Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 29, 2013

Hi everyone!

I'm just going to be straight forward and say it: I am addicted to cooking! While most kids my age are excited about getting new bead sets or cell phones or whatever, I'm dreaming about a KitchenAid stand mixer. (I know, I'm kinda wacky, but I guess I am who I am!)

This being my first blog post I'm going to give you all a treat! Literally! I am giving you (drumroll, please) RECIPES!!!!

I got this first recipe from one of my favorite books, The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer. It contains matcha, which is a Japanese powdered green tea that is SUPER healthy. Since it is a powder, you don't need to use a lot in your recipes.

Matcha Frappe
1 cup ice
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. matcha powder (found at organic stores, fair trade stores, or tea stores)
Add ice, milk, and sugar into your blender. Blend until the mixture is frothy. Add matcha powder and blend for a minute. Makes one large shake, or two medium shakes.
I have found that putting a couple fresh strawberries in is good, too.

This next recipe has been passed down for countless generations on my mom's side. I was passed the recipe by my Great Aunt Irma. It is great for chicken noodle soup!

Great Aunt Irma's Homemade "Flitters" (basically a thinner dumpling)
3 eggs
2-3 cups flour (more might be needed for rolling out and to prevent sticking)
1 tsp. soft butter, cut up into bits
Water (used for making the dough stick. unnecessary if your dough is sticking together fine.)
Mix eggs, flour, and butter in a large bowl. If your dough is flaky and not sticking together, add a little bit of water to make it a tad sticky. (But not too much, or it will stick to everything and make a mess!) Gently knead the dough a couple times inside the bowl, then divide the dough formation in four balls. Roll out individually on a heavily floured surface with a light floured rolling pin until desired thickness. (The flitters will puff up a little when cooked, so don't roll them out too thick!) Let dry on a flat surface covered in newspaper and thin cloth. Once dried, cut them into squares with a pizza cutter, then put into freezer safe containers and freeze if not to be immediately used.

Bon App├ętit!