Tag Archives: food
24 Dec

Christmas morning orange rolls.
via PicsArt Photo Studio

Symmetry

8 Nov

Working on my photog skills.  I love my camera and taking photos so much, but in the last three years with work and all I’ve focused mainly on my product photography.  Which by the way gets old quick!  So I’m back to honing my skills at my most favorite hobby EVER.  Enjoy my symmetry. Image

DIY- Crochet Fortune Cookie

7 Nov

 

 

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Ok, so I was thinking about quirky little stocking stuffer/holiday gifts to give out, well… just because.  So I saw a picture of fortune cookies and I “googled’ the shit out of crochet fortune cookies.  All I saw were photos.  Some great, some not so great.  I had to have a pattern, so I was thinking I’m pretty fucking cleaver, so I made a pattern.  My honest to glob real crochet pattern by moi.

Here goes:

sl- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

Use any yarn that your little heart desires.  I used some Red Heart worst weight in beige and white for the tag.

I used a size 5mm crochet hook, but with this project you can use any size of anything.  I love this already!!

Finally a yarn marker: old piece of yarn, bobby pin, safety pin… what ever suits your fancy.

Cookie

This is worked in a continuous round

Step 1: Make a Magic Loop (I love this technique)

If you don’t know or don’t like the Magic Loop crochet three

Step2: In your Magic Loop (or second crochet) make 8 single crochet (sc)

Step 3: Make 2 sc in every crochet in the round and mark your end with your yarn marker (16 stitches)

Step 4: sc in first crochet, 2 sc in next crochet, like this all the way around (24 stitches)

Step 5: sc in the first 2 crochets, 2sc in the third crochet, like this all the way around (32 stitches)

Step 6: sc in the first 3 crochets, 2sc in the fourth crochet, like this all the way around (40 stitches)

Step 7: sc in the first 4 crochets, 2sc in the fifth crochet, like this all the way around (48 stitches)

Step 8: sc in the first 5 crochets, 2sc in the sixth crochet, like this all the way around (56 stitches)

Now fold your circle in half and sc three fourths of the way shut.  Now put in some stuffing.  I mean puff that bad boy up!

Onto the “fortune”:

Using whit yarn, chain 12 stitches

Now in the second crochet of your chain sc all the way across.  Crochet across again until you get the desired width of your “fortune”

Sew the fortune to the inside of your cookie and continue to sc the cookie shut.  When finished weave in the ends and decorate the “fortune” to your heart’s content.  I’m going to embroider witty shit onto mine and give them out to my awesome friends.

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What’s Cookin’?- Spicy Garlic Hummus :Recipe:

30 Oct

Two cans of chickpeas or garbanzo beans if you prefer

3 cloves of chopped garlic (or as much as your little heart desires)

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

Pinch of salt

Red pepper flakes to taste (I like it spicy!)

 

Drain one can of beans, and then add that to your food processor or blender; your choice.

Put the other of UNdrained beans in the food processor or blender.

Add in all your tasty spices, garlic and pepper flakes, and blend that stuff until it’s nice and smooth.  If you like it chunky no judgment here.

Get some veggies or corn chips and eat like it’s going out of style.

Enjoy!

 

By- Moi (Summer “The Awesome”)

Oct. 2012

What’s Cookin’?- Spicy African Peanut Chicken :Recipe:

27 Oct

So the Hubs lived in Africa for 8 months about 4 years ago, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.  So when ever I feel froggy I jump at the chance to try and make ethnic and regional food from our adventures.  So I came across this recipe for African chicken.  At first glance it was not to my liking, so I looked up a couple more and came up with this beautiful mash up of color, flavor and aroma.

*For all my vegetarian and vegan friends out there, you can replace the chicken with sweet potato.  I would suggest to blanch them in vegetable stock first.

Spicy African Peanut Chicken

Serves 4-6

Time: 40 minutes

Recipe by: Summer (March 2012)

 

  • 1 ½ lbs. Boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1inch by 1inch cubes
  • 1 onion chopped (red or yellow)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of butter
  • Red pepper flakes to preferred spice level
  • 1 ½ cup of uncooked Jasmin rice
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cilanto leaves

 

  1. Chop chicken and put into a bowl. Add in the curry spice, cumin and cinnamon. Coat all the chicken. Let sit.
  2. Heat a wok or deep pot on the stove. Melt in the butter, and then add in the onion and garlic. Cook for about 7-10 minutes until the onion and garlic are translucent then you will add in the chicken.
  3. While the onion and garlic are cooking. Drain the juices from the can of tomatoes into a food processor, pour in the can of coconut milk, peanut butter, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and any extra curry powder to taste. Smooth it all together until you have a creamy sauce.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes in with your chicken. Continue to cook until the chicken is firm on the outside, and golden in color.
  5. Add in your peanut sauce and lower the heat. Bring to a slow simmer and cook for 10- 15 minutes stirring frequently. When the chicken is cook through turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Make Jasmine rice per instructions on the package
  7. Serve the chicken over Jasmin rice and top with cilantro for garnish.

     

     

26 Oct
“I’m having a relaxing night of pairing my food and wine.” Sounds a hell of a lot better than, I’m standing in my kitchen in my PJ’s eating left overs and drinking a bottle of wine. At least the wine isn’t from a box.

Don’t forget to buy local!

Thursday Bento- Hearts and Butterfly

18 Oct

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Today’s bento is a cute butterfly made with a peanut butter raisin roll up and carrots, and I made the hard boiled egg into a heart with an egg shapper that I have.  Topped off with a food coloring paint job. Lots of love went into it this morning. It kind of looks like ass, but I’m still the coolest Mom in the lunch room. I win!!  🙂