Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slacker I know...

So we have been out of town all last week and are leaving yet again on Saturday for a week... needless to say I haven't been cooking so the fridge will be emptied before we leave! I promise I will post more recipes soon and I'll post a picture of Emery's First Birthday cake which is friday! Hard to believe I know!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Peanut Thai Noodles

Alright so this recipe is still a work in progress. I looked on line and got a few ideas but ran with it on my own and it still needs some tweeking, to be where I really like it. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it though...

1 pkg spaghetti noodles cooked al dente
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 T garlic
1/2 of an onion
1 green chile sliced
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 T oyster sauce or fish sauce would work too.
1 tsp ground ginger
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
carrots julienned
chicken strips (I had left over roasted chicken so I used that)
other veggies and proteins what ever you perfer.

Saute the garlic and onion and chile in a bit of oil add the stock, vinegar, peanut butter, soy, oyster sauce, ginger and cayenne and flakes. Cook till melted and smooth. Adjust the heat as you perfer by adding more cayenne. Sir fry the chicken, carrots and other items and add the cooked spaghetti, toss with the sauce and serve with chopped peanuts, lime juice and Sriracha.

Overall it was tasty but I need to play around with it some more until I can consider it one of my favorites!

Monday, September 13, 2010

To blog or not blog

So I think that I'm not very good at this blogging business. I don't post nearly as often as I should or as I want to but it is so hard...I often wonder if people even look at my blog, I'm going to evaluate my blogging and decide if I want to keep this going or not, I'd like to blog more and add pictures and tips as well but we will see...I also think it might be fun to blog through a cook book, yes like the movie Julie-Julia, but don't know what book to do... perhaps a Pioneer Woman book...But oh the calories! We will see! If you have any suggestions as to how I can make my blog better by all means leave a comment I'd love to hear!

Fish N' Chips

Tonight I'm making Fish N' Chips with some beautiful Cod I bought.

Here is the Batter:
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
seasonings to taste, I used some garlic and cayenne
combine all and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Coat the fish in the batter and fry.

For the chips I just took some potatoes from MY GARDEN!! I know surprising! and peeled them and tossed them in some flour and fried them for about 4 minutes before I did the fish. Once the fish was cooked I tossed the chips back in the oil for a second fry and then tossed with some seasoned salt when they came out.

Serve with homemade fry sauce and homemade tartar sauce. So yummy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Zuchinni Bread

I love the smell of zuchinni bread on a brisk fall day! I didn't plant any zuchinni this year, not sure why but luckily my father in law did and he is sharing the wealth! While Darwin and the 2 older boys went cutting wood this morning Parker, Emery and I made zuchinni bread.

2 cups grated zuchinni
3 eggs
1 cup oil
4 T melted butter
2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves

Combine wet ingredients and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and sift together. Combine wet and dry and mix just till combined. Grease bread pan well and fill. Bake at 350` for 70 minutes or until baked completely through.
Makes one loaf