Mexican Food, is intense, spicy and full of variety, corn, and particularly corn tortillas, plays a fundamental role in most all Mexican cuisine, there are many other ingredients in Mexican cooking that add not only characteristic flavours but also amazing healthy nutrients.
I think I’m getting the hang of using the grill. Steaks with caper/herb sauce, mushroom medley and grilled asparagus. Prep time on this was about ten minutes, as was overall cooking time.
What’s for Dinner?: My little brother leaves for boot camp, so I finally made him dinner. He’s been asking for tabouleh for a while. We had grilled flank steak, grilled onions and tabouleh w/couscous. Ily little brother!
The only Irish Car Bomb I will ever ingest will be in cupcake form! I’ve had these before, the first time was at a friend’s BBQ. One of the best cupcakes ever, I mean come on they have alcohol! I used this recipe from Smittenkitchen.
All of the things needed to make one of the best cake recipes I’ve ever eaten. This seriously was the softest, most moist cake I’ve put in my mouth. The second cake being the recipe found on the Swan’s cake flour box! LOL (Apologizing in advance, I should have used the same filter on these photos.)
I had two birthday parties this weekend and decided to make these, using this recipe it came out to about 80 mini cupcakes.
For the Jameson Ganache:
It took me a bit to get all of the centers scooped out, I ended up with a bowl full of chocolate crumbs. Next time I will be making a chocolate cake shake with that!
I seriously think that I will be using this recipe more often, well not too often it was probably the most expensive cake I’ve made. But definitely well worth it. I have 2 cans of Guinness left and a bottle of Baileys… so there will be more cake/icing (at least) in the very near future!! Who doesn’t like a little booze for dessert?
I think a couple dozen of these and a bottle of Jameson make up for the lack of an appearance to a party, right?! Even my non-drinking friends ate these up. (^_^)
So my brother brought home a bunch of random groceries yesterday, and I got the idea to make some pasta because in those groceries were 3 containers of fresh tomatoes. After work today I stopped in my local market and bought some stuff for the weekend.
While there I vaguely recalled a recipe that I’d seen Giada De Laurentiis make once. Needless to say, I didn’t remember it correctly and instead just went with the flow.
Here’s what I did:
brown 1/4 lb ground chuck and 1/3 of a Jimmy Deans sausage roll (I know, weird… but it did add a nice flavor). Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and onion, cook until translucent. While this is happening, boil water and cook pasta (I used a whole wheat rotini), this should be done by the time the “sauce” is done as well!! Once the Onions are translucent, I added two yellow squash probably too early because they ended up cooking down more than I wanted them to. But as you can see some of them still held their shape! Then I added 1 box of grape tomatoes (cut in half or in 4 depending on the size) and added that to the mess, season and just let it cook down. Once the pasta was cooked I added that to the meat mixture, spooning directly from the water. I laddled in about 2-3 spoon fulls of pasta water and about 4 heaping tablespoons of low fat ricotta. mix it all up and bam!
It was good. There’s a crap ton left because I made way too much meat mixture and had to balance it out with the pasta. Oh well, now I have lunch for next week!
Yesterday I got the idea in my head that I would make stuffed pork chops for dinner and just in luck, (bc I’m on a budget) Jewel had pork chops on sale! I popped into the store on my way home from work and saw that the actual pork chops that you use for this dish were about $4 each, not quite in my budget. So I improvised, did a quick search on my phone and found this recipe for “Stuffed” pork chops!!
For never having made pork chops (or at least ones that aren’t paper thin, dry and hard to chew- which have been the only kind that I’ve known) I did a pretty damn good job! (^_^) The meat came out really tender and juicy! The next time I do this, I will be cooking the veggies a bit before hand, the celery (and carrot that I added) were still a bit too hard for my liking.
A+ for me tonight! I only wish I had thought to buy or make dessert… bc as soon as this food coma is over, something sweet would be nice!
What’s for Dinner?: orange glazed chicken, green beans, rotini w/garlic sauce and broccoli.
What’s for Dinner : orange glazed chicken, cucumber salad and saffron rice.
I actually made the rice myself and am proud to say that I have finally been able to make rice!! (applause) If I were to make this combination again I would omit the kalamata olives from the salad, they didn’t work well with the citrus flavoring in the chicken. Otherwise, I think it came out pretty good.
Inspired by my friend, after discussing the fact that she needs to start cooking so that she can have lunch. (^_^) I love quick and easy meals!!