Monday, November 29, 2010

Chinese food

How I made the sweet and sour chicken. I placed the chicken breast on a baking sheet, sprinkle chicken with a little salt and pepper. Place in a preheated 350 degrees oven. I removed them just when they are done do not over cook. Then cut into three pieces lengthwise, then across into squares about the size of the sweet and sour chicken pieces you get at the restaurant. then dip the pieces into lightly seasoned flour. Then dip into a pancake batter with the consistency that stays on the chicken and deep fry.
Broccoli and beef , I cut the thin slices of beef into strips ,braise in a little oil and when cooked I tossed in the broccoli with little soy sauce and corn starch mixed in water. Do not over cook the broccoli. The sauce for the sweet and sour chicken, I use pickled red chili and cherry juice, and little water.( depending on how much you want to make. Bring cherry juice and and chili sauce to a boil then strain return to the burner on low heat, and mix in the corn starch mixture a little at a time to get the right consistency like the restaurant.

Home made Chinese food

sweet and sour chicken

Lets make it a Chinese food night. I made broccoli beef, sweet and sour chicken and rice awesome!!!!!

Johnny cakes

Johnny cakes have some similarities to the Native American fried bread. This is the Jamaican or Caribbean fried bread. It is simple to make. No one uses measuring utensils. Everyone's estimation may vary but I have never really tasted one that was not good. It is simply a mixture of flour, baking powder and salt. (secret ing. pinch or two of baking soda) not a secret any more, lol. Make a dough take off pieces and form into little balls then flatten and round the edges fry and serve . It is like a heavy biscuit. It is served on the island with breakfast mostly. But frankly I can have it at any meal. It is just a bread, right?

Roast beef

Thanks giving has moved on lets save the left over turkey for another time. this roast beef is tender and succulent. The carmelization on the meat is excellent and it is bursting with flavor. It is cooked with fresh herbs and spices. Let me share a little secret with you. if you want the best flavored meat, try this before cooking, make a little seasoning of your own with chopped green onion, black pepper and salt and thyme fresh time is best. Grind all this together, and punch holes in meat at random spots, do not make holes wider that the knife blade because you don't want juices to escape, make the holes deep but not all the way through the meat then stuff the holes with the season mixture and cook with the the hole sides down to seal them while cooking.With this method a cheap cut of meat when sliced will look like an expensive dish and amazingly good. One of the ways we cook it in Jamaica.

Saturday, November 27, 2010



So who is making the cocktails this year?
Well done guys for since we don't consume
alcoholic beveraages, grape juice is a good
start. But we need more lol. Thats my
moms favorite drink. Love you mom wish
you were here.
Isn't that a beautiful centerpiece. The colors are joyful. But look at that soup. Creamy pumpkin soup, just warm up as you come out of the cold and wonderful smells of foods makes you salivate and prepare your taste buds for the feast.

Stuffing made by one of my sons.

What is your family tradition on Thanksgiving? For us one of the things we do is each immediate family member and partner makes a dish of choice. Thanksgiving can become pretty interesting at times. We do always have the traditional foods as well. It is fascinating because everyone gets involved in the planning and become so creative.


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This year we served our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday instead of Thursday. We had many families so we made it less formal and used paper plates and utensils that looked very good. Place some of the foods on pedestal to take the eyes from the simple setting. So most eyes are looking down instead of side view so the plates still look pretty but the foods are amazing enough to carry the show. Lay the plates and utensils out it accents the table cloth. Do not stock them in a corner. tacky tacky. Containers that are not table worthy like foil containers, (like in the pic) simply use a towel and make a basket around it. Be creative. Place your bowl in the plates if you are having soups. Once the food is tasted everyone forgets the paper plates ( don't really like paper plates and plastic forks but in this case sure saves on clean up) Plus we had families coming at different times so it worked out well. We had more times together this way, because Fridays are our kind of happy hour, we bring in the Sabbath with songs of praise and worship and we are not hampered with more work of cleaning up.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Carob Cake

Cake in Mins.

Chocolaty good

This Carob cake is delicious and so pleasing to the eyes. Carob is a great substitute for chocolate and it is much healthier. In this particular recipe I also used stuvia as the sweetener. Perfect for any one who is cutting back on sugar. Healthy can also be delicious.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Breakfast for a hungry son

My youngest son was having a hungry morning. I thought I would make him this delicious breakfast. He loved. It is not extravagant but hearty. I thought I would make the pancakes my way so I decided to add some cooked turkey bacon that I cut into tiny bits. The great thing about pancakes you can make them any way you want them. So fluffy and light and scrumptious

Soup and Bread

There is nothing wrong with a simple soup and bread with Mozzarella and tomatoes. On a cool day tomato soup is one of my favorites. Simple meals can look appetizing , so good.

Soup and bread, soup and bread!

Mozzarella and tomato platter ! Soup and bread!

Add some fresh herbs and a little olive oil to make this platter even more enjoyable.

Sunday Morning Brunch

Awesome time to prepare a delicious meal is while everyone is asleep. They awaken to the medley of flavors. Biscuits baking. Cinnamon goodness of leftover pastries with a mixture of fruits baked in the oven . Smell of turkey bacon and fried eggs. Fresh fruits makes a great accompaniment. Delicious relaxing meal.
Hint: If you have any let over puff pastries or croissants
that may be a little dry, just cook some fruits in a little apple juice with little brown sugar and cinnamom. Thicken to a syrup consistency if neccessary. Tear the pastry into large pieces place in a baking dish or pan not sheet pan then pour the fruit mixture over the pastry. Bake in oven at about 450 degrees just till heated through delicious!!!!!