Category Archives: Lula’s for Lunch

Yes you CAN Freeze your Pasta!

Lula’s Linguine con Pesce Affumicato

How many of you out there make your own pasta? Did you know that you can make it in bulk and freeze the freshly made pasta for up to a month and it’ll be NO WORSE for it! Just hand toss with a little extra flour to prevent clumping, throw it in a bag or container and into the deep freeze it goes.

Store bought pasta also freezes well after you cook it, but not for toooooo long cause it’ll dry up around the edges pretty quickly. One of Lula’s Catering ‘s favorite winter dishes, Linguine with Smoked Fish (in this case trout) is seen above – served at a Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes!

It’s fRESH sALMON SEASON!

Lula’s Maple-Bourbon Salmon

If you’re lucky you’ve gotten ‘hold of some fresh King, Sockeye or Coho recently, and I have a tip for you regarding those “prickly” pin bones. If you bought whole, pull out a mixing bowl. If you bought portions, pull out a cereal bowl. Invert either bowl and lay the salmon skin side down over the bowl. Yes, you WANT THE SKIN on wild salmon!! It’s LOADED with nutrients, and delicious when crisped. Email me if you don’t know how to do that.

The pin bones should be presenting themselves with this stretch. Take eyebrow tweezers (some use pliers I prefer tweezers) to the pin bones and gently pull. Easy peazy!

Chocolate and “The Toothpick Test”

Chocolate Apricot Cake w/Raspberries & Mint

Folks we all know about the “Toothpick Test” when baking, but did you know that you don’t want a fully set crumb (clean toothpick) when baking with chocolate?

The longer chocolate is exposed to heat, the more its flavor compounds dissipate.  For this reason, you always want a moist crumb (crumbs coming up on the toothpick) not an absence of crumbs.  Obviously, you can tell if its BATTER you’re pulling up instead of crumb – we don’t want raw and we don’t want “fully set”!!  Always err on the side of under done rather than fully done when baking with cocoa powder or chocolate!  Happy baking, Lula

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Quinoa – The Red White and Black Of It

Native to South America, the quinoa seed comes in 3 different varieties, and I like them all – particularly together.  Sometimes its hard to find the blend though, and when I can’t I’ll settle for red.

White quinoa is the most plentiful; it is the largest and has a nutty vegetal flavor and the softest texture of the three.  Red is next in size and is crunchier because it has an outer seed coat that makes it even nuttier (any reason, you think, why this would be my fave?!?)  Black is the tiniest and the crunchies with an even thicker seed coat.

The reason I personally like to mix them is because the white explodes and is fluffiest, the red has the best flavor and texture (to me – this is personal folks!), and the black will virtually always remain crunchy.  Interesting flavors and textures always make for a more delicious meal!  Lula’s Catering makes soups and stews with quinoa as well as entrée salads and side dishes.  It’s packed with nutrition and is gluten free … a real winner!  For more tips & tidbits from Lula you can always go here – just type in your key word question and I’ll probably have some sort of answer!!  With love, Lula

Cleaning Up Bread Dough

Rosemary Flash Bread, Roasted Garlic Love Butter

Folks if you’re making your own bread, I have a tip for you: after you’re through kneading and your hands are all yucky, wash them over the sink with a handful of FLOUR, not water. That’s right….grab a quarter cup or so of dry flour and scrub your hands till most of the dough has dried and flaked off. THEN rinse them with COLD water – hot water activates the starches and things will get gooey again!

Are You An Oven Clutz?

How does one get these fantastic smooth layers?  Well, I personally don’t know – I’m not very good at this – this beautiful cake from one of my new bride and grooms is courtesy of Servatiis.  What I DO know is that practically every time I use the oven (multiple times a day) I burn myself.  Check out my arms sometime.

I have discovered, when baking anything round in a pan like one of these cake layers or a quiche, that if I use a spatula and sneak it underneath the pan and rotate it instead of using oven mitts, I char myself less frequently.  Hope this helps for you too!  Other tips and tidbits relating to ANYTHING food and drink can be found  here, joyeously provided by Lula’s Catering !

Stage 4 Cancer Survivor Heidi Bright Gives us a Healthy Valentine’s Day Sweet!

How to Make a Delicious,
Cancer-Fighting Valentine’s Treat

Valentine’s Day gives rise the urge to eat sugary treats. Unfortunately, processed sugar causes inflammation, which is not good for those dealing with cancer.

Here’s a satisfying way around the sugar shackles that I enjoy. It’s naturally sweet, creamy, quick, easy, nutritious, and even color-coordinated.

And best of all, it can help fight cancer.

All it takes is a high-speed blender with a pusher, some frozen red berries, and a banana.

I consider my high-speed blender a vital part of my anti-cancer lifestyle. I use mine daily for green smoothies, and sometimes I’ll use it three times in one day. I am fortunate that my brother Walter gave me a Vitamix after my diagnosis. I believe using it provides my body with access to fresh, vital nutrients I might not get any other way.

Red berries are nutritional powerhouses. They boost the immune system and provide cell-protecting antioxidants. Raspberries and strawberries contain especially high amounts of ellagic acid, a phytochemical that interferes with cancer development. [1]

Bananas contain vitamin B6 (good for dealing with neuropathy), fiber, potassium (especially important during chemo, I found), magnesium, vitamin C, and manganese.[2]

Cut your peeled banana in half and stick both halves in the bottom of your blender.

Measure out 2 cups of frozen berries and pour them on top.

Turn on your blender and use your pusher to get the fruit to mix.

Viola! A delicious, sweet, creamy, frozen dessert for Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

 

Sources:

[1] Thriver Soup, pg.  117

Happy New Year! Eat some “Money Greens”!

Collard Greens, which are eaten year round down south but particularly on New Years Day, are eaten that day because they supposedly bring good financial health, as they resemble money when folded.  I want you to be “armed and ready” for the new year so you’re getting this offer in plenty of time!   Collards (as well as Tuscan Kale, Kale, and Mustard Greens) are absolutely LOADED with good for you vitamins A, C, K, and Calcium, as well as contain a good amount of antioxidants and protein (3 grams per 1/2 cup cooked), no fat, and are incredibly low in calories.  They are in the broccoli family.    Enjoy! – Lula

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe for Stuffing!

Folks I stumbled upon another brilliant way to get rid of stuffing (IF you have any leftover!!!)  I always have it left over because it’s probably my favorite part of the meal besides gravy, and I make double the amount of stuffing to the amount of anything else I make!!

Fry up some breakfast sausage while you’re nuking your stuffing. If you would prefer, Italian sausage works beautifully as well.  Sometimes Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering  puts Italian sausage in our stuffing if I’m in that sort of mood for Thanksgiving.   Lay the sausage on top of the hot stuffing and top it with a fried egg.  Kind of like eggs ‘n toast but richer and BETTER!!!!   This should be accompanied by a steaming hot cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.  Just sayin’.   Happy coma, Lula

Formal Seaweed?!?

How cute is this?  You can find this dried Bowtie SEAWEED in the Asian section of a good supermarket.  Seaweed is LOADED with nutrients, extremely low in calories, and can be enjoyed in virtually any soup or casserole without a hint of the “sea”.   Seaweed is now being cultivated, it’s become so popular.  If you LIKE seaweed, order it raw in a seaweed salad at many Asian restaurants.  I love it both ways.    If you haven’t tried it,  be BRAVE, do so, and be GOOD to yourself!!  With love, Lula