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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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Japanalicious

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.

YOU’LL NEED

  • 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.

YOU’LL NEED

  • 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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During one of my teenage birthdays, my mom helped me throw a tea party for my friends.  My friends and I got all dolled up in summery dresses and funny hats, and it was a blast!

In planning, we tried to make it as fancy as possible, with all of the little candies and pastries and everything.  We had several different fancy little finger sandwiches that we put out.  Here’s a scale-up of one of those mini sandwiches that works really well as an everyday lunch.

YOU’LL NEED

  • plain, boring white bread (I got the cheap kind, but the whole grain white would probably be a better option.)
  • a cucumber
  • green onions/chives
  • spreadable cream cheese

Step 1: Chop the chives!

Step 2: In order to make the spread for this sandwich, you will need to stir the chives into the cream cheese.  The degree of onioniness is totally in your hands; I like a lot of flavor, so I tend to add quite a few.  It’s up to you.

Step 3: Spread away.

Step 4: Chop the cucumber and place the slices on your sandwich!

Step 5: EAT IT.  Mmm!

 

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what november is all about

After being spoiled by all of the quirky, well-priced groceries at Trader Joe’s for the past 3 years or so, I am seriously hurting without it.  I know it’s only a grocery store, but there were a lot of things that I purchased regularly there that I can’t get at the “normal” grocery stores.  I doubt they’ll be opening one up in Lafayette anytime soon, so for now I just do what I can.

This time last year, I really enjoyed buying TJ’s marshmallows and putting them in my coffee in the mornings.  This year I’m improvising.  I made my own!

They were actually pretty easy to make, and I guess they weren’t that bad to clean up after, either.  The only thing that was kind of a pain was having to use two separate mixers.  If I made them again, I’d beat the egg whites with the hand mixer, and do the rest in the stand.  They are definitely delicious!!  The recipe’s on the Food Network site here.

Despite the chilly rain and wind, this morning was so nice with two marshmallows in my favorite coffee!  :o)

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beefy goat?

I remember back when I was maybe 12, I had a crush on this guy in my class who was from France.  I don’t remember a thing about him except that he was French, and that I stole his sandwich idea.  So you may feel free to pretend that this is classy and foreign and whatnot.  In any case, it’s simple and delicious.

YOU’LL NEED

  • last week’s rye bread (don’t waste it!)
  • roast beef
  • goat cheese (I used the herb & garlic variety, but plain works just as well.)
  • red leaf lettuce

Step 1: Rock out with the cheese.  I went for the cut-then-crumble method, but I’m pretty positive that spreading would work just as well.

Step 2: Meat & lettuce.  That’s it!  I told you it was simple.

Step 3: Assemble a meal and enjoy!  Note: Lay’s “Lightly Salted” chips are pretty decent, even if I mainly bought them because the pretty blue bag called out to me.  Also note: The jury’s still out on that Cherry 7Up Antioxidant.  I refuse to be held accountable if you hate it.

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