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Color me Spicey!

Well this week it seems I have been inspired to make spicy Asian dishes and I mean spicy lol. I just can't get enough of curry dishes. Anything spicy works for me and I am lucky enough to have a very willing guinea pig to help!

I was lucky enough to have access to a free trial of the Rouxbe cooking school, courtesy of the Cooking Club of America and having watched many instructional videos I happened upon this dish.

My first attempt was supposed to be my first proper Stir Fry, a Panaeng Curry with Pork. However if I am being truthful, during the cooking process it ended up looking more like a Green Curry dish than anything, but it all sorted itself out in the end. Having said that, it did still taste yummy non the less thank God, so not a complete wast!

My next attempt at an Asian inspired dish was a Sweet and Sour Chicken! recipe which was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be and actually turned out pretty well. Lets put it this way, I don't' have to worry about…

Sweet And Sour Chicken!

Well I have to say I hope you guys try this as I was so surprised at how relatively easy this dish was to make and honestly you will never want to bother with Panda Express again lol...well maybe if your in a hurry! This really was a fun dish to make and I look forward to making this many, many times.

You will need the following:

1 lb of skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Green Peeper
4 Slices of Pineapple
1 small to medium Onion
1/4 cup of Corn Starch
3 Tbsp of Vinegar
4 Tbsp of Sugar
4 Tbsp of Ketchup
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil



I know...looking at those ingredients who knew right! I will admit though that I did not have any sesame oil and it was just fine. Of course I will keep an eye out when shopping for future reference.

Now cut your chicken up into 1 inch cubes approx, then put into a bowl and mix in 1/2 cup of Corn Starch. Now there is a two step process here for the chicken but not difficult at all. The Cornstarch seals in the moisture for more tender chicken. Once your chicken is coated in t…

Panaeng Curry with Pork - Spicy!

Well this week it seems I have been inspired to make spicy Asian dishes and I mean spicy lol. I just can't get enough of curry dishes. Anything spicy works for me and I am lucky enough to have a very willing guinea pig to help!

I was lucky enough to have access to a free trial of the Rouxbe Cooking School, courtesy of the Cooking Club of America and having watched many instructional videos I happened upon this dish.

My first attempt was supposed to be my first proper Stir Fry, a Panaeng Curry with Pork. However if I am being truthful, during the cooking process it ended up looking more like a Green Curry dish in the making than anything. Having said that, it did still taste yummy non the less thank God, so not a complete wast!

The cool thing too, is that I have been wanting to try out Asia World Market for some time and this recipe gave me the perfect excuse to visit the store. It is such an interesting store with so many cool foods/spices/sauces and other kitchen items. Not to men…

Memorial Day Weekend...

"For love of country they accepted death...  ~James A. Garfield"

I know I am posting this late but I have been busy, so I hope you will overlook my tardiness. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial day weekend with family and friends. I know I did. I got to use my Char-Broil American Gourmet Charcoal Smoker for the very first time and it turned out wonderfully, considering I had never used it before!
The Menu started with home made Salsa, along with the our home made renowned Devil Eggs! Followed by Smoked Lemon Chicken, Smoked Mesquite Ribs, combined with our new favorite home made Red Beans and Rice!
Of course we had to have desert lol....so I made Chocolate Ice Box Pie, a current favorite in our household and although I am not fond of Chocolate when it comes to pies/cakes, if I say so myself, this pie was delicious and so simple!
If you have read my previous post you will also note that I do favor the odd tipple, usually a nice chilled glass of Bailey's, or a nice cold…

Chocolate Iced Boxed Pie - Yummy!

Ok kids, there are many, many recipes out there for this and as you know like most recipes they range from easy to hard. Well that special someone loves Chocolate Ice Box Pie and so it was a must that I not only learn how to make it, but make it really, really yummy, just like Grand Ma made it lol! So I searched and searched and found a recipe that to me sounded too easy, so easy in fact that I just had to try it and see how it would go down!

Well I followed this really easy recipe to a T, and whalla, it made the most delicious pie ever, so much so that I even liked it and I don't do chocolate pies/cakes, although I do love chocolate lol! So here you go...give it a whirl and see what you think!

You will need the following...such a long list...NOT!

1 Pint of Vanilla Ice Cream.
1 Cup of Milk.
1 Large packet of Chocolate Instant Jello Pudding.
1 9" pie shell, of course if you have time, you can make your own pie crust.

Then you pretty much blend everything together. In a mixer, blen…

Smoker - Ribs and Chicken!

Ah the joy of finally using my Smoker! I have been wanting to try this for ages and finally this Memorial Day weekend presented the perfect opportunity.

So I bought a rack of Baby Back Ribs and a good size Chicken. I cleaned out the Chicken and took off the silver skin at the back of the ribs. I liberally used a blend of spices on both. For the Chicken I used a Lemon Rub, for the Ribs I used a Mesquite Rub. I didn't "rub" into the meat, just liberally coated both on all sides. I then covered  each in saran wrap and put them in the fridge overnight.


Now for the smoker. As this was the first time I used it, the manufacturer recommended giving it a good 2 hours "smoke" time to season the smoker at a temp of 200-220, just for the first time using it. In the smoker box to the side, I used a combination of  charcoal and Mesquite chunks to fire it up, and then just let it smoke away with the vents 1/4 ways open, as recommended. All the while keeping an eye on it to make…

Deviled Eggs - House Special!

Well I have to tell you that this recipe was cause of some contention in our home as this is my hubbies own personal recipe! However in the spirit of Memorial day weekend and "for the greater good", (Chant - the greater good - Hot Fuzz reference lol), I have permission to share; you are special indeed!

So for this recipe I used the following:

1 Dozen Eggs.
1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise.
1/2 Tablespoon of Caesar Dressing.
1/2 Tablespoon of Ranch Dressing.
1 Teaspoon of chopped/minced Dill Pickles, reserve 1 teaspoon of   
juice.
1/2 Teaspoon of Mustard, we use yellow mustard.
1/2 Teaspoon of White Vinegar.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Paprika for later, to sprinkle over finished Deviled Eggs.


Boil your eggs. When ready, pop the eggs into a bowl of iced water. This prevents the egg yokes getting that blueish color around the edges. Shell the eggs, then slice them in half. Pop out the yellow yokes into a separate bowl  and place your empty halved egg whites onto a tray. Cover these and place in…

Salsa - Spicy!

Well if you like Salsa, you will like this recipe. It is very quick and very easy. You will need the following:

4-6 Tomatoes, if really big Tomatoes, just use 4.
1 Large Onion.
1-2 Jalapeno Peppers, depending on how hot you like your salsa.
1-2 Limes, depending on their size. If small, use 2.
1-2 tablespoons of Cilantro. I just eyed it and used a handful.
1 Teaspoon of Salt.
1 Teaspoon of Pepper.
1 Teaspoon of Garlic powder.

I got all of my ingredients ready, washing the veggies thoroughly. I loosely chopped up everything, the tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro, then bunged them all into my trusty Ninja Kitchen Prep and blended. I added my salt, pepper and garlic as well. Don't foget to add your squeezed lime/s!

Word of advise. When blending, rather than just hand chopping your ingredients, be careful not to blend too much or your Salsa will go slushy, not a good look for a Salsa!


When you have blended too a consistency your happy with, your done! Grab a bag of your favorite…