Category Archives: Fun with Food
I par-fried another big batch of jumbo potatoes the other day and froze them. They make a quick side and an even quicker entree. I started out wanting hot dogs, I even thawed some out, but that got me thinking chili dogs, and that led to chili fries. It just seemed pretty straightforward to make some leftover crockpot pork into chili with a generous dose of various chili powders, and what is pork cooked with chilies if it isn’t carnitas? The cheese was going onto whatever we ended up with.
Coconut cake with lemon curd filling and brown butter cream cheese frosting. Mrs J went with box mix white cake and subbed coconut milk for the water and used coconut oil for the vegetable oil. We made 2 boxes worth of cake batter and divided that equally among three 9″ cake rounds. The lemon filling was from this recipe, and we doubled this recipe for the frosting – using browned butter rather than just plain “softened”. We used Splenda throughout. Splenda substitutes in recipes by volume and not by weight so I weighed out one pound of powdered sugar. That came to about 4 cups.
The “Better Luck” in the title is a play on the phrase “Better luck next time”, the first time we did this cake we really liked the taste but the presentation was a little lame. We are getting better but we are still on the learning curve.
Mmm… We make this a few times every year and I’ve never been disappointed with any of the recipes tried but the one from NOLA Cuisine is my favorite. If you’re a fan of creole or Cajun cooking you should do yourself a favor and look around on the site. I stayed pretty close to his recipe today, even using his recipe for stock, and his seasonings recipe.
I thought I would have a little fun with this recipe. There are butter beans, pintos, and white kidney beans simmered with browned pancetta and ham cubes, sauteed spinach, onions, and diced tomato bits in the soup. I made it pretty thick, no water added aside from what came out of the several cans. The frybread bowl liner did soak up a lot of the liquid.
The frybread is about as basic as it gets – today I mixed a little milk and some water into flour, salt, and baking powder and stirred it until the dough came together. Let the dough rest for a half hour then pat or roll it into a circle for frying.
I changed my usual fish breading for one I hoped would be a little bit thicker, and more crunchy. I had been using a commercial breading mixture, dredging the bare filets through it and then straight to the hot oil. This time I beat an egg into 1/2 cup of milk and soaked the filets in it while I added corn meal and regular flour to the store-bought mix. It turned out pretty well. (The rings and mushrooms are from frozen, they have their own breading.)
I love slaw on most any sandwich and these fish filets are no exception. I also made a quick tartar sauce with mayo, sweet relish, horseradish, chopped fresh parsley, and lemon zest.
This is a photo from the back yard trail camera. I cropped it and tweaked the brightness and contrast. Lots of grain in the picture due to the high ISO the camera switches to for low light pictures. It has an array of LEDs for a flash – they glow a dim red to the eye but the camera is tuned to use that wavelength. Anyway the relatively bright horizon beyond the pines caught my eye.Here’s “Tanner”, he was sent out with a family for adoption but they brought him back. They said he wanted to sleep in their bed with them and they used that as an excuse for the return. He’s a good boy – walks well on a leash, housebroken, all the good stuff. Knows basic commands, he’s been fixed. I like his ears. Better luck next time, pal, they don’t deserve you.This is a small tablet that is running Windows 8.1. It’s a Dell Venue 8 Pro. I have it set to boot to the desktop, bypassing the new tiled start screen. The photo of Ginger is what I’m using for the desktop background right now but it’s a tad too busy and I’ll be changing it out. I’m using it for web browsing when we are out somewhere, Googling for recipes while in the store for the ingredient list, things like that. I have it paired with a small bluetooth keyboard that works well, and also a bluetooth mouse but that stuff is just clutter and is left behind when I am out. At home I’m using full sized keyboards and big screens with more competent CPUs so those toys don’t see much action.Food Blog! Really!Here’s a PB&J with bacon and cheddar. I really wanted to put some banana slices on the thing but we didn’t have any.I’ll leave you with this pair of puppy girls. The momma was found abandoned and ready to pop. The rescuer brought her to the shelter just in time. There is one more pup in the litter, another girl.
With a nice spinach salad. Haven’t broken the gas grill out yet, these spent a good while in the oven at 300 or so. Five hours, or six, with a rub I had leftover from an earlier project and a squirt of BBQ sauce in the last hour. Used up the last of my par cooked cut fries – I’ll need to put jumbo potatoes on the grocery list and prepare some more. I hope the snow stays gone from my spud cutting bench.
This popped up on my Facebook page a while back and I kept it bookmarked thinking I needed to share it. Lucky you, today is that day. These are a few that I really liked, but everyone of them is terrific. Click over there and take a look.
made with basil, pasta and tomatoes.
made with kimbap and sauces.
made with banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit
made with scone, cream and jams
Again, click here or on any photo to see all the flags. - TaMara