gingered pear

a pear in love with food

miso salmon

miso salmon with oyster mushroom (in miso butter)

chewy crunchy granola

A healthy snack of oat and flax from Good to the Grain. Remember to minus a bit of honey for more crunchy parts and dial down the sugar a tad (bit too sweet for my taste). Watch the molasses, sugar and honey mixture so it doesn’t burn but just changes color and turns ooey gooey.

home-made pizza

Home-made pizza are fun and easy!

Pizza Dough
makes 2 of 1 lb loaves
adapted from my baking addiction

1  cup + 6 tablespoon  lukewarm water
3/4 tablespoon granulated yeast (2 packets)
3/4 tablespoons Kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups  all-purpose flour
1  + 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

In the stand mixer with the dough hook attachement, or in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, mix the yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil and water. Mix in the flour (without kneading). You may need to wet your hands to incorporate the flour if you’re not using a stand mixer.  Transfer the dough to a large bowl and cover (not airtight) with saran wrap or cheese cloth. Make sure it’s not air tight (so the dough can breathe) but covered so it does not dry out the dough. Rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses – about 2 hours. **During winter keep the dough in a warm area, or in an oven after the it’s been turned off.**

The dough can be used immediately (after the rise) or refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use for the the next 7-12 days.

My favorite pizza toppings:

BBQ Chicken Pizza
bbq sauce
cooked chicken – shredded
red onion – sliced thinly
bell pepper – sliced
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cilantro – for garnish (optional)

Pesto Chicken Pizza
pesto
cooked chicken – shredded
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cherry tomatoe – halved

Margarita Pizza
tomato paste
basil
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cherry tomatoe – halved

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Place pizza crust (1 lb of  the dough from above) on parchment or foil-lined baking sheet. Make rectangle or circle as you wish.  I like thin crust so I stretch the crust thin as possible without it ripping. Wet or oil hands lightly to prevent your hands from sticking to the dough!

Spread sauce on pizza crust.  Add meat, veggies and cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.

eggs eggs eggs!

When you’re in hurry or forget to plan ahead and the recipe calls for room temperature eggs use this great tip from Faux Martha :

“Whenever a recipe calls for ‘room temperature’ eggs, you don’t have to plan hours in advance. You can place your eggs in a bowl of lukewarm water for about five minutes to do the trick. It’s especially helpful for whipping eggs for desserts.”  — Kasey, Turntable Kitchen

Another trick that I use when I forget and the recipe calls for room temperature butter: Cut up the butter in little blocks and microwave at 10 sec intervals. Make sure it’s not melted and has just softened. Happy baking!

pasta with zucchini, mozzarella and egg

Tasty but the egg sauce didn’t quite turn out as expected. From seriouseats.

pesto cherry tomatoe caprese salad

pesto cherry tomatoe caprese salad
serves 2
adapted from honest cooking

1/3 cup of cubed fresh mozzarella or  mini bocconcini
20 cherry tomatoes
4 tablespoon pesto (from the Jaime Oliver book)
3 tablespoon thick yogurt (Greek)

Drain the bocconcini and pat try. Cut the cheese in half or cubed to matched the tomatoes. Rinse and pat dry cherry tomatoes. In a large bowl combine the mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto and yogurt. Salt and pepper to tatste. Set aside for least 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry.

mmmmm…i love fresh pesto!

vanilla frozen yogurt

Almost as good as pinkberry from 101cookbooks

oatmeal raisin cookies

One of my favorite cookies from the accidental cook. Soft & chewy. Yum!

caramel apple cookies

Soft and chewy caramel apple cookies from sugar & spice & all things iced.

Minus the chocolate drizzle because I found this cookie to be sweet enough.

vietnamese caramalized chicken – Ga Kho

Easy weeknight dish but bit salty for my taste from ravenous couple. Simple home cooked protein to eat with rice or quinoa.