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Today I have a few recipes to post. I could not decide on which one so I thought I would share what has been made in the past week. The weather is finally feeling like January. Blustery cold winds and sunny skies. It is a shock to think just a few days ago it felt like early March, watching as the little snow we have had melt away. I don’t think much of us mind this mild winter weather from last years’ experience.
These recipes are the kind of foods that I make on an everyday basis. No need to get fancy here, no special imported food stuff to acquire, just a few quality ingredients and a good turn of the pepper mill can make all the difference. If you experiment with gluten-free recipes you should try this honey hazelnut cornbread. No one would ever guess it was gluten-free! Too bad I did not make any slow roasted ribs to go along with it, but I can guess as summer approaches, an outdoor rib roast will be in order.
Have a great rest of the week!
Carrot & Parsnip Soup Recipe
2 Tablespoons sunflower oil
2 whole cloves
1 small bay leaf
1/3 cup shallots, thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove
1 ½ cups carrots, peeled & chopped
1 cup parsnips, peeled & chopped
3 ½ cups chicken stock -or- vegetable stock
2 Tablespoons honey -or- to taste
1 teaspoon sea salt
Chopped pistachios [for garnishing]
1. Heat oil over medium heat and add whole cloves and bay leaf. Cook for a few minutes.
2. Add shallots and cook until translucent and starting to brown. Add garlic and cook for a minute.
3. Add carrots, parsnips and stock. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook covered until vegetables are tender.
4. Puree soup in a blender and return to the pot.
5. Add honey and sea salt to taste and serve with pistachios and a bit of cream.
Honey Hazelnut Cornbread Recipe
½ cup gluten-free baking mix
5 Tablespoons cornmeal [gluten-free source]
3 Tablespoons hazelnut meal
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup milled honey
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped [for topping]*
2 Tablespoons hazelnut meal [optional topping]
Preheat oven to 350°F.
1. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
2. Beat together butter and honey.
3. Incorporate egg and buttermilk. [Mixture will be lumpy.]
4. Add dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated.
5. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full or a buttered dish.
6. Sprinkle tops with hazelnuts and hazelnut meal if using.
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes for muffins and 25-30 minutes for a pan.
Makes 8-10 muffins -or- an 8 inch skillet.
*note: toast hazelnuts for 10 minutes and cool before chopping.
Braised White Bean Recipe
1 cup white navy beans
1 ham shank
½ small yellow onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 sprigs winter savory
1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon crushed red chilies
3 cups chicken stock, unsalted
soaking & precooking the beans:
1. Soak beans in cold water to cover generously overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Place drained beans in a pot and cover with water.
3. Bring to a simmer and cook for one hour. Drain and set aside.
cooking the beans:
1. In a medium pot sear the ham hock until browned and there is a little fat coating the pot, remove.
2. Sauté onions and garlic on medium heat until translucent and starting to brown.
3. Add drained beans, ham hock, savory, crushed chilies and stock to cover.
4. Bring to a gently simmer and cook until beans are tender.