It has been awhile since my last post. Busy, busy! Trying to finish up another year of homeschool, bookkeeping for the shop, and lots of cooking! I continue to make a major mess of my kitchen with each recipe, have tons of dishes afterwards, but I am still loving every minute of trying these unique recipes! I have also finished Round #4! I am going to share with you a wide variety of dishes which we thought were all very tasty!
The first recipe I prepared was Adzuki Bean Loaf. I had no idea what Adzuki was before this recipe. Any guesses? Well, adzuki (or aduki) beans have been cherished in Japan and Asia for centuries and are usually served at festive occasions according to the Whole Foods Cookbook. They are small, sweet ruddy-colored beans with a white crack running down the center. The bean loaf consisted of these beans with a cooked potato, onion, celery, carrot, pita bread (torn in pieces and soaked in water), parsley and herbs and spices. It would be what I would call a meatless meatloaf. Garry actually liked it better than meatloaf as he is not real big on meat. You can top it in the same way you make meatloaf. We topped it with catsup and the boys topped it with the Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce (they use this on everything it seems!). Caleb gave it a 7 and Jonathan a 5. Garry and I both gave it a 10. And the next day it made a great sandwich for Garry’s lunch!
Chock full of great ingredients!
The next recipe was one of my favorites! It was Fire-Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Club. I learned from this recipe how wonderful roasted vegetables are. You can roast any type of vegetable by either roasting in the oven or on the grill. For these sandwiches I roasted red and green peppers, red onion, zucchini and yellow squash. For the hummus I made the Black Bean Hummus, which was very flavorful and wonderful on raw vegetables. I spread the hummus on sourdough and then piled the roasted veggies on top. Then placed another piece of sourdough spread with hummus on top and WOW, what a great sandwich! The boys both ate a whole sandwich! My boys are actually eating these wonderful vegetables and liking it. Kind of looks like this whole plan is working! The boys both rated them an 8! Garry and I rated them another 10.
Isn't this a great looking sandwich?
I thought the next recipe was going to be fun! I told Caleb to get the camera ready and take a picture!! I prepared Roasted Three-Onion Stock with homemade Spaetzle (also had no idea what this was before this recipe!). The soup consisted of several kinds of vegetables including 3 kinds of onion. You wouldn’t think this would be a recipe that Garry would like, but he did! He is coming along as well! 🙂 Well, the spaetzle is what I thought would be fun. It is a very sticky gooey dough that supposedly you prepare and then PUSH through the holes of a colander.
Kind of fun, like playing with playdough!
I squished the dough for several minutes and then placed a blob in my colander. Then I took a spatula and proceeded to press the dough, supposedly, through the holes into a pot of boiling water. All I was accomplishing was getting these little bitty blobs coming out VERY slowly! It would have taken me hours to finish all the dough! So, I took a sturdy baggie and cut a small hole in the corner and then placed the dough in the baggie and squeezed the dough through the hole. Of course, this method meant I made one noodle at a time. It took quite a long time, but was elated when I squeezed the last of the dough out of the baggie. The spaetzle is like a dumpling and very good! But it was too much trouble unless someone can give me some advice on how to make spaetzle easier! The stock with the spaetzle was very tasty. The boys both gave it a 9! I personally didn’t like it as much. I gave it a 7. I am not sure I would make the stock again, but might get brave and try the spaetzle again someday!
3 Onion Stock with Spaetzle
The next recipe was one of my favorites as well. In fact, we are having it again tonight with some BBQ chicken. It is Spelt Penne with Peas and Walnuts. This was a very unusual pasta dish that tastes good warm or cold. It was simple and not spicy, but very flavorful because of the spelt and roasted walnuts. I like it better cold than warm.
Great picnic meal!
The last recipe is a 10+ with us all! Another great recipe that isn’t actually healthy because it is another dessert. Today I made Chocolate Angel Food Cake. My first angel food cake ever! And it isn’t as hard as I imagined it would be. It was fun! I made sure that the dozen egg whites were room temperature before I beat them. The recipe called for a TBLS of lemon juice in the whites before I beat them to soft peaks. I wonder if that helps them form peaks better? Not sure. Then once the egg whites are stiff then you alternate the flour/sugar mixture with shaved dark chocolate after you add vanilla and orange extract. I melted a few chocolate chips with orange extract and spread it over the top of the cake. I placed an orange slice on each piece. It is yummy to take the orange slice and squeeze the juice into the cake before eating. A very pretty dessert and very good!
Almost too pretty to cut!
Well, onto Round #5! It is hard to believe how many recipes I have made all ready! I am always excited about what I am going to prepare. And I love grocery shopping at Whole Foods looking for such unusual ingredients. Let me see, what was different this last shopping trip. I had to ask about tomatillos and had a hard time finding chickpea flour.
These are my next recipes:
Tuscan Vegetable Saute
Vegan Creamed Spinach
Apple Berry Freeze
Orange Glazed Sweet Potato Oven Fries
Spicy Chickpea Patties with Cilantro, Lime and Chilies w Onion Chutney
Sound good?? We will see! Until the next recipe…
Calla in Curlers! This expression is priceless! So long from Colorado!