Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Strawberry Syrup

I have a dream. I dream of eating strawberries year round. I have a plan to implement my dream. It involves my freezer.
Every year during strawberry season, I buy pound upon pound of strawberries. We eat strawberries plain, strawberries in fruit salads, strawberries in smoothies. Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries. Mmm.
I decided to try my hand at making a strawberry syrup for ice cream. Or, in my son's case, Rice cream. I was too lazy to mash the berries, boil and then strain them, so I just used a puree. I'm not sure this should be classed as a syrup as it's a little too thick, but here it is anyway.

Strawberry "Syrup"
2 cups pureed strawberries
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water

Boil until it reaches a temperature of 110C (230F). Be careful not to allow to boil over. Serve over ice cream. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

It reminded me of the old strawberry ribbon ice cream they used to make with vanilla ice cream and a swirl of strawberry syrupy stuff throughout. Yum yum.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Turkey Patties with Citrus-Spice Sauce

For any of you who may actually be reading this, I apologize for not posting for so long. Life has just gotten in the way lately.
I was supposed to have this up a couple of days ago, but instead I'm doing so now. The long awaited: Turkey Patties with Citrus-Spice Sauce!
In case anyone cares how I came up with this recipe, I was thinking about some friends I have who can take any spice you put in front of them and make any kind of dish, savory or sweet, without a qualm. I've always wondered how they do this, so I decided to test myself. I thought about what spice to try it with first. Cloves came to mind for some reason, so here we are. Perhaps I will try this again in the future as I become more familiar with different spices again.

Turkey Patties:
1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
1 cup oats or quinoa flakes
1/2 large or 1 small onion, diced
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t clove
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t allspice
1/2 c orange juice

Mix all together and form into patties. Bake in an oven at 375F until cooked well, about 30 minutes.

Citrus-Spice Sauce:
1/8t nutmeg
1/8 t clove
1/8t ginger
1/2 t salt
1c orange juice
1 1/2 T corn starch
1/4c sugar
1/4c brown sugar
1T lemon juice
1/4c water
pinch turmeric (for colour)

Mix everything together in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until it thickens. Serve over turkey patties above.
This sauce is a little overpowering by itself but compliments the turkey perfectly.