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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Well, unlike the previous post which consisted of some good, and some bad, and some in-between, this was all good.

These have cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger as well.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine the sugar and kosher salt. Pour 1 cup of the sugar/salt mixture on a flat surface such as wooden board or marble. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. This is not about sprinkling, it's about an even covering of sugar. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it's 13 by 13-inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book. You will have 6 layers. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place the second sheet of pastry on the sugared board, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar mixture, and continue as above. (There will be quite a bit of sugar left over on the board.) Slice and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment.
Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the bottom, then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until caramelized on the other side. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.

Recipe from (Ina Garten)

These turned out to be highly acceptable. They were time-consuming, but simple. I highly recommend not touching them when they have just come out of the oven. Caramelized sugar is very, very hot.(: 
Very good when enjoyed with a mug of hot tea.
One thing about them that makes me wonder a little bit is if I used less sugar, if they would be a bit softer.
Highly acceptable, I would gladly make them again.

Afghani Meal

We read the Kite Runner in English this past semester. It was a great book and I would highly recommend it to almost anybody. The movie was also great. I watched it before I read the book which usually doesn't help the book experience, but it was a very well done movie. I enjoyed both very much. This book takes place in Afghanistan. Like I said before, I wrote down all the foods that I saw in the book, while I was reading. Then later, I googled them, and found recipes for ones that sounded good. For the most part all of the dishes were fantastic.
The Main Dish: Chicken Korma


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 (2 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cardamom seeds
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cardamom seeds in hot oil for three minutes. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until soft. Cut each chicken breast half into 4 pieces, and add to skillet; cook for about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, coriander, and cumin. Stir in the tomato sauce and water. Continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in buttermilk, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Just before serving, mix in the parsley.
Recipe modified from
This was a great dish. The flavors all came together and balanced very well.  I doubled it to be able to feed my family. I also added a bit more, or a bit less of some ingredients. Great when served with rice.

The Rice
I wouldn't recommend making this rice quite the way I did. I made the rice like normal, but I added some extra stuff for flavor. I added some sliced orange,  a few cardamom pods, and some star anise. It was very good, except fro if you got any rice that was touching the oranges. I added the orange too soon, and it made parts of the rice very bitter.

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • Canola oil, as needed
Put the flour into a large bowl and add the salt and the yeast. Use your fingers to mix and blend the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, the yogurt and warm water. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment or, alternatively, with your hands, combine all of the ingredients. Knead the dough with the mixer on low speed until it becomes smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. Again, alternatively, knead the dough on a lightly floured flat surface.
Pour the remaining 2 teaspoons of melted butter into a bowl large enough to hold the dough. Coat the sides and bottom of the bowl with the butter and put the dough in the center. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and keep it in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Using a pastry brush, lightly grease 2 baking sheets with some canola oil. Slide the baking sheets into the center of the oven for a few minutes.
Gently roll the dough into a 9-inch circle on a lightly floured surface so it is about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Cut the disk into quarters. Roll each quarter to 1/8-inch in thickness and still be able to fit 2 on a baking sheet.
When all the ovals are rolled, brush off any excess flour. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and arrange the naan in a single layer, 2 pieces per pan. Bake until they are light brown and puffy, about 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and transfer the naan to a serving platter lined with kitchen towels to keep them warm.

Great! Only downside: I wish I would have made more.
Recipe from

The Dessert:
This is the most awful thing I think I have ever eaten. And unless you regularly enjoy eating bathroom deodorizers, I highly do not suggest this dessert. And so that you can all avoid it like the plague, here's what it's called: Firnee. Yeah, I know it doesn't even sound good. Well, I realized that too late.

I'm not quite sure how this much made it out of the pie plate.
So, for the most part, this was a very good meal. Well, kinda.