Thursday, August 20, 2009

Zucchini & Corn Pancakes

This recipe comes from Verrill Farm in Concord.

2 cups roasted corn kernels (about 2 ears)
1 1/4 cups grated zucchini (1 med.)
1 cup chopped, washed, leeks
1 TB chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup corn oil (in 3 stages)

Cut kernels off the cobs and toss with 2 TB corn oil. Spread in a shallow baking pan and roast at 400 degrees for 12 min. Sauté chopped leeks, thyme, and salt in 2 TB corn oil for 3-4 min. Combine corn with leeks and remaining ingredients in large bowl. Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in skillet over med. heat and drop in heaping TBS. of batter. Cook 2-3 min. on each side and drain on paper towels. Keep warm while finishing batter. Can be served with sour cream and chopped chives or applesauce. Makes approx. 20 pancakes.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

This is really more like a big muffin cake - light, fluffy, and not too sweet. Adapted from Susan Purdy's book, Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too.

1 egg
1/2 c skim milk
1/2 c nonfat plain yogurt
3 T butter or canola oil
3/4 c sugar (more if needed)
2 c all-purpose flour
4 t baking powder
1/8 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t almond extract
1 1/2 - 2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and cut into small pieces
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 t cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400. Coat an 11x7 (or similar) pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl or cuisinart, whisk together the egg, milk, yogurt, butter/oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Set a strainer over the bowl and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir and sift the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, then stir to just blend. Don't overbeat. Fold in the peaches.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top. Bake for about 30 minutes (check after 25), until the top is well risen and golden brown, and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for about 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm.

NOTE: To make these as muffins, cook for 15-20 minutes. This recipe will make about 12 muffins.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

a really good VANILLA ICE CREAM recipe

Here's a really good, very rich, kind of expensive ingredient purchase, but well worth it ice-cream recipe, from Crooks Corner.

Whisk 3/4 C sugar with 8 egg yolks.
Scald 1 3/4 C half-and-half with 1 split vanilla bean.  When hot, not boiling, whisk slowly into eggs.  Put mixture on top of a double boiler and stir to thicken.  Custard should coat back of a spoon.  Lower heat and add 2 T butter.  Turn off heat and add 2 more T butter.  Add 1 1/2 C cream, mix and strain.  Chill and churn in ice-cream maker.  

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pud Makua Yow (basil eggplant)

Pud Makua Yow (basil eggplant)

Prep time: 15
Cook time: 15
Yield: 2 servings

10 big basil leaves (or equivalent smaller ones)
1 T sugar
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped (optional)
2 T fish sauce (substitute soy sauce for vegetarian dish)
4 c cut up eggplant (see below)
2 small chili peppers

Notes on eggplants:
1) Any kind of eggplant can be used, long green Thai eggplants, small white ones, or the more common large purple (aka Japanese) ones.
2) Cut the eggplant into irregular shapes for easy turning in the pan. If sliced into small disk, it tends to stick to the bottom of the pan and makes it difficult to flip.
3) don't cut eggplant until just before it goes into the pan, else it will turn brown.

Chop garlic, slice chili peppers, and mix
Pick leaves from stem of basil, if needed
Chop onions, if needed but don't mix with garlic
Heat wok over medium high heat
When hot, add oil, chili peppers and garlic
Stir until the garlic turn golden brown
Add onions
When onions are translucent, add eggplant, stir, and add 1 cup of water immediately (or else the eggplant will turn brown)
Cover wok until eggplant is cooked, which should take 5-7 minutes. It will turn from white to translucent, and most of the water should have been absorbed or evaporated. If eggplant is still not cooked, add a little bit more water and close lid again.
Add fish sauce and sugar and stir
Turn off heat
Add basil and quickly stir to heat the basil but not cook it (so it retains color)
Serve hot with rice