Monday, January 26, 2009

papaya sorbet

5 tablespoons sugar

1 pound fresh red papayas, peeled, halved, seeded, and chopped

2 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus thinly sliced rounds for garnish (3 to 4 limes total)

1 teaspoon honey

• Bring sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is syrupy, about 4 minutes. Let cool completely.

• Puree papayas, lime juice, and honey in a food processor. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in sugar syrup.

• Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container; freeze at least 2 1/2 hours (up to 1 week). Serve garnished with lime slices.

green curry beef

1 lb lean beef steak   

3 TBSP soy sauce      

2 TBSP peanut oil      

2 tsp salt    

3 TBSP green curry paste       

1 TBSP sugar  

14 oz can coconut milk 

2 cups chicken stock  

4 red chile peppers, sliced    

2 green onions, sliced

Handful of fresh basil leaves         

•Cut the beef into thin slices about two inches long. Set aside.

•Heat a wok or large skillet until hot. Add the oil, and when hot stir in the curry paste. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Drizzle in the coconut milk, stirring constantly. Add the sliced chili, soy sauce, salt, sugar and stock. Bring to a boil.

•Add the beef slices and green onions. Turn the heat to low and simmer the dish uncovered for 15 minutes until the beef is tender and the sauce slightly thickened.

•Stir in the basil leaves and cook until wilted. Serve at once with plain steamed rice. 

grilled swordfish with spicy fruit salsa

1 medium mango, peeled and diced

1 cup diced fresh pineapple

1/2 cup minced red bell pepper

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 (5 to 6-ounces each) swordfish steaks


• Combine mango, pineapple, red bell pepper, jalapeno, 1 tablespoon mint and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Let stand at room temperature while grilling swordfish.

• Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

• Whisk the oil, remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, and remaining mint in a small bowl to blend; season with salt and pepper to taste.

• Brush both sides of the swordfish steaks with the lime juice and olive oil mixture. Grill the steaks until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side (depending on thickness of steaks).

Transfer the steaks to plates; spoon salsa over and around steaks and serve.

coconut shrimp with mango dipping sauce

Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying

1/4 cup cornstarch

3 large egg whites

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups flaked coconut

1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled with tails on

• Heat 3 inches of oil in a heavy, medium stockpot to 325°F.

• In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch, egg whites, salt, and pepper until foamy. Spread the coconut out in a pie dish. Dredge the shrimp with the cornstarch and egg white mixture and shake off any excess. Press the shrimp into the coconut flakes; turn shrimp over and press into coconut again to coat both sides.

• Deep-fry the shrimp in batches until the coconut is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp to paper towels to drain. Arrange the shrimp on a platter, serve immediately with Mango Dipping Sauce.

Mango Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper

1 clove finely chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ripe mango, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 large navel orange, supremed (sections removed from between membranes)

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon chopped chives

• In a small skillet on low heat, sauté the onions, stirring often (about 3 minutes). Add the red pepper and garlic and sauté a minute more. Turn off the heat and add the salt. Place the mango, orange, lime juice, and onion mixture in a food processor. Pulse until just barely smooth – do not overprocess.

• Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with chives.

ginger rice noodle soup

6 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons finely grated ginger

1 pkg rice noodles

6 shitake mushrooms

1 1/2 teaspoon chicken base

1 small carrot – julienned

Freshly ground pepper

Chopped green onions

• Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

• Warm chicken stock with mushrooms and ginger. Add carrots and rice noodles right before serving. Garnish with green onions and freshly ground pepper.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

coconut rice


  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped green onions

To prepare rice, rinse with cold water; drain. Cover with water and let set for 20 minutes, then drain again (this brings the rice to a nice long size).  Combine rice, coconut milk, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; stir once. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Let stand 10 minutes; stir in onions.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

flavor-filled fruit slushie

Now that I am counting calories, I needed to find a sweet snack that will curb the appetite.  I think I have found just the ticket with a few items sitting around the kitchen.

1 banana
5 strawberries
1 t. lemon juice
1/2 c. crushed ice
1/4 c. water
1 packet of Splenda (or other sugar substitute)

Place all ingredients in a blend and puree to your satisfaction.  This turned out just delicious and was only 70 calories.  Gotta love it!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

our favorite quiche

This is adjusted from a Fannie Farmer Cookbook recipe.  Chef D gave me a copy of the cookbook the year before we became engaged to be married.

2 cups light cream
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. nutmeg
pinch of cayenne powder
8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1 1/4 c. shredded swiss cheese
Pie shell

Mix heavy cream, eggs, salt, cayenne, and nutmeg and beat well by hand with a wire whisk. Place crumbled bacon and cheese in the bottom of the pie shell and then carefully ladle the egg mixture over the top. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and then 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

If you want to make individual quiches, you can flatten out crescent roll dough, cut into squares, into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20 minutes each (for giant sized muffin tins).