Monday, February 7, 2011

apple curry couscous

(serves 4)

I've adapted this recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers at 101 Cookbooks. Check out Heidi's original recipe to make at home!

4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 medium apple, cored and chopped (or 3 Tbs reconstituted dried apple)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup couscous
1 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

*melt 3 tablespoons of the butter, and add the curry powder, garlic powder and cook for a minute or until the spices are fragrant.
*stir in the chopped apples and pine nuts and cook just long enough time for the apples to soften and absorb some of the curry (2 minutes). *scoop the apples from the pan and set aside in a separate bowl.
*add the remaining tablespoon of butter, water and salt to the pan
*bring water to a boil, stir in the couscous, cover and remove from heat
*steam for 5 to 10 minutes and then use a fork to fluff up the couscous
*stir in the apples, pine nuts, and serve!

PRO-TIP: If you have leftovers, you can reheat with a little more butter and cinnamon and eat for breakfast. You could even throw it into some pancake batter. Be adventurous!

pigs in a blanket

(serves 4)

This is my dad's favorite thing to make for his grandsons. Thanks to Alia who helped me to realize that lil' smokies can travel well in the winter!

for the dough:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 butter
1/3 cup reconstituted milk

12 lil' smokies

*mix flour, baking powder, and salt
*cut in butter and add milk slowly until dough forms a crumbly ball
*roll dough into 12 smaller balls and roll each ball into a flat 4 inch circle with you nalgene bottle or just between your hands
*place a lil' smokey in the center of each circle and wrap the dough around
*heat butter or oil in a pan and fry until golden brown on all sides

*if you're feeling lazy you can use pre-made refrigerator rolls (like Pillsbury Grands)

*for more flavor add a slice of you favorite cheese inside each roll.