If you are like me then you like two things, bread and bananas. One cannot control himself and he cooks banana bread, who even came up with this idea? Eh. I guess there is a first time for everything, I should probably be the first person to cook onion birthday cake. Probably should patent that too just in case someone wants to steal my million dollar idea. I tried making banana pancakes once and the outcome was…unexpected, let’s just say I would have been better off not making banana pancakes. Anyhow, back to our bread and bananas. It might not seem like it, but the banana bread recipe is one of the easiest recipes available on the ‘market’. Or is it? Before we get deeper into this recipe, I’d like to give a shout-out to our sponsor : Mobile safety, protecting your phone from viruses, adware and things like GOT Conquest cheats, wouldn’t want those in your phone now would you? Back on track.
To cook banana bread you will need :
- 1 1/2 cups of average flour.
- 3 to 4 ripe bananas, large and peeled.
- one beaten egg.
- 1/2 stick of butter.
- 1 teaspoon sugar.
- pinch of salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional).
- Pre-heat your oven to 340°F (170°C).
- Lightly grease a bread pan with butter.
- In a bowl add the beaten egg, the butter, sugar salt and vanilla. Stir until everything is smooth.
- Add the your bananas (mashed) to the mix and then pour the flour in. Mix until you get a type of dough.
- Pour your dough into the pan(s) and bake for 45-55 minutes before laying the bread out on the tray to cool off.
Howdy! I hope you had a great early December so far and that things are working out just the way you want them to! We continue to emphasis the Christmas topic with more recipes for your already abundant table. If you already took a look at my previous entry about holiday recipes then I believe you are ready to go through with this one. The only real reason I decided to go for another dessert round is because, well, I very much enjoy dessert, my folks too! I can also recommend a few activities to pass the time while the pie is baking! You can play some games on your phone, try Clash Royale, it’s super fun and I’ve been playing it for a month now, the leader board is a crazy free for all fight and that only makes things funnier. I was actually getting my bottom kicked at some point and decided to look for one of those Clash Royale hack no survey thingies, but to no avail, I still got a good beating and lost the match.
If you have already chose your Christmas Dinner desserts I suggest you revise that silly list of yours as some of these pies left my mouth literally drooling. By chance you might have already cooked this before, in which case you are in luck as they will be far easier to bake a second time! Here it is, my top 5 pie recipes for holiday, hope I didn’t screw things up.
The age old recipe of the cranberry pie, baked by house wives ever since the 50’s! Grab a big bowl, grab your cranberry, sugar, butter and mashed nuts and stir them together. Preheat the oven at 400 C to 450 C maximum. Make your pie crust using your flour and eggs and pour the filling in the crust. The reason I’m not getting into the crust baking part is because I lack the knowledge to cook an edible crust. I’m sorry. Now, bake the pie for 45 to 50 minutes until the crust gets a brown-golidsh color, pull it out and let the pie cool for at least 20 minutes before consuming. You don’t want to burn your tongue.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 spoon of sugar
- 20 oz cranberries
- two spoons of melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 oz mashed nuts
This is probably the one pie that hits closest to a Christmas recipe on this list. It goes same as before, a big bowl in which to mix your minced meat, chopped apple and pear (the pear is a personal choice but it works really well), after mixing add your brown sugar to the mix and let it rest while you make the crust. Preheat the oven at 450 C, add your mix to the crust and sprinkle the lemon juice over your pie. Cook for 50 to 55 minutes and cool the pie down on a rack.
- 15 oz minced meat (canned or not, up to you)
- 1 chopped apple
- 1 chopped pear
- 1/2 packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tea spoon of salt
- half a lemon
- 1 egg
Things don’t change much here, cut all your apples in reasonable sized shapes, mix together with sugar and butter then let it rest on the side for 10 minutes. Bake your crust with eggs, sugar, butter, salt and the 1 oz of flour. Carefully outline the shape of your crust and add your filling to it. Bake at 425 C for no longer than 40 – 50 minutes, as soon as it’s done, pull it out and wait for it to cool.
- 8 to 10 apples
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 2 eggs
- half a stick of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 oz flour
Sweet Cherry Pie
I love cherry flavored food, sweets … even drinks! Cherry has a sweet-sour taste that can’t be replaced, that’s why I definitely want to include this recipe here. Preheat the oven at 420 C, we try to take things slowly with this one. Start by adding sugar to your cherries, add milk to the mix and put it aside. It’s time to take crust into our hands, I like my crust crunchier than usual for the cherry pie, but you do as you wish. Once the crunchy crust is in the house, fill it with your cherry mix, slowly, you don’t want to scare the pie away! Bake in the oven for 40-ish minutes, or 1 hour at most for a crunchier crust. Same as before, cool it down and consume with the wrath of a thousand rhinos.
- 20 oz cherries
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 eggs (again)
- 1/4 stick of butter
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 oz flour
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
Raspberry Cream Pie
I plan on ending this list with a strong pie, nothing beats the Raspberry Cream Pie! Please note that you won’t be making any raspberry cream, it is simple called that way because of the whipped cream. If you are wondering, the photo I chose to feature is one of my failed pies. I really thought I was doing well but the oven had a different opinion, I let the dough rest one hour too much! Start up your oven and preheat it at 400 C.
Now for the grand finale, grab your raspberries, the sugar and the butter and give them a good ol’ beating (stir them together) until you get a pink creamy paste. Cook or buy a pie crust and fill it all with your raspberry cream and bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes. After the pie has cooled down I suggest you grab a tube of whipped cream and spread it on top of the pie, the cherry on the cake if you will!
- 15 oz raspberries
- 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1/2 cups of flour
- whipped cream
Hi! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family by sharing dear moments together! A week after being stuffed with potatoes and gravy you find yourself reading recipes for the Christmas dinner. How ironic. People all over the world like to invite family over for Christmas, every minute passes, the holiday is closer and the excitement is off the charts.
Last year on Christmas, I had numerous family members over, one of which, my nephew. He’s your typical 7 year old, doesn’t listen to his parents most of the time, stubborn, hates homework and lives his life in front of the phone, playing games. Curiosity got the better of me and when he wasn’t looking I snatched his tablet away, interested to see what he was doing. I found games like Candy Crush and FIFA there and it got me thinking, what’s so interesting about these? If that wasn’t enough, I checked his browsing history, the little fella was looking for things like how to win at fifa which I find odd. I think he was stuck at a level or something? Maybe we should include him more in the baking activities, maybe he’ll learn to like it.
The Christmas dinner needs to be perfect, no cutting corners, I will supply you with the best dishes worth having on your table on the big day. You, your sister and grandma will have a lot of work to do so let’s get reading, cooking and eating!
You may have some traditional dishes sitting around in a recipe book, or maybe your mom taught you how to cook them, I suggest you include at least two of those in your menu for Christmas, it’s important to keep traditions alive!
When it comes to baking, cookies are the main go to option for me, but there’s plenty more to choose from. Muffins, Ginger Bread People, Stollen or you could go full holidays and build a huge Ginger Bread House! You can find those anywhere, buy a pack, open it and let your kids make a mess of a house while you do hard core cooking.
It doesn’t take a master to cook stollen, it’s just bread after all right? Wrong. It’s a master piece, and you have to treat it like one if you do choose to bake it.
- 5 oz of Raisins (~150 g)
- 100 ml fruit juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried yeast
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 lemon
- 20 ml rum (Optional)
Stir the yeast and the flour in a bowl, along with the fruit juice, lemon juice, salt and rum. Leave the resulted dough rest in a warm place until it doubles in size, after this we’re ready too add fruits. Add raisins and lemon to the dough, mix it all together. Bake the stollen for 20 minutes at 170C then lower the oven to 140C and make for an additional 25/35 minutes.
This one doesn’t really fit in the Christmas dinner category, but it’s the only time of the year I get to cook it so I’ll include it anyway.
- 20 oz of raw skinned salmon (~600 g)
- olive oil
- 1/2 butter bar
- 1/2 lemon
- mashed nuts (Optional)
It all goes fairly easy, add butter and lemon to your salmon. You can also add mashed nuts to it but this step can be done after cooking the salmon, place the salmon in the oven and add just a touch of olive oil over the meat.
Ginger Bread People
Don’t be afraid to add more flour, it’ll only make your Ginger Bread People look fluffier! No Christmas without ginger bread am I right? I love sitting by the fire and nibbling on a ginger bread man, while snow slowly creeps its way on roofs 🙂
- 2 or 3 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 4 oz of butter (~100 g)
- 4 oz sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
Preheat your oven at 170C, get 2 baking sheets with baking paper ready, you will need those for the ginger bread. Grab a bowl and mix the bicarbonate, the flour,butter, sugar, salt and eggs. This will be the base of your ginger bread people, beat that dough real good and leave it be for about 30 minutes. In the meantime I suggest you get your ginger bread shapes ready, or you can do this manually using a knife or other kitchen utensil.Add ground ginger and cinnamon to the dough and start rolling it into into 1/2 inch thick sheets.
Start cutting the shapes of the ginger people, you can now add a little syrup to the ginger people, spread it using a spoon or your fingers. Bake the ginger bread people for 6 to 10 minutes, the edges should ever so slightly turn brown once they are done. You can now start decorating your ginger people, good job! I plan on posting more recipes on Tumblr if you are interested!
As the grand opening grows closer with each moon, we have decided to mix up our menu. We plan on adding new foreign dishes, from all over the world. From the northern cuisines of Europe to the spicy after-taste of Latin America, to Asian delicacies and back. Each one will be added on our to do lists and you will be able to order all of it, in the restaurant or at home once the app is all ready for release, speaking of which. We’d like some feedback regarding our restaurant’s app, what would you like it to look like, what features should it contain. We also want to add a way to build your own dishes. Say you don’t want onion on your burger, you can just rule onion out as an option, extra sauce and more ways to customize your culinary experience.
We have partnered up with the folks over at legolas fans, they help us, we help them as best as we can, we want to share with you a Clash Royale Hack made by the people that run the website, maybe you play games and you have a hard time trying to get resources, we have a solution. As far as the app goes a friend suggested we should add an account system, for easy management. This way, regulars will get discounts, or extras from time to time, a way of saying thank you for ordering from us on a regular basis.
What to expect after remastering our menu!
The new foreign dishes on the block are led by the almighty German Sausage (Wurst). One of my friends is a vegetarian, I respect his decision, but I don’t know how they abstain themselves from drooling all over the table at the sight of such rare delicacies.
Fiambre is an Latin American dish usually consumed in the month of November (for some reason). It mostly consists of bunches of cold cuts put together with parsley sprinkled on top. You’ve got some cut up tomatoes and boiled eggs to top it off, but I think I’ll just go for the meat. I suggest you leave boiled eggs out, they don’t add anything worth mentioning. Like any dish in our place, Fiambre is highly flexible, you can opt out from certain ingredients, don’t eat meat? Not a problem! Parsley is too green? It is. You know the drill.
The Asian cuisine was the hardest part. There’s so many different regions and so little time to choose just one, so why not choose two? India and China will both have a place in our restaurant with food that will force Genghis Khan to peak through our windows.
The famous Indian Chicken Tikka Masala is made of marinated chicken dipped in curry, it has an orange-ish color and it is usually served hot, like most human foods. Some of you may not be fans of curry, or spicy foods all in all. We also have Chicken Tikka Masala with no curry what so ever, trying to cover as much common ground as possible for everyone!
Chinese take-away is famous in the United States, two elements stand behind the success of the Chinese food industry. Fast delivery time and the multi cultural diversity people are looking for. Dumplings. Bet you didn’t see it coming, nobody expects the dumpling inquisition. Dumplings come in many forms : meat, wheat and flour to name a few. Church Street Tavern will mainly try to focus on meat vegetable filled dumplings. We are completely aware they are not traditional dumplings, but they are Chinese.
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Burger Building Contest
You might not know this yet, but our Burger Building Contest is on. Believe me when I tell you, it will go down to the last burger standing. Every Monday evening we’ll announce the best burger builders at the tavern, it all starts at around 6PM. Contestants will be able to add anything they wish to their burger, in food and stock limitations obviously. Anyone who wishes to join is free to do so, it’s open to the public. If you feel like you only want to watch the show I suggest grabbing a cold drink, kicking back in your seat and prepare for the start of the event. When everything is said and done all the customers will vote their favorite burger over the course of one week. We’ll crown the winner of the contest one week after the event has taken place and enough votes came through.
We are developing an app for our restaurant. You will soon be able to download for your Android/iOS phones from Google Play respectively App Store. Orders can be placed through the app, delivery is available all over New York City! If your order hasn’t arrived in less than 45 minutes then you can consider the delivery free. Customers will also be able to send in pictures of their best looking dishes that they made at home for our yearly contest or for the burger building contest that takes place this month.
Update : As the first contest had lots of potential winners we came to the conclusion that they too deserve a chance to win. It’s time to start all over, the new contest is a Go! Same rules, same place.
In order to join the contest, you need to build a more than good looking burger and send a picture of it to us using our contact information or through the app once we release it. You could even try sending the whole burger, or the recipe for it but I doubt the post office allows that. On second thoughts they probably allow recipes.
One more thing, please do not send those Instagram filter filled photos of your burgers. They look awful and make some of us hate burgers. As for the dish contest, it takes place all year. Dishes will no longer be limited to burgers only! You can cook whatever your soul feels like cooking and send us a gaze of it in the form of a picture. More news will be published soon on our Facebook page, keep your eyes peeled.
If you frequent this blog you may be familiar with this, at least to a certain extent. I like showing off people’s work, even when in digital media form, Instagram is a place full of talented chefs and I took some time to find things that really made me question my food ethics. Welcome to yet another Instagram Food Showdown!
By the way, is there any chance any of you fellas will attend the New York Food Festival in October 2018? Looks like I missed my window this year, 2 months too late.
You a big fan of oysters? Luck you! I personally think they are okay, it’s not great food but it works on a pinch. The only reason this is the first on the list is because I want to get it over with. A friend of mine said he is a huge oyster chomper and he would love to have this featured here, so here it goes, just to be clear, the picture is not his, the man just loves his oysters is all! Here’s a big bowl full of them for you.
Cinnamon buns are a dessert worth being enjoyed by everyone, the family loves it, friends love it and your dog loves it when you drop it on the ground. They have been around for years and made our days brighter, let me introduce you to the world’s purest breed of cinnamon buns, ain’t they a beauty?
Following the dessert theme I came across a rare species of cookies! They look awful pretty this time of the year. The best part? They are filled with chocolate chunks and you can learn the recipe here!
As a young kid, I grew up in wild Oregon and I used to go out every day, I love anything that is natural, so I couldn’t keep myself from showing you these berry dominated pancakes. Overall this picture looks great but there’s one thing I will never understand, why do you scatter the food all around the plate? The thing is supposed to be centered and settled, what do you get instead? A plate that looks like it fell from a second story building.
I’m a big fan of pastry products, doughnuts, loafs, buns, I’m your guy. On a non-related note, I love sight seeing, that’s why you should stop for a moment and take in this gorgeous loaf of bread.
Whether you like it or not, chicken is and will continue to be embedded in our lives. There’s something eerily strange about this picture though, it contains lime! Don’t be afraid, lime is great and if you haven’t paired it with chicken, you don’t know what your missing out on, son. The ends justify the means, if it tastes good, it doesn’t matter how it was cooked.
Cheese comes in many forms such as melted and grated, but this one is going to blow your mind. The truth is, I know how great a cheese sandwich can be at the end of a hard day of work, wash your pupils with these stringy cheese pulls!
Discover - The Space
Church Street Tavern was conceived to fulfill a simple task, a wish if you will. Elegancy and relaxation – a place of comfort, freedom, a good drink and even better food. The restaurant can host up to 60 people at once, the restaurant gives of a rural vibe due to the brick walls and the rock like tiles we used. We’re open all week, show up any time and have a drink, or dinner, or brunch even!
Discover - Our Story
Located at 313 Church Street in the heart of TriBeCa, Church Street Tavern is a reinvention of the classic New York City tavern.
Featuring a New American menu, the restaurant offers diners delicious food and specialty cocktails in an inviting dining space and a bar that will make your jaw drop.