Saturday, December 31, 2011

A recipe – Tahini Cookies

After the last post I felt so guilty. So much butter and sugar... Oh!
So this time - healthy cookies!
If you have a food processor, it takes just five minutes, if not, it will take 10 minutes ...
And it is tasty! Very much!

Ingredients yield: about 30 cookies
½ cup of Tahini (not the pre-make salad…)
1 stick (100 gr.) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup of sugar (white / light brown)
2 tablespoon milk (Soy / Cow)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup of all-purpose flour
¾ cup of whole-wheat flour

1.     In a large mixing bowl (or – in a food processor), stir together the tahini and butter; add all the other ingredients, and keep mixing until well blended.
2.     Form balls the size of walnuts and place them on a baking sheet protected with baking paper. The dough is dry and crumbly, so squeeze it together to make the balls.
3.     [I like these cookies nice and round, so after I placed them on the baking sheet, I cut them with a top of a glass (or cooking ring)]
4.     Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
5.     Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cookies have turned light gold. Be aware not to bake the cookies too much, it can affect their flavor. Cool on a rack.

Friday, December 23, 2011

A recipe – Butter Cookies

They are unhealthy, containing mainly butter and sugar, but they are extremely good, so I said to myself: Noit, you should share it!
The original recipe is taken from a book that I really don’t know the name, but I promise to check it out and add it to the post.
I made the some adjustments in order to turn the recipe to less corrupt one…
So, here is the (super easy) recipe for butter cookies:

½ pound (2 sticks / 225 gr.) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup light brown sugar (in the original recipe – white sugar)
2 egg yolks (You can freeze egg whites for another recipe that require egg foam/Meringue)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (in the original recipe – 2 cups all-purpose flour, without whole wheat flour)
1 cup whole wheat flour

1.     In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, using an electric mixer (much more easier, but not necessary). Add the egg yolks, salt, and vanilla extract and beat well.
2.     Add the flour and keep mixing until you get a soft dough.
3.     Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 logs, about 1-1.5 inch in diameter. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for about an hour, until the logs are firm enough to slice.
4.     Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C).
5.     Take off the plastic wrap and slice the dough into ¼ inch thick disks and transfer to parchment-lined backing sheets.
6.     Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cookies have turned golden. Cool on a rack.

Other option from step 3 and forward –
3.     Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.
4.     Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C).
5.     Take off the plastic wrap. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness (you may need to add flour during rolling). Cut into shapes and transfer to parchment-lined backing sheets.
6.     Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cookies have turned golden. Cool on a rack

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jack Donaghy: "I am a protein"

In recent months I have developed a new addiction! I'm addicted to 30 Rock!
I think this show is not only hilarious, but mostly genius!
on the fifth season, episode 9, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin, I am in LOVE…) explains exactly what a protein’s all about:

(Sorry for the bad quality of the video)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A recipe – Beet salad

I haven’t eaten clementines for about 20 years. If you ask me why I really won’t have a good answer. I don’t like the smell, I don’t like the feeling on your hands after you eat them… but I don’t really even remember what they taste like. Maybe I would like them if I tried them, but I don’t think I will.
Beets are the same. I have no idea why I’ve disliked them all my life. I’ve never eaten them. I think in my mind I relate them to food old people eat. My grandparents used to eat Borsht, which is a soup made of beets. I still imagine it doesn’t taste good, but the color is amazing.
When I traveled to Morocco I had no choice, as they served beet salad at every meal. And since I traveled during Ramadan, I ate everything I found!
And I liked them! A lot!
2 red beetroots 
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 – 3 tablespoon olive oil
2 – 3 tablespoon vinegar
Juice from ½ of lemon
Bunch of fresh parsley chopped (or coriander, or half and half)
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt & pepper
1.     Rinse the beets. Place in a pot, cover with water and boil until tender.
2.     Drain the beets, and slide the skins off. Allow the beets to cool, and then cut the beets as French fries.
3.     Mix the beets in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
4.     Prior to serving, taste the salad and adjust the seasoning if desired.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A recipe – Creamy mushroom soup in less than 20 min.

Every time I have been asked how to make a dish, my answer started with “oh, it is so easy…” I am afraid my friends no longer believe me.
Nophar, my friend, is the same – if you ask her for a recipe it will be something like: chop, heat, mix and it is ready. Nophar is not only an amazingly talented designer, but also a great cook. Here is Nophar’s Creamy mushroom soup, and it really is that easy to make!

1/2 cup of dried mushrooms
1/2 cup of boiling water
1 large onion - finely chopped
1.75 Oz (50 grams) butter
2 boxes of fresh mushrooms (2 kinds) - wash, take of stem and slice
1/4 cup of mushroom Bullion (not necessary)
4-5 cups of milk
1 cup of heavy cream
Salt & pepper
Sour cream

1.     Put the dried mushrooms and the boiling water in a bowl and cover for 20 min. Strain and finely cut the mushrooms. (You can use the water to replace some of the other fluids in the soup, it'll give it an extra mushroom flavor)
2.     In a big pot, sauté the onions in the butter until the onion is soft and translucent, then add the mushrooms. Stir for 5-7 min.
3.     In a separate small bowl, mix the Bullion with 1/2 of the milk, and Pour this into the pot.
4.     Pour the rest of the milk, heavy cream, salt and pepper (Do not add the sour cream).
5.     Heat through over low - medium heat, while steering, for about 10 min, until soup is thicker. If the soup comes to a boil, lower the heat.
6.     Soup is ready. Put a dollop of sour cream in your serving bowls, pour the soup over it and enjoy!