Make-Ahead

Roasted Chickpeas

2018-02-07T03:48:47+00:00 Make-Ahead, Snack, Vegetarian|

I have been wanted to make this roasted chickpeas for ages, but somehow never got the chance to make it until now…and yes, I do regret not have done this earlier. They are very addictive and yes, you can “dress” which ever you like, salty, spicy, tangy, sweet…now that I know how simple and easy these are, I will sure have them all the time. Chickpeas are also called gabanzo beans, and they are packed with protein and fiber. So why not snack on these healthy little crunchy treats? Since I want to make sure that all the chickpeas will be totally dry, I roasted them in low heat for a longer time. The end product is so light and [...]

Avocado Ice Cream

2018-02-06T01:46:17+00:00 Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

When living in Brazil, avocado was eaten as fruit, meaning that it was always made into cream or smoothie with sugar. So when I first was introduced to guacamole, I literally was disgusted…it was my first time tasting “salty” avocado…no need to say that I now love guacamole… Anyway, I saw a post from Ray at Wok with Ray a while ago were he made avocado ice cream, and I just thought…”Wow, how come I never came across avocado ice cream in Brazil? It should only be natural considering that we only eat with sugar” You should see my husband when I told him that I was planning to make avocado ice cream…he had the same reaction I had when I initially [...]

Almond Paste

2018-02-01T13:04:33+00:00 Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

I love almond paste or marzipan…when living in Brazil I used to buy “potato balls” or fruit shaped marzipan with the money that my parents would give me for snack and would munch on it on my way home after school. That might explain my love for marzipan, as each bite of anything with it brings me memories of my childhood. Almond paste or marzipan, I honestly do not know the difference between the two of them…they are both made with blanched almond and confectioner sugar…because I remember the “potato balls” and fruit shaped candies were called marzipan, I assume that marzipan is used for making candies and almond paste as a filling. Never mind it’s name…almond paste or marzipan…the [...]

Parmesan Tuiles

2018-02-02T01:50:51+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!, Simple Ideas|

These Parmesan tuiles or crisp are very simple to make and they are sure very tasty and elegant when added to any salad, especially Caesar salad. You can always add a variety of herbs to please your palate…and your eyes. Ingredients: ½ cup to 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Herb of your choice Method: Preheat the oven to 350oF In a bowl mix gently the grated Parmesan cheese with the herb of your choice, I used oregano. Spoon the Parmesan cheese mix on a silicon mat (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) making small circle of approximately 2 ½ inch in diameter. Bake until slightly golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool for a minute or so and using a silicone spatula [...]

Homemade Banana Jam

2018-02-01T12:58:34+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

Have you ever got yourself stuck with lots of ripe bananas? Somehow this happen to me more often that I expect therefor I have to find a way to use the bananas up, otherwise they end up in a trash which I always feel bad. So here is a very simple recipe to bust the flavor of banana. Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon cinnamon Method: Cut the banana into approximately ½ inch size. In a small pan place all the ingredients except for the crescent and turn the stove to medium low heat. Stir occasionally until the banana mix is slightly thick, cook for about 6 minutes. Remove from [...]

Strawberry Coulis

2018-02-15T10:37:12+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!, Simple Ideas|

This is very easy and great to have available all the time. I like to make when the strawberries are in season and store them in the freezer and when needed just thaw and use in any way you like. I like this strawberry coulis with cheesecake, ice cream, spherical yogurt, yogurt, panna cotta, cakes or even in drinks, like lemonade, margaritas, daiquiris, and the list goes on and on. Ingredients: 2 lb of fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut into quarters ¼ cup sugar ¼ water Lemon to taste Use fresh… or freeze. Method: In a medium pan place all the ingredients and cook under medium heat. Once it boils remove from the heat and let it cool. Using [...]

Bacon Bits Made It Easy

2018-02-01T13:07:26+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

One of the issues that I have when shopping at Costco is that everything comes in big packages…and bacon is not an exception…therefore I make this bacon bits and store in the freezer, so every time that I need some bacon to enhance any dish flavor I just need to reach the bacon bits bag in the freezer and take whatever amount I need. Another thing that I do is to fry the bacon outdoor at the stove attached to my BBQ, so my house does not smell the grease which many times even with the hood at full blast the smoke still manages to scape. One thing that I noticed is that every time that I make this bacon [...]

Frozen Edible Flowers

2018-02-02T01:54:14+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!, Simple Ideas|

I have been growing violas since last year, they are very easy to grow and fun to use in the kitchen. They have a pleasant pea flavor and are great to use for decorating desserts or toss into a green salad. I started with seeds…it was very easy and I was very happy when I noticed the little leaves coming from the soil… after a while there were so many flowers…more than I asked for, and I felt bad just tossing them out. So I froze the little flowers in the ice cube tray. Once the flowers were frozen, I removed from the tray and stored in an airtight contained in the freezer for future use. This ice cubes can [...]

Frozen Basil Dollops

2018-02-01T12:45:54+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

Have you ever found yourself with so much fresh basil that you do not know what to do with it? Well, this happened to me…my basil plants were so beautiful but we had to go for vacation and I knew that if I left them in the pots they would be all dead by the time we came home, so I desperately search in the internet for a solution. So here I am sharing with you what I found…an efficient and easy way to preserve fresh basil by creating a paste with a small amount of olive oil and freeze. Place the clean and dried basil leaves in the food processor Slowly drizzle olive oil or any oil of your [...]

Shaved Frozen Lemon or Lime

2018-02-02T01:49:23+00:00 Make-Ahead then Freeze it!, Simple Ideas|

I love lemons and limes, everything that has any lemon or lime…but what to do when you have too many o them? Freeze them! Wash well the lemons, and place them in the freezer. Once the lemons are completely frozen, just use your microplane grater/zester to grate the whole lemon and sprinkle it on top of your food. You can add the shaved lemon (whole) in your tea, as shown here, on your salad, juice, baking good, desserts, soups, marinades…use everywhere where you would use lemon or lime. Apparently the lemon peels contain more vitamins than the lemon juice and by grating the whole lemon you will not be wasting any of the good thing. I hope you enjoy this [...]

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