Thursday, November 30, 2006

A day or so later

I did this...
Delicious with plantain chips :)
Oh sooooooo good.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Guacamole here I come

Sandy gave me this thing today.
It needs to sit for a couple more days...Then I make guac
I'll just list the ingredients
My delicious Avocado
Garlic (minced to high heaven)
Lemon Juice
Dash of black pepper
Dash of my blend...Secret spice blend of mine

Epicurious Gift Guide

The holiday gift guide is out.
Nikki I know this will interest you.
The books everyone wants: Rachel Ray is always a big hit but I think Ina Garten is making her way up there as well as Paula Deen.
Tyler Florence I believe has been settling down a little into domestic life even though he does more shoes on the food network, and Bobby Flay keeps losing all the cooking challenges.

Ok so they have books, wine clubs, travel deals, food baskets, gourmet foods, cheese, sea salt and oil collections, cutlery and fancy cookware.
I just like to look at all of it....It's like looking at a shiny new car or anything shiny. Shiny is good and mesmerizing.

Sandy's White Bean and Pepper Salad

My friend Sandy gave me this recipe after she made and brought in this salad for a party recently.
I don't normally like beans at all but the smell of this was so good that I tasted it.
YUMMY was all that I have to say about this. I am going to try it at home.
Maybe I will start to like beans more and more.

Sandy's White Bean and Pepper Salad
2 TBS Lemon Juice
1 and 1/2 tsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp dried dillweed or fennel seed (crushed)
1/8 tsp pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1 15 ounce can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Stir together lemon juice, oil, suger, dillweed/fennel seed, pepper and garlic
Add beans/red pepper, cucumber and green onions.
Toss to coat
Cover and Refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

This Salad tasted so fresh and crisp and cleansing. I ate a lot of it and it doesn't give you a heavy full feeling at all!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Currently trying out.....

Cuzzy's Key West Tropical Chipolte Sauce.
I think I may use it partly as a marinade and partly as a dressing.
Oh I took this pic on my dark brown faux fur blanket which I love.
It's one of my favorite things that I own.
I'll try the sauce (since they gave it to me to try), but this is not an endorsement. I looked at the ingredients and the majority of it is Soybean oil, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar and Less than 2% of spice.
Everyone who knows me knows that the spice is always the major mart of my Marinades and sauces.

The FAMU Food Booth

Is the best at all the getdowns.
Check it out.
It's really the only place I get food from.
They always have long lines and the best smells of any vendor along the street.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Give it a Name

This is the first time I actually tried this dish.
Its a casserole of sorts.
First a layer of herb stuffing on the bottom, spicy sauteed eggplant, as the second layer, sweet raisin spicy groundbeef is next, followed by a crescent roll crust topping.
I think this will be a good one. I think I'll just share this one at work.
Then this is how a yellow cake looks before you cut into it or put the icing on.
All this stuff is so easy to make and takes no time at all..and as you can see I love using PYREX for almost everything in baking.
Oh Yeh. The lighting in my kitchen sucks.....

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Roasting the Turkey

This is the raw, well seasoned turkey parts.
Parts are way easier and take a shorter time to cook than a whole turkey.
At the end there will be crispy skins and tender meat :)


I just made it because I wanted to.
It is a herb cornbread, raisin, ground beef stuffing with a sharp cheddar topping.
I don't know why I made it because I probably won't eat very much of it at all.
I like that I made it though...I can cook :)

Ixora/West Indian Jasmine

I only put this in the food section because I used to eat these things....
Well not eat, but I think just about every Trinidadian remembers picking Ixora from around the savannah by the Port Of Spain General Hospital and sucking on the tips for the nectar.

There was only a small amount of course, and you had to suck hundreds for a good sweet taste but I still liked it...
Oh yeh ...You had to be careful of bugs.
This last pic is a plant I think is similar to IXORA . It is found in Turkey.
Janice took that picture during a visit there.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A newish wine

For me to try.
Blue Nun.
It's a German white wine so I am thinking it will be as good as the others I have tried.
I like the cuteness of the bottle :)

The Best Curry

Chief Brand from Trinidad.
Only because they make a variety with a variety of spice levels.
I like green curry and madrass curry the best.

Brown Stewed Chicken and Blackbeans

Eaten over rice, and a variety of carbs, or with vegetables or on its own.
I eat it on its own.
This is how it looks on the gas stove in my trusty nonstick.
The Brown stewed chicken is delicious on its own, but I wanted to see the effect with black beans.
I used the generic Publix Black beans and I like that a lot more than Goya because its not some overwhelming a beany taste.

Eggplant and Umami

Eveyone knows that Umami is that taste sensation they label as 'meaty'.
Although I know the vegetarianism and me won't work out in the near future, I do try to prepare vegetarian meals too.
I have vegetarian friends, vegans etc. and it would be cool to one day just impress them with some LOW CARB Vegetarian cooking.
So I tried out Eggplant.
I'll talk about mushrooms later but Eggplant is one of those vegetables that has the mouthfeel of meat. If you season it right (I season all my food), then you are in for a treat.
I like to keep the skin on because I think that a 'warmer' flavor is incorporated into the eggplant dish because of the skin.
Baking the eggplant is good because you dont have to monitor it as much as you would if you did it on stove top.

How to season:
For one large eggplant cut into cubes.

8 Fl oz of Olive or Canola Oil in a bowl.
1 Fl oz of lemon Juice concentrate
1tbs Tonys All Purpose Seasoning
1tbs Parsley Flakes
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt (or replace with 1 oz soy sauce)
1tsp parprika or chili powder
1tsp dried pepper flakes
4 cloves finely chopped garlic

Whisk all ingredients together with fork ensuring that all dried seasoning is incorporated into oil.

Add eggplant cubes and make sure all are coated.
Optional but highly recommended: Cut up sweet (red, yellow and green) peppers and add to eggplant
Place all of this into oven baking dish.
Cover with foil and place into preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 mins. Check once to ensure that eggplant is not drying out. (It should not, but keep an eye out).

When the eggplant is very soft, as well as the peppers, the dish is done.
To the top of the eggplant one may add some feta or bleu cheese for an added kick.

I personally love this dish. :)
It does feel like you are eating meat

Friday, November 17, 2006

Empty plates and cakes

When the food is good like it was at Las Brasas, sometimes all you have time for with pictures is the empty plate. I had chicken and salad.
Then Tres Leches dessert lol. I do have to mention the sauces. The sauces with the food were good but there was one that was pink. Like medicinally pink.
It smelled good and taste good, but because of the color I felt like it would make me throw up if I ate anymore of it :(
But we met Nando from Venezuela, and had lived in Trinidad. He was very cool, so I would visit there again :)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Does it make sense

To consume so many carbs all the time?
Granted, it tastes good but what does it do to the body?
Plus this was at a health fair!

Book Signing

For every occasion ther seems that Food is mandatory.
So at the book signing there was a commemorative cake.
I loved it!

desserts at church

The talk show was good, the food was great, but I can't eat so much chocolate in one go...There was chocolate everywhere
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