Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin & Chocolate Babka

I haven't jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon at all the past couple of years. I'm sort of jumping on this year. I mean, I'm not going to overload you with pumpkin recipes. In fact, I'm only sharing this one. But, I think it's super appropriate for today - Happy Halloween by the way - as it's orange and black and sweet and festive. It's a pumpkin and chocolate babka. I associate babka with Jewish delis. It's basically a swirled bread made with a brioche-ish dough. It's delicious.

I'm wearing bear ears to work today because we're not really expected/allowed to dress up in my office but I still wanted to chuck on a little something.
Ingredients [2 regular loaves or 4 mini loaves]:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 teaspoons dry instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups flour
6 tablespoons butter

chocolate ganache
2/3 cup dark chocolate (60% cacao)
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon loose chai tea
3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Providenciales Part 1: Hemingway's

A few weeks ago, I went to Turks & Caicos for the second time for a little start-of-autumn getaway. Last time I was there, our hotel didn't have an attached restaurant and our room only had a kitchenette. However, this time around, we stayed at The Sands which has an attached restaurant, Hemingway's, and our room had a full kitchen. So, we dined a little differently this trip. We ate hot breakfasts and lunches and the occasional dinner in our room and we had planned on dining out just a handful of times. But, every place we went to was delicious and worth sharing, so I'm going to be doing little recaps and reviews of our meals. That was my warning to you that the next week and a half of posts is going to be all TCI related.
First up is Hemingway's. Last time we were on the island, we went to Hemingway's out of desperation. Our other dinner plans fell through so we just drove over and tried to get seats without reservations. During this recent trip, we were actually staying at the Sands so we decided that for our first meal, we'd make it really easy on ourselves and have an easy dinner at an eatery within walking distance of our room.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Roasted Baba Ganoush

It's leaf-raking season around here. I mean, it has been for a while. As annoying as that task is, it's kind of awesome to come back inside, cheeks pink from the cold, and reward myself with a delicious snack. If the snack requires firing up an oven to warm up a chilly house, then thats even better.

So, what better snack than chips and something to dip them in? But let's skip the cliche stuff and go for something a little different. How about some baba ganoush? Usually, I cook it in a pan on the stove but this time around, I opted for something a little different. I decided to roast the vegetables and then five them a rough chop and a quick stir and tada! Perfect for topping pita chips.
3 baby eggplants
3 tomatoes
1/2 sweet onion
4 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
+ pita
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