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Category Archives: Food

Adventures in recipes, restaurants and other food topics.

Black sesame ice cream

Black sesame, or kuro goma (黒ごま), is used in several Japanese sweets. I especially love it in creamy puddings, including ice cream. If you want a goth dessert, eat this frozen, grey delicacy. 🙂 Swirling the custard. Custard mixed, ready for the ice cream maker.

Vanilla ice cream (v2.0)

Edited to update ingredients. Summer-ish weather is upon us, which means it’s time for ice cream. Here is a simple recipe for vanilla ice cream, made with vanilla sugar. Goes well with fresh fruit (cherries! apricots in a few weeks!), raspberry liqueur, maple syrup, and soda floats. This recipe yields about a quart.

Maple sugar ice cream

As one of my favorite flavors, maple is a logical choice for ice cream! If you’re unable to find maple sugar at your grocers, you can find it online at Etsy or Amazon. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup maple sugar 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 […]

Not-really-graham crackers

Even as a child, I’ve enjoyed graham crackers…and I love graham crack crusts in cheese cakes and pies. Thing is, this particular recipe does not contain graham flour. However, it is flexible in terms of flavorings: Although I almost always use cinnamon, you can also throw in ginger powder, cloves, allspice, cardamon, or whatever spices […]

Yeast-based coffee cake with orange and cheese

What better way to have your coffee (and tea) with this rich, yeasted cake?

Even better crumble topping: Streusel v2.0

I believe I’ve found a superior streusel recipe, via Sarah Jampel’s recipe on Food52. It has a much better texture than my older version. The trick, I believe, is to omit nuts, use a blend of moist and dry sugars, and a food processor.

Mocha ice cream

For me, mocha has a more chocolatey dimension added to the coffee ice cream. Since that post, we’ve gained a burr grinder and relegated the old rotary blade one for grinding up spices.

Gajar halwa, or Indian carrot pudding

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables. Although I don’t like carrot cake, I do love this Indian pudding made with lots of milk, some amount of sugar, and not as much butter (ghee, really) as I had anticipated. It takes a long time, but is so worth it!

Saag paneer: Indian greens curry with farmer’s cheese

One of my favorite desi dishes is saag paneer: Spicy greens with chunks of farmer’s cheese. It’s very similar to palak paneer which, if I understand the names properly, is made primarily with spinach as the leafy green. I enjoy a mix of several greens, including fenugreek leaves and mustard greens to add some oomph […]

Spiced chicken apple “sausage” patties

To my sadness, our local Whole Foods no longer carries (at least not regularly) delicious chicken apple-spice sausages. I found a good reference for poultry sausage recipes, and decided to make some patty-style “sausages” — in quotes since I don’t have casings. These patties work nicely for the toad in the hole dish! Also, the […]