Archive for February 2009

Roasted Cauliflower

February 28, 2009

I like cauliflower.  I like it steamed with a little butter, or puréed in cream of cauliflower soup.  I even like it in stir-fries and casseroles.

But oh, my, I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried it roasted in the oven.  It caramelizes into some kind of delicacy.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Cut cauliflower head into four pieces.  Slice each piece into 1/4″ thick slices.  Toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Bake on a baking sheet for about half an hour, turning occasionally, until slightly blackened and tender.  Enjoy!

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Handmade Corn Tortillas

February 27, 2009

 

Starting to puff up

Starting to puff up

 

Mateus woke up at 5:41am this morning.  And good thing he did, because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to start mixing masa harina and water at 6:15am to let it sit for 30 minutes before tossing the freshly made corn tortilla dough onto a hot frying pan.

This is perhaps the easiest thing I’ve ever cooked.  Two ingredients: corn flour + water.  Mix by hand, let sit, shape into balls, flatten, and heat.  It’s that easy.  The Joy of Cooking has a quick write-up on how to do it, but I also really enjoyed this post at Gluten-Free Girl.

The fresh tortillas right from the pan are so tasty.  So what did we have for breakfast?  Quesadillas!

 

Fresh and tasty with melted cheese.

Fresh and tasty with melted cheese.

Recipe follows… (more…)

Fresh-baked bread

February 11, 2009

I cheated and used a bread mix, but it’s still divine to have the house filling with the aroma of fresh bread baking.  This time around, I used The Gluten-Free Pantry’s “Tom’s Light Gluten-Free Bread Mix.”

 

This thing was about 12" tall right out of the oven.  We couldn't believe it!  It then fell, of course, to the normal height for a loaf of bread.

This thing was about 12" tall right out of the oven. We couldn't believe it! It then fell, of course, to the normal height for a loaf of bread.

Who can resist popcorn?

February 11, 2009
Still warm... with a little salt.

Still warm... with a little salt.

 

"More, please."

"More, please."

I had never made popcorn on the stove before.  What a treat.  Sure, I’d watched (and listened to) the kernels popping on my mom’s stove as a kid, but it was so fun to share the experience with my son.  Before we added the oil and kernels to the pot, we sang The Popcorn Chant:

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot

You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.

Sizzle sizzle sizzle sizzle…

POP!!!