Citrus Polenta Cake

This cake is truly delightful! Not too sweet it can be dessert at any time of day ~ brunch, lunch, dinner, tea time!

We topped ours with peaches but any fruit medley would do! Oh, and maybe some whipped cream too!

Peach Polenta Cake

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temp

1/4 cup Hibiscus Citrus Sugar

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs, room temp

1/2 cup buttermilk

zest of one lemon

For peach topping:

4-5 peaches, sliced

2 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup Hibiscus Citrus Sugar

juice of half a lemon

Preheat oven to 350F. Generously coat a 9-inch round baking pan with shortening and lightly flour the pan.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

With your stand mixer beat butter until it is light and airy. Add the sugars and continue to cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add buttermilk and lemon zest, mixing until smooth. Gradually stir in flour mixture until just incorporated, don’t over mix.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden and cooked through ~ 25 to 30 minutes ~ check it by sticking it with a toothpick, if it comes out clean you’re good to go. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Flip cake out onto the rack then flip it onto your serving plate to let cool completely.

At this point, you can make your topping! We used peaches but anything goes! Maybe some ice cream, or whipped cream.

For the peach topping melt the butter in a saucepan and then add all the other ingredients. Let them hangout together over medium heat until the juices thicken then they are good to go!

Stay sweet, friends!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

The Tower of TexMex

The Tower of TexMex

I had planned to post about Vanilla Ice Cream today.

But then I fell in love.

With life, and cherry tomatoes, and love, and guacamole, and a darn good poached egg.

*sigh*

And you know, people in love are irrational, so I put the Vanilla Ice Cream post to the side so that you guys could see this beauty.

The Tower of TexMex

The funny thing is, this all started out with an idea to make huevos rancheros. One thing led to another and you know what they say, when you give a mouse a cookie… So our crack team assembled this tempting tower of goodness and delight!

Here’s how you can make this happen:

Corn tortillas cut into squares (you’ll need 4 squares for every tower)

1 large onion, diced

1 lb. ground pork

2 Tablespoons Chimayo Chili Blend

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1/4 cup masa flour (optional)

Some mixed beans (we had some hanging out in our freezer already)

Guacamole

Sriracha sour cream (that’s right, just add some sriracha to that sour cream in your fridge)

Cheese of your choice, grated

Lettuce, shredded (mostly just for garnish)

Tomatillo

Eggs, one or two for every tower you plan to make

Rice

1 cup of corn

1 cup of bell peppers, chopped

Start off by making your rice, saute the corn and bell peppers in the pan you’re going to make your rice in, then add your rice and water and cook as per usual.

While the rice is cooking, brown your onions, add the pork, and chimayo chili blend, brown some more. Add the masa, this helps bind it all together so you don’t lose any of the flavor from the juices! Put in tomatoes and cook until they’re just warmed through. Remove from heat.

If you have a griddle, start getting it warm to toast the tortillas. If you don’t have a griddle you can use a big pan. While you wait for the griddle to heat up, assemble everything else you need: shred the lettuce, grate your cheese, make your guacamole!

Toast your tortilla squares to the perfect toastiness for you, we let ours stay pretty soft, but depending on how high you want to stack your towers, a firmer tortilla platform may be necessary.

Once your tortillas are perfect, get a new pan and fill it with your tomatillo over medium to high heat and poach those eggs!

Once the eggs are poached, let the assembling begin!

Here’s how we layered our towers (from bottom to top):

tortilla, rice, pork mixture, cheese, tortilla, beans, sriracha sour cream, cheese, tortilla, guacamole, tortilla, egg, tomatillo.

The Tower of TexMex

Here’s to dreaming big and falling in love,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

 

 

 

Brainstorming

We do our best daydreaming, uh, I mean, brainstorming at the farmers markets.

One of us will say, You know what I want? Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce and peaches and blueberries.

And the other person will say, Mmmm chocolate waffles with dark chocolate chunks…

And we’ll lapse into silence as we both get lost in thought but later we’ll bring it all together:

Chocolate Waffles

Stay cool, stay sweet, and keep daydreaming,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Chocolate Waffles

 

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

If I could write a love song about corn I would.

Cream it, grill it, pan fry it, throw it in a stew.

No matter what you do, I’ll love it. And I might even love you.

It’s an epic sort of love, I posted about grilled corn last year and I’ll probably post about it next year too.

I mean, look at this beauty:

Grilled Corn

Talk about tasty. YUM.

We pulled back the husk, stripped out those little white hairs, rubbed on some olive oil, and then lovingly sprinkled Grill Seasoning on all the cobs. Then we wrapped them back into their husks and tied them with string to keep all that goodness inside:

Grilled Corn

 

Then we threw those puppies on the grill and let the magic happen.

Grilled Corn

*sigh* Isn’t summer marvelous?

Let’s stay this way forever,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Grilled Corn

Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker shrimp

I used to hate shrimp.

Absolutely hate it, unless it was popcorn shrimp, but let’s be honest, after dunking those lil deep fried bites into ketchup they were more like chicken nuggets than seafood.

Now I love shrimp.

Absolutely love it, especially when it isn’t deep fried and dunked in sauce.

And these firecracker shrimp are no exception!!! You can serve them as an appetizer or the main dish, it’s your choice, no matter what there’s sure to be none left at the end of the meal!

Firecracker shrimp

Here’s what ya need:

1/3 cup Harissa paste

1 pound peeled shrimp

We used our own Harissa blend and followed the guidelines on the back to make a paste. Mix your paste and shrimp and let them sit up to thirty minutes. Skewer and throw them on your grill!!

It was hard not to eat these shrimp right away but we managed to hold back long enough to throw them on a bed of slaw in a hot dog bun:

Firecracker shrimp

We served these delightful sandwiches with a side of tomato cucumber salad seasoned with our spiced sea salt and grilled corn seasoned with our grill seasoning.

Firecracker shrimp

Happy grilling!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Chai Ice Cream

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

Yeah.

mmmm, yum.

Words.

I’m at a loss here, but shoot, this ice cream is delightfully refreshing (all by itself or in an ice cream sammie, you can’t go wrong).

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

It’s creamy and cold and full of that lovely chai flavor. It’s best if you make the cream mixture a day in advance and let it chill and intensify in flavor before turning it into ice cream! Here’s what ya need:

6 rounded teaspoons chai masala

10 oz water

1 cup sugar

14 oz milk

4 rounded teaspoons black tea (optional, we didn’t use tea in the pictured ice cream)

2 cups heavy cream

Bring H2O and chai to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and tea simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Strain chai and stir in heavy cream. Chill overnight and then follow your ice cream makers directions to freeze ice cream!

If you want to make deliciously scrumptious ice cream sandwiches you can take the easy route like us. Instead of making our own cookies we went to our favorite cookie baker at the farmers market, The Cookie Chick, and bought a variety of cookies!!

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

Stay cool, stay sweet,

Charleston Spice Co.