Tagged: food

week six

10-24-13

Yesterday I was trying to make these cheese crackers because I was really wanting cheese puffs and looking through my cookbooks. They came out yummy but not quite the texture I wanted. I rolled them too thick and piercing before they were cooked didn’t work.

cheese cracker backs cheese crackers

2 cups of cheese (I used 1 and 1/2 cups of cheddar plus Colby and Monterey Jack for the rest,

although it came up to the rim of the measuring cup so was more 2 and 1/3?)

1 and 1/2 cup of flour

1 stick of melted butter, unsalted

1 egg

1/2 cup of sour cream

salt

Cholula Chili Garlic hot sauce (obviously to your liking)

Mix all together then set in fridge and let sit for about half an hour.

Roll out dough and cut with cutters into whatever shape you want or cut into strips.

Cook at 350 for about 10 minutes.

If you want a slightly crispy bottom, spray PAM on foil before placing the crackers.

Cholula Chili Garlic. The only question I have is why is this stuff only made in small 5 oz. bottles? This is the only hot sauce I like and it needs to be bottled in jars. Okay, gallons.

 

10-26-13

Ground beef is either made into meatloaf, meatballs, hamburgers or Stroganov.

Stroganov it was.

I browned off the beef in squares with salt and pepper, then set it in the dish before putting three tablespoons of butter in the pan and then adding some onions until soft; added a can of mushrooms (I prefer fresh mushrooms but the 16 oz can was good enough). After cooking them, I cheated and added the Lipton’s sauce mix with the amount of water it says on the back. After it cooked for about ten minutes, I took it off the heat and added three huge spoonfuls of sour cream.

After putting the sauce on the hamburgers, I cooked the whole thing in the oven at 350 for about twenty-five minutes.

P1020697 stroganov with peas and rice

Chicken Soup

I had boiled five chicken drumsticks with one huge carrot (probably would equal two regular size carrots), a couple of celery sticks and three garlic cut in halves.

After boiling for about an hour, I cut everything into pieces except for the garlic which got smashed.

I put the stock back on the stove and added some water. I added three handfuls of macaroni and a whole cut up tomato.

The pasta is fully cooked and add back the chicken and the other veggies it was cooked with and reheated for a minute before adding the juice of one lemon and two tablespoons of patis. I did add a little salt and pepper at one point.

This is a terrible picture of the whole thing, because the steam kept fogging up the camera. It’s not pretty and I did consider putting it in the blender.

chicken soup

 

By the way, my child will start attending preschool on the first Monday of November. I am both anxious and completely happy for him.

week four

10-7-13

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and niece came over. My sister-in-law really wants to sell her (not used, price tag still on them) clothes online, so while she was doing that, I putzed around on Etsy looking up “examples” of people’s wares because I finally want to start selling things I’ve made on there. It is overwhelming to think up a logo and all that stuff. I have no idea what I am doing.

Before they showed up, I made a Shepherd’s Pie and another chocolate cake.

shepherd's pie close up of shepherd's pie

I didn’t cook enough mashed potatoes so a thin layer covered the beef.

I didn’t measure but there is onion, half a green pepper, one carrot (although there should be more), and celery cooked up first, then the beef was cooked separately. I added the veggies back then added a whole can of tomato paste and some flour, plus salt and pepper. Added a can of broth and cooked it up for a few minutes until it looked like spaghetti sauce. Lastly added some frozen peas then put all of it in the bottom of the pan.

While doing that, boiled potatoes, then added butter, milk, and some sour cream, salt and pepper, then put that on top of the beef.

350 degrees F for about twenty-five minutes. You’re supposed to broil the top to brown it but, eh, I forgot.

 

10-12-13

It has been a completely uneventful week cooking and/or craft-wise. Tuesday, I did officially start the process of getting my son into preschool and this morning, I did get a text from an ex asking about that project I mentioned last week. I still plan on doing that but in a more modified manner. Apparently, a lot of people have issues being filmed talking honestly.

I did make a meatloaf and mashed potatoes yesterday.

meatloaf and mashed potatoes

 

The meatloaf was easy.

1 lb ground beef

1 slice of bread soaked in milk (drain the excess milk before adding it)

1 egg

salt and pepper

Mix and put together in pan and cook at 350 degree F for an hour.

 

The mashed potatoes started off as scalloped, but after cooking up onion in butter and adding salt and pepper and pouring some milk over them, then sprinkling parmesan onto it. I cooked them at 400 for ten minutes then decided to smash some of them.

Turned the oven down to 350 and put them in for another half hour.

I like my mashed potatoes smooth so used my masher then a fork, but it still came out lumpy in some parts.

Also, it just occurred to me but I did make mashed potatoes more than once this week.

About that business stuff, I still have no idea what I am doing. I’m probably overthinking it as I usually do about everything. I am researching where to go to do business cards and I’m heavily leaning towards Vistaprint.

week one

9-15-13

I have become lately obsessed with making sweets. Mostly popsicles.

The lazy person’s version of them.

As in around three ingredients I can throw in a blender and then freeze in a mold. A mold that can only make four at a time.

First ever attempt was strawberries and cherries. Not bad but quite tart.

Second attempt was with those two and blueberries and agave nectar.

popsicle

(I only have plastic wrap so no fancy packaging at all. Having only four sticks, I have resorted to breaking wood skewers in half.)

Today, I blended some coconut milk and pineapple and added some agave nectar. (I’m not comfortable enough to appease my inner alcoholic just yet, so didn’t put in rum to make a frozen drink on a stick.) Somehow warming up the pineapple makes it tastes better because I had fully defrosted them in the microwave then between my almost three year old and myself, a lot of the pineapple went missing.

Yes. One is missing.

popsicle 2

Where on earth does Muscle Beach/Hot Dog on a Stick get their sticks? I need those.

9-18-13

I’ve gotten it into my head that I should make a garland. Yarn pom-poms with fabric yo-yos.

The idea for this garland came from when my niece wanted a heart garland after she brought a scrapbook sheet with her. Some of the paper wasn’t usable but was able to make quite a bit.

hearts

9-20-13

So, I did this with those hearts.

heart garland

I didn’t like it so I’m just going to stick the hearts, minus the ones on the right which were glued down, in a fabric bag and reuse them for something else.

So. There was some frozen strawberries and so some more popsicles and some goodies were made.

popsicle

One of the four. Strawberries, a handful of blueberries, agave nectar and whole milk were blended together.

(I didn’t measure anything out so I can’t give anything exact.)

I had tons left so added more strawberries and milk and agave until I ended up with about three and a half cups.

Using about two cups of the strawberries, I added vanilla and two eggs. Mixed it with two and a half cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. There was some melted coconut oil added but I forgot how much. Made cupcakes.

While trying to mix the cupcakes, the whisk fell apart.

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The leftover I made a sauce where I added the leftover melted coconut oil and a lot of powdered sugar. (I didn’t measure so no idea just how much sugar.)

sauce

I poured some sauce over some of the cupcakes in lieu of frosting.

cupcakes

I still had about a cup and a half of strawberry sauce so I made a cake with it, after chilling the leftover in the fridge (adding the leftover coconut milk in the fridge, which seemed like almost three tablespoons).

2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 salt to the sauce then one egg and1/2 cup of milk.

It resulted in this:

cake