All posts filed under: Tales from the Diplokitchen

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Pussy Foot

I would not have survived an alcohol-free pregnancy without this mocktail. Get this: even Mr. Diplomat orders it! Ingredients 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup 2 ounces pineapple juice 2 ounces orange juice 2 ounces grapefruit juice Instructions Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker/stirrer and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add crushed ice and decorations to create a great speciality drink from an easy to make recipe! From http://www.drink-recipes.org.uk

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Martha Stewart’s Carrot Cake

This recipe will not fail any baking rookie. We prefer to use just half of the confectioner’s sugar for the cream cheese frosting though. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup water 1 pound carrots (8 to 10 medium carrots), peeled and shredded on a box grater or in a food processor (about 2 3/4 cups) 2 cups pecans (1 cup finely chopped for batter, 1 cup coarsely chopped for decorating sides of cake) Cream Cheese Frosting Directions 1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, and butter parchment. Dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, …

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Cheese

Feta, green olives, Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar…yum! The market ran out of oysters with intact shells! Is that always how it is on Valentine’s Day? All they had left were the ones in packed in tubs. I improvised with Emmental and Parmesan, crossed my fingers and voila! This mascarpone dessert was prepared by Mr. Diplomat, obviously, late last night. Tiramisu actually means pick me up. How apt is that for today? Of course, this one doesn’t have cheese. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Fab 5’s Mushroom Risotto

Pressured to brush up on our culinary skills (following my earlier post Notes from the Field: Mauritania, Part II from The New Diplomat’s Wife), Mr. Diplomat attempted to make mushroom risotto for lunch. The recipe is recommended by Ted Allen in the book (of the show) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better, which we love so much that we brought it with us when we moved here. Mr. Diplomat was not able to find chives at International and decided to add prosciutto instead. I don’t think that makes sense, but the risotto was goood! Forgive us for the plating.