Saturday, October 30, 2010

Applepears or Pearapples

I was at the supermarket and I came across something interesting I have never seen this before. I don't remember if they were called pearapples or applepears but I bought 2, they are pretty big in size, the great thing it really taste like the mix of the two fruit, it is shaped like a large apple but has the grainy texture of a pear. I decided to make a crisp with it with raspberries ( I forgot to take a pic) I definitely will be buying these again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Camera Broke!

I hated that I couldn't post but my camera broke and I hate posting without any pictures. I have been a little bit busy and made a few things I never made before.

First I made Jamaican Beef Patties but I change it a little. First I used pre-made pie crust left it at room temperature them mixed in the curry powder and turmeric and I used ground turkey instead of beef and finally I used a jalapeno instead of a scotch bonnet because that would of been way to hot for me. I also made fried plantains to go with it. My son and I loved them they were so spicy and flavorful as you can see there are a lot of spices that go into it. It almost tasted like the ones I bought a couple of times before well, almost. The plantains were very easy I just cut them in 1 1/2 inch pieces fried them in a inch of canola oil for 2 minutes on each side placed them on paper towels mashed them down and fried again until golden brown. I hope you try it!

1lb ground beef
1 medium onion
4 scallion (or 1 more medium onion)
2 stalks fresh thyme or 2 tsps ground thyme
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 scotch bonnet pepper (or 1 tbsp curry powder / chilli sauce)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Cut onion + scallion in to fine pieces.
Fry gently – so they do not quite get time to brown.
Add meat, thyme, garlic, peppers (finely chopped), salt, pepper, paprika, sugar and nutmeg.
Fry until mixture is fairly dry, drain off excess fat if necessary.
Add water and breadcrumbs, cook until the mixture has a thick, saucy texture.
Combining the pastry with the filling:
Roll the pastry on a floured board until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick.
Cut as many circles (about the size of a saucer) out of the dough as you can.
Place 1 tablespoon of the filling on one side of each pastry circle.
Moisten the edges of each patty with water and fold pastry over to make a crescent shape. Seal the edge of each patty by crimping with a fork.
Preheat oven to 375 deg f, 200 C or gas mark 6. Place patties on aluminium foil and cook for 35 minutes (or until golden brown).
I also had made mushroom risotto and had a lot left over so I decided to make risotto cakes, I added a little flour, egg and formed them into patties and as a treat I some mozzarella into 1 inch cubes and hid them in the middle dipped them in flour, egg and panko bread crumbs then fried them in a little olive oil, they were perfect with a side salad.

Finally I made some corn fritters, my mom use to make corn fritters all the time and I still to this day I can't get them to taste like hers. But I love how they are sweet and salty. I tweaked it a little bit by adding scallions but they can be made to your taste I think next time I may add some curry powder or even another kind of veggie!