20 January 2019

Fig and Walnut Biscotti



The wind is wailing this evening. We've come through the first major snowstorm of the winter. Before this, it's been all rain and slush, a few small spits of snow that accumulated no more than three inches. That's all very anticlimactic for a New Hampshire winter, thank you very much. If it must be cold and grey, let it snow, I say!

That being said, I always like baking up a treat for hot tea when the snows hit. SB does all the shoveling and plowing, so my pay off to him is a sweet treat for his hot cuppa when he comes in to thaw out.

28 December 2018

Hummus with Tomato and Kalamata Olive Garnish



The grey cottage had its share of decadent holiday food over the past week. It was a wonderful food fest, but yesterday and today SB and I have been stepping back from all the cookies, drinks, and rich leftovers. Yesterday afternoon, lunch was nothing more than hummus, pita chips or tortilla chips and a cold beer. Today, it was chicken and red lentil soup with oyster crackers and glasses of Vouvray. Simple and far more austere than the past week !

Simple Garlic Hummus

Ingredients:

1 -15 oz can chickpeas, drained and simmered for twenty minutes
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. water from hot pan of chickpeas
1/3 c. tahini
1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
a pinch cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. EVOO, plus a bit more for drizzling over the garnishes

Garnishes: chopped tomato, chopped Kalamata olives

Place the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whiz until smooth as butter ... scrape into a pretty plate or bowl. Serve with choice of dippers ( tortilla chips, pita chips, GF crackers or crudité). Pop a beer and enjoy.

Happy New Year, all ! Hope you, too, have some healthy snacks amongst all the heavy cheesy snacks and sweet desserts that come our way at this time of year !










12 December 2018

Staten Island Style Cod



This is a beautiful and spicy platter of cod fillet ! Years ago, I picked up the South Beach Diet Cookbook and went through most of the recipes. This recipe, while written for Chilean Sea Bass, adapts really well to Atlantic Cod.  Silent Bob and I have been going meatless increasingly, as we age and as we read more and more how the agriculture of the meat industry is wrecking the environment and the quality of lives of  'the crop'. To boot, sea stocks are increasingly overfished and harmed by the increase in fish farming ... aargh! It seems we humans need to sit back on our heels and really think about what we eat, how we produce it, and how much we consume. That's a whole book of ranting, though.

I haven't bought fish in weeks and it is my birthday week. This platter of fish was my gift to myself. Easy, very spicy, but freshened up by the addition of chopped fresh herbs and lemon. This is how I did it.

16 September 2018

Sue Moran's Buttermilk Doughnut Bundt



Baking a good cake is always such a pleasure! I knew from the moment I saw Sue Moran's latest Bundt cake over on her blog, The View From Great Island that I would be making it for my little church's Sunday fellowship hour. So, that's just what I did this past Saturday.

13 September 2018

Summer Vegetable Quiche




The other day, I made this homage to late summer. This quiche has all the usual suspects from a late summer garden - zucchini, green pepper, onion, tomato, basil and oregano. Before long, we'll be looking back at the days of full counters and wishing for that squash and all those tomatoes! This particular quiche went with me to my book group luncheon and joined a bountiful counter top buffet of soup and rolls, chicken Caesar salad, fruit crisp, and cookies. We DO eat well when we gather to chat up our books!

03 September 2018

Red Lentils and Peppers


Late summer here and I'm beginning to have a hankering for soups, stews, and slurries, but the reality of all the garden produce that is stacked up on counters and chilling in the fridge cannot be ignored. So this evening super chilled cucumber fast pickle cools the palate between bites of this simple lentil/pepper slurry on a bed of caraway rice.

20 June 2018

Quinoa and Spinach Salad with Almonds and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This very easy salad came together in the heat of that oppressive day we had this week ... the first really hot day of springtime here in New England. The recipe comes from a summer line-up of terrific side dishes posted at a food blog called COOKIE + kate.  You can follow Kate's recipe to the letter or do what I did. I used double the spinach, added lemon zest, and slivers of basil in my version.

It was a delicious way of using the first picking of our spinach greens and the basil that I topped out of my plants so that they'd fill out a bit and not bolt to blossoms and seeds. This salad was perfect sitting on the plate beside a pan-seared salmon filet. Add a glass of super chilled Sauvignon blanc and it was a super summery supper. Say THAT three times fast !



The recipe makes a large amount of quinoa mixture - enough for two hungry people to have the salad as a side dish and enough for bowls of the quinoa/tomato/almond mix the next day for easy lunch. An easy way to serve is to plate the amount of spinach you would like and add a serving of quinoa mix over top each serving. Save the rest of the fresh greens for leftover lunch or second servings.