Day 18: Try out the art of positive gossiping.
This used to be such a thing when I lived in Cali. Reindeer Poop, giggle giggle. I never made it. Maybe because everyone else did, I know, I’m defiant like that. Still haven’t read that Dan Brown book. LOL But Reindeer Poop adds to the holiday season, pass it along. LOL
Reindeer Poop (inspired by a blog post on my friend Rachel’s site- I messed with it of course)
Melt a cup of creamy organic peanut butter with 6 tablespoons of cocoa, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over low heat until smooth. Stir constantly, it doesn’t take that long.
Remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/3 cup honey. Stir until smooth.
Add 2 cups gf oats and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
Stir like mad. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment paper, give it a squeeze against the spoon to make sure it sticks together. Let fully cool.
This will make soft gooey Reindeer Poop. If you like yours more solidified use more coconut oil and less butter. My kiddo hates the coconut so I have to play with the ratios to keep him from tasting it. LOL.
Last night I made the best chicken. I swear the hubs and the kiddo were ready to fight a light saber duel over the last piece. Guess I should have made more.
Make your rub –
2/3 tsp cumin, 2/3 tsp dried Chipotle chile powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 8 grinds of sea salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano. Stir. Slowly add olive oil and stir until you have paste. We’re talking tablespoons of oil, not cups.
With your fingers rub the paste into both sides of your boneless, skinless chicken thighs. It should be a nice gentle coating. You should still be able to see the chicken. Think a starry night and the stars are your rub. This amount of rub covers both sides of 6 large thighs.
Grill the chicken, both sides 5-6 minutes each until beautiful grill marks appear and the meat is cooked.
I served mine chopped over rice, baja black beans, and salsa. Jalapeno jack cheese for the hubs and I, none for the kiddo.
I couldn’t get pictures once the fill-de-beasts tasted the meat, I was lucky to get any for my bowl. LOL
Last week my friend G and I took a little time out for yourselves, Ostrich Mentality was out to pre-sale – we could breath for 2 seconds, and went to Theo Chocolate for their truffle making class.
Making Ganache was way easier than I thought. Tempering chocolate on the other hand was a nightmare.
Theo’s Ganache recipe:
226 grams or 1/2 # dark chocolate
168 grams or 6 oz heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp honey
1/2 a vanilla bean insides
2 oz butter room temperature
Bring the cream, honey, and vanilla to a steam, 145 degrees for 70% chocolate.
Pour it over chopped chocolate and allow it to sit for three minutes. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Add the butter a little at a time until fully incorporated. Let it sit for a few minutes again. Stir the mixture again until it is thick and glossy.
Pour the ganache into molds or pipe it into disks on parchment paper. Let cool completely. Like 12 hours.
Now your ganache truffles can be dipped in tempered chocolate, rolled in cocoa powder or nuts or coconut or….the possibilities are endless.
I plan to make some for the hubs with his favorite pecan whiskey. (just subtract the amount of alcohol from the cream weight)
I’m not going to explain the tempering of chocolate. That was an art. Google it yourself if you really want your truffles dipped.
The hubs asked for cashew chicken so I went hunting for a recipe to try. I found this one at Recipe Critic. I stuck close to the recipe but it’s me, I gotta play with something.
Cube 3 chicken breasts, toss into a gallon freezer bag, pour in 1/4 c gf flour blend, seal the bag, then toss like mad.
Heat olive oil over medium in a large skillet. Add chicken, brown lightly, stirring often.
While the chicken cooks get out your crock pot.
The make the sauce: 1/2 c gf tamari, 4 tbsp rice vinegar, 4 tbsp ketchup, 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce, 1/4 c coconut sugar, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp powdered ginger, a hefty shake of chili flakes.
Once the chicken is browned put it in the crock pot and pour on the sauce. Cook on low for 3 hours.
Add one diced red bell pepper, 12 oz broccoli florets, and 1 1/2 cup cashews. Stir to combine. Cook one hour more on Low.
Make whatever rice style product you like. Real rice. Cauli rice. Spiraled Zucchini noodles. There’s plenty of sauce to give whatever you put the crock pot dish on a good flavor.
No picture I’m afraid, the hubs scarfed this like there was no tomorrow.
I’m not sure what happened to me but I woke up one morning with this mad craving for waffles and chicken. I’ve never eaten “Chicken and Waffles” in my life but I wanted them. Given that I am gluten free I wasn’t going to be going to a restaurant for this meal anytime soon. So I started googling for recipes and came up with a fun list to try. Then I invited some unsuspecting friends over and cooked for them while we played Ticket to Ride. Bwahahahah.
Buy a tasty gluten free bagged waffle mix. I LOVE Pamela’s if you can find it. Bob’s Red mill is also yummy. Arrowhead Mills is passable, do NOT add the honey for this recipe. Mix the batter according to directions more or less. I like butter instead of oil. Water instead of milk for these waffles.
Before you pour into your waffle iron try some additions.
Chicken – plain canned chicken. One fat 10 oz can for a single waffle batch. Break it up a little as you stir it in.
Chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. A nice big handful of each.
Chicken, Bacon, and goat cheese. A smallish handful of each, more or less. Goat cheese sticks together if you try to “handful” it, so eye ball it.
Sauces: Hone Mustard was by far the most popular. I’ve given the recipe before: mayo, Dijon mustard, honey, lemon juice.
Sweet Chili and mayo was also tasty.
The ranch never even got opened. LOL
No pics, the plates were decimated along with a batch of Bacon Cheese Sticks and a lot of alcohol.
This is practically straight from Creme de la Crumb but it was soooo good I had to post it.
Melt 3 tbsp butter and 3 tbsb honey in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk to combine smoothly. Add your salmon fillets, I used 4 in the 6-8 oz range. Mine still had the skin on, was just fine. Sear for 5 minutes. Keep an eye out because mine got a little over brown after 5 minutes. Flip and cook for 5-6 minutes.
While your salmon is cooking prepare your shrimp, 1 lb worth, in a medium size if you got it. Defrost, detail, de-vein – whatever those little buggers need and pat them dry.
Mix up some spices. 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir stir stir.
When the salmon is done, brown and flaky and cooked through, add 6 tbsp of butter to the pan. When it melts add in the spice mix. Stir until combined. Add the shrimp to the pan, stir fairly frequently until opaque.
Serve the salmon covered in shrimp and drizzled in the spiced butter left in the pan.
A couple of weeks back I made this recipe, lasagna stuffed chicken. So good. I had planned to make that again but when I opened the chicken it smelled…odd. Off. Like I might seriously regret cooking it. So I threw it out. Now what to make? Hubs will be home in 45 minutes, I have no defrosted meat and I need to make something to feed us all. Hence….
Italian Layer Pie
Rummaging in the freezer and cupboards I came up with a few things. A bag of gluten free chicken strips and a can of eggplant, onions, and tomatoes. Oh look, I have half a bag of quinoa pasta left. I can do this.
Cook your chicken strips first, so 425 for 20 minutes on the gf ones I had.
Boil the pasta. Drain the pasta.
Assemble in a pie dish or other casserole container:
Pasta on the bottom.
Then the can of eggplant, onions, and tomatoes.
Take the 1 cup ricotta, handful of mozzarella, and handful of parm you already mixed to put in the original chicken breast, and put that on top.
Next the chicken strips.
Then some marinara.
Top with more moz and parm.
Slide into the 425 oven for 10-15 minutes, til the cheese is brown and the whole dish is warmed through. You can use broil for a minute to get a good browning if you need it.
I bet this would be super tasty with meatballs. I just didn’t have any in my freezer. LOL