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Squash Gratin

I really love looking at recipes online.  It’s always a treat for the family whenever we try a new recipe.  Most of the time, it is successful and they would ask me to make the dish again after a week or so.  Sometimes though, the ingredients are challenging to find and so I would have to use local ingredients.

One recipe that caught my eye was Butternut Squash.  Here, we only have one type of squash, I don’t even know what kind of squash it is but looking at the pictures here, what we have is Fairytale Pumpkin Squash.  What a nice name!  I actually don’t like cooking with squash too much since it’s a lot of work peeling and slicing.  It was great that we did this on a Sunday so Jon did all the peeling and slicing.  😀

We had potato gratin before so I was really excited to try it out with squash instead.  What’s great about this dish is it’s vegetarian.  I can’t really say that it’s very healthy since it has cream and milk and cheese but at least there’s no meat and we can always use the calcium from the dairy products.  These are the substitutions I made:  kankong instead of spinach, evaporated milk for the half-and-half, and cream for the creme fraiche.

 

I’m happy to report that it was a success.  Everybody loved it and they all had seconds.  Try it out!

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Squash

 

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Pizza lunch!

I’ve promised my kids that we’ll have home made pizza every month and they’re always looking forward to the day that they can make their own pizza.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do it for August since I ran out of ingredients.  We just had delivery that month.

So, after shopping for ingredients on Saturday, they wanted to have pizza on Sunday and of course I obliged.

I’ve always wanted to try pesto on pizza and since I still have some pesto left-over, I knew I could finally make it this time.  But, we also have a lot of toppings available so I also wanted some of that.  We had bacon, burger, mushroom, garlic, onions, mozzarella and parmesan.  So, since I want it all, I decided to make my pizza half and half (or more of one third and two thirds).

Jon was also undecided so he made his half oil-based and half tomato sauce-based (sorry, it’s a bit unfocused, I was hungry already).

Jari’s pizza was the best looking of the bunch.  He’s really fixated on stuffed crust so he made a big crust with mozzarella inside and really had a lot of toppings on his pizza.

Yumi’s pizza also had a stuffed crust but a bit smaller.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any pictures of the adults’ pizzas after it was baked.  We were too hungry.  In the same way that I didn’t have pictures of the kids’ pizzas before baking because theirs went in the oven first.

I just want to say that I loved the pesto pizza.  I should have made mine all pesto (and just get a slice from everybody else so I could also have some taste of the toppings).  I will definitely make my next one just pesto.

We definitely had a great lunch.  Let’s eat!

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Pizza

 

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Mini Frittatas

I haven’t baked any goodies in about three weeks now.  We ran out of supplies, like flour and sugar and haven’t had the opportunity to buy some.  If we aren’t busy, it’s raining.  I miss baking and using my oven.

So, when my daughter requested to have potato frittata this week, I decided to use the oven for it.  I’ve seen some blogs making frittatas using muffin tins and I decided to give it a try.

Just like the last time, I cooked the potatoes and cabbage first before assembling the frittata.  Just brush the sides of the pan with oil, put in the vegetables at the bottom, add some cheese, then top with the scrambled eggs.  I mixed in some cream with the eggs this time to make it more creamy then I topped it off with parmesan cheese.  Just bake for about 15 – 20 in a 180-degree Celsius oven.  Let’s eat!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Potato

 

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Cabbage and Potato Frittata

Following my Potato Frittata success last week, I decided to give it another try this week.

I was thinking of making some cabbage and potato soup but I decided against it and thought about using the cabbage for frittata instead.  This time,  I made 2 frittatas instead of one big frittata since I’m not too keen on the pan flipping thing.  I still didn’t make perfect shapes though as part of the frittata broke when I turned it over and when I transferred to a plate.  It may not look good but it still tasted great.

I used less potatoes this time since I used a whole head of cabbage.  I just cooked the cabbage after the potato cooked and stirred until soft.  I also added some bread crumbs this time but omitted the milk and totally forgot to add the pesto.  My family usually doesn’t eat cabbage so it was a surprise when my daughter tasted some of the cabbage before I mixed it in and actually liked it.  She really liked it that we had dinner really early, before 6 pm and after the plates have been cleared, she asked if she could eat again as she really found it delicious.

I’m happy to add another meatless meal to our repertoire.  I try to have at least one meatless dinner per week but I usually saute some ground pork with the vegetables.  This dish had no meat at all.  My daughter even requested to bring this to school for lunch next week.  In her school, Mondays are fruits and vegetables days so they are encouraged (aka required) to bring fruits and vegetables for snacks and lunch.  I think it’s a good initiative and we should all eat more fruits and vegetables.

On another note, I think I’m addicted to pesto.  I’ve been eating pesto and tomato sandwiches for lunch for 2 days running now.  I also had it for breakfast today and just spread some pesto on toast for my afternoon snack.  I wonder how long before I finish off my stock?

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Potato

 

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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.

Would you like a slice?

 
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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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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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