Friends [entries|friends|calendar]
masterseverus

[ userinfo | insanejournal userinfo ]
[ calendar | insanejournal calendar ]

Challenge 595 [21 Sep 2017|03:01pm]

snarry100

[alisanne]
[ mood | working ]

Happy Snarry Thursday, all!
Our new prompt this week is:

Challenge 595: Opinion
Have fun and happy drabbling! ;)

And remember, we encourage cross-posting across all our journals, DW, IJ, and LJ, so feel free to post your responses to any or all of them.


Harry's Epiphany. [21 Sep 2017|12:28pm]

snape_potter

[pekeleke]

Title: Harry’s Epiphany.
Author: pekeleke
Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for snarry_100 ( IJ, LJ, DW ) prompt challenge 594: Moral.
Rating: G
Length: 100
Warnings: none.
Disclaimer: Don't own these characters. No money is being made out of this work.
Summary: ‘I want you like this, just like this. In my bed. Under my blankets.’ Harry realized, breath hitching, as he stared at Snape.

 

ExpandHarry's Epiphany. )

Harry's Epiphany. [21 Sep 2017|12:28pm]

snarry100

[pekeleke]

Title: Harry’s Epiphany.
Author: pekeleke
Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for snarry_100 ( IJ, LJ, DW ) prompt challenge 594: Moral.
Rating: G
Length: 100
Warnings: none.
Disclaimer: Don't own these characters. No money is being made out of this work.
Summary: ‘I want you like this, just like this. In my bed. Under my blankets.’ Harry realized, breath hitching, as he stared at Snape.

 

ExpandHarry's Epiphany. )

Harry's Epiphany. [21 Sep 2017|12:27pm]

pekeleke

Title: Harry’s Epiphany.
Author: pekeleke
Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for snarry_100 ( IJ, LJ, DW ) prompt challenge 594: Moral.
Rating: G
Length: 100
Warnings: none.
Disclaimer: Don't own these characters. No money is being made out of this work.
Summary: ‘I want you like this, just like this. In my bed. Under my blankets.’ Harry realized, breath hitching, as he stared at Snape.

 

ExpandHarry's Epiphany. )

Charges [21 Sep 2017|07:50am]

snarry100

[alisanne]
[ mood | working ]

Title: Charges
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snarry100's prompt# 594: Moral.
Summary: Hermione makes some discoveries.
Part Twenty-Nine of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Charges on LJ/IJ/DW.


Drabble: Charges [21 Sep 2017|07:39am]

alisanne
[ mood | working ]

Title: Charges
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[info]snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 594: Moral.
Summary: Hermione makes some discoveries.
Part Twenty-Nine of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Charges )


[21 Sep 2017|07:53am]

snape100

[ellid]
Title: Deluxe Edition, IX
Challenge: Monster Book of Monsters
Word Count: 100


Dearest Severus:

Thank you so much for the lovely weekend in Paris. I had no idea of your feelings until you expressed them under the Eiffel Tower, and I will cherish the next forty-eight hours my entire life. I had
thought love impossible since the war, and I will be forever grateful that you showed me how wrong I was.

Until my move to Hogsmeade is complete, I remain -

Yours,

R.J. Lupin

P.S. What was that enchanting music emanating from your portmanteau? I've never felt such connection to another person, and those delightful fugues complemented the mood so well.

These Incredible Italian Grandmas Teach you to Make Pasta from Scratch [20 Sep 2017|07:50am]
101cookbooks

Pasta videos are one of my favorite things on the internet. To be specific, the making and shaping of pasta using traditional ingredients and methods. There are all sorts of videos out there, and pasta enthusiasts on all the different platforms, but I love watching Italian grandmas (nonnas) the most. I'm going to highlight a handful of favorite pasta videos here, and let these Italian grandmas show us how it's done.

I also want to mention a channel on You Tube, Pasta Grannies, because it's an absolute treasure trove of pasta videos by Vicki Bennison. I've embedded a few favorites episodes down below, definitely poke around the archives as well. There's also some great inspiration at #pastamaking, and Miyuki Adachi is one of my all-time favorite Instagram accounts. Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites in this vein as well, I'm always adding to my list!

1. Pici
Pici(!!!) Pici is my first pasta love, and my favorite pasta to shape by hand. You roll out long spaghetti-shaped noodles across a countertop, and because you're doing it by hand the shape is beautifully irregular and rustic. I thought my pici game was respectable until I came across this Tuscan grandma. Around the :50 second mark of this video, she shows us who's boss.

2. Trofie
Trofie is the most recent shape I've tried to master. To make these tiny coils, some people wrap the pasta dough around a thin needle or umbrella spoke. I don't have the patience for that (I'm so slow), and always resort to something more like this. Look at her outside-the-palm technique!

3. Fusilli Ricci
Proof that making fresh pasta keeps you strong! A beautiful portrait of nonna Maria at 86 years old making fusilli ricci.

4. Tagliatelle
Nonna Elena makes beautiful tagliatelle here, and make you think you can ditch your pasta machine for a pasta board and mattarello rolling pin. If you watch carefully, you get a sneak peek into her refrigerator too :).

5. Orecchiette
I visited Puglia years ago, and could watch the ladies make traditional orecchiette (little ears) for hours. In this video we see an orecchiette master at work, but don't look away, because at the 2:00 minute mark, she goes big.

6. Cavatelli
The shaping of the cavatelli kicks in around the 2:00 minute mark here. I remember meeting some of these ladies when I travelled to Puglia years ago.

7. Sicilian Maccheroni
One more from the Pasta Grannies series. Filmed in Menfi, Sicily, I love this video for a hundred reasons. Watch Damiana and Gaetano make an incredible fava bean pasta lunch. Her knife skills are the best, the fresh from the garden favas(!), the sunny patio(!), Damiana's fruit and berry tablecloth!

8. Miyuki Adachi
Not a nonna, but I suspect you'll love Miyuki nonetheless. I found her on Instagram, and love watching her video shorts and pasta shaping demonstrations from Toronto. This is a video of some of what you'll find her working on. As you can see, her trofie game is quite strong as well! (Follow Miyuki)


Continue reading These Incredible Italian Grandmas Teach you to Make Pasta from Scratch...

A Spicy, Boosted Nut Butter [19 Sep 2017|07:01am]
101cookbooks

Around here we call this fire butter, but that's probably being overly dramatic. It's an invigorating mix of ground ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper blended with walnuts and vanilla extract into a homemade walnut butter. If I have maca powder or mesquite flour on hand, I add those too. This became a fast and feisty house favorite, and a way to boost an everyday favorite nutritionally with a host of spices. When you blend your own nut butters, it's hard to resist adding things! This version is perfect spread on toast, dabbed on banana coins or apple wedges, or thinned out into a spring roll dipping sauce.

A Spicy Boosted Nut Butter Recipe

I like to use walnuts here, but feel free to use almonds, or a blend of walnuts with another favorite nut. The texture is nice, and I haven't had a problem with separation.

A Spicy Boosted Nut Butter Recipe

One last note, I don't salt this, although it definitely needs a bit of salt. I wait until I spread it across something, and then sprinkle a bit of salt at that point, and it seems to be plenty.

A Spicy Boosted Nut Butter Recipe

Continue reading A Spicy, Boosted Nut Butter...

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal [16 Sep 2017|10:06am]
101cookbooks

I'm going to share with you a bigger, better, crunchier breakfast cereal. Some of you aren't going to be interested in this concept at all, and that's cool (I think a taco recipe is up next). For some of you, this is going to be a game changer. I've been making my own dry cereal breakfast blends in recent months. But, here's where things got interesting. I started making it in increasingly larger, and larger batches. Now I cherry-pick boxes of favorite cereals, dump entire boxes into the most massive bowl I can find, and add quick oats, oat bran, ground flax, and freeze dried fruit. Give everything a really good toss, and transfer to two XXXL glass Weck jars. The big-batch thing is the magic. Especially if you're at all lazy, but still want a great breakfast. I'm including the recipe for what I think of as my "master" cereal recipe, but use it as a jumping off point, and don't get hung up on whether you can track down the exact cereals I use.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

So much to say about this. My cereals of choice are oat flakes, shredded wheat, and some sort of dense nugget cereal - but a mix of sugar-free / whole grain / high-fiber cereals is what you're going for. Said another way, a mix of textures, and nutrient diversity. Because the components are dry, it means weeks of quick breakfasts, and you can easily scoop some into baggies for simple travel breakfasts.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

This is the berry version. There are times I do a "tropical" version, swapping out the berries for freeze-dried bananas, pineapple, and apples. You can also add fresh fruit when you add the milk, and anything else you have on hand.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

Continue reading A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal...

Veg Ramen and Four Seasons of Ideas [10 Sep 2017|09:03am]
101cookbooks

Today we're going to tackle veg ramen. Slurping noodles from a big bowl of feisty, aromatic broth is hard to beat, and I wanted to share how great ramen bowls can come together relatively easily, year round. Ramen is incredibly versatile, and I play fast and loose with the concept overall. You have the ability to adapt the noodles, the tare (seasoning), the broth base, and the toppings, and I'll talk through a bunch of the ways you can play around below. The goal here is to give you a great jumping off point if you're not already making ramen at home, and for you to feel like you can wing it on a weeknight based on what you have on hand.

Four Seasons of Veg Ramen Recipes

If I'm eating out, and a vegetarian or vegan ramen is on the menu, I'll order it. I've had some incredible versions, but broadly speaking they can be very salty, and quite oily. This version is not that. In fact, part of what I love about making ramen at home is that you can season your broth to be just how you like it. This version delivers a rich miso-scallion nut milk broth. You introduce your favorite noodles, a blitz of seasonal toppings, and spicy turmeric oil to finish.

Four Seasons of Veg Ramen Recipes

Noodles: There are many different noodles you can use here. Seek out fresh udon or ramen noodles, or keep a variety of dried noodles on hand for last-minute ramen. Soba noodles work great. I've also been using some of the whole-grain noodles, and they're pretty good. The one in the photograph is a millet & brown rice ramen.

Miso tare: Think of this as the seasoning paste for your ramen broth. I've included a base recipe here, but please(!) use it as a jumping off point. It's fine to adapt with other chopped herbs and spices as well. My main advice here - make a big batch of the miso tare and keep it on hand. I keep some in the refrigerator, and the bulk portioned out in the freezer. This is the secret to quick weeknight ramen. If you're avoiding soy, use a chickpea miso.

Broth: You want to get the broth right. My favorite broth base for this is a blend of homemade cashew milk & almond milk. It has beautiful body and flavor, and grips the noodles nicely. That said, there are plenty of nights when I'm feeling lazy, and I just grab for whatever almond milk is in the refrigerator. Still delicious.

Spicy Turmeric Oil: This is another component you can keep on hand. Both in the refrigerator and/or freezer. If you have everything else needed to make a ramen bowl, but don't have the spice oil - cheat with a dollop of something spicy from the condiments in your refrigerator, or stir some crushed chile flakes into a bit of oil over gentle heat, and use that as a finishing drizzle, or to toss the raw veggies.

Seasonal Variations: The ramen you see pictured is a late-summer version. But part of the fun here is adapting through the year. Toss quick-cooking vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower into the noodle water for the last minute, and drain everything together. This way you don't have to get an extra pot going.

Continue reading Veg Ramen and Four Seasons of Ideas...

Easy Little Bread [06 Sep 2017|07:15am]
101cookbooks

Right this second I'm eating a slice of butter-slathered homemade bread. And quite frankly, it's the least interesting looking bread you've ever set eyes on. But at this particular moment, there isn't anything on this earth that would taste better. I'm convinced of it. It reminds me of the bread my dad would sometimes bake for us as kids. A dead simple yeast bread recipe made from ingredients I can nearly guarantee you have on hand. My dad's bread was made using all-purpose white flour, whereas this bread is made with a white, wheat, rolled oat blend. I've baked it three times this week, after I came across the recipe for it in a beautiful, heartfelt cookbook by Natalie Oldfield.

Easy Little Bread Recipe

I snapped a few shots of the book to give you a sense of it. Super cute, right? I love the grids of vintage family pictures, and the soft color palette of the recipe pages. Really well done. It's a collection recipes inspired by the notebooks of Dulcie May Booker, written by her granddaughter Natalie. It was published in New Zealand, then Australia and the UK. I stumbled on my copy of it the other day at Omnivore Books here in SF, although I don't think it's been published in the U.S. yet. The recipes are classic and no-fuss. The kind that can and (clearly) have been whipped up a hundred times over - scones, fruit pies, chocolate cake, lemon bars, shortbread, and a selection of savory dishes as well.

Easy Little Bread Recipe

So, to all of you who embraced the soda bread recipe, yet still shy away from yeast-based recipes - you've got to try this one. You can have the dough in the pan in 5-10 minutes. It sits around for 30 minutes while I'm in the shower, then straight into the oven. Thank you Gran & Natalie. It's a beautiful book.

Continue reading Easy Little Bread...

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes [05 Sep 2017|10:11am]
101cookbooks

No need to get stuck in an almond butter & banana rut. Here are some nutritious, flavor-packed spreads, slathers, and toppings for anything flat and relatively crispy. Or, broadly speaking, toast ideas. Perfect for breakfast, light lunches, mid-day snacks. This list focuses primarily on the savory front.

1. Lentils folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil - (101 Cookbooks) This was fantastically popular on Pinterest when I originally posted it (a bit of a surprise to me!). My advice? Make a double batch of the lentil topping. It features loads of spinach, a bit of garlic, and basil bound with greek yogurt. I love it on toasted walnut bread, but friends who can't handle gluten or wheat enjoy it wrapped in sturdy lettuce. Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

2. Grilled Kale Toasts - (Food & Wine)
Vintage Camille Becerra here, garlicky, mustard-forward kale tangles top rustic slabs of ciabatta bread.Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

3. Sqirl's Avocado Toast with Pickled Carrots, Garlic Cream, and House Spice Mix - (The Delicious Life) Yes, a thousand times. This. Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

4. Creative Plant-based Toast ideas - (The Conscientious Eater)
Faith has a list of toast ideas here, but the one that caught my attention was the Creamy Sweet Potato Tahini toast! Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

5. Kale Chip Avocado Toast - No recipe to link to, but I make this as a morning snack all the time. Smash some avocado on a piece of toasted whole-grain bread, and sprinkle generously with nutritional yeast and crushed kale chips. Finish of with a few hemp seeds, and a kiss of salt. I like post some of these little non-recipes on my Instagram.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

6. Epic Gjelina Mushroom Toasti - (The Chalkboard)
Arguably the most time-intensive toast on the list, but I love this as a fall starter option for a dinner. Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

7. Beet Caviar - (101 Cookbooks) - A favorite. Track down the best, darkest rye bread you can find, and make this beet spread. The sweet earthiness of roasted beets is accented with toasted walnuts, chives, dates, a bit of booziness, and a swirl of creme fraiche. Look at the color! Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

8. Joy Manning Wasa Lunch Crackers - Joy's crackers caught my attention on Instagram, have a look. Wasa crackers slathered with hummus, sprinkled with chickpeas, za'atar, and spicy kraut. Yes, please! Follow Joy here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

9. A Week of Putting Things on Rice Crackers - (101 Cookbooks) A diverse list of all the things I put on rice crackers over the course of a week - these would also be great on toast, or as components in wraps! Get the recipe here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

10. Breakfast Sweet Potato Toast Four Ways - (Eat Bird Food)
Brittany has some good basics (and quick topping ideas) related to sweet potato toast. Get the recipes here.

A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes

Continue reading A Big List of Things You Could Be Putting on Toast, Crackers, or Rice Cakes...

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy [04 Sep 2017|01:21pm]
101cookbooks

Technically, we're talking more than ten, but you get the idea. Inspiration for stepping up to the everyday lunch challenge.


1. Easy Pita Lunch Ideas - (Love & Lemons)

Four brilliant pita-centric lunches I want to eat right now. Easy to pack in lunch boxes & quick to pull together. Think smashed avocado and sunflower seeds, and red pepper hummus with chickpeas. Get the recipes here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

2. Vegetarian Lunch Ideas: One Sauce / Three Ways - (101 Cookbooks)
Three on-the-go type lunches that don't require reheating based on a single favorite tomato sauce. Tweak the main sauce a bit day by day, and create a pasta bowl (day one), a lazy chana masala (day two), and a spicy dipping sauce for quinoa patties (day three). Get the recipes here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

3. Feeding Babies: Lunchbox Edition - (Sprouted Kitchen)
Really thoughtful post by Sara Forte on kid lunches. Lots of great ideas, and recipes to jump off from here. Kid-friendly, but I love some of these ideas for adults too! Scan the comments - some other great suggestions in there too. :) Lots of ideas here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

4. 13 Greatest Hits from Amanda Hesser's Kids' Lunches - (Food52)
I love this ongoing series where Food52 co-founder Amanda Hesser chronicles the lunches she packs for her twins. Lots of fantastic ideas and inspiration here w/ some great veg/vegan ideas threaded throughout. See the list here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

5. Cold Soba Noodles - (101 Cookbooks) -
The sort of thing I like to take on flights. Nearly everyone loves noodles, here they're paired with tofu matchsticks, and a favorite shallot-ginger paste. Looking at the shot now, I think I'll add some edamame the next time around. Get the recipe here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

6. Kids Lunchbox Ideas (+ Healthy Banana Date Orange Cookies) - (My Darling Lemon Thyme) - Emma has some great ideas here, bonused out with a delicious riff on one of my favorite cookies. Get the recipe here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

7. Rainbow Spicy Tofu Sushi Burritos - (Bojon Gourmet)
We make sushi burritos all the time, and Alanna's version is fantastic. You really don't need special equipment to make them, and everyone can put as much or as little of each filling as they want. Sushi burritos are travel-friendly, filling, and you don't need a plate or utensils to enjoy them. Get the recipe here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

8. Epic Tiffin Lunches</a> - (Food Fun & Frolic)
Not a link to a recipe persee, but plenty of lunch inspo here. I love Delhi-based Hina's Insta-feed because of her tiffin lunches. Tiffin lunches are one of my favorite things (second only to thali plates). For example: this one, this one, this one, and this one. Follow Hina here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

9. Onigirazu / Rainbow Sushi Sandwich - (Potluck at Oh My Veggies)
Top of my to-make list, look at this rainbow beauty! Make it with brown rice or quinoa for even more nutritional boost. Get the recipe here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

10. Super Onigiri - (101 Cookbooks)
And along similar lines - everyone loves onigiri! Make them with leftover rice and whatever fillings and seasonings you have on hand.Get the recipe here.

Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy

Enjoy!

Continue reading Ten Lunch Ideas that Spark Joy...

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies [03 Sep 2017|08:22am]
101cookbooks

Hand-painted cookies are incredibly special, and the care and attention that goes into them, remarkable. I keep a running folder of inspiration for when I have a quiet Sunday for baking. And lately, I tend to love the cookies that have a watercolor vibe. I'm linking to a bunch here. Illustration isn't my strongest suit, so graphic designs and patterns are typically where I land. Hope some of these inspire you as much as they have me!


1. Calendula Shortbread with Saffron Stripes
I do variations on these quite a lot. Made with shortbread dough (a nut-free version of this) The icing is made by mixing 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 egg whites, and enough water to thin to desired translucency. Divide the icing into separate bowls, and add color from there. The yellow was created using by infusing 1 teaspoon of vodka with a pinch of saffron and allowing it to sit for a couple of minutes. Strain the saffron liquid into the icing base a bit at a time, more or less depending on how saturated you'd like it.

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

2. Ayako Kurokawa - (Burrow)
Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow patisserie in Brooklyn is the master. I love her work on so many fronts. Look at the detailed handwriting, the cat whiskers, and stripes. Ayako's work is as personal as a signature, and I love seeing her talent expressed in the most beautiful charming treats. Have you seen her paint Julia? Or, look at these if air-brush is more your thing. Follow Ayako on Instagram.

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

3. Ultimate Sugar Cookies
Dream team at work here - Alison Roman + Nikole Herriott + Michael Graydon. Bold, graphic, fun, & super inspiring. Get the recipe here.

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

4. Jacquelyn Clark's Water Color Cookies
Love the soft colors here, and the mix of florals with abstract. Super pretty. Get the recipe here.

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

5. Albion x Sweet Marie Watercolor Cookie Tutorial - (Albion)
So pretty - I'd use natural coloring from ingredients like beets, dragonfruit, berries, and the like, but the general concept is perfect for a treat plate or dessert spread. See the process shots here.

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

Tools: Some of my cookie tools: A range of brushes, cutters, and ruler. See that little salt cellar on the left? It has a pretty texture on the outside, I sometimes use textures like that as a bit of a template for designs. Simply roll it across the dough, and bake the cookies. It will leave a hint of the design, and you can use that as a guide for your patterns. For example, I rolled some striped pottery across the dough in the lead photo and used that as the template for the irregular stripes! Play around!

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies

Resources:
- Make your own Natural Food Dyes or, I tend to be a bit lazy * last-minute, so I like to keep a collection of powdered fruit/vegetable powders on hand. For example, I have blueberry, hibiscus, raspberry, saffron, cacao, charcoal (good for pencil effect). Play around!

Continue reading Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies...

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them [02 Sep 2017|08:18am]
101cookbooks

We make tacos with fresh tortillas constantly. They're a taco night game-changer, and so so so easy. You can make the dough in a heartbeat using masa harina, which is available tons of places. Once the dough is made (seriously, two minutes tops) you can keep it refrigerated for days and days. I'm including the basic recipe below, with a list of five favorite variations. A simple tortilla press makes quick/easy work (and is worth the small investment), but in a pinch I've also used a heavy cast iron skillet to press out the tortilla dough.

SUBSCRIBE TO VIDEOS

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Keeping tortillas hot: I like to make the tortillas shortly before serving, but you can make them ahead of time, store them stacked in the refrigerator, and reheat just before serving. Wrap hot tortillas in a clean cloth kitchen towel or keep in a tortilla basket at the table.

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Types of masa harina: There is quite a selection out there. There are some who swear by the Maseca brand (labelled "Instant Yellow Corn Masa Flour", which is powder fine, and lends a silky texture to your dough. But, on the organic front Bob's Red Mill is good. I find it slightly more coarse, with a need for a bit less water. I've also like blue masa and yellow organic masa by Gold Mine Natural Food Co., it's the coarsest of the bunch, needing even less water. Play around, and adjust the amount of water, bit by bit, until the dough is easy to handle, tender, and doesn't stick to your hands.

Continue reading Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them ...

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes [01 Sep 2017|08:31am]
101cookbooks

One bowl baking is the best. Even better if you can hand mix the batter. Dragging a large mixer onto the counter and then washing and wiping it down, is an effective deterrent. With a lot of these you're literally five minutes from having a cake ready to go in a pre-heated oven.


1. One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake - (The Kitchn)

My favorite kind of cake - humble and unfussy, simple and balanced. Honey-sweetened, and flecked with thyme, I love that it can swing from sweet to savory. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

2. One Bowl Banana Bread - (101 Cookbooks)
The laziest one bowl banana bread I know of. Made with whole wheat flour, bananas, dark brown sugar, and coconut milk. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

3. 1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake - (Minimalist Baker)
Just look at that cross-cut. Looks really good. Made with whole wheat pastry flour, almond milk, and strong brewed coffee. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

4. Kim Boyce's Whole Wheat Gingersnaps - (3191 Mies Apart)
Hard to go wrong with a Kim Boyce recipe. This one-bowl gingersnap offering made with fresh ginger, whole wheat, and a fragrant spice blend makes it even better. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

5. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
You can totally make this a one-bowl recipe. Just sift the dry ingredients onto the blended flour/sugar mixture, stir until barely combined. No need to sift first into its own bowl. I use 100% whole wheat flour here, and it's A+! Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

6. Apple Oat Bread - (Running with Spoons)
The perfect weekend quick-bake. Shredded apples, oats, whole wheat pastry flour, and spices. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

7. Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake - (Making Thyme for Health)
Secret ingredient here? A bit of tahini. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

8. Easy One Bowl No-Mixer Yogurt Cake - (Foodie Baker)
A beautiful lemon-kissed, one bowl yogurt cake. Jasline uses all-purposed flour here, but I suspect whole wheat pastry flour, or a 50/50 blend could be nice. Or, maybe even oat flour? Excited to experiment with this one. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

9. One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins - (Real Food Whole Life)
Like many of these recipe, this is good as a quick bread, or baked into individual muffins. With an oat flour batter, and no added sugar (beyond 1/3 cup maple syrup), this is a great option for people looking to make a GF and/or vegan version of the classic. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

Continue reading Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes...

The Moral of the Story [20 Sep 2017|11:22am]

snarry100

[torino10154]
Title: The Moral of the Story
Author: [info]torino10154
Pairing: Severus/Harry
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. Based on characters from the Harry Potter book series.
A/N: Unbeta'd. Written for [info]snarry100 Challenge 594: Moral and for my [community profile] hp_goldenage Harry Bingo card, prompt: moral.

DW :: LJ :: IJ

These Incredible Italian Grandmas Teach you to Make Pasta from Scratch [20 Sep 2017|07:50am]
101cookbooks

Pasta videos are one of my favorite things on the internet. To be specific, the making and shaping of pasta using traditional ingredients and methods. There are all sorts of videos out there, and pasta enthusiasts on all the different platforms, but I love watching Italian grandmas (nonnas) the most. I'm going to highlight a handful of favorite pasta videos here, and let these Italian grandmas show us how it's done.

I also want to mention a channel on You Tube, Pasta Grannies, because it's an absolute treasure trove of pasta videos by Vicki Bennison. I've embedded a few favorites episodes down below, definitely poke around the archives as well. There's also some great inspiration at #pastamaking, and Miyuki Adachi is one of my all-time favorite Instagram accounts. Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites in this vein as well, I'm always adding to my list!

1. Pici
Pici(!!!) Pici is my first pasta love, and my favorite pasta to shape by hand. You roll out long spaghetti-shaped noodles across a countertop, and because you're doing it by hand the shape is beautifully irregular and rustic. I thought my pici game was respectable until I came across this Tuscan grandma. Around the :50 second mark of this video, she shows us who's boss.

2. Trofie
Trofie is the most recent shape I've tried to master. To make these tiny coils, some people wrap the pasta dough around a thin needle or umbrella spoke. I don't have the patience for that (I'm so slow), and always resort to something more like this. Look at her outside-the-palm technique!

3. Fusilli Ricci
Proof that making fresh pasta keeps you strong! A beautiful portrait of nonna Maria at 86 years old making fusilli ricci.


4. Tagliatelle
Nonna Elena makes beautiful tagliatelle here, and make you think you can ditch your pasta machine for a pasta board and mattarello rolling pin. If you watch carefully, you get a sneak peek into her refrigerator too :).


5. Orecchiette
I visited Puglia years ago, and could watch the ladies make traditional orecchiette (little ears) for hours. In this video we see an orecchiette master at work, but don't look away, because at the 2:00 minute mark, she goes big.

6. Cavatelli
The shaping of the cavatelli kicks in around the 2:00 minute mark here. I remember meeting some of these ladies when I travelled to Puglia years ago.

7. Sicilian Maccheroni
One more from the Pasta Grannies series. Filmed in Menfi, Sicily, I love this video for a hundred reasons. Watch Damiana and Gaetano make an incredible fava bean pasta lunch. Her knife skills are the best, the fresh from the garden favas(!), the sunny patio(!), Damiana's fruit and berry tablecloth!

8. Miyuki Adachi
Not a nonna, but I suspect you'll love Miyuki nonetheless. I found her on Instagram, and love watching her video shorts and pasta shaping demonstrations from Toronto. This is a video of some of what you'll find her working on. As you can see, her trofie game is quite strong as well! (Follow Miyuki)

Continue reading These Incredible Italian Grandmas Teach you to Make Pasta from Scratch...

Drabble: Perfect Conditions [20 Sep 2017|10:08am]

alisanne
[ mood | working ]

Title: Perfect Conditions
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy
Word Count: 100 x 3
Rating: PG-13
Challenge: Written for [info]neville100/[community profile] neville100's prompt# 365: All Year Round.
Warning(s)/Genre: Erotica, mild bondage.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Perfect Conditions )


navigation
[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]