Friday, October 12, 2012
Cottage cheese added and heated.
Starts to appear to solidify...
This time anyway...
Looks like cottage cheese again!
Perhaps my mistake was in the heating step.
Should I try again another time?
Yum! Looks odd, tastes great.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
If you are a fan of Cajun or Creole Jambalaya, you might find the different flavors but somewhat similar construction of Paella an interesting change. It makes for an easy, family, one-pot meal.
olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper, the refrigerate.
Meanwhile, put some olive oil in a large skillet. Heat it up, adding garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Brown the rice and get a nice aromatic smell coming from your pan. Not done with spices yet though! Add in saffron threads. Or if you absolutely can't and want to make the recipe, use tumeric, but realize it won't be quite the same. At least though you'll have a yellow color! Other spices include bay leaf, parsley, grated lemon zest (it's going to taste a little lemony!), and some broth. Bring all this to a boil and cover.
Quickly brown your meat (chicken, chorizo) and saute some bell pepper then add it to the pot. Continue cooking, covered, until rice is cooked. Then add shrimp and cook until no longer pink.
Serve and enjoy!
Here is the recipe I used. I discovered reading other recipes that the meat is usually cooked with the rice. It's good, but a bit lemony, so perhaps next time I'll buy small lemons.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
So I made an easy family-friendly Cuban meal: Ropa Vieja. It's simple, and flavorful. I've made it for a while and can't remember where I found the recipe in the first place. The whole family tends to love it. Although last night my 3.5 year old decided there was something funny about the large slices of onion. Next time I'll slice them smaller.
1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 pound beef flank steak
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp beef better than bouillon
1/2 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 small onion, sliced
Bell pepper, in strips (I like tri color)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the water, better than bouillon, and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas, rice, and black beans.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Oh, in case you're wondering about my Asian night comment. Now that I'm well in my second trimester (yes, I'm expecting my own little sweet pea this winter!) and not relying on giant crockpots full of doubled and tripled recipes to freeze in order to feed the family each night I'm back to cooking most days each week, which means back to making international food more often. How much more? Well, I'm experimenting with a new way to menu plan. Each day of the week minus one is assigned a continent. If I need to plan a meal for that day of the week I can think of recipes from that continent (or the oceans if you wanted to add a just fish night).
Monday: North America
Tuesday: South America
One day on the Weekend: Africa
We'll see how this strategy goes. So far so good. It has certainly streamlined menu planning.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
and a side dish for our Nigerian adventure.
Dish 1 used: Adobo seasoning, oil, tomato, onion, garlic, peppers, curry powder, bouillon
Dish 2 used: Carrot, cucumber, peas, corn, eggs, tuna, baked beans, cabbage, and salad cream
So what did we enjoy? (And yes, we really enjoyed it!)
Monday, April 23, 2012
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Three cups of milk (almond milk adds a little to the flavor) brought to a boil over medium heat.
It will thicken rapidly!
Serve with your choice of toppings, including raisins, coconut, and cinnamon. Wonderfully quick, easy, and silky.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Once again my pantry is my market. How I love it when this happens. The ingredients for our Algerian dessert adventure were few and common. It should be considerably cheaper than the other dessert I was leaning towards making. This particular dish requires corn starch to thicken it up and is served with some optional chopped toppings.
Can you guess what we're having?
Water, milk, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, coconut
Sunday, March 4, 2012
from Free Retro Graphics
Couscous- once again!- is an essential part of Algerian cooking. There are even dessert dishes made of couscous. I suppose that's really no different than bread or rice pudding in a way. Many desserts are fruit based. One dessert I found includes lavender. Yes, the flower! A variety of nuts are also used. What varied textures these desserts must have.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wouldn't mind having it again. I think my toddler liked it the most. It certainly was inexpensive.
It was also exceptionally quick, and easy, to make. I literally could throw it together for lunch. No double checking the recipe or making sure the amounts were just right. Shakshuka is so simple all I had to do was read through a couple recipes on-line and I was good to go.
1-2 tsp cumin
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 chopped bell pepper
large can crushed tomatoes (about 28 oz)
salt and pepper to taste
chili paste to taste
eggs (1 per person)
Chop the bell pepper. I used about 1 1/2 bell peppers. If I didn't happen to have pre-chopped onion I would've chopped 1 onion at this point.
Next the chopped bell pepper, and continued cooking until softened.
Not bad for an easy, cheap, and rather interesting lunch!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Don't you love it when you can make your entire meal from things you already have on hand? For our planned Tunisian meal, that's exactly what happened. Our pantry was the market!
Can you guess the meal?
Bell pepper, onion, garlic, eggs, salt, pepper, tomatoes, chili paste, and cumin.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Our salad was simple, healthy- and not a big hit. We didn't dislike it. It just wasn't something any of us fell in love with. Perhaps it would have been better if I'd spent the money on Argan oil. I substituted sesame oil per the original recipe. Or, it might be better served with something other than a vegetable curry.
Slice cucumbers. Section oranges.
The stew was actually a vegetable curry. Personally I never would have considered combining the involved ingredients together. It really worked! The flavors were delicious. I would definitely serve it to guests if I knew they were adventurous. We were all disappointed when the last bite was eaten. Marakesh Vegetable Curry is just that good.
Diced sweet potato placed in a pot
By now the kitchen was starting to smell pretty nice. Adding a few more spices really kicked it up a notch. My home started to fill with a mouth-watering aroma.
I added some frozen chopped spinach and served. Here's the link to the original recipe if you're interested in trying it yourself.