wayfarer in the kitchen

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Crepe Recipe

I posted how i did the crepes in the comments of the crepe recipe...i didn't see that comment before. Yummy! I think i'll make those again this weekend.


Originally uploaded by wayfarer.
I love homemade chili. My husband has never liked chili and it's because he never had it homemade. After he had my homemade chili, he loves it.

I make it as i go and it's never exactly the same. If someone is interested i'll a recipe the next time around.

Basically, you saute some onions and garlic, add ground beef, brown it. Add freshly chopped tomatos, chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepper, a touch of salt and sugar. You can use canned if you want and stew/slow cook until tomatos are broken down. Add beans (i use kidney, pinto and northern usually but i vary it each time) and simmer until cooked. Black beans are an interesting choice too but my tried and true is the kidney, pinto and a white bean.

Serve with sour cream, raw chopped onions and cheese. Mmmmm mmmmm good. Or you want to do a good "white trash meal" serve it over frito's a.k.a. Frito Pie

Asian Glazed Wings, Strawberry Salad and Edamame

Asian Glazed Wings
Originally uploaded by wayfarer.
This recipe rocked for Asian Glazed Wings. I got the recipe from Rachael Ray. I've tried two of hers now and her recipes are a lot better than i thought they'd be. The salad on the side is also hers: just romaine lettuce with sliced strawberries, balsalmic vinegar, salt and pepper. Really tasty. The other side is edamame (soybeans). Just microwave them in water for a few minutes, drain the water and then sprinkle with coarse salt. Really tasty snack. I've gotten the Little Dude used to eating them too sans the salt.

"Spaghetti" and meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs
Originally uploaded by wayfarer.
This is spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti pasta for a different take on spaghetti. It tasted really fresh and veggie like. Pretty good. On top are meatballs and spaghetti sauce...i got the meatball recipe from Sister Surviving's Cooking Blog... Here is the recipe: http://www.recipezaar.com/87537

They are really good!

This would be an easy recipe to make vegetarian. I've seen the meatless meatballs in the freezer at the store. I've been thinking of giving them a whirl.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Eggplant Parmesan

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My husband didn't like eggplant parmesan until he had it my way. It's so yummy. Little Dude ate it with gusto too:

1 medium to large eggplant
Progresso Italian bread crumbs (so tasty!)
1 or 2 eggs
mozarella cheese (i do a whole ball since we like it cheesy)

Take an eggplant and peel of the skin. Slice into 1/4 inch slices (i do it lengthwise but you could probably do in rounds if you wanted to). Do make sure they are only 1/4 think.

In two flatish dishes beat an egg or two. In the other put bread crumbs.

Heat a large skillet and add butter (it takes quite a bit...i never said it was healthy, but you could alternatively use olive oil to be healthier).

Once butter is melted, take pieces of eggplant, first dipping them into egg mixture (both sides) and then the bread crumbs.

Fry until golden brown and place in a large baking sheet or glass casserole dish. When all the pieces are done, cover in your favorite spaghetti sauce and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes...basically until it starts to get bubbly. Once bubbly, add grated mozarella cheese and cover with tin foil, put back into oven until cheese is melted. Once cheese is melted, remove the tin foil and turn the broiler in to scorch the chese in a few places...it only takes a minute so don't leave it in the oven for this part.

Enjoy. :-)

We ate it before I thought to take a picture which happens a lot lately, that's why there's only a picture of an eggplant...it helps to know though that all eggplants in the middle turn brown when you got them open - the air does it.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka
Originally uploaded by wayfarer.
1 lb chicken (i just do legs and thighs - on the bone makes it more succulent)
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup yoghurt
1 tablespoon chopped coriander/cilantro
1 tablespoon veggie oil or butter or non stick spray

Mix together everything except for the oil/butter. Marinate chicken all day or at least for two hours but the longer the better.

Baste with the oil/butter before putting on the grill. Either grill it or broil it until it reaches 170 degrees on the meat thermometer.

Garnish with a bed of salad, onion, lime wedges, coriander/cilantro or whatever you want.

Tip: If you want to make this in advance, when you bring home the chicken from the store, put marinade together and bag it with the chicken before freezing. As the chicken thaws it marinates. I haven’t tried this myself but I hear it works well.


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1 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
oil or butter for cooking

Mix eggs, milk, and melted butter, add to sifted flour. Add salt. Mix until smooth. Leave to sit for a little while for the crepes to be tender.

Brush oil or butter onto nonstick pan. Pour two tablespoons of batter at a time and turn the skillet so it has a thin layer all around. When it is light brown on the bottom, flip (the top will start to look dry). Turn and repeat. You may have to wipe pan out between every couple.

Take finished crepes and put a little marscapone cheese (or ricotta, cottage cheese, whatever you want...) in the inside and roll up. Top with jams or syrups...whatever. I warm up marmalade and various jams as topping and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

You can also have them with nutella or a cinammon sugar mix.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Chili rubbed salmon

Chili rubbed salmon
Originally uploaded by wayfarer.
Food Network meal. This is Bobby Flay's recipe for chili rubbed salmon with corn vinegarette. Yummy and spicy. On the side is part Rachael Ray and part me - Mashed Cauliflower (instead of potatos) with cheese and chives. I put smoked Gouda and cheddar and green onions. I didn't like the way she did hers. I did boil it in chicken stock though. Bobby Flays "Boy Meets Grill" recipe book is excellent. I keep getting it from the library but think i should buy it. There hasn't been a bad recipe yet.

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