Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Our festival party stared wide-mouthed as Billie demolished most of a large slice of this Chicago institution. If you haven't been here you probably don't know what I'm talking about. At first I was reticent when Miles tried to take me out for stuffed pizza on my first Chicago visit. But it's not like that Pizza Hut stuff. Chicago stuffed pizza is more like a pie.
We've yet to try Billie on regular thin crust pizza, but something tells me we couldn't keep her away.
My mission has caught up with me sooner than anticipated. There's no more slipping Billie some mush while the adults dine on a smorgasbord of dishes.
Recipes to come...
Below: Billie tonight after sampling soft-shelled crab at local Oak Park restaurant Poor Phils
Friday, July 9, 2010
Now that we're almost fully into the 'self-feed' scenario - thankfully Billie still lets me spoon-feed her brown rice and date porridge - I'm on a mission to create items easily handled by baby hands and mouths.
SPINACH AND COTTAGE CHEESE FRITTERS
1 bag/large bunch English spinach, washed
1 cup cottage cheese (look for a variety with low salt and minimum ingredients)
1/2 cup grated cheddar
1-2 spring onions, finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 eggs, whisked with fork
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
handful fresh basil, chopped or torn
olive oil for frying
Cook spinach in large pot with just the water left on the leaves from washing and 1 T butter in bottom of pan. Cook on medium for few minutes, shaking pot frequently and stirring once. Remove immediately and cool before chopping. Use liquid left in pot in fritters (don't wanna waste that goodness).
Saute spring onion and garlic lightly in oil. Add to spinach, with whisked eggs, cheeses, flour, herbs and seasonings. Add little bit of salt if necessary. Mixture should be wet, but eggs will hold it together.
Heat generous quantity of oil in fry pan. When hot place tablespoons of mixture into pan and turn to low. Cook slowly for few minutes until ready to flip. Other side won't need as long.
Place on paper towels, if needed, and serve immediately. Lemon juice worked to cool fritters down for eager Billie, and tasted nice too.
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