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Monday, November 19, 2007

weekend update

So Thursday. Canned soup. Yup. We went out to see a band called "A Beautiful Noise" http://www.myspace.com/abeautifulnoise at the Brass Rail. So I bought something quick and easy for after we got home. Progresso. I think it was chicken and dumplings, minestrone, and veggie. So we like progresso. But it's kind of funny because alot of the soups are so similar, there will just be a different kind of pasta, or bean, or one will have some tomato in the broth. So we just mix them all together in the pot. I never had the chicken and dumplings, but I wanted to taste it. It's chicken noodle soup with dumplings instead of noodles. Not a suprise. But the dumplings were not seasoned. That kind of sucked. But with mixing the soups together, it didn't matter. It was just a big veggie, chicken, bean, noodle and dumpling soup.

Friday night, we went to see Shea's Rebellion http://www.myspace.com/sheasrebellion play at the Zombie Lounge. So since we were on El Cajon Blvd, we took advantage of the proximity to the fast food offerings on the Boulevard. We first went to KFC. The FP got a three piece extra crispy dark with mashed and corn on the cobb. I got a crispy thigh.
Then we drove across the street to Wienerschnitzel. I've never eaten there, even though I've been wanting to. So I drove up, and I was overwhelmed by the menu. I ended up getting a chili dog combo with fries. So we had to drive all the way home before we got to eat. So the mashed potatoes were barely warm, of course. It was almos midnight when we got the food, so what can you expect. The chicken was actually crispy, but not too warm either. It was really salty too, which is a plus to the FP. The fries were not salted, but hot. The hot dog was old and rubbery, and the chili was runny with no real meat in it or anything. Oh well, I can't wait to go back to Wienerschnitzel at a better time and really study the menu.

Saturday. We made Thanksgiving dinner early, because the in laws will be in town and we are going to eat at the Grant Grill. So we did turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cactus casserole (like green bean casserole), gravy and ginger lime pie with coconut cookie crust. We also recorded a cover of the Cranberries' Zombie. So it was pretty good, the cover, I mean. The turkey got fucked up though. We bought it that day, unwrapped it and found out it was partially frozen still. So we let it sit out a few hours to thaw. The FP made stock with turkey necks, then he made mushroom stuffing. I had found the coconut and lime blog, and there was a recipe for stuffing balls. So we did that. Just bind some stuffing with egg and put it in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan for the last 30 minutes. These were so good! Kudos to the coconut and lime blog! http://coconutlime.blogspot.com/

The mashed potatoes were delicious, very traditional, fluffy. The cactus casserole tasted too pickled cactusy at first, but then it mellowed out some. I made the mushroom soup but it should have been a little thicker, I think. The lime pie was good, but the texture was heavier than I wanted. I used 4 eggs per pie, but I should have probably used 3, because the condensed milk is already so heavy. The turkey. I don't want to discuss it. Well, I took it out. The thermometer in various places read 160 and around there. And the juice seemed to run clear. So it was out a while. Then we cut into it. The very middle was raw. So the FP cut it in pieces and put it back in the oven. This was all when all our guests came in, so it was a bit of commotion. So we were all talking, and we forgot the turkey of course. So it was dry. Oh well. We usually brine our turkey, and it comes out delicious. This year with no prep, no brine, too much shit going on, well, it showed in the turkey.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Time to eat healthier

That's what I was thinking last night when I was trying to decide what to cook. I saw that we had ginger and lime, two of my favorite flavors, so, I thought I'd go crazy and cook something asiany. I went to the store and found those pork shoulder steaks for 99 cents/#, so I got those, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, onion,and sweet potatoes and calrose rice. I diced and sliced everything, and I knew it wasn't healthy. Oh well. So I tried to sear the pork, but I crowded the pot, so I really steamed it. I took it out and fried the ginger and garlic in sesame oil till they started browning. Then I added the onion, carrot and sweet potato. I let those get soft, then added the cabbage and mushrooms and the pork juice, covered it and stewed. I added soy sauce, ponzo, coconut vinegar, and the pork. When we ate it, we put the rice in the bottom of the bowl, of course. Then I ladled in the stew, and I garnished with mint and lime. Okay, so I'm really good at turning healthy veggies into something unhealthy, yet very tasty.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

my corned beef hash recipe - and I'm Filipina

I've noticed that a good majority of the anonymous readers who stop by are interested in corned beef hash specifically. And how to make it. So I thought I would just actually write my recipe for corned beef hash!

Let's talk corned beef first:
Here's the thing. I already wrote about the canned corned beef hash. It's okay if you aren't a cook. Just get a pan really hot and fry it. Add some green onions, red pepper flakes, maybe worcestershire, etc.

But if you want to make it a little more "from scratch" you can use my preferred "corned beef" in a can - no onion or potato in it. I prefer Libby, but Hormel will do if there is no Libby. We tried Brazillian Libby the other week, and it was good. I can't really specify any difference between US and Brazil, but its cool sounding to say Brazillian corned beef.

Okay, now if you want to go one step more scratch, buy deli corned beef. Pick a good one, and buy however much you need.

Or if you are very ambitious, make corned beef. That is a whole different blog topic though. Anyway, if you have deli corned beef or a hunk of corned beef, all you have to do is rough chop, and then pulse in the food processor until you get it as chopped up as you like it. Of course some people like to chunk it or julienne it, but that's not my style.

Okay,so I'll do recipe format for ease of reading:

serves 2 corned beef hash gluttons over the course of 24 hours, or up to 10 for breakfast

2 cans Libby's Brazillian corned beef (or other corned beef as notated above) taken out of the can and mashed apart
1 large onion, medium dice (sweet is best, but any color will do)
1 # red potatoes, small dice
1 bunch green onions sliced, separate tops and bottoms
1 red bell pepper if you wanna get fancy
red pepper flake
worcestershire or soy sauce or fish sauce or a combo
salt & pepper

So, first you saute the onion and green onion bottoms until translucent in the widest pan that you have(a griddle would be ideal). If you are adding bell pepper, put that in. Then you saute the potato too. Let it crisp around the edges. Then add about 1/4 inch water to the pan and cover it. In a couple minutes, check to see if the potatoes are tender. If not, add a little water and cover until they are cooked. If they are cooked, let the water evaporate and then turn the heat up to high.

Okay, you may have to add oil, because the potato starch has made the pan sticky. But guess what, YOU'RE MAKING CORNED BEEF HASH. It's very unhealthy anyway. The oil you add is healthier, unless you use lard or beef tallow. So let this oil get pretty much smoking. So you have the corned beef already out of the can, right? You know how hard those cans are to open. I hope you're not doing that at this stage. (I always forget to open the cans and mash the corned beef)

So you have a smoking pan. Put the corned beef in the pan and spread it all out in as thin a layer as you can. Go wash your hands, change the TV channel,then come back. Look at it for 30 seconds. It its in a very thin layer, stir it around fast. And respread it out on the pan. If it's kind of crowded in a pan wait another 30 seconds, then stir it once and respread it. Basically do this, till it's all hot and has a nice crispy crust. Add the red pepper flake, worcestershire, soy, or fish sauce and salt and pepper. Give it a good stir, then serve, topping off with the green onion tops. And if you want to serve it with more potatoes, go ahead. Remember, it's already unhealthy for you... personally, I like rice and potatoes with it. With a sunny side up eggs on top, of course.

Monday, November 12, 2007


So yesterday it was chilly. What else could I make, but chili? So I went to good old Pancho's.

I sauteed onion, garlic and bell peppers. I boiled pinto and red beans. I added ground pork and beef and bay leaves to the veggies. Then I added crushed tomatoes and let it stew. I made a chili puree with dried anchos, coriander, fresh bell pepper and tomatoes. I added the chili puree after about 45 minutes. I didn't have salt, so I found the rest of the fish sauce and used that for salt. And then I chopped cilantro and sliced green onion for garnish. I also made a little guac for garnish too.

I don't really say "guac" in day to day life, but I just like using it because it's funny to me. Of course I also boiled some rice. I grew up eating chili and rice together. I don't know if it's a standard Philipine thing or just my parents did it. But I remember eating it on a plate pretending I was a cowgirl. That was back when I used to watch Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. Anyway, back to Sunday night dinner - I bought tortilla chips so that we could scoop the chili and rice up and eat it with our hands or with a spoon. Now it's Monday night, and we've eaten about 2/3rd of a gallon pot. Not bad. The FP just made ceaser salad for a "light, healthy dinner"! LOL Well, compared to what we've been eating I guess it is healthy.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Another week, another 15 pounds

So Saturday morning was sausage, fried eggs and "dirty rice". I feel like there was something else, but I really can't remember it.

Saturday afternoon, we recorded a cover of Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "grey cell green". During that time, we made a yummy dinner too. Oxtail stewed with onion, garlic, tomatoes, some other stuff too. The FP basically dumped everything in the pot and let it boil. He also made pinto beans because we had some left over, I think. I made some dum aloo. This was a potato dish I learned to make at the Mango House, a Caribbean restaurant that used to be in New Orleans. It's russett potatoes with an Indian yogurt sauce. The sauce has onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, clove, tumeric, and maybe some other stuff Anyway, it's really good, and it's a crowd pleaser too. So we ate this food for a few days.

Tuesday, I went to the store and bought veggies. I didn't really have a plan, but all we had been eating was starch and meat, so I needed veggies. I diced everything up, so it would be ready to go. Then the FP came home early. He wasn't informed that his class was cancelled. So he had some chicken, and he cooked it with the veggies I had prepped. Zucchini, broccoli, lima beans, carrots, and chicken. It was Oriental flavor chicken and veggies. I'm sure there's a name for this flavor combination, but I don't know what it is.

Wednesday, Popeye's. Oh yeah. 2 piece spicy dark with a side of red beans each, and a large mashed potatoes to share. What you do, is you eat a piece of chicken, then half the red beans and rice, then you mix in mashed potatoes. Then you dip your biscuit in it. Then you eat another piece of chicken. You can dip that in the red beans and mash mix too. Then you add more mash until it's all gone. Really. It's so good. Don't worry about your health. Just enjoy.

Thursday. We got crazy and went to a show at the House of Blues. She Wants Revenge. If you like Depeche Mode, Bauhaus and other bands like them, you'll probably like these guys. On the way home, we went through the Del Taco drive thru on 11th. When we first moved here and I worked downtown, I loved going to Del Taco after work. Crinkle fries, ground beef burrito and taco, just what I want at 12 am. It's way better than Taco Bell. I don't care what anyone says. The food is simple and still "americanized", but it just has better flavor. Sorry Taco Bell. I know I grew up with you, but I've outgrown you now.

Friday. We went to the Ken Club. But then we saw that Digital was playing next door. This is the long awaited movie about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. He kills himself in the end. Hope I didn't give away the plot. Anyway, if you see it kinda late like we did, you might fall asleep. There were quite a few guys in the audience snoring away. And they were probably the ones that dragged their girlfriends to the movie in the first place. It was good though. Really depressing but pretty cinematography. Anyway, on the way home we got Burger King. 2 Italian Chicken Sandwich combos. I noticed that it was a half hour before closing. Needless to say, the sandwiches were dense, dry, not very saucy, and barely warm. We ate them regardless. Sometimes that's what you've gotta do.

Saturday morning. Yea! We went to the long awaited barbacoa place on the corner of Fairmount and Myrtle in City Heights. It's a little patio area behind a convenience store. There were all Mexicans besides us, and pretty much there's only one item to order. Barbacoa lamb with all the taco fixins. And also, a cup of soup is almost mandatory. The soup is just made with the drippings from the lamb, and some rice and chick peas. It's so good though. Especially because it was a little nipply on Saturday. The lamb meat comes with pinto beans, rice, fresh made tortillas, condiments, and a fresh made salsa with roasted peppers. It was sooooooooooo good. Better than el Borrego. The lamb meat is just so tender yet flavorful. I'm not used to this mild tasting lamb, but I'm hooked. And it was only $18 for the whole meal. That's pretty good for lamb.

Saturday afternoon we recorded a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins' Disarm. It lasted until 9 pm, so we just ordered Japanese breakfast for dinner. From New York Pizza. That's spaghetti and meatballs if you don't know. It was good, even though it lacked a lot of sauce. I think late at night they don't have too much sauce, so they don't put as much. That's my theory anyway.

Right now, I'm making chili. I'm using pork and beef, and pintos and red beans. It's ground meat. I had wanted to use stew meat and cut it up small, but it's more expensive, so fuck that. I made a chili sauce with mostly anchos. I don't have salt, so I have to wait until the FP comes home from work to finish it. I'm really too lazy to go get salt. We went to the bar at 10 am to watch the Steelers game, so I just don't feel like going to the store again just for salt. Oh well. Hopefully it will be good.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Week in Food

Monday. Very unusually, The FP worked. So I went to Hing Long, the vietnamese market on El Cajon Blvd. I got these greens. I wish I could say what they were. They were cruciferous, they looked kinda like a cross between romaine and celery. I got lemongrass, which I never use, even though I love it. I found some frozen baby squid. I also got fermented shrimp paste. The ingredients on the label are: shrimp, salt. This is one of my childhood memories. The bottle of pinkish purplish salty stuff in the fridge next to the mayo and ketchup. I also got these "swiss rolls" for dessert snacks that were coconut and pandan flavored. Pandan is an asian pine. It doesn't taste like pine needles or anything, it's milder.

So a lot of times the FP calls me a mad scientist the way I cook. I just kind of make up some techniques that I might have learned subconsciously, but it's usually a fusion of styles. I chopped some ginger, garlic and lemongrass. I also put some of the lemongrass in a pot of water to make a broth. I sauteed the ginger, garlic and lemongrass, then added onion and sesame oil. After the onions were wilted, I added shrimp paste and chili paste and let it fry a little. Then I added the greens, coated them in the sauce and added the strained lemongrass broth, soy sauce and fish sauce. In another pan, I sauteed some tofu in shrimp paste, chili paste, and sesame oil. We had some somen noodles, so I cooked those. When the greens were done, I added enoki mushrooms. When the FP came home, we brought the stew to a boil and dropped the squid in to cook. So to eat, we put the noodles in the bowl, then the stew and tofu. Top off with ripped thai basil and more chili sauce, and more soy and fish sauce in the FP's case. It was good. Very different from our usual fare. I'm trying to make more interesting stuff for people to read about. If anyone reads this.

Tuesday. The Food Pimp's time to cook. I had class and he was off. So he made.. jerk chicken wings. I shit you not. He got this jerk sauce from Von's called Eclipse. It's a Chicago company. I love the ingredient listing: Onion, garlic,vegetable oil, soy sauce, tropical spices, black pepper & salt. That clears it up... Anyway, he stewed the chicken wings in this sauce with tomatoes, coconut milk, soy sauce, cardamom and allspice. Then he sauteed cabbage, and he made Christians and Moors. He didn't even know he made Christians and Moors. He just called it black beans and rice. Anyway, I have to say I was excited to get home from a boring lecture about business taxes.

Wednesday. That was Halloween night. So we got drunk early at the Whistle Stop and then went home. Apparently I was obnoxious. I know it's hard to believe. But we did meet the bartender who is in the Album Leaf. He was dressed as the Pope. It's crazy cause he knows all our Nola music genius peeps who live in Chicago.

So anyway we got delivery New York Pizza. It was really good. Sometimes they don't give enough sauce or meatballs, but this was saucy and meatbally. I didn't bother with the salad. I just dived into the spaghetti and ate all my meatballs and half the spaghetti,and almost half of the garlic bread. This is very unlike me. I usually convserve my meatballs so that I have equal proportions of spaghetti and meatball. I know. This is very OCD. I also used to eat the crappy candy first during Halloween and save the best for last.

Thursday. Shrimp etouffee. The FP cooked again. Delish. I'm not going to go over how to make it. If you need a recipe let me know. It was yummy.

Saturday morning breakfast, well, we're in the process of making it. I know you're waiting on pins and needles too!