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Fig, Molasses, and Coriander Lamb Kebabs (gluten-free + paleo)

November 8, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Have you ever wanted to make something fancy but felt like you haven’t had the time or energy to do so?

This dish is your solution. Pair it with some roasted vegetables and some couscous (cauliflower or regular) and you can pretty much call yourself a restaurant chef.

OK, maybe not. But you’ll come close.

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I came up with this recipe when I wanted to make lamb kebabs marinated in pomegranate molasses…but had no pomegranate molasses. I decided to use regular molasses instead (even though the two are completely different) and paired it with fig jam and coriander to add another layer of more subtle sweetness and a slightly lemony flavor, along with a dash each of cinnamon, cumin, and salt. After briefly grilling and letting rest, I had this slightly-smoky, perfectly-charred masterpiece to present to my hungry family.

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This dish is wonderful both in the summer and the fall and winter, so make it whenever the grill is calling your name (and it isn’t raining or snowing outside). One piece of advice: have your butcher use lamb shoulder instead of leg for the kebab meat–I find the shoulder meat to have more flavor and be more tender.

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Simply marinate for a few hours…

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…and you’re ready to get grilling!

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. 🙂

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Fig, Molasses, and Coriander Lamb Kebabs

Ingredients

Prep Time 4 hours
Cooking Time 10 min
Total Time 4 hr 10 min
Yield 4-6 servings

1/3 cup of fig preserves (no sugar added)

1/4 cup of blackstrap molasses

2 teaspoons of coriander

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1.5 lb lamb shoulder meat, cut into 2-inch cubes

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients except the lamb shoulder meat in a large bowl, whisking well to make sure there are no big clumps of fig or spices.

Add the lamb shoulder meat and toss with your hands to coat. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours.

Heat the grill to high and grease the grates well. Remove the lamb chunks from the marinade and thread them on either soaked wooden skewer or metal skewers, or simply place them on a greased wire rack.

Reduce the heat to medium and place the lamb on the grill. Grill over direct heat until the outside is nicely charred and pale pink in the center (140 to 145 degrees), about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Let rest for 5-10 minutes before eating.


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By the way, I apologize for not posting more frequently. You know what they say–junior year of high school is the busiest one of all! Don’t worry, though…there’s lots of yummy food to come, so stay tuned. (Perhaps almond joy brownies…?)


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Fig, Molasses, and Coriander Lamb Kebabs

October 25, 2014 Print this page

Sweet and slightly exotic with a little crunch on the outside, this lamb is delicious but in fact super easy to prepare. You don’t even need wooden skewers–a simple grill rack will suffice.

Ingredients

Prep Time 4 hours
Cooking Time 10 min
Total Time 4 hr 10 min
Yield 4-6 servings

1/3 cup of fig preserves (no sugar added)

1/4 cup of blackstrap molasses

2 teaspoons of coriander

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1.5 lb lamb shoulder meat, cut into 2-inch cubes

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients except the lamb shoulder meat in a large bowl, whisking well to make sure there are no big clumps of fig or spices.

Add the lamb shoulder meat and toss with your hands to coat. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours.

Heat the grill to high and grease the grates well. Remove the lamb chunks from the marinade and thread them on either soaked wooden skewer or metal skewers, or simply place them on a greased wire rack.

Reduce the heat to medium and place the lamb on the grill. Grill over direct heat until the outside is nicely charred and pale pink in the center (140 to 145 degrees), about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Let rest for 5-10 minutes before eating.


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

September 14, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Chocolate, ginger, molasses, and pumpkin are all amazing. But when you put them together, you have a cookie that’s beyond amazing. Who knew all of these flavor profiles played so well together?

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As suggested by the title, these cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. Upon exiting the oven, they have a subtle crunch, but this fades over time into a wonderfully squishy oblivion. Once in a while, you’ll get a bite of sweet, slight-spicy crystallized ginger to zing your palate and keep things interesting, while melted chocolate chips keep everything creamy and sinfully rich.

Am I making you hungry yet?

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My apologies for not posting anything recently–school started three weeks ago, and my schedule is incredibly rigorous. Writing blog posts have given way to writing critical analyses of Hawthorne, and developing recipes have gradually become developing procedures for separating sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate in an aqueous solution. I must be putting you to sleep by now, so I’ll stop. You get the idea. 😉

Still, I try to find a way to try a new dish or dessert every weekend…although unfortunately, some of my recent experiments have been failures. 🙁 I really don’t like when that happens–it means I spent often two or three hours working on something I can’t do anything with, and I wasted ingredients, too. But failure is a part of life, and sometimes, you just have to accept it and move on.

Back to cookies!

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To make things easier for you all (and save me a little time so I can head off to zumba class), I have decided to try a new format and put my recipes in a card format both in my recipe index but in the actual post. I can get little VERY ramble-y and I think it would be more convenient to see the recipe in a more condensed format. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

These cookies are a piece of cake to make. (Even though they are cookies…haha.) Basically, you combine all of the wet ingredients in a bowl…

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…sift in the dry ingredients…

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…add in some chocolate and ginger, scoop onto a baking sheet…

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…then bake, cool, and devour! (You don’t even have to wait for them to cool…)

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 20 min
Total Time 35 min
Yield 2 dozen cookies

2 cups of creamy almond butter

1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of allspice

A pinch of cloves

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a plain old bowl), mix together the almond butter, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Sift in the coconut flour,  ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times, then fold in the dark chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, take out a heaping tablespoon of dough and use another spoon to push it onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake until just firm to the touch and hardening on the outside, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring to your plate or an airtight container for storage.

Note: These only stay crispy on the outside for about 12 hours before they significantly soften. For the best results, serve these cookies the day of–but they’ll still be delicious after they become even softer and chewier. 


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So what is your favorite fall cookie? Leave me a comment here (or on Facebook) and let me know! 🙂


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

September 14, 2014 Print this page

These are like fall in a cookie…if fall was to have an liaison with chocolate and crystallized ginger. These are super soft and chewy, so if crunchy cookies aren’t your jam, these are for you!

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 20 min
Total Time 35 min
Yield 2 dozen cookies

2 cups of creamy almond butter

1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of allspice

A pinch of cloves

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a plain old bowl), mix together the almond butter, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Sift in the coconut flour,  ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times, then fold in the dark chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, take out a heaping tablespoon of dough and use another spoon to push it onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake until just firm to the touch and hardening on the outside, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring to your plate or an airtight container for storage.

Note: These only stay crispy on the outside for about 12 hours before they significantly soften. For the best results, serve these cookies the day of–but they’ll still be delicious after they become even softer and chewier. 


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Chickpeas and Dumplings

September 2, 2014 Print this page

The idea for this soup was born when I wanted to make my chicken soup but had just eaten chicken for dinner the night before. What was a girl to do? Well, make it without meat, that is…and throw in some chewy, doughy dumplings! Voila–chickpeas and dumplings. 

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 min
Yield 6 servings

FOR THE CHICKPEAS:

2 cups of dried chickpeas

2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (one with active enzymes, like Bragg’s)

1 strip of kombu (found in the Asian section at grocery stores)

OR 1 15-ounce can of pre-cooked chickpeas

FOR THE SOUP:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

1 large onion, chopped finely

4 large carrots, chopped finely

2 stalks of celery, chopped finely

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

6 cups of vegetable stock (preferably homemade or low sodium)

1 cup of apple cider

FOR THE DUMPLINGS:

1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1/2 cup of tapioca powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of vegetable broth

Directions

First, cook your chickpeas. I always make my beans from scratch–canned beans always give me indigestion, and personally, I find home-cooked beans to have much more flavor. 

Soak the chickpeas in a bowl of warm water and the apple cider vinegar overnight. This will help lower the level of anti-nutrients (like phyates and lectins) and break down the long-chain carbohydrates that are difficult for your body to digest.

The next day, drain the chickpeas and rinse them well with fresh water. Place them in a medium saucepan, cover with fresh water (enough to cover the beans by at least 2 inches), and bring it to a boil. Once bubbling, add in the strip of kombu (a kind of seaweed that also has enzymes to help break the beans down), and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the beans are soft and tender, about 2 to 3 hours.

Now that your chickpeas are ready, get started on the soup base.

In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat until beginning to sizzle. Add the arrowroot powder and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to help brown it a bit.

Next, add in the onion. Let it saute for five minutes, then add carrots and celery.

Let all of the veggies saute together for another 5 minutes, then pour in the salt, poultry seasoning, and turmeric. Stir to cover the vegetables with the spices and let saute for another 2 minutes.

To the vegetables, add the cooked chickpeas, vegetable stock, and apple cider (the SECRET ingredient!). I made my own vegetable stock, but if you use store-bought, please purchase the low-sodium variety! Increase the heat to high and bring everything to a boil, then turn it down to low and cook for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the dumplings, adapted from this recipe.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almond flour with the tapioca powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/3 cup of vegetable broth. Pulse for about 30 seconds until a soft dough is formed, then simply roll into balls and drop into the soup for 25 minutes.

Serve hot and eat with a big old spoon. Enjoy!


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