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October 31st, 2009

Beer pancakes... @ 06:14 pm

Current Mood: happy

So last night, I opened a bottle of beer and made kasha with it. (Yes, normal people would end that sentence "and drank it" but this is the beer I bought when I had no water. In day-to-day life, I usually keep beer in the house for cooking with, not drinking.)

This morning I made (beer pancakes)

September 28th, 2009

Tomato and Tamarind Soup @ 12:03 pm

Current Mood: full

Vegan soup made with onions, tomato, tamarind, and potato/red lentils.

(Recipe under fake LJ-cut)

May 13th, 2008

Ahhh, coffee! @ 08:41 pm

Current Location: the office
Current Mood: busy

I take my coffee hot, black, iced, latte, espresso shot, shot in a cuppa, and sometimes with a wee dram if you know what I mean. *wink*
Don't care for a lot of the fluffy frappucinos (though when I worked for Starbucks I certainly made tons of them). This time of year, I love it over ice.

Here's how to make it iced:

Put enough coffee for a full pot of your coffee maker in the basket. Then fill the water resevoir only half full of water. That's right, use half the normal amount of water. Let it brew normally. When done, add sugar if you want, or sweeter while it's hot so it blends well. If you want to flavor with a coffee syrup, you can just do that by the glass. Pour the coffee into a pitcher for the fridge. Add water to the coffee (equal parts water and coffee) and place in fridge to chill. Pour by the glass over ice. You can add milk or cream if you like. Personally, I like mine black. :) Enjoy.

Where I'm from, we don't drink lots of iced tea. Many families make this instead. :)

May 9th, 2008

A friend of mine jsut sent me this email @ 08:50 am

Current Location: the office
Current Mood: content

This recipe sounds so very yummy!

a blender
two Ziploc pint size containers with screw top lids (there is something about sitting down with a pint of frozen goodness)
one-fourth cup fresh pineapple or pineapple in pineapple juice, drained
one cup nonfat, sugar free vanilla bean yogurt (I tried plain vanilla and I didn't like it as much but feel free to experiment)
one bag of frozen fruit (just the fruit and nothing but the fruit, I prefer dark cherries)

Mix the pineapple, yogurt and frozen fruit in blender and then pour into the two containers, it will make almost exactly two pints.
I toss mine in the microwave for 20ish seconds to knock off the hardness so it eats like ice cream.
Enjoy! +) 

I'll be making this pretty soon so I'll let you know how it goes.  ;)

May 7th, 2008

Herbed Chicken and Potatoes @ 11:37 am


Last night my partner and I were just wiped out, but I couldn't see doing another pizza strike at $30 when we're trying to conserve money. So I preheated the oven to 375F, got out the bag o'quick- frozen boneless-skinless chicken thighs, put six of them in the bottom of a shallow Pyrex baking dish, and made some magic.

Herbed Chicken and Potatoes

6 medium boneless-skinless chicken thighs, still frozen (important!!)
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
6-8 small new red potatoes, cut in eighths
Olive oil
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Coat chicken pieces with olive oil; place on bottom of shallow baking dish. In bowl, combine onion, garlic, potatoes, about 1/2 cup olive oil, and spices. Toss to coat all veggie pieces with spices and oil. Pour into baking dish to cover chicken pieces. Lightly salt and pepper over the top of the whole thing; put in preheated oven.

Bake for 25 minutes or so, or until chicken runs clear when stabbed with a fork. Serves 2. You can, of course, add other veggies, but I was short on time and long on tired, so I just went with what was easy to grab.

March 21st, 2008

Welcome to Cooking! @ 03:00 am

Current Mood: full

I'm making several asylums to parallel the ones I enjoyed on LJ. Please feel free to post recipes, recipe questions, general cooking questions, baking questions, photos of your food (as long as it's behind a cut tag, please, to spare people's bandwidth), questions about kitchen equipment, funny cooking stories, anything as long as it has something to do with cooking and isn't a gross-out story. To start things off, I'm going to share my chicken mushroom curry recipe which I perfected the other night and which met with approval from my East Indian friend. Note the tags for this post: all the main ingredients, the prominent spice or spices, the cookware if applicable, the type of cuisine - all of those are tags which are appreciated in any post.

And now, curry!

Chicken Mushroom Curry )

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