Saturday, March 28, 2009

Aglio olio Peperoncino (Spaghetti with garlic oil red pepper)

2 ts crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves
3 tbs olive oil
1 lb prawns
2 -4 cups of any spinach like green (we used Pakchoy and Asian Spinach)
3 tbs of chopped parsley
15 grape tomatoes
1/2 a pack of spaghetti

Saute the crushed red pepper and garlic in the olive oil in a small frying pan over low heat. When the garlic is golden and the pepper dark brown, add chopped parsley, tomatoes and prawns. Cook pasta one minute prior to package directions (ex. package says 10 mins cook time, your cook time will be 9 mins) save 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain the pasta thoroughly and pour pasta into the pan of seasoned olive oil and add greens, pour 1/2 cup of pasta water into pan. Bring the flavored olive oil to a high heat until pasta is well mixed with garlic pepper sauce. Serve immediately.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Freshly Layed Eggs makes a Delicious Flan

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

My Wife Used for Ingredients:
1 & 1/2 cup sugar
6 Medium or Large Freshly layed eggs
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 13 oz cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. You will need 6 (ramekins-the ceramic bowl in the pic) or other specialty flan cook ware and a large baking pan to put them in.

Pour 1 cup sugar in warm pan over medium heat. Constantly stir sugar until it browns and becomes caramel. (If you warm sugar to long it will become bitter; you might want to add just a cap full of water but it is not required) Quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of caramel in each ramekin, tilting it to swirl the caramel around the sides. Reheat caramel if it starts to harden.

In a mixer or with a whisk, blend the eggs together. Mix in the milks then slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of sugar, then the vanilla. Blend smooth after each ingredient is added.

Pour custard into caramel lined ramekins. Place ramekins in a large glass or ceramic baking dish and fill with about 1-2 inches of hot water. Bake for 45 minutes in the water bath and check with a knife just to the side of the center. If knife comes out clean, it's ready.

Remove and let cool. Let each ramekin cool in refrigerator for 1 hour. Invert each ramekin onto a small plate, the caramel sauce will flow over the custard.

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