Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Salmon is our usual go-to fish, it's so readily available and fairly inexpensive. But the other day I found a Mahi Mahi fillet at a good price and so it was today's dinner. I can't remember that last time I've cooked that fish, I think we usually just make fish tacos. BBQ-ing was the plan and David suggested I marinate it. So I found a recipe online I gave a try. Interesting marinade...honey, soy sauce, basalmic vinegar, ginger, and garlic. The marinade was later cooked down and used as a glaze. My vegetarian girls thought it was just ok, but my meat-loving son LOVED it, especially the glaze. He poured it all over his rice!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Daring Bakers May 2010: Piece Montee (Croquembouche)

Okay, I'm a little late but I finally got around to completing last month's challenge: a Piece Montee (croquembouche) or in plain English, a cream puff tower. I believe this is the French's version of a wedding cake.
The May 2010 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenge everybody to make a piece montee, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump's Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.
I had already missed the May deadline but since this looked so good I told my kids I'd still make it. My daughter's birthday was June 9th, and she tells me this is what she wants for her b-day dessert. She says, If I say I want this for my birthday, you have to make it. Yes, that's what she really said. It was her way of getting me to actually complete the challenge. Well, it turns out that her birthday landed on the last week of school, which was a very busy week for me and she gave me the ok to make her something else.
I was still determined to make it so I attempted it on Father's Day. We had friends coming over for a bbq, it would of been perfect. Well, till the pate a choux turned out very runny and didn't puff up at all. It made good cookies though that my kids ate anyway. ^_^
A week later, since the creme patissiere was already done and sitting in my fridge, I made another attempt at making the shells. This time they rose nicely and looked great. Whew!
You can check out the recipe here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TVP Tacos

Gave another shot at vegetarian "meat", this time made some TVP taco meat.
Started off with 2c dried TVP soaked in 2c hot water for 10 minutes. Then cooked it with 3T oil, 2T soy sauce, 1 1/2 packets of taco seasoning. Later added some taco sauce for added moisture for it seemed a little on the dry side.

Served with a nice refreshing side of cucumber and radishes tossed in lime juice and salt.

Abby turned her broken taco shells into tostadas. Don't they look pretty?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Eggplant "Lasagna"

The other day someone gave us a bunch of american eggplant. We usually buy the asian eggplants which are skinnier. We weren't quite sure what to do with these big, fat eggplants! And then need to be eaten SOON. Thought about a eggplant dip call Baba Ganoush but having never eaten that before I thought I'd save that for some other time.

So I tried making lasagna but instead of lasagna noodles I use eggplant, layered with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. A little sprinkle of parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, and fresh ground black pepper in between the layers. My vegetarian girls loved it, my meat-eater son thought it was just ok. ^_^

Egg Muffin Sandwich

My latest kitchen gadget... English muffin rings/egg molds. I had been wanting these for a while but didn't want to fork out ten bucks. So I was real happy when I found a set of four for a dollar at a yardsale. So I made some egg muffin sandwiches with cheddar cheese for the girls, and with pepper-jack cheese with bacon for Sage. Yum-yums!