Monthly Archives: September 2011

Honey BBQ, lemon, peanut butter curry

I just want apologize for not finishing sandwich week. I literally made sandwiches for every meal of every day and I got sick of them. I also started school again so I have been super busy with that. Any ways I was looking at different things I had laying around (mostly looking at my spices). I had some chicken so I was going to make curry, bbq chicken sandwiches but this came out instead.

1 lb. of chicken
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 BBQ sauce of choice (I used honey bbq sauce)
4 tablespoons each of curry powder, cumin, red pepper flakes and coriander
8 leaves of basil, chopped into ribbons
Half a sweet onion (love the Walla Walla onions here)
2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter (yes it makes the dish delicious)

Step 1.
 Cut you chicken into long strips. Sort of like you are making broccoli and beef. More chopped up than the picture below.

Step 2. Add seasonings, bbq sauce and lemon juice and cover chicken for 2 hours to let the chicken absorb all the delicious flavor.

Step 3. After the chicken has gotten delicious, heat up a pan and put it in. Don’t dump any extra sauce from the bottom of the bowl, it will make it too soupy. Start the chicken on medium high heat. After a couple of minutes add the onion in. After cooking for another couple minutes, add the peanut butter and let it melt into the mixture. The peanut butter will thicken up the liquid as well.

Step 4. Add red pepper flakes to add a little heat, you can omit them if you want. They just add a nice little zing in this otherwise mild curry. Then cut up the basil and add it to the curry.

Step 5. Turn down the heat and let the mixture cook for 15 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin

Free food!

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right?

On Tuesday I went downtown Seattle with a friend for a deal we heard about on Facebook and then followed through with on

There were 5 free food deals available, and we participated in all of them.

1. Free ice-cream cup or cone at Haagen-Dazs

Your standard small-size cup of ice-cream or a small regular cone. I had the mint chip and my friend had the brownie a la mode. We both got cups of ice-cream for easier walking-around and they were delicious. 🙂

2. Free Pupusa at Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria

I’m still not entirely sure what a Pupusa is. It, however, reminded me of two tortillas somehow held together (we both had the chicken and cheese option) and we used the green salsa that was provided. They were great and very filling.

3. Free Curry Fries at Bratz

The curry fries were interesting. They came with a red curry sauce which I wouldn’t normally associate with German food, but the fries were the perfect amount of salty. They were not very crispy, but then again we were walking for a long time before we got to open our to-go boxes and eat them.

4. Free Taiwan Style Milk Tea at Shinka Tea Company

We both chose the Jasmine tea. It was so good! Very refreshing after all the walking we had done. I would definitely recommend the Jasmine tea. Here we got a half-cup or “sampler” size tea.

5. Free Thai Iced Tea at Oasis Tea Zone

A free full-size tea! There was no choice of flavors, but what they gave us was great. This is super close to the University of Washington campus and I would recommend it for a quick place to get a drink. They also serve a variety of food including Asian foods as well as popcorn chicken.

Overall this was a great (and free!) way to experience new places in Seattle. All you have to do is go onto the munchonme website, sign up for the deal, and present the code to the vendors upon your arrival. Go see if it’s in your area! There are also discounts you can purchase to get regular fare cheaper. Happy eating!

Post by: Melissa

Fig and pastrami sandwiches

This recipe was inspired from Sandwich King. I used his spread because quite frankly it looked delicious and it was. It added a nice texture to the sandwich that contrasted well with the cheese and meat. I wouldn’t eat this every day.

Fig Mixture
Figs, lemon juice, 1/3 cup water and sugar and 3/4 cups balsamic vinegar
Then you can get your favorite bread, cheese and lunch meat (I used asiago and pastrami)

Step 1. Get fig mixture going add all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a slow boil over medium high heat. Be sure to use dried figs so they can soak up all the liquid.

Step 2. When the mixture thickens up take the figs off the heat and let cool for 30 to 45 minutes and then throw in a food processor and blend until smooth. I’d say taste it now because it sure is good.

Step 3. Press sandwich to get a nice char on the outside, not too much though. Take the bread and spread the mixture on both sides. On the piece that will be the bottom stack the cheese on top.

Step 4. Layer meat of choice. I used thinly cut pastrami because I really like the flavor. It was a smoked peppercorn one and it had a great taste to it. The cheese added a great salty taste.

Step 5. This sandwich gets really big and when you have fresh cut meat it tastes even better. Put back on low heat in the oven or in a pan to melt the cheese. Serve right away and eat!

Look how delicious it is, the layers of cheese, meat and fig spread adds such a great taste. The bread was a little too charred for my taste, but that was because I had it on the stove top for too long.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin

Swiss cheese and bacon sandwiches

Here is to my unofficial sandwich week! Why? Just because I want to! I am going to do 3 sandwich posts and hopefully they will be delicious-looking. Today’s was a different take on grilled cheese with it being pan fried, PLUS bacon.

Half pound bacon
4 to 5 slices of swiss cheese
2 slices of your favorite bread

Step 1.
 Cook bacon and get cheese and bread out.

Step 2. Cut butter and melt it in the pan and begin to pan fry the bread until it is golden brown.

Step 3. Take bread out and do the other slice, put cheese and bacon and and the other slice until melted. Use another pan to squish the bread down to melt the cheese faster.

Eat the delicious sandwich and serve with any good wheat beer.

Post by: Colin
Photo by: Colin

Caramel flan

Flan has been on my mind for awhile now and so have macaroons. I attempted to make flan before, but was not careful enough when putting it in the hot water bath and the mixture was flooded with water. Luckily flan is cheap to make and I was able to spend less than 7 dollars to get the ingredients.
My oven is fixed and I found it doesn’t cook evenly, so my flan got a little lumpy. It was still delicious though. One part was also slightly undercooked, so I cut it out. I will be trying this again in the future so I don’t have to order it for 5 dollars when I’m eating out.I used a recipe from tablespoon.

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp lemon juice
4 eggs
1 can of evaporated milk
half a can of condensed milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Before you do anything make sure you have something a pie pan can go in that is oven safe. Make sure water can go half way up the sides of the pie pan. I found two pie pans stacked worked well.
Step 1.
Put sugar and lemon juice in water and bring to slow boil. Put on medium heat until it boils and let it just sit there until it turns into caramel. Don’t touch it! Preheat oven to 325 degrees with water in a pan that goes half way up a pie pan.

Step 2. After it has turned a deep brown, pour it into a pie pan and let cool.

Step 3. Meanwhile put the milk products and the extract in a large bowl with the eggs and start whisking like crazy. Spoon out any chunky parts you can and keep beating for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4. Pour mixture on top of cooled caramel.

Step 5. It get’s tricky here. Put the mixture pie pan in the water bath in your oven, be careful not to spill or hurt yourself. Put foil with holes over the mixture to let steam out. As I said this is cheap enough to make so do not get discouraged. Bake for a hour and pull out of the oven and let rest for 2 hours.

Step 6. Put in fridge and let sit another 2 hours before serving. You will not see the bottom so do not worry about how it looks. You will have to flip the flan upside down to get it onto another plate.

As I said the oven bakes unevenly making strange lumps in the flan. It tasted great though and I am going to try this again many times until I can get it done how I want it. This was one of the harder things I have tried baking by myself.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin

Pork and cabbage gyoza

These dumplings are a modified recipe we read out of a magazine somewhere. They are simply delicious and make a great side of main course with rice. I like to cook fried rice with these, but any rice would do or you could add them to some chicken terriyaki. We forgot to add ginger to this batch, but if you do it is great! This recipe makes about 48.

1 lb pork
Half a cabbage
2 tablespoons of grated ginger (we didn’t add to this)
3 green onions
Cumin, salt, pepper to taste
Wonton wrappers (48) We normally make our own, but we didn’t feel like rolling them all out.

Step 1.  Chop up cabbage and salt. Let sit out for 20 minutes so the water sweats out of the cabbage.

Step 2. Squeeze cabbage to get water out and put in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3. Cook up pork chops and cut green onions up. When cooking the pork I added pepper and cumin.

Step 4. Cut pork into small cubes to stuff into the wrappers.

Step 5. Mix all ingredients together except for wrappers. I added more cumin at this point too.

Step 6. Get wrappers and read instructions on how to seal them. Put about two spoonfuls of filling in each wrapper. Make sure they are sealed well.

Step 7. Turn on the music and begin the wrapping fun. It took about 45 minutes for us to get all 48 done. We did random shapes and sizes, do whatever works for you.

Step 8. When cooking pan fry on one side and then steam for 5 minutes. Serve on top of fried rice and have dipping sauce nearby for these delicious things.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin

Apple cider pork chops

Hey all it feels great to be back from vacation, actually I’d rather be there sitting on the beach with nothing to do. School is starting up for me in a little over a week and Melissa will be going back to work. Before I left I tried out a recipe I saw online, but I don’t remember where. These pork chops turned out well with a nice taste to them.

1 lb pork chops
2 apples, cut into small cube pieces
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Step 1. Cut apple into small cubes and start to cooking with the sugar and cider vinegar.

Step 2. Begin cooking pork chops and season with pepper and salt, when they are done let them rest so they retain their juices.

Step 3. After resting for five minutes put the apple mixture on and serve with anything. I also made grits, but I will post those another time.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin