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the beauty of a garlic press

4 Nov

photo (31)The small things really matter when it comes to cooking (and many things in life).

Is there something that you can change in your kitchen that will make an impact on your daily cooking activities?

For example, do you use lots of garlic in your recipes, but are not that thrilled when you need to mince it, resulting in smelly garlic fingers?

Then pamper yourself with a garlic press, honestly, it will change your world!

If you haven’t yet ventured onto a garlic press, you will be amazed at how efficient and helpful this tool is. You don’t even need to peel the cloves! All you do is place your garlic clove(s) into the press and squeeze, and you’ve got yourself some fresh pressed garlic in no time!

Not only is this device a convenient cooking tool, research has strongly suggested that “using fresh garlic would provide maximal and added benefits” to cardiovascular patients, meaning it’s great for your heart. Due to its hydrogen sulfide contents, garlic relaxes blood vessels, allowing more blood to pass through when eaten raw.

What cooking tools help you in your daily life?

simple stir fry

28 Nov

6720825115_dc0c063fedHere is a quick and easy dinner, if you are craving chinese food, and also a great way to use up veggies that are sitting in your fridge. Get creative, and use what you have to make your stir fry colorful and beautiful!

If you have leftovers, you can always pack it up to take for lunch the next day, or pack it in your child’s lunchbox.

Ingredients:

Brown rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water

Stir fry:

  • 1/2 small cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, florets + stems
  • 2 medium/small carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 block of firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg, whisked (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Sprinkles of sesame seeds

Directions:

Cook your rice first. Add water to a pot, bring to a boil then add your rice, and let it cook until all of the water is absorbed, about 45 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, prep your ingredients. Slice your cabbage, break apart broccoli florets and cut up stems, dice garlic and ginger. Cut your carrots up into matchsticks (Here is a great step by step instruction on how to do so). Drain water from your tofu block, then cut the tofu into thin cubes. Crack your egg and scramble it in a bowl. Heat up a large pan to medium heat, add sesame oil and let the oil get hot. Add garlic and ginger, stir and let brown lightly. Add your veggies, tofu, tamari and stir. Lower heat to medium/low and cover for 5-7 minutes. Move your veggies to the side, and add in your egg. Fold the egg into the veggies, then add your rice and mix it all up! Serve in bowls with chopsticks and top with sesame seeds (and if you have scallions, chop those up for a pretty garnish).

Photo courtesy of f_shields

what’s at the farmers market?

30 Jul

At the Union Square Farmer’s Market this morning, our food & garden summer campers picked out a handful of ripe tomatoes.

When we came back to home base, we discussed how we wanted to transform them into something delectable.

Some of the ideas they had were to eat them raw, and add some basil and olive oil, some of them wanted to roast them with salt and pepper, others wanted to sauté them to make a fresh tomato sauce.

We took a vote and the consensus was, fresh tomato sauce!

The tomatoes sautéed with the companionship of some fresh zucchini, garlic, basil and onion. After taking turns sautéing, we added the sauce to our freshly cooked pasta, and mixed it all up. We then topped it off with fresh parmesan, and sang our song to thank the farmers and the soil for our meal.

And then we dug in!

Flora’s seasonal recipe: welcome back asparagus!

30 Apr

2552865406_0f2739a78bI’d like to give a warm welcome to our long lost friend, asparagus. When spring arrives, I always look forward to the shoots and stalks that we get to enjoy during this transformative time of year. When you are in the practice of eating seasonally you tend to get really excited about welcoming back certain items into your kitchen, and boy am I excited for asparagus’ debut!

I love asparagus, not only for it’s nutty-sweet taste, but also for the nourishment I receive from them. Asparagus is full of vitamin K, B’s, C, beta-carotene, zinc and other trace minerals that helps clear our skin, and clean our blood. Thanks my friends!

When I have a bundle of asparagus waiting to be devoured, one of my first inclinations is to sauté them like we did last spring, but this spring I want to try something different, so I’m going to make a fresh asparagus soup for chillier spring evenings.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of local asparagus
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Directions:

Roast your garlic, by placing your cloves (keep the peel on) in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes. Add your stock and bring to a boil. Snap off the bottom of your asparagus stems (save them for a shaved salad later), and simmer them in the stock for 10-20 minutes or until your asparagus is fork tender. Place your tender spears and vegetable stock into your blender (or keep it in your pot, and use an immersion blender), add the roasted garlic (peels removed) and blend until smooth. Top your soup off with a drizzle of olive oil, and sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper. I added a touch of goat cheese to mimic the effect of creme fraiche, but the soup stands well on it’s own without the addition of cheese.

Happy spring eating to all!

Photo courtesy of Benson Kua