Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Dinner with recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

It's nothing much but here are some pictures of our Easter dinner. Something about Easter makes me want to make it colorful. Maybe it is inspired by all the hues of the plastic Easter eggs and yummy jellybeans but I always breakout Mima's purple china plates and choose colorful foods to eat.

As an appetizer I spread Endive leaves with Boursin and topped witha locally made salsa.

Mashed purple potatoes and a Cheesy Cauliflower casserole. (From but see below). I made the cauliflower extra cheesy but I did use an orange Cauliflower.

Lamb with mint jelly and a nice wine.

Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

Serves: 6
  • 5 cups small cauliflower florets
  • ½ lemon to avoid the bad smell when cooking cauliflower
  • 1 and ¼ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 390F 
  2. Steam the cauliflower florets in a steam basket for 10 minutes.  Place ½ lemon in the steam basket or in the pot to avoid the bad smell. 
  3. Drain and transfer the florets into very cold water. Drain and put aside.
  4. Whisk milk, olive oil and egg. Add in flour, salt and black pepper and whisk until smooth. Fold in ¾ of parmesan. Toss in the steamed cauliflower florets and coat them well with this sauce. 
  5. Transfer it into a casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes. 
  6. Remove the casserole from the oven, throw the remaining Parmesan over it and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and gets golden.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Czechoslovakian Rye Bread

A couple of years ago, our college friend Klaudia came over to bake a traditional Czechoslovakian Rye bread bake. She knew my love of cooking and hands on learning and I had asked her for this for my blog the summer before. Sadly, I never got this post done and only discovered the pictures the other day

She even brought a cookbook from Wisconsin! Who knew there were a lot of Czech's in Wisconsin?
I hope recipe shows up well enough to read

The one detail I forgot - we cooked it on May Day!

Paneer Kulcha by Sizzling Tastebuds

I'm always looking for recipes for Indian breads and last night I stumbled upon many of them!
Here is one from Sizzling Tastebuds which I also shared to Pinterest.
Paneer Kulcha

Lachha Paratha / Indian Layered Flatbread

SARA'S TASTY BUDS: Lachha Paratha / Indian Layered Flatbread #Breadba...:   For this month’s Bread Bakers we has to make Griddle Bread By Anshie.  

Making sauce and Homemade Pasta

Way back in December, I defrosted the 35 pounds of garden tomatoes we froze and made sauce. Spending a weekend making sauce requires asking friends over to keep you company and help make fresh pasta. It seems that I forgot to make a blog post in December and fear that I lost the majority of the photos, but here are a few to commemorate the event.

Even Ms. Tim was there and we don't see enough of them!

Here is Ms. B the amazing midwife showing her resilient patience as the pasta is just not cooperating!

Ms. A is there lending a helping hand.

Slowly, things came together and the pasta cooperated enough to thin and be cut.

It was a wonderful night. Thanks to everyone for their help! We still have sauce left on the shelf!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Karen's Kitchen Stories: Sourdough English Muffins

Karen's Kitchen Stories: Sourdough English Muffins | #BreadBakers make Grid...: I love English muffins. They are so good toasted and buttered or spread with jam. 

How to make your own sourdough starter - King Arthur Flour

How to make your own sourdough starter - Flourish - King Arthur Flour: Learn the secrets to creating your own sourdough starter from scratch with our step-by-step instructions.

Pizza Pizza!

Just another pizza night in our household!
Here's my Mediterranean pizza:

and this is what remains of the bacon potato pizza. Yes, those are purple potatoes!

Monsoon Spice | Matar Paneer Kurma/Korma Recipe

Monsoon Spice | Unveil the Magic of Spices...: Matar Paneer Kurma/Korma Recipe | Simple & Easy Pe...: Learn how to make Matar Paneer Kurma ~ Peas and Indian cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spiced onion, tomato and yogurt curry sauce.

Monsoon Spice | Beetroot Kofta Curry Recipe | Mughali Style ...

Monsoon Spice | Unveil the Magic of Spices...: Vegan Beetroot Kofta Curry Recipe | Mughali Style ...: Learn how to make Vegan Beetroot Kofta Curry ~ Spicy beetroot and potato vegan meatballs served in Mughalai style creamy cashew and almond sauce.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mexican Meat Pie

This is quick and simple and loved by the kids!

1 Pie shell
1 egg
1 lb ground beef or turkey
7 oz. whole kernel corn
1.2 cup soda crackers
1/2 cup chili sauce
2 Tablespoons pepper flakes or fresh green pepper
1 Tablespoon onion
1.2 teaspoon oregano
for cheese mixture topping.
1 egg beaten
2 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
dash of cayenne pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Transfer into pie shell and press into dish and put in preheated oven.
  4. While pie is baking, prepare cheese mixture for the topping.
  5. Bake in oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Top with cheese mixture and bake another 5 minutes. Feel free to garnish with a few olives too.