Friday, November 27, 2009

The rest of the food

-- Sent from my Palm Prē

Thursday, November 26, 2009

And it starts :)

-- Sent from my Palm Prē

Thanksgiving & Bakri Eid 2009

The Menu:

Me & Gaurav : Roast legs of lamb & lamb gravy
Me : Spicy cranberry & grape relish
Prachi : Mango Pie
Doshi : Stuffing
Varun : Spicy potato gratin
Ed : Corn & Fudge & Brownie
Deepa : Pesto chicken salad
Rosy : Chicken corn soup
Ajit : Sweet potato casserole & cornbread !

Good times :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crab Bread

Here is the recipe by demand (@varun)

I like this crab bread becoz it kindda turns out crunchy below and guey inside with bits of sweet Maryland crab. I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and oats for that extra texture.

Ingredients :
1 Cup warm water
1 Tsp honey
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 Cup oats
2 Tblspn Dry yeast
3/4 Cup crab dip or lump crab meat broken down into bits
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp paprika
1 Cup EVOO

For the garnish
2 Tsp Chilly flakes
2 Tsp dry parsley
1 Tsp paprika

Start with mixing the yeast, honey and the warm water until the mixture is emulsified. Let the yeast mix sit for 5-7 minutes. In a separate bowl mix the flour and oat mixture. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture into the water at time while trying to fold the flour in until all the flour has been incorporated. Use a stand mixer for ideal results. Fold in the salt & 1/2 cup oil.

In a separate vessel(preferably big and metal) pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil and grease the sides all the way to the top. Place the dough in the vessel. Then cover the dough with a double layer of paper towel soaked in warm water. Leave the dough for about 2 hours or until the dough volume has at least doubled.

Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Now fold in the crab and paprika by cutting through the dough. (you dont want to over mix at this point. fold in the crab and paprika using a silicone spatula). Grease a 9" souffle bowl or 2 loaf pans with the remaining oil and cover all the sides. Add in the dough. Garnish with chilly , paprika and parsley on the top of the dough. Bake for around 35-40 mins until golden-brown on the top. Remove and set aside for 30 mins on a cooling rack. Serve with freshly whipped butter.