Friday, April 4, 2008

Figuring this whole blog thing out...: Cornbread with Sweet Strawberry Butter & Lamb Burgers with Apple Fennel Slaw

So this is my first blog ever, and I feared if I started one I would spend way too much time on it! I havn't yet decided if it will be mostly restaurant reviews and pictures of what I've eaten or my food creations...I'm thinking a little of both so we will see how it goes! As for my blog name, it's so true, I always have room for dessert! Although this blog won't be all about desserts....For now I have posted last week's creations I made for a potluck dinner. Cornbread with sweet strawberry butter and lamb burgers topped with apple fennel slaw and cranberry mayo.

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cornmeal

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream eggs and sugar together, add oil, mix all dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture.
2.Bake in a greased 9 x 14 pan for 40 min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sweet Strawberry Butter
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 tbsp strawberry jam (if strawberries arent very ripe)
1 cup salted butter, softened(I like the contrast of the saltiness with sweet)
1/4 cup icing sugar
1.In a food processor puree strawberries and strawberry jam, in a mixer beat the softened butter, strawberry puree and icing sugar, if butter mixture is still to wet add a bit more icing sugar.

Lamb Burgers
8 whole wheat buns
Handful mixed greens
2 lb ground lamb
1 small onion, fine diced
3 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, fine diced
3 tbsp fresh oregano
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
1 tbsp montreal steak spice
1.Saute onion, garlic, red pepper just till soft. Let cool. Combine ground lamb, feta, egg, montreal steak spice, pepper and cooled onion garlic mixture.
2.Make a toonie size patty, pan fry in the same skillet from onion mixture, taste and check for seasoning (depending on the saltiness of your feta, may need salt). Form into pattys, bbq or pan fry.

Apple Fennel Slaw/Cranberry Mayo
1 bulb fennel, thinly julienned, reserve fennel tips
2 gala apples, thinly julienned
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1 tbsp white vinegar
1.Mix together Cranberry and Mayo, reserve some to spread on the bun.
2.To the rest, add the vinegar, s+p and toss with fennel and apples and fennel tips.


Futuristics said...

NICE Blog :)

Scott said...

That looks amazing!!! I want some!!!

Laura said...

Thanks futuristic!

Bro: If you come and visit me I will make you this!