Well, it’s official, Spring is here and with it the feeling that I probably enjoyed food too much this winter. It’s hard, isn’t it? to keep a balanced diet in the winter time that is. I mean, who really wants to have salads and fresh veggies when it’s cold, rainy and snowy outside? All you really want is comfort food like soups, chowders, hot fresh breads, fries, juicy steaks and basically things that are not vegetables in their raw form.
So the good news is that winter is gone (please make it stop raining now) and the spring is here, and with it life becomes a bit easier on us “food makers and bakers” because preparing a meal in the spring or summer is so much simpler.
All you need is an “anchor” in the form of a main dish and a side of salad and voila – a meal. And for me, it could be anything really. Potatoes and salad, hot dogs and salad, steak and salad, quiche and salad or even a snacky kind of food – with a side of salad.
Now speaking of a snacky meal, I made these Pigs In a Blanket the other day and the kids not only fought over who gets one first, they also asked to take it in their lunch box for school the next day. Can you say “Nailed It”?
The “blanket” for these little “piggies” is made of only 4 ingredients and doesn’t even require a mixer, you can mix it with a fork as far as I’m concerned and touch up with a few kneads.
Now, can you say “Bingo”? 🙂
Serve to the kids (or big kids or kids at heart 🙂 ) with ketchup or mustard on the side and you’re a star and if you have a plate with a built in dipping bowl then you’re a superhero 🙂 (click here to see plate).
- 2 Cups Whole Wheat (or White All Purpose) Flour
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ Cup Hot (just boiled) Water
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 8-10 Hot Dogs cut in half
- 1 Egg - Beaten
- Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
- In a medium mixing bowl mix the flour, oil, baking powder and hot water. You can mix using a stand mixer or by hand. Mix together and then knead a bit until you get a dough ball.
- Divide the dough into two pieces and roll the first piece (no need to flour the surface but you can flour it a bit if you want to) using a rolling pin until it is ¼ cm thick. Roll it into a rectangular leaf.
- Using a sharp knife or pizza roller, cut the rectangular dough leaf into 8-10 triangles (similar to cutting in zig-zag).
- On the wider end of each triangle, place one half of a hot dog (from the ones you prepare in advance) and roll the triangle dough piece towards the sharp end of the triangle (like a rugelach)
- Place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet and repeat with the other hot dogs and the second piece of dough.
- Brush each rolled hot dog with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame if you want to (optional)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven or until pastry is golden brown and the hot dog is a bit puffy.
Well, it’s official, Spring is here and with it the feeling that I probably enjoyed food too much this winter. It’s hard, isn’t it? to keep a balanced diet in the winter time that is. I mean, who really wants to have salads and fresh veggies when it’s cold, rainy and snowy outside? All you […]Read More