There was this delicious looking recipe in the One Pot cookbook I got from the library.
I had fresh blueberries and all of the ingredients needed (well, not buttermilk, but you can fake that with a cup of milk and a teaspoon or two of vinegar), but I did not have a pretty bundt cake pan as shown in the picture in the book. So, being one not to give up so easily, I found a pan that most closely resembled the the size of the one in the recipe.
The pan I found happened to be shaped like an octopus.
It was a gift from our neighbor for the kids' birthday one year.
It worked like a charm.
Who knew it would come in so handy?
I have to say, it is the best looking Octopus cake I have ever made.
Experimenting with the "Quickbake" settings on my Oster bread maker.
This one turned out well, good texture, holds together when sliced, nice flavor. Based in Brioche, it is a bit sweet and seems rich, but I replaced the butter with nonfat yogurt, so it's not nearly as sinful. Next time I may lose the sugar, too.
Here is the recipe for the 80 min. Oster Quickbake setting - if you don't happen to have this machine, bake on white bread setting in other bread makers or try kneading and cooking in the oven like other white breads.
Load ingredients into machine in this order
3 Cups Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Plain Nonfat Yogurt
1/4 Cup Warm Water
1 TBSP Yeast sprinkled over water allowed to sit for a few minutes until bubbles start to form.
Today I stumbled upon the pre-grand opening of The Melt on San Fernando in Burbank. Grilled Cheese on a sunny day, sounded great. I texted a friend down the street and she met me to grab some grub. There was a line out the door of this modern, clean shop, managed by a friendly hostess. The line seemed to him smoothly along mostly because they distracted us with samples of soft serve as we waited. When we got to the front, our excellent cashier explained that the menu was limited today and that it was all FREE! I got the classic, Aged Cheddar cheese on Artisan White Bread with a Bacon "Middle" accompanied by two tomato basil soup. Add to that a mixed Boylan Natural Cane Soda fountain Drink and I was set. It hit the spot!
From environmentally friendly packaging, to the hi-tech order board, to the extremely friendly staff, This place has it all going on. Check it out when you are in Downtown Burbank.
Again, I attempt a bread-maker bread. This one tastes very good, but is filled with bad for you goodness with extra eggs, sugar and butter. The texture is crisp and crusty on the outside and more flaky on the inside. The recipe is close to the Brioche recipe that I make sometimes. It's OK to experiment.
Here is the recipe:
3 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup of Sugar (a bit less than this, really)
1 tsp Salt
3 Large Eggs
3/4-1 Stick of Unsalted Butter - Melted and Cooled
1 Cup Water
1 TBSP Yeast
Add these ingredients to the breadmaker. Mine works Dry ingredients
first, but some machines use the wet ingredients first. I add the yeast on top of the wet ingredients. Set to Basic or White
Bread and push start.
Bread Machine Sandwich White Bread
I wanted a good sandwich breadmaker bread for lunch today. I found a good Sweet Mexican bread recipe, but it seemed too sugary for a tuna sandwich. I dialed back the sugar, added some yeast and it yielded a nice loaf with a thick crust, that sliced cleanly, and held together well for sandwiches.
Here's the recipe:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
Layer the ingredients as your breadmaker suggests, mine uses dry ingredients first as listed.
Set to basic bread setting.
I love Indian Food, but with two small children who do not like spicy foods, we often avoid this cuisine at home. When looking for a dinner option, I happened upon a recipe that did not seem spicy and had fairly common ingredients that I already had in my pantry. I did make a few modifications for simplicity and wound up with a dish praised by those of all ages in my household. In the spirit of recording recipes that my family liked, I am preserving this one for future dinners.
Chicken and New Potatoes
1&1/4 lbs of chicken breast cut up (I used Tenders for simplicity)
1 clove of garlic chopped fine
1/2 tsp ground ginger (or fresh grated if you have it)
1 tsp ground corriander
1 medium onion chopped
3 TBSP vegetable oil
1 cup of hot water
1&1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp cumin
2 cans of new potatoes (cut into quarters if whole)
black pepper to taste
Put chicken into glass bowl or dish, rub all over with garlic, coriander, and ginger. Set aside for an hour or two to marinate. Heat 2TBSP of vegetable oil in a large frying pan and saute chopped onions for 5 minutes or until softened. Add chicken and fry until brown. Add water and salt to pan, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until chicken is tender. Meanwhile, in another frying pan, heat 1 TBSP of oil. Add new potatoes to this pan to fry. Turn the potatoes occasionally so they don't stick the pan. During the last few minutes of cooking, sprinkle cumin and black pepper on the potatoes and stir to coat evenly. Combine the potatoes and the chicken mixture and serve.
In addition to being pretty simple and family friendly, it turns out that this dish is fairly low in calories. The Weight Watchers Points Plus total on this recipe is 6 points plus per serving.
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