Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tres Leches Cake in A Cup

I know you're in Paleo-land but I also know you love Tres Leches.I think this recipe could use some tinkering, or at least replacing the sauce with caramel, but dessert in a mug that only takes 10 minutes from beginning to end? That's my kind of dessert.


Love, Elise

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hot, good and easy. I'm talking about soup.

                It’s winter in paleo land.  Soup meets three of the four criteria for winter dinner- good, hot, easy. The fourth criterion is all-done-even-the-dishes-by-6:30. This is so I can be a member in good standing of the HBN (horizontal by nine) club. I’m thinking of fomenting a schism in the ranks of HBN and creating a fundamentalist off shoot called HBE. At any rate, if the dish meets the first three, then the last one comes down to pilot performance.
                Slow cookers are wonderful for soup. Homemade stock is sine qua non.  A hand held blender can make your life so much easier and more pleasant. It removes that pour-the-scalding-liquid-into-a-narrow-mouthed-blender step and the dirty-two-pots-because-you-have-to-blend-in-two-batches step. Just remember our 11/3/11 cautionary tale and unplug the blender every time you turn it off or you might be adding in the trip-to-the-emergency-room step not to mention the come-home-to-a blood-spattered-kitchen-and-have-to clean-it up-before-bed step.
                One of my go-to soups this time of year, really any time of year except full summer, is Curried Sweet Potato Soup. It’s a three season soup. 


                Good—curried sweet potatoes, say no more.
                Easy—peel and slice the potatoes, cook them in broth and coconut milk, as some curry paste or powder and some grated ginger, blend when soft. Finish with salt and pepper.

                While this might sound pretty tame, it’s not. If you are still feeling underwhelmed, you can dress this soup up with a myriad of sides, garnishes, accompaniments and additions. Toasted sliced almonds, raisins, sautéed bananas, chopped crystallized ginger, chutney all go well on the side.   

You can add spinach or kale and double your superfoods. You can add some cooked ground turkey for a third superfood or shrimp sautéed in ginger and garlic if you have a little more time on your hands.
                His Lordship thinks it tastes like candy. 

Curried Sweet Potato Soup
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cans coconut milk
6 cups chicken broth
2 TB grated fresh ginger or more to taste
1-4 TB curry powder or paste. This is vague because curry powders and pastes vary spectacularly and you have to know yours and add accordingly
                Put the first four ingredients in a pot and simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft. Stir in the curry. Blend until soft.
                Tart it up with toasted sliced almonds, raisins, sautéed bananas, chopped crystallized ginger, chutney. Health it up with some cooking greens and/or cooked ground meat.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Oh Jerusalem

Somehow it sounds more stirring if you say Oh before the title of the cookbook, Jerusalem. It sounds like the title of a poem, which it isn't. I know this because I consulted the-source-of-all-knowledge and googled it. William Blake, however, wrote "Jerusalem".

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countence Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! Oh clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

Not much related to cooking there, unless you count the arrows of desire. And I suppose for some recipes, mental fight. Interesting though, Blake's fascination with rhetorical questions - what immortal hand or eye, etc. That tangent aside...

Amos gave me Plenty (by Ottolenghi, not Blake, for Christmas). It's got a lot of eggplant recipes which I suppose is not surprising for a vegetarian cookbook but you know how I feel about them.

I did find a recipe that appealed to me, called somewhat incongruously, Chard and Saffron Omelettes. They aren't really omelettes, more like little pancakes with herbs in the batter  and filled with the oddest combination of chard, saffron and yukon gold potatoes. Oh yeah, and there's creme fraiche too. The flavor is unfamiliar and delicious. They are easy. And meatless. And Paleo.

If you don't have the book the recipe is here. You should try them.

Love, Elise

Monday, January 13, 2014


The beauty of being invited to Mom's for dinner is she always sends you home with the leftovers...