Nopalitos – Marinated Cactus

When I was Arizona, I saw this unusual (to me) products

Nopalitos marinated Cactus recipe for cactus salad

Prickly Pear Cactus paddles Yes or No?

“Are nopales in a jar good for you?”

“Nopales and prickly pear fruit are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are a nutritious addition to a balanced diet and may help decrease blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol.

Last Year it was Knuckleheads

A year ago, I saw Knucklehead pumpkins for the first time when I was with friends at the Idylwilde Market in Acton Massachusetts. (Click link to see post)

Fall 2022: I spotted this display at the Bryant Street Market. An image search found American Turks Turban Squash Gourd (Cucurbita Maxima) and you can get ten seeds @$17 to grow your own.

Says they are edible and here’s a recipe link for Turban Squash soup

Turban squash encompasses a group of winter squashes known for their turban-like cap or acorn on the blossom end, and these squashes are predominately used as an ornamental to showcase its bright colors, patterns, and unusual shape. There are many varieties of Turban squash inclu Turk’s Turban, French Turban, Mexican hat, Turk’s Cap, American Turban, and Marina di Chioggia.” From the Specialty Produce website

A Turban Squash resting on top of white squash of some sort I don’t know

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, oatmeal, raisins the basic start to a cookie……but then you add Grape-Nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut, toasted pecans…..Kitchen Sink Cookies (click for recipe). There are other recipes that add potato chips, pretzels and toffee.

Idiom “everything but the kitchen sink”

“……first print reference can be found in 1918 in the newspaper The Syracuse Herald. The expression became popular during World War II, where it was said that everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at the enemy.

No wheat germ on hand but I did toast the pecans
Parchment paper is essential

Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake recipe from Leite’s Culinaria

Ingredients
Melting the chocolate
Six eggs. Two whole. Four whites
Beating the clouds
9” Springform pan lined with parchment.
Whipped Cream will cover the cracks

Savory Spinach Hand Pies

Hand pie– can be sweet or savory. You can hold them in your hand to eat them.

Here’s a recipe to make them .

That’s Parmesan cheese on the top of the crust. I heated them in the oven at 350 using my cast iron skillet.

Savory Spinach Hand Pies made by *

“* 350° Bakery is a small batch bakery in Pittsburgh’s southside. 350° specializes in classic scratch-made treats that take you back to childhood- flaky pies, beautiful layer cakes, fudgy brownies, sticky buns, cookie sandwiches- we’ve perfected all your favorites. We understand the importance of quality, so we start all of our baked goods with the best ingredients. We use local cage-free eggs as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms. Dairy products are local and free of hormones, and our dry ingredients are carefully sourced from local distributors. Our baked goods are made with integrity and it comes through with every bite.From the Harvie Farms Website

Gato de Muez de Pesah Walnut and Orange Passover Cake

I am at my sister’s in NYC and sifting through old recipes and photos. This is from 2011.
When I googled this recipe title, from the one she wrote down on a piece of composition paper, I discovered that it is from The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden who says it is the Passover Cake of Istanbul and it is imperative to use walnuts that are not stale! You can see the actual recipe in the link above, if you have trouble viewing the handwritten version

Here is a  link to a Youtube Video with
Claudia Roden an Interview on Jewish Food from the British Library 

The photo of the recipe cuts off the word STIFF but that is how you need to beat those egg whites.

 

The Last Package of Lebkuchen

When I got to Laura’s house there were three packages of Lebkuchen by the guest bed. My daughter knows me well. These are from Germany.

Unfortunately, Oscar the dog got one package and ate some (no ill effects even though he got a chocolate covered one)

but he didn’t get my favorite kind.

I just opened it tonight. One a day for six days and then will have to wait until next Christmas

Kind of a soft gingerbread with a blend of spices, nuts and peel, not too sweet.

Lots of Lebkuchen links below

Lebkuchen ice cream in Berlin

Lebkuchen ice cream at home

Aunt Rhea’s Recipe post from her mother’s father.

Friends in Florida and Massachusetts Bake Aubt Rhea’s Lebkuchen recipe a double guest blog

Annual Lebkuchen Baking

And if you want to experiment with different recipes here’s the blend of Lebkuchen spices

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples, Yes or No?

Autumn Food.

 

Here is Martha Rose Shulman’s recipe for Braised Red Cabbage and Apples from the NYTimes

Onion, Granny Smith Apples and a Red Cabbage
Thanks for the Fig Balsamic Vinegar, Roberta.
Before it cooked down for about an hour.

Buttermilk in Blueberry Muffins

Baking with buttermilk creates delicious results. I used the Best Ever Blueberry Muffins recipe with buttermilk but reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup.

And I used 1/2 c of melted butter instead of canola oil. No butter necessary on the muffin. It’s already inside. The house smells so good when they are baking.

Danish Dough hook from Debbie
Don’t stir too much
They tasted good.