Ignatius's fabulous Sopaipilla's  
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:25 PM
Today I'm gonna share my favorite dessert with all of you. Sopaipilla's are a tortilla based dessert that originated from Argentina. So let's get this little project started!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Frying Pan
Butter
Soft Tortilla's
Organic Honey
Organic Sugar

STEPS

First take a teaspoon of butter and gently spread it across your frying pan at medium heat. This process takes about a minute at most. Once this has been accomplished divide your tortilla up into six slices of equal six and throw into the frying pan. Cook on both sides at 30 second intervals (flip) until your tortilla turns a golden brown. Once this is done take the frying pan off of the burner and set down on a cool burner. Take your honey and spread around front and back of each piece of tortilla until you are satisfied. I personally use a medium amount of honey and then I simply smear the tortilla together until all are coated. The final step is to take a teaspoon of sugar and lightly coat each tortilla front and back. Once down your Sopaipilla is ready to eat!

I hope you enjoy this wonderful dessert! Comment below for suggestions or other comments on this dish!

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A Comfortable Cup of Tea and a Simple Dessert 
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 01:06 AM
As many of you by now should know, I love cooking and I love making drinks. One of the simplest things you could make for "Tea Time" is an old favorite of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. This combination is something I occasionally have and I find that comfort and relaxation is found.

What You Will Need for Tea:

- Earl Grey
- Irish Whiskey of your choosing ( my preference is Jamison)
- Water
-Tea pot
- Stove Top

Instructions:

Fill your teapot to the top with cool, clean water. If you are using a sink faucet, let the water clear out some of the nasty impurities by letting the water run for roughly 3 to 5 minutes. Preheat stove top to high and then boil water accordingly. Once the water has been boiled, pour into a cup of your choosing and then add the Earl Grey tea. Let the tea brew for 3 to 8 minutes (depending on the strength of the tea you desire) and then pour 1 1/2 ounces of Irish Whiskey into the tea. Stir and enjoy!

What You Will Need for Dessert:

- Whip Cream
- Fresh Strawberries
- Sugar
- Carmel or Chocolate syrup.
- Knife
- Bowl

Instructions:

Wash strawberries in clean water ( the amount of strawberries is dependent upon how much you desire). Take a sharp blade and gently slice the strawberries and add them to a small bowl. Once the slicing is completed, take two teaspoons of sugar and stir the sugar into the strawberries. This brings out the sweetness of the berry. Next, simple add the desired amount of whip cream and stir into the berries. Add carmel or chocolate syrup if desired.


Overall, this is a wonderful little combination if you are looking for comfort food. I've found repeatedly that the combination of comfortable tea and strawberries and cream add for a wonderful combination in times of stress or peril. Catherine McAuley once said that upon her death, her friends should always enjoy a comfortable cup of tea. Now you can to!

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Omelets: The Ignatian Way 
Monday, November 18, 2013, 08:39 PM
Omelets are tricky to make. You can either make a relatively decent omelet or make a disaster, depending on your cooking ability. Yet, Omelets are one of the most popular breakfast dishes in the world. So here's how I make my omelets.

What You Will Need

-Three Eggs
- Sausage Links, preferably purchased at your local slaughterhouse (Seriously. If you can afford to shop at the butcher's do so. Help promote job growth!)
-One block of medium cheddar cheese, one block of mild cheddar cheese, and one block of strong cheddar cheese.
- Half Stick of lightly salted butter
- 2 % Milk
- Fresh Onion
- Fresh Mushrooms
- Fresh Red and Yellow Peppers
- Saute pan
- Traditional frying pan
- Cutting Board
- Ulu knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

Dice up your sausages and throw into traditional frying pan. Set to medium-high heat and cook for 7-11 minutes. Remember to check the sausages to avoid burning. Cut heat midway through the cooking process to medium low. Chop up your fresh veggies. Throw a quarter stick of butter into Sauté pan on low heat. The butter will gradually melt. Once the butter has finished melting, throw veggies into the sauté pan and turn heat to medium. Constantly rotate the veggies for a period of five minutes. They should appear golden brown at the end of the cooking period. Turn heat down to low and add sausage to pan.

Grind your three cheeses to a desired amount. Personally, I enjoy a mixed balance of cheese and I use little. Store remaining blocks in the refrigerator. Next, crack your eggs into a bowl and use a fork to scramble the yoke. Add a swig of milk. I like to also add a pinch of oregano. Next, add a quarter stick of butter to a CLEAN frying pan and turn heat to low. Once the butter has melted, slowly pour the egg mix into the frying pan. Now, turn the heat up to medium and rotate the frying pan so that the egg is in a circular shape. The egg will cook in under two minutes so make sure to keep close track of the time. You do not want your egg to crisp to much or become golden. The egg should remain soft but formed.

Flip the egg over and cook for another minute on medium on the other side of the egg. This will ensure that the egg does not taste runny during the eating portion. While the egg cooks, insert your fresh veggies and sausage and spread cheese over the veggies. Flip the bottom portion of the egg up and fold over. If you would like, you can add a little bit of cheese to the top of the omelet. You should only keep the egg cooking for as long as it takes to melt the cheese in the inside of the Omelet. This usually takes me 30 seconds. Turn off heat and serve.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

With my omelet, I generally enjoy a good cup of Earl Grey Tea. I personally recommend Twinnings Earl Grey for a mellow taste. A medium roasted coffee ( pour over preferred) is also recommended. If you would like to enjoy a wine, I recommend a dry Merlot.

I also recommend visiting your local Baker and ordering Jewish Rye ( not sliced). You can slice the amount of bread desired and throw the bread into your toaster over while cooking. ENJOY!!!!

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The Gin Buck / Ginger Rogers 
Monday, November 18, 2013, 08:21 PM
Here is a forgotten favorite of the pre WWII era of US History!

Gin Buck

What you'll need

2 ounces of Gin of choice. I recommend Hendricks or Bombay Silver. If you want to really try something fun, try Two James Gin. Two James is a small distillary located in the historic Corktown District of Detroit, Michigan.

1/2 -1 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice. You can substitute with artificial flavoring, but I do not recommend doing so.

Ginger Ale to your liking, preferably Vernors.

Martini Shaker

Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Take your Martini shaker and insert ice to your liking. I recommend filling with ice a quarter of the shaker. Next, pour in one ounce of the gin of your choosing and then pour in all of the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Put the lid on the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Take off the cap of the shaker and then pour in the second ounce of Gin. Fill the top of the shaker with your ginger ale and shake for another 15 seconds. Pour the drink into a martini glass and enjoy!

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Cooking With Ignatius 
Monday, November 18, 2013, 08:17 PM
Why? Because I've always enjoyed cooking. I've spent some time recently looking at cached copies of the old sb254 website and there used to be a cooking section on the site (Neelix's Kitchen). The section was dedicated to classic Trek recipes. This blog, which runs with my other blog ( A Day In The Life) will focus primarily on recipes and other cool things to do in the kitchen, like making drinks. ENJOY!!!

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