Saturday, February 06, 2010
My head has been a little obsessed with homeschooling lately, and I've neglected other aspects of this blog -- like the warm food quest I was on. Several of you generously shared your ideas for warm, nourishing snacks, and I never got back to the subject! So, here I am, trying to make it up to you.
The fried parmesan broccoli and cauliflower topping for this Giada DeLaurentis recipe was a hit with two out of three of my kids. (The third doesn't like cheese, go figure.) Cut the veggies into bite-size florets, dip in egg batter, then cover in grated parmesan. Crisp up in hot oil in your frying pan, and salt to taste. Yum! (Put the fried veggies over baby spinach with a little lemon vinaigrette for less guilt.)
Roasted sweet potato fries (or russets, if that's what you've got, for some reason I took a photo of the russets, but not the sweet). Preheat oven to 450. Peel and slice 2 medium sweet potatoes into strips. Dry the slices. Put in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil until coated. Sprinkle with pepper. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. Flip over, and bake another 10 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle with salt.
Easy nachos. No veggies here, but they're a yummy, warm treat! Spread a few handfuls of corn chips on a baking sheet, and shred cheddar cheese over the top. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Here are some more warm treat ideas from my helpful readers!
Herbal tea, warm vanilla milk or hot cider instead of hot chocolate.
Fruit breads instead of cookies.
Hot fruit sauces with granola topping instead of smoothies.
And, just in case you wondered... Julia Child's recipe for Beef Bourgignon from "Mastering the Arts of French Cooking" is just as fantabulous as Julie Powell said it was.
I saw "Julie and Julia" with my mom in the theater, and then we watched it again as soon as it was out on rental. LOVED it. Of course, I had to make the highlighted dish. I just took a while getting around to it, as usual.
It's a four-hour recipe, so it took a little planning. Plus, I had to save up for my first enameled casserole. (Its pretty French blue has decorated my stovetop ever since.) As soon as I brought my Le Creuset home, I stole the cookbook from my mom's house, and got to work. I made the sauteed mushrooms and braised onions just like Julia directed. (Can you believe I'd never braised anything before?)
When it was done, I wanted to eat the whole thing straight from the pot. Luckily for the boys, they got home from kung fu just in time...