General Tso’s Cauliflower

I have been working on adding a few meatless meals into my week however, I personally have found that these meals aren’t as satisfying. That’s where recipes like this come into play! I found this recipe from Woks of Life and you need to check out their page. This meatless recipe has everything you need, that crunch of fried foods, a little bit of heat, and a little bit of sweet!

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower

  • 1 Small Cauliflower Head
  • 2 TSP Cornstarch
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 TSP White Pepper/or regular pepper if you don’t have
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Rice Flour/ I used regular flour and it worked out okay!
  • 2 TSP Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2-3 Cups of Canola Oil

For the Sauce

  • 1 TSP Canola Oil
  • 2 TSP Ginger, finely minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 5 Whole Dried Red Chili Peppers, optional
  • 1/2 TBSP Shaoxing Wine, I didn’t use and it still worked out!
  • 1/2 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water/Chicken Stock
  • 1 TBSP Cornstarch + 1 TBSP Water
  • Scallon for topping

Let’s Get Cooking

Cut the cauliflower into about 1-2 inch chunks. Mix into a batter cornstarch + baking soda + salt + sesame oil+ white pepper + 1/4 cup water + 3/4 cup rice flour in a large bowl.

Add in the cauliflower and fold together until the cauliflower is coated. Sprinkling the rest of the rice flour over the cauliflower, mix everything until it is sticking to the cauliflower.

In a small pot or large pan, heat the oil to 375F. While heating, sprinkle sesame seeds over the cauliflower. Once the oil reaches heat, fry the cauliflower in small batches, about 3 minutes each. Once fried, remove from heat and place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

In a wok, heat 1 TBSP of oil over med-high heat. Add in ginger and let fry for a few seconds. Add in garlic + dried red pepper and stir. Add in Shaoxing wine + sesame oil + soy sauce + rice wine vinegar + sugar + water/chicken stock. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer. Add in the cornstarch slurry and stir constantly, for about 20 seconds. The sauce should thicken and coat the spoon.

Add the fried cauliflower and scallions into the sauce and mix until everything is well coated!

Top with a little extra sesame seeds and serve with rice or on it’s own!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Scallops with Carrot Butter & Crispy Capers

Scallops can seem pretty daunting, right? They are this super delicate ingredient that can seem scary to cook and easy to mess up. I am going to change your mind with this delicious recipe, by who else but Antoni of course. This recipe features carrot butter, which believe me is super good, and these crispy capers that add a bite of saltiness which is just what every meal needs. Don’t be scared now, let’s get started!

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 3 TBSP Capers, drained and patted dry
  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Carrot Juice
  • 2 TBSP Orange Juice
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 LB Dry Sea Scallops, rinsed, tough muscles removed, and patted dry
  • Finely chopped parsley

Let’s Get Cooking

Okay first off we are going to start with the capers. Line a plate with paper towels and add about 1/2 inch of olive oil into a skilled over high heat. Make sure the oil is HOT, simmering almost and when it is, carefully add in the capers. Fry the capers until the edges puffed and they are lightly golden, about 30-60 minutes Antoni says. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels.

Next up is the carrot butter, it sounds different and taste different, but different is good! Cut 2 TBSP of the butter into cubes and return to the fridge. In a small saucepan, bring the carrot juice to a low boil over med-high heat. Cook until the juice is reduced by half, for about 10-12 minutes. Reduce the carrot juice to a simmer and whisk in the chilled butter cubes one at a time. Whisk constantly allowing each butter cube to blend in before adding another. Add in the orange juice + 1/4 TSP Salt + pepper, whisk and remove from heat.

Now is the time for scallops, there is no turning back now! Season the scallops with salt on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet, add in the remaining 2 TBSP of butter over med-high heat. Heat the butter until it is melted and foaming. Add in the scallops and cook, tip the pan to the side so the butter pools and you can baste the scallops. Cook until a golden crust forms, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the scallops and continue to cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. The tops should be golden brown, trust your gut.

Remove the scallops from the heat and place on your serving plate.

Drizzle over the carrot butter and garnish with the crispy capers and your herbs (if you have them, if not no sweat)!

And now look at that! You made scallops and it was not as scary as you thought!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Summer Corn with Chorizo & Cilantro

This is my new favorite summer side, I have already made it so many times! Once, I just ate it straight out of the pan, I mean who needs to waste a bowl anyway. Of course the recipe comes from Antoni’s cookbook, seriously, go buy that cookbook now! Enjoy this side with your friends at a picnic, or by yourself, you do you!

Ingredients

  • 1 7oz package of Chorizo, cut into cubes, about 1 2/3 cups
  • 3 Ears of Corn, shucked & kernels cut from the cobs
  • 1/2 Cup Coarsely chopped Cilantro, leaves & stems
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 TSP Grated Lime Zest
  • 1 TBSP + 2 TSP Lime Juice
  • Salt

Lets Get Cooking

Heat a large skillet over medium heat until very hot, but not smoking. Toss in the cubed chorizo and cook, do not move the chorizo around, let it cook undisturbed and get all crispy for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally after 5 minutes until crispy all over.

After shucking the corn and removing the kernels, add the corn into the pan with the chorizo. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add in the cilantro + cheese + lime juice + lime zest + pinch of salt.

Stir together and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add salt & cheese to taste.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Made with love,

Hannah

“One Horse Open Slaw” Burger

Creative burgers may just be my favorite food trend, although I am not even sure if you could consider it a trend. Burgers are a classic, so why not switch them up a little but! This is a perfect summer burger from the Bob’s Burger Cookbook of course. I hope that you’ll give it a try the next time your craving a burger.

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Yellow Mustard
  • 2 TSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/4 Head Red Cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 Head Green Cabbage, shredded
  • 3 Big Carrots, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 LB Ground Beef
  • 4 Slices Jalapeño Havarti Cheese
  • 4 Onion buns, or whatever you have

Let’s Get Cooking

We are going to start with the mayo that goes on the coleslaw!

In a large bowl whisk together egg yolk + salt + mustard. In another bowl mix together lemon juice + vinegar.

Add half of the lemon mixture in with the egg yolk mixture & whisk briskly.

While you’re still whisking, slowly, a few drops at a time, add in the oil. KEEP WHISKING. When the mixture beings to thicken you can add in the oil a little faster. Once half of the oil is whisked in, add the rest of the lemon mixture. KEEP WHISKING. Add the rest of the oil and whisk until the mayo is glossy. It will be a little bit thinner than store-bought mayo but that’s okay! Be proud of yourself, you just made homemade mayo!

To make the coleslaw: slice up the cabbage and carrots.

In a large bowl, place the cabbage + carrots + however much mayo you prefer. I like a thin coat, but that’s all up to you! Add in salt & pepper to taste.

For the burgers:

Mix in the Worcestershire sauce in with the ground beef. Don’t over mix!

Form the burgers into patties and cook them to your desired doneness. I usually do about 6 minutes per side for a med-rare.

Add on the cheese and cover to melt.

Build your burger up staring with bottom bun + cheeseburger + coleslaw + and a top bun!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Strawberry Pie

It’s the finale of STRAWBERRY WEEK and with the 4 July coming up I thought I would share a fresh dessert that is sure to make everyone happy! This is a super simple Strawberry Pie recipe from Inspired Taste! When we made the pie, my mom made a fresh pie crust as well. Don’t worry about getting all fancy with it, store-bought crust will work just fine!

Ingredients

  • Pie crust
  • 5 Cups Strawberries, quartered & hulled
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 2/3-3/4 Cup Sugar, add more depending on the sweetness of the strawberries
  • 1/8 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 TSP Almond extract
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Let’s Get Cooking

Prepare your piecrust as directed.

Cut the tops off the berries and quarter them. Add 2 Cups of strawberries to a saucepan. Muddle the berries until they are chunky. Add in sugar + cornstarch + vanilla extract + almond extract + lemon juice + salt.

Bring the mixture to a simmer on medium heat. Stir occasionally until it has thickened, for about 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture cool completely.

Add in the remaining 3 Cups of strawberries to the cooled strawberries. Stir until they are combined.

Add the filing into your cooled pie crust & place in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating.

Top it off with whipped cream if you’d like!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Strawberry Daiquiri

It’s Wednesday of Strawberry Week & I am going to share a recipe for something we all need today, a Daiquiri. This recipe is from Whitney Bond and it’s something you need in your life ASAP. Feel free to add whatever rum you life, also you can make this in smaller batches as well!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Parrot Bay Rum
  • 4 Cups Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Add the sugar + water into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and stir so that the sugar dissolves, about 2-3 min

Let’s Get Drinkin’

Add Strawberries [if fresh, add in Ice] + rum + lime juice + simple syrup into a blender

Blend until smooth, pour into your favorite glass, & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Strawberry Jam

With Summer finally arriving (despite the fact that time no longer feels like a construct due to COVID-19) fruits are finally in season! I was able to go berry picking a couple weeks ago and have been relishing in all of the yummy things I have been able to create out of them. Strawberries were the first to be picked of the season so I am sharing the recipes this week in what I am now titling, STRAWBERRY WEEK!

We are starting the week of first with a jam recipe, strawberry has always been my favorite, I don’t mess around with grape jelly, no thank you! Of course my grandfather’s recipe is just in his brain and did not have any interest in writing it down, so we used a very similar recipe from Kylee Cooks!

Ingredients

  • 1 LB FRESH Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar (we cut back the sugar, I like to taste the natural flavors of the berries)
  • 2 TBSP Lemon juice

Let’s Get Cooking

Wash the strawberries really well and slice off the tops and cut in half.

Add berries to a bowl and muddle them in small batches.

Add the berries into a saucepan and add in the sugar. Mix well over medium heat.

Bring the berries to a boil. Once at a boil add the 2 TBSP lemon juice.

Boil for about 15 minutes, or when the jam reaches a temp of 220F. We did not have a thermometer at the time so we just kind of eye balled it. Continue to stir the jam to make sure that it does not burn.

Use the frozen plate test to make sure the jam is ready! Place a few plates in the freezer and make sure they are cold! Once the jam has boiled for 15 min place a TSP of the jam onto the frozen plate. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes. Grab the plate out of the freezer and run your finger through the jam. If the jam does not run back together it is ready to be canned! If it does, allow the jam to continue to cook on the heat for a little longer.

Make sure your jars are nice and clean, heating them in water before canning.

Pour the jam into the jars and screw on the lids. To seal, flip the jars upside down.

Once the jars are sealed refrigerate and use within about 2 weeks!

This stuff is amazing on EVERYTHING & it tastes better when it’s hand-picked and homemade!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Poke Bowls

I have gotten slightly behind on blog posts, due to finals week, adding more to my work schedule, and deleting 2 weeks worth of content on my camera, but that does not mean that I’ve stopped cooking! So I am getting back into the swing of things with one of my new favorite summer recipes that is so easy and satisfying!

Ingredients

  • Sushi Rice
  • 1/2 TBSP Sushi Vinegar
  • Imitation Crab
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 2 TBSP Sriracha
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado

Let’s Get Cooking

This recipe is kind of like ordering at chipotle. You make it how you want it!

First, cook the sushi rice per the package instructions. Once it’s done, put into a separate bowl and add about 1/2 TBSP of sushi vinegar. I love the flavor of the vinegar so sometimes I add more into the rice.

While your waiting for the rice to cool, combine 1/4 Cup mayo + 2 TBSP Sriracha, if you want to up the heat feel free to add more sriracha! Toss the imitation crab into the Sriracha mayo.

Prep the other ingredients that you want to add in the poke bowl. Thinly cut the cucumber and dice the avocado. If you want to add carrots or radishes feel free to cut those bad boys up too!

To serve: place the rice in a bowl, add in the toppings & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Grilled Lamb Chops with Asparagus

It’s summer time so any excuse to start grilling I am in. My mom picked up these Lamb Chops at Aldi’s and of course it was my job to find out what we were doing with them. So I found this super easy marinade by Jessica Gavin for the Lamb, grabbed some asapargus & I got grilling.

Ingredients

  • Lamb Chops
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 2 TSP Chopped Rosemary
  • 2 TSP Chopped Thyme
  • 1/2 TSP Chopped Parsley
  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil, + extra
  • Asparagus

Let’s Get Cooking

In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup Olive oil + parsley + rosemary + thyme + 1 TBSP Garlic + salt + pepper. Mix to combine

Pour the marinade over the lamb chops and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Cut the ends off the asparagus and place on aluminum foil. Season with salt + pepper + 1 TBSP minced Garlic. Wrap the aluminum around the asparagus until it is completely covered.

Heat up the grill, & place the asparagus off to the side. Place the lamb chops on the hot grill. I only eat my meats rare to medium rare, if you eat your meats well done I have some questions for you. But anyways for med-rare you are going to do about 6 min each side. The time will also depend on the thickness of your cut.

Once the meat is done, remove from heat and let rest a little before serving. This allows the meat to soak up all the juices. Cook your asparagus to your desired doneness as well, I like it to still have a bit of a bite so I cooked it for about 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy breaking out the grill, I know I can’t wait to see what I can create on the grill.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Sourdough Pizza

If you’re like me & every other food lover, you made some sour dough starter during this quarantine. You can make so many delicious things with sourdough starter. I personally love the sour taste so I have been trying to find new ways to use the starter. Recently, I made pizza dough from my starter & omg it’s everything I could have wanted. I got the recipe from Little Spoon Farm, check them out! Enough talking, let’s get cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup/100 g Sourdough Starter (If you don’t have starter, check out the recipe here to make your own!)
  • 2 TSP/10 g Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup + 2 TSP/ 50 g Whole Wheat Flower
  • 3.5 Cup + 1 TBSP/ 450 g All Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Cup/ 375 g Water
  • You’ll also need whatever pizza toppings your heart desires, I’m a cheese and sausage kinda gal but it’s your pizza so you run the show

Let’s Get Cooking

The night before: Add the pizza crust ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Cover the bowl and let it ferment over night at room temp.

In the Morning: wet your hand with water and gently pull one side of the dough up & over its self. Turn the bowl and complete this on all sides.

Cover the bowl and place in the fridge up until about 36 hours until you are ready to bake. You can skip this step if you’d like and get right to cooking!

When you’re ready to eat: remove the bowl from the fridge and let sit for about 30 min.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces on a floured surface, shape the dough into a ball form and let rest for about 30 min. Cover with a towel

Turn the broiler on high and heat up a cast iron skillet. While the skillet is heating up, press the dough into about an 8″ circle (use as much flour as you need)

Remove the skillet once it is hot and place the dough into the skillet. Put on whatever toppings you desire and then place back into the oven for about 5-6 minutes, or until the crust on the bottom begins to char.

Remove from heat, slice it up, & enjoy with friends, family, or just yourself.

Made with Love,

Hannah