Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Quick and Easy Apple Bites

Every once in awhile I wake up and I can't find anything suitable for breakfast. Yes there are eggs and toast or yogurt in my house, but sometimes that doesn't cut it. Today with some left over crescent roll dough and some fruit lying around I made an easy turnover*. I'm never sure what to call anything I make because it is often a half-assed attempt at something with a real name.

This recipe is  fast, simple and can be used with any fruit.  In the end you have 8 little golden nuggets of yum.

What You Need:
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 container of crescent roll dough
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar

1. Cut up the apple, add cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix it all together

2. Place a spoonful of fruit onto each crescent roll and make an attempt to fold it into an attractive design. I found myself pinching dough on the sides to avoid leakage in the oven and it made a difference.

3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

It is that easy to make a breakfast treat for when you are not in a standard breakfast mood.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Oyster Farming

I don't think I've ever eaten an oyster but after reading a passage about oyster farming I am way more interested in the process. For one oyster farming has been around for centuries, in fact in Japan there are accounts of oysters being cultivated before the birth of Christ.

The featured video shows one technique but another is to attach oysters to strings. The article explained how "spat" (little baby oysters) are places on shells or ceramic tile attached to the line. The source of the picture below says oysters are tied to the lines- which causes them to grow faster, have a higher yield as well as reduce costs.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cranberry Bruschetta

If you're looking for a unique spread Cranberry Bruschetta is a tasty choice. It combines tart cranberries and savory spices like basil, garlic and oregano.

What you need:

  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (I also used balsamic)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 loaf of french bread (whole wheat)

 1. Add cranberries, vinegar and sugar to a saucepan, bring to a boil.
 2. Add garlic to saucepan and cook for about 8 minutes.
 - I didn't think there would be enough liquid to boil when I first added everything to the pan, but after a few minutes you really get some moisture from the cranberries. Once you add the garlic you have to cook it down further to get a thicker consistency
  3. Add basil and oregano and fold in. One batch makes less than 1 cup over all once cooked down.
 4. Toast some sliced bread and enjoy. I doubled the recipe for my family, but we had leftover (pigs in a blanket won the appetizer competition this year).

Overall this is a fruity spread and was still very tart even with the sugar which was a nice compliment to the things we usually eat. The basil and garlic carry it a long way.

Original recipe from OceanSpray - they recommend adding 1/2 a red onion but I wouldn't recommend it.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fruit Salsa

Fruit salsa is delicious. That's all you need to know. 

What you need:
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • 1/2 Green Apple
Chop into various sizes. I prefer the pieces to be as small as possible but with whole blueberries this time I didn't worry about it too much. Granted the smaller the pieces the more tedious your job becomes.

Mix together and enjoy with pita chips. Normally 1-2 apples are used to act as a base and all other fruit complements. For this batch I had a lot of other fruits and took advantage.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chocolate Cup Tarts

Want to WOW your family this holiday? These chocolate desserts are easier than they look.

What you need:
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Cool whip
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fruit
  • Balloons!
That's right, balloons. 

1. Blow up balloons. The smaller the balloon the smaller the shell. I like to keep them small. Rinse balloons to remove any powder.
 2. Melt chocolate, dip and roll balloons in chocolate. The closer the chocolate gets to the "neck" of the balloon the harder it will be to peel later. The deeper you dip the balloon the more egg-like the shell will turn out.
 3. Set balloons on a plastic wrapped tray. After all balloons have been covered, place in fridge.

1. Combine about 28 ounces of yogurt and 3/4 of the container of cool whip. Wish you had a larger bowl.
2. After mixing, add powdered sugar an vanilla to taste. I used about 1/2 a cup sugar.
*These amounts led to a LOT of filling, I'd recommend using half as much.

1. After the chocolate has solidified, cut the balloons, and carefully peel out the balloon.

2. Put filling in a zip-loc bag and cut of the end. Fill cups.

3. Decorate. I chose pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Granola, chocolate, candy and other fruit works well too. 

BONUS: If you comment on a post besides this one I will make these for you and your family for the holidays! Best comment wins.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sugar consumption and the destruction of humanity

This video has some good information about sugar consumption and its consequences. Plus it's beautiful to watch. Who doesn't enjoy slow motion clips of sugar and liquids being poured over a variety of things.

After repeated attempts I was unable to upload the video directly but it can be viewed by clicking this link. I found the video via Business Insider.

"Type 2 diabetes and obesity are linked to an excess consumption of sugar, particularly in a liquid form."