Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ponzu Shrimp Potato Balls

You might remember that I received a bottle of Ponzu sauce through the Foodbuzz taste maker's program.
I made these shrimp balls and some in a croquette shape. I forgot to take any pictures of the flattened croquette shape, which is too bad, because I like them better that way.
They cooked evenly in the croquette shape, so just flatten them a little bit before baking.

I started with some boiled white potatoes ( from my garden!).
As a side note: I'm still using potatoes that I harvested from my garden last Fall.
They are a little wrinkly, but still yummy.

I riced the potatoes. This was about 2 cups of riced potatoes.

Then some roasted onions and red potatoes.
And a bag of 50 frozen defrosted shrimp.
Plus a little roasted garlic paste.

Zipped up in the food processor with a *dash* of cilantro.
Don't you love my cute spoon?!?
My friend Carol gave it to me.

Then 1/2 cup of Ponzu, an egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Add everything together and blend in the food processor.
After you have mixed everything together - made your "dough" - put it in a bowl and refrigerate over night.
The next day prepare your shrimp ball/croquette making area: one bowl with flour, one bowl with a whisked egg and one bowl with Ponzu breadcrumbs.
Take a tablespoon sized ball of dough and roll it first in the flour, next in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
Continue with the rest of the dough.
Bake on a greased baking sheet and bake at 400F degrees for 10 mins or until toasted brown.

Frozen Puffballs

I made this Mushroom stroganoff again using mushrooms I foraged last summer and then froze.

Click here to read about the Mushroom foraging adventure.
So the experiment is complete - freezing mushrooms works!
The puffballs were delicious in the stroganoff.
Next out mushrooms!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Prize For Someone

Hello readers
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Right now there are 49 people following my blog.
I'm not so crazy about uneven numbers, so I will send a prize to the 50th person that signs up to follow my blog. If there are enough people I'll give a prize to the 55th person too!
Ok so what's the prize?

Coconut white chocolate macaroons

And chocolate chip cookies too!

Just make sure I can contact you, if you win, to get your address and send you your prize.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Can Jam Feb. - Carrots #2

Torshi Haveej - Persian Carrot Pickle with Mint and Garlic
4 large carrots, shredded
6 radishes - thinly sliced
2 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs sugar
1 tsp dried garlic cubes
1 mint tea bag
pinch red pepper flakes
Lightly pack 3 pint jars with shredded carrots and radishes. Bring brine ingredients to a boil. Pour brine into jars. Remove air bubbles. Process for 10 mins in a boil water bath canner.
Makes 3 pints

Shredded carrots and radishes.

Brine ingredients.

Filled jars.

This is a tasty carrot slaw. The mint and garlic add an unexpected dimension to the carrots.
Opposites really do attract.

Plus a pic from this summer. I found these 2 carrots in my garden. They were growing in a corner of a raised bed.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Can Jam Feb - Carrots

It's time for another Can Jam!
Huh - That month went by fast.
This month the challenge item was carrots.
At first, I was nonplussed. Carrots? Hmmmm. I like carrots, but I'm not crazy for canned carrots. Plus there was the addition of safety concerns. We can only use boiling water bath canning not pressure canning, so the recipes would be limited to pickles, relishes or what?
Well, while I was researching the Daring Cook's Feb. challenge, a Mezze dinner, I discovered rose water. Then I discovered Morabaa-yeh Haveej or Persian Carrot Jam made with rose water and lime.
Ok, maybe I can get into this carrot idea!

Morabaa-yeh Haveej or Carrot Jam with Rose Water and Lime

1 quart carrot juice
2 cups shredded carrot
1/2 cup bottled lime juice
2 Tbs rose water
1 tsp butter
4 cup sugar
1 pkg no sugar needed pectin
In a large pot boil together carrot juice, shredded carrots, lime juice, rose water and butter. Boil for 5 mins, add 4 cups of sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil and continue boiling for 20 mins. Add pectin, return to a boil and boil for 1 min.

Pour into prepared jars and boil in a boiling water bath canner for 10 mins.
Makes 6 pints and 1 half-pint.

Shredding carrots.

I had a few limes hanging around in my fridge so I squished them into the pot too.
A little added acid.

Jars getting ready for tops.

Pretty! I love the color of this jam!

I made some challah bread to eat with the jam.

This jam is awesome! It doesn't taste like carrots exactly. It tastes like a combination of pears/apricots/peaches.

I asked my Dad to blind taste test it. He didn't even get close to guessing that it was made from carrots. But he said it tasted good!
Personally and honestly, I think this is the best jam I have ever canned.
*Best Jam Ever*
Just think of all the beta carotene.
Super healthy jam too!

Persian Love Cake

While searching for rose water recipes, I stumbled upon recipes for Persian Love Cake. There seem to be many different people making the same recipe. The same strange recipe. It looked like a lot of people were using this recipe from Epicurious via Bon Appetit. I was confused by some of the directions in the recipe, so I took it to the best cake expert I know - my Mom.
She pointed out quite a few flaws in the recipe, re-worked the recipe and baked the cake for me.
The Epicurious recipe irritates me. It sounds like it was written by someone who tasted this cake and then decided to make up a recipe for it.
This is NOT a copy and paste recipe from Epicurious/Bon Appetit. This is a totally NEW recipe.
Persian Love Cake
Candied Rose Petals:
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
petals from 1 rose
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 cup superfine sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp grated lemon or orange peel
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
pinch of saffron (I would skip this next time)
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp rose water

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease 2 8 inch pans, line pan bottoms with parchment paper. In one bowl, mix dry ingredients together. Mix remaining wet ingredients in another bowl. Add one cup of the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir for 1 1/2 mins. Add remaining wet ingredient mixture and blend together. Pour batter into the 2 prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean. About 20 mins.
Allow cakes to cool completely.

Frosting: If you are using the saffron - take half of the cream and heat in a small pan until it simmers. Add saffron, stir and let cool.

Candied Rose Petals: Whisk 2 egg whites in a small bowl. Separate the petals from one rose and dip them in the egg whites. Just wet the rose petals, so the sugar will stick to them. Don't leave lumps of whipped egg white, like we did, that was one of the mistakes in the original recipe.

The egg whites shouldn't be stiff - like they are in this picture.

Allow the petals to dry overnight.

For the frosting: Whip the remaining cream. Strain the saffron infused cream and add to the whipped cream. Continue to whip until thickened, then add sugar. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

Cut the cakes in half, so you have 4 layers.

Frost cake.

Frost sides.

Decorate with rose petals and fresh roses.

This cake would make a beautiful wedding cake.
However, it's not a pure white cake, because of the saffron.
Skip the saffron.
It tastes weird.
Without the saffron it will be a pure white cake.