Thursday, March 27, 2014

Creamy Horseradish Sauce (Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo)

This recipe only makes a small amount, but is easily doubled. I made this to have with raw oysters, but it would also be awesome with roast beef or roasted potatoes. If you're a vegan, try it with a Seitan Sauerkraut Sandwich.

1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
3-4 Tbsp fresh horseradish, grated
1 tsp dill
1/4 tsp dry mustard
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Peel and grate horseradish root. I used a microplane. If you don't have one, a fine grater will do. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Make at least 6 hours prior to serving to bring out the flavor.  Store in refrigerator.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Smokey Salted Caramel Pecan Cups

These are ridiculously delicious. Great for when you're craving just about anything. They're easy to make, but take a long time, so it's something fun to do on a lazy afternoon. The first time I made these, I did it with 100% dark chocolate.
9 oz dark chocolate. I used 100% mixed with 65%

1 cup coconut sugar
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
pinch chipotle powder
1 cup chopped pecans

Coarse Sea salt

In a double boiler, melt chocolate and stir together.

In a heavy sauce pan, stir together coconut sugar, coconut milk, and sea salt. Turn heat on low, add smoked paprika, cinnamon and chipotle. Let boil for about 20 minutes, keep heat on low so it doesn't boil over and stir occasionally. When it is reduced and thickens, remove from heat and place in glass bowl. Stir in pecans and let cool.

Line a muffin tin with parchment cupcake liners. Spoon meltedchocolate into cups, coating the bottom. You only want to use enough to line the bottom with about 1/8 of an inch and save the rest of the chocolate for later. put in freezer for about 30 minutes or an hour in the fridge, or until chocolate hardens.
Remove cups from freezer and spoon the pecans caramel mixture into them. Spoon the rest of the melted chocolate over them and sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt and a slight dusting of cinnamon and chipotle. Put back in freezer or refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove cups from muffin tin and enjoy. Keep refrigerated.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Indonesian Style Beef Liver (Sambal Goreng Hati)

I discovered this recipe while searching for liver recipes. I adapted this after reading several recipes. I found one recipe in English and had to use Google translate for the rest, which yeilded some entertaining results such as: "If necessary, add a little oil within blender to simplify the process of destruction". I can't get fresh galangal in my area, so I had to use galangal powder. I tweaked the recipe a bit and I've never had this traditionally prepared, so I don't know how authentic this recipe is. However, it is delicious. This is a great recipe if you're still trying to get used to the taste of liver because the sauce has a very strong flavor. You might want to add some cayenne to it if your red chillies aren't spicy enough. I used purple potatoes for this, but any small potato will do.

6-8 small potatoes
1 lbs Beef liver
1 cup chopped shallots
4 cloves of garlic
4 red chilies
1 inch of fresh ginger, chopped
1/2 tsp galangal
1/2 tsp corriander
1/4 tsp lemongrass
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil (divided)
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
1 Tbsp tamarind paste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast potatoes for abut 30 minutes.

In a small food processor, combine shallots, ginger, garlic, cayenne, coriander, lemongrass and salt. Puree into a paste.

Cut liver into small chunks or strips. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in pan. brown liver, then set aside.

Add more oil to the pan and cook potatoes until brown. Add the paste and salt. and cook for 3-5 minutes until the spices become fragrant.

Add the coconut milk, aminos, and tamarind paste. Bring to a boil. Add the liver back to te pan and reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes to reduce the sauce. Remove from heat and serve.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

People often ask me how to cook Brussels Sprouts. It's pretty simple. 

1 Brussels sprout stalk
1 cup shallots, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Remove Brussels Sprouts from stalk and rinse. Cut stems, remove outer leaves and chop in half. Place in baking dish with shallots, garlic, salt,pepper and coconut oil. Roast for about 30 minutes.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dog Dental Chews

Have you looked at the ingredient list on Greenies? Ew. Here is an inexpensive way to make dental chews for you dog that they will love. Also, the gelatin is great for joint and hip care so you don't have to waste your money on poor quality pet supplements. These will keep for a week or two in the fridge so if you have only one small dog, you might want to half the recipe. If you have a Great Dane, double or triple the recipe and get really large molds.

I use Great Lakes gelatin that I buy on amazon. This is the recipe i use to make broth: If you want to make a batch specifically for pets, leave out the garlic. When I'm done making broth, I separate the bones from the garlic. I grind the bones that are falling apart or break easily and I save the ones that are still hard and reuse them in another batch of broth. I use a meat grinder attachment for the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer to grind the bones. If you're not using the ground bones right away, you can freeze them. I separate some of the bones into half cup portions so I don't have to thaw the whole batch to make these.

1 cup broth
4 Tbsp Gelatin
2 Tbsp dried mint
1/2 cup ground bones (optional)

Heat broth in sauce pan on low to medium heat. Add gelatin and stir in until completely dissolved. When it starts to boil, turn flame down to low. Stir in the mint and let it steep for about 5-10 minutes, then add ground bone and mix completely. Continue to simmer on low for 15-30 minutes or more, depending on how gummy or how hard you want the chew to be.

Pour into silicon ice cube trays and chill. Keep refrigerated.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blood Orange Lamb Chops

1 1/2 lbs Lamb Chops
1 blood orange, zested and juiced
1 meyer lemon, zested and juiced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
1/2 Tbsp rosemary
1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
5-6 sprigs fresh time
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp corriander

Combine all ingredients in a zip lock bag or some other seal able container. Marinate for 24-48 hours. Grill for about 5-10 minutes on each side depending on thickness and desired temperature. Makes 2 servings.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Butternut Squash and Fig Soup

6 cups chopped butternut squash
1 cup chopped carrots
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp coconut oil (or other fat)
1/2 cup chopped figs
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic

Spice blend:
1/4 tsp cinn
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp ground fennel
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves

In a small bowl, combine spices.

Put butternut squash, carrots and broth in a slow cooker

Heat oil in a pan. Add onions. cook onions on low heat for about 20-30 minute. you want them to turn translucent, but not brown. Add figs and cook for about 5 minutes, then add garlic, cook for about a minute or two, add spices, cook for about 30 second, then remove from heat and add onion mixture to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add more salt if necessary. Puree with when finished cooking.