All posts tagged: simple

Creme Brulee Three Ways

Creme brulee seems to have a bit of a rep for being a fancy, snooty dessert. It might be because of the French name, or maybe because it is a bit delicate during the cooking period. But the reality of it is that creme brulee is very easy to make, and once you have a handle on the basics you can branch out and make it any flavor you want! Classic Creme Brulee — Ingredients: -1 quart heavy cream (the big carton they sell at any grocery store) -6 egg yolks -1/2 tsp salt -2 Tbsp vanilla extract -1 vanilla bean (optional) -1/2 cup of sugar -Extra sugar for topping Split the vanilla bean and remove the caviar (the little seeds inside). Put the caviar or seeds inside of a large mixing bowl, set aside. In a saucepan put the whole carton of cream and the vanilla bean (with the insides removed). Bring to a boil, and remove from the heat as soon as it does, discard vanilla bean. Set aside, and “fuhgeddaboudit,” at least for …

Bento Series #9 — Turkey Pesto Sandwich

This year I decided I was going to put all rumors of “black thumb of death” to rest, and actually start a garden that lived for more than a month. So far I would say my efforts have been a wash. I killed my mint plant, but my basil plants are holding on to life. Sometimes vigorously, sometimes by a thread, but they are still alive! Therefore, I decided to enjoy the fruits of my labor by making homemade pesto. I used the delicious mixture in pastas, sandwiches, chicken, and fish dishes. It is super tasty and pack a flavor punch! For this bento I used my own pesto (recipe below) but you can use store bought as well and it will brighten that good ol’ turkey sandwich! Bento Components: Turkey Pesto Sandwich Raspberries   Homemade Basil Pesto– Ingredients: -2 cups of gently packed basil (just the leaves, no stems!) -1/2 cup parmesan cheese -1/2 cup almonds (the classic recipe calls for pine nuts, I use whatever I have at hand, like almonds, or walnuts.) -3 …

Bento Series #6 — Finger Sandwiches

As you might have gathered from my posts, I tend to run a little short on time some days, which causes me to come up with recipes that are delicious but fast to make (Ain’t nobody wanna spend the night in the kitchen). These Finger Sandwiches are one of the quickest lunches I can whip-up. Now you might say: “Silvia, all sandwiches are finger sandwiches, you eat them with your fingers, duh!” To you I say, WRONG! Finger sandwiches are smaller in size which makes them great as appetizers, for tea time (so sophisticated), or perfect to put in a bento. Ha! I have silly conversations with myself sometimes -_- Bento Components: Egg Salad Sandwich Spicy Ham Sandwich Cheese Sandwich   Egg Salad Sandwich– Ingredients: -6 hard boiled eggs (makes two sandwiches) -1/4 cup mayo -1 tsp Dijon mustard -1/2 tsp sesame oil -1 tsp soy sauce -salt and pepper to taste (salt might not be needed) -1 tsp lemon juice -1 Tbsp sriracha mayo or spicy mayo -1 green onion chopped -2 slices of a …