Taste and see...

Apr. 3, 2021

Fresh Tomato sauce

2 large ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Place a box grater over a shallow bowl. Grate the tomatoes one at a time.  The peel will be left which can be discarded. Using the fine side of the grater, grate the garlic cloves. Powder the Italian seasoning and chili flakes. Add to the bowl with tomatoes. Add olive oil. Serve over cooked pasta. Garnish with freshly grated cheese. Top with a sprig of basil. 

Feb. 20, 2021

Pizza Margarita

2 C flour
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 C warm water
1 large ripe tomato
1garlic clove
1 ball fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
Chili oil

Mix flour, salt and yeast add warm water and olive oil. Knead into a ball, coat with olive oil and let rest 1 hour. After an hour,  divide the dough into two. Roll one half into a 12" circle or rectangle. Grate the tomato, add salt and grated garlic and chopped basil. Drizzle chili oil and stir.
Heat oven to 450F. If using a pizza stone preheat the stone in the oven. Once the oven has preheated, drizzle some chili oil over pizza crust. Spread the sauce over and top with mozzarella.

Cook on the stone or a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes on the lower rack of the oven. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy. Delicioso!

Dec. 31, 2020

Easy mini pavlova

12 meringues
1 cup creme fraiche
1 pint strawberries

Layer meringues with a dollop of creme fraiche and chopped strawberries. Alternatively,  whipped cream or greek yogurt can be used instead of the creme fraiche. Any berries of choice can be used instead of strawberries. 

Dec. 28, 2020

Tangy Pavlova
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp corn starch
Greek yogurt
Using a stand mixer whip the egg whites with salt, while adding sugar 1 tbsp at a time for 10 minutes total. Turn off the stand mixer and sift in the corn starch and cream of tartar. Fold gently into whipped egg whites. Preheat oven to 300F. Place piping bag fitted with round nozzle over a tall glass and fill with whipped egg whites. Line a baking sheet with parchment and pipe twelve to 14 circles filled with the whipped egg whites. Place into the preheated oven and reduce the temperature to 265F. Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and let cool in the oven for 3-12 hours. To assemble Pavlova, place on the serving plate and top with greek yogurt and lots of fresh berries. Garnish with a mint leaf. Eat immediately. Only assemble the pavlova when you are ready to serve. For a traditional pavlova,  replace the greek yogurt with whipped cream.  Bon appetit. 

Dec. 16, 2020

Hearty Breakfast Smoothie

1/3 cup oatmeal
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
5 dates pitted
2 cups water
Pinch salt

Add oats and 1 cup cold water to the blender bowl. Add dates to 1 cup water and heat 2 minutes in the microwave. Wait 30 minutes. After 30 minutes add banana peeled, peanut butter, soaked dates to the oats soaking in the blender. Blitz it on high for 1 min. Serve in 16oz glass. Makes one hearty serving. This is a very nutritious breakfast. The oats with the beta glucan and soluble fiber. The banana with the potassium,  dates with iron and fiber and the protein rich peanut butter makes it a filling breakfast. Vegan friendly.