wolffe: (good food)
So both of tonight's meal items would have been better with the addition or subtraction of an ingredient. The chicken was fine, but very bland to me. I liked the lemon, but I wish I had added something with a complimentary flavor like curry or cumin to give it a bit of a taste. The lemon alone just wasn't enough and the garlic and herbs didn't even make a dent.

The mashed potato salad thing would have been awesome if I'd left out the wine vinegar. I'm not a huge fan of greek yogurt and wish I'd subbed sour cream and mayo (which is what I usually use for these types of creamy salads) but that part was actually fine. The vinegar gave it a strange off taste to both of us, and we ended up throwing it out and eating some leftover coleslaw instead. (Which makes me want to cry, throwing away potatoes like that.)

Anyway, this could have been pretty good but turned out just okay.

I'm going back to Mom's this weekend so I'll actually have Friday's meal some other time. I can't even remember what it's supposed to be. I think it's the pasta thing?
wolffe: (hello there!)
Gotta catch up a bit. No pictures of 3 because the stir fry wasn't very photogenic and 4 because the sandwich was, well, a sandwich.

So the pork stir fry was pretty good. The spicy pork did well in the stir fry. I did steam the broccoli first because I wanted the boys to eat some. Jason added Oyster sauce to his and I added a bit more soy sauce to mine. Aside from not having the peppers that was the only change I made.

The sandwiches I did just like the recipes (with no peppers again. I can't stomach bell peppers). They were really good. The bananas were okay. I wish I'd left off the cinnamon. I did put them under the broiler, so it was kind of like bananas foster only without the liquor.



Thyme scented polenta with vegetable ragu. Also not photogenic, but whatevs. It'd get boring reading all this with no photos.

This is the meal that didn't sound appealing at all. Every time I brought it up Jason turned his nose up at it, and I wasn't all that hip on it either. Which is why we just had it tonight, instead of Friday like we were supposed to. So we were both surprised when it was our favorite meal so far. The polenta is seriously good. Which is nice, because I didn't halve the recipe and we have a LOT of polenta. The veggies were also really good and paired well with the polenta. I left out the 2 cups of veggie stock because I wanted cooked veggies, not vegetable soup, on my polenta. They were really good, but I wish I had thrown in some leftover bacon because that would have just taken it over the top into awesome.

Jake liked the polenta, but didn't touch the veggies. Erik didn't try any of it. I suspect this is more because they had already eaten sandwiches, watermelon, chips and spaghetti. I didn't have the veggies prepped, so it took a bit to put together. It would have come together in about 20 minutes if everything was prepped and I just had to throw it into the pan though. I'll definitely prep for this coming week.

After this I'm more apt to try some of the dishes for next week I was going to replace (I'm looking at you, ham wrapped cantaloupe). I'll also probably skip making my own BBQ sauce and use the Stubb's that we love.
wolffe: (jake)

*meep!*

I was so nervous for him this morning. Erik and I were up at 7, but he slept until 7:30. Then Jason came in and said everyone was out waiting for the bus already and he freaked, wanting to get on the bus. Cue the mad dash around the house to get him dressed, his backpack loaded and all that. We opened the door just in time to see all the parents going home and the bus turning the corner.

That was FINE with me. I had planned all along to drive him, because that makes it easy for me to just go on to the park and exercise. It also meant that I was able to make him breakfast, and he had time to eat it. We are in the middle of the bus route, so they are on the bus for no less than 35 minutes. He'll ride the bus home, so hopefully that will fulfill his bus quota for the day and I can keep driving him in the morning.

I wasn't able to walk him to his classroom from the car line drop off doors. They wanted me to walk all the way around to the front, when my intention was to show him how to get to his classroom from where I'd drop him off in the morning. The lady said they had adults inside helping them, and yelled for her a couple of times but I never saw her. Then the door lady took him inside and said she'd find her. This does not make for a happy nervous parent.

Which is funny because if you hung out with me you'd say that I'm fairly "fly be free!" with my kids. That's only if they stay within sight though. I don't care if they run fairly far ahead of me outside or whatever, as long as I can see them. Letting them go without me to find a classroom in a building I had trouble navigating? Terrifying.

But he'll be home in 3 short hours and I have more things I should be worrying about. For the record, knowing that doesn't help.

Onward to The Fresh 20 meal, day 2!

I didn't take a picture because by the time it was done I was starving and couldn't be bothered. Last night it was Greek Fish with Tuscan green beans and rice. The fish ended up being very lemon-y. Once again, Jason liked it, but I thought it lacked a bit. I wish I'd used a bit more salt, pepper and oregano and maybe thrown another spice or two in there. We used Tilapia filets because Jason likes only white fish that doesn't really taste. It was fine, just blah for me. The green beans took WAY longer than 6 minutes to cook. Like 20 minutes. This could be that I'm a typical Southerner and I don't want my green beans to crunch. I liked the addition of garlic and onion but could have done without the tomato. I feel like I wasted a perfectly good garden grown tomato that I could have had a fabulous sandwich with today.

We had wild rice instead of brown because we like it better. Tonight's meal (pork stir fry) calls for more brown rice but I think I'll go white this time.

I'm starting to get a feel for her meals. I really like that they're all fresh, and it feels good to eat. They need to be kicked up a notch here and there though. And I can't see my kids eating any of her menu. Jake tried the pork and then ran for his milk (can't blame him there). He wanted nothing to do with the fish and even Erik turned his nose up at the green beans, which he usually slurps up by the handful.

If she calls for green beans again, I might "cheat" and bring out the Double Luck.
wolffe: (domestic goddess)
Last night was my first night of The Fresh 20 menu. The meal was spiced pork and shaved radish salad. Spicy pork was too spicy for me, but Jason liked it. He said he couldn't taste the honey at all, and neither could I because my mouth was on fire. I'm not sure if that's because our paprika is "Hungarian Hot Paprika" or if it was supposed to be that way, but wow.

The shaved radish and carrot salad was nice and fresh, but with the paprika in it was a bit hot as well. Definitely sweet with all the honey. I liked it, but I should have remembered to halve the recipe because we had a butt load of it.

The avocado slices on the side were awesome, and managed to cool my mouth off a bit.



Forgot to take a picture until we were almost done. Heh.

It came together pretty quickly, mainly due to the use of my food processor to grate the carrot and radish (I threw a cucumber from the garden in there as well). I think if you were doing it with a mandolin, or heavens forbid, a hand grater, it would be quite tedious.

*snicker*

Jun. 12th, 2012 02:16 pm
wolffe: (good food)
So I'm watching BBQ Pitmasters. I'm actually not entirely sure why. I mean, we watched it last season and I remember it being much more entertaining. This time it seems to be a lot of here's the meat you're cooking *reveal* yay! Then the competitors talking about cooking the meat, rubbing the meat, manhandling the meat, yep, we're still cooking it, still cooking, oh! now we're ... nope we're still cooking. And the judges eat the meat and announce a winner.

But that's all beside the point because the funny thing is seeing the names of these BBQ places and their t-shirts. One of them had a t-shirt that said "This product is most definitely tested on animals." LOL I hated that guy, but he's in GA and I'm tempted to buy his shirt just for that.

Uh oh

Jul. 13th, 2011 05:33 pm
wolffe: (peeps!)
Just found out I can get bunny peeps year round in their online store. Makes me want to see if I can get Boo Berry the same way, but the limiting factor of seasonality is a good thing. Just like not being able to get Peach Nehi locally.
wolffe: (Default)
Decorated now, although we didn't put any of the plain balls on. I'm trying to decide if I want to. They're the ones that attract the cats the most, which means they'll most likely also attract Jake. He's been good about staying away from it, but the super shinies might be too much. More on flickr.



I'm trying to recreate my Grandma's coconut cake recipe, and I made a trial run tonight. I learned a few things. I didn't do the 7 minute frosting right, so it's a bit grainy. I doubt it would have thickened up to be really good for cupcakes even if I had beat the hell out of it, but I'll definitely make it a bit thicker. Tastes great though! Next time I'll get the process right and it'll be as close to Grandma's as I can get I think.

wolffe: (Default)
Decorated now, although we didn't put any of the plain balls on. I'm trying to decide if I want to. They're the ones that attract the cats the most, which means they'll most likely also attract Jake. He's been good about staying away from it, but the super shinies might be too much. More on flickr.



I'm trying to recreate my Grandma's coconut cake recipe, and I made a trial run tonight. I learned a few things. I didn't do the 7 minute frosting right, so it's a bit grainy. I doubt it would have thickened up to be really good for cupcakes even if I had beat the hell out of it, but I'll definitely make it a bit thicker. Tastes great though! Next time I'll get the process right and it'll be as close to Grandma's as I can get I think.

wolffe: (good food)
It's called Pani Puri. The pani is the green spicy water and the puri are the little dough ping pong balls.



There are a ton of recipes online for various things to put inside the puri. They don't look hard to make either, I just need to find a store where I can get fine semolina flour.
wolffe: (Default)
It's called Pani Puri. The pani is the green spicy water and the puri are the little dough ping pong balls.



There are a ton of recipes online for various things to put inside the puri. They don't look hard to make either, I just need to find a store where I can get fine semolina flour.
wolffe: (gimmie)
They make these things at the Indian buffet restaurant we used to always go to and I really want some. I can't go to the restaurant because it's an hour away and the only time they have the buffet is on Sunday nights and it's already too late. I was thinking I'd make some, but I have no idea what it's called and oddly enough searching for "crunchy Indian balls you fill with chickpeas and green sauce" isn't working. *snort*

So in a long shot I turn to you oh LJ. They are hollow bubbles of crunch, which you poke a hole in. Then you put in chickpeas and spoon some thin green spicy sauce on top of that. Pop them in your mouth and it's love.

Anyone know the name of this dish?
wolffe: (Default)
They make these things at the Indian buffet restaurant we used to always go to and I really want some. I can't go to the restaurant because it's an hour away and the only time they have the buffet is on Sunday nights and it's already too late. I was thinking I'd make some, but I have no idea what it's called and oddly enough searching for "crunchy Indian balls you fill with chickpeas and green sauce" isn't working. *snort*

So in a long shot I turn to you oh LJ. They are hollow bubbles of crunch, which you poke a hole in. Then you put in chickpeas and spoon some thin green spicy sauce on top of that. Pop them in your mouth and it's love.

Anyone know the name of this dish?
wolffe: (good food)
I've had it twice now. I didn't use cocoa powder either time, since I wanted a vanilla cake not a chocolate one. I did add white chocolate chips to the first one, but didn't like how it turned out at all. The chips sank to the bottom and got gooey.

The cake itself isn't bad for being born in a microwave. Very dense and spongy. It'll do in a pinch. I'm wondering if I can flavor it by adding koolaid mix to make strawberry or lemon or something. I'll try that later.

recipe here
wolffe: (Default)
I've had it twice now. I didn't use cocoa powder either time, since I wanted a vanilla cake not a chocolate one. I did add white chocolate chips to the first one, but didn't like how it turned out at all. The chips sank to the bottom and got gooey.

The cake itself isn't bad for being born in a microwave. Very dense and spongy. It'll do in a pinch. I'm wondering if I can flavor it by adding koolaid mix to make strawberry or lemon or something. I'll try that later.

recipe here
wolffe: (good food)
It really didn't take but a couple of hours after [livejournal.com profile] mellusions posted the link to a recipe for homemade Samoas before I had totally justified making a batch. Well, I did need a xmas gift for my stepmother after all! And I could totally send the rest to work with Jason.

Which is good. Because the last thing I need are 4+ dozen Samoas in the house. My apologies to girl scouts everywhere, but I will never again pay $3 a dozen for these. They were pretty easy (the bitch is the assembly, but it's just time consuming) and they taste amazingly good.



A few tips, in case anyone else decides to make these. The dough does not come together in the mixing bowl. You have to knead it some first. Then it's really easy to work with. I'd never made shortbread before, so I didn't know the dough would be crumbly before you smooshed it together.

Skip putting the holes in the center. Unless you're seriously anal you're going to cover them up with coconut anyway. If I had realized that getting the cookies done would have gone a lot faster.

Don't even attempt to spread the caramel/coconut concoction on the cookies with a knife or offset spatula. Biggest pain in the ass ever. Spray your fingers with Pam and do it with your hands. Just rinse your hands every 5th cookie or so in warm water and respray and things will move along nicely.

Use a thick (freezer type) ziploc bag if you don't have a piping bag. Thankfully my cheap ass glad sandwich bag held for the first 3 dozen cookies before the seam exploded and sent chocolate everywhere. Jason's coworkers will get the ones with big globs instead of the nice drizzles.

And just for fun as I was working on the friends' holiday gifts I have yet to finish I snapped a picture of my cutting table/prep area/work space. What we used to call our dining room table. The cats often keep me company. Pilsbury is always polite and tries to find an open spot. Lokai goes straight for the fabric stack. *snort*

wolffe: (Default)
It really didn't take but a couple of hours after [livejournal.com profile] mellusions posted the link to a recipe for homemade Samoas before I had totally justified making a batch. Well, I did need a xmas gift for my stepmother after all! And I could totally send the rest to work with Jason.

Which is good. Because the last thing I need are 4+ dozen Samoas in the house. My apologies to girl scouts everywhere, but I will never again pay $3 a dozen for these. They were pretty easy (the bitch is the assembly, but it's just time consuming) and they taste amazingly good.



A few tips, in case anyone else decides to make these. The dough does not come together in the mixing bowl. You have to knead it some first. Then it's really easy to work with. I'd never made shortbread before, so I didn't know the dough would be crumbly before you smooshed it together.

Skip putting the holes in the center. Unless you're seriously anal you're going to cover them up with coconut anyway. If I had realized that getting the cookies done would have gone a lot faster.

Don't even attempt to spread the caramel/coconut concoction on the cookies with a knife or offset spatula. Biggest pain in the ass ever. Spray your fingers with Pam and do it with your hands. Just rinse your hands every 5th cookie or so in warm water and respray and things will move along nicely.

Use a thick (freezer type) ziploc bag if you don't have a piping bag. Thankfully my cheap ass glad sandwich bag held for the first 3 dozen cookies before the seam exploded and sent chocolate everywhere. Jason's coworkers will get the ones with big globs instead of the nice drizzles.

And just for fun as I was working on the friends' holiday gifts I have yet to finish I snapped a picture of my cutting table/prep area/work space. What we used to call our dining room table. The cats often keep me company. Pilsbury is always polite and tries to find an open spot. Lokai goes straight for the fabric stack. *snort*

damn

Aug. 15th, 2008 02:59 pm
wolffe: (crafty)
How come every time I start a project I realize I need something I either can't put my hands on (where the hell is my ink jet transfer paper?) or something I don't currently have (and how come Hobby Lobby doesn't carry Sewer's Aid but is the only place with post and washer eyes for stuffed animals?).

*sigh* I'll get as much done as I can though, because it's kiddo's naptime and that means it's Mommy's work time.

But it's Friday and on Friday's Jason brings home a pig in a potato patch from the Jim N Nicks down the street from his office. And that makes everything better.

damn

Aug. 15th, 2008 02:59 pm
wolffe: (Default)
How come every time I start a project I realize I need something I either can't put my hands on (where the hell is my ink jet transfer paper?) or something I don't currently have (and how come Hobby Lobby doesn't carry Sewer's Aid but is the only place with post and washer eyes for stuffed animals?).

*sigh* I'll get as much done as I can though, because it's kiddo's naptime and that means it's Mommy's work time.

But it's Friday and on Friday's Jason brings home a pig in a potato patch from the Jim N Nicks down the street from his office. And that makes everything better.
wolffe: (good food)
Haven't done one of these in a while, but I was surprised by how easily and quickly this came together so I thought I'd share.

Steak, potatoes and green beans )
wolffe: (Default)
Haven't done one of these in a while, but I was surprised by how easily and quickly this came together so I thought I'd share.

Steak, potatoes and green beans )

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