June 25, 2012


Creamed Corn with a Poached Egg Breakfast
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
3 ears of corn, corn kernels removed from the cob
1/2 cup half and half
1 cup water
1 fresh red chili, chopped or 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes
1 egg
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
White vinegar
To Make:
In a large pan, on medium high heat, heat up a lug of olive oil and the butter and add the fresh corn, the chili or chili flakes, and the water. 
Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, with the lid on until corn is cooked through.
Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, whiz up the corn mixture until smooth. Add in the half and half and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
For the Poached Egg:
Heat up a cup of water in a small but deep skillet. It should be hot but not boiling.
Add in a tablespoon of white vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Carefully crack an egg into the water and cover with a lid. 
Allow of the egg to cook through until it is all white and firm. Control the heat while doing this so the water doesn’t get choppy. This is a nice bath for the egg, not a Jacuzzi. 
Using a slotted spoon, gently fish out the egg and transfer onto a plate of creamed corn. 
Enjoy this dish as an alternative to eggs and grits. Try garnishing it with some lemon or orange zest for a twist. Yum! :)

Creamed Corn with a Poached Egg Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ears of corn, corn kernels removed from the cob
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 fresh red chili, chopped or 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • White vinegar

To Make:

  1. In a large pan, on medium high heat, heat up a lug of olive oil and the butter and add the fresh corn, the chili or chili flakes, and the water. 
  2. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, with the lid on until corn is cooked through.
  3. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, whiz up the corn mixture until smooth. Add in the half and half and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

For the Poached Egg:

  1. Heat up a cup of water in a small but deep skillet. It should be hot but not boiling.
  2. Add in a tablespoon of white vinegar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Carefully crack an egg into the water and cover with a lid. 
  4. Allow of the egg to cook through until it is all white and firm. Control the heat while doing this so the water doesn’t get choppy. This is a nice bath for the egg, not a Jacuzzi. 
  5. Using a slotted spoon, gently fish out the egg and transfer onto a plate of creamed corn. 

Enjoy this dish as an alternative to eggs and grits. Try garnishing it with some lemon or orange zest for a twist. Yum! :)

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February 7, 2012


January 23, 2012


Homemade Gnocchi (Recipe by Marina)
Ingredients: 
2 russet potatoes
1 egg
2-3 cups of flour 
Salt and pepper
Turmeric
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Dried basil
Thyme
Honey
To Make:
Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks (about 2 inches).
Boil the potato chunks for 12 minutes until softened.
Mash the potatoes or run through rice mill.
On flour dusted surface, arrange potatoes into a mound and make a well.
Add 1/4 cup of flour, a dash of turmeric, and a good pinch of salt into and around the well.
Crack the egg into the well.
Using a long fork, begin cutting the egg into the potatoes and flour, making sure to keep it in the well. 
Mix everything together until all the dough has incorporated the egg and flour.
Add more flour 1/4 of cup at a time until the dough is not squishy. The dough should not be sticking to your hands.
Gently knead the dough.
Cut into sections and roll each section into a long rope.
In a large pot, boil water with a pinch of salt. 
Cut the rope into little pillows about an inch long, into the boiling water. Boil in batches if making all of the dough. Don’t crowd the pot. 
Cut the rest of the dough and save any gnoochi that you won’t be eating in the fridge. 
Gnocchi are done after a minute or so, or when they float to the top. 
For the dressing, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of dried basil, a pinch of thyme, and a tiny squeeze of honey. Whisk everything together and pour over the gnocchi while hot.
Enjoy!
Gnocchi seem intimidating because of the flour and dough part, but in reality, they’re really simple to make and are absolutely delicious. This only took me a total of 1 hour from start to finish and I was going really slowly as I’ve never made them before.

Homemade Gnocchi (Recipe by Marina)

Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 cups of flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Dried basil
  • Thyme
  • Honey

To Make:

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks (about 2 inches).
  2. Boil the potato chunks for 12 minutes until softened.
  3. Mash the potatoes or run through rice mill.
  4. On flour dusted surface, arrange potatoes into a mound and make a well.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of flour, a dash of turmeric, and a good pinch of salt into and around the well.
  6. Crack the egg into the well.
  7. Using a long fork, begin cutting the egg into the potatoes and flour, making sure to keep it in the well.
  8. Mix everything together until all the dough has incorporated the egg and flour.
  9. Add more flour 1/4 of cup at a time until the dough is not squishy. The dough should not be sticking to your hands.
  10. Gently knead the dough.
  11. Cut into sections and roll each section into a long rope.
  12. In a large pot, boil water with a pinch of salt.
  13. Cut the rope into little pillows about an inch long, into the boiling water. Boil in batches if making all of the dough. Don’t crowd the pot.
  14. Cut the rest of the dough and save any gnoochi that you won’t be eating in the fridge.
  15. Gnocchi are done after a minute or so, or when they float to the top.
  16. For the dressing, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of dried basil, a pinch of thyme, and a tiny squeeze of honey. Whisk everything together and pour over the gnocchi while hot.
  17. Enjoy!

Gnocchi seem intimidating because of the flour and dough part, but in reality, they’re really simple to make and are absolutely delicious. This only took me a total of 1 hour from start to finish and I was going really slowly as I’ve never made them before.

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