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July 30, 2008

So tasty and addictive and unhealthy that I have to share

Filed under: comfort food, Dessert — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:24 am

Fried chocolate sandwiches!  I place all blame on epicurious.com for this one!

Basically you put chocolate between two pieces of bread, butter the bread, and fry it.  Here are proper directions, though
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/FRIED-BITTERSWEET-CHOCOLATE-BREAD-236691

I made the “student version” with the bread I happened to have around and chocolate chips, and it was still delicious.

Enjoy!
-Emma

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July 27, 2008

This city deserves a better class of turkey sandwich…

Filed under: Light lunch, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:49 pm

To be perfectly honest, I don’t usually like sandwiches (yes, I know that’s weird).  But I’m working full-time at an unpaid job, so packing a lunch became a necessity, and I am without the lovely thermos that I used in school to bring myself tasty leftovers. It seemed that some creative thinking was in order.  After a few sad days of PB&J and a chat with my housemate, I discovered an easy addition to a basic turkey and cheese sandwich to make it wonderful: Pesto!  I just take my slices of bread (I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane, a nice all-purpose sourdough), and plop on a few slices of turkey and cheese (provolone, brie, and havarti have all worked nicely for this).  Then, on the top slice of bread, I spread on a teensy bit of mayo, and a spoonful of pesto.  Delicious!
-Emma

July 15, 2008

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

Filed under: Dinner, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:18 am

No photo, because I actually made this recipe about three months ago and only remembered it today. It’s delicious and has a wonderful provenance to boot. I was reading Haruki Murakami’s elegant ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ and at one point the narrator makes a dish for his wife with onions, beef and green capsicum with some soy sauce and beer. It sounded simple and delicious, and, overcome with a strange craving for this very dish, I threw together something based on it (sans beer and using mixed capsicums, not just green). Served with rice, it’s not only lovely but literary.

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

500g beef, diced into chunks (or indeed cut into fine strips…those will cook faster, of course)
1 onion, sliced
Capsicums, sliced. I used about two and a half, I think: red, yellow and green. I think using multicoloured capsicums here is lovely for visual purposes, but if you prefer the taste of one or the other, please use that instead.
A dash of soy sauce, about a tablespoon or two, to taste
Spring onions, chopped into rounds, optional
Vegetable oil

In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the beef. Brown on all sides and then cook for a few more minutes, then add the sliced onion. Stir occasionally. Cook until the onion is lightly browned, then add the capsicum, stirring. Cook until soft. Add the soy sauce and stir it through. Check the beef. You may need to add a little water or stock if it’s not yet cooked through. If you do, cook it until it bubbles away.

Serve scattered with spring onions and alongside some steamed rice. Some lightly blanched bok choi or kai lan would go nicely with this as well, I think!

Eat well…life is too short not to!
Chloe

July 6, 2008

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Dessert — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 2:26 pm

Based on a recipe from 500 Fabulous Cakes and Bakes and a lot easier to make if you have an electric handwhisk. Adding the banana obviously makes it more healthy, and thus more acceptable to society. It makes 24 cookies if you make the dollops fairly small.

Ingredients:
115g/ 4oz/ 1/2 Cup of butter
45g/ 1 3/4 oz/ 1/4 cup caster sugar (for a popcorny taste use icing sugar)
100g/ 3 3/4 oz/ 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2.5ml / 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
175g/ 6oz/ 1 1/2 cups plain flour
2.5ml/ 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1.5ml/ 1/4 tsp salt
175g/ 6oz/1 cup chocolate chips (or as many as you want, really)
1-2 Bananas depending on how much you like the taste of banana

1) Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ Gas 4. Grease baking sheets as you run out of room for separate cookies. Cream the butter and all the sugar until light and fluffy.

2) In another bowl, mix the egg and the vanilla essence, then gradually beat into the butter mixture. Sift over the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and stir.

3) Mash up some bananas with an electric handwhisk. If you do not have acess to such a thing use a potato masher or a fork. Pour the mashed up bananas into the rest of the mixture and combine thoroughly. Add chocolate chips as desired. The resulting mixture should be gloopy, but smooth.

4) Place heaped teaspoons of the dough onto the greased baking trays. Ensure they are not too close together otherwise they will form one giant cookie, which, surprisingly, has its downsides. Bake in the oven until lightly coloured for about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack too cool.

-Juliet

July 5, 2008

Pic-A-Nic

Filed under: Side Dishes — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:10 am

Summer is the perfect time for picnics, and it simply wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without some picnic food recipes. 

The New York Times just showcased a slew of awesome picnic recipes.  Here’s the article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/dining/02mlis-001.html?_r=2&ref=dining&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Here are two of my favorite picnic recipes:

German Potato Salad
Boiled New Potatoes
Vinagrette:
1 part white wine vinegar
2 parts mustard (I like Dijon)
3 parts oil
chopped dill pickle
Optional:
crumbled bacon and bacon grease

This recipe is great because you don’t have to worry about refrigeration like you do with most potato salads.

Cucumber Salad:
One thinly sliced cucumber
3 TBSP white wine vinegar
1 TSP salt
1 TBSP dill

Have a good holiday weekend!
-Emma

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