Sunday, February 15, 2015

Feburarries!




Hi Guys!


I was really craving berries and as I walked around my local produce store I saw oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries,and blackberries everywhere. Excited I realized that it is the season for citrus and berries and I loooove them both. I grabbed a bag of tangelos and a couple packages of fresh berries then headed to the cashier. I figured that I wont be able to eat all of them, so why not create something? Out birthed the idea of a Tangelo Berry Crepe topped with Salted Carmel Butter Pecan Ice cream

Now for a little back story a Tangelo is a cross between tangerine and grapefruit or a pomelo. It is a very sweet and juicy citrus fruit. Tangelo is not only great on the taste buds but can step up almost any dish and make it an experience. 

Crepe's are so easy to make and can be made into a savory or sweet entrée, brunch, breakfast or dessert item.

The recipe for Tangelo Berry Crepe w/ Salted Carmel Butter Pecan Ice Cream goes as follows:
 *The only thing I did differently was add 1tsp vanilla extract and used soy milk


Tangelo Berry Filling
  • 2 Cups mixed berries frozen/fresh (thawed)
  • 1 Tangelo juiced + 1/2 tangelo in a separate bowl
  • Tangelo Zest
  • 1/2 Cup sugar 
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1Tsp all spice
 In a bowl mix berries, tangelo juice, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, toss and let sit for 20 minutes. Place a pan on the burner on medium and toss in berry mixture. In a smaller bowl mix cornstarch and 1/2 tangelo juice together, when berry mix starts bubbling add cornstarch mixture. When the berry mixture has thickened turn off burner. Remove from burner and let it cool.

Take a plate, roll the crapes, top with cooled berry mixture ice cream, powdered sugar and enjoy!




 
Till Next Week,
Happy Manjè (eating)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love Is Just A Bite Away



  
Hi Guys!
 Can you believe that it is February already? How are your 2015 goals and resolutions going? hopefully well. Seeing how we are in February also known as the month of Love, Friendship and Happiness, I got cooking to develop some easy recipes for valentines day, get togethers and fun nights in February.

It just so happens my sister's birthday is in the first week of February, so I made her a birthday dinner. I made Roasted Chicken Thighs with Peppered Piquant Sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables, she ate like a Queen.

 The recipe goes as follows:
 Roasted Chicken Thighs
 Ingredients:
  • 1 Package of chicken thighs bone in (removing skin is optional)
  • 2Tbs paprika
  • 2tbs garlic powder
  • 2Tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4c oil
  • 2 limes sliced in half
  • 2Tbs salt 
  • 1Tbs Pepper
  • 2 Springs of thyme chopped
Directions:
Wash chicken, rub limes and juice all over. Place chicken with lime juice in a bowl add all the other ingredients and place in fridge for 2-24hours.  Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees, place chicken in a non stick dish. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken juice runs clear. Remove from heat and plate.
 
Peppered Piquant Sauce
  Ingredients:
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1/4c butter
  • 3Tbs All purpose flour
  • 2Tbs White wine vinegar
  • 1c White wine vinegar or chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Dill pickles, chopped
  • 1Tsp parsley, chopped
  • 3-4 Sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 cCicken bouillon cube
Directions:
Thinly slice and chop onions and peppers. In a pan melt butter and add onion, cook till golden. Sprinkle in flour stir and cook for 8 minutes on low till brown. Mix white wine and broth/vinegar together then slowly add to pan while stirring. Keep stirring until smooth consistency until it looks like a creamy brown sauce. Add salt and pepper and let simmer for 10 minute. Add pickles, parsley and bouillon cube stir. Let simmer for another 10 minutes, then it is ready to serve. If it is too thick add more broth or white wine vinegar.
 
Roasted Red Potatoes
 Ingredients:
  • 4-5 Red potatoes
  • 1/4c Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tb Steak seasoning
Directions:
Slice potatoes into wedges, place in a bowl and toss in oil and steak seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, checking and flipping so that each side is crispy.

 Arrange everything beautifully on a plate or individually as I did for our feast. This meal will bring out the love in anybody.
 
I hope your valentines day is full of joy, love friendship and happiness, whether your alone or not!
 
Till Next Week,
Happy Manjè (eating)