Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Homemade eggplant mozzarella pizza

This was inspired by Laura Vitale's Pepperoni Pizza Bites Recipe:

Ingredients (enough to make 1 pizza)
Mozzarella (the dry chunks, not in liquid)
1/2 can of tomato sauce (used the one for making pasta)
1 tsp pizza seasoning
1/2 tsp dry basil leaves
1/2 jalepenos (diced)
3/4 eggplant (sliced)

Dough (enough to make 3 pizzas)--I used the extra dough to make mozarrella bites, see next post)
3.5 cups Flour (all purpose)
1.5 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/3 cups of Warm Water, 110 degrees
1 Envelope of Yeast

Visit Laura Vitale's site for detailed instructions on how to make the dough

Once you've made the dough, add the rest of the ingredients on top and bake at 350 degrees F until it is cooked (timing depends on how thin your pizza is)

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pad See-ew

Time 30 min
Servings 4

1 lb Wide noodles, cooked and drained
1 lb broccoli, boiled
8 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 lb firm tofu, diced into 1" cube
2 eggs
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red chili, finely minced
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1. Heat oil in pan
2. Add garlic and chili, stir until light yellow
3. Add tofu, mix until golden
4. Add noodles
5. Add sauce and mix
6. Add broccoli
7. Serve with a side of bean sprout


Packing lunch sandwich: grilled oyster mushroom, tofu, eggplant

My husband likes getting sandwiches for lunch. Lucky for us, vegetarian sandwiches are so easy to make!

Time: 15min
Servings: 1
2 slices of fresh firm tofu. We get these fresh and made locally here at Binh Minh Tofu
Several of thinly sliced eggplants
1 oyster mushroom, thinly sliced
Fresh cilantro
Fresh spinach
Finely sliced white onion, several slices

3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 tsp of soy sauce
Tiny sprinkle of sugar
1/2 tsp corn starch
Mix all sauce ingredients in small bowl

1. Marinade tofu, eggplant, mushroom with sauce (I did this overnight)
2. Heat non stick pan
3. Add ingredients, flip once once side is cooked
4. Turn off heat
5. Assemble sandwich with the rest of the ingredients
We use a plastic reusable container instead of a sandwich bag to reduce waste.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kimchi fried rice, alternative recipe

Servings: 5
Time: 30 min
2 cups brown rice, cook with 4 cups of water
Pickled radish, finely minced
8 cloves finely diced garlic
2 tbsp Korean hot pepper paste
1tsp soy sauce
2 oyster mushroom, finely diced
1 egg
1tbsp vegetable oil
.5 lb firm tofu, finely diced

1. heat oil in non stick pan
2. Add garlic. Stir unbroken fragrant
3.  Cook the remaining ingredients

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks

Last week, I made bread for the first time using Todd Wilbur's Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe that was featured on Good Morning America.  The texture of the breadsticks were perfect, but the taste was bland for my preference.  I decided to make some slight adjustments to the recipe to intensify the garlic flavor.

 Recipe (yields 5-6 breadsticks):


 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
 1/2 cup and 1/2 tablespoon warm water
 1/1/2 cups bread flour
 3/4 teaspoons salt
 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
 2 tablespoons softened butter

On top:
 1 tablespoon melted butter
 1 garlic clove
 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
 1/8 garlic powder

1.  Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water.  Set aside for 5 minutes.
2.  Mix together the bread flour, salt, garlic salt, garlic powder, and butter into a bowl.
3. Pour yeast mixture into flour bowl.  Mix.
4.  Knead dough for 10 minutes.
5.  Cover and set aside for 2 hours.
6.  After 2 hours, separate dough into 5-6 equal pieces.  Roll each piece out to 7-9 inches long.
7.  Place dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper (unless it's nonstick).  Set aside for 2 hours.
8.  After 2 hours, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
9.  Remove breadsticks from oven and immediately rub bread with the garlic clove, then brush with melted butter.  Slightly dust breadsticks with garlic salt/ powder.