Raspberry Granita and its Warm Sauce

I have the most adorable story to tell you. I have a new boyfriend. He is 7. We met on the bus while I was playing a game on my phone on Tuesday. He asked me over for a playdate to play Connect 4 and Skylanders. And I had to ask him what Skylanders was. I was getting the extend description version but had to get off the bus at my stop. He proceeded to tell me approximately where he lived. I told him we would hopefully meet on the street soon and then go play. His mother and the other passengers around had smiles and were muffling giggles from how cute this whole thing was.

Raspberry Granita and its Warm Sauce spoon

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Maple Walnut Coffee from BLEND and a double Giveaway

I really need to get on a smoothie wagon! I know they are healthy and the rave right now but for some silly reason I forget. No more procrastination, now that I have two amazing books devoted entirely to smoothies which were written by two fabulous fellow food bloggers. They are just delicious whether they are fruit based, surprisingly great veggie based, tea or coffee based, and some that are just a decadent yet healthy dessert.

I will tell you all about these two books shortly and I will share with you the recipe I first sampled. If falls under the coffee category but I would have this for dessert to: the Maple Walnut Coffee. And read all the way to the instructions on how to win the 2 giveaways!

Maple Walnut Coffee 3

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Slow Cooker Chunky Applesauce

OK, time to get on your hands and knees in the kitchen so you can reach for the slow cooker that has been collecting dust on the bottom shelf…way in the back! We all (almost) have one and it is such a practical appliance but for some reason we give up on it soon enough.

My theory on that: all the recipes we know taste like the 1950s! We are under the impression nothing modern tasting can come of it. Well I say it is time to test that slow cooker stereotype! My tool in hand to break this myth: the Holiday Slow Cooker cookbook by Jonnie Downing. I received a copy of this great little cookbook filled with classics and fresh ideas for preparing hassle free holiday meals.

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Cranberrylove: Cranberry Lime Galette

What could be a appropriate in season fruit to cook with for the love bloghop this November than cranberries. They bring up memories of holidays to come and huge feasts to enjoy. My mom always made her own cranberry sauce. I can’t stand the canned stuff.

So tart on its own when you bite into a fresh cranberry. You feel the tartness creep into your ear canal. Add a little sugar and it is a whole new taste. Did you know that cranberries are now part of the growing list of Superfruits due to their nutrient contents and antioxidant qualities? 95% percent of crops go to juice making so only 5% make it to other uses like fresh packaged bags or dried fruits.

Psssst, don’t forget there are only 2 days left to enter the An Edible Mosaic Coobook Contest

The idea of this recipe came from the blog The Dogs Eat the Crumbs, the recipe being part of the Tuesdays with Dorie group. A more traditional cranberry tart usually has walnuts in it, perhaps some cinnamon. What really attracted me to this version was the lime and ginger. The recipe suggested raspberry jam but I used some fig jam I have made a little while back. The flavor was so wonderful and complex, I really loved this filling.

I do want to point out your galette will not turn out burnt a bit like mine. My oven sometimes conks out and refuses to get hot enough…I had to do most of the baking in a toaster oven.

 

Yields 6

Cranberry Lime Galette

15 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • puff pastry
  • 1 8 oz package fresh cranberries
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cups sugar
  • zest and juice from one lime
  • 1.5 in chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup fig jam

Instructions

  1. Roll out puff pastry into a large circle...say size of a pie plate plus 3 inches around.
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together very well.
  3. Pour topping in the middle of the puff pastry and fold edge over the topping, giving it a rustic pie look.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degree for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 30 minutes more, until the crust is well-browned and the filling has cooked down and is bubbly.
Recipe Type: Desserts
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http://cultureatz.com/cranberrylove-cranberry-lime-galette/

 

Cranberry cultivation is pretty much done only in the North East of the US and most of Canada. I thought I would show you a pic from Wikipedia of a cranberry harvest. It is a pretty impressive site. I did find out from the article thought that during the growing process the beds are not flooded. They are only flooded when it is time for harvest as it facilitates the process.

Please join in on the #cranberrylove fun by linking up any cranberry recipe from the month of November 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post,so that your readers know to come stop by the #cranberrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #cranberrylove 🙂

My fellow co-hosts are…

Deanna @ Teaspoon of Spice @tspbasil

Kimberly @ Badger Girl Learns to Cook @bdgergrl

Evelyne @ Cheap Ethic Eatz  @cethniceatz

EA @ Spicy RD @thespicyrd

T.R. @ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies @TRCrumbley

Shulie @ Food Wanderings @foodwanderings

Becky @ Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves



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Peachlove: Peaches Swimming in Red Wine

It’s summer and it is a hot one! I take a dive in a pool any chance I get. Everyone should go swimming. Even our food! Even peaches! They have been hot and sweating too on a branch in the sun for a while. Give then an inebriated break!

Some fruits can be paired quite well with wine, even red ones. In the case of peaches try coupling them with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir. This is the dessert version of a Sangria! So simple yet such a sophisticated taste.

Ξ Peaches Swimming in Red Wine Ξ

Per person…

1 ripe peach, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup red wine
A pinch of a powdered spice of your choice, such as cardamon, star anise, cinnamon (optional)

Using a slotted spoon, place peach, one at a time, in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Remove and place in iced water. The skin will easily peel off with a small sharp knife. Pit and cut peach into slices. Toss the peach slices with the sugar and a spice if you are using one. I tried a pinch of cinnamon. Place the slices in a wine glass or dessert dish and pour red wine over the sliced peaches until almost covered.

August is #peachlove month!

Please join in on the #peachlove fun by linking up any peach recipe from the month of August 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #peachlove event! The twitter hashtag is #peachlove 🙂

SRC: Peach Monster Smoothie

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This is my return to SRC you could say. I had to back out the last 2 previous months because I broke my left wrist. Being in a cast is not ideal when cooking lol. I still have quite a bit of physio to go but I am back in the kitchen. This month I was assigned Noelle’s Blog, Opera Singer in the Kitchen. We have commented on each others blogs in the past so it was nice to  finally have a familiar blog in hand. Noelle’s recipes are mostly vegan so there was plenty of challenging options for me, the meat eater. Plenty of recipes were tempting, such as :

Persimmon Margaritas
Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Icing
Thai: Green Papaya Salad
French Cuisine: Tofu au Vin
Lavendar-infused Rhubarb and Almond Torte

Peach Monster Smoothie

But in the end I chose something simple yet so good and healthy. I have seen plenty of bloggers jump on the smoothie wagon but I had not experimented yet. The one I chose was Noelle’s Mango Monster Smoothie but I substituted the mangoes with peaches (because I could not find a ripe mango) and rice milk instead of almond milk (personal preference). I know it’s GREEN but no panic, it is sweet and delicious. Also this smoothie contains 3 fruits and 2 vegetables. That is 5 out of the 4 to 10 fruits and veggies your should st every day.

Ξ Peach Monster Smoothie Ξ

serves 1 tall glass or 2 regular glasses

1.5 cups rice milk
2.5 frozen peaches
1 frozen banana
2 cups spinach

Place items in a blender and blend very well, like a bit longer then you think necessary. Adding a touch of sugar is optional but should not be necessary.

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Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products. Rice milk has the least amount of fat and is also cholesterol free. But if you are diabetic keep in mind rice milk is high in starch so your sugar levels could shoot up.

Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants and it is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.



Blackberry Sketch

Brilliant, as only the Brits can do it!

From the The One Ronnie Clips over at the BBC