Homemade Sorbet – Without an Ice Cream Maker

23 May

Homemade strawberry sorbet in an egg dish

 Sorbet: Fruit, water, sugar.

I think you can manage.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of strawberries – hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 sugar – more or less depending on the sweetness of your strawberries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice – optional

Step 1: Put all of the ingredients into a medium-sized sauce pan.

Step 2: Stir over medium – low heat for 10 minutes or until strawberries become soft.

Step 3: Remove from heat. Puree in a blender, or by using a hand blender. 

Step 4: Pour into a large shallow pan or dish and put in the freezer.

Step 5: Every half an hour, check the sorbet. Take a spoon and drag it over the sorbet so it remains light and fluffy. Repeat until frozen.

Step 6: Serve! If it gets too hard, let it sit for 5 minutes before serving and then scoop it up.

* The texture of the sorbet with this method isn’t the same as using an ice cream maker, but it’s still just as delicious and refreshing. I’ll use the money I’d spend on an ice cream maker to buy more liquor. Win.

ENJOY!

I just had a really great idea. Add VODKA! Duh, why didn’t I think of this before?! Headed to the store right now. Strawberry Sorbet – Round 2: not for children.
How to freeze

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Pork Skewers- AKA Shish Kabobs

21 May

Meat on a stick!

This can be made with pretty much any combination of meet and veggies you have in the kitchen. Just stay away from house pets.

This was the combination that we came up with:

Ingredients:

  • Marinated Pork steaks
  • Halloumi – Semi-hard grillable cheese
  • Eggplant and red pepper marinated in oil, salt and pepper
So easy and fun to make! Use whatever you have in the kitchen and make your entire meal on a stick. No dishes needed. Maybe I’ll make every meal on a stick..

Chocolate Covered Everything – Part 2

15 May

So I starting thinking, what’s better than chocolate covered fruit?

Chocolate covered chocolate

Oreos perhaps? Is your mind blown? Mine is.

Chocolate covered oreosChocolate covered oreos

Want the recipe? Check out my chocolate covered strawberries recipe here! Follow the same steps, except use Oreos. You will not be disappointed.

Chocolate Covered Everything

11 May

Chocolate covered strawberries

Show someone you care by making chocolate covered strawberries..
… and not eating them all before they come home.

I love strawberries. I love chocolate. The end.

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate – chopped
  • Oil
  • Toothpicks
  • More chocolate
  • Love

Step 1: Wash the strawberries. Lay them on paper towel to dry. There can’t be ANY moisture on the strawberries or they’re going to be duds. 

Step 2: Heat a small pot filled halfway with water over medium heat (or a double broiler) and place a bowl on top. Add the chocolate and stir continuously until almost completely melted. Remove the bowl from the pot and keep stirring until smooth. At this point it’s acceptable to dip your (clean) finger in the chocolate and have a taste. Mmmmm melty chocolate. 

Chocolate covered strawberriesStep 3: If you think your chocolate is too thick, add a tiny bit of oil to it and stir. Repeat this until you have reached the desired consistency. Make sure not to get ANY water in the chocolate or you’ll be sorry. It gets all lumpy and awful looking. Even I didn’t want to eat it. 

Step 4: Jam toothpicks in the top of the strawberries and dip those bad boys into that sweet, sweet chocolate. If you want to coat your strawberries in chocolate bits or nuts, this is the time to make it happen.

Chocolate covered strawberries
Step 5:
Use a colander or a baking sifter to hold the strawberries, or alternatively place them on wax paper to harden. You’ll probably have to put them in the fridge for a bit for them to completely harden, but try not to leave them in too long. When chocolate gets cold or humid it tends to get that white tinge (as some of mine did). Let them cool just until hardened and then remove them from the fridge. Chocolate should be eaten at room temperature.

Chocolate covered strawberries
Step 6:
This is the best step. Decorate! Get creative, people might actually be impressed. Make sure to let the base coat of chocolate cool before decorating or it will all smear together. You can decorate with other chocolates, just follow step 2. If you want to make intricate designs, just put a bit of your melted chocolate into a pastry bag with a small tip, or put the chocolate into a plastic sandwich bag and snip one of the corners. After you’ve decorated them, place them back in the fridge for  few minutes to harden and then you’re done!

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

ENJOY!

Cabbage Soup – Surprisingly good?

9 May

Cabbage Soup

 

I don’t know how much there is to say about Cabbage soup, other than it’s surprisingly delicious.

I don’t normally buy cabbage, ever, but lately I’m kicking myself for not buying it sooner. It’s so delicious and generally absorbs flavours really well. The texture of cooked cabbage is really satisfying if you’re trying to have a hearty meal without the meat. And from what I’ve seen on healthy eating websites, it’s pretty decent meal for people trying to lose weight.

Try it out, I dare you.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsb olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 yellow onion – chopped
  • 2 carrots – peeled and chopped
  • 1 zucchini – chopped
  • 1/2 head of cabbage – chopped
  • Handful of fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 litre of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • Oregano, basil, salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: In a large soup pot, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 3 minutes.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 30-40 minutes until everything is extra delicious.

Step 3: Eat it.

Even Frank likes it


ENJOY!


How-to: Save $4 a day on Chocolate Frappuccinos

8 May

Chocolate Frappuccino

Do you know how to make coffee?

Do you know how to make or obtain ice?

Do you have a cow or perhaps just a plain old carton of milk?

Did you answer yes to all of these questions? You did? Then you’re in luck! YOU can make your very own frappuccino at home! Don’t you feel a tiny bit special? I do. I don’t care if it isn’t justified.

Lately I’ve been craving a frap, but am totally unwilling to fork over the money to get one.. especially since I can make coffee and espresso at home. Once in a while I’ll treat myself to a beautifully crafted Starbucks frappuccino, but for all of those other times when $4 seems like too much money to pay for the simple combination of ice, milk and coffee you can always turn to this recipe.

My Chocolatey-Chocolate Frappuccino Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of small ice cubes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 shots of espresso or 3/4 cup of really strong coffee
  • 1 tbsp sugar – more or less depending on how sweet you already are
  • 1 chunk of dark chocolate – minced (or chocolate chips)
  • Whipped cream – optional

Step 1: Place 1 cup of ice cubes and 1 cup of milk in a large glass. Use a hand blender or a regular blender to crush the ice until it becomes very slushy.

Chocolate Frappuccino

Step 2: In another large cup mix together the 2 shots of espresso (or coffee), 1 tbsp sugar and half of the minced dark chocolate and stir until everything dissolves.

Chocolate Frappuccino

Step 3: Pour the espresso into the glass with the milk and crushed ice. Stir in the remaining chocolate pieces, reserving a few shavings for the top.

Step 4: Top with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Chocolate Frappuccino

ENJOY!

TIPS:

Throw whatever you want in it. It’ll probably taste good. Try Nutella. That would be badass.

FoodPairing.com – Flavours for dummies

7 May

Some of us that enjoy cooking just genuinely don’t have the natural ability for pairing flavours together. For some it comes naturally, for the rest of us there’s foodpairing.com.

I’ve only used the site a few times when I’m really stuck for ideas, but it’s definitely a great way to explore flavours and pairings that you wouldn’t normally put together.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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