Obedient Ingredients

A place to put cooking ideas to the test.

Leave a comment

Roasted eggplant fan – Update: Looks beautiful, not super tasty


Editor’s Note: I re-blogged this because I thought it was creative and beautiful. I still think it is. I made it last night and, to me, it was not that good. 

I like eggplant and I’ve cooked it many times, and I’ve written three different blogs about it. But to me, this was really lacking in flavor and I personally do not find this the best way to cook an eggplant. I added more olive oil and brushed it on the top (not in the instructions, even though olive oil was an ingredient), but once it was done, I spent too much time cutting the eggplant away from the skin, which was tedious.

So instead, after cutting out the flesh, I threw that in a blender with the cooked tomato and onion, threw in some garlic cloves, some hot Spanish paprika and olive oil, blended it for a quick and MUCH tastier baba ganoush-type spread. I ate it with raw veggies for lunch and it was great.

Originally posted on Cooking without Limits:

baked eggplant with tomato and cheese

I made this recipe this fall with different type of cheese, each time. Could go very good without the cheese for the vegans or you can add some bacon if you like meat very much. I loved it with salty cheese and no bacon, and as you can see, the presentation makes you eat everything.


  • 1 big eggplant or 2 small eggplants
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 200 g cheese  (cheddar or salty cheese)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil


Cut the tomatoes, cheese and onion in thin slices. Clean the eggplant and cut it in two. Each half cut it in thin slices. Keep the  stem so all the slices will stay together. Put some salt on it and leave it to get soft a little bit.

Stuff eggplant slices with tomato, cheese and onion. Press the eggplant slightly with the palm of your hand to form a fan. At…

View original 43 more words

Leave a comment

Magic Coconut Oil Mocha

Source: Magic Coconut Oil Mocha, from Bunnykitchen blog.

Editor’s note: I like forwarding other blog posts when I think a recipe is innovative or super delicious.

I tried this recipe this morning. I am currently giving up sugar this month, so I did not add the sweetener. The cocoa powder (the real stuff) was not only a bit bitter with no sweetener (duh) but also a bit chalky. So I would not recommend this without a sweetener. Next time I may try to add more coconut oil OR coconut milk (unsweetened). The little amount of coconut oil make the drink slightly frothy, but did not add as much depth as I wanted. I may add more next time. I will also add some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice blend next time.

1 Comment

Starbucks Rolls Out Harry Potter Butterbeer. Nope.

Here is an announcement that Starbucks is starting to serve a Harry Potter themed Butterbeer. The title enthusiastically states “Starbucks Is Now Serving Butterbeer! Get the Harry Potter-Inspired Recipe Here!!!!!!” [Extra exclamation marks added].

This sounds just as sugary and gross as I expected it to be. Also pretty uninspiring.

If you want a breakdown of Harry Potter Butterbeer recipes out there on the internet, feel free to go to Obedient Ingredient’s most-viewed post: homemade Butterbeer recipes. You can also read about actual experiments I tried, including an authentic Butterbeer recipe with, you know, butter and beer.

Here is the Starbucks recipe:

  • A Crème Frappuccino base, made with whole milk (not skim or 2%, which will mess up the consistency)
  • 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle

Here is the hot recipe:

  • Whole milk steamer
  • Caramel syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Toffee nut syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits
  • Optional: 1 shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)

According to the E! author, if you hate Harry Potter, you are a sugar/health snob:

‘Non-Potterheads might describe it as “pretty nerdy and HOLY HAGRID! That is way too much sugar for one drink! You are going to get diabetes if you drink that!” To each their own.’

Ten points from Starbucks. Go to detention in Snape’s office.

Leave a comment

Vegetable Infused Pimm’s Cocktail

All it takes is one random comment.

I read about cocktails often. I had a bottle of Pimm’s and was figuring out what to do with it. A Pimm’s Cup is just fine (Pimm’s, ginger beer/ale, with cucumbers and mint), but I wanted to do something different with it.

While reading about variations on the Pimm’s Cup, in the comment section of this particular post, I came across someone who said the following:

“So the best Pimms Cup I’ve ever had was in New Orleans at this super old bar that I can’t remember the name of. The bartender had been working there for like 15 years and we talked Pimms. She infused her Pimms with cucumber, celery and carrots for 4 weeks and mashed the veggies in then double strained the liquor. She used a good ginger ale, and if you were nice she would throw in a rosemary infused gin topper.

Without a doubt one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Just wanted to throw in another idea of what you can do.” [Emphases added]

I knew I needed to try this! I couldn’t find any other recipe similar to this description on Google.

Below is this unnamed cocktail that I just made, and it is indeed amazing, like this commenter said. This is not my idea, but this my recipe.

IMG_6919 (2)

Continue reading

Leave a comment

How to Throw a (Pumpkin) Beer Bracket Party

Every year I throw a gathering that focuses on pumpkin beer and tasting it. Since that is not fun enough, I usually throw in some assessing activities (ranking, voting, etc). The past two years, which you can read about here, and also here, focused more on evaluating each beer through many criteria (pumpkin spice taste, overall flavor, drinkability, etc).

This year, however, we kept it simple: two beers match up against each other! The voters are blind to which beers are matched up against one another! Winners progress through a bracket format!

And I enjoy food themed brackets.

It’s the 2015 Pumpkin Beer Blind(ish) Bracket!


Organizing it and implementing it requires a bit of work, but it is very fun in the end.

Read below to see how to organize your very own food/drink bracket party.

Go to the bottom to see the winners of this year’s pumpkin beer bracket!

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Easy to Make Hollow Ice Spheres

I re-blogged a post earlier today because I thought what this guy or gal did with a hollowed out ice sphere was really cool.

Then I thought…I have that sphere ice mold at home (it’s actually a Death Star mold), I can do this too!

And I did!

IMG_6234 (2)

Continue reading


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 120 other followers