Pickle Platter & Curry Ginger Scones

Sunday, another brunch day – today I’m enjoying an assortment of our homemade pickled veggies: okra, beets, garlic scapes, turnips, and jalapenos (which can be a bit of a Russian roulette). We pickle cukes and almost anything extra – but the garlic scapes & okra are my favorites! I like pickles with zing and tons of garlic (not with sugar).

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I also veganized an awesome recipe from King Arthur Flour, which I ran across on WordPress adapted here by Cooking is my Sport: Curry Ginger scones! Oh, they were so good, this is now one of my favorite scones! I was impressed with the sweet & savory combination and the way the small amount of curry brings out another side of ginger, which I do love to use copiously. I’m not sure why but there are lovely red speckles throughout. I did a few things different from the recipe – used water and palm oil instead of dairy, non-crystallized shredded ginger root, added some oats & cinnamon (so they had a hint of gingerbread), and forgot to add the pumpkin puree somehow. They still turned out quite moist, spicier and sweeter than I’d expected. ¬†As you can see, I couldn’t stop eating them while photographing them.

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Springtime Dutch Pancake

I’m in love with chives this year! I’ve always liked them, but for some reason they are just shining this month. Chives chopped finely are the freshest green garnish of the season. They add a small bite, a nip of allium flavor. The tiny chive is a reminder of larger vegetables to come soon.

Some weekends growing up, my mom used to make what we called “special pancake,” which we served with Vermont maple syrup and a splash of lemon juice. I’ve also heard it called Jacob’s pancake, Dutch baby, and “failed popover.” The recipe is very simple, and similar to popovers, just two eggs, a cup of milk, a half-cup flour, and butter pre-melted in the pan while the oven’s heating up. Flavor it however you feel like, whether plain, or with thinly sliced apples & cinnamon, or shredded cheese. Today I have mixed in a handful of chives, fresh sage, one of the first yellow summer squashes, salt & pepper, and a small pinch of nutmeg. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 400 F degree preheated oven. When it is approaching golden brown, and poofed up in random beauty, it is done. Serve immediately, or watch it deflate in a few minutes.

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Dragon Eggs

Dragon eggs for Brunch! I used pickled beet juice to dye some hardboiled eggs pink, and tried to use wasabi/turmeric/scallions for green but ended up adding some food coloring to that one… turned out pretty cool, kinda tie-dyed. Better color after soaking them overnight without their shells. Happy Spring!

More from brunch: the finished eggs, & cinnamon rolls (vegan, with a ground sunflower seed filling)

Cakes, Pastries, & Pies, Oh My!

Here’s a gallery of past baking I’ve done. My goal is to eventually transcribe the recipes for everything. Note to self: make a baking bucket list. Ok, here’s one recipe for now:

Haupia Lemon Coconut Pie (Vegan -I modified this from the traditional Hawaiian haupia recipe)

Shortbread Pie Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup melted margarine

Filling:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk + 1/2 can water, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon

Garnish, optional:
coconut flakes
lemon peel curl

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. To make the shortbread crust, mix together the flour, powdered sugar, and melted margarine. Press this mixture into a 9″ pie pan, using your fingers to push it out to the edges and up the sides. Poke this crust with a fork a few times to prevent poofy bubbles. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browning.

2. For filling, sift the cornstarch into a saucepot. Add about 1/2 the coconut milk and whisk until smooth before adding the rest of the coconut milk, water, and sugar. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil slowly over medium-high heat, whisking frequently until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust and let set for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature before refrigerating until fully cooled (a few hours). The filling should set up almost like jello.

4. For garnish, toast the coconut flakes lightly to garnish the pie, or add a few curls of lemon peel. I quick-candied my lemon curls by dipping them into a hot simple syrup and then sprinkling granulated sugar on them.

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Haupia Lemon Coconut Pie

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Buckwheat crepe filled with chocolate & fresh mint leaves

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Meringue

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Apple pie, raspberry pie

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Me at Thanksgiving a few years ago

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Mocha Cake (Vegan Gluten-free, made with buckwheat flour)

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March 17th Nutty Rum Cake

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Chocolate Almond Blueberry Cake (gluten-free)

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Almond Blueberry Cake with chocolate coconut icing

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Gluten-free almond blueberry cake

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Peach Raspberry Tart (Vegan Gluten-free)

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Thanksgiving apple pies and rugelach

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Rugelach with sunflower seeds & raisins & cinnamon

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Cinnamon Twists (Vegan)