Monday, November 23, 2009

Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I made these little turkeys at the neighborhood holiday cookie decorating session I hosted this past Friday. Hope to see posts of all your feasts this holiday season. Lots of love to you and your families. Hopefully we will see most of you in Napa for our own blogger feast.
Here are three recipes that Kate shared with me from Brussels if you are looking for little hosting nibbles over the holidays.
250g raw almonds, shelled but still with thier skins
1 T EV Olive Oil
2 t chopped fresh thyme
2 t sea salt
oven at 200C. All ingredients in a bowl and toss. Transfer to paper lined tray and bake for 5-7 mins. Leave to cool before serving

Marinated Parmesan
250g parmesan
1 garlic clove crushed
2 T finely chopped spring onions
1 t dried chillie flakes
125 ml olive oil
2 t finely chopped oregano
black pepper
Break parmesan into small bite sized pieces. put in a bowl with the garlic, spring onions, chilli and oil and stir well. Cover and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving stir through the oregano and season with black pepper. Serve with warm bread.

2T olive oil 4 large cloves aof garlic, unpeeled and lightly crushed.
2 srigs of rosemary
350g small black olives
4 strips of lemon rind
oven at 200C. put all ingreds in small oven proof dish and toss together. Roast for 15 mions and serve warm.

I also found Lahey's cheese bread recipe. Haven't tried it yet. But its on my to-bake list.
Start to finish: 15 hours (30 minutes active)
Makes one 10-inch round loaf

3 cups bread flour
21⁄2 cups cubed (1/2-inch cubes) pecorino cheese
1 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 teaspoon instant or other active dry yeast
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
11⁄3 cups cool (55 to 65 degrees) water

Wheat bran, cornmeal or additional flour, for dusting

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cheese, salt, yeast and pepper. Add the water and, using a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until you have a wet, sticky dough, about 30 seconds.

Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until the surface is dotted with bubbles and the dough is more than doubled in size, 12 to 18 hours.

When the first rise is complete, generously dust a work surface with flour. Use a bowl scraper or rubber spatula to scrape the dough out of the bowl in one piece.

Using lightly floured hands or a bowl scraper or spatula, lift the edges of the dough in toward the center. Nudge and tuck in the edges of the dough to make it round.

Place a tea towel on your work surface and generously dust it with wheat bran, cornmeal or flour. Gently place the dough on the towel, seam side down. If the dough is tacky, dust the top lightly with wheat bran, cornmeal or flour.

Fold the ends of the tea towel loosely over the dough to cover it and place it in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 1 to 2 hours. The dough is ready when it is almost doubled. If you gently poke it with your finger, it should hold the impression. If it springs back, let it rise for another 15 minutes.

Half an hour before the end of the second rise, heat the oven to 475 degrees, with a rack in the lower third. Place a covered 41⁄2- to 51⁄2-quart heavy pot in the center of the rack.

Using pot holders, carefully remove the heated pot from the oven and uncover it. Unfold the tea towel and quickly but gently invert the dough into the pot, seam side up. Use caution; the pot will be very hot. Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the lid and continue baking until the bread is a deep chestnut color, but not burnt, about 15 to 30 minutes more.

Use a heatproof spatula or pot holders to gently lift the bread out of the pot and place it on a rack to cool thoroughly.


Blogger Jerilyn said...

These Turkeys are Adorable! Love the colors on the tails. Too cute.

24 November, 2009 09:36  
Blogger Kaoru said...

It's a great idea to host a holiday party the week of Thanksgiving since things get so hectic once December hits. We just decided not to host a holiday cookie decorating party this December -- we're hoping to host something in February (Valentine's Day) instead. Cute cookies btw!

30 November, 2009 20:05  

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