Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chocolate Strawberry Ice (not) Cream

1/2 cup pitted dates
2 cups almond milk (we used original)
2 cups strawberries
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
To Make:
Add pitted dates and almond milk to blender and blend.
Add vanilla and cocoa powder and blend.
Add strawberries and blend.
Pour into serving bowls or a container to store in freezer.

Note: you can also use soy, hemp or rice milk.
Bowls of Chocolate Strawberry Ice (not) Cream in the freezer waiting for dinner guests to arrive.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spicy Red Molé

Add peppers to a dry pan on medium heat and let brown
Add tomatoes, garlic and onion and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes

Spicy Red Molé
5 dried Ancho peppers, de-stemmed
5 dried Arbol peppers, de-stemmed
5 dried Guajillo peppers, de-stemmed
3 Tomatoes, quartered
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup raisins (or more if you like it sweeter)
1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
4 cups water

To Make:
For a milder sauce remove seeds from peppers
Rinse and dry peppers
Add peppers to a dry pan on medium heat and let brown
Be careful not to let them burn by turning often
Add almonds and raisins
Add tomatoes, garlic and onion and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until there are no lumps
Return all ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a boil then let simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
For best results, make this the day before you serve it so flavours can blend.
Serve at room temperature with Quesadillas.

Corn Tortillas/Quesadillas

 Cook each tortilla in a dry pan.
Add Daija Shreds to bottom half of each Quesadilla
Top each with a second tortilla
Warm in the oven until Daiya is melted
Corn Tortillas/Quesadillas
(makes approx. 18 4 inch tortillas per batch)
2 Cups Instant Masa Flour (we use Gouda brand)
1 3/4 cup water.
To Make:
Place the Masa Flour in a bowl.
Add the water. 
Mix with a spatula until mixed then continue mixing with hands for complete even batter.
Roll mix into one inch balls.
Press each ball between 2 flat surfaces. We have a tortilla press lined with plastic but 2 cutting boards would do the trick.
Cook in a medium-hot dry (no oil or water) pan until dry and tortilla starts to brown.
To make Quesadillas
Add 1 Tbsp /Daiya shreds to half of the tortillas and place on a cookie sheet
Top with the other half of the tortillas.
15 minutes before serving place in a 350F oven to melt Daiya. 
Cut each quesadilla in half and serve with Salsa of choice.
This is a great menu for a picnic.

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