Archive for the Geral Category

Top 5 – Skateistan

Posted in Geral with tags , , on novembro 3, 2010 by mel1979

Amazing video

Top 2 – Trotski & Ash

Posted in Geral with tags , , , , on outubro 12, 2010 by mel1979

Potato and caramalised onion pizza

Cold soba noodles

Lemon curd butterfly cakes

Fruit and nut brownies

Pancakes with caramelised pears


25.06.2010 – Top 1 – The Smitten Kitchen

Posted in Geral with tags , , on junho 25, 2010 by mel1979

strawberry-rhubarb pie

coconut milk fudge (our BRIGADEIRO)

tequila lime chicken + green onion slaw

vanilla roasted pears

asparagus, artichoke and shiitake risotto

Top 8 – Pretty Foods

Posted in Geral with tags , , on junho 10, 2010 by mel1979

Top 7 – The Evolution Store

Posted in Design, Geral with tags on maio 26, 2010 by mel1979

Top 7 – …sending postcards

Posted in Fotografia, Geral with tags , , on maio 18, 2010 by mel1979

Top 6 –

Posted in Geral with tags , , on maio 12, 2010 by mel1979

maitake mushroom ravioli

makes 2 large servings

:: for filling ::
2 tbsp butter
1 small shallot, diced
1 lb of fresh maitake mushrooms, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp vegetable stock
1/4 cup grated gruyere cheese

• heat butter on a large skillet over medium heat. add shallots and saute until almost translucent.
• add mushrooms and toss to coat. cook until juices have been released, about 8 minutes.
• add thyme and vegetable stock and cook for 1 more minute.
• transfer mushroom mixture to a food processor. mix in gruyere cheese and blend until a consistency of a thick hummus. set aside.

:: for ravioli ::
2 sheets of pasta, about 12″ x 8″ wide.
1 egg

• coat both sheets of pasta with egg.
• spoon mushroom mixture into little balls on sheets, making 16 evenly spaced ravioli.
• brush egg along “trim lines” before applying the second sheet to the top. once the second sheet has been put onto the top of the first sheet, run your fingers along the seams to seal the two and form ravioli. if you have a ravioli cutter, use this to trim the squares. if not, simply a knife will work too. {I used a pizza cutter} if seams have split open, use your fingers to seal them shut.

• heat water to boiling in a large pot.
• ravioli only take about a minute or so to cook, so when they begin to float to the top, they are probably done. remove from water with a slotted spoon.

:: for olive oil sauce ::
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp fresh ground green pepper
finishing salt like fleur de sel or truffel salt.

• heat oil in a small sauce pan with pepper flakes, oregano and pepper over medium low heat.
• after ravioli is cooked, toss to coat, adding finishing salt to taste.
• grate a small bit of gruyere cheese on top per taste.

Vanilla Cardamom Pear Pie

:: for crust ::
3 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
2 sticks chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 tablespoons (or more) ice water
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

• blend flour and salt in processor.
• add butter; using on/off turns, process until coarse meal forms.
• add 8 tablespoons ice water and cider vinegar; blend until moist clumps form, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry.
• gather dough together. turn dough out onto work surface; divide dough in half. form each half into ball and flatten into disk. wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour {I only did about 40 minutes and it seemed fine}.

:: for filling ::
about 5 or 6 medium sized organic d’anjou pears, sliced thinly
1/3 cup of agave nectar*
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

* if agave nectar isn’t your thing or you don’t have any in the house or simply forgot to buy it, you can use 1/4 cup of natural cane sugar.

• combine pears, agave nectar, vanilla extract, cardamom and flour in large bowl.
• scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; discard bean.
• toss to blend well. let stand until dry ingredients are moistened, about 30 minutes.

:: for pie ::
• preheat oven to 400°F.
• after dough has chilled, roll out 1 pie crust disk on lightly floured surface to 13 1/2-inch round. transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. trim overhang to 1 inch.
• line another baking sheet with parchment paper. roll out second pie crust disk on floured surface to 13 1/2-inch round. cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips.
• arrange 6 dough strips in 1 direction across top of pie, spacing apart. working with 1 strip at a time, arrange 6 more strips in opposite direction atop first, lifting strips and weaving over and under, forming lattice. gently press ends of strips to edge of baked bottom crust to adhere. trim overhang.
• bake pie 35 minutes. tent pie loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning. continue to bake pie until filling bubbles thickly and lattice is golden brown, about 10 minutes longer. cool pie on rack.

Better Than Deschutes Pear Pizza
makes one 14″ round pizza

pre-heat oven to 425˚

:: for dough ::
3/4 cup and 1/2 cup separated unbleached white flour
1 package rapid rise yeast
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup very hot water
extra white flour for dusting
1/8 cup semolina flour for bottom of crust

• whisk together 3/4 cup white flour, yeast, and sea salt in a large bowl.
• mix water with flour/yeast mix until smooth. pour left over white flour into mixture and mix until just blended.
• place dough onto a floured surface and knead until blended and soft, about 15-20 times.
• form dough into a ball and cover with bowl. allow dough to rise at least 30 minutes.

:: for pears ::
non stick cooking spray
1 medium sized pear
fresh ground black pepper to taste

• spray baking sheet lightly with non-stick spray.
• slice pear to make round slices. remove any seeds or tough spots in the middle of the rounds.
• grind pepper on top of each pear round, and spray again lightly with cooking spray.
• cook pears for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly crispy.

*if you are using a pizza stone – after the pears have cooked, raise the temperature of your oven to 510˚, if not, leave oven temp at 425˚.

:: for pizza ::
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup
1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese
2 tbsp goat cheese
1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts

• after dough has had enough time to rise, gently pick it up to make sure that none of the dough has stuck to your surface. spread out semolina onto your surface, then place the dough back in the center. carefully roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
• spread olive oil evenly in center of dough, leaving about a 1″ border on the outside.
• sprinkle Monterey jack cheese over pizza, making sure to cover the dough.
• place pear rounds around pizza, concentrating on covering.
• smear dollops of goat cheese on top of pizza, leaving them chunky.
• sprinkle hazelnuts evenly on pizza.

• if using a pizza stone, place pizza directly onto the stone and bake at 510˚ for about 5 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese has melted.
• if using a baking sheet, line with a sheet of parchment paper and and bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes or until crust is golden.

{*note: I raised the temp of the oven and it created a more crisp crust on the bottom, while allowing the top to stay soft. they say, the trick to creating a fantastic pizza is all in the timing of when the crust cooks and when the cheese melts. I thought I’d try a little something different}