"An ode to a foodie" You are the "mirepoix" of anybody's soul, a thousand times worth more than gold, let truth be told, to live, love and share good food, and never miss a minute of this magical interlude! Nazarina.
Sift the flour and the salt, and pour into a food processor. Turn on the processor and add the h20 gradually to make a stiff dough. Remove the dough and divide into 12 smooth balls and place back in the processor with the top back on( keeps it moist). Working with the first six balls of dough: Roll out each on a floured surface to about 4 inches and brush with oil and sprinkle with flour all over the circle except for the last circle. LEAVE THIS ONE AS IS. Pile the six circles on top of each other with the ungreased disc on the very top and press along the edges lightly to match the sides. Roll out this pile to a big circle as far as the dough would allow you to go about 12 inches. Brush this big circle with oil and then bake in a preheated oven 400 degrees for about a minute and a half, turn the dough over and bake other side for another minute and a half just until the layers rise slightly. Remove and trim the edges, and try to formulate into a square and then cut this big square into four strips about 2 and a half inches wide. Finally pull all the layers apart and lay on a clean, damp towel and cover with the towel until you are ready to stuff it. Fill each strip of pastry with about 2 t ground beef filling and fold the strip into a triangle. Make a paste 6 t of flour and 6 t of h20 and then just "glue" the triangle close with the paste. Store the uncooked samoosas in a plastic bag in the freezer or if you cannot wait fry in deep oil until crispy and golden brown.
Saute' the onions in about 2T olive oil until translucent about 5 mins. Wash and drain all the water from the ground beef in a colander and then add to the onion mixture and break up the lumps with a spoon. Add 1 t kosher salt and cook for 25 mins. Add all the spices and the jalapeno and cook for another 5 mins. Add the cilantro. Check for seasoning again. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool before filling the pastry.
I make this during the Fast and on Eid day.
¾ c Mcarthurs all purpose flour
¼ c unsweetened Dutch cocoa
¼ t salt
2 oz dark chocolate chopped
1 stick unsalted European butter, soft
¼ c organic Florida crystals or any sugar you prefer. Separately in another small bowl 6 teaspoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1T vanilla (The kind from Santo Domingo is soooooo good. It has a rich deep and dark onyx color and the whole house smells like a vanilla orchard!!!) I buy this from there! Or your own favorite!
2 oz cream cheese room temp.
1 package instant pudding and pie filling (cheesecake}
Some dark chocolate and heavy cream
Preheat oven 350 . about 15 mins baking time.
Sift flour, cocoa, salt. Melt chocolate in a bowl over pan of simmering water, set aside to cool. Mix the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in yolk, vanilla and chocolate; Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate covered for 1 hour. Make ¾ inch balls or whatever size you like, roll around in sugar that is in the small bowl. Space the thumbprints 1inch apart on parchment and make the print with the thumb. You are going to have to use the back of a wooden spoon to define the print again after 10 mins. of baking . Bake 5 mins. more It should be slightly cracked and set.
Filling: Make the instant pudding according to package directions but only use half of the milk that they suggest on the box and then mix in the cream cheese with electric beater. Also for that two tone effect melt some more dark chocolate let cool and then mix together with some heavy whipping cream and whip until stiff. Here is a tip that I learned lay the two mixtures side by side on a piece of plastic wrap and slide into the piping bag and pipe the desired two- tone effect. Also make some with macerated strawberries( cut some strawberries and mix with a tiny bit of organic sugar crystals) and then spoon on top of the cream cheese mousse mixture inside the cavity of the cookie.
If you have a picky eater, then this here twisted mind has a cornucopia of "foodie tricks" to make them eat their dinners. I guarantee if you shape these crab cakes into the form of a fish, hide the peas in the rice and just take a minute to fold the napkins into a fish and wallah! your little ones will be bowled over.It is time for us all to "take the time" and "make time" for better and healthier dinner get togethers
Reinventing the wheel where the cupcake is concerned is definitely not on my menu! As long as the cupcakes are airy, creamy and not overly sweet and if you salivate by just looking at this picture, then I would have done my job. Even though the cupcake is steeped in history, mine is by no means stuck in the past. These are so comforting to the extent that moderation "flies out the window" when these babies come out of the oven. I think I could almost stop a war for a good many hours, heck maybe for good when these babies are served. All malice would simply dissolve and I do believe a truce would be in order ha! ha!.
Okay! so a little culinary exaggeration never really did hurt anyone!
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