Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Canned Biscuit Waffles




 There is a can a biscuits in the frig and I made waffles out of it. It was easy to just pop the biscuits out of the can and put them in the waffle iron, but it was just not the same as actual waffles. I enjoyed them better plain than with syrup  on them. Probably because it was just a biscuit.

I did have to flatten them a little so it can fit better in my waffle iron. I might try the cinnamon rolls that come in the can next and see how they do.

Canned Biscuit Waffles - Recipe Diaries (recipe-diaries.com)

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Anzac Biscuits (Cookies)

 If you are from Australia or New Zealand, then you know what these are.


I have never heard of these before. It had oats and coconut in them so I knew I had to make these cookies, even though there are referred to as biscuits. 

Here is the video that got me into wanting me to make these:



These video will tell a little bit about the history behind these.

The things I found it interesting are that the butter is melted, the baking soda is dissolved in boiling water along with some golden syrup, and that there are no eggs in these. So this cookie has a potential to be vegan. Just find a butter replacement.

How I made these:

Heat oven to 300 F.
Combine:
1 cup of oats
1 cup coconut (I used unsweetened)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar

Melt 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
Add to the dry ingredients 

in a 1/4 cup boiling water add 1 tablespoon golden syrup (I used dark corn syrup) and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Add to the other ingredients.

I added a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla, but these items I believe are not traditionally found in this recipe. I almost added chocolate chips, but decided against it.

I ended up baking the cookies for about 10 minutes. It is going to depend if you like them crunchy or soft. They did turn out thin. I thought these cookies were tasty. It has a buttery coconut flavor, who knows how it would of turned out if I added the chocolate chips.  



Friday, April 30, 2021

Curry Sauce

 First of all, it is not often that I make curry. My husband is can not handle spicy food, so I would only make it for just me and my son. I had come across a curry sauce recipe that is a variation of a white sauce recipe in my grandmother's vintage cook book. That night I knew I was making curry. I was going to make a chicken curry, but my grocery store has a variety of sausages made in house and I went with this chicken spinach asiago sausage. I only took two sausages ( it was only me and my son) cut it up with about 1 carrot, some celery, and onion. I sautéed the veggies first in some oil until it was soft . Then added the sliced sausage.


Then it is on to the sauce. The cook book had variations for a thin, medium, and heavy sauce, I tried the medium version, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of flour.  Cook this until it is a smooth paste. Slowly add 1 cup of milk, cook until the desired consistency. The cook book says 10 minutes, but it was already thick for me within a few minutes. I thought it got too thick and added some milk to thin out the sauce. I added 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper to the sauce. I added 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. I added the curry sauce to the veggies and sausage.

I served it over rice. Turned out to be really good curry.
I did make curry again. I had one left over pork chop. I had cut it up and cook with carrots and celery (I was out of onion, cut I did add onion powder). For the sauce I used 1 tablespoon of butter and flour with the cup of milk. The consistency was more to my liking. This curry turned out tasty, but the flavor for the first curry dish was better. I could be I had more butter, I had onions in my first dish, it could of been that my pork was bland (compared to the sausage), or I simple had less curry powder or other seasonings in my sauce.  Overall, my second version was still a tasty curry.

So here is the final recipe I am using to make the curry sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Melt butter over medium heat, add flour. Cook for about a minute, slowly incorporate the milk and cook until you have the desired consistency. Add the spices.


I had saluted about 1/2 to 1/2 cup of carrots, celery, and onion. Add about 1/2-1 cup of protein of choice. I added the sauce to this. Keep in mind that you could easily vary the protein and veggies.

I am no means an expert on making curry, but the sauce is a simple and good start for beginners like me.


I also have had many failed attempts at making rice. So here is a You Tube video from Alton Brown on how to make rice.

 


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Charlie's Chicken Dish

 My son is responsible for dinner on Sunday's. He usually buys dinner, but he does occasionally cook. I believe the chicken dish he created is suppose to be Chicken-A-La-King. I asked my son to tell me how he made the dish. All he did was give me a list of what was in it. 

His list of ingredients for the chicken dish include:

Chicken thighs

Bag of mixed vegetables 

Heavy whipping cream

Chicken stock

Salt

Pepper

I assumed he cut up and cooked the chicken, added to what I believe was a half a bag of mixed vegetables. He just used what was in our freezer. Add chicken stock. I don't know how much, but I guess he added 3-4 cups. I would just use a can of chicken stock. He topped with about 1/4 cup of whipping cream and seasoned it to taste. I topped mine off with biscuits that comes in a can and you have to bake.

He also made smashed red potatoes that include red potatoes, sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.

He did not measure any of the ingredients and totally winged this dish. He did use to cook in a retirement community, so he does bring in some experience from that job. Also my husband use to work 30+ years in the restaurant industry so my son could bounce ideas from him. 

So hopefully we will see more cooking from my son. 

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Tasty Eats

In this edition of tasty eats, I have some take out food, store bought food, stuffed green peppers, coffee, dessert, and bacon. This nearly represents what I eat in the course of a week


This is pasta primavera in a bread bowl from Dominos.  My son is responsible for providing dinner on Sunday's. He chose to buy Dominos.

Sunday mornings I usually cook breakfast. It always involve bacon. I cooked bacon in the air fryer for the first time. I like how the bacon turned out and will likely cook bacon in the air fryer going forward.
I susally cook dinner on Saturdays. Last Saturday I made stuffed green peppers following instructions from May's Food Network Magazine. There is a section in the magazine called Mix-and Match Stuffed Peppers.  How it works is that I choose the protein, vegetables, spices, and mix ins. The peppers I made have hamburger, carrots, cauliflower, taco seasoning, sour cream, and couscous. 

You can check out the recipe here:

Mix-and-Match Stuffed Peppers | Food Network

 

This is an Easter cake my husband bought at the store. I thought it was really sweet.

This was another Sunday that my son decided to buy take out Chinese food. I usually get Sesame Chicken. I got something different, it is chicken with a peanut sauce. Very tasty.
This is equal parts instant coffee, coconut sugar, and powdered milk. If I had actual coffee creamer, I would of used that instead of the milk. I add a couple of teaspoons of the mixture to a cup of hot water. It is ok. I am really not much of a coffee drinker unless it is loaded with sugar and milk.
Finally I have nice cream with bananas and peanut butter, It is topped with the granola I had made previously. I am a fan of this over regular ice cream and it is healthier.

That is all for Tasty Eats, I might start making this a "What I Ate This Week" post. Though these photos cover a span of a few weeks.
 

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Flourless Breakfast Cookies



 To be honest, I started to make a small batch of peanut butter cookies. I had already put 1/4 cup of butter in a bowl was about to add coconut sugar when I saw the recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies on the bag. I immediately switched gears to make this recipe. This mean I had to work with the butter I already had in the bowl. I compensated with adding less peanut butter in the recipe.


They did end up spreading out a bit which makes me wonder if it was the butter in the cookies. Overall they were moist and delicious. Because I added the 1/4 cup of butter, I only used 3/4 cup of peanut butter.

What do you need to make these cookies.
1 cup of coconut palm sugar - you could likely use brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter or any nut butter
2 eggs
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup of dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins - I had none of these so I added dried figs.
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine sugar, nut butter and eggs until combined. Add remaining ingredients. drop by 1/4 cup portions onto baking sheet, flatten with a fork, bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a  cooling rack.

I will defiantly make these again.

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

 I had come across this recipe that used an Instant Pot. I don't own one, but I wanted to make the recipe.


First ingredient -  4 cups of chicken broth

So first I forgot to chicken broth (or I thought we had some). So I just used water seasoned with Old Bay seasoning.

So in the pot went the water, 1 pound of broken spaghetti, 3/4 pound of boneless chicken thighs (cut up into pieces, you can use chicken breast), a small onion (1/4 cup) 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon seasoning salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. I cooked this over medium heat until the chicken and pasta looked done.

Then I had to pick out the chicken so it can be shredded. 

Add 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. I stirred this until the cheese is melted.  Add the chicken back. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of heavy cream, but I ended up using the whole pint because it was really sticky before this and I thought it needed more liquid. 

Turned out tasty

I am not sure how different it would of turned out using an instant pot, you can find the instant pot version here:

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti - The Short Order Cook

Looking over the recipe I realized I forgot the paprika. If I make this again, I will make sure to use chicken stock and to remember to add paprika.



Friday, March 26, 2021

Velveeta Mac and Cheese

If you were to search the Internet for Velveeta Mac and Cheese recipes, there are many. Here is one that is close to what I made and here is one that is from Velveeta's site called Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese. As it turned out, one of the comments on the Velveeta site tweaked the recipe and it turns out to be the same as how I made it. 

I own a food scale, so I weighed out 8 ounce of elbow noodles.  (turned out to be about 2 cups)
8 ounces (actually it turned out to be 8.8 ounces I was using up what I had left) of Velveeta cut up into smaller cubes
1/4 cup milk
1/8 t garlic powder
1/8 t onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

I cooked to noodles according to package directions. To the drained noodles I added the remaining ingredients. Stirred everything over low heat until the cheese was melted. I was that easy.  I say that this recipe would feed 3-4 people.

or just my son, who is a mac and cheese fiend. I took out the portion pictured (1 to 1 1/2 cups)  and I took out a smaller portion for my lunch (which did reheat well) and he took the rest.


So if you want to tweak this to figure out portions per serving, I am thinking 2 ounces (1/2 cup) of noodles, per 2 ounces of Velveeta (or similar product), and 1/2 tablespoon milk. Season to taste.

In case you are curious, it turned out to be 264 calories for one serving. That is according to an app I used.

I like macaroni and cheese and have made many variation of it using many different types of cheese. No doubt that using Velveeta makes the creamiest mac and cheese. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tasty Eats

Here is another tasty eat post where I lump  a bunch of photos of what I ate and I an  now sharing it with you.

My son is usually responsible for dinner Sunday nights, weather he cooks us dinner or buys restaurant food. Most of time he buys restaurant food, but this past week he did cook up some chicken bacon wraps and a salad that has carrot, apples, raisins, and pineapple in it.

This is the homemade granola, I got the recipe for it here. I think I might of over cooked it a little.

The are air fryer donuts using 1/2 cup sugar, 1 single serving container of greek yogurt from Trader Joe's, about 1 cup of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. It did not quite turn out, I think I needed to add a little more flour. It still turned out tasty with the glaze. 
This is not a good picture of fish and couscous. The fish is Orange Roughy, I found and Garlic Parmesan Orange Roughy recipe here. Turned out really tasty. 
I made peanut butter banana bread.

Finally I have French toast using French Brioche Bread from Trader Joe's. I love this bread. This bread is tasty on its own. It make the best French toast.



 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Chocolate Bundt Cake

 I hade to make this Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. I came across it while searching for the spelling of Bundt while writing my Pineapple Ham Loaf post.




It was easy to make, but you do have to a fudgy cake mix and chocolate instant pudding. Which could be a good thing, or a bad thing if you have to go buy these items to make the cake.

Though there could be other cake possibilities with other cake and pudding flavors, which I might try in the future.

 


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