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The Hummingbird Bakery

“If you buy your dairy at the supermarket, the butter aisle can seem a baffling place. However, the margarine-versus-butter debate is quite straightforward if you are a baker: no quality cake is ever made with anything less than honest, quality-made butter.”

A great meal starts with great ingredients.  And Hummingbird Bakery makes it clear they are committed to creating superb cakes, cheesecakes, whoopie pies, brownies, and cupcakes for a discerning audience. (though i doubt they can rival Kaitlynn Reichert’s cheesecakes in Brunswick, MO)

There are even cookbooks you can buy if you want try you hand at recreating their lovelies at home.  However, i have seen a few of them posted online by other people.  For example, the frosted brownie i enjoyed, here’s the recipe, but I’m not home to try it yet.

Three convenient locations, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, and Citywalk Dubai as well as delivery and custom care.

Yum Yum

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Individual treats generally priced between 13 and 18 dirhams (AED) which translates to about $3.50 to $4.90. My frosted brownie was 15 dirhams.
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Scrumptious desserts delightfully packaged!

 

 

Quiche

Encouraged by the wonderful recipe, Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche published by Cooking With A Wallflower last month, i pulled together what ingredients I had and then tweaked it a bit to meet our tastes, discovering along the way that despite adoring black olives, i did not like them in  my recipe!  Unfortunately, I did not have mushrooms and i think that those will be much preferred.  BUT, here’s my recipe for today – easily tweakable for your own tastes.

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Crust:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups almond flour (i grind almonds)
  • 1/2 cup sesame flour (i grind sesame seeds)
  • 1 cup shredded provolone
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Real or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted beef fat (grassfed beef bones) (olive oil or melted butter will work)

Mix it all together with a fork and press mixture into a buttered 9-inch pie dish.  Cook in a 350°F oven for 12 minutes.

Pie filling Yummies

  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled home made beef sausage
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (rinsed and patted dry)
  • 2 or 3 dientes garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup real milk
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Crumble and cook your homemade beef sausage in a saucepan with a lid.  Once it’s done, remove with a slotted spoon leaving the drippings in the pan and add slice garlic.  Saute those for a couple minutes, then add sliced olives and broccoli florets.  Cover and let simmer just to steam the broccoli a bit.  Don’t cook it until it gets soggy.

Mix the sausage back into the broccoli, etc.  Pour off any excess moisture, but i didn’t have any.  Dump the lot into your cooked pie shell.  Spread the 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese kind of over the top and mix in a bit maybe.  Then whisk together the milk and eggs.  Pour that over all the mixture, then top with the 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes.  I stuck a toothpick in the middle right at 45 minutes and it was spot on perfect done.  Let it stand maybe 15 minutes before slicing into 6-8 pieces.  Serve warm.

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Now, here’s an important note about the crust.  Unless you want an extra thick crust, you’ll find that you have about 1/3 of it left over.  Not wanting any to waste, i went ahead and buttered the end of this stone baking pan and spread it out and cooked it along with the quiche, but it’s only going to need cooking about 20 minutes!  This makes really tasty crackers.  IMG_2022

Enjoy!

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French Cheese Braid (Natte)

Here’s an easy, delicious, and gorgeous recipe i tried for the first time and was pretty successful!  Taken from my old Betty Crocker International Cookbook.  When i posted it on facebook, a friend noted that it would make a great Challah bread for Shabbat and some of YHWH’s Feasts!  Unbeknowst to me at the time, the little write up for the recipe in the cookbook suggested exactly that!

French Cheese Braid

“The rich yellow dough used to make this braid (the French call it natte) is similar to the Jewish holiday bread called Challah, but somewhat richer in flavor and flecked with bits of cheese.  It is delicious as a luncheon or light supper bread served with soup and salad.”

1 package active dry yeast (i use 1 tablespoon)

3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon Real salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

6 ounces Swiss or Gruyère cheese, shredded or diced (about 1 1/2 cups) (i use mozzarella or cheddar)

olive oil

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons water

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.  Stir in sugar, salt, eggs, butter, and 2 cups of the flour.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in enough remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (I use my Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook).  Place in a greased bowl; turn greased side up.  (i spray the dough and bowl with my Misto olive oil sprayer and leave the dough in the same mixing bowl).  Cover; let rise in a warm place until double, 1 to 2 hours.  Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.  (If you can’t find a warm spot in your house, set the bowl in a bowl or pan of hot water)

Punch down dough; knead in cheese until well distributed.  Divide into 3 equal parts.  Roll each part into a rope, 15 inches long.  Place ropes together on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Braid ropes gently and loosely; do not stretch.  Pinch ends to fasten; tuck under securely.  Brush lightly with oil.  Let rise until double, 40-50 mintues.  (May have to set your sheet on top of the pan of hot water again)

Heat oven to 375F, Beat egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water slighty; brush over braid.  Place on oven rack below center of oven.  Bake until braid sounds hollow when tapped, 25 to 30 minutes.  If braid is browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.

My experience is that this baked fully at 25 minutes and the braid needs covering at about the 18 minute mark.

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I mix then let rise in the same bowl.
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Braided before second rising

 

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After baking

This is perfect bread to accompany soup!

Cheers!

tauna

Asparagus Soup

Nearing the end of Jerry’s two weeks of liquid diet!

Asparagus Soup

3 cups home made chicken stock

1 bunch of asparagus

1 onion

2 cups milk

Cut the tips off the asparagus (i cut them about 2 inches long) and set aside.  Combine the rest of the asparagus (i cut the stalks into 3 inch lengths so they’d fit in my 3 quart pot more easily) into the chicken stock along with the quartered onion.  Heat to just boiling, turn down heat then cover and simmer about an hour.  Add the milk, heat through, then strain soup through a cheese cloth after removing vegetables with a slotted spoon.  Add some salt if you like.  I never add pepper for this purpose of healing from hernia operation because it’s imperative that he not have any indigestion.

Use organic, local, and dairy products from grassfed cows if possible.

Jerry is a picky eater and even he liked this one!

Cheers

tauna

 

Cream of Lettuce Soup (Potage Creme de Laitue)

The latest in my adventures into liquid diet entrees.

Cream of Lettuce Soup

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup butter from grassfed cows

2 cups finely chopped dark green lettuce

1/4 cup organic white wheat flour

3 cups home made chicken stock

1 cup milk, cream, or half-n-half from grassfed cows

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)

Cook and stir onion in a 3 quart sacepan over low heat until tender.  Stir in finely chopped lettuce.  Cover and cook over low heat until lettuc wilts, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper (optional); cook and stir 1 minute.  Add chicken stock, heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.

Remove from heat and whisk in milk, return to stove and heat to just boiling.  Remove from heat and it’s ready.

If you need to strain this one, you could, but if you cook those onions and lettuce to be really soft, you may not need to.

 

 

 

Moussaka for Lunch

Today started out with me castrating about 25 ram lambs.  Thankfully, Dallas and Rick caught and held them for me – MUCH easier to have extra hands.  To castrate lambs, one catches them up and holds their hind legs up to their front legs thereby the testicles are easy to grab hold of.  The handler is holding the ram on his lap.  I assured Rick I’d never missed before.  I think i scared him a bit!   😉  (I did NOT use my teeth!)   We also dewormed all the lambs as well as the ewes.  That will help clean them up and get them gaining well before selling the lot on September 7 at Kirksville Livestock Auction at the special sheep sale that day.  After selling off 54 lambs, 80 ewes, and 2 mature rams on Monday, we counted out about 51 lambs and and 52 ewes to sell the 7th, then I’ll be out of the sheep business.

This afternoon, I’m doing the washing and will clean up and around the barns in preparation for semen checking the bulls tomorrow and hauling out to the cows.

Moussaka” is an Arabic word and a popular dish in many Middle Eastern countries, the immortal eggplant-and-lamb casserole is generally credited to the Greeks, who claim it as a national treasure.  This recipe provides 8-10 servings.

1 large eggplant (or about 2 lbs)

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground lamb

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

3/4 cup red wine or beef broth

1 tablespoon snipped parsley

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmet

White Sauce (see recipe)

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2/3 cup dry bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

Tomato Sauce (see recipe)

Cut unpared eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.  COok slices in small amount boiling, salted water (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup water) until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.  Drain.  Heat butter in 12-inch deep skillet until melted.  Cook and stir lamb and onion until lamb is light brown: drain.  Stir in tomato sauce, wine, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Cook uncovered over medium heat until half the the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.  Prepare White Sauce.

Stir 2/3 cup of the cheese, 1/3 cup of the bread crumbs and the egg into meat mixture; remove from heat.  Sprinkle remaining bread crumbs evenly in greased oblong baking dish 13 1/2 x 9 x 2 inches.  Arrange half the eggplant slices in baking dish; cover with meat mixture.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the remaining cheese over meat mixture; top with remaining eggplant slices.  Pour White Sauce over mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Cook uncovered in 375ºF oven 45 minutes.  Prepare Tomato Sauce.  Let moussaka stand 20 minutes before serving.  Cut into squares; serve with Tomato Sauce.

White Sauce

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups milk

2 eggs, slightly beaten

Heat butter over low heat until melted.  Blend in flour, salt, and nutmeg.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.  Stir in milk.  Heat to boiling, sitrring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Gradually stir at least 1/4 of the hot mixture into eggs.  Blend into hot mixture in pan.

Tomato Sauce

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finly chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 bay leaf, crushed

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

Cook and stir onion and garlic in oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until onoion is tender.  Add remaining ingredients except tomato paste.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered until thickened, about 30 minutes.  Stir in tomato paste.  (Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water if necessary for desired consistency.

PERSONAL NOTES:

I use organic grassfed milk, eggs, and butter.  Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and locally and organically grown tomatoes for sauces.  You can buy organic tomatoes and paste in the stores.  Thankfully, between what we raise ourselves and what i can purchase, it is all local and/or organic.  Flavours are much better.