Friday, December 17, 2010

Food Inc -dvd

This is a documentary that sort of opens up a few facts that have been hidden from the general public.  And that is how much of the food we eat is
  1. Controlled by the same four companies
  2. The way the animals are raised and slaughtered
  3. The main ingredient in 90% of what we buy food and otherwise
Did you know that the same item that is used to make diapers is what is found in pop, syrup, and also fed to the livestock?   I had no idea till I saw the film.  And it's simply corn.  Corn.  I knew that corn was used as the main thing to feed animals, but was clueless that it's byproducts were used so widely.

The tagline for this documentary is "You'll never look at dinner the same way again"   And it's very true.  I've been a vegetarian now coming up 10 years, and seeing this film has made me even scared to eat anything. 

The main subplot of this is that we need to get more involved with what it is we are eating.  The school system needs to really start to rethink what they allow in grade schools for meals. And of course, we all need to support the organic food suppliers but buying at local farmers markets and growing our own gardens when/where we can.

This is not for the faint of heart, as they actually show footage of chickens and pigs being slaughtered.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Soul Kitchen - DVD review

Plot: Zinos owns a small diner that serves nothing but deep fried frozen foods.  A real estate agent wants the land for development, his staff haven't been paid in a while, and the tax man is after him. Meanwhile, his brother who is a con-man with a gambling debt comes to work for him, just as Zino's girlfriend dumps him.  Can he survive the next two months or will he loose everything and everyone he's worked the last few years to call his own?


This is a brilliant German film. (I had a subtitled version.)  It's a comedy and a drama all rolled into one and somehow manages to hit the right notes at the right time while still keeping it's balance.

There isn't alot of food in this foodie movie, but it does center around the diner itself.  Udo Kier has a small two minute cameo in this film, (who is usually known as a horror film icon) that adds a touch of solidness to what at times is just a light hearted display of fun. 

There is a scene where the chef makes a love potion and serves it to a packed house while a rock band is playing, giving everything to the Dionysian vibe.  And having the lead actor look like a sloppy Jim Morrison really adds a punch to the movie's title of the borrowed song Soul Kitchen. You're constantly reminded that food and music go hand in hand as both feed the senses and the ... well soul.

Again, I have to say there is a sense of balance in this film which plays up the opposites between Zinos and his brother Illias. Zinos for all his failures at the beginning is the responsible one (ironically the comedy element) where as his brother is the screw-up (ironically the dramatic element) who thinks he's got everything under control when he really does not.
We see an evolution with a few of the main characters, Zinos obviously being the one with the largest arch. The montage of his cooking skills comes right back to a basic thought, follow your heart, dedicate yourself to your passions, and of course anyone can cook. 

I would have liked to have seen a few more food scenes, but all in all, this is one to rent on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ratatouille- Movie

 I put a link out on my Twitter (coffinscookies)  the other week to my last post about foodie movies, and ironically Chef Michael Smith (Chef at Large, Chef at Home)  put up a Twitter saying Ratatouille was one of the best foodie movies he'd ever seen. I became obsessed for the last week trying to get my hands on a copy.  I admit, I had originally  stayed away from it because it was a "kid's movie", but beyond glad that I took his advice and found a copy at the rental place. 

The message is simple, anyone can cook.  Which is true, just look at me.  With it being a Disney film, I was thinking for sure I would cry, but I found myself laughing the whole time and craving vegetarian stew. 

Food in movies, seems to flow with the theme of self discovery, and this is no different. The subplot deals with a guy who just learns who he really is and what is expected of him, giving him for the first time not just a passion for something but an identity.  (which was the main theme in Julie/Julia, Ramen Girl
 This is one that I am going to have to add to my movie collection.

Tuesday Morning Thinking of Food

 This was originally posted on my main blog on Nov 16th 2010   So don't worry, I haven't lost my mind completely yet and mixed up my days of the week. Yet.  but I did realize I had forgotten to add it here to my list I've been trying to create of foodie movies/food in the movies posts.


Taking a short break this morning from the book reviews cause I'm getting a headache, and have Julie/Julia in the dvd player.  It's got me thinking, about a few foodie movies that are on my can't wait list.

One is Soul Kitchen  which I believe gets a Canadian dvd release next month.  It's a subtitled film about a guy who's cafe is going downhill till he hires a prize winning chef.   I saw a trailer for it months ago and have been waiting as impatiently as I can for it to be released here.

Today's Special  was just released in the cinema this week.  Of course, it's not scheduled for my city cause Thunder Bay sucks.  But it's on my can't wait list.  When I first saw the poster for this one few months ago, I wasn't too sure about it, as it's about an East Indian chef, and after having been greatly disappointed by another East Indian foodie film Cooking with Stella; well the trailer for Today's Special changed my mind.  It's suppose to be about a sous chef who has to return to his family diner and take over the business.

The last foodie movie on my can't wait list is a documentary called Kings of Pastry  which also was just released in Canada about a month ago, which once again did not come here and I have to wait for the dvd.  My city sucks I know.  But it's a documentary on the pastry masters competition.

They all look yummy and I can't wait....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Morning and ....

 Yeah I have no idea what I was thinking.  I went grocery shopping yesterday with mom, Ninja and Uncle and that should say everything right there.  Ended up in the cereal row, which by the by is a rare thing for me. Specially since they stopped selling Count Chocula here.  Anyways, I wanted something sweet and it would have made too much sense to go to the bakery or to the cookie row.  I start looking for  Fruity-O's (generic Fruit Loops)  and I can not find them anywhere. I am about to give up when, no word of a lie, this old guy smacks his cart into the bagged cereal.  This fell to the floor. 

I started laughing.  Dude, you know I did.  Poor old guy standing there looking at me cause I'm laughing like a lunatic.  So I bought it.  Look at the size of this thing, it's sitting on my computer chair.  The cereal takes up a chair!  Good god man that will take me all winter to get through. 
Suppose I could always invite a certain wrestler over .... sorry I had to it was a ready made joke man.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Interview

Hey guys,  a few months back I was lucky enough to do an interview with Food Writer Suzie Ridler, aka Suzie the Foodie. 
You can read that here

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Homemade nacho chips

Originally posted on my main blog Domestic and Damned on Oct 6th 2010

I very happily found a few episodes of Iron Chef American on youtube the other day.  One of the things that they did (it was Cat Cora who made it on Battle Cheddar)  was a homemade cracker using wonton wraps, chocolate and cumin.   She served it with a cheddar for a simple cheese and crackers.

It seemed perfectly easy.  You know what, it sort of was.   Only I had bought eggroll wraps instead of wonton ones thinking there wasn't a massive difference, and lacking a pastry/bbq brush, I simply used a knife to drip the melted chocolate on. and well anyone who's ever used cumin knows it smells like BO.  So stinky bitter crackers that tasted less bitter with large slices of old cheddar.
So here's me thinking,  let's replace the cumin with cinnamon for a sweet instead of savory flavour. Only I still did not have a pastry/bbq brush and had to remelt the chocolate as it hardened slightly.  It still came out bitter.  Mom actually tried the cinnamon ones.
I had sliced all the eggroll wraps already, so I just stuck the next handful in the oven without anything on them.  They turned out much better.

Mom agreed they needed something.  The rest of the package I took to mom's, found her pastry/bbq brush and added oil and salt and pepper.
Lovely!  Just lovely!


 Ingredients : 1 package eggroll wraps, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, pinch each salt and pepper 


Cut wraps in half,
Line ungreased cookie sheet with the wraps,
Brush oil over each,
Sprinkle salt and pepper over tray,
Bake at 350degrees for roughly 7minutes depending on your oven.

I plan on buying a package of wonton wraps today and trying them to see if there is a difference in taste or cooking time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Life in France- by Julia Child


I bought this book last November. Every time I picked it up to read it, I was overloaded with books for review (I have a whopping 8 to still review before the first of December!)  I finally decided to just add it to my book club list and spent the last week reading it (when I should have been reading books for review)

My book club will be meeting on the weekend, but I thought I would talk about it a bit here now. While it's fresh in my mind.

I understand why they decided to make this into a movie, her life was just amazing in every turn.  Though I did think she spent too much time on the first half of things and not enough on the later half of her cooking life, (but it was about her start in cooking so it makes perfect sense)

From her friendship/partnership with Simone Beck, to her partnership with her husband, their research and dedication to creating the perfect cookbook took them close to 12 years. The ups and downs of such a project would be more then I think I could handle. 

Almost every page is a listed with menu items that she adored. I can not tell you how many times in the last week that I got it into my head I wanted something from the pages (to the point I invaded my mom's kitchen two days ago and made a creamed potato soup from scratch)
Those of us who do not speak french it did get bogged down at times when she would list off recipes without a translation.  I can also see why with her energetic flavour for things when she describes the recipes; she inspired so many to become cooks.  I found myself scrambling online for episodes of her show to see a few of the recipes first hand.

I, as you can see from the photo,  have the movie tie in version, that does not have the photos and extra indexes that the original printing is suppose to contain. 

I am now on the hunt for a copies of her cookbooks. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cooking with Stella -review

Cooking with Stella

I was thinking,  Don McKellar and food how can you go wrong.  There was even a small nod in once scene to his character of Curtis from Twitch City by having him flipping channels watching tv on the sofa,  so I thought I was in movie heaven. 

But I was wrong.

This film starts off strong, setting up what looks like a journey of food and self  but once you hit the second act it becomes weighed down with a teenaged love story between the nanny and the cook's god-son.   Then act three turns political. 

Plot: Micheal and his wife are moved to India as diplomats, while his wife works he stays home with the baby.  Being a chef in Canada gave him a purpose, now he's not even having fun in his own kitchen until the house cook starts giving him lessons in Indian cooking.  Soon things start to disappear from their rooms, as a new nanny is hired and Stella's family members start showing up.   Before long, Stella is missing too. 

I thought act one was brilliant but quickly lost interest as the movie turned directions.  This one hit a sour note with me.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I made eggs

Photos by me copyright 'hcvp 2010

I was hanging around Facebook few weeks ago, and Suzie the Foodie had talked about poached eggs.

I'd never tried making it before. It sounded heavy duty. But, as this is a year I have set to face some fears, I got the guts to try.

It left my pan in an odd mess, as the process is not pretty. At lest not in my kitchen it wasn't. Yes, I made them in the frypan filled with water.
This by the by was about three weeks ago, I just haven't had the time to work on this blog as of late.

(yes I was reading Jane Slayre in the kitchen)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vegan Pumpkin Cake

1 can pumpkin
2 cups oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/3 cup water

Mix well. Put into greased or oiled cake pan and cook for 1 hour on 300, depending on your oven.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Meatless Meatloaf #1

Photo copyright hcvp'2010

1 package Yves Italian Veggie Ground Round (soy replacement product)
1 egg
2 cups ketchup
2 slices bread crumbled (or 3 cups of premade bread crumbs)
1 cup shredded cheese

Mix all together and form into loaf. Bake at 300 for about 45 minutes depending on your oven.

The Italian veggie replacement is a spicy one so no extra spices are needed.

Note, there was no way to make it pretty at all. Ugly food but tastes great

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday... what's for supper?

Well, it was suppose to be a meatless meatloaf (soy product replacement)  but I don't have any ketchup. 
I bought it, when I was out with mom, helped her carry her bags home, and left it and a few other things at her place. 
Seriously, I believe my brain would fall out of my skull if my ears were any bigger. 
It would have been nice to get some photos up on here again, as I haven't added any as of late.

Still haven't finished reading Cleaving.  I should have had that book done in under three days, but I can't tell you what's been wrong with me lately.  I just can't seem to get into reading at the moment. 
Between the doctors appointments I've had this week and general housework, the only blogging I've done has been my wrestling stuff. 

I'm going to have to start scheduling when I work on each blog.   
Okay, so the update is this,   I messed up on the planning for supper (which was to be the big blog post this week for here) and am still only on chapter 8 of Cleaving.

Tomorrow the meatless meatloaf success or fail with photos.  No excuses.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Grandma Perry's Banana Bread

1 and 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 bananas mashed

Bake for 50 minutes at 350

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pasta with Eggplant

1 eggplant sliced
1 clove garlic (or 1 tablespoon minced)
1 large white mushroom sliced
1/2 can of diced tomatoes
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup cheese
black table pepper
basil
pasta

In a fry pan heat oil, add garlic, mushroom and eggplant.  Saute on medium heat for 10 minutes turning the eggplant every couple of minutes.   
Add the diced tomatoes with liquid, let simmer for 5 minutes then add  half of the cheese.   Remove from heat. 
Prepare pasta, drain, and add to eggplant, stir and turn heat back on low.   Add rest of the cheese, basil and pepper for taste.   Once all the cheese has melted and most of the liquid cooked, remove from heat and serve. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Do I need a kitchen exorcist?

I made the Chick Pea Curry again for dinner tonight. It did not turn out. This time I had the cumin but it just tasted salty. Never added any salt so have no idea what went wrong there.

Made cupcakes about an hour ago. They never rose and just ended up burnt. This is the first time since the oven was fixed that I tried baking, so I'm thinking I might just need to adjust the temp on the recipes from now on.

But two things in one day that just did not turn out. Do I need to sprinkle some salt and extra virgin olive oil (sacrifice in the kitchen) around and invoke the spirit of Julia Childs or something?

Brutal Erotic


Not what you are thinking.

I'm reading Cleaving a Story of Marriage Meat and Obsession by Julie Powell, and it's well, not what I was expecting.

I knew as a vegetarian, I would find it a hard read as it is about her time as a butcher's assistant. I was prepared for that, for the blood and guts of it.
I wasn't prepared for how she makes it sound more poetic and sensual then just tearing steaks from the bone.

I'm only three chapters into it at this point, but it's one I am having to say will make you think about your place in life. I'll have a review in a few days when I'm done reading it.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

There is a table cloth in here somewhere

Only, I can't find it.

Back nearly 13 years ago, my Grandmother, who swore by table cloths, helped me sew one. Black and purple for a Hallowe'en dinner.
Now, I can't find what I did with it. It's one of the last projects Grandma did before her death.

I made Chick Pea Curry last night for dinner, and it turned out okay for a first try.
Heated up what was left for dinner, and made a Vegan Chocolate Cake and Vegan Frosting. Again, not bad for a first try. But not great.

But what I am wanting to know is, aprons, table cloths and toaster covers etc.
Yay or Nay?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Episode #4 of My Newfie Kitchen

While my oven is still broken, I went to mom's and we made bread. First try, and here is the comedy routine that it turned out to be.



That's what makes life what it is; food, laughter and bad camera work.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

MNK Video #3- Ugly Ramen

While I was at mom's, I made another broth and noodles.


video

Colour in food is a very foreign idea to Newfies. No matter what we make, it always seems to come out transparent.

My Oven is still dead

My oven died on Saturday night. It is now Wednesday morning. My oven still has not been fixed, and the landlord says it will be tomorrow still.

So I'm packing up a large tote bag of stuff, and heading to my mom's today to make bread.
It is a very long boring process, but one I remember fondly from when Grandma Perry used to make it. Every week she would spend Saturdays baking fresh bread for the week. From scratch, the old fashioned way, as she never owned a bread maker.
That's today's plan.

Food in Movies. Part One

Food has been used as a metaphor and a costar thousands of times in films.

The Hours threaded together the lives of the 3 women with the use of food. More accurately eggs. As each character began their decent into their own depression, they were put in a scene where eggs were being broken. Giving the visual of how fragile the human mind can be.

The Jane Austen Book Club, used the theme of food as a comfort element. From the first book club meeting which takes place in a busy coffee shop to the community table at the end, we are shown how each character grows more relaxed with each other. Over the course of the film, the more intense the topic or atmosphere the less nutritious the food in the scene. (when they are talking about Sense and Sensibility in which Grigg and Jocelyn fight they are eating donuts, or when Prudie has to tell her mother to leave, her mother is eating brownies and ice cream)

Under the Tuscan Sun, food is used as a measure of faith and accomplishment. The lead character starts off on top of the world, with her homemade brownies being used to show her pride and ego. As the story progresses, she's seen loosing that sense of self (dinner with the neighbours and the bitter olives) only to regain it near the end when she feels she's finally standing on her own two feet again (the 7 course meals she makes for her construction crew).


Just a little taste of what I have been noticing in some of my favourite films.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Herbal Tarot by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin


Photo by Kimberly Hulst

I came across this deck few years ago. I have to say, I rarely used it till now.
The interpretation of each card matched up with the many different herb/spice is both inspiring and clever.
Though I have been trying to track down a larger copy of the instruction book, as the print is so tiny it makes reading the various herb uses difficult.
This deck uses the popular Rider-Waite deck as it's main model, which is the most widely recognizable tarot deck out there.
The choice of herb/spice with each card is based on the combination of medical use for the herb, folklore and astrology match up.

This is a treat for collectors, and a great way to learn what herb/spice is each used for.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear MotorCityMachine Guns!

video

You all knew it would not be long before I found a reason to talk about Mr. Shelley and Mr. Sabin on this blog too.
So this is one last effort of a desperate woman to talk to her heroes, the two sexiest men alive. Yeah I know, I can't stop making an idiot of myself, but I'm so good at it.

Cooking TV - Justin Wilson

I have to say this guy was one of my favourite television chefs. This I found on youtube and I am putting it around roughly 1986 (?)



Cooking shows never go out of style.

Ramen #4


Photo by Kimberly Hulst copyright hcvp'2010

You read that my oven is dead.
There is one small working burner at this time.

Just enough for me to make a pot of something.

I went out to the grocery yesterday and bought a bag of noodles. Last night I made a small pot of homemade ramen.


3 cup water
1 medium onion sliced
1 cup frozen mixed veggies (carrots, celery, onion, red peppers)
1/2 cup frozen carrot coins
1/2 frozen Asian mixed veggies (broccoli, green beans, onion, mushroom)
pinch of dried oregano
pinch of salt
3 whole black peppercorns
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of marjoram
1 vegetable broth cube
2 handfuls of steamed broadcut noodles

Boil all ingredients EXCEPT the noodles for 20 minutes. Add extra water if needed, stirring every few minutes. Then add dry noodles. Stir turn off heat and serve.
This severs three.

Julie/Julia -Review (book)

Here is what I wrote on this book back on Aug 4th 2009 on my book blog

I picked this up Sunday night, and did not stop reading until just after 1 am this morning.

This is a semi-autobiography about a woman going through a life crisis. She's been told she may never have kids, she is unsatisfied in her job, and she just moved. She is coming unglued and finds the only thing that is keeping her together is cooking.

Julie Powell became an internet hit when it was still a new idea to blog. It ended up changing her life. What she blogged about was the year long challenge she set for herself to cook all the recipes in the first volume of Julia Childs most impressive book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This earned Powell her first book deal and a new chance to find herself.

Her second book is due this winter and I am looking forward to seeing what she has to offer this time around.


I still love this book. There is something inspirational in her story. Something raw. I have read pieces of her blog since, and can see why she had the following of blog readers (bleeders as she calls them in her book) she does not sugarcoat anything when she writes. I admire that.
Julie Powell is the Queen Bean of food blogs, hands down. There would not be a large a following of food blogs if it was not for her.

Not going to lie, it was that book that sprang me into this blog. Like so many others who read it. Mind you, I was already blogging on other topics before reading it, but this was what made me say "hey I cook too".

When you can connect to a story, either fiction or non-fiction, is when you know you hold something on the cusp of greatness. I have been known to ask "why food?" why do we as a society do so much around food? This book can answer that.
Witty, touching, brilliant.

She started the movement of foodie bloggers and I for one am glad.

I still have to get her second book Cleaving Marriage Meat Obsession.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My Oven!

I had a batch of tea buns in the oven. I was in the other room and heard what sounded like a chair being scrapped across the floor. I live alone. Running into the kitchen I saw the oven was as bright as a bon fire.
The oven is old and had no oven light at all.

Opening the door I turned off the oven. The very back of the element coil looked like a burst bubble and the screws were exposed.

Oh my god my oven exploded! The landlord is away and it will be like 3 days before I can even talk to him about it. I have no oven.

I really hate living here. I need to find a new place that I can afford.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

365 Ways To Cook Hamburger


I will not lie to you, for about 12 years this was one of my main cook books.
I was going through a stack of stuff to be packed into storage, and came across this book. Little dusty, little worn but still useful.
So, let's see how many recipes I can successfully take and turn into vegetarian versions?
I know the meat replacement (soy product Ground Round) is usable for so many dishes, but there are some it just does not work in.
There are about 30 meatloaf recipes in this book alone. I am sure there is a few that will work with the soy product replacement.

Okay, so keep coming back to the blog, I will have be getting started on things soon.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Coming soon

I have a slow cooker. I kind of forgot I even had it. The insurance company got it for me back after the car accident, I maybe used it once.

I have to do another version of the mock seal flipper pie still, and mom pointed out I still have not tried a version of Jig's Dinner.
So they are on the menu at some point in the next few weeks.

After that, I will try a few slow cooker recipes.

The reason this blog has gotten sort of left behind (it's not the only one my book blog and my vampire movie blog has too) is
A) I've been working on my novel. I've been working now for the last two weeks with my editor on the first draft.

B) BlindTag.com is starting to take off nicely. We've gotten a bunch of new readers and now with the move of TNA Impact to Mondays it's going to be bumpy.

C) my health has been bad.

D) I've been fairly broke.

Just don't give up on me yet.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mock Seal Flipper Pie-sort of

I have been saying for two months one goal was to take a seal flipper pie recipe and make a vegetarian version.

Well today I did... sort of.

I didn't realize it was so hard to find. After no luck for either me or mom hunting through the cook books, I ended up having to go online for a copy of the recipe.
So, off to the grocery I went for ingredients. And after 2 hours... it didn't really turn out. Well, not true, it turned out...dry.
It tasted alright, as I used the Mexican flavoured Yves Ground Round (soy meat replacement)
I did not get a photo however as I made it at mom's and forgot my camera at home.

Original Seal Flipper Pie

3 seal flippers
salt pork
3 potatoes
2 carrots
3 parsnip
1/2 turnip
salt
pepper
1 onion
1 cup beef stock

Pastry topping

Remove all the fat from the flippers, reduce salt pork, fry flippers in the salt pork,
In casserole dish add stock, flipper meat, vegetables, salt and pepper cook for 2 hours at 375
add pastry topping and cook uncovered for another half hour.

Well, since I was doing a veggie version, I forgot to replace the stock. So it ended up really dry.

Mock Seal Flipper Pie

1 large carrot
1 large onion
2 large potatoes
2 parsnip
1/2 turnip
1 package Mexican Yves Ground Round
4 sheets Philo Dough

Chop turnip and carrots, boil for twenty minutes. Drain. Chop onion, add mix well. Chop potatoes and parsnip boil for twenty five minutes. Drain. Add to bowl, mix well. Add Yves Ground Round, mix well.
Layer 2 of the Philo Dough on the bottom of dish, add the mixture then layer the other 2 sheets of Philo Dough. Cook for 15 minutes on 375.

Now, as I said, it tasted okay, just abit on the dry side. I know, I had forgotten that the meat replacement does not have any fat in it at all.
I am considering this a first try. I plan on trying to make a mock seal flipper pie again soon. Next time, I will remember to add some vegetable stock and switch out the philo dough for a doughboy mix.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Book Giveaway


Bit of a cheat as it has nothing to do with food, but I am still part of the book giveaway for Catherine Mckenzie's Spin.
The giveaway is being held on my book blog http://pushersink.blogspot.com Until March 1st
So if you are in Canada and would like a copy head over to that blog and leave a comment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Whoo-Hoo! Spice girl

Photo by Kimberly Hulst copyright hcvp 2010

I'm all hyper because I got my double decker spice rack today.
Early birthday gift from mom. (My birthday isn't until next month)

Photo is a little grainy as I took it with my webcam.
Now, I just need to find a spot in the kitchen for it

Saturday, February 13, 2010

4 minute sauce

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 an onion chopped
sprig of dried oregano
1/2 cup cheese
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
table pepper

Melt butter, add onion and oregano, stir in tomatoes and cheese, keep stirring, add dash of table pepper. Once it starts to bubble, take off of heat and continue to stir for another minute.

Pour over pasta.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

But it's Bland

I decided last night I wanted to make a basic veggy broth.
I added a full onion, celery, garlic, ground pepper, salt, carrots, red peppers, leek, basil, oregano, cayenne and sage.

It's still bland.

I have no idea what else to add to make the broth have taste. I really do not want to have to start over.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Domestic Goddess Kitchen Wish List

I would love to have these new items for my kitchen .... when I have some extra money.

1) A steel double deck spice rack that turns

2) New oven mitts

3) New set of stainless steel pots

4) Set of black china tea cups

5) A large bat shaped cake pan for making Halloween cakes

6) A new set of measuring cups