Aloha

Double recipe post hooray!

It’s almost spring break and I am unbelievably excited. I get an entire week to lay on the beach and get spoiled rotten by my grandparents. Honolulu, here I come! These next two days of classes can’t get over with fast enough.

I did quite a bit of cooking this past Sunday, hence the double recipes. Weekend Breakfast came first, of course. Now, if you know me, you know that I love coffee. As for pancakes, well, any sane human being loves pancakes. So a marriage of the two is only appropriate.

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

We followed the recipe exactly, so instead of being redundant I’ll just send you on over to The Pastry Affair.

The mocha syrup was amazing. A little too thick to really be syrup though; I ended up spreading it over the pancakes with a knife.

I’m getting pretty good at flipping pancakes/crepes/eggs/other foods you flip. I used to be terrible – I’d always ruin it! But look at this perfectly round pancake I made. So proud.

Of course, I still needed to eat dinner! I found a recipe for enchilada cupcakes, which I thought was an awesome idea. I love cupcakes and I love enchiladas – another wonderful marriage. The original recipe uses chicken, so since I’m a vegetarian I made up a new recipe.

Warning: since I made up the recipe, I sort of eyeballed everything, so now I’m guessing on the amounts. I actually only made 10 cupcakes because that’s how many tortillas I had, and used about 2/3 and 1/2 cans of beans and corn, respectively, so I’m trying to scale everything to use whole cans.

Enchilada Cupcakes
Original recipe can be found here. Makes ~15 cupcakes.

Ingredients
15 small corn tortillas
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1/4 C red or white onion, chopped
1/4 C green onion, chopped
1/2 C your favorite salsa
shredded cheese

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Cut out a circle the size of the cupcake pans from each tortilla, then cut the remaining ring into wedges (I found 6 wedges worked best). Arrange each tortilla into a ‘crust’ into a well of the pan. (If this doesn’t make sense, check out the original post for a nice picture.)
3. In a large bowl, mix together the beans, corn, onions, and salsa.
4. Scoop filling into each cupcake and top with cheese.
5. Bake for 20-30 min.

A word of advice: wait for them to cool a little bit before you eat them. I was so eager/hungry that I immediately took them out of the pans and onto my plate, where they fell apart. They tasted delicious, but weren’t as pretty. The ones I ate as leftovers yesterday and today held up much better.

My Romantic Valentine’s Day

Did you do anything for Valentine’s Day? Go on a hot date with that someone special? Roses, chocolates, the whole deal? I know I did.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Date
Step one:
Find your best girl friend.
Step two: Take a romantic moonlit walk with her to the mechanic, where her car is waiting to be picked up.
Step three: Head over to the grocery store. Stock up on everything. You really need milk.
Step four: Invite her back to your place to romantically cook dinner, because it’s now after 8 o’clock and the two of you are starving.

My mom got me a great vegetarian cookbook for Christmas, and this was my first time trying out one of the recipes. It was great! My biggest problem with vegetarian cookbooks is that they usually call for all sorts of weird I-don’t-even-know-where-to-buy-that ingredients. This one doesn’t, so poor college student me can actually try some of it out.

Butternut Squash Enchiladas with Mole Sauce
Originally from The Accidental Vegetarian. Makes about 10 small enchiladas.

Ingredients
vegetable oil for roasting
salt and pepper
~1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (I bought mine pre-cut)
~12oz refried beans (3/4 can)
fresh chopped cilantro
10 corn tortillas
mole sauce (make your own or buy pre-made)
cheese, sour cream, etc. to serve

Instructions
1. 
Preheat the oven to 400F. Oil a baking sheet.
2. Microwave your squash for about 2min.
3. Put the squash on the baking sheet with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 min.
4. Mix squash, beans, and cilantro in a bowl to create a paste.
5. Fill tortillas with the bean mixture, and bake for 10-15 min.
6. While the enchiladas are in the oven, follow package instructions to make the mole sauce.
7. To serve, spoon mole over enchiladas and top with cheese.