Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For the love of cooking

Southwestern Flank Steak:

* 3 tsp chili powderhttp
* 2 tsp smoked paprika
* 1 tsp cumin
* 1 tsp oregano
* 1 tsp coriander
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp black pepper
* 1/2 tsp onion powder
* Pinch of cayenne
* Flank steak

Combine all seasonings in a zip lock bag and shake to mix thoroughly. Sprinkle rub on both sides of the flank steak then cover the meat and place in the refrigerator for a few hours before grilling. Keep the remaining dry rub in the zip lock bag for later use.

Remove the flank steak from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking. Heat the grill pan on medium high heat and coat with olive oil cooking spray. Cook the flank steak for 3-4 minutes per side or until it's cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing in thin slices against the grain.

Chocolate Pixies

Original recipe by My Tasty Treasures and Kitchens Are Monkey Business

* 4 1 oz squares of UNSWEETENED chocolate
* 1/4 cup of unsalted butter

* 4 large eggs
* 2 cups of sugar
* 2 tsp of vanilla extract
* 2 cups of flour
* 2 tsp of baking powder
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped
* 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Melt the butter and chocolate in a large glass bowl in the microwave.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl - mix thoroughly. Slowly add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture beating at low speed until well blended. Stir in the pecans. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Shape the dough into small balls then roll in powdered sugar. Place the balls on a silpat covered baking sheet.

Bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

frozen festive vodka bottle


I first saw this done in Sweden and I knew I'd have to try it out. It's easy. Cut the top off a 1 litre plastic bottle, pop a 700ml bottle of vodka, gin, tequila or whatever you fancy in there. Fill inside the plastic bottle with water then shove leaves, sprigs of herbs, holly branches and berries, and sliced fruits all around the side. Stand this carefully in the freezer and leave it for a few hours so everything freezes around the bottle. When you're ready to serve it, simply run the sleeve quickly under a tap then slide it off. You'll have a perfect ice wrap around the bottle to keep it cold for the night - and look gorgeous!