homemade

Been doing a lot of cooking at home lately. Just trying to save $ from eating out and eating less processed foods. I forget how relaxing and rewarding it is for me.

{eat} Cut & Roast

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I’ll admit, I usually boil my cauliflower or mash it in place of mashed potato and load it with lots of butter. Then there’s the cut & roast method. With a little drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt & a dash of smoked paprika. 450˚ and 30mins later. Viola! I’ve got tasty plate of roasted cauliflower! Delish!
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My kinda dog

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Having just been in Berlin, I actually don’t get the craze for currywurst. It’s basically a deep fried hot dog. Cut into pieces. Doused in ketchup and sprinkled with curry powder. But hey, each to their own stomach, eh?

I might be biased here but Chicago-style hotdogs are so much better. Here’s my concoction of a Chicago-style:

  • uncured beef hotdogs
  • sweet relish
  • organic tomato slices(from the garden)
  • hot pickled green beans,
  • raw chopped onions
  • grainy dusseldorf mustard(German mustard is awesome)
  • a dash of celery salt
  • soft poppy seed bun.

Tah-dah!

{eats} homemade is always better

Weekend Feast

steak &  chunky mash potatoes

Pan seared steak w/ mushroom sauce. The portobello mushroom sauce was made with white wine instead of red, cause I didn’t have any on hand. Also, made buttery chunky mash potatoes & broiled asparagus(not pictured) w/ olive oil, lemon juice & fresh shaved parmesan. Kosher salt & ground pepper to taste.

my lazy answer to zucchini risotto. Stir fried zucchini w/ garlic & shallots and then tossed in leftover rice.
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I scream for some blueberry ice cream. i’ve been on a blueberry binge.
ice creeeam!

sorry no Chinese new year feast pictures this year. but i have this leftover roast pork dish I made for lunch today. Its no fun eating cold uncrunchy roast pork the next day. So, I chop it up and steam it with shrimp paste & ginger. When its done & full of juices, I toss on a pile of green onions. It’s not your typical yummy smellin’ dish, but if ur use to fish sauce & thousand year old duck egg you’ll be okay with shrimp paste. this is a nice way leftover roast pork. I always end up with having more than one bowl of rice.
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