April 03, 2013

Indian Curry

Tonight was my first attempt at curry. I explored several recipes online and then opted to create my own version. Even though I wanted to try something new for dinner, I was hesitant to make curry because I never liked it as a child. My mom learned to make curry in Hawaii and was always disappointed that I hated it. (But it was a sickly green color and had raisins and pineapple in it. Blech.) This version has just enough spice for me and was surprisingly tasty.

Here is my version:

1 teaspoon Oil
3 Cloves Garlic

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
3/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Yogurt
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Sliced Ginger Root
1/4 teaspoon  Hot Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Tablespoon Curry Powder

1/4 Cup Red Pepper, 1 Inch Pieces
1 Cup Chicken, Boiled and Cubed

Fry the garlic in the oil until softened. Add tomato paste, coconut milk, yogurt and lemon juice. Stir until smooth and warmed thoroughly. Add the ginger root, red pepper flakes and curry powder. Cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. Add red pepper pieces and chicken and heat just until warm. Serve over rice or with chapatis.

January 29, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I love to get ideas from others and these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes were a fabulous find.

I made these last Saturday morning and they were fabulous. Next time, (and there will DEFINITELY be a "next time") I think that I will make the glaze and swirl mixture the night before to save prep time in the morning.

November 26, 2012

Pinterest Fail

Although I am not an avid Pinterest user, I do browse others' boards looking for new recipes and menu ideas.

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Up until now, I have been pleased with my experiments. However, this morning's venture was a total and complete fail. As you may remember from my previous post about our breakfast menu rotation, I cook oatmeal every Monday so when I found a pin on Pinterest where the user claimed to cook oatmeal overnight in the crock pot, I figured I would give it a shot. I filled my smallest crock pot with the oatmeal, water and diced apples and plugged it in.

This morning, we all sat down to what could only be described as steaming hot bowls of gelatinous, mucousal gruel.

The kids tried to outdo each other with vivid, nasty descriptions of the substance in their bowls and everyone of them sneaked off to dump it down the garbage disposal as soon as I turned my back. (Everyone except the 3-year old who can't reach the sink yet. He just left his on the table and went back to bed.) My husband tried to console me by suggesting that I just needed to adjust the recipe.

I don't know how the original pinner could stomach the stuff. (And she claimed to cook a large crock pot full that she reheated for breakfast every morning for a week!) I ate my entire serving (starving kids in Africa and all that) but I won't be attempting oatmeal in the crock pot again any time soon.

November 15, 2012

Breakfast Menu Rotation

It's important to me to cook hot breakfasts for my kids each day. But I run in the early mornings before my family gets up so I have to be super-organized in order to have breakfast ready before the bus comes. Here is my rotating breakfast schedule with variations on each daily theme.

Oatmeal- It's always old fashioned rolled oats served with skim milk, toast (preferably homemade whole wheat) and some type of fruit. I prefer a fruit that we can mix in the oatmeal like blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears or raisins but I serve grapefruit if it is on sale. I purchase my oatmeal in 25 and 50 pound bags and store a smaller amount in my pantry in a large plastic bucket.

French Toast- I mix and match the slices of leftover bread we have in the freezer-- I freeze the stale slices of bread, extra pieces of French bread and leftover hot dog or hamburger buns from the previous week-- but my favorite is the French bread. I also vary the toppings each week: peanut butter and syrup, strawberries and cream, bananas and powdered sugar, applesauce.

Waffle Wednesday-I should actually call this "sweet bread products" Wednesday since I do alternate between waffles (with sausages or occasionally ice cream instead) and sticky buns. Sometimes Dad even makes an early morning jaunt to the store for donuts. (But "Waffle Wednesday" sounds better.)

Cold Cereal- Some weeks this also includes my homemade granola or a hot cereal like Malt-o-Meal. I try to serve it with skim milk (or yogurt) and some type of fruit. Bananas, peaches and strawberries are my favorites but I love cantaloupe and watermelon during the summer and juices are a winter staple when fruit prices are higher.

Eggs and Toast- This means any combination of eggs and bread products: scrambled eggs and muffins, egg sandwiches, sausage-egg biscuits, fried eggs with toast and hash browns, eggs in a nest, poached eggs and toast, omelets and croissants, breakfast burritos, etc.

Pancakes and Breakfast Meat- I rotate between blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup, apple cinnamon pancakes with applesauce, banana-walnut pancakes with maple syrup and buttermilk pancakes with bananas, mixed berries and cream. Unless we already had sausage earlier in the week, I also rotate in some type of breakfast meat: sausage, bacon or ham.

Puffy Pancakes- You might call these German pancakes, dinner pancakes or even Popeye pancakes. My mom called it quick breakfast when I was growing up and my husband knew a family that called them hootenannies. I drench mine in syrup and serve a cold glass of skim milk on the side.

Here is my weekly grocery list for breakfast items:
  • 2 dozen eggs (5 for French Toast, 2 for waffles, 8 for puffy pancakes, 9 for Friday eggs)
  • 1 loaf bread plus one choice for Friday: biscuits, bagels, English muffins, croissants, tortillas
  • 1/2 pound of breakfast meat: sausage links, sausage patties, ham slices or bacon (choose one)
  • 2 boxes of cereal
  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • Fruit (1 choice for the oatmeal, topping for pancakes--blueberries/applesauce/bananas/mixed berries, 1 choice for cereal)
  • Cream or ice cream (but not both)
  • Orange juice
  • 1/2 pound butter
Purchase if it's on sale or if we are running low:
  • Pancake mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Syrup
  • Powdered sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Brown sugar
Does your family have a favorite breakfast? Share it with us by commenting below.

November 14, 2012

Chicken Marinade- Guaranteed Moist Every Time

I hate dry chicken. This recipe makes your chicken moist and tender every time.

2 cups Sprite or club soda
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 medium piece ginger root, sliced
3 green onions, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a zipper bag or large covered dish. Soak boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breasts, tenders or thighs overnight in the refrigerator. Grill over a hot flame just until cooked. (Do not overcook.) Discard leftover marinade.

My 8 year-old son calls this "Grandma's Chicken" and it's the only chicken he will eat.