Thursday, January 29, 2015

Garlic Naan

I have cooked a lot of Indian food in my lifetime and therefore I have made more than my share of naan.  This is a new recipe I tried recently and it makes the best naan I have ever had.  I've made it four times in one week.  I served the gyro meat on it but it also makes wonderful sandwiches. I'm not naming names but some people in my household grab a piece when I am making it and eat it like a big potato chip.
 In the bowl of your mixer, pour 1 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of milk, add 1 egg, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2-1/4 tsp. of rapid rise yeast, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. minced garlic and mix in 4 to 4-1/2 cups of all purpose flour.  Knead until you have a smooth dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.

 Break off pieces and roll as thin as possible on a floured surface.  Set them aside.

 Keep rolling into thin disks.

 Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Add some ghee to the pan and place one of the disks into the hot pan.  You could use butter but ghee doesn't burn as easily as butter does.  Cook it for a minute or two until it starts to brown. Flip it and cook the other side.  Sprinkle it with a bit of garlic salt.

 I place them on a kitchen towels while I work.  The towel absorbs the condensation so they don't get soggy.
 These freeze perfectly so I make a lot of them and keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

 They are so much better then plain white bread. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Homemade Gyros

 We love gyros but we rarely buy them because they always seem to be filled with greasy mystery meat.  I was thinking about them the other day and realized, why don't I just make my own and then I can control what goes into them.  They turned out to be excellent, best gyros ever!  Start by roughly chopping 1 medium yellow onion and putting it in your food processor.  Add 7 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, 1 tsp. of ground cumin, 2 tsp. fresh thyme, 1 tsp. of oregano 1 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 pounds of ground lamb and pulse it until you have a paste.  Put it in a loaf pan and press down to get all of the air bubbles out. Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

 When it is done cooking, refrigerate it until it is cold.

 Sorry for the blur, I did a really bad job of taking photos for this post.  Once the loaf is cold, slice it thinly and brown the slices in a skillet with a small bit of olive oil.

 I made tzatziki sauce to go with the gyros.  Cut a cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds.

 Grate it and place it in a towels and squeeze it dry.

 Squeeze 1/2 lemon into a bowl.

 Add 1 pint of Greek yogurt, the cucumber, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 T. diced fresh dill and 1 T. diced fresh mint. 

 Season with salt and pepper and stir it all together.

I made garlic naan to serve it in.  And I forgot to take a pic of the finished gyro.  You need to form a mental picture here but I laid the warm gyro slices down the middle of the warm naan and topped it with lettuce and feta cheese which was sprinkled with a bit of olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.  The tzatziki was served on the side to spoon on before you took each bite. I will post the naan recipe soon.  It is so good and so easy that I have made it several times in the last few days.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yay Snow!!!

 We finally got some snow!

 Interestingly enough, we might have more than NYC which was really supposed to get slammed.

 This was early yesterday, in total we got about 9 inches.

 The snow puppy.

 And no puppy, just her outline.

 Resting inside...notice how pink her nose is?  I can't figure out what is causing this.  Allergies?  If she has allergies this time of year, it is going to be a tough spring and summer.

A winter wonderland.  Thank you snow gods!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ice Festival

 The reason we drove to the mountains on Saturday was to go to an ice festival.  The rime made the scene perfect.

 A scarecrow on the square.

 Cupid.

 The detail on some of these is amazing.

Blocks of ice were ready to be carved.

 When we were here last year, the temperature was 28 below zero. This year it was about 30 degrees.

 I thought these baby birds were cute.


 Setting up more blocks to carve.

 A stiletto.


 I like this palette.


 The entry from the local firehouse.


Lovebirds. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beautiful Rime

 As we headed out to the higher mountains early yesterday morning the world was covered in rime.  I never knew what this was called until I read about it on Christer's blog:
https://thecottagebythecranelakethree.wordpress.com/   
It sure is hard to get off the car windows.
 
We don't get it often but when we do, it is the most beautiful thing.

In the high mountains, it looked like each branch had been painted with snow.

I have been seriously missing winter this year.  We are almost 20 inches below average snow fall.

This gave me a winter fix.

Click for a closer look.  This barn always reminds me of an Andrew Wyeth painting.

This is the house that goes with it.

The mountains behind it looked magical.

I could live here in this weather all year long.

Sorry about the photo quality but we just caught these guys out of the corner of our eye as we were driving buy.  This is a trainer working with a pack of hunt dogs.  There is a big English fox hunt in this area.  I rode in it long ago.

I also love this barn.  Another storm is heading our way and I am hoping for lots of snow!