Last night, we had snacky dinner (no big entree, lots of little gems of tasty things and fruit, wine and cheese). I had frozen blueberries from berry picking with Michelle and our kids. I used my little Kitchen Ninja--which I love!--to mix up a couple things. *
Blueberry Dill Sorbet
1.5 to 2 cups frozen blueberries (if you have fresh ones, pop them in the freezer for a while; they work well ice cold)
1/4 c frozen watermelon was on hand here, thought I wouldn't buy any just to put in this sorbet.
1/4 c vanilla sugar (from the big canister of organic sugar with a vanilla bean in it; thanks to Sarah.)
1 t. vanilla extract
3 or 4 tiny pinches of fresh dill
water as needed
Whiz this in the food processor, adding water until it makes a thick, smooth yummy goo. Not watery! Freeze.
We're also going to have some Romesco Sauce, maybe with breadsticks, maybe with crackers. (I'm losing steam cooking here.)Golden Romesco Sauce
Romesco is a delicious pepper-based Spanish sauce, which is typically a dark orange-y red. My version is orange-y yellow and does not have the typical slice of stale bread or tomatoes in it. I think it would be good with a couple croutons blended into it, but I love it this way too. It's garlicky but mild and somewhat sweet. The pepper roasting takes some time. Start an hour ahead. The rest is super fast.
2 big orange peppers
1/4 cup almonds/hazelnuts (I mixed)
1/3 c. or so of dry, grated Parmesean
1/2 t. chopped garlic
salt & pepper
dash of paprika
Roast the peppers on a cookie sheet in a 390-degree-F oven.
I cut mine in half, stems on, drizzled with a good amount of olive oil (not like Turkish wrestling amount, just some) and cook 20-3o minutes on each side. The idea is to get them browned in some spots and soft all over. Remove them from the oven and place into a paper bag, roll it up, and let them sit in there about 20 mins.
The skins should peel off easily. Cut off stems and either remove or leave in seeds based on how hot you want things. Slice into a few big pieces.
Whiz all the ingredients in a food processor. Like the Kitchen Ninja. That I love.
* Note on the Ninja: Through the vagaries of amazon, it looks like it's $60. Mine was $17.99 at Fred Meyer.