February 27, 2008

If you don't love...

BRUSSELS SPROUTS (I promise to calm down) and blueberry pancakes, then we have a serious problem. Yes, these winter vegetables look like shrunken heads (of lettuce--Ian says cabbage), but they are absolutely tasty when cooked with a helping of sesame oil. In attempts to qualm my stress at Cornell, I developed a few recipes to satisfy my odd-ball cravings.



Maple Syrup Brussels Sprouts

1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp shallots
1 pound of brussels sprouts
1/2 cup pistachios
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp crème fraiche

Wash and cut Brussels sprouts into leafy bites. Heat pan and pour in sesame oil. Add shallots and stir till fragrant for about 15 seconds. Add Brussels sprouts and pistachios and toss to coat. Add in salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle in maple syrup. Plate and top with a dollop of crème fraiche before serving.



Blueberry Pancakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup pancake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp olive oil

In a small bowl, beat heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, and sugar until the cream is light and fluffy. Combine pancake mix with buttermilk and blueberries until batter has a nice, thick consistency. Heat olive oil on skillet over medium heat. Pour batter in and smooth to rounded circles. Let pancakes brown for 30 seconds and flip to the other side for another 30 seconds. Top pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream and drizzles of maple syrup.

Fact about me: I am a firm believer in homemade whipped cream; the fresh taste is just so much better, and you can whip it to any consistency you like.

4 comments:

Kathy said...

You've made me a lover of brussel sprouts! I'm so excited for your new path in life!

M&M said...

you're blog is delicious and beautiful! mmm blueberry pancakes are my favorite. How do you have time for all this yummy cooking? Mackie and I are working on forming a Cornell foodies club. I'm so glad we found others like us haha

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