Posts Tagged ‘food’

ethnic cooking

It’s not that hard!  In fact, it’s really simple after you find a recipe and a place to purchase ingredients.  I won’t deny that those can be challenging tasks, but for someone like me who loves ethnic cuisine and doesn’t eat out much, it’s totally worth it.

Somehow, we lucked out on the small Asian market lottery around here.  It almost makes up for the lack of a decent large grocery store.  Almost.

This weekend, I made beef and snow peas in oyster sauce.  It only took about 20 minutes of cooking time total, and it wasn’t any more difficult than cutting up ingredients and pushing them around a pan.

(Yes, I forgot to take pictures the first time around.  Don’t judge.)

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cake and a sweater

As classes start back up tomorrow and will soon consume my life, I’ve spent the weekend making good on some of those personal goals for the year.

I saw the recipe for this pistachio cake last week and was immediately attached to the idea of making one.  So I did.  :)  I’m such a sucker for bundt cakes.

I’ve made a lot of progress on my sweater in the past week, too!  I took this picture yesterday, but I’m probably about halfway done with the sleeves by now.  The body of the sweater’s already done.  It’s really a walnut color..not mauve as this picture would have you believe.

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call me insane

Yes, this is the start of another afghan.  No, I am not anywhere near finishing the first one.  I might have a problem.

Also..we made some delicious kofta!  Here’s the recipe.

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hanging around

It’s been a pretty nice, laid-back week around here..which is really great because the next two are full of exams and busy times.  I’m ready for it.  Maybe.

I spent a lot of my evening free time working on the afghan (5 squares, whoo!), but I also (wait for it) finished reading a book!  I’ve been doing a lot more reading recently.  It’s always been something I love, but it’s been a while since I’ve spent good chunks of time reading for leisure.  This past week, I finished The Kite Runner.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I think I liked it.  I’m a huge fan of Margaret Atwood, so Dave got me Year of the Flood for Christmas.  I wanted to start reading it right away, but I decided I would reread Oryx and Crake first because they are supposed to be at least somewhat related.  (I really have a terrible memory for things like books and movies.)  Whoo reading!

I took some time yesterday to satisfy a serious shortbread craving.  Ina Garten’s recipe (like so many of hers) was easy and delicious.  Instead of rolling the cookies and cutting them out, I just made a log and cut it after chilling.  Oh..and then I dipped them in chocolate.  :oD  Trust me, this one’s a winner.

It seems like my desire to spin has also come back with a vengeance this weekend!  At this rate, it won’t be long until I run out of fiber again..

I hope the weekend has been good to everyone!  :o)

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Now, I’m no gyoza master like Lindsay, but last night, Dave and I had our own Japanese cooking adventure.  Miso soup, tempura, yaki onigiri, and teriyaki beef.  MMM.  We had a really fun time picking out the ingredients at the local Asian market!  It was..challenging.  :o)  And we have a 15 lb bag of sushi rice now.

I didn’t manage any pictures of last night’s meal, but we reaheated the teriyaki beef and yaki onigiri for dinner tonight.  It was just as good the second time.

Other than stuffing my face with delicious homemade food, in the past week I’ve enjoyed picking up the hook for a bit of crocheting.  I have to say, I think this is the start of something big..

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creamy bacon sandwich

Alright, so this sandwich is horribly unhealthy.  I was going to rock the cucumber and chivey cream cheese sandwich, but when I pulled out the cucumber in my fridge..it was growing!  So I improvised.  With bacon.

This sandwich would be really good for breakfast.  I think it would work better on a bagel, even.


  • bread/bagel
  • cream cheese
  • bacon

Step 1: Fry up a few pieces of your favorite thick bacon.

Step 2: While your bacon’s frying, spread the cream cheese.  No brainer.  Mine has chives in it, but I think this sandwich would be better with plain.  Your call.

Step 3: Enjoy with some hashbrowns!  Try not to think to hard about the nutritional value of your lunch.

This might or might not be the last of the sandwich posts.  It might just be too silly..and I’m running out of ideas.

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fried pb&j

What happens when you promise a weekly sandwich post, run out of ideas after three weeks, and then don’t even manage to get any sandwich materials at the grocery store?

You fry a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.  It’s actually quite good, once you get past the expectation that you are biting into a grilled cheese.


  • plain, boring white bread (again)
  • your favorite peanut butter
  • your favorite jelly/jam/preserves (or this would ROCK with Nutella)
  • unsalted butter

Step 1: Put some butter into the pan to melt.

Step 2: While the butter is melting, spread the peanut butter.  Place the peanut buttered bread, PB side up, in the pan.

Step 3: Spread the jelly on the other piece of bread, and place it on top of the PB bread in the pan to make a sandwich.

Step 4: Flip the sandwich to burn brown the jelly side.  (Setting off your fire alarm is optional.)

Step 5: Try it out!  It doesn’t go super well with potato chips, but I didn’t know what else to eat with it.

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