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Today I made bitter molasses brownies. They're pretty ridiculously healthy for something designed to convey carby chocolaty goodness. And because I used Blackstrap molasses, they have potassium and protein. Recipe here

I cannot stress enough how not sweet these are. If you want a sweet brownie that also has some nutritional value, modify accordingly. But if you're a crazy person like me who's abstaining from sugar whilst PMSing, they're pretty handy.
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This is still experimental, since it hasn't come out of the oven yet, but after smelling the batter I'm not sure what could go wrong.

4 Hawaiian sweet rolls (mine are purple poi-flavored rolls, but any should do)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup shredded coconut
4 eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup brown sugar (the recipe I based this on calls for 3/4 cup, but I figure the sweet bread and coconut should make up for it)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (or to taste)
orange zest to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Chop or tear up the rolls and spread in an 8x8" pan.
Sprinkle cranberries and coconut into the pan.
Melt the butter and drizzle over the bread.

Mix together eggs, coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla, sugar, cardamom, and zest. (Do not plunge your head into the bowl, no matter what it smells like.)
Pour mixture evenly over the bread, and mash it with a fork till the bread is soaking up the liquid.

Cook for 45 minutes.

And yes, I now have a very rough sketch of my cat Siggy dressed as Queen Victoria. Luckily for you (and me) I've misplaced my scanner cable, so the world will never know my shame.
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Pursuant to a comment by [ profile] ammitnox, I decided that there needs to a be a cocktail called the bĂȘte noire. I couldn't find a recipe, so I asked the bartenders at PechĂ© to make me one. What I got was a variant Negroni, with rye, sweet vermouth, and Campari (1-1-1). It is dark, bitter, and delicious. I love having an absinthe bar.
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I had the beets, I had the squishy bananas. I had to have the bread.

I found this whole wheat banana bread recipe and modified it. My version is vegan, but improved by a slather of butter.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
.5 cup applesauce + a splash of almond milk (to replace the eggs)
.25+ cup vegetable oil (this was all I had in the bottle--I added an extra splash of almond milk to supplement)
1 cup brown sugar (if you prefer sweeter sweets, use a cup and a half)
3 bananas, smooshed
1 cup grated beets (approx 2 medium beets)
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (screw that "pinch" business)
A healthy dash of clove

Pour in a loaf pan and bake at 350 F for 1 hour 15 minutes. (I sprinkled more brown sugar on top for extra noms.)

It's dense and delicious and not dry, but a little more vegetable oil wouldn't hurt. Probably also the healthiest damn thing in the world. I meant to add a pinch of salt and forgot, but it's fine as is. Nuts would also be good, and probably blueberries or cranberries or orange zest, or chocolate, if that's your sort of thing.
stillsostrange: (Brigitte)
This morning I braved the poisonous fume that is our air to get a HEPA purifier. (It seems to be working!) As a reward I promised myself a healthy bran-type muffin, but Target and its captive Starbucks refused to sell me one. So I broke down and made my own.

Because I didn't want it to turn into an all-morning displacement activity, I found a machine-made banana bread recipe and altered it. I traded all white flour for 3/4 whole wheat, the white sugar for 1/2 a cup turbinado and a squeeze of agave nectar, and the bananas for two servings of pomegranate applesauce (best stuff ever!). Then I added walnuts and dried blueberries. To my dismay, I realized I have no cinnamon, so I poured in a healthy glug of chai and a dollop of ginger (and a little more flour to offset the new liquid). I also added salt, because salt is important. The result is blue-tinged and delicious, though not quite right without the cinnamon.

2400+ words today on Kingdoms, but much of that was rewriting an old scene to account for the new character. I'm fond of the new girl so far--she actually talks, and the change in age and gender gives me more interesting dynamics to play with.

I must also admit, grudgingly, that a change in the timeline that [ profile] matociquala talked me into making seems to be helping. I still think it makes the opening weird, but it ratchets up the tension in later chapters.

As you may have heard, [ profile] elisem had a stroke recently. She's fine now, with no permanent damage, but she is fine because people recognized the symptoms and called 911 immediately. Timely intervention is critical for strokes, so please, learn the symptoms and call for help.
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What are whole wheat sourdough pancakes?

When I last visited [ profile] matociquala, I brought home one of the late, lamented Eddie Elmerson's siblings. Today I finally used Edgar (Eddie II) in a modification of the top recipe here, and lo, these pancakes are delicious.

My version, which was pretty madlibbed, used a cup of starter (fed with all purpose flour), a cup of wheat flour and half a cup of white, a cup of distilled water, oil instead of butter, two tablespoons of brown sugar plus a generous drizzle of honey, and some extra milk when it came out a bit on the thick side.
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So I ended up with a bag of bruised apricots after the camping trip, and I decided I should make apricot bread. I ran to the store for flour and such, but forgot to get new yeast. When I finally started to make the bread, I discovered that my yeast was, as I had suspected, a) expired, and b) nearly gone anyway. It was now nearly 9 PM and just starting to rain, but I wanted the bread, dammit, so I dragged the boy off Wolfenstein and hustled to the car.

As we got to the store, it was thunder-hailing. We hustled into the store, intent on grabbing the yeast and getting the hell out of Dodge. Only to be greeted by HEB staff dragging everyone into meat lockers, because there was a tornado warning. So I spent fifteen minutes in the deli cooler texting [ profile] matociquala while awaiting my doom.

The doom was postponed, and they finally let us go. This had better be some really good bread.
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I'm not--to my knowledge--Irish, and won't be joining the green-beer-swilling masses*, but the combination of Guinness, Baileys, chocolate, and cupcakes is too much for me to resist.

Car bomb cupcakes

They're in the oven right now, but I can give the batter two very enthusiastic thumbs up. (The rest of the bottle of Guinness isn't hurting the enthusiasm any.) The simmering pan of butter, chocolate and stout is truly terrifying to behold. Soon I'll start on the icing, (skipping the ganache) and combine still more booze with dairy fat. Then I will take a pan of these to work, because they certainly can't be allowed to stay in the house

I need a food porn icon.

ETA: The cupcakes are fabulous, but it's the icing that rocks socks. I think I gain a pound every time I look at it, though.

*But I am obnoxious enough to blare House of Pain all over the place.
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You know what improves weird vegan mushroom tamales? Queso and chile con carne. Just sayin'.
stillsostrange: (Brigitte)
I took Eddie Elmerson out of the fridge today intent on making shoggie friendship bread, only to discover tragedy had befallen. Eddie is green in spots, with a dark slimy patch. Gentle readers, I fear the worst.

Please join me in mourning a noble young shoggoth, taken from us before his time.
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The original recipe.

I made this what's in the pantry today? style, so my ingredients were:

2 cups already cooked lentil soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 tspn salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 shallot
2 tablespoons garlic
1/4 tspn curry powder (maybe not a great sub for the cayenne, but it was all I could find)
1 spoon-ish-ful crushed bay (I dumped in too much and couldn't scoop enough out. This becomes important later.)
1 spoon-ish-ful thyme
1/2 cup bulgur
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 spoon-ish-ful dried parsley
2 cups chopped tomato
1 small can tomato paste
a pinch rosemary
salt & pepper
2 handfuls of spinach

Saute the onion, garlic, cayenne, bay/thyme, and bulgur in the olive oil. Stir until onions and bulgur are browned. (Don't burn the bulgur like I did. Also don't dump in too much bay.)

Mix in the parsley/cilantro, tomatoes, and tomato paste.

Add the lentils and broth.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add salt & pepper and rosemary to taste.

I heard somewhere that spinach is better for you cooked, so I sauteed it lightly in some garlic before dumping it into the pot.

At this point, mine was way too bitter, which I blame on the bay accident. So I added a spoonful of brown sugar, a splash of cream, and two crushed red chilis. This fixed it pretty darn well. Even with last minute corrections, it's delicious.
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"Bone Garden"
Words today: 1531
Words total: 1531
Reason for stopping: scene, and need to figure out the next thing
Sustenance: pita and tzatziki and snausages and wine--nom nom nom
Darling: Gentian scanned the street, but it was empty: closed doors, windows shuttered against the cold, frost-slick cobbles glazed with lamplight.
Tyop: none I've caught yet
Mean things: hauling unconscious people up stairs
Quirks: This is another story I haven't worked on in nearly a year. Apparently all the boywhores wanted was some opera, and now they're ready to go fight the oracular demons. Once I figure out exactly what the oracular demons are doing. I guess the short-story section of my brain is back online now.
Interesting research: I was trying to figure out what a kitchen smelled like, and someone suggested vanilla. So I looked up vanilla to see if this part of the world would have it, but alas, native to Mexico, and my peoples have yet to discover the NotSoNew World. And then I started reading about vanilla pollination, and it's pretty darn cool. So now I need a vanilla plantation in the fauxMayan book somewhere. Maybe my intrepid Sue grows up on one.

In chat, I described this story as Snow White and the Seven Boywhores. Now I'm sad because it really isn't. Alas, no wicked queens or poisoned apples are showing up to remedy this.

Sourdough Pita

1 cup intrepid shoggoth
2 cups flour
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon applesauce (I had none so I replaced this with a pat of butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix the shoggie with the water, yeast, and sugar. Stir in the flour, salt, oil, and applesauce/butter. This will probably be a bit wet, so add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it's not too sticky and not too dry. Knead and cover to rise. When it's doubled in size, punch it down and roll it into a rope and divide into eighths. Smoosh the eighths into flat rounds.

At this point, you can either fry the pitas or bake them. I tried both, and both are delicious. To fry, coat a pan with olive oil and heat very hot. Cook the pitas for a couple minutes on each side, until they're done but not burned.

To bake, preheat the oven to 500. (The original recipe said bake for three minutes on a rack. I used a cookie sheet and it took me more like 10-12 minutes. I suggest just keeping an eye on them till they look right.) When they come out of the oven, smoosh them flat.

Nom nom nom.
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Words today: 823
Words total: 28658
Reason for stopping: out of steam
Sustenance: Pasketti and tomato bread and ice cream and more tomato bread because the stomach would. Not. Stop. Ravening.
Mammalian assistance: Oh why won't I play with the dog? She's the very best dog, and no one has ever played with her before. Or fed her. No dog has ever been fed in the history of the world. Certainly not just a few hours ago. And she's figured out her rival, because she keeps trying to unplug the laptop.
Darling: Her eyes were wide and black and drowning, like a pool where his feet couldn't touch. Like missing a stair in the dark.
Tyop: n/a
Mean things: Childhood trauma! In detailed flashback! Apparently the characters drew lots to see who got their trauma in flashbacks, and who got it in dreams. Now I just need to figure out where these flashbacks go.

Sourdough Tomato Bread (Guest-starring olives and basil)

3/4 cup shoggoth
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1/2 cup blood of Christian children warm tomato juice (V8 works fine)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (mine turned out a little bland--more salt wouldn't hurt)
3 1/2 cups flour
basil and olives to taste

Combine the ingredients and knead--I used the robot as slave labor. The dough was a bit too dry, so I added an extra splash of water and a teeny bit of olive oil. You probably want to mix the flour in a bit at a time till you get the right consistency.

Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise 2 hours or till doubled in size.

Punch the dough down and shape. Let rise again for half an hour. Slash the top.

Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

Nom nom nom.

The Orphanage? Just as creepy and depressing as I imagined it would be.

And last but not least, happy birthday [ profile] hominysnark! And happy slightly belated birthday [ profile] ultharkitty!
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Rosemary ciabatta, guest starring the bread robot

1 cup sourdough starter
7/8 cup non-chlorinated water
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon yeast
rosemary to taste

Put everything in the robot and set it to the dough cycle.
Let the dough rise, either in the robot or some other suitable place, for 1 hour, or until it's big enough. (I used chlorinated water, which lengthens the rising time, apparently.)
Divide the dough and shape it into inch-high rectangles. Ish. Don't punch the dough down--you're trying not to release the air bubbles. (It will be a wet sticky dough.)
Sprinkle the loaves with flour (and perhaps sea salt) and let rise again for half an hour or so.
Bake 25 - 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

The texture isn't entirely perfect. I suspect either the water, or that I let too much air out when I was shaping the loaves. But still quite tasty. Especially with olive oil and sea salt.
stillsostrange: (Agony)
Thanks for all the congratulations, guys, and hi new people. To avoid confusion, let me state immediately that this is not an exciting or interesting LJ. I don't even post pictures of my cats as often as I should. Today, however, I have two things to share.

#1. Shoggoth Friendship Bread
(modified from Amish Friendship Bread)

1 cup shoggoth starter
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar 1 cup of white sugar in one place scares me a little, so I used half a cup of brown sugar and a generous squeezing of honey.
1 teaspoon cinnamon Bah. You call that cinnamony? I used 2, and some clove, and an orange worth of zest.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything. Pour into greased loaf pans. (The original recipe says 2 pans, but I only had one and it came out fine.) Bake for 50-60 minutes. Nom nom nom.

This is a worthy recipe for Eddie Elmerson.

#2. Technoviking! I may be behind the times here, and everyone else has already seen the beauty of Technoviking, but I think his jiggling technopecs deserve watching again.
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Or spicy chicken stew, for those of you who ain't from around here.

(You will more often find carne or puerco guisada, and these are in fact tastier, but I'm on a no-cute-animal diet for a while.)

1.5 lbs chicken, or meat of your choice, cubed
.25 cup flour, (at least)
.5 - 1 onion, as you prefer - I used two cloves of a shallot
1.5 cloves garlic
2 chopped tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) stewed or diced tomatoes
2 jalapenos (I used one jalapeno and one serrano, and the remains of a can of hot Rotel)
.5 tspn cumin, or to taste
1 cup (at least) chicken broth, or beef broth if you're cooking with cow
chili powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro to taste (If you're getting the idea that I don't measure much, you're right)
optional - carrots, corn, potatoes, or whatever veggies you like

Chop up the meat and toss it with the flour and a little salt (I just used a big ziploc bag).
Chop up everything else choppable and dump it in the crock pot.
Dump in the meat.
Add the broth .
Add anything else not already in the pot.
Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, until the chicken is totally cooked and the vegetables are as soft as you want them.

It's especially good served with avocado, queso asadero and fresh cilantro. Great on Spanish rice, or as burrito filling if it's thick enough. Corn bread would probably be nice too.

You can use less broth/more flour or vice versa, depending on how thick you want it. More broth would make it a pretty good tortilla soup. If you use chicken, you may also want to add a little olive oil, or fatty substance of your choice. The whole thing is easy to vary, and may involve lots of tasting and poking and hmming.
stillsostrange: (Miss Muffet)
Tonight, Eddie son of Elmer and I made [ profile] cvillette's sourdough English muffins. They are in fact made of awesome.

I think I ate a little too much of the raw dough, though. I burst out in the Time Warp in the kitchen, and now I can't stop.

Note to self: need new icons.
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Or, Blueberry Cheesecake Brownies

(These have an origin story. At a friend's birthday last weekend, we were playing No More Heroes--which is awesome--and at one point the MC shouts something at an opponent that we couldn't understand. Two of us heard "blueberry cheese brownie!" This must be wrong, but that sounded so awesome I had to make them.)

5 tablespoons butter
2 ounces semisweet chocolate (I used unsweetened because that was what I had)
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 healthy glug of amaretto (optional)


Grease a square baking pan.
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and chocolate, stir. Marvel at the molten substance in the bowl.
Beat in eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
Marvel some more. Taste batter. Mmm.
Mix in flour and baking powder.
Pour into the pan.

Melt the cream cheese. Stir in egg, sugar, vanilla, and booze. Marvel. Eat all the batter.

Pour the cheesey goodness on top of brownie goodness. Cut with a knife to marble. Add blueberries.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

Let cool for a bit. Nom nom nom!

Since I used unsweetened chocolate, and a little less than half a cup of sugar in the cheesecake, mine came out not as sweet as might be desired. If you do use unsweet chocolate, don't cut the sugar.

The blueberries are kind of lost in the tastebud devastation that is BROWNIE CHEESECAKE, sadly. Not that you need them when you have BROWNIE CHEESECAKE. I may try some other ingredient next time I make these.
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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cardamom (Sure, I could bake something without cardamom, but why would I want to?)
1 egg, beaten
1 2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (The original recipe uses one, but I like vanilla.)
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (If you like really lemony, more wouldn't hurt.)
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds, or nut of choice

I also added a handful of blueberry oat granola stuff, as I had it around.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan.

Mix dry ingredients and make a well.

Mix wet ingredients and add to dry.

Mix in blueberries, lemon zest and nuts.

Bake for 60 - 70 minutes. Cool. Nom nom nom.

These would also make good muffins--the loaf is rather crumbly when sliced.
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I was going to try orange chocolate chip scones, but I was too lazy to zest the orange and the Frangelico was right there.

2/3 cup whipping cream
1 egg
1 tspn vanilla
2 tspns Frangelico
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tspns baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
1/3 cup butter
1/2 - 2/3 cup chocolate chips
cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, as seem good to you

Preheat the oven to 375. Mix the egg, cream, vanilla and booze in a small bowl and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the liquids and stir until the dough comes together. (I needed extra cream, so keep some at hand.)

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, just a few times. (It's sticky, but not as bad as Guinness gingerbread batter.) Shape the dough into a flattish circle and cut into 8 triangles. The original recipe included a wash a one well-beaten egg and a tablespoon of milk, but I didn't make that.

Bake for 15 minutes. Toothpick testing is harder with chocolate chip things.

Nom nom nom.


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