Last Monday, I went over to the Rabes (they are now the Rabes, not just Jaren, since Roger is home!). I brought Roger "my" famous cookies, from here on out titled "oh my g-d" cookies, except for this time I cooked the butter for about 10 minutes on medium to make brown butter before using them. All else was the same. Charlie said he could taste the difference but I couldn't really. I think if anything they were a bit better. In case you are new, the cookie recipe can be found here. It was great to finally MEET Roger even though it definitely felt like I knew him already.
Recipe: Cut up a red pepper. Serve. Yum.
On Tuesday night my parents came over and we had dinner. Charlie is working nights, my absolute least favorite shift. I see so little of him. I made him breakfast for dinner but then he had dinner too. Mom took some pictures of me cooking:
I then remembered I was wearing the apron Rochelle got me at the engagement party (I took a pic) so we also laid out the matching place mats:
Posing in my apron for Rochelle
I had thin chicken breasts so I decided to make schnitzel just the way my grandma taught me. I didn't have regular breadcrumbs but I had panko breadcrumbs so I changed it out that way. Then I remembered I had a turkish shwarma seasoning mix from Israel that I had bought so I mixed that into the flour and the breadcrumbs. I shouldn't have salted the chicken because I forgot I had put the seasoning into the flour and breadcrumbs and it was a TINY bit too salty. Enough to get me eliminated on top chef. Not enough that my family disliked it. There were zero pieces left!
On the menu with the schnitzel:
-Costco's chicken tortilla soup (this is AMAZING and freezes/defrosts well). It's also great to slice avocado into.
-Green lentils cooked with some of the shmarwa seasoning
-spinach, avocado, tomato, red pepper salad with a citrus yogurt dressing
-roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts.
Oh, and Charlie had oats as well :-) Since it was breakfast for him!
After clearing the table and doing some dishes, I decided I needed to use some potatoes that were sitting around, so I made a potato/beet gnocchi.
I made up the recipe:
-2 potatoes (I weighed it and they were about 14 ounces)
-7 ounces of fresh steemed/peeled beets (you can buy these at costco or trader jos ready to go!)
-one egg (I wrote this down in the recipe I made up and forgot to use it!)
-1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
-1 heaping tablespoon of plain nonfat greek yogurt (regular yogurt or cream cheese or sour cream would work as well)
-2 cups of whole wheat flour (plus more for rolling/cutting)
-Microwave the potatoes in saran wrap for 6 minutes. Let them cool and then peel them. Put them in a food processor with the beets, and puree for about a minute.
-Add the egg, yogurt, and cheese, and puree until all mixed together.
-Add 1.5 cups of flour and process.
-Sprinkle a bit of flour in a mixing bowl and dump out the ball of "dough" into it. Add the second cup of flour one tablespoon at a time and knead with your hands - it will be VERY sticky. I repeat - VERY sticky. Keep going until the dough feel sright, mushy and sticky, but not so sticky that the whole glob is stuck to your hand.
-Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll into balls. With each each ball, slice about 4-5 pieces, and roll them into logs. Use a LOT of flower while you are rolling them out. I used my hands, not a rolling stick. Roll every log from every ball.
-Once everything is rolled out, give it one more sprinkle of flour, pat it all in, and using a very sharp knife (or pizza roller or scraper), cut the gnocchi into inch long pieces. You may have to sprinkle more flour as you do this.
-Once you are all finished, you may need to do one more sprinkling of flour over all of them before you seal them in a zip lock bag:
You can also press a fork into them to give them that scrunchy look, but I was too tired.
When you feel like eating them, boil a pot of salted water, and boil them until they float to the top. Enjoy!