Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese with saffron

Serves 6
1 mini bagette cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for dish
2 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Pinch of saffron, steeped in tablespoon hot water
Dash freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups grated sharp white cheddar or Cantal
1 cup Gruyere
1 cup grated pecorino Romano
1/2 pound elbow macaroni

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish; set aside. Place bread pieces in a bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Pour butter into the bowl with bread, and toss. Set the breadcrumbs aside. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.

2. Slowly pour hot milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.

3. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, saffron liquid, black pepper, turmeric,cheddar,Gruyere and pecorino Romano, ( reserving some to sprinkle on top ) Set cheese sauce aside.

4. Fill a large saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook al dente. Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and scatter breadcrumbs over the top. Bake until browned on top, about 45
minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes; serve.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Unani Breakfast

 Did you know the medical history of turmeric is at least 2500 years old?

In common with many traditional sources of medicine, Unani emphasizes the use of flavors and tastes to adjust the imbalances which contribute to disease. The choices of foods and the manner in which they are prepared are considered to be among the most important issues to consider when choosing a diet to improve or maintain health.
Unani refers to a tradition of Graeco-Arabic medicine, which is based on the teachings of Greek physician Hippocrates.

My Cookbook Review for Persianesque Magazine

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bonomelli Camomilla

I have a habit of waking at 4am. I end up buying too many books on Amazon, or plotting 5 year plan.
I came upon this tea, I think it was the vintage style packaging that got me, at the Italian market.
The tea bags are packed with delicate camomile flowers.
Beautiful dreams,
endless sleep.
Hypnos in a box.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Carbonnade De Boeuf 'A La Flamande

It was a perfect chilly day for cooking. I made my rounds to the butcher and the wine shop, I bought herbs for my Bouquet Garni, and put on my Nina Simone records. I opened the bottle of Bourgogne, poured a lovely glass for myself and began to prepare this regional recipe from Champagne, France.

Carbonnade De Boeuf 'A  La Flamande
1/4 cup oil
2 Tbsp butter
2 lb beef chuck eye roast ( ask butcher cut 1/4 in thick in 2 slices) cut again in half for four pieces.
1 large thinly sliced onion
5 Tbsp flour
1 pint Chimay beer
1 1/2 cup broth
salt and pepper
pinch of grated nutmeg
bouquet garni ( look up my post on this)
2-3 crusty rolls and 1-2 Tbsp mustard

Set the oven at 400. heat the oil with the butter in a frying pan, add the beef slices and brown them well over high heat; if necessary, brown in batches.
 Heat the remaining oil in a flameproof casserole and add onions and cook over low fire, stirring often until soft.
  Raise heat and brown onions slightly; the stir in flour. Bake in the oven, stirring often, for 10 min to brown flour. Stir in the beer, broth, salt, pepper, nutmeg and bouquet garni, add the meat and bring to a boil on top of stove, skimming occasionally. Return to the oven and simmer uncovered for just under 2 hours or until the meat is very tender.
   For croûtes:   cut rolls in thick slices and and set on baking sheet and bake until crisp and brown. Spread a thick layer of mustard and put aside.

  When the beef is cooked, discard the bouquet garni and taste the sauce for seasoning. Arrange the croutes on top of the beef and baste them lightly with sauce. Grill/broil for 5 min until the top is browned. Serve in the casserole.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Stella's Rose" @ Sweet Cascades

Give someone you love
this romantic truffle for Valentine's Day!
I asked Sue, owner of Sweet Cascades Chocolatier
in Historic Ellicott City, to make this Persian inspired truffle
for my Persian Sweetheart.
White Chocolate and Rosewater Ganache 
dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a delicate rose petal.

Sweet Cascades
8167 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Tel: 410.750.8422