Friday, September 29, 2017

Spiced Applesauce Cake with Icing
Spiced Applesauce Cake with Icing

I made a tiny fraction of the icing recipe. Probably used only 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar and it was plenty. The clove in the cake is a significant amount. It will be spicy and add a big kick to the cake. But it was great! I used more like 3/4 cup sugar since my homemade applesauce was slightly sweetened.

Clyde wanted applesauce for this birthday cake and this was what I made. It was a hit! It was great that it was a small cake in an 8x8 pan also.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brownie Cheesecake

I used swerve in this recipe but in slightly smaller amounts. It was terrific dessert. I served it to guests and they said they liked it.  I weighed the flour and cocoa.

I might make the brownie part less so its more of a crust next time. Also will use straight up erythritol next time since i'm nearly out of swerve.

Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This was great. I made it while on week 1 of the authors free low carb meal plans. I cooked the spaghetti squash according to these instructions using the "softer spaghetti" option. Since this is oven cooked also, next time i'll try al dente and see if it's any better.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One pot meal Chicken and Brown Rice Instant Pot
One pot meal Chicken and Brown Rice Instant Pot

This was great. It made a huge amount though. I'd say 1 cup of rice would have been more than enough for our needs. I made this with 2 huge chicken breasts and cut them in thirds. They shredded easily after 28 minutes + natural release.

note: my kids hardly ate this at all. They don't like their dinner mixed together I guess. Too bad.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

I made this as written except put in half the relish. And i put in onion powder instead of onion. It was really great!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I used a 9 lb bone-in pork shoulder for this. I cut off the top skin/fat layer and cut it into 3 pieces: 1 large piece that would fit into the bottom of my pot, and then 2 smaller pieces that could squish in beside it. I let the pot heat up to high on saute function and browned the pieces on multiple sides after applying the rub. This made a huge amount of  meat, as expected! After searing (~4-5 min per side) I pressure cooked it for 2 hours and 30 minutes. So yes I had to add another 30 minutes onto the end since my pot only goes up to 120 minutes. 150 minutes was enough time to make the pork super easy to shred and the bone literally fell off, which was what I wanted. It tasted great.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jerk Pork Loin or Roast

Do NOT use nectresse next time in seasoning blend. Also, if doing pork loin chops, use 25% or less of this recipe. I'm not so keen on the sweet spices in it, mayb eleave those and the sweetener out completely. I made this and it was overwhelming and weird, we scrapped off the seasoning as best we could. I smelled good while baking though, and a variant is a great idea for thick cut pork loin or a roast.

Turbo Soup

This soup is so delicious. It's got a long scary name but the flavor is phenomenal. Definitely a keeper. The broth is amazing, Ila had 3 bowls of it. I swapped radishes for the celeriac, only because celeriac was too expensive. I'll have to make this again when I get celeriac from my CSA.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tilapia in coconut milk

I made this recipe up. It's the best preparation of tilapia I've had in a while.

Put 1 cup coconut milk into 9x13 dish. Set 4-6 tilapia fillets into the milk (1 - 1.5 lb), getting it onto both sides of the fish.
On top of the fish, sprinkle dried chopped onion, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Then I sprayed some olive oil pam on top of the fish to moisten the herbs. I'm not sure if that step was necessary.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Or something. I didn't set the timer. I used 6 tilapia and they were all touching.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quick Pizza Crust

This was great. I used 1 cup = 120 gram weight using all purpose flour. I had extra time so I mixed the proofed yeast liquid with the flour and let sit for 10 minutes before mixing in the salt and oil. Then I covered and let that sit for 20 or 30 minutes. Then I floured a small baking sheet and stretched the dough onto the sheet. It turned out great, but next time would do 1.5 the recipe to be adequate for our family.

Definitely do this one again. It is flexible for how much time you have. Can easily be converted to sourdough also.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Low Carb Waffles

This was a good low carb waffle. It was not enough for my family of 4, so i disagree with the "4 servings" thing. I served it with bacon and eggs also, but my kids wanted more. I would definitely double this next time and serve with bacon and/or eggs. I used swerve for the sweetener and put plain greek yogurt and a couple sliced strawberries on top. It was good when I needed a change.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mayo and parmesan chicken

I cooked two giant chicken breasts in the pressure cooker, based on this method, but did 15+10 because I only thawed them enough to separate them and they were frozen through the middle still.  Afterward, i placed them in a glass pyrex dish, sliced them into a fallen domino pattern, put some homemade mayo on top (a modest amount) and then put shredded parmesan on top of the chicken.
Then put under the broiler for ~5 minutes until cheese is golden. It was so delicious. David and I both loved it.

Baked Skinless Chicken Thighs

I have used bone-in chicken thighs/legs (removed the skin) also and baked it for 30 minutes and it was done.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Quick Tortillas
Homemade tortillas

This worked great, my family liked it. I was able to make it and cook it while the oven preheated and salmon baked. I did half a batch and kneaded it in the bowl, then rolled out between two silpats.

I made half a batch (since I wasn't having any) to go with salmon and tzatziki sauce. Much faster than pitas but maybe i'll just use the tortillas from the fridge next time!

But i could modify this to be sourdough pretty easily. This is the original recipe in grams.

240 g flour
177 g water
1/2 tsp salt
3 T olive oil

To convert to sourdough, add 250 grams (1 cup) of starter in place of 125 g water and 125 gram flour.

That changes the recipe to:
115 g flour
52 g water
250 g sourdough starter
1/2 tsp salt
3 T olive oil

So do that next time and see if its worth the effort.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sourdough Cornbread
Sourdough Cornbread

I wasn't able to taste this (my diet), but my family rated it so-so. But I did not have buttermilk and so used regular milk (not even soured! I was in a rush). Also used coconut oil instead of butter. Next time I'll sour the milk (I never have buttermilk on hand!) and use butter and then that will be the final word. Also--I would say this is quite a large recipe. Half is plenty, and it will cook in 20 minutes. Finally, 1 tbsp might be too much oil. I was in a rush and guessed, but it was too much oil and it made the cornbread soggy on top (i also only poured in half so it would cook faster). Try 1 tsp oil and see what it looks like.

I am looking for biscuit and cornbread recipes so that I can make one or the other in a snap to go with dinner so my family doesn't have to eat cauliflower rice all the time (or rather...not eat it!)