Friday, April 15, 2011

Soy Milk Waffles

Still in search of a good lactose free version. Trying to see if soy milk works any better than rice milk...and the verdict is yes. The texture is a lot better, though the soy flavor is really strong. Which is ok if you don't mind soy. Otherwise try adding more apple and cinnamon or getting a less soy brand of milk (more watered down...but then it might affect the texture).
  • 1 3/4 c soy milk
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1 T powder
  • pinch of salt
  • generous shakes of cinnamon
  1. Combine soy milk and vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes to curdle/thicken.
  2. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add in moist ingredients.
  4. Waffle iron for 6+ min.
Banana Chocolate Chip *****
Couldn't really taste the banana - would increase it to 2 bananas next time. Made 4 waffles exactly.
  • 2 c soy milk
  • 1 lime
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 T powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 banana, mashed (next time: more)
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Squeeze lime juice into soy milk. Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Measure dry ingredients in large bowl. Dump in wet ingredients. Stir in chips.
  3. Cook in waffle iron for 6.5-7 minutes.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Steamed Green Onion Rolls - Hua Juan

Tried a simple recipe first. Dough was super tough when I was kneading it so added a lot of water as I went. I steamed some in the rice cooker (limit = 2) and some on a plate in a pot (limit = 3). Definitely need to get a proper bamboo steamer to make these again. 

  • water, warm
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 t yeast
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • green onions (6-8 stalks)
  • oil
  • salt

  1. Combine water with yeast and sugar. Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, measure out 3.5 c flour. Stir in the yeast mixture.
  3. Knead until smooth (10 min). Add water or flour if necessary.
  4. optional: place in greased bowl
  5. Cover and let rise in warm moist place for 1 hour. (A great place is the oven. Stick a kettle of boiling water in with the covered bowl.)
  6. Punch down. Let rise again for another hour.
  7. Punch down again. Mix baking powder in with 2 t cold water. Add to dough and knead in until smooth.
  8. Roll dough out super big (aim for 24" square, but I only got to 20"). 
  9. only 2 scallion bunches worth
  10. Spread thin layer of oil. I used sesame oil, but the flavor was a little too strong. Next time mixture of canola and sesame.
  11. Sprinkle with salt.
  12. Spread with chopped scallions.
  13. Roll up super tight.
  14. Cut into 12 rolls.
  15. Optional: Press chopstick in the middle to make a more showy design.
  16. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
  17. Enjoy immediately or freeze.
  • I used sesame oil but the flavor was too strong. Next time just use canola oil.

Chinese Broccoli, Tofu and Mushrooms

Whipped this up for lunch (dinner?) just now. Delicious! Great as leftovers for lunch as well.
  • Chinese broccoli (gai lan), trimmed (optional: cut in 2" pieces)
  • White or brown mushrooms, sliced
  • Shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
  • 3 fat slices ginger (~1/2" total)
  • 1 t salt
  • water
  • 3 T broth
  • 1 T oyster or vegetarian sauce
  • 1/2 t sugar
  • 1/2 t cornstarch
  • oil
  • garlic, sliced
  • 1/4" ginger, sliced
  • Firm tofu, cubed
  • soy sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • oyster sauce
  1. Fill a pan with enough water to cover the broccoli. Add salt and fat ginger slices. Bring to boil.
  2. Add gailan and cook until tender (30 second to 3 minutes).
  3. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  4. In small bowl, mix broth, sauce, sugar and cornstarch.
  5. In frying pan, heat oil. Add garlic and ginger. Stir for a minute or two. Add tofu. Sprinkle with soy sauce. Stir for a while. Add oyster and hoisin sauce to taste.
  6. Add button mushrooms and let cook. Top with shiitake mushrooms.
  7. Pour sauce mixture over tofu-mushroom mixture and stir.
  8. Add broccoli back to pan, cover until warm through.
  9. Serve with rice and pickled radishes.

Apple Waffles

Inspired by C's apple waffles, I gave a shot in my belgian waffle machine. He also used apple butter in his. Will have to try that next time.

Gluten-Free Lactose-Free
Tried this recipe from Whole Foods, substituting soy milk for water, applesauce for yogurt (to make it lactose-free) and left out vanilla. Cornmeal adds some bite. Overall texture was MUCH better than previous GF recipe.
  • 1/4 c cornmeal
  • 1/4 c buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 c brown rice flour
  • 1/2 t powder
  • 1/2 t soda
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T soy milk
  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 heaping c grated apple
  1. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  2. In small mixing bowl, combine applesauce, eggs, soy milk and oil.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir in apple.
  4. Cook in waffle iron. Makes 3 belgian waffles or 6 regular waffles.