Monthly Archives: February 2010

Quinoa with Oyster Mushrooms and Adzuki Beans

Quinoa with Oyster Mushrooms and Adzuki Beans

The adzuki beans were packed with intense flavor all out of proportion to their size. The quinoa was delicious — but I admit, we mixed it 50/50 with bulgur because we didn’t have quite enough quinoa on hand. Now, this one doesn’t call for any spices and to be honest, it doesn’t really need them. Between the flavors of the vegetables and adzuki beans, it’s got plenty. But, if you want some spice, I’d recommend a mix of cumin and mint.

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Ratio: Variations on the Theme of Pancakes II

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Second in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

The Creamy Stout Rye’cakes had come out pretty well. But I thought something sweeter would be a good application. I had recently purchased a big bag of apples and used that as my starting point for inspiration. What better than a twist on a traditional dessert for a Sunday brunch? It sounded good, so off we went.

These came out very nicely and made for an excellent breakfast. Using the whole wheat pastry flour made for fluffy, soft pancakes without being too overpoweringly “wheaty”. Spelt flour would also be an excellent choice, especially if you’re gluten-free.Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Second in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

The Creamy Stout Rye’cakes had come out pretty well. But I thought something sweeter would be a good application. I had recently purchased a big bag of apples and used that as my starting point for inspiration. What better than a twist on a traditional dessert for a Sunday brunch? It sounded good, so off we went.

These came out very nicely and made for an excellent breakfast. Using the whole wheat pastry flour made for fluffy, soft pancakes without being too overpoweringly “wheaty”. Spelt flour would also be an excellent choice, especially if you’re gluten-free.

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Sklandu rauši

Sklandu rauši

Every so often, I post a recipe from Latviešu ēdieni by Ņina Masiļūne.

My husband has been jonesing for these little pastries for a while and earlier this week, he decided he’d make them for dessert on one of the nights we had a full Latvian meal. They’re not very sweet, relying primarily on the natural sweetness of carrots and the rye crust can be very difficult to cook just right, but they are interesting little pastries nonetheless.

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Stir-Fried Spicy Something Sauce

Stir-fried Spicy Something Sauce

Today’s recipe is an oddly-titled one, I know; this is because you can use just about any type of protein in it. My original recipe called for shrimp, which was great, then I made it with tofu, which was better, but I usually use chicken or pork simply because that’s what I almost always have on hand. All of them are delicious. This recipe is very easily made vegan by swapping out the honey for your preferred sweetener.

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Ratio: Variations on the Theme of Pancakes I

Creamy Stout Rye Pancakes

The first ratio incorporates my husband’s love of three things: rye, beer and honey. Stouts always seem to be described as creamy, particularly the foam, so I used cream for the other half of the liquid. I sprinkled toasted walnut pieces over the cakes to add some crunch to this grown-up griddlecake.

These came out beautifully with a light beer flavor. We topped them with drizzled honey and had them for lunch. This ratio made a dozen 4″ pancakes — more than enough for two, plenty for three or four. Creamy Stout Rye Pancakes

The first ratio incorporates my husband’s love of three things: rye, beer and honey. Stouts always seem to be described as creamy, particularly the foam, so I used cream for the other half of the liquid. I sprinkled toasted walnut pieces over the cakes to add some crunch to this grown-up griddlecake.

These came out beautifully with a light beer flavor. We topped them with drizzled honey and had them for lunch. This ratio made a dozen 4″ pancakes — more than enough for two, plenty for three or four.

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