Friday, July 21, 2017

Chunky Peach & Cucumber Spicy Salsa ~

You have to love this time of the year with such a fresh variety of fruits and veggie goodness out there! I enjoyed my time last Saturday going to Apple Annie's in Wilcox, my first time (shocking to some I know) and I was quite impressed with their entire set up.  I've heard things ~ it was like going to an event, lots of fun.

I do have my own recipe for Peach Salsa using green chili that I've been happy with but thought I'd try another.  I found this recipe here from Southern Living the ingredients and direction are below, however and there always seems to be one :) for this recipe I used everything pictured below, minus some of the garlic and cilantro.  The jalapenos were below mild so I had to cut through everyone and the last two had the heat I was looking for.  I sliced those thin the others as original recipe said.

1 cup diced fresh peaches
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded (opt) and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 TB chopped fresh cilantro
2 TB fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Mix all in a small bowl.

The large cucumber I used half and removed a bit of the skin it was a bit tough, it really is all to taste and after I get it where I want I give it another folding together, and cover it.  I let it set the longer it does the more flavorful it becomes.  On the jalapenos it really up to you since the peaches were beautiful and sweet I didn't want the heat to over take them.  It was a prefect balance and I'll be serving it on grilled salmon tonight; as long as it isn't raining!  Enjoy

Oh as you've noticed the sliced peaches in the bowl aren't chunky I used those in pie.  I wanted you to see how pretty the peaches were.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Patty Pan Squash "Spiced" Oven Fries ~

I know you've seen them, but have you ever had them?  Patty Pan a summer squash that resembles what as a kid I would have called a fly saucer!  The skins aren't tough and they can vary in color.  I've sliced them and steamed them, sautéed them, threw them in a soup or sauce.  Roasting is really good, tossed with olive oil, salt and herbs but this is the first time I've made oven fries and I loved them!

First you need to wash them up and pat dry, around 3 lbs - I used about 4, cut in half and remove any seeds and stringy substance that might be there.  Cut in french fry type shape as close to same thickness as you can so to cook evenly.

You now make the spice mix to toss with your Patty "fries," or do this prior to - frankly make a mess of it!  This mix would be great tossed with sweet potatoes etc.  I found this recipe here - a wonderful blog for wellness, or use one below, but please check the blog "And Love It To" out.

Spice Mix

1 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika (I used Frontier Applewood Smoked Paprika)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Smoked Cayenne ( I used regular and some more)*
Mix spices together.

3 Tbs Olive Oil or Avocado, Grapeseed - something with a light / neutral flavor.
Toss oil with Patty Pan Fries and then sprinkle evenly tossing in bowl.  I always love that in bowl.

Bake in preheated oven 450 degrees.

Spread evenly onto sheets I used two so as not to over lap.  Not as above this was after fries were done and mixed around - some eating - you get it.  Oh, please ignore pans and (photo's) they aren't the best looking but used for out side grilling and roasting.  You can say they are Vik seasoned. Photo

Photo's on the other hand all have been with my cell for sometime do to the proverbial technical difficulties!  It was delish!  Oh! bake till golden and crispy 15 -20 minutes.

*The regular cayenne was fine it had plenty of smokiness with the smoked paprika.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Coconut flour - Banana Bread

GF, Paleo, moist and delicious!  Similar to the Grain Free Banana Bread I made last year but not exactly, both delicious and moist.  I just didn't have any almond flour left and needed to use up coconut flour I had.  I don't know why I question myself as to where I have to add other flours to coconut flour.  I do know that if you are using other flours you really need to keep in mind coconut flour swells so you don't you use as much.  Example, no equal exchanges as with a cup of wheat to a cup of a gluten free flour or oat etc.  However, in this recipe one cup of coconut is used and more eggs were added.  Anyway I'm not an expert and appreciate those like Camilla food writer and blogger of Power Hungry, that do what they do for others like myself to enjoy a healthier delicious treat!

The only thing different I did was my eggs were small so I used two extra also I was soaking some raisins for something else I was making in Triple Sec and used that in the batter instead of vanilla.  I also used freshly grated ginger.  Very happy with how it turned out!  You will find the recipe here and I believe you will happy with how it turns out!