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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Express Pizzas


Perfect dish to make for lunch or dinner when you're in a rush. Very versatile and delicious in minutes. I remember making this when I was younger and it all came back to me when I was thinking what to do with the leftover pepperoni from the other night.


The concept is very simple. To make 1 pizza, you take 2 tortillas so it can support the weight of the ingredients. After that you decide on a base, i used some pesto which I had in the fridge. The rest is up to you for toppings. This time around I went for a simple medley of vegetables; yellow pepper, mushrooms, cherry tomatos and cilantro. Topped it with pepperoni and some cheese.

To bake these, simply place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place the oven rack second to the top position and turn your oven on LOW broil or at 375F degrees. Of course, if you put it on broil, make sure to watch them carefully.


This recipe can easily be adapted for vegetarians by simply not putting on any meat; presto magic, a garden pizza. Hope you get to try this one soon!

Eat well and till next time!

Alix

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blueberry Orange Scones


Saturday mornings are a perfect time to stay in bed and wake up to a hot cup of coffee, and while your at it, why not treat yourself! In my house, the rich smell of roasting coffee beans is often accompanied by the smell of fresh breads and even sometimes, scones. Perfect to go with coffee on a lazy morning. 


Orange Blueberry Scones
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup Butter
- Zest from 1 Orange
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Milk, or Cream (i used a leftover of cream and some milk)
- 1 Cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen


1. In a large bowl combine; the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry knife, or your hands, break in the cold butter in the flour mixture to create a crumb texture. Mix in the zest with the flour butter mixture.
2. In a small bowl whisk together; the egg, vanilla and dairy product.
3. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid ingredients inside. Bring together slowly with a fork, just until it comes together, as show in picture above. Dump mixture on a floured surface and incorporate blueberries.
4. Press dough together so it hold. Shape in a 1 1/2 inch thick square. Fold in half and roll again into a square (this will create a layering effect in the dough. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30-40 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 375F .Take dough out from fridge, unwrap and cut in desired sizes. (as shown below) Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush top raw scones with cream and sprinkle with a little sugar before placing in oven.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top edges become golden.


These warm scones will melt in your mouth and will compliment any breakfast wonderfuly!

Eat well and till next time!

Alix

Easy Taco Night


Quick and easy dinner ideas are always my favorite! And this Mexican themed dinner is no exception! Fresh flavors and sweet aromas of chili take over this delicious dish. In 3 easy steps you'll have dinner on the table, packed with flavors! 

What you'll need;

- 8 flour tortillas 
- 4 chicken breats, cut in strips
- 1 Tbsp chilli powder
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 bell pepper (red) cut in slices
- 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
- Your favorite type of cheese
- Fresh avocados (2) , sliced 
- Cilantro, 1 bunch, rinced and dried

1. First you will want to fry your chicken strips in a large pan with a little olive oil. When your chicken is cooked through, add the chili powder and ketchup and stir to combine.

2. In another frying pan on medium-high heat, throw in your peppers and onions with a little olive oil. Do not stir often if you want to have some good grill marks on the peppers. 
3. With the avocados ready and your cheese sliced, you are ready to assemble your soft tacos. I proceed by placing the cheese on the tortilla first, followed by the chicken mixture, the peppers and onions, the avocados and then the cilantro. 


Packed with healthy flavors, this is definitely a crowd favorite! The contrast between the heat of the chili powder and the sweetness of the ketchup is very surprising and fills your mouth with flavors!  If you want serve with fresh salsa and nachos and who knows, maybe even a good cerveza! Try this recipe soon for an easy dinner idea! Hope you enjoy! 

Eat well and till next time!

Alix