Category Archives: Fun with Food
This was pretty good. I wanted to do something in the Instant Pot with a whole chicken I bought the other day. (Those poultry shears worked great.) I liked this recipe when I skimmed it for ingredients, pretty much everything it called for I had on hand. Subbed regular raisins for the golden kind, and used green olives instead of ripe, and added turmeric to the spice mix, maybe 1/2 tsp.
The couscous was from a box mix with a packet of garlic powder and other spices, it worked pretty well and was in keeping with the Mediterranean feel of the dinner. They eat broccoli in Morocco? Well, I like broccoli.
I’ve added peanut butter to my current fave cookie recipe. Not a lot, maybe a third of a cup. It’s enough to taste but not so much as to throw the recipe out of whack. This is in addition to the raisins I add, and the nuts that I leave out.We bought a couple more of those Kroger deli ready to bake pizzas. This one has a couple of different meats and a couple of veggies. I added olives, roasted garlic, salami, pickled pepper rings, and more cheese. These are pretty good for store bought – fast, and relatively cheap at $6 bucks.It’s hard to get a good photo of pizza slices at the table. I think they shoot better on cardboard than on a plate.I took this pic as an afterthought, there were some leftover taco dinner sides that I wanted to get a picture of so I loaded them onto this small plate. I made that corn salad using canned corn – a premium brand of their Mexi-corn – and I wanted to point out that it suited the corn salad recipe very well, better than the frozen corn I would ordinarily use in the off season.I’ve had this roasted chicken photo laying about, not doing anything, so this is a good spot to drop it. Those potatoes are from a new thing Kroger is peddling: microwaveable package with a packet of a cheese-like powder and seasonings meant to be tossed with some butter and stirred into the hot potatoes. Interesting idea but poorly executed, you can do the same thing with freshly grated cheese to much better effect. You will need to sort the potatoes and use same sized ones in your dish.A little lunch pr0n for you. Hard to beat hot dogs for easy! I try to make them look like I took a little time so I chopped some fresh onions and jalapenos to go with the sweet pickle relish and the pickled red onions. I’m going to have to make more slaw, that’s the last of the batch.More lunch pr0n! The classic combo – with just a wee curve in the grilled cheese. I could only find rye bread for the sammiches but it worked well enough. No harm, no foul!
I wind this up with Bitsy, because she’s right there on the sofa and entirely unsuspecting.
I thought I would try flour tortillas from scratch today, and managed well enough to get by. I used the dough blades in my food processor to make short work of getting to a dough ball. Add 2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp baking powder to the bowl, and give it a pulse. Add 1 Tbsp of lard and pulse it until that’s blended in, then run it as you add water until the dough ball forms. It will take about 3/4 cup for that. I divided the dough into 8 pieces and rolled them into a semblance of round and flopped them onto a scorching hot griddle. I had already started a pot of chili, not the best thing to show off the tortillas but I made do. They were delicious – soft and warm and smelling great. I probably should have fried them in oil to crisp them a tad to use as chili scoops, or else made burritos with them.