If it’s snowy in your area, what tasty food are you making to get you through it?
Making these for retreat tomorrow!
Maple Walnut Blondies Recipe
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat heat the butter and sugar on the stovetop over medium low until melted and well combined.
Remove from the heat and stir in the syrup.
Allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm.
Stir in the eggs one at a time, then the maple flavor.
Stir in the dry ingredients, and then the walnuts, until just combined.
Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake just until the edges pull away from the sides of the pan, about 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and cool on a wire rack before cutting and glazing.
This blondie recipe yields one 8-inch pan or sixteen 2-inch Maple Walnut Blondies
Maple Glaze Recipe * 1 cup confectioners’ sugar * 2 tablespoons maple syrup * 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or cream 1. In a small to medium bowl, whisk everything together, adding more liquid if necessary to make a pourable glaze. 2. Pour over cooled Maple Walnut Brownies
Sauteed Eggplant in Clay Pot
Portion: 2 persons
-2 eggplants: Cut stalk, edge and cut into four
-4 big pieces of button mushrooms: cut into two
-4 big pieces of Chinese mushroom: cut into two
Preparation: A heated clay pot
-Put all eggplants in a pan with cooking oil (heat 70 degree)
-Turn them well within two minutes
-Take them out and drain the oil from eggplants
-A pan on the cooker and little big of oil, garlic, shallot
-Put all ingredients above in pan
-Pour 3 soup spoons of bouillon, spicy sauce and seasoning. Cook 3 minutes
-Put the mixture above in a heated clay pot and continue to stew few minutes
Banana Flower Salad with Beer
Portion: 2 persons
-1/2 piece of banana flower: fine sliced, dipped in vinegar or water with some lemon slices (make it white/ take off the sap)
-1/2 piece of onion: peel & sliced
-1/2 piece of carrot: peel & sliced
-100 gram celery & herb: chopped
-150 gram sliced beef: quick stir-fried
-4 soup spoons of lemon juice
-5 soup spoons of sugar
-Sliced beef marinated with salt, pepper, & stock
-A pan with a little bit of vegetable oil and quick stir-fried.
-Mix all ingredients with sweet and sour fish sauce in big bowl and then take them to the plate.
-Put the cooked beef in the remaining sweet and sour fish sauce.
-Spread on the top of the salad and touch of crispy shallot and peanut.
-Accompanied with shrimp cracker
How to Make Fish Sauce of Salad
It is stronger than fish sauce of spring rolls
-2 soup spoons of virgin fish sauce
-3 soup spoons of lemon juice
-4 soup spoons of sugar
-1 tea spoon of fine-chopped garlic
-1 tea spoon of fine-chopped chili
As many of you who know me in the real know, I once took a study abroad trip to Vietnam. I won’t regal you with any tall tales (and although they seem tall, they are quite true), but instead share some recipes from a central town of Vietnam called Hoi An. For one of our dinners there, we watched the chef prepare the food and then were able to help make some ourselves. I just found the booklet of recipes, so here they are.
Hoian Spring Rolls
Portion: 2 persons
200 grams pork loin: fine chopped
20 gram ear mushroom: dipped in water & drain, chopped
30 gram vermicelli: dipped in water, drain, chopped
10 gram shallot: peel & chopped
1/4 carrot: peel & chopped
1/4 taro: peel & chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon pork or chicken stock
-a dish with herbs and lettuce on it
-Put all ingredients in a bowl, mix them up
-Laying rice paper on a wet cloth
-Put the mixture above on the rice paper and roll it up
How to Make Sweet & Sour Fish Sauce
2 soup spoons of virgin fish sauce
2 soup spoons of lemon juice
2 soup spoons of sugar
2 soup spoons of plain water
1/2 soup spoon of hot chili sauce
1 soup spoon of fine-chopped fresh chili
1 soup spoon of find-chopped garlic
Stir well all the above ingredients