Archive for July, 2011

30
Jul
11

Grilled Cauliflower with Coconut Curry Sauce (Gourmet Camping)

We made this last weekend while we were at church camp. It was amazing!!

Cauliflower with Coconut Curry Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, stemmed, leaves removed and quartered.
  • Olive oil spray or nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Coconut Curry Sauce (see below)
Directions for making it while camping:

Spray the cauliflower quarters all over with olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally. 4-5 minutes per side, until soft and beginning to brown. Chop the cooked cauliflower into large chunks and serve topped with Coconut Curry Sauce.

Directions for making it at home:

Preheat the oven to 400’F. coarsely chop the cauliflower, and place in a baking dish. Spray the cauliflower all over with olive oil spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring once or twice, about 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and browned in spots. Serve topped with sauce.

Coconut Curry Sauce

Ingredients (makes about 2 cups):
  • 1 14oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of cayenne
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan until well combined. Place over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

You can make the sauce up to a week ahead and store it covered, in a refrigerator. Warm over medium heat before serving.

Both recipes taken from Campfire Cuisine by Robin Donovan, which I heartily recommend.

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26
Jul
11

summer cooking recap

I haven’t been posting much on here, but I have been trying out a number of new recipes this summer (and resurrecting some old favorites). Most of the pictures make it onto my facebook account because it’s so simple just to take a picture with the good old iPhone for a quick upload. But, here I’ve consolidated a few of them into one post.

Salt crusted steak with warm bean salad.

Strawberry chocolate cupcakes

Fish tacos (a first for me!)

Cinnamon roll pancakes with maple bacon

And an old favorite, Chicken chilaquiles

01
Jul
11

super burgers

I have always hated hamburgers, especially homemade ones. Dry, briquette like patties with mediocre condiments and, well, I never even noticed the buns, that’s how interesting I found them. My opinion has changed a bit since we discovered this recipe in Everyday FOOD for feta stuffed BLT burgers. We serve these with the traditional mayo/mustard/ketchup combo because some people (particularly my husband) can’t do without the sauces. One day I will find a sauce to rival Carl’s Jr (I set a high bar, huh?).

Last night we had friends over for dinner and I’d forgotten to buy buns, so I used this recipe from my friend Katie’s food blog. Because we like our burgers big, I used 4 oz portions rather than the recommended 3 oz, and I opted for oil and buttermilk. I think this gave us 10 hamburger buns and I topped some with sesame seeds, some with poppy seeds, and some I left plain. I was quite pleased with how well they turned out.

While I did notice a distinct lack of dry, sauce soaked “bread”, I have to say I wasn’t completely wowed by the change that homemade buns gave to the burgers. The moister, denser bun was nice, but I think next time I will try adding garlic or onion powder or putting onions on top or something. But, the overall effect was great and I think we might want to check our love for bigger burgers. I only made it 2/3 of the way through mine, and I think my husband hurt himself by finishing his.




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