Naturally Leavened Panettone

This is another recipe from this past holiday season and it is worth recording for reference (and I got it posted before the end of January!). It worked very good but I will need to change a few things next time around, so a quick record of it is a good idea. Usually I makeContinue reading “Naturally Leavened Panettone”

Greens, Pumpkin and Rice Torta

If I had to pick all time favorite vegetarian meals they would have to be Mediterranean. They probably focus on lots of greens and wrapped in thin flatbread or dough (proper Falafel is probably on the top of that list). This Italian gem of a recipe from Paula Wolfert is one of those recipes andContinue reading “Greens, Pumpkin and Rice Torta”

Cronuts at Home

According to Chef Dominique Ansel when he created the Cronut he had no clue it would be such a huge phenomenon. He wanted to put a donut on his pastry shop’s menu and figured he’s put a spin on it, thus the Cronut was born. If you have never heard of a Cronut (never heard ofContinue reading “Cronuts at Home”

Cassoulet and Green Salad, Country Bread and Red Wine, Walnut Tart – A Dinner from Southwest France

A long titled post suitable to a properly labor-intensive and delicious cold-weather meal. Both the Toulouse-style Cassoulet and the Walnut Tart are based on Paula Wolfert’s recipes in her book “The Cooking of Southwest France“. The bread is the Pain de Campagne (country bread) recipe from Peter Reinhart’s “The Bread baker’s Apprentice“. Making a proper Cassoulet is a good bitContinue reading “Cassoulet and Green Salad, Country Bread and Red Wine, Walnut Tart – A Dinner from Southwest France”

Pistachio Waffle, Yeast Foam, Pear and Banana-Cinnamon Ice Cream

Anything that has to do with fermentation and yeast fascinates me. That why I love baking bread, brewing beer and even fermenting my own homemade salami. When I first saw a wierd congealed mass in my bottle of vinegar and later learned it was a “vinegar mother” that can basically make vinegar out of wine, I did notContinue reading “Pistachio Waffle, Yeast Foam, Pear and Banana-Cinnamon Ice Cream”

VDP: Black Bean Enchiladas with Tomatillo Salsa

Tuesday, January 13 , 2009 I love Mexican food but I do not cook nearly as much of it as I should. That’s probably because I live in Houston, and good real Mexican food or it’s descendent, Tex-Mex, is very easy to find. I’ve been planning to make Mole some time soon because that isContinue reading “VDP: Black Bean Enchiladas with Tomatillo Salsa”

VDP: Farinata (Socca)

Sunday, November 30, 2008 Another Americanized name for this pie is Chickpea Pizza. However, I just posted about pizza. Real pizza. Farinata my friends is not pizza. It does not taste like pizza nor look like one. It has no cheese, no sauce and no topping. Farinata is more like a pancake, or crepe really.Continue reading “VDP: Farinata (Socca)”

VDP: Pizza – Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and an Egg

Friday, November 28, 2008 It’s been a while since I’ve added some updates to this particular journal. It’s not much due to laziness as much as redundancy. I’ve been trying to cook my vegetarian meals, but over the last month or so, I’ve not made many interesting or new dishes worth posting about. Also thisContinue reading “VDP: Pizza – Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and an Egg”