Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Almond cookies

2 sticks of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of almond flour
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup of powdered sugar to dust the cookies

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Karipap inti sardin

Karipap sardin is one of my favorite food. I like it so much that I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, I have to make sure I only eat 1 or 2 pieces in a day. This is because this delicacy is loaded with high cholesterol. At my age, having two active grandsons, I do need to watch my diet. In the past, I used to make the skin for this puff pastry from scratch. I use vegetable shortening, or butter, and knead the flour until soft. But now I have found the best puff pastry skin, ready to use empanadas made by Goya empanadas skin. The brand came in two sizes, small and large size. I like them both. It also has 2 types of flour, one is made from regular flour and the other is from corn flour. I have tried both. They both tasted good.

I like the puff pastry cook in deep fryer than bake in the oven. Any of these cooking method will give a nice flavor to the puff pastry.

As for the filling, my favorite is sardine in tomato sauce mix with carrots, onion, hot peppers and potatoes. Dice them small, remove the bone from the sardine and drain the sauce. Mr. Big doesn't like sardine, I have to use chicken or beef for the fillings for him.

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:
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.