Monday, February 9, 2015

Tandoori Beef Curry

Tonight's Curry Beef is a good example of my cooking "method". I make changes and substitutions to almost every recipe and I don't usually measure anything. However, I have it fresh in mind and my husband wants me to make the dish again, so I'm including my notes
This is the recipe that I looked at and then modified greatly.
>What it says---------------------------What I used/did
>1.5 C milk---------------------------1 can coconut milk
>6 whole cloves----------------------4 large whole cloves
>2 garlic cloves----------------------6 garlic cloves
>2 large onions-----------------------half an onion
>2 cinnamon sticks------------------some ground cinnamon
>2T fresh ginger---------------------some ground ginger
>1.5T curry--------------------------1T Tandoori Spice Blend (which contains ginger and cinnamon already, so I didn't add a whole lot more in the above steps)
>3 tomatoes, red pepper & [mango] chutney-------------------I didn't have mango chutney and I was  going to skip the tomatoes and red  pepper until I remembered I have  mango salsa sooo... I added about 0.5C mild mango salsa and 0.25C apricot preserves
>Brown meat chunks 7mins each batch------------------------------In reality the browning only took about 2mins per batch, but keep the batches fairly small so the oil stays hot and you don't toughen the meat
The rest is the same

As for method, I chose to caramelize the onion, add the garlic for a few minutes then added everything but the browned meat and let that come to a simmer then I added the meat and juices and continued the directions.

This is not my dish, HAHA, but it most resembles it. Travel Blog Source

This is the spice blend I use, it is not too spice-hot and all my family likes it. I have to admit though, mine is quite old and has probably mellowed over time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Filipino BBQ

Here are some sources to use for making your own Pinoy Barbeque Sauce
This one is the closest to what I actually did

Here are 2 more good references

I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces, marinated over night and then baked, with the marinade, in the oven.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 New Year's Eve Stemmed Glass Tags

Here are 12 different circular tags for your stemmed glassware. Print on card stock and cut as shown below. You may need to cut the center circle a bit bigger than I have drawn depending on your particular stems. Write the owner's name in the blank space if you have more than 12 guests - or so no one has to remember their color after a few glasses of bubbly ;)

Labels for wine glasses or champagne glasses 

Cut the wine glass tag like this to leave space for writing a name. 
You may need to cut the inner circle a bit bigger. 

(there are 2 different pages of the same style label/tag, I just named them that way to aid in internet searches - SEO is not my strong suit LOL!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I'm not a very demonstrative person, which has its pros and cons, but I do try to live by this statement. To look for the good, to find the silver lining. I am always thankful for the big things in life: my family, friends, the good roof over my head, the conveniences that we are afforded due to effort & circumstance and the beauty of nature. But to get specific, at this moment I'm thankful for hot cocoa to warm cold snow-drenched babies, the snow holding out long enough for us to clear the garage of our "nice weather" projects so we can park in it, and the new windows that hold the heat so much better than the old. 
Being far away from my parents and siblings is hardest during my mother's favorite holiday.
Therefore, I am also thankful for the generosity of new friends who have invited us into their home for Thanksgiving dinner. Words fail me, as they so often do, but I'm very touched to be included with their family. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Layered Drinks

I found a similar composite image on Pinterest, but it was not linked to the the original source. In this case it's not to hard to find. Katrina of In Katrina's Kitchen is the source for this fun drink, but for my own purposes I still wanted the images put together. Be sure to check her blog for tips to get it to come out looking just right.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chicken recipe

I think my husband believes me to be the only person who does this: I have bunches of tabs open at any given time, some for days on end and then I finally get around to them. I did that with this recipe I'm showing today. I right clicked it open in a new tab and left it for... more than a week. In the meantime the original pin window was closed and, in the nature of Pinterest, it's long gone from my home screen. Tineye isn't helping, maybe I need to find a new way of searching images?
But this recipe seems very do-able to a person who is becoming increasingly burnt out on cooking

 Chicken breast, fresh beans & potatoes, butter, seasonings 350deg 1hr 

Let me know if you know the source for this, I bet they have more like it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Built-in-seat sand box

Even though I didn't find the source of the image in my last post, I did come across this post on Pinterest today and it's pretty similar. A member of the Ana White community made this sandbox
This is only a half sandbox and apparently there are instructions somewhere for a full size one, but this is plenty of info to get started on this project.