Friday, March 28, 2014

Quick Snack Attack: Cucumber Bites

Fancy Cucumber cheese sandwich in baguette with chevre and swiss


Sometimes you feel like something simple, a fresh piece of bread inspires much.

Start the morning off right, with a quick cucumber bite.


One firm cheese


One soft.


A few slices of English.


Don't forget the salt, maybe pepper.

All on piece of fancy fresh bread makes everything better.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Improved Egg Salad Sandwich

Improved Egg Salad Sandwich with sprouts

Happy Spring!

I was in Wales in October, and while for the most part had pretty good food, there was this one egg salad sandwich in Cardiff that was absolutely not my thing. No texture, bland, and way too much mayo, completely disappointing, now having said that I have had many a similar sandwich in delis in the US, and the solution is absolutely not the tuna salad route of celery, after all the gentle nature of eggs can't take that much crunch, so the solution below is alfalfa sprouts.

Improved Egg Salad Sandwich with sprouts

Even though I didn't want the crunch of celery, the flavor helped brighten it up in the form of celery salt. I also prefer to use mustard powder to avoid the extra vinegar, there already is a little acid in mayo, and I don't want it taking over.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish Soda Bread with Whiskey Soaked Raisins


I think this is the first time I've been organised enough to make something for St. Patrick's Day in this to post. I was trying to create something with a rainbow, but then came across the idea of soaking the raisins in whiskey idea, and all was lost. I knew I was going to be making this.


And then things took a turn towards the let's also make, I ended up with a mini batch of blueberry jam, and a little whiskey butter for the spreading, but I'll go into those later, First Irish Soda Bread, 

So traditionally made with only four ingredients, I believe flour, baking soda, buttermilk and butter, (or maybe salt?), today's version is completely Americanised. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Plum Crumb Coffee Cake

plum crumb cake

Of all the fruit to bake with, plums may be the most breath-taking. I always make some version of this German cake called Zwetschgendatschi. (Has anyone ever typed that word in, and not copy + pasted it?)
This is the current favorite recipe, you can of course take the almond extract out, if it's not your thing, my sister would prefer I did, but I love the pairing of almond and fruit.

Ingredients

Cake:

1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp sugar *depending on sweetness of plums
2 cups plums, pitted and sliced

Topping

6 tbsp butter, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar

Mix sugar and butter until creamed.
Add extracts and egg.
Add flour and baking powder
Place in a greased cake pan.

Top with plums,

Top with sugar and cinnamon.

Mix together topping ingredients.

Top cake.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until pierced knife is clear.