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    Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    Cooking with Paula Deen

    I have been cooking with Paula Deen this morning.
    I was checking through an old tape to see what little food gems I had missed and came across this episode of Paula’s Home Cooking.

    I love this woman along with Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa
    I think the words fat or sugar free never pass their lips.
    I find watching Top Chefs working fascinating and have learnt lots of new skills but along with Delia and Nigella all these women are perfect for the home cook.

    Anyhow I had to make both of these recipes.
    I thought it was about time I made Dougie our painter who is doing a splendid job some morning tea.

    Paula made these zillion calories
    Sour Cream Muffins.
    How simple and quick are these.
    Makes 12

    Heat oven 175C

    2 cups Self raising flour
    240 mls sour cream
    225 gms melted butter


    Everything in the bowl mix well.
    Spoon into un-greased regular muffin tins

    Bake 30 minutes
    If you use mini muffin tins halve the cooking time.

    Turn out and enjoy

    Serve with jam you don’t need butter!!!

    Or you can serve them with this beautiful salad.

    So lunch is looming so I made this
    Shrimp and Rice Salad

    For 2 people
    100 gms prawns peeled and de-veined

    Emeril's Essence…Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
    You can find Emeril’s recipe on the Food Network Web Site
    Make this up and keep in a jar.
    Very useful.
    2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
    2 tablespoons salt
    2 tablespoons garlic powder
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 tablespoon dried thyme

    Combine all ingredients thoroughly.


    1 cup long grain rice

    ½ red peppers chopped
    2 spring onions finely chopped
    6 chopped olives
    2 tablespoons chopped parsley

    Mayonnaise


    Bring a pot of water to a boil
    Add 1 tablespoons Emeril’s Essence
    Now this may be a little hot for you…you can reduce the amount
    But persevere if you can
    Add the prawns and simmer 2-3 minutes
    Remove and then add rice and cook amount 10 minutes until tender
    And drain.

    To assemble
    Add into bowl the rice, prawns, red pepper, spring onions and olives and chopped parsley

    Mix with the Mayo test the seasoning and adjust if necessary and then chill in fridge

    It’s sitting in the fridge waiting for us. Can’t wait to try it.

    6 comments:

    katiez said...

    I'm not familiar with Paula Dean...but I like cooks who don't do low fat/sugar/fake food.
    Loved the 'Two Fat Ladies'.
    Good luck on the 'redo'

    Asha said...

    I love Paula Dean too.Uses real butter!!:D
    Dishes look great,love the muffins.

    So Simple said...

    Katie
    Paula Deen is The Queen of Southern Cooking and Yes I loved the Two Fat ladies as well.

    Asha
    I'm with you, I read a book called the Good Fat Cookbook by Fran McCullough and since then have never used margarine and only Olive oil and vegetable oils straight from the source. i.e. I really like Rice Bran oil.
    It's worth a read if you can get a copy. I tried to buy it whilst in New York last year and couldn't get it but they may have reprinted by now
    Cheers

    Jim said...

    Deen's recipes make me glad I'm slightly terrified of cooking, because that way I can't indulge in them very often.

    So Simple said...

    I have made another fabulously sickly slice of hers just search for "Elvis" on my blog and you will find it.

    So Simple said...

    Jim the Elvis comment was for you
    My posting finger slipped too soon