10.26.2014

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Yes, more cake.  This time for the sixth blogiversary of this little blog. Who knew it would last that long. :)

Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Gateau de Chocolat by Gourmandises Vegetariennes

For a 22-24 cm spring pan

Ingredients:

100g dark chocolate 70% cocoa, chopped
100g dark chocolate 85% cocoa, chopped
200g butter
220g sugar
seeds from one vanilla pod
4 eggs
200g ground almonds
pinch of salt
1,5 tsp backing powder

Method:

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Line the spring pan with parchment paper and set aside. Melt the butter and the chocolate on low heat. Lightly whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Carefully stir in the liquid chocolate. Fold in the almonds, salt and backing powder. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Let the cake cool and set overnight for maximum flavour.

10.12.2014

Plum-Chocolate Cake

Plum-Chocolate Cake



As promised, here's the cake for welcoming Diana Henry as the featured chef at IHCC.

Plum-Chocolate Cake

Adapted from the Telegraph Column of Diana Henry

Ingredients:

1 kg plums, stones removed
200g ground hazelnuts
100g dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
175g butter, at room temperature
125g brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
125g flour
1¼ tsp baking-powder


Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 23cm (9in) springform cake tin with grease-proof paper.
Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy and light in texture. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift together the flour, baking-powder, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Fold the flour mixture into the eggs and butter, followed by the hazelnuts and chocolate. Scrape into the tin.
Smooth the surface and arrange the halved plums on top. Bake for an hour and 10 minutes. A skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean.

10.05.2014

Poor Man's Potatoes

Poor Man's Potatoes

IHCC
Time flew by really quickly while cooking with Nigel Slater. For the final dish I chose some frugal potatoes. Stay tuned for cooking with Diana Henry as of next week. There will be cake. :)



Poor Man's Potatoes

Adapted from Eat by Nigel Slater

Ingredients:

1 pound new potatoes, cut into quarters
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 red or yellow bell peppers, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 liter vegetable stock or water
salt and pepper

Method:

Heat the oil and fry the potatoes for 2-3 minutes. Add the peppers and onion and fry until the onion starts to soften. Add salt and pepper to taste, add the stock and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

9.07.2014

Pasta with Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon

Pasta with Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon

A quick, cold sauce to enjoy the last warm days of summer.

Pasta with Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon

Adapted from The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Ingredients:

1 pound tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1 shallot or red onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp pickled olives, chopped
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Method:

While the pasta is cooking, mix all of the ingredients and set aside until the pasta is al dente. Toss with the pasta, sprinkle with some more of the lemon zest and serve.

8.31.2014

Zucchini Coins with Tomatoes and Feta

Zucchini Coins with Tomatoes and Feta

Summer squash season goes on and on and on.....  :)


Zucchini Coins with Tomatoes and Feta

Adapted from The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Ingredients: 

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound zucchini, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound tomatoes, skinned
200 g feta cheese
salt, pepper, dried thyme

Method:

Heat the oil in a skillet, add the zucchini and garlic and fry for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and feta and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and thyme to taste and serve.

8.17.2014

Summer Squash Soup

Summer Squash Soup

A light soup for warm days.


Summer Squash Soup

Adapted from The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound zucchini, sliced
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup white rice
6 cups vegetable stock or water
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Heat the oilin a soup pot, add the vegetables and the rice. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of liquid and steam for about 10 minutes with a lid on. Add the remaining liquid and a dash of salt and simmer for about 10 minutes until the rice is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8.10.2014

Tomato Soup with Quinoa

Tomato Soup with Quinoa

A quick soup for the peak of tomato season.


Tomato Soup with Quinoa

Adapted from Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 pound tomatoes, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cooked quinoa

Method:

Heat the oil in a soup pot and fry the onion until translucent. Add the spices and fry for one or two minutes. Add the tomatoes, a dash of salt and four cups of water. Simmer for 15 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste and serve with the quinoa.