Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fresh Produce!!!

not pictured...carrots, onions, limes, lemons, celery, and so much other yummies.

So I went a little nuts on the fresh produce today. I ended up with a case of pears, which might last a week, more tomatoes than are shown, onions, limes, cabbage and other good things.  Now off to pull out my Sopranos' Family Cookbook and start cooking and freezing.

It was a gift and the recipes are to die for

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Garlic Parmesan Flax Crackers

So my diet is shot to hell, but I have tons of flax meal setting around, so today is all about making crackers which are good for me, and yummy.  Did I mention Yummy!!!

Garlic Parmesan Flax Crackers

What you need:

1 Cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup water

I add more Parmesan cheese than called for, I also add a bit more salt and some other herbs to the mix.  Now about that water, I find that 1/2 cup isn't enough, so I add up to about 3/4 cup, until the mixture is no longer dry and spreads easily..

Heat oven to 400 F.

1) Mix all ingredients together.

2) Spoon onto sheet pan which is covered with greased parchment paper.

Rolled and scored, I never get the elongated square I want.

3) Cover the mixture with a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Even out the mixture to about 1/8 inch. (  I plop the whole mixture into the middle of the pan, then I pat it down with a wooden spoon and shape it into a brick.  I try to keep it pretty even, then I pull out my rolling pen and start flattening it into a elongated square [sort of, anyway] I make mine a bit thicker, closer to 1/4 inch., then I use my long chef's knife to score the batter to make almost even crackers.)  

It be cooking, just starting to firm up but still needs to brown.

4) Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes. If it starts to get more than a little brown around the edges, remove from oven. Let cool completely - it will continue to crisp up. (I usually turn off the oven before completely done and let cool in the over.)

5) Break into pieces. (You did read that I score mine, right.  Then they even look like crackers, not broken bits.)

The whole recipe is 6 grams of effective carbohydrate plus 35 grams of fiber.

The original recipe is over at Garlic Parmesan Flax Crackers /Low Carb, but don't be afraid to subsitute and experiment.  

Cooking should be fun and taste great.

Bonus!  My house smells wonderful!