Thursday, May 20, 2010

Black Bean and Garlic Meatballs

adapted from Vanilla Kitchen

These meatballs turned out to be a great dinner with a light asian twist.

3/4 lb ground pork
1/2 cup grated white onion
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, minced finely
1 tsp dried ginger (2 tsp fresh grated ginger)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cup oatmeal or breadcrumbs

Garlic-Honey Black Bean Sauce
2 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp black bean garlic sauce
4-5 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine meatball ingredients in a bowl, mix well and form balls about the size of a walnut. In a large frying pan, brown the meatballs and transfer them to a casserole dish and bake them for about 15 minutes. (Or until cooked through)
Now take the frying pan (without cleaning it) and start preparing the gravy. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them together. Then transfer them to the frying pan and stir frequently until the mixture is smooth and bubbly. Once the meatballs are done baking, pour the sauce on top and garnish with green onion.
Serve with rice and vegetables.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lime Coconut Chewies

adapted from My Baking Addiction

I made these for a party and they were great! The flavors are subtle and interesting, and a nice change from the usual cookie. I would love to try this with lemon flavor as well.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup butter (225 grams)
1 cup sugar + some for rolling the cookies in
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp lime juice
zest from one large lime
1/2 cup coconut, toasted but not sweetened

Preheat oven to 350 (176 C). Cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet, and then add in the coconut.

Roll rounded spoonfuls of dough into balls, roll them gently in sugar and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before removing to cool.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Chewy

From the Food Network

I had heard people on the blogosphere talk about Alton Brown's "The Chewy" but figured I would get around to it eventually. People often brag about having the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I have been disappointed so many times that I usually don't pay much attention when I see a new version.
But after trying the Chewy, I have to say that these were the best chocolate chip cookies. Ever.
They were beautiful. Soft and buttery, with big chunks of chocolate. They made me feel like a professional. And it's all about the technique. So try it out and see what you think.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup butter (225 grams)
2 1/4 cup bread flour (I used regular all purpose)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped chocolate

Preheat the oven to 375
Melt the butter on medium heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to brown. Remove heat and let cool. In a medium sized bowl, sift together dry ingredients.

Once butter is cool, pour the melted butter in a mixer's bowl and cream together with the sugars. Then add the egg, yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Slowly incorporate dry mixture until thoroughly mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for about an hour, then scoop (walnut sized) onto a prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, checking after 5 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.