"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

D is for Dopiaza

(double click to enlarge recipe)

Dopiaza means double and in cooking curries it means double onions. Well, I never met an onion that I didn't like let alone a recipe that asks for double onions! Our good friends from Cody Wyoming were here in town for a Bible Study Fellowship conference. They were able tomake time to see us on their last full day. Unfortunately Dave had too many full days and rested at the hotel while we took Toni to a local Lebanese Restaurant that we love. Hoda's is located in the Belmont area of Portland. http://www.hodas.com/

Meanwhile, once Toni and Dave got home they ordered this cookbook for us The Great Curries of India. They recommended this recipe found on page 106! Thank you Toni and Dave!

So here we go.......................
Two days later our house still has an odor of India in it-whew
so many onions made the house stink-it stunk so much we
opened up the house and lit many sticks of incense...man o man
that is a doozy of a recipe. It took about an hour of prep work
before I could really start making the dish-
But the food was delicious and well
worth the stench and work!
I served it with a big citrus salad of oranges and grapefruit
with dates, pecans and lettuce (no onions! )
All of us enjoyed it!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Carmelized Cumin Roasted Carrots

Our paper mache elephant in the early evening light...
Here's the last "C" recipe....next week "D" is for ???
Carmelized Cumin Roasted Carrots
serves 6

Non-stick vegetable oil spray
12 med to large carrots, peeled, cut on diagonal in 1/2" slices
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons kosher salt (I think this is too much)

Pre-heat oven to 400. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with
non-stick oil spray (I used parchment paper)
Combine carrots and all remaining ingredients in large bowl,
mix thoroughly and spread in prepared baking sheet.
Roast carrots until tender and lightly carmelized,
turning carrots over once for a total of 20-40 minutes.

Enjoy...they were tasty with our Spanish Rice
and Rosemary Chicken

Friday, February 12, 2010

C is for Cinnamon Raisin Bread !

To make this recipe one must first make the starter dough
using the Buttermilk Bread recipe from the great bread book:
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
here's that recipe:
Buttermilk Bread
2 cups lukewarm water
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated yeast
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
butter for greasing the pan
mix the yeast,salt and sugar with
the water and buttermilk in a 5 qt bowl
mix in the flour with a wooden spoon until totally mixed
don't allow any dry flour to show-it must be totally mixed
cover dough with a non-airtight cover for 2-3 hours.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and use up within 7 days.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • butter a 9x4x3 inch loaf pan
  • take one cantalope size piece of the Buttermilk dough
  • dust it with a bit of flour and quickly shape into a ballby stretching the surface of the dough around thebottom on all four sides-rotating 1/4 turn as you go
  • with a rolling pin roll out the flour dusted dough to 8"x16"
  • beat an egg with 1 T water and wash lightly over dough
  • sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon over dough
  • sprinkle 3/4 cup raisins evenly over dough
  • rollup dough from short side jelly roll style- pinch edges and sides together- tucking the ends under
  • place the loaf seam side down in the prepared pan and let rest for 1hr 40min
  • preheat oven to 375 and bake for 35-40min
  • allow to cool (if you can wait) before slicing....YUM
Dough ready to be rolled up...

I made two loaves at once!

Heavenly delicious.......and it toasts well too!
as Julia would say "Bon appetit!!"
These two loaves didn't last long.....

Friday, February 05, 2010

Recipe #3 for 2010- C is for Caulliflower!

I actually have NOT made this yet-but thought I should at least post it-perhaps someone else will want to try it out and let me know? I have been too busy making and eating!!!! Cinnamon Raisin Bread!

Bacon and Spicy Mac 'n Cheese with Cauliflower


  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

  • 4 thick slices of smoky bacon chopped into 1/4" dice

  • 1 head cauliflower trimmed and cut into bite size florets

  • salt and pepper

  • 4 T butter

  • 3 T flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 pound rigatoni

  • 3 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese-divided

  • 3 rounded Tablespoons spicy hot mustard (or horseradish)

  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or scallion tops


Bring a large pot of water to boil. While the water comes up to a boil, heat a bit of olive oil in a small skillet over medium-hi heat. Add the bacon and crisp-5 minutes. Drain on paper towel and reserve. Salt the boiling water and add the cauliflower. Cook for 4-5 min-remove from the pot with a strainer and reserve the pot of boiling water. Run the strainer of cauliflower under cold water to stop cooking process. Place a medium size pot over med heat. Melt butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then whisk in milk and seaon with salt ,pepper and nutmeg. Cook for a couple of minutes until thickened. Preheat the broiler. Drop the pasta in the same boiling water you used for the cauliflower and cook til just shy of al dente. While the pasta cooks, remove the sauce from the heat and add 2/3 of the shredded cheese and the mustard or horseradish to taste, the bacon and chives/scallion tops. Stir to combine. Drain the pasta over the cauliflower to reheatwith the hot water. Place the pasta and the cauliflower in the hot pot and add the cheese sauce. Stir to combine. Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place under the broiler to brown the top. Serve with a spinach salad and some crusty bread. Enjoy!

It's February already???

A picture is worth a thousand words

and this picture only begins to tell the tale

of the huge blizzard in the Mt Sasta area of California.

Granted-they need the snow-but the destruction

was not an added bonus.

Our friends in Weed are digging out and revving up

their chain saws to take care of trees on barn roofs

and on their acreage. Good thing they have a woodstove!

Meanwhile- here in Oregon we are enjoying

finding new places for a sip or two and

several bites of yummy food.

This photo was taken at Prost. A new German pub

in a beautifully renovated house on N Mississippii
in North Portland.

And finally....we had out of town guests from Baker City

last weekend-so I tried out a Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls

recipe from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

cookbook.....delicious and we ate the whole thing!

Next on my list of breads to try is the Buttermilk Bread

and the Cinnamon Raisin Bread......burp....pardon me!