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Canarian Gofio

 On 12 Aug 2005 at 14:15, Lina wrote:

> Dear Phaedrus,
> I'm searching for a special Canarian recepy; it is even said to be one
> of the most typical canarian recipes, eventhough you don't even get it
> at restaurants with special Canarian food. It is made out of gofio
> which seems do be some kind of special flour you only get on the
> Canarian Islands. What I'm searching for is dish with this gofio and
> and is likely to be called gofio itself. Eventhough I'd prefer to get
> a recepy for gofio with vegtebals, I'd be happy to get any recipy with
> gofio you might find because I've got this flour at home and don't
> know what to do with it to prepere it so it could be eaten.If it helps
> you this (ready made) gofio has a consistence and a taste which is
> quite similar to polenta, t is a mush and looks a little bit like
> porridge. I would be really, really pleased if you can find this
> recipy! Yet many thanks for your effort!!! Your sincerely; Lina
> (Germany)

Hello Lina,

I cannot find a recipe with gofio and vegetables, sorry. Below are the gofio recipes that I did find.

There are several recipes with gofio on this page, but the page is in Spanish. Perhaps you can translate.



Tortilla De Carnaval 

Gofio, Plain Flour (optional), Three or four egg yolks, Ground cinnamon, 
Half a litre of milk, Sugar, Aniseed liqueur or Marie Brizard. 

Mix the egg yolks with the milk, cinnamon and sugar (the amount of which you 
can vary according to taste), along with a dribble of the aniseed liqueur. 
Beat well, then add the gofio a little at a time, until you have a consistency
resembling custard. (You can mix flour with the gofio, again according to preference).
Fry small amounts of the mixture until golden in hot oil to make little pancakes. 
It is customary to eat them at Carnaval time, accompanied by coffee. 
"Gofio Escaldao" (Scalded Gofio)

Ingredients: 1 litre of strained fish broth, 1 sprig of mint and 1/4 Kg. of gofio.


1. Place the gofio in a dish with the sprig of mint and add slowly the boiling broth.
Do not stop stirring it to bind it without lumps. This can also be made using
vegetable broth, soup or stew.

This dish is served with red onion in vinegar and water or with fried garlic. 
"Pella de Gofio" (Lump of Gofio)

Ingredients: 1/2 Kg. of gofio , 1/2 glass of water, 1/2 glass of oil, sugar and salt.


1. Knead the gofio with water, table salt, a little bit of sugar and oil until you 
get a thick paste. 

2. Form a cylinder with it and cut into slices. 

Cajun Rice Like Popeye's

On 12 Aug 2005 at 20:49, nancy wrote:

> hello phaedrus,
> I am looking for a recipe similar to Popeye's Cajun
> Rice! Can you please help!
> Nancy

Hello Nancy,

See below.


Popeye's Cajun Rice Copycat

1 pound lean ground beef 
1/2 cup finely diced bell pepper 
1/3 cup diced green onions 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/2 teaspoon celery flakes 
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning 
1/4 teaspoon red pepper 
4 cups long grain rice, cooked and drained 
1/4 to 1/3 cup water 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In fry pan stir ground beef and bell pepper. Cook over medium high heat until 
beef loses its pink color and bell pepper is soft. Remove excess grease. Turn
temperature down to medium or medium low. Add remaining ingredients; stir and 
cook together until ground beef is completely cooked and liquid is gone - about 
25 to 35 minutes. More Creole seasoning and red pepper may be added for taste.

Spicy Shrimp & Chicken

On 12 Aug 2005 at 22:46, Marylou wrote:

> Hi!  I'm looking for a recipe from Johnny Carino's 
> it's called Spicy Shrimp and's delicious...hope you can
> help me. 
> thanks!
> Marylou 

Hello Marylou,

I found this on a message board.


Spicy Shrimp and Chicken Pasta Alfredo (like Carino's)

1 (1 lb) box Penne reggate-#76 pasta
4 tbsp very good virgin olive oil
1 lb fresh portabella mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup fresh chopped garlic
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 lb Asiago cheese or parmesan cheese, grated
1 jar Classico brand Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
2 cups lean chicken cooked, cut in bite-size chunks (
1 lb cooked deveined shrimp
1 cup chopped green onions
1 small jar roasted sweet red peppers, sliced
1 small jar sun dried tomatoes, sliced
1 tbsp ground cayenne pepper powder

Start by putting on a big pot of salted water to boil penne pasta in. 
Add about 1 tsp salt to water and boil. When water comes to a boil, 
add pasta and cook as directed on the box. Strain and run water over 

In a large pot put in olive oil and washed mushrooms and garlic. Cook 
until almost done.

Next add the heavy cream and cheese. Then add the jar of Alfredo sauce. 
If sauce is too thick add a little more cream.

Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot (except the pasta). Simmer 
on very low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Serve over the pasta.

Sweet Dills

>On 13 Aug 2005 at 9:03, Sharon wrote:

> I am looking for a receipe for Amish sweet dill pickles that is made
> from the beginning, not converting dill pickles.  I had the receipe
> and it seems to be gone.  It was called Amish Sweet Dills, I have
> searched but only find the receipe that converts dills to sweet.
> Thank you for looking,
> Sharon

Hello Sharon,

I cannot find a recipe called "Amish sweet dills," either on the Internet or in our files. However, see below.


Sweet  Dills

 Ingredients :

 Dill size cucumbers
 2 c. vinegar
 2 c. water
 3 c. sugar
 2 tbsp. canning salt

 Preparation :

    Slice cucumbers lengthwise, pack in quart jars with dill and
 cover with mixture of remaining ingredients, make sure the
 ingredients are mixed well.  Put lids on jars and place in canner
 with cold water up to necks of jars.  Bring water to a boil and
 remove immediately.  Good in 2 to 3 days.
Easy  Sweet  Dills

 Ingredients :

 4 1/2 qts. dill sized cucumbers
 18 heads dill
 6 c. sugar
 1 1/2 tsp. celery seed
 2 lg. onions
 6 c. vinegar
 1/2 c. pickling salt
 1 1/2 tsp. mustard seed

 Preparation :

    Slice cucumbers in 1/2 to 1 inch slices.  Slice onions.  Put 1
 large head dill in each jar along with 2 thin slices of onion.  Fill
 jars with sliced cucumbers and shake each jar to pack.  Make syrup
 of vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seed, and mustard seed.  Add another
 head of dill to top of each jar, along with another slice of onion.
 Pour boiling syrup over cucumbers in jars.  Seal at once.  Process
 in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.  Makes approximately 8 to 10
Sweet  Garlic  Dills

 Ingredients :

 1 clove garlic
 1 sm. pickling onion
 1/8 tsp. alum
 1 sprig dill
 Sm. cucumbers


 2 1/2 c. sugar
 2 c. water
 1 qt. vinegar
 1/2 c. kosher salt

 Preparation :

   Fill hot jars with above ingredients.  Keep jars warm in water
 bath.  Pour boiling brine over pickles and seal.  Makes 12 pints.
Frozen  Sliced  Sweet  Dills

 Ingredients :

 2 lbs. cucumbers (sliced 1/8 inch)
 1 lb. yellow onions, sliced 1/8 inch
 3 tbsp. salt
 4 tbsp. water
 1 c. sugar
 1 c. cider vinegar
 (Half green or red pepper, optional)
 2 tsp. dill weed or fresh dill mix

 Preparation :

    Mix and prepare cucumbers, onions and peppers, salt and water in
 bowl (not aluminum).  Let stand for 2 hours.  Drain colander.  DO
 NOT RINSE.  Return vegetables to bowl.  Add sugar, vinegar and dill.
  Let stand stirring until sugar is completely dissolved and liquid
 covers vegetables.  Pack in glass or plastic containers leaving 1
 inch headspace.  Freeze.

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

On 13 Aug 2005 at 17:44, Phyllis wrote:

> I'm looking for a recipie to make homemade vanilla wafers--like the
> ones everyone else buys in boxes at the grocery store.  If I can find
> a recipie, I could make them without using transfat shortning.  If you
> can locate something, I'd be most grateful--and so would my
> transfat-deprived husband! Phyllis

Hello Phyllis,

See below for three recipes.


Vanilla  Wafers

 Ingredients :
 1 c. butter
 1 1/2 c. sugar
 3 eggs
 1 tbsp. milk
 3 tsp. vanilla
 3 c. flour
 3 tsp. baking powder

 Preparation :
   Cream together first 5 ingredients, then add flour and baking
 powder. Mix together. Round into small balls, place on cookie sheet,
 will flatten out.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Vanilla  Wafers

 Ingredients :
 1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
 1/4 c. sugar
 1 lg. egg
 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

 Preparation :
   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat the butter and sugar with
 electric mixer in mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs
 and vanilla extract and mix until blended.  The dough won't be
 smooth until the flour is added.  With the mixer on low speed, add
 the flour a spoonful at a time.  Keep mixing until the dough is
 smooth.  Using teaspoon measure, scoop out a spoonful of dough and
 put it on a cookie sheet.  Space the cookies about 1 inch apart.
 Bake until the cookies are golden brown around the edges, 10 to 12
 minutes.  Cool cookies completely before removing from cookie
 Best  Vanilla  Wafers

 Ingredients :
 1/2 c. shortening
 1/2 c. butter
 3 c. flour, take out 3 tbsp. for rolling
 1 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. soda
 1 tsp. baking powder
 2 eggs, beaten
 1 1/2 c. sugar
 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

 Preparation :
   Mix all together.  Roll out using the 3 tablespoons flour onto
 waxed paper.  Cut out with cookie cutter.  Place on greased sheet.
 Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until golden


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