Sunday, February 05, 2006

Some cooking this week…

Although I had planned a little more cooking this week, it still turned out to be ok. Matheus got a cold (which unfortunately turned into a beginning of pneumonia), so he hasn’t been feeling too well lately, which means he needs more attention from mommy and is not all that interested in eating… Oh well, I just hope next week will be smoother (so much for doctor’s appointments) and that he will get better, up and running again soon.
Here are some pictures I took during the week from my cooking, which I actually meant to post a couple days ago. I made a stuffed acorn squash that turned out very tasty! I have seen many recipes for this but all the ones I looked when I wanted to make I did not have one or two ingredients, so I ended up sort of making my own creation. I sautéed some onions and garlic in olive oil, added a chopped tomato, cooked and shredded chicken, cooked brown rice and seasonings, made a sort of a risotto thing and stuffed it into the acorn squash (which has been previously halved, cleaned, and cooked in the microwave for about 10 minutes). For an extra taste I added shredded mozzarella and gratted Parmesan to the top and put it in the broiler for a couple of minutes. Not difficult to make, but very tasty nonetheless. Fruit salad for dessert ended up a light and tasty lunch!
I also tried a recipe for whole grain bread with pumpkin seeds. It turned out nice, with a very good texture (not too dense for a whole wheat bread), however the flavors here could be improved. None of us actually liked the bread at our home...
I love those breads that have lots of small seeds inside (flax, sunflower kernels, and those tiny little yellowish balls that I have no idea what they are), and would love to be able to make nice whole grain bread at home. So I decided to start experimenting with whole wheat/grain breads but am still looking to finding best recipe. Would you have any suggestions?!?!?! Recipes are definitely welcome!
Well, this is it for now, but I will come back later to post a recipe for cupcake that I also made this week and came out surprisingly good!
See you all soon!


I love fruit salad! It is sooo good!

Whole wheat sunflower oat bread... looks good, but needs improvements!


valentina said...

I love your posts.They are little stories and I feel transported to your home..I can even picture Matheus.Hope he feels his little self pretty soon.BTW, what do you mean by drained youghurt?

Ana said...

Hi Valentina!
What I do is I line a colander with paper towels (or cheesecloth), pour some iogurt insinde it and let it drain (over a bowl to catch the whey), for frosting cupcakes I don't let it sit long, just enough to make it spreadable but still creamy.
The whey will drain and what you get is a very thick, creamy and delicious yogurt!
If you let it drain for a long time you get "yogurt cheese", even thicker, with a consistency of cream cheese!