Intense Brownie Recipe

I don’t know why, but I felt the need to try a new brownie recipe. I’m looking for rich, chewy goodness, not the cakey kind.

A combination of semi sweet chocolate chips and leftover easter bunny to make 6 ounces
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 capful pure vanilla extract
1 dash of salt
1 cup flour

Line a square glass pan with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate and butter together in the top of a double boiler, stirring frequently. Let cool to warm.

Beat eggs with sugar until blended and frothy. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and stir until well combined. Add the chocolate mixture and keep whisking until thoroughly combined, then add the flour and keep mixing until the mixture is incorporated. No white streaks should remain.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350F for about half an hour.


Salmon and Rice

Look what I found in the clearance bin! I often get great deals at Safeway in the meat section. Look at the Safeway you go to for a clearance bin. If you cook it or throw it in the freezer right away it’s still good-they’re just making room for newer stuff.
So, I have an exam tonight and fish is brain food, so this is what I did for supper. I put a couple of slices of ginger, then some orange slices, then covered the dish and popped it into a 400F oven while I made the rice.

To the rice I added a wee bit of orange peel, some curry powder and I juiced the rest of the orange in place of some of the water.Tell me you can’t do that after a long day at the office. Fresh, healthy, delicious. Steam some green beans while the rice is cooking or much on some raw veggies and dip while you wait for it to cook.

If you need a sauce for that (some people like sauce) Teriyaki would be good or warm up some marmalade or apricot jam with soy sauce (2 Tbsp each) in a coffee cup in the microwave.

Who knew Granola was so easy?

Lots of people I suppose. I used to think that making granola meant making a huge batch. Then I read a blog post by one of my culinary heroes, who read it somewhere else.
Today I finally got around to trying it myself. Here’s what I did;
I melted about 2 tbsp of butter in my cast iron skillet and added about 2 tbsp honey. Did I measure? No.
Then I threw in 2 handfuls of rolled oats and stirred the mixture around over medium heat for a couple of minutes, then decided to toss in some hazelnuts (a small handful) and cinnamon-just a little shake.
When it cooled I tossed in some dried mixed berries and some mixed seeds and called it good.

Creamy Broccoli and Butternut Squash Soup

Some of you hate when I do this, but I’m going to do it anyway. I’m not going to give you a recipe. I also didn’t take any pictures of the process (sorry about that) and the final product is a pureed soup, which I don’t find very photogenic so I didn’t take a picture.
I cleaned out my fridge tonight and you can too. You can use any vegetables you want and make your own delicious soup. If you do, please share it with me.
Here’s what I did;
I peeled and chopped 2 stalks of broccoli and half of a butternut squash. I put them into a small pot with water up about halfway and some salt. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until the veggies are soft. Puree them with a stick blender.
In a large pot I put about 2 tablespoons of canola oil and heat it up to medium. I added about the same amount of white flour and stirred to make a paste (it’s called a roux at this point). Then I poured in the vegetable puree a little at a time, stirring all the while.
Then I added the last of the creamer I had left from the weekend for coffee – about half a cup and some milk. I just poured milk straight from the carton, stirring after each addition until it was about the thickness I wanted. I let it simmer a little while. While I checked facebook actually. Then I turned the heat off and threw in a handful of grated cheddar cheese. Stired until the cheese was melted. I tasted it and added some salt. I had a bowl of this and a whole wheat kaiser bun for supper and it was great!

Banana Bundt cake

Oh how my heart longs for this bundt pan. But I’ve had one like this since I moved out of my parents house 24 years ago. It’s chipped and the teflon coating is peeling, which scares me a little, but it still works if I use enough butter and flour. Whenever a recipe calls for a bundt pan you could easily use a 9×13 cake pan. But bundt cakes are so pretty!

1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plain yogurt (you could probably used flavoured yogurt too or sour cream)
Feel free to throw in a cup or so of chopped nuts or berries.

Beat the butter and sugar until they’re creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Add bananas, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring just until combined.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan or 9×13 cake pan. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes or until it’s done. Cool a few minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Raspberry Squares

Raspberry Squares are sweet, chewy and dead easy to make. No, there’s no Irish Cream in this recipe, but I may have had a sip while baking.

Also, it was St Patricks Day.

1 cup flour
1 Tbsp milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter

Mix the ingredients together like a pie dough; stir the dry ingredients together, cut in the butter, then stir in the egg and milk. Press it into a square glass pan.
Spread a thin layer of jam on top. Raspberry is classic, but really, use whatever you have. My mom made some kiwi jam and it was St Patricks Day so that’s what I used. I was disappointed that they didn’t look greener in the end, but they were really delicious.
Wait. I didn’t tell you about the topping yet.

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Mix well and carefully smear over top of the jam layer. Bake for 25 minutes @350F

I love cooking for people who love to eat. And he’s so cute. 🙂

Coconut Turkey on Rice

I just love when this happens! My friend went to Bali recently and brought me some saffron! I could hardly wait to try it, but I didn’t have time to go shopping, so I poked my head in my freezer and found a half a can of coconut milk and a turkey breast fillet. I also happened to have a small butternut squash kicking around.

So I peeled and diced half of the squash and put it in a hot pan with a little canola oil. Then I grated some fresh ginger on top. Squash is hard it it takes a while to cook. I don’t know how long, but I let it hang out on medium heat until I figured it was about half cooked.
Then I cut up the turkey fillet and threw that in and let it all cook slowly together until it was mostly cooked.

Then I threw in half a roma tomato, the coconut milk, about half a cup of milk, a pinch of saffron and some salt.
I let it come up to temperature and served it over some curried rice that I found in the back of the fridge.

It was tremendous!
This is really fast and versatile. You could probably use green beans, asparagus or zucchini and for the turkey you could use chicken or shrimp. And if your friend didn’t bring you some saffron from Bali, a pinch of curry powder would work really well too.
Try it and let me know how it turns out!