Sunday, May 28, 2017

Maryland Blue Crab

Ramadan is here. The first day of fasting in my area was on Saturday, May 27, 2017. It went well for me since I stayed at home and just entertaining my 2 grandchildren. They both are too young to understand what fasting is. I didn’t indulge on food for morning breakfast before the sunrise nor do I cook much for breaking fast. I ate my regular breakfast food like pancake and eggs. I drank milk to give the energy throughout the day. On the first day of Ramadan, I had rice with fried chicken and shrimp egg foo young I bought from the Chinese takeout. The second day of Ramadan, I was invited to my in laws for some crab feast. It was really nice eating with family. The dinner feast was for observing the Memorial Day on Monday.
My vegetable garden is doing very well. Soon, I will be getting salad from the garden. The rainy days we have been getting has helped. The peas are growing faster than anything else. I have started to see the white flowers on the plants. I am growing mostly the sugar snap peas. I do grow some little marvel peas as well as the snow peas. Couple of days ago, I put in more string bean seeds in the ground. If the soil temperature went up above 70 degree, the bean seeds will germinate faster. Otherwise, I will have to wait about 2 weeks to see some growth. I already planted a 30 foot row of string beans when the soil can be worked on.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Green pancakes

Here is a simple pancake using herbs available around the house:
Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of water (add 1 tablespoon if too thick)
chopped chives, spring onion, thyme and mint
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon mrs. dash original blend (optional) olive oil for cooking

Method: Mix everything into a pancake batter consistency. Not too thick and nor too thin. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pour the batter and make a nice thin layer of pancake. Flip to the other side. Serve warm.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 Thanksgiving Day

Nothing is more important than to spend good time with family and friends and with good foods. This year Thanksgiving Day is celebrated with a fried turkey and delicious other side dishes like mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, greens, beans, chips, cakes, cookies, pies, etc.
Mr. Big cut a big piece for my plate. I finish this in a jiffy. It was finger licking good. The meat was moist and seasoned perfectly.
The picture above is the electrical deep fryer and the peanut oil I used to fry the turkey.
I prep the turkey in garlic butter and Cajun seasoning for more than 4 hours before frying the turkey. This bird weighted about 14.3 lbs. The fryer took 45 minutes to heat the oil to 375F. For each pound, I need about 4 minutes. This bird cooked thoroughly in 50 minutes. The garlic butter that was injected into the meat really give a nice flavor.
I stuffed the stuffing into the cavity as soon as the turkey was taken out of the hot oil. The stuffing was cooked separately. It was a surprise to everyone since they thought they are not going to have stuffing. I really had a great time on Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Syawal 2016 has passed

Where have you been.. What happen to this site? I am sure lots of my readers are wondering what has happened to me. Since Syawal of 2016, sometimes in July, I have been busy getting my life back on track. Two weeks vacation was too long and I need to catch up with the all outstanding issues. I have not been cooking much since I am back from my vacation. I did have a good time with my family. I took one of my grandson on my trip out of the country. He is 5 years old and behaving very well. It was easy to look after him. He is smart and did not give me any hard time. We were spending most of the days on the white sandy beach at Cancun, Mexico. I had the chance to taste a real Mexican food. My favorite food is the tropical fruits like papaya, mango, guava, dragon fruits and fig. they are so delicious. I will start writing again in this site. But I should not make the promise. Starting from today, I am going back to class. It is a one year program to equip me to move up the ladder. I am very excited yet not sure how I will balance my limited time.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Ramadan day 29

A delicious meal tonight from Ramadan buffet at a restaurant. I ate too much that I regret it. I have not been eating so much like this before. But it was all worth it because I have the family around me.