Sunday, February 15, 2009

Broccoli Salad with Avocado

I always get Dr. Andrew Weil's newsletters, I like his Eastern and Western approach to medicine. He also includes some recipes and this was one that sounded good and that I am going to try. It contains two superfoods!

~ 1 lb. broccoli
~ 1 ripe avocado
~ 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
~ 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
~ 1 Tbsp. grainy prepared mustard
Trim and wash the broccoli and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Steam or boil the broccoli in a large pot until it is just crunchy-tender and bright green, then drain it well, and cool.
Peel and pit the avocado, then cut it into small cubes. Fold the avocado into the broccoli.
Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard together in a small bowl, until well mixed.
Toss the broccoli and avocado with the dressing.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chocolate Crepes

Here's a lovely dish to whip up for your Valentine. Or your kids!

~ Container of frozen strawberries
in light syrup
~ Water 2 tsp.
~ Cornstarch 1 tbsp.

~ 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
~ 1/4 cup cocoa, sifted if lumpy
~ 2 Tbsp. Granulated sugar
~ 1/2 tsp. Salt

~ 3 Large eggs
~ 1 1/4 cups Skim milk
~ 1 Tbsp. Canola oil

Topping: Heat strawberries with syrup in small saucepan on medium for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Stir water into cornstarch in small cup. Add to strawberries. Heat and stir until boiling and thickened. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm.

Chocolate Crepes: Meanwhile, measure first 4 ingredients into medium bowl. Stir. Make a well in centre.

Whisk remaining 3 ingredients in small bowl until smooth. Add to well. Whisk until smooth. Makes about 2 1/2 cups (625 mL). Heat small (8 inch, 20 cm) non-stick frying pan on medium. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter into frying pan. Immediately swirl to coat bottom of pan, lifting and tilting to coat entire bottom of pan. Cook until top is set and surface appears dry. Remove to plate. Fold into quarters. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying with cooking spray between batches. Makes about 10 crepes. Pour topping over crepes. Serves 4.

~ Courtesy of Company's Coming

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pretty Things

I love pretty things. Which is why I'm so easy to buy for. : )

Check out my new feature, Pretty Things, on my sidebar. Things that are pretty for entertaining or just to add enjoyment to your home.

Brie in Pastry

Valentine's Day is coming up and here is a yummy recipe that would be lovely for you and your sweetie!! My hubby and I absolutely love brie!

~ Frozen puff pastry patty shells (from 2 2
10 1/2 oz., 300 g, package of 6), thawed
~ Small Brie cheese round (with rind)
~ Large egg, fork-beaten
~ Medium red apples, cut into thin wedges

Roll 1 pastry shell out on lightly floured surface to 5 1/2 to 6 inch (14 to 15 cm) circle.

Place cheese round in middle of pastry. Bring up sides, pleating dough around edge. Roll out second pastry shell. Cut circle to fit top, using Brie tin. Crimp and seal edges. Make decorative shapes from scraps of pastry. Place on top.

Brush pastry with egg. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (175°C). Bake for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to serving plate.

Place apple wedges around pastry. Serves 6.
~ Courtesy of Company's Coming