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Scallion Oil Noodles

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3 tablespoons oil
2 stalks scallion, cut into small rounds
8 oz fresh noodles
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce or to taste

Method:

Carmencitta-Magazine-Scallion-Oil-Noodles-2Heat up a wok with the cooking oil until it begins to smoke. Add the scallion and stir continuously with the spatula until the scallion is aromatic and becomes moderately burned. (This process will release the full fragrance of the scallion and infuses the scallion oil with the intense aroma.) Set aside the scallion oil.

Heat up a pot of water until it boils. Cook the fresh noodles al dente. The noodles should be cooked through but still somewhat firm and springy. Drain the noodles and transfer into a serving bowl.

Add the scallion oil, oyster sauce, and soy sauce into the noodles. Using a pair of chopsticks, toss the noodles to blend well with the scallion oil and seasoning sauces. Serve immediately.

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE TART ( VEGAN & GF)

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INGREDIENTS
  • Hazelnut Crust
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1¼ cups quick oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil- melted ( or butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, rice syrup or honey
  • Filling
  • 3.5 ounces chocolate ( 65% cocoa or less)
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ block silken tofu ( firm or extra firm)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons kahlua ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish with ….shaved chocolate, toasted hazelnuts

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a food processor, place hazelnuts, oats, and salt. Process until it’s sand-like in consistency. It doesn’t have to be super fine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and pulse several times until it is incorporated.
  4. Using fingers, press mixture into a 4” x 13.5” tart pan or 7-8 inch round( with removable bottom) taking your time to press into every nook and cranny. It should be ⅓ inch thick.
  5. make sure to clean up edges, with uniform thickness. Pierce the bottom with a fork, and place in the middle of the oven 15 minutes. Check after ten minutes and if edges seem like they are getting too dark, lightly cover them with foil. You do want this to get very golden, to ensure the crust is crispy, so keep in the oven the entire time, just lightly cover if necessary.
  6. While the tart shell is baking, make the filling.
  7. In a small heavy bottom pot ( or double boiler, or microwave) heat the chocolate and water over medium heat and whisk until very smooth.
  8. Rinse out the food processor and puree the silken tofu with the maple, vanilla and kahlua until very smooth, scraping down the sides. Process until smooth and creamy.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Remove tart shell from the oven, let cool 15 minutes, fill with chocolate mixture, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  11. Top with hazelnuts, and using a vegetable peeler, shave dark chocolate over top.
  12. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  13. Crust will surprisingly remain crisp.
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Carmencitta-CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE TART ( VEGAN & GF)

Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons

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Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 2Ingredients:

5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly pounded
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
4 pieces bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Method:

Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 3Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a small saucepan combine the garlic, parsley, salt, and the oil and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. Discard the garlic. In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the middle of oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the croutons with the Parmesan and bake them for 5 minutes more, or until they are golden. Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt and let them cool. The croutons keep in an airtight container for 1 week. Serve the croutons as a topping for tossed green salad.

NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W/ WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta Magazine - NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL 28 baby potatoes
  • 2 eggs (optional), boiled to your liking
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1-2 Turkish cucumbers (or use English)
  • ½ fennel bulb, shaved (optional)
  • 4-6 radishes
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 6 ounces smoked trout, smoked salmon, lox, pickled herring or smoked/cooked sardines (or sub cannellini beans or baked/smoked tofu for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • fresh dill
  • Other optional additions: pickled red onions, fresh sprouts, chive blossoms, nasturtium petals, sliced avocado, blanched green beans or other veggies, a dollop of plain yogurt, toasted rye croutons, or rye crisp, crumbled.
  • Nordic Nicoise Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper (or black)
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated or prepared horseradish
  • pinch sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
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  1. Place the baby potatoes in a pot of water and boil, then simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Add the snap peas in the same water during the last minute to quickly blanch. Drain. Rinse under cold water.
  2. At the same time boil the eggs, either soft or hard – your preference. Peel and halve.
  3. While the eggs are boiling, stir the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork, tasting and adjusting.
  4. Prep the veggies. Using a veggie peeler, shave the cucumber into ribbons (or just slice into rounds)
  5. Slice the radishes, slice the fennel.
  6. Assemble the salads. Lay a bed of watercress on the bottom of two bowls. Top with cucumbers, radish, fennel, fish, eggs, pickled onions, capers and fresh dill. Scatter blossoms around the top. Feel the joy 😉
  7. Dress the salad right before serving.
  8. Add a dollop of yogurt for extra richness if you like…. and serve with rye crisp.

BREAKFAST STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME

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INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or french bread
  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion – very thinly sliced into rings
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4-6 ounces goat cheese
  • thyme sprigs for garnish.
  • 1½ cups grated gruyere, jack, mozzerella cheese
INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut bread in to ¾ inch cubes, lay on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. If adding bacon, spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crisp. (Blot, then cut into small pieces)
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add thinly sliced onions. Saute, mixing often for 2-3 minutes, then turn heat down to medium low, continuing to cook until golden and tender; about 10 minutes. In another large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add fresh thyme and a generous 3 finger pinch of salt and pepper. Add the caramelized onions to the mushrooms and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl, add the toasted cubed bread. To this, add the mushroom-onion-thyme mixture and bacon crumbles if using. Add the grated cheese and ⅔ of the crumbled goat cheese (saving the rest for the top), and gently mix.
  7. Pour in the eggs and give a gentle stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir again and pour into a well greased 4 quart baking dish. (At this point you could refrigerate overnight).
  9. Cover with foil and place the 400 F oven and bake 35 minutes, Uncover, lower heat to 375 F and continue baking 20-30 more minutes until puffed and golden. During the last 10 minutes of baking, scatter the remaining goat cheese over the top and let it melt.
  10. Garnish with a few thyme sprigs.

Garlic Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 oz cremini or white mushrooms, bottom parts trimmed
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 pinches salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
Parmesan cheese, for topping

Method:

Clean the mushrooms with cold running water, drained and pat dry with paper towels.

Here is a super-easy, healthy, absolutely nutritious and delicious dish that takes only 10 minutes from prep to dinner table. I sauteed the mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, parsley, seasoned with a bit of salt, and topped with some shredded Parmesan cheese. It goes well with simple noodle dishes such as garlic noodles, parmesan garlic noodles, or as a side to your main entrees.

Sweet tart blueberries

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta Magazine - Sweet tart blueberries 21½ Cups Black Barley – or grain of your choice
  • 2 Cups blueberries
  • 1 Fennel bulb, shaved thinly
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 Orange, peeled and segmented, or sliced
  • ¼ Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • ¼ C walnuts
  • Citrus Bee Pollen Dressing
  • ½ C fresh orange juice
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ⅛ Cup finely chopped red onion or shallot
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen ( optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place black barley in a medium pot with 4 Cups water. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low, cover and simmer one hour, until cooked al-dente. Drain and chill.
  2. Prep all the veggies, taking care to thinly slice the fennel bulb and red onion.
  3. ( I often use a sharp vegetable peeler or mandolin.)
  4. Carmencitta Magazine - Sweet tart blueberries 3Divide Black Barley among 4 bowls.
  5. Divide the rest of the ingredients- blueberries, fennel bulb, red onion, watercress, avocado, orange slices and walnuts – among the bowls.
  6. Make the dressing -stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  7. Divide the dressing among the bowls, drizzling over all the ingredients.
  8. Enjoy!

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion- diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves- minced
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 3 teaspoons fresh grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons chipotle powder or cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lime or lemon juice
  • Optional Soup Additions:
  • Middle Eastern “Minestrone”
  • ½ cup basmati rice (dry) or pasta, quinoa (or 1½ cup cooked)
  • ½ cup little dry lentils (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or canned, drained)
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • cilantro as garnish
  • Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Noodle
  • 1- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or chicken)
  • 4 ounces dry noodles
  • 1-2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 large handfuls chopped kale
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: cilantro, scallions, mint or dill and serve with lime
  • Other veggie options: carrots, celery, fennel, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, greens
  • INSTRUCTIONSTURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  1. In a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T olive oil over med-high heat for two minutes.
  2. Add ginger. Lower heat to medium and saute 5 minutes until it begins to brown, stirring often.
  3. Add garlic, saute 2 minutes. Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute.
  4. Add water, stock and salt.
  5. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add vinegar or citrus.
  7. Taste. Adjust salt, acid and spice level to your liking. At this point you will have a flavorful base to add what you like. You can also refrigerate or freeze this in batches for later use.
  8. Remember uncooked pasta and beans will double or triple in size, so add moderately.
  9. Remember to think and be sensible about cooking times for each ingredient you add.
  10. (see notes in post )
  11. Also, if you are cooking the broth for longer periods of time, uncovered, remember it will reduce, intensifying the flavor and salt, so you may need to add more water.

SPANISH SEAFOOD STEW WITH SAFFRON RICE

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups rinsed basmati rice
  • 3 cups water or stock
  • generous pinch saffron (optional)
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1 pound mix of white fish (cod, halibut, sea bass, haddock), scallops, shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove – minced or grated
  • 6 ounces ground chorizo, removed form casing and crumbled (or use Spanish Style “Cured Chorizo- or soy chorizo- see note)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 extra large onion – diced
  • 2 celery stocks – chopped
  • 2 carrots – diced
  • 1 red bell pepper – diced
  • 4 garlic cloves – rough chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ Cups stock- chicken, fish or veggie
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can drained garbanzo’s (or 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • fresh Italian parsley

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set rice and water to boil in a medium pot. Add a pinch of saffron and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Place seafood in a bowl and toss with oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F
  4. In a large skillet, brown the chorizo (or soy chorizo), breaking in to small crumbles. Once broken down and cooked through about 10 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove from pan, and set aside. Drain oil, wipe out pan.
  5. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, bell pepper and celery. Stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes before turning heat down to medium. Cook 8-9 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic. Saute 2-3 more minutes. Veggies should be tender.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the veggies and add the tomato paste directly to the middle of the skillet. Stir and brown the tomato paste, for about 2 minutes in the center of the skillet. (This will add depth)
  7. Add wine, stock, smoked paprika, bay leaves.
  8. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering for 5 -7 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
  9. Add beans and browned chorizo.
  10. Season generously with salt and pepper, then taste.
  11. Nestle the fish and seafood in the stew, pouring any leftover marinade right over the stew. Bring stew to a boil on the stove, top, then immediately place in a 400 F oven for 10-12 minutes. Check for denseness.
  12. Broil seafood for 2-3 minutes, to add color, being careful not to burn the whole thing.
  13. Scatter with fresh parsley.
  14. Serve with the saffron rice.
  15. Note: if using Spanish style “cured chorizo” skip the browning, it is already cooked. Just slice it thinly and place in the stew with the beans, and you may need less of this, because it is more intensely flavored. You will most likely need less salt too, so be sure to taste before adding salt.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

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Carmencitta Magazine - Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat 2Ingredients:

1 lb packaged yakisoba
3-4 tablespoons oil
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
8 oz cabbage, sliced
2 oz celery, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce

 

 

Carmencitta Magazine - Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat3Method:

Discard the seasoning packages of the yakisoba noodles. Loosen up the yakisoba and set aside.

Heat up a wok or skillet over high heat, add the oil when it’s heated. Add the onion, cabbage, and celery into the wok, stir fry and toss continously until the vegetables become soft and some of them are sligthly charred. Add in the noodles and stir a few times before adding the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir continuously to combine all the ingredients in the wok. Dish out and serve immediately.

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