Lots on my mind lately that I really want to blog about but that will have to wait for now. So I will quickly post a few things I've whipped up this last week.
Celine & Joni's new cookbook is ending soon so this past week I've been busy. This is a Macadamia Brie which I've got to tell you, an interesting flavor, but really good. It was so easy to throw together and what a great addition to serving this as an appetizer with a fruit compote on top served alongside crackers, pears and apples and a lovely glass of sparkling or red wine.
I picked me up some organic raw cacao gogi energy squares the other day from New Frontiers and these babies are so good! Now I need to try to make them.
It's still soup/chilli weather outside so I wanted something warm for dinner but didn't want to make chilli... again! So for something different I made us Tortilla Soup. I would of liked it hotter, was out of jalepeno's, but it still went over really well with the family, everyone had seconds. I topped it off with baked tortilla strips, avocado and a homemade cashew cheese. By the way this Nutty Cashew Cheese is also in the upcoming cookbook I've been testing and it melts!!! I made a quesadilla with it the other day and I was so excited!!!
8 corn tortillas for baking
olive or canola oil
1 large sweet onion
3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalepeno(optional)or half if really hot
1 1/2 tsp oregano
3/4-1 tsp cumin
6 cups vegetable broth or no-chicken broth(imagine foods)
1 bay leaf
1 14.5 oz can Muir Glen roasted tomatoes or you could use fresh tomatoes diced.
1 4oz. diced green chillies
2 Tbsp. Tequila (optional)
3/4 cup frozen corn
1 1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)for garnish
Heat oven to 350. Take each tortilla and spray both sides with canola or olive oil spray(this cuts down on fat). Take 4 tortillas and slice into thing strips, the other 4 cut into quarters. Next lay tortilla strips and whole tortillas on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil placed on oven rack. After 5-10 minutes, when the quarted tortillas are soft take out and set aside. Continue to bake the strips for another 10 minutes until crispy, take out and set aside.
In a large cast iron pot or stew pot heat olive oil/canola oil and then add onion. Saute until almost soft then add the garlic. Once completely soft add the bay leaf ,jalepeno(if you are choosing to), green chillies, oregano, cumin and saute another minute. Next stir in the tequila if you choose to, tomatoes and the quartered tortilla's and the broth. Simmer with lid on for about 25minutes. Once this is done take an emersion blender to the soup and blend until smooth or desired consistancy, it will look a bit creamy from the tortillas. Add the corn and black beans, cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, top with tortilla strips and any other garnish you may want.