Cooking is to life as love is to family.
These are my personal favorites and ones that I make on a semi-regular basis. They are healthy, delicious, and quick, which is what I love most. Don’t let the oil scare you, it is necessary for good biological function. The thing you want to avoid generally, is lots of white bleached carbohydrates. The amounts listed are approximate because I never use a measuring device; I ‘eyeball’ it (just like my mom does). If you have favorites of your own, send them in to me; I will publish them.
This is one of my favorite (and easy) treats to make. It is great to take to a party, inexpensive, healthy, and quick. What more do you want?…..er,…. except maybe breath mints. You will need a food processor (best) or blender, and it takes just 5 minutes to make. Open the can, drain (throw out) the water, and add the chick peas to the machine. Add all the other ingredients (exept the pita bread) and blend it all up for about 1-2 minutes. Turn it off, rip off a piece of pita and dip it in to taste it. The aim is to be able to taste all the ingredients equally. The amounts below are approximate, and I find your taste buds are the best guide. Add more of whatever ingredient is lacking. You will know it is done when you cannot stop ‘tasting’ it. Serve immediately. It can be stored in the fridge but I find it is best when fresh.1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans) 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic approx 1/4 tsp ground black pepper approx 1 tblsp Tahini (ground sesame seeds-usually comes in a jar) 1 tblsp lemon juice approx 1/2 cup olive oil (cold first pressed is best) Pita bread ingredients below are optional and adds even more flavor. Pinch of salt pinch of dried dill weed (or fresh if you have it I guess) or anything else – experiment with it!
Homemade Creamy Broccoli Cheese soup
This recipe is one of my favorites. The combination of broccoli and cheese is heavenly! It’s so easy to make and takes about 10-15 minutes. First melt the butter in a saucepan and mix in enough flour until it is like a pancake batter. This is called a ‘roux’ (pronounced ‘roo’), and should then be simmered for a minute or two before removing from the heat to cool down. While it cools, put the onions, 1/2 of the broccoli, and approx one cup of the milk in a blender to puree . Take the saucepan with the roux, and add in the milk a little at a time, stirring all the time so you don’t get lumps. When you’ve finished adding all the milk, add the blended mixture and put on the heat to thicken. You must stir this mixture constantly to prevent lumping. When is has thickened, add in the salt, the rest of the broccoli, the cheese, and a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce. Stir gently for 3-5 minutes and serve.2 tablespoons of butter (best), or margarine, or even olive/saffron oil if you want about 2 tablespoons of white flour 300 grams of shredded/sliced cheese 1/2 teaspoon of salt 4 cups milk 1 lb (1/2 kilo) cleaned chopped brocolli about 2 tablespoons of chopped onions Tabasco sauce
Creamy Home Made Caesar Salad Dressing I learned this particular recipe off of a base guitar playing chef who I jammed with. Guys, serve this to your lady friends, they will come back for more! Separate the yolk from the white and put it on a large bowl, put the whites aside. Ingredients are best used when cool, but not critical. Whisk the yolk while adding the oil a little at a time (this is critical – too fast and it will be runny). The mixture will thicken up as you do this. Then add all the other ingredients (in whatever order you want). You may need more garlic depending on your taste buds. I add just a tiny dash of dill weed too. Be careful with the Worcestershire, too much will kill it. You can also whisk in the whites if you want, but wait until it is ‘done”. Do not add them if it seems runny. Mix with the romaine and serve with croutons and more parmesan on top. Add some garlic bread to make this a Really killer dish. Romaine lettuce 1/2 cup olive oil one egg yolk 3-4 cloves of crushed/chopped garlic 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tblsp grated Parmesan 1/2 tsp vinegar squirt of anchovie paste 1-2 drops (only) of Worcestershire sauce dash of tabasco sauce 1/4 tsp of mustard (whatever brand) croutons