Make-Ahead

Homemade Lemon Curd

2018-07-23T16:08:36+00:00Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead|

Homemade lemon curd is much tastier than the store bought ones, it is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  The color and flavor is pure summer…blasting with flavor, rich, creamy and so flavorful…   I love everything that has lemon in it…from bars to ice cream and our Meyer lemon tree was loaded with lemons, after picking them up and freezing some of them for making smoothie I still find myself with a lot of it…not to mention that we still have other kind of lemons tree in our backyard. Since I had made pavlova recently I found myself with leftover egg yolks and I absolutely dislike throwing food away, I thought that the best way [...]

Almond Croissants

2018-06-18T10:47:14+00:00Bread, Breakfast, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

Today I am sharing with you a very simple and yet delicious recipe for almond croissants using store bought croissants. The combination of flaky layers of croissant dough and smooth almond cream is just divine.  This is a perfect treat for a weekend brunch or afternoon tea.   As I mention many time throughout my blog, I love to shop at Costco and one of the many “problems” shopping at Costco is the large quantity…well, with this said once in a while we do not resist and get the croissants and sure enough they come in a package of 12…huge ones. I do freeze some for sandwiches and the other ones I turn into tasty and delicious almost fancy bakeries [...]

Roasted Chickpeas

2018-06-18T11:11:01+00:00Make-Ahead, Snack, Vegetarian|

This simply roasted chickpeas are a great snack, and it come packed with healthy stuff.  They are very versatile and can be spiked with all kind of spices. 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 [...]

Caramelized Garlic

2018-06-18T11:00:38+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Condiment, Make-Ahead|

This is a very simple and practical recipe for people that like garlic...having a handy jar of caramelized garlic can be very helpful. It can be added everywhere garlic is welcome... Okay, this is one of the posts that I feel almost bad posting it…since no recipe is really needed.  In spite of the simplicity of this caramelized garlic, especially when you find yourself with a huge bag of fresh garlic (thanks to Costco), it is very convenient to have this “condiment” handy. I find having a jar of caramelized garlic very useful…I add them to stir-fry vegetables and soups,  on pizza, bruchetta, pasta, seafood…you named it…practically everywhere you use garlic. Ingredients: Garlic (as much as you want), finely chopped [...]

Avocado Ice Cream

2018-06-18T11:23:03+00:00Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

This week I am sharing with you a recipe for avocado ice cream. This ice cream is really creamy, rich and amazingly smooth. There is a touch of vanilla and lemon juice, just like how we used to make avocado smoothie in Brazil. 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 [...]

Almond Paste

2018-06-18T12:03:02+00:00Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

If you are a marzipan lover you will definitely try this recipe. The almond paste can be used in so many ways, such as bread, cake, cookies, the options are endless. 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 [...]

Cherry Ice Cream

2018-06-18T12:04:56+00:00Dessert/Sweet, Gluten Free, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

The ice cream is rich, creamy and loaded with cherries. The recipe calls for cherry cooked in brandy sauce, very easy and delicious. Can you believe that this is my first homemade ice cream? I have made a variety of frozen yogurt but this time I decided to go for the “real” ice cream, with heavy cream and all…for the Valentine’s Day. When I saw cherries at the local grocery store, I just thought that cherry ice cream would be nice…especially with its intense and vivid red color accompanied with brandy flavor. The most laborious part of this recipe is to remove the cherry pit…which with the help of a cherry pitter it was not that bad. The texture of [...]

Parmesan Tuiles

2018-06-18T14:15:31+00:00Make-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

2018-06-18T14:16:26+00:00Make-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

2018-06-18T14:26:57+00:00Make-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 [...]

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