MERRY CHRISTMAS! This recipe is for my sister in law.
This morning. Bacon, rosemary scrambled eggs and Swedish pancakes with Blackberry preserves.
♥ Swedish Pancakes ♥
1 large egg
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 T. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
6 T melted Butter
1 tsp. Lemon Zest Filling:
Any jam or preserve.
Top with powdered or confectioners sugar.
Beat egg and milk together set aside. In another bowl combine the flour sugar and salt. Sift Dry ingredients into another bowl and continue to add the liquid mixture. Add in butter. Mix with a wire whisk till no lumps.
Heat flat griddle or cast iron griddle. Add small amount of butter to pan. Hold pan with one hand (make sure pan is hot) with the other ladel a 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Immedietly continue to move the pan in a slow 360° motion to distrubute the batter evenly. Cook till top none of the batter is at its liquid state. Flip over. Continue to cook 20 seconds take off heat. Add preserves or jams to 1/4 of the round formation and fold into triangle.
Top with a pretty soft dusting of powdered sugar and your set. I LOVE YOU MOM!
Last year I officially bought my first 8 inch chef’s knife. It was beautiful. I was walking hazily through downtown and strolled into a cutlery shop by a French soul food house and had an impulse to buy my first real knife for my first real kitchen gig. $120 later I had purchased my first knife. I had purchased a WU, I had never heard of the name before, but felt a sudden connection with the shiny sharp object.
A chef told me a story about how Samurai’s never picked their swords, instead the swords picked them. Same story with chefs, and how when you grip a knife you will immediately know “the one” he said. One after another I softly yet firmly wrapped my 5 fingers around the many handles. I envisioned what the perfect knife would grip like, chop like, slice like, and dice like within my grasp. Really…really when I held on to that light wooden handle I knew that this would be my knife…THE KNIFE. It was perfect. The weight, the way my hand gripped the handle, along with the beautiful Japanese aesthetic mixed with the western rocking motion of a knife. I carried it with me in its box nearly everywhere I went in my black leather purse.
In the next couple of months I learned that having an extremely sharp knife is completely addictive, not to mention useful and essential. I learned to love to slice green onions, celery and just about anything in my grasp. My favorite is probably hearing the crisp and smooth crackle of cutting through the skin and flesh of certain vegetables and nuts.
So I continue to cook.
The other day Daniel asked me if I could think of an idea for him to bring to a work potluck…CHILI I exclaimed. It’s pretty hearty and delicious and very easy. SO here it is… MY RECIPE!!
Hearty Stout Chili’
This Chili is great because it packs the right amount of heat and has a great spice medley that works with the bold and rich quality of the meat and stout. It’s texture is not too soupy but also not too thick but is also extremely hearty…just right in my book.
2 lbs Ground Chuck
1 medium yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1 bottle of Guinness or hearty Stout
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 Can tomato paste
2 cans Kidney beans
6-7 leaves of Fresh Sage
3 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 /4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 T Salt (adjust as needed)
Pepper to Taste
A. 1 T Cumin
B. 1 T Smoked Paprika
C. 1 T Chili Powder
D. 1 T Cayenne
Prep: Dice onions to ¼ inch dices. Rough chop garlic.
With a pot at medium heat add Olive oil when oil is rippled and heated through begin to add the aromatics: onions and garlic, let the onions sweat a bit till slightly translucent. Add ground beef and roughly break apart (Do not aggressively break down the meat because as it cooks it will break down itself.). Brown beef slightly and add all of the spice mixture and let it bloom.
After 5-10 minutes and sides are slightly browned and caramelized add the bottle of stout. Bring to boil and add enough water to cover aforementioned ingredients about ¾ of an inch.
Now add the tomato paste, the can of crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, the 3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to boil turn down heat and let simmer. 30-40 minutes.
Chiffonade the Sage leaves and roughly chop those into smaller pieces. Stir this to the Chili before serving.