Ceviche de Jaiba. 
Grilled Sole with Secret Sauce. 
Grilled Clam-things. 
Grandma style Crabs. 

As dishes began pilling up it became quite obvious we would need to take our reunion outside... 

In this photo: My cousin who seems to be eating the Ceviche de Jaiba with his eyes... strangely enough though... he and his sister ate a soup and meat... I guess it's a giant scam my aunt came up with for the adults to eat more.
Which is great because I count as an adult so the more for me n.n but I'll have to admit I feel bad for my lil' cousin, he really has no idea of what he missed out on today. 

This is the grilled fish, which by the time it was ready to eat... I was so full and in such bliss I actually forgot to take any picture of my deliciously sinful fish taco I treated myself with n.n 
But I will tell you this: People out there who has a dad or a granddad that grills things every once in a while... PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY DO! AND LEARN! 
My granddad left today and left the grilling to my grandma, my aunt, Noriko (my mom's friends and the person you have to thank for the meal) and to me! I have no words to express how painfully hard it was.

Oh yeah, this is me with Teddy, last time I saw him he was wearing a Buzz Lightyear costume n.n 
Even though he is 7 now, I gotta admit he is still cute and makes me want to spoil the life out of him. That's just the mom side of me I guess... 

n.n I just wanted you to see my awesome food styling. Again.

This is my baby sister n.n who decided to help out with the Shrimps a la Diabla.
Here you can see her transferring a shrimp into the devil sauce. She did this with every single shrimp saying she wanted to give a special treatment to each of them n.n she is adorable! I totally agreed on that after all, it was the very least we could do. This little animals had died for us, and they deserve all the respect in the world and out thanks. 

Peace out people!

Whaaat whaaat? No recipes you say?! 

Hey! It took me 19 years or so to learn how to make each of this dishes, I love you followers and random people who are reading this, but I am not spilling my grandma cooking secrets just like that. Maybe late in life when my cooking book comes out n.n or you could, you know, ask me nicely... 

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Aunt Je-who?

OKAY! Finally the quest is on! Oh yes you heard me right people from this moment on The Culinary Quest for The Best Pancake Ever has officially begun! 

(If you think you have a pancake recipe that should be considered on this quest feel free to comment-post the recipe! I will gladly give it a try!) 
And so... I give you the first of the infinite recipes I'll be trying this summer. The debut on pancakes! The Only & Original. Ladies and Gentlemen! Food bloggers and lovers worldwide I give you: 

(From scratch) 


2 cups of All Purpose Flour. 
4 teaspoons of Baking Powder. 
1/4 cup of Sugar. 
1/4 teaspoon of Salt. 
1 1/2 cup of Milk. 
2 eggs. 
1/4 cup of Canola Oil. 
1 teaspoon of Vanilla. (I used two) 

Work that magic!

1. First mix all the dry ingredients together. 

Then add the milk: 

Canola Oil: 

Followed by the Vanilla. 

Next the eggs and I decided to add 2 1/2 tablespoons of buttermilk 

2. Now using your Freakishly Strong Herculean arm. Mix! For the love of all that is mighty and grand! MIX.
But do not over mix n.n 
Don't get thaaaat excited... 


3.  Now heat up your skillet and pour a little of our Pancake mixture on the pan and wait for it to start bubbling: 

And now using your golden (or plastic) Godsend (or bought from the supermarket or IKEA) spatula  flip it so the other side cooks as well and then EAT!

BTW, this recipe came from amazing foodblogger Billy Click here to go to his awesome blog

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Me by Myself equals two blog recipes && homemade Pizza n.n

Okay I know I owe all of you a big apology. One, because I know The Culinary Quest: In Search of the Best Pancake Ever. Should be underway and by now I should have posted at least One pancake recipe, but a) I ran out of maple syrup and b) I've been waking up so late lately that breakfast becomes lunch or brunch and brunch is only cool on Sundays. 
But I will set my alarm clock and get the quest going. 
The other reason why I owe you an apology is because I haven't posted much recently. Which sucks. So today, I am posting two recipes n.n One meal and the one dessert n.n 
I hope you all Enjoy it and find it in your good hearts to forgive me. 

Okay the recipes I will be sharing with you today is a beautiful spring dessert: Lemon Rolls whose original recipe and pictures can be found HERE

And the other is divided in two: One is the PPD or the Perfect Pizza Dough and the other one is my version of Pizza Margherita.  Both recipes have been taken out from my NEW awesome Jamie Oliver Book n.n

Okay, so I will begin with the Pizza Dough which I consider to be a breakthrough in my life. Especially today. 
My mom and my sister went to Tasco with my aunt, cousin and her boyfriend. I suppose they were quite cross with me because I refused to go because they left me absolutely no money for me to fend for myself. 
Normally, in days where I am so abruptly abandoned mom always leaves a small amount of money for me get some take-out meal. 
Which I do. 
Pizza is the all time favorite. 
But today, I was left with no means to fend for my tiny bitty self u.u so I was left with no option but to make my own pizza. 
Don't feel sorry for me though... I actually had a lot of fun! and it made me feel awesome really...
Even though I did end up making quite a gigantic mess in the kitchen. 
(which  I sort of cleaned) 

In order to make the BEST Pizza Dough Ever You'll need: 

7 cups of strong white bread flour Typo "OO" flour. 
5 cups strong white bread flour and 2 cups of Semolina flour.

I used simple flour... 
but I know it'll taste better if you use either of the two original ingredients. 

1 tablespoon of Salt.
2 x 1/4 ounce packets of active Dried Yeast. 
 1 tablespoon raw Sugar. 
4 tablespoons extra virgin Olive Oil
2 1/4 cups of Lukewarm Water. 

Here we go. 

1. First you need to clean your working surface. Then you put the flour and the salt on your working surface and make a well in the middle. 
See the measuring cup? That measuring cup has the Sugar, Water, Olive Oil and the Yeast. 
You need to leave this mix for a few minutes, or until you start smelling a beer-like smell. 

2. Next, with a fork bring the flour into the liquid (using flour from the sides) Keep mixing bringing larger amounts of flour in. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together work the rest of the flour with your clean flour-dusted hands. And knead until you have a smooth springy dough.

3. In a dusted bowl place the flour and dust more flour on in, cover it with a damp towel and leave it until its size has doubled. About and hour. 

An hour later: 

4. When you have this giant-ass ball of flour. Take it out into a flour dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands.
You can either use it immediately, or store it in the freezer or fridge.

If you are using it right away... divide the dough into as many balls of dough as you want to make pizzas.
Timing-wise it's a goof idea to roll the pizzas out about 15 to 20 minutes before you cook them.

Pizza Margherita. 

You shall be needing: 

1 x pizza Dough recipe (as above) 
A bit of Flour for dusting.
1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce. 
Few chunks of FRESH mozarella cheese.
Olive Oil. 
Fresh Basil. 

I want pizza!

1. Okay first you want to preheat your oven, or in my case, the giant-thing-I-use-as-a-pizza-&-lasagna-skillet. If you are going to use the oven, make sure you preheat the thing you are going to cook the pizza on.

2. Place in on your preheated pan, the dough will start to bubble up so you'll have to work your ingredients fast. Starting with the tomato sauce, the cheese, fresh basil and some salt&&pepper.
5. It takes about 20 minutes for it to be done. Or wait until the edges raise themselves a bit.  

5. Drizzle with a little bit of Olive Oil and add some capers. 

Now the Lemon Rolls n.n 

1 envelope of dried yeast. 
3/4 cup lukewarm water. 
1 stick of unsalted butter, soft.
1/4 cup of white sugar.
2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
3 cups of flour.
1/2 teaspoon salt. 
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 lemons zested.
1 egg. 

For the Lemon filling.
1 cup sugar.
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground nutmeg. 
1/2 teaspoon ginger. 
2 lemons, zested and juiced. 
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft.

Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

1 package of cream cheese, softened.
Juice of 1lemon.
1 cup powdered sugar.
1 lemon, zested. 

You do it:

The Dough.

1. In a bowl place the warm milk and the yeast and leave it to rest for a couple of minutes. 
Add the butter, sugar, vanilla and one cup of the flour and mix.

2. Stir in the nutmeg, salt, lemon zest and the egg. And enough of the remaining flour in order to make a soft sticky dough. 

Knead for about 5 or 7 minutes. 

3. Place in a bowl and cover it with a towel and leave it there until it size is nearly doubled.

The Sticky Filling. 

1. Place the sugar, nutmeg and ginger in a small bowl. 

2. And using the tip of your fingers drizzle the lemon zest until you get a wet sand consistency.

3. Add the lemon juice. 

The rolls. 

1. On a floured surface pat the dough into a thick rectangle. 

2. Spread the butter and the sticky filling and roll the dough.

3. Cut the rolls. And place them on the pan you're gonna bake them.

4. Bake for 35 minutes aprox. 

The Glaze. 

1. While the Rolls are baking make the glaze. Whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice until to combine. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. 

2. Once the rolls are out of the oven pour the glaze over them and serve while warm. 

Mine merge into this giant ass roll. But once I cut it the roll forms came through easily. Like pizza slices.