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Potato Frittata

Fridays are usually for left overs in our house but for some reason, we had no left overs at all this week.

So I had to come up with something for dinner using whatever’s in the ref since I had no intention of going out and buying something.  Since we had eggs and potatoes, I decided to make a potato frittata.

I first heard of a potato frittata when there was a food network show about spanish tapas and it seemed interesting.  There were a lot of onions used though and we’re not really big fans of onions.  I also never liked potato omelettes much but I figured it was worth a try.

Some recipes finish the cooking in the oven or under a broiler but I didn’t really want to do that.  The show I watched though inverted the pan onto a plate then slipped the frittata back on the pan to cook the bottom.  That’s what I did.  Part of the eggs stuck on the pan when I flipped it but it turned out alright.

I used just one small onion and 2 potatoes with 4 eggs.  I also added a splash of milk and some cheese.  Just as I was preparing dinner, my mom came over with some sweet corn so I also added some corn.  And since I had no fresh herbs, I added about a teaspoon of pesto.  My kids didn’t notice anything amiss and said they liked it and would want to have it again.

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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in Potato

 

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Pesto Grilled Cheese

I’m a big fan of pesto but I haven’t made some in years.  My family’s not so enthusiastic about it so I don’t make it often.  But because of the typhoon the past couple of days, my basil plant’s branches broke so I figured it’s time to make some pesto since I can’t bear to throw away all those wonderful basil leaves.

This is the first time I’ve made pesto without really measuring my ingredients.  I figured I’ll make it like the chefs on TV who just put enough olive oil to cover the leaves, add about a cup of parmesan cheese, lots of garlic, a bit of salt and pepper and process everything.  I came across a recipe where walnuts are added instead of pine nuts and I did that too.  Pine nuts here are just outrageously expensive.

As luck would have it, we were having carbonara last night so I got some noodles and tried out the result and it was great!  I also added a bit of pesto to my serving of carbonara and it was perfect.  My family however refused to try it.  Oh well, at least I have pesto to use anytime I want.

So, for lunch today, I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich and use pesto instead of butter or mayo.  I can’t decided whether to have it with tomatoes so I made two sandwiches instead.  Since the bread I made yesterday was a bit small anyway, 2 sandwiches would just be right for lunch.

Doesn’t that look great already?  But of course I’m not done yet.

I also sprinkled a bit of parmesan.  And after grilling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I never knew sandwiches could be so filling!  Let’s eat!

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Sandwiches

 

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Ultimate Potato Gratin

I’m so excited to finally make something off my list.  I’ll be making Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Potato Gratin Recipe.  I’ve first seen Nigella make this in one of her shows and I decided that I wanted to try it.  So I surfed for recipes and Tyler’s seems better and more filling and nutritious.  At least I’m hoping it is since the recipe had cabbage in it 🙂 .

I wanted to take pictures while making it but since I only have two hands which were sufficiently busy, I was not able to do so.  I even forgot to take a picture before it went into the oven.

But here it is after it got out:

Here are some of my notes about the recipe:

  • I don’t really measure while cooking.  I usually eyeball it.  I used 6 pcs of medium sized potatoes, just one pack of cream (1 cup), put in half a cup of water in the container to rinse it and added that too.  I used about half a cup of grated quickmelt cheese to mix with the potatoes and just sprinkled parmesan on each layer.  I also don’t have chives so I skipped that too.  Oh, and I used about 5 strips of bacon.
  • According to the recipe, prep time was just 10 min.  I think it took me about 45 minutes to cut everything and cook the bacon and cabbage.  I guess I’m just slow.
  • Do try to cool it for about 20 min after coming out of the oven so the cheese and cream would set.  We didn’t so it was kinda runny when we cut into it.
All in all, it was a success.  It was creamy and rich.  You couldn’t taste the cabbage at all.  We all loved it and we’ll definitely do this again.
 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Potato

 

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Focaccia

I just love the smell of baking bread.  It’s very inviting and warm.  And I’m smelling it right now. 🙂

We’re having pasta for dinner tonight so of course I wanted some bread to go with it.  As luck would have it, we don’t have any bread that I could make into toast so I thought of making garlic lover’s pull apart bread but we don’t have any butter and it was too hot to go out and buy some.

I wanted something different from a loaf but with limited ingredients, I decided on Focaccia.  I’ve made focaccia once and it turned out decent so I decided to make it again tonight.

It was very easy and fast for bread.  It was done from start to finish in under two hours!

dinner is served!

I got my recipe from Simply Italian by Sophie Braimbridge and just changed it a bit.

Focaccia
adapted from Simply Italian by Sophie Braimbridge

Ingredients:
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 cup lukewarm water
1 t sugar
1/4 c olive oil
2 t yeast

I always use instant yeast so I usually skip the proofing part.  Just mix all the ingredients and knead until smooth.  I use a kitchen aide so it’s really easy.

Let the dough rise for about an hour until doubled.  Usually, we’re told to have the dough rise in an oiled bowl and I usually skip this too and just let the dough rise in a clean bowl.

dough doubled in size

Punch down the dough then spread it on a pan that’s been oiled well.  Let the dough rest until the oven has been preheated to 210 degrees Celcius.

Poke dimples on the bread.  Brush generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and dried herbs.  I also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 – 30 min.  Take out of the pan to cool.  Cut then serve and enjoy!

freshly baked focaccia

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Bread

 

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Grilled cheese with tomatoes and basil

Looks like I’m on a healthy track this week.  Yesterday, I wrote about oatmeal pancakes.  Today, I’m having a pretty healthy lunch.

It started with a suggestion from friends that I add cheese to my tomato toast which I had for lunch last week.  I decided to try that today.

Unfortunately, we ran out of bread since we finished it off for breakfast last Saturday and I haven’t had a chance to make another loaf.  So I had to bake some bread before I could make my sandwich.

I decided to try something new.  I made some kind of milk bread.  It’s pretty easy, instead of water, I used milk.  It’s a great way to finish off the milk in the ref.

The dough was very smooth and soft and I think this is a good sign that the bread would be soft, too.  I got a bit concerned though when I saw some yeast dotting the surface of the bread as I was shaping it into a loaf after the first rising.  Did I underknead it?  Should I have dissolved the yeast?  Should I have heated the milk?  I use instant yeast and I read that it can be mixed with the flour and that it’s not necessary to proof it.  I guess I just have to wait and see what happens.

It turned out looking pretty decent.  I could see some white specks which was probably the yeast that I noticed prior to baking.  I couldn’t wait for the bread to cool completely before slicing it.

Time to assemble my sandwich.  On one slice, I put some mayonnaise and sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.  On the other slice, I placed the cheese and basil leaves.  I only had some quickmelt but I wanted to try this sandwich already without waiting for the chance to buy some mozarella.

After toasting, heaven.

I think I’ve found my new go-to sandwich.  You should try it!

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Sandwiches

 

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Let’s start cooking!

I’m sure this blog will be filled with sweet and sometimes unhealthy recipes so I decided to at least have a healthy start to it.  And what would be healthier than having oats for breakfast?  But not your ordinary boiled oatmeal, it has to be a little bit better than that.  Let’s have Oatmeal Pancakes instead!

It’s a fairly easy and straightforward recipe.  Just mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine.  But don’t overmix!  Heat the grill, wipe it with butter and cook the pancakes.

In minutes, breakfast is served!

I’m sorry about the cropping of the picture.  I have so much more to learn about photography and food styling.

Anyway, the pancakes were good.  You won’t even notice the oatmeal.  The oatmeal gives it a nice texture and makes it seem more fluffy.  If you’re ever bored with your regular oatmeal, make them into pancakes instead and have a healthy, hearty start to your day.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Pancakes

 

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The Project

I have a dream.  And my dream is to be a kitchen goddess.  One recipe at a time.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized