Sunday, January 18, 2015

1 Million Ways to Use Candied Citron

I apologize for the hyberbole- I probably don't have a million ways to use it, but I've got a few good ones for you (unless you've thought of them yourself.)

Our local supermarket had obviously overbought the citron, so they had it for 25 cents a container (hard to resist, right?)  So of course, I baked the sweet bread recipe that came with the citron:

And it's a very good cake!  So make that.  But if you're like me, with 8 packages of citron, you'll need another way to use it. 

Mix with peanut butter in peanut butter sandwiches!

Mix with cream cheese- put on crackers (or anything)

Cut the top rind off a brie wheel, leaving a rim of rind- broil until soft, sprinkle with citron
Make a cheese compote- mine was 8 oz raisins, 8 oz citron, 8 oz apricots and 4 oz dried cherries- I used 1 cup late harvest riesling, cooked with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, I cooked the wine with the sugar and vanilla until the vanilla was absorbed, then I added the fruit.  I cooked it about 25 minutes, on low, then I took out the fruit and simmered the liquid until it was the consistency of syrup.  I added it back to the fruit- and used it over cheese (chopped walnuts make a nice addition to this- add after cooking)

Add to pancakes.

Add to waffles.

Add to chocolate chip cookies.

Add to oatmeal cookies.

Bake in to muffins or gingerbread:
 I used this mix- and added raisins AND citron, and it was wonderful:
 The citron:
So is citron the new bacon?  Can you add it to anything?  Probably not- bacon is still the most awesome thing ever, but citron is pretty fun to work with.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Waffle Brownies- so far, not a great success

I was so excited about this.  I read several posts about doing this.  But our first try was not a success.  My brownies were not eager to exit the waffle maker- and the first batch was really bad (I had sprayed the waffle maker with my usual light coating of coconut oil) and the second batch, without oil, was better, but still not great.  I just made my usual boxed brownie recipe.  Next time I will use some of the modifications.  If I still don't get a good result, I'm going back to regular brownies- which are plenty good enough for me.

Not horrible- but not what I'd call a great success, either.

Pack Up Your Food IMMEDIATELY Into Meal Sized Containers

It seems so simple, but my mom never did this, and as a consequence a lot of our food did not get eaten.  If you pack things up- like this bean soup- in individual containers, especially ones that can be used to reheat the food, and serve it- you will not waste anything!  Your family will grab these on their way out the door to work.  They'll eat these for breakfast.  And before you can have any for yourself, all the food will be gone!

Arugula and Pickled Egg Sandwiches with Bacon Bean Soup

Just a few days ago I told you how to make pickled eggs and my bacon and bean soup- here are the two served together for lunch :-)  I toss the arugula with some mayo, which helps the eggs stay in place, and I put a very light spread of mayo on my rye bread as well.  These eggs were pickled for a week, so they've gone beyond ombre to solid pink.  If you use the eggs quickly, they'll have a delicate ombre color.  Might be nice for a baby shower.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Smashed Chickpea Chicken Salad- Two Ways

 You will need:
1/8 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
16 oz can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
salt pepper
minced dried onions

Smash 16 oz of drained chickpeas.  And 2 cups of minced cooked chicken breast.  Add 2 TBS mayo, 2 TBS dried onions, 1/2 tsp salt or Nosalt, 1 tsp pepper, 1/8 cup diced celery, 1/8 cup parmesan cheese.  Stir till well mixed.

I used Hodgson's Mill Rye bread for the sandwich.  Form the mix into a patty to fit the bread - otherwise it crumbles too much.  I put a thin layer of mayo on the bread before smashing the chickpea patty on it.  On the other half of the bread I arrange the lettuce, then I put both halves together.  You can also add a slice of tomato between the halves if you want to.

Extra salad  on the side, topped with more of the chickpea mix.  No dressing needed.

Save That Picled Beet Juice! Easy, Pretty Pickled Eggs

Want to make lovely pink pickled eggs?  Save your pickled beet liquid.  I use Trader Joes pickled beets, since I'm too lazy to make my own, then I pour the liquid in a mason jar, add eggs, and fill up any extra space with some sort of vinegar- I've used all kinds- sherry, balsamic, and plain old apple cider.  Slice into the eggs, and you'll get a lovely, ombre tinted egg.  Makes a lovely garnish for anything.

Waffles and Muffin Pan Eggs

Delicious easy breakfast.    Krusteaz chocolate chip pancake mix- use the waffle recipe on the box, pour on melted butter and chocolate jimmies.

Eggs- 6 eggs, mixed with 1/3 cup shredded cheese, fresh pepper, and salt ladled into nonstick muffin pans- 4/5's full.  Bake at 350- until set.  top with Parmesan cheese, bake until  they are the doneness you like- we like well cooked eggs.