Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I was overjoyed to find minced turkey at the shops the other week. It's a rarity to find. Not sure what to make with it, I initially thought burgers, but then saw this recipe for taco seasoning. I abhor the Old El Paso type stuff in packets, but this turned out really lovely. Just enough seasoning, without being overpowering. (I can't remember how much mince I had, but I used Kevin's measurements as a guide.)

chili powder
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
onion powder

Brown your meat in oil, then add in seasoning and simmer for 10-15 minutes. This is healthy as well!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spicy Roasted Potatoes

I buy a new spice about once a month, usually intending to use it for some partcicular dish. This month is was fennel seed, which I just ground up with my new mortar & pestle. I've become a huge fan of roasted potatoes, which we never had much when I was growing up, and am experimenting with different spices when cooking. This time, it is:

Fennel seed, ground

Cut up potatoes, mix in olive oil and spices, and bake for 45 minutes or until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Brussel Sprouts Gratin

Another winner from Closet Cooking!

Brussel sprouts
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan Cheese
Cheddar or other cheese, to your taste

Steam brussel sprouts and set aside. Melt approx 2 tablespoons butter in saucepan, then add 2 tablespoons flour and mix. Add milk (1 cup or so..start with a small amount and add more as needed), nutmeg, salt & pepper and mix. Then add in cheeses and bring the mix to a simmer, adding more milk as needed. The sauce should be slightly thick. Put brussel sprouts in casserole dish, then pour cheese mix over. Top with breadcrumbs and put in 180C oven for approx 20 minutes or until sauce bubbles.