Category: Eat And Drink

Gingerbread Men

christmas cookies

To get you into the Christmas mood here is a yummy recipe perfect for the Christmas season. It is very common for families in North America to have traditions of making these. So my lovely Brazilians now you can join in on the North Amercian tradition. They are soft and chewy gingerbread men that taste and smell like Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup butter (unsalted)

1/2 cup sugar (white or brown)

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

Directions

  1. Sift together flour, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt and baking soda then set aside for later
  2. In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg. The texture should be creamy and fluffy
  3. Add molasses and mix well
  4. Stir in the flour mixture little by little until smooth and one color
  5. With your hands shape the dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper. Leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. After the 2 hours or more, divide the dough into two halves, returning the one half to the refrigerater.
  8. Spread some flour on the table you are using and on your rolling pin.
  9. roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick (you may have to keep adding some flour so it doesnt stick)
  10. Use your cookies cutters to cut out the cookies.
  11. With the extra dough roll it up again and flatten it, again cutting with the cookie cutter
  12. Place on a cookie sheet and put in the oven
  13. Depending on your oven it should take 8-10 min for them to be lightly browned
  14. Let them cool for an our, then you are free to decorate

Icing Recipe

2 cups sifted icing sugar

2 1/2 milk

  1. Mix together the icing sugar and milk making a thick icing. (you may have to keep adding icing sugar or milk until you have the right texture)
  2. Put the icing in a bag
  3. Cut a very small hole in one of the corners, this allows you to make small designs
  4. Start decorating! you can use chocolate m&m`s, sprinkles, cocunut flakes, etc whatever your heart desires.

 

Rainy Day Cookies

Today was a lazy Sunday with lots of rain, which was perfect for making cookies and painting. I have had so many people tell me how much they love the chocolate chip cookies I make and everyone asks for the recipe. So, for all my friends who have asked… Here it is! Beijos xo

Ingredients:
2 cups flour (use a wheat free flour to make gluten free, or rice flour with xanthyum gum )

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

200 grams unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar (I use organic)

2/3 cups white granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups of hersheys milk chocolate (I break the bar into little pieces, you can also just use chocolate chips)

How to make:

1. Make sure your butter is room temperature. Combine your butter and sugar until there is no sugar grains. You want it smooth and fluffy.

2. Add the egg and vanilla to your butter mixture and cream until all blended.

3. In a separate bowl sift your flour, baking soda, and salt.

4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, in small increments.

5. Mix in the chocolate 

6. Let the cookie dough sit in the fridge for 30 min.

7. While your dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 375℃ or if your oven is like mine (gas fire) put to 180℃

8. Scoop dough out and make 1 inch balls to lay on your cookie sheet. Bake for 6-8 min. (I continuously have to check because my fire oven is very unpredictable, so sometimes cooked faster)

That’s it! Very easy and takes only 1 hour! Let me know how they are!

Sunday Crepes

Sunday Crepes

Another Sunday brunch with my love. We love lounging and brunching on our Sunday because it’s the one day we make sure we spend together before the busy week starts. Cooking is something we love doing together because we can be creative and be in company with each other. I suggest cooking with your loved one to every couple, it is really important to do things together and make time for each other! Today our brunch was one of my favorites, crepes! This recipe was created by Felipe and is completely gluten free (of course). Underneath is also my smoothie recipe that I make all the time and is perfect with brunch.

Crepes

Ingredientes:

1 Ovo

1/2 ou 1 colher de chá de goma de xantana (normalmente encontrada em lojas de especiarias ou produtos naturais)

1 1/2 xícara de farinha de arroz

4 Colheres de sopa de óleo

1/2 colher de chá de sal

Entre 1 1/2 e 2 xícaras de leite (depende da consistência que estiver sua massa depois de adicionada a goma de xantana)

Modo de Preparo:

Bata o ovo, leite, óleo e farinha de arroz no liquidificador. Quando está bem misturado adicione o sal e a coma de xantana. Você vai perceber que a consistência da mistura vai mudar e ficar mais densa e grossa. Se você acha que está muito grossa, adicione o leite lentamente até encontrar uma textura parecida com um creme. Tenha cuidado, se estiver muito líquido a massa irá se quebrar fácil, e se estiver muito grossa, vai ser difícil de dar a forma e espalhar a massa na frigideira. O segredo é balancear estas duas coisas.

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1/2 or 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 1/2 cup of rice flour

4 table spoons of oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Between 1 1/2 and 2 cups of milk (depends on the consistency after the xanthan gum)

Directions:

Beat the egg, milk, oil and rice flour in the blender. When it’s smooth add the salt and the xanthan gum. You will notice the consistency of the mixture will change and get more thick. If it feels to thick  keep adding milk until you find the texture similar to custard. Be careful because if it is to liquid, the crepes might break easily, and if is to thick it will be hard to shape and spread in the pan. The secret is to balance.

Toppings:

Now that you have the crepes done, you can fill with whatever fruit you like. We filled with strawberries and plums. You can also fill with some whipped cream, which we normally do but didn’t have in the house today. Roll your crepe and sprinkle with some ice sugar and maple syrup and enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie (2 servings):

1 cup of strawberries

1 cup of papaya

2 bananas

1 cup of milk (or you can do yogurt, I use whatever we have in the house)

1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

Blend together, and enjoy.

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Saturday Night Pizza

Saturday Night Pizza

This weekend my love and I had a couples night and we made gluten free pizzas. I was a little worried because it is very difficult to find a tasty crust that has no wheat. One of my girlfriends luckily found an amazing recipe that actually tastes good! So I thought I would share with all my wheat allergy followers and of course those who want to cut gluten out for the health. (This crust recipe is not my creation sadly, recipe link ). The recipe for the crust is in Portuguese and English below.

Ingredientes:

1 e 1/2 xícara de polvilho doce
1 e 1/2 xícara de farinha de arroz ou creme de arroz
1 colher de sopa de açúcar
1 colher de chá de sal
1/2 xícara + 1/4 de xícara de água morna
10 gramas de fermento Biológico
2 ovos levemente batidos
3 colheres de sopa de azeite extra virgem.

Instruções:

Ligar o forno em mais ou menos 250°C.

Hidratar o fermento e o açúcar com 1/4 da água morna, então deixe esta mistura de lado enquanto você começa a fazer a massa.

Em uma vasilha grande coloque a farinha, polvilho, sal, 1/2 xícara de água morna e os ovos levemente batidos. Depois de colocar os ingredientes, misture tudo.

Quando os ingredientes estiverem misturados, adicione o azeite e a mistura feita anteriormente que estava de lado, aí então misture mais um pouco.

Agora coloque a mão na massa e misture tudo até que ela fique uniforme. Quando ela estiver lisa e uniforme, sua massa estará pronta 😀

Unte a forma de pizza com um pouco de azeite, e estique a massa na própria forma (na espessura que desejar)

Quando a massa estiver esticada,  coloque um pano limpo sobre ela e deixe descansar por 20 minutos

Após os vinte minutos de descanso, é só pre-assar a massa por mais 10 minutos.

Agora é só preparar o recheio da sua pizza e colocar no forno por mais ou menos 20 minutos ou até que o queijo esteja bem derretido!

Bom apetite 😀

 

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cup of sweet tapioca flour
1 and 1/2 cup of rice flour or rice cream
1 table spoon of sugar
1 tea spoon of salt
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup of warm water
10 grams of biological yeast
2 lightly beaten eggs
3 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil

 

Instructions:

Switch on the oven at about 250 ° C.

Moist the yeast and sugar with 1/4 of the warm water, then leave this mixture aside as you begin to make dough.

In a large bowl place the flour, tapioca flour, salt, 1/2 cup warm water and the eggs, lightly beaten. After putting the ingredients, mix everything.

When the ingredients are mixed, add the olive oil and the previously made mixture that was on the side, then mix a little more.

Now put your hand in the dough and mix everything until it is even. When it is smooth and uniform, your dough will be ready. You may need to add flour if it is too sticky.

Grease the pizza pan with a little olive oil, and form the dough into a circular shape to fill the pan (to the thickness you desire).

When the dough is stretched, put a clean cloth over it and let sit for 20 minutes

After the twenty minutes rest, pre-bake the dough for another 10 minutes.

Now just prepare the filling of your pizza and put in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is well melted!

Toppings:

In the photos within this post I made one of my favorite types of pizzas. I started with a layer of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, shredded chicken that was precooked, then finished it with basil and oregano. It was so delicious!

We also made a very Brazilian pizza… a dessert pizza. I have never had a pizza with cheese, chocolate and strawberries on it! I was very weirded out and quite skeptical, but I tried it…. and loved it! I could not believe how good it was! If you have never had, I insist that you try.

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What do you put on your pizzas? What do you think about sweet pizzas?

Sundays are For Pancakes

Sundays are For Pancakes

So I had many people asking for my pancake recipe! Its perfect for those like me who are allergic to wheat or just want to eat healthy. To find a yummy gluten free pancake recipe is hard so I adapted multiple recipes to my own taste.  It took some trial and errors, but the final outcome is very tasty.

Rice Flour Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups of rice flour (white or brown)

4 teaspoons of brown refined sugar ( I use organic)

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

3 teaspoons of vanilla

4 teaspoons of oil (not olive oil)

1-2 cups of milk (I use 1% but soy or lactose free milk will work)

How to:

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. Whip the eggs, vanilla, oil then add to the dry. Start to add the milk until its the texture of a thick milkshake. Use a non stick back and heat on low ( if you do not own a non stick pan, go buy one! It is seriously the best investment.  You will thank me, I promise). Use a ladle to pour equal amounts of the batter ( I usually make three at a time). Wait until they are bubbling in the centre, then use a rubber spatula to flip. ( tip: don’t use a metal spatula on a non stick pan, it will ruin the pan)  Repeat until you have a beautiful stack of delicious pancakes. Serve them with maple syrup and enjoy. Or make your own fruit sauce! See recipe below.

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Nectarine and plum sauce

(you can use any fruit you want. Strawberries, peaches, blueberries,  or raspberries taste the best)

Ingredients:

2 nectarines

1 plum

1 cup of white grape juice

1 cup of brown sugar (can add more if you like it more sweet)

2 teaspoons of vanilla

*optional: 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

How to:

Cut the nectarines and the plum into thin slices and place them in your non stick  pan on low heat with the grape juice. Let the heat for about five minutes carefully watching and stirring occasionally.  Now add the sugar and vanilla and stir. Let it sit until it starts to boil and again stir occasionally.  Once it turns into a thicker mixture almost like syrup or honey, take it off heat. You are ready to drizzle on your pancakes and serve!