Orange Bizcochitos

The Mexican theme meal of the South Arm Women Community Kitchen ends with a Mexican cookie called Orange Bizcochitos.

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Bizcochitos are anise-flavoured cookies that originated in New Mexico. Prepare the dough in advance, and refrigerate up to three days. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Omit the aniseed if you don’t care for its licorice flavour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Source: this recipe is adapted from myrecipes.com

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Raspberry Lime Aqua Fresca

Continuing with the Mexican theme, Michelle shared a Raspberry Lime Aqua Fresca drink in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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From Wikipedia:

Aquas fescas (Spanish “cool waters”) are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Some of the more common flavours include tamarind, hibiscus and aqua de horchata.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or one 12-ounce bag frozen raspberries (or strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • ice cubes
  • fresh mint sprigs and lime wedges for garnishing

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Source: http://napavalleyregister.com by Isabel Cortez “Isabeal’s Cantina”

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Quick Tortilla Soup

The main dish for the Mexican meal which Michelle shared in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen is a Quick Tortilla Soup.

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This is a filing soup which can be a meal by itself.

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Serve the tortilla soup with desired accompaniments.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 x 398ml can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn or small can corn
  • 2 x 398ml can of black beans, rinsed and drained

Garnishes:

  • cooked, cubed chicken breast (baked or leftover rotisserie)
  • tortilla chips
  • avocado, chopped
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • grated Cheddar cheese
  • cut up limes
  • cilantro

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Source: Michelle Li

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Michelle prepared a Mexican theme meal for this South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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The first recipe is a Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw. For this slaw recipe, Michelle used purple cabbage because it has more nutritional value than green cabbage. Although it’s a creamy dressing, the tanginess of the lime juice makes this salad very refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 1 small head purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 heaping teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large handful cilantro, chopped
  • 3 to 4 large scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey Greek yogurt (we substituted with plain yogurt with added honey)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from one large lime)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (from that same lime)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • pepper to taste

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Source: this recipe is adapted from selfproclaimedfoodie.com, Krissy Allori

Yields: 8 servings

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Vanilla Almond Granola

For dessert we had Greek yogurt with Vanilla Almond Granola in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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One of the participant requested for a home-made granola recipe. So, Michelle shared this Almond Vanilla Granola recipe in this session.  Michelle pointed out that granola made with honey tends to be darker than other sweetener like maple or agave syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds (or combo of nuts, seeds or coconut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or any neutral oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • dried fruit (optional: add at the end)

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Source: adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.com

Yield 2 to 3 cups

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Broccoli Apple Salad

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen serves a hearty salad with the hearty lentil and black bean soup.

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This Broccoli Apple Salad comes together with delicious flavours and textures. I like the creamy dressing made with Greek yogurt.

Conversion Tables

Michelle shared the above conversion tables from Marthastewart.com & Gutomna.com as she finds it very useful.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 2 medium heads)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Creamy dressing ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

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Source: adapted from therecipecritic.com

Serves 4 to 6

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Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

Michelle served the hearty lentils and black bean soup with some Garlic and Herb Pita Chips.

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These tasty pita chips can be made in a matter of minutes. They are good for snacks or serve with soups, salads or serve with hummus or other dips.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (we substituted with oregano and thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: Eating Well (January/February 2009)

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Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen prepared a hearty meal for another cooking session.

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Michelle shared a hearty Lentil and Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika from the cookincanuck.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 x 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 4 3/4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 x 14oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Serves 4

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Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

Happy Chinese New Year eve to all Chinese readers.

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Michelle shared a Chinese Almond Cookies recipe in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for a little Chinese New Year spirit.

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This Chinese Almond Cookie is light and is certainly great with tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • thinly sliced almonds

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Source: from Simplyrecipes.com

Yield 5 dozen

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Orange Olive Oil Loaf

With Chinese New Year in the corner, Michelle shared with us why tangerines and oranges are one of the auspicious symbols of Chinese New Year.

From: http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/214T11982T14619.html

Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word “luck” and orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth”. Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.

The bright orange colour of the fruits also symbolizes “gold”, hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.

This is a very important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Hence, you will find tangerines and oranges, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.

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Michelle served the Orange Olive Oil Cake with a Honey-Orange Compote; recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen.com.

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges (blood  orange preferred)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

whipping cream or Greek yogurt (optional)

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Simtten Kitchen

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