10/22/2008

Double Chocolate Pots.

Double Chocolate Pots.
OOOH My GOD...







This picture is a classic...
Ingredients.
4 eggs.
6 tablespoons ap flour.
2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
4 ounces unsalted butter.
4 ounces dark chocolate.
1 1/4 cup sugar.
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
1 pinch salt.
Directions.
1- Melt the chocolate and butter. (I melted them in the microwave oven)
2- In a bowl mix sugar, cocoa powder, salt and flour. (with a whisk is easier)
3- Add the eggs to the dry ingredients and whisk for about 3 minutes, then add the chocolate, butter mixture and the vanilla.
4- Lightly grease the ramekins.
5- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until you see a shiny crust on top of the chocolate pots.
6- ENJOY…yes enjoy….my God …. This is soooo good I can’t believe it.

10/15/2008

Arepas The Venezuelan Bread.

Arepas: The Venezuelan Bread.


It does not matter what you fill the arepas with, they will always taste delicious, the arepa is the Venezuelan corn bread and we eat arepas as breakfast, lunch or dinner. In my case I made arepas with fried fish and salad (made of carrot, apple, onion, dried oregano, red wine vinegar, salt and corn oil), this is a very traditional dish in the state where I live and in Margarita Island.



I made these for the World Food Day.


http://kopiaste.org/2008/09/world-food-day-event-announcement




Diamon shape


Making the "faces" to the arepas

Face already done

uff ... so hot in here


The happy arepa, can you see the smile?




Big portion



small portion.
I used this Corn flour (The Venezuelan corn meal or corn flour)



Ingredients.



2 cups yellow corn meal. (I used PAN )
2 ½ cups warm water
2 tablespoons oil.
1 teaspoon salt.
½ cup white cheese.(grated)
Directions.
1- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and knead about 5 minutes or until you have a smooth dough.
2- Form balls with the dough and try to give them a diamond shape then gently press the dough down to form into patty..
3- In a hot frying pan, with a teaspoon of oil in it, place the arepas and cook until they are golden brown, this is called to make the face of the arepa, turn down to form the face on the other side, after you have the faces of the arepas cover and let cook at medium heat, you know they are ready when you tap them and they make a hollow sound. Cut the arepas and spread butter the filling may be cheese, jam or anything you like, your imagination is the limit.
In my country we have various fillings for the arepas and they have their distinctive name like the famous “Reina Pepeada” wich consist of and arepa filled with chickens, avocado and a special sauce; or “Perico” (scrambled eggs with fried tomato, onion sweet chili, cumin,salt and garlic) or avocado and black beans…

Yuca Bread

Yuca Bread
(Mandioca or Tapioca)

Another wheat free recipe, but it is DELICIOUS.





Ingredients.
2 cups white cheese grated. (fresh cheese but it is hard)
1 cup yuca (tapioca or madioca) flour.
1 egg yolk.
1 tablespoon sugar.
Directions.
1- Mix all the ingredients and form the bread the size or shape you like.
2- Place the bread on a greased and floured baking sheet and bake until they are light brown.
3- It is better to eat them hot, that way they are crispy outside but cheesy inside.

10/06/2008

Cheese Balls

Cheese Balls

Hello, I’m back, after a loooong period out. I was supposed not to get in the kitchen because (due to the allergy) the heat of the oven or the range affected me, despite all that I managed to do some yummy food.
Well from now on I will make some special food, I do not dare to say gluten free because it is very hard to find gluten free products here, there is irony in all this, because we produce (Venezuela) most of the supplies needed to make flour and starches that do not have gluten….but you cannot find them on the supermarket shelves….I have to buy them in Caracas, and it is a rally because first: I have to call the store, then ask which products are available, tell the seller what I want, after that I have to make a deposit in the bank and fax them the voucher, then they send a box trough a special delivery service and I also have to pay the delivery, (so my wheat free bread and goodies are pretty expensive), and you know what…ALL this products are IMPORTED from the USA…I wonder what the so nationalist president of (some people… very few in fact) this country would say about that… maybe he would blame the former presidents ( he is –kind of­-RULING this country since 1998…) or the opposition or the USA as always hum this is sooo pathetic.
Ok I am not supposed to talk about politics but recipes here.
I made these delicious cheese balls for my nephew to take to school, this recipe is a tradition among Venezuelans and Colombians, we call them “Buñuelos de Queso “ (Cheese doughnuts) and they are very easy to make. They are so delicious and they make good party food with a sauce




Ingredients.

Cheese Balls.
2 cups corn starch.
2 cups white cheese, grated (this a Venezuelan fresh cheese with a hard texture it is salty too).
1 egg yolk.
¾ cup of milk.
1 tablespoon sugar.
¼ teaspoon baking soda.
½ teaspoon baking powder.
Directions.

1- Mix all the ingredients and let rest for half and hour.
2- Form small balls or sticks.
3- Fry the in hot oil
4- Place the fried ball over towel paper to drain the oil.

Note: although they are fried they do not absorb oil. I also add some oregano to the dough and serve them with tomato sauce.