Monday, August 11, 2014

Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Scallion Pancakes, or Cong You Bing, are Chinese pancakes that are a savory flat bread filled with green onions and sesame oil. I used to order these a lot when I was living in Boston, but I never thought to make them myself.  They just seemed like something that would be too intricate and difficult to make.

However, I quickly lost that mentality and realized how easy they are to recreate in the kitchen! Although I do not eat these as often anymore (they are not exactly the healthiest things to eat), when I am in the mood for a little treat, I'll whip these babies up!

Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 cup boiling water
-1 cup thinly sliced scallions (green onions)
-Sesame oil
-Canola/Vegetable oil
-Salt to taste

In a bowl or mixer, blend the flour and water together until it all comes together to form a ball.  Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until you have a nice smooth ball of dough.

Place the dough in a bowl, cover the bowl with a damp cloth/towel, and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

After the dough has rested, turn the dough out on a floured surface and divide into four pieces.  Using a rolling pin, take one section of dough and roll out into a flat disk like a pizza.  Brush the top of the disk with sesame oil (you can use canola oil if you are in a pinch) and sprinkle with a little salt and scallions.

Very carefully, roll the disk into a log and then turn it into a spiral (see pictures below).

Once the dough is rolled in a spiral, roll it out again to flatten it out.  Repeat with the remaining sections of dough.

Once all of your pancakes have been formed, heat a little (I just eye it - but roughly 1-2 tablespoons) canola and/or vegetable oil in a skillet.  Once the oil has heated, place a pancake in the oil and cook on one side for 2 minutes.  Flip and cook on the reverse side for another 1-2 minutes.  Remove the pancake from the pan and let drain and cool on a paper towel lined cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.

Cut into pie/pizza slices and serve immediately as they are best warm.  You can dip these bad boys in soy sauce, a ginger sauce, eat plain, or you can even jazz up plain soy sauce by adding in some scallions and ginger too! No matter how you eat it, just enjoy it!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pimm's Cup

With summer in full swing and warm evenings perfect for sitting outside, there is nothing like enjoying  a refreshing summer cocktail to complement the weather!

A few summers back when I was in London visiting friends, I noticed that everywhere I went, there was this drink called Pimm's Cup.  I had never had it before (I know, weird) so I decided to indulge a little and give it a go! After that first sip, addiction settled in! I loved how refreshing the drink was and have been recreating ever since my return home.

The great thing about Pimm's is that it is not a really sweet drink like many mixed cocktails out there.  It is perfectly light and refreshing, and you can toss in any fruit that you may want, although I try to make it as true to the traditional way as possible.

Pimm's Cup

Ingredients (1 serving):
-2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
-4 ounces ginger ale (or carbonated lemonade or lemon/lime soda)
-Cucumber peel or slices
-Orange slice
-Lemon slice
-Apple slices
-Mint for garnish
*Please note, all of the fruits listed above are optional, although Pimm's is usually always made with cucumbers and at least a lemon or orange slice.  When adding fruit, since this is for one serving, you only need a slice or two of each fruit*

Fill a glass with ice.  Put the fruit slices in the glass. Pour the Pimm's in the glass and then finish off with the lemonade or soda.  Garnish with mint.

Grab that glass, go outside, and enjoy!

For more great Food Network blog summer cocktail recipes, visit the links below:
Feed Me Phoebe: Grilled Strawberry-Mint Bellinis
The Lemon Bowl: Raspberry-Ginger Bellini
Jeanette's Healthy Living: White Peach Sangria
The Heritage Cook: Refreshing Lime Coolers
The Cultural Dish: Pimm's Cup
Virtually Homemade: Frozen Lime Margaritas with a Sangria Swirl 
Weelicious: Strawberry Lemonade 
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Strawberry Gimlets with Homemade Strawberry Vodka
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumber and Sage Cocktail
Red or Green: Frozen Tri-Melon Cocktail
Dishing With Divya: Caipirinha
In Jennie's Kitchen: Cantaloupe Lillet Sparkler
Poet in the Pantry: Pirate's Booty Call
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Watermelon Malibu Surf
Sweet Life Bake: Boozy Affogato
Devour: 5 Boozy Summer Coolers
Domesticate Me: Blueberry Mojito Royale
Haute Apple Pie: Classic Mojito
Daily*Dishin: Blackberry Rum Shrub
Taste With The Eyes: Korean Soju Kimbap Bloody Mary
FN Dish: Sip Your Way Through Summer (Recipes)

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