Sunday, July 15, 2012

When life throws you lemon peels?

There is a recipe I have that makes  lemon pistachio shortbread cookies, but the price of purchasing dehydrated lemon peel is pretty scary, so I learned how to do it myself. It is a time consuming process, but worth the effort.

First, you take a clean lemon and you begin to peel the skin off of it with a knife, trying to get as little of the bitter white part as possible.
Second, you lay the lemon peel on a plate, cover with a towel if you like (suggested for keeping bugs and pet hair off), but you won't want to cover it with plastic wrap or foil, you want the peel to be able to breathe.
Third, let it air dry on your counter top for about 4 days
Fourth, take the small grates on a cheese grater, and begin to grate the lemon peel.
Fifth, store in an airtight container.

You can also do this with pretty much any citrus fruit! I plan on grating it first next time I decide to do this. I usually grate the part that has the hole where it was attached to the tree, or the part of the lemon just opposite of that, while it is still on the fruit and not dried. I do that when I zest over meats or into salads, because the skin is thicker in those parts and makes it much easier to zest.

I hope you find this information useful, thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My trial and error

I hope everyone had a happy and safe July 4th! These last few days I've been brainstorming what I can put up here recipe wise, and the last few things I've made trying to label as my own recipe is still in the trial stages. Something that is new to me cooking wise is these pretty little dried beans called Black-Eye Peas. I've heard of them before, and remember having them once before, though I can't remember where or when, but I most certainly remember the flavor.

So after trying them a couple of days ago, and putting in random ingredients that I figure would be good with beans, I decided to make them again today in the slow cooker. I took approximately 1 cup of the black-eye peas, 1/4 sweet onion, 1 tablespoons minced garlic,  2 tsp. dried fennel seeds, then salt and pepper to taste. Black-eye peas are super yummy with meat. I know a common meat used with black-eye peas is pork, but I don't eat pork so I have been using turkey product. I add the fennel because I use turkey, I like to give the dish a little bit of a sausage flavor with the fennel.

Something in my mind told me that black-eye peas need cornbread. So when I was trying to make a cupcake with the flavor I wanted, I had sifted the flour and had a bit extra, which in turn I used for the cornbread. A lot of cornbread I've had or made has been dense, but the sifted flour seemed to make it a bit fluffier, I also added a little extra milk than the recipe called for.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wrapping up cozy for the 4th!

I love to buy fun cupcake liners, but sometimes the oil from the batter seeps through and makes the image less appealing. That is why I like cupcake wrappers! I've seen it's been a trend for a while, and there are times I get ideas in my head on what I would like on a wrapper personally, but I never find anything that is what I was looking for. If I can't find what I want, then I make it myself! I wanted to share my 4th of July cupcake wrappers with you. The only way I have been able to get it to work is right clicking the open picture and saving it to disk. I will be looking for an easier print from the browser method. Thanks for reading and have a happy and safe holiday!