Monday, August 26, 2013

Favorite Online Recipes

I often use the page food blog, but when I want to make something not listed, I resort to the internet. Here are my favorite online recipes! Any that you would add?

Lasagna (I also do the Peruvian thing and add a few layers of deli ham)

Cordon Bleu (Mostly I just use milk and normal cheese but one time I actually did purchase the expensive/fattening ingredients and it was so good that I tried to steal some of Wilmer's when he wasn't looking)

Pot Pie (a recipe for delicious pot pie innards)

Pie Crust (I mess up sometimes with other pie crusts. This one has been faithful to me)

Bacon + Cheddar + Chicken (all that with a teriyaki sauce)

Oven Broccoli (I boil the broccoli it just a minute or two before zapping it in the oven so that it is both soft and crispy)

Fresh Green Beans (I used to like canned best but these fresh ones won me over)

Homemade Mayo (it is so much better than store bought but many people just don't get how to do it right. Make sure you add the oil in the thinnest stream you can with the blender already on high. Also make sure that you cover the blender as best you can while you pour or blots of mayo will end up all over your face and hands. Maybe poke a hole in the aluminum foil to make a makeshift lid with a small hole for pouring? I like to add a little bit of milk to thin it out when it is all done.)

Juicy Chicken (found this one thanks to Bethany. Now I feel like I can prepare a Christmas dinner with little work involved)

Peruvian Beef Stir French Fry (actually called Lomo Saltado. Wilmer is better at making this than me so I just usually chop up and he fries. What we usually make is pretty close to this recipe, but we don't add oyster sauce or whatever that is. We don't add aji amarillo but instead chop up a spicy red rocoto pepper, bath it in lime and salt, and add as much as we can handle to our individual plates).

Wilmer has eaten all of these and approved all of them (though he wasn't a huge fan of the thai pesto)

A Very Good Curry (quite authentic - maybe add less cayenne if spicy is too much for you)

Thai Pesto (so easy! Good with roasted bell peppers and chicken on noodles, also good on buttered toast)

Fish Tacos (First had these in San Diego. The white jalapeno sauce they have you make is my favorite part of this recipe. Also I really do buy a cheap can of beer to make it...without beer the fish batter isn't that great)

Peruvian 3 leches Hot Chocolate (Great because of the clove and cinnamon spices. I would avoid adding a whole can of sweetened condensed milk OR add more milk afterward so that the sweetness doesn't take over).


Banana Bread (The crust has the best taste. I replaced part of the banana with chopped apple once and it was also really good. A nice flexible recipe)

Carmely Pie Filling (The extra step of creating syrup beforehand is worth it). 

Ice Cream with or without an ice cream maker (I made this many times in the summer months WITHOUT an ice cream maker. I just pulled it out of the freezer every thirty minutes to mix it up with a spatula till it became light and fluffy. I would love to get my hands on a vanilla bean but ended up using vanilla extract)

some recipes are destroyed by humidity, unavailable ingredients, etc. These recipes were less picky.

Hot Fudge (good for when chocolate chips are so hard to come by)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (the only version that works for me with the ingredients I have)

Roll dough for cinnamon rolls (Other recipes didn't work in Peru. My first version of these failed despite all the positive reviews...then I followed mom's bread-making advice and eyed the flour rather than adding flour measurements and made the only cinnamon rolls that I have made successfully in Peru. Her frosting was too much, though I liked the coffee maple flavor).

Teriaki Sauce (You can't come by that cheaply overseas)

Aldi's brownies (the only recipe that compares to the prize winning box version)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Peruvian Fruit Beverage Recipes

Peruvians have developed ways to not let anything go to waste in their cooking. Here are some fun fruity options my husband taught me about...

Pineapple Skin Juice

1. Cut up whatever you didn't eat from a pineapple (in my case I didn't eat the whole thing because it was a juicing pineapple - no sweet flavor so not fun to eat all by itself)
2. Boil it with a bit of ginger or cloves or cinnamon, depending on what you like.
3. Use a strainer to separate the rinds from the juice.
4. Add sugar as needed.
5. Enjoy it hot, room temperature, or cool it down in the fridge.

Orange Skin Cider
*said that this helps with digestion and weight loss*

1. Take just the skins off the oranges. 
2. Boil them with a bit of cloves and cinnamon and remove the orange skins just after 5 minutes of boiling (if you let the skins set an overpowering bitter flavor will develop). 
3. Add sugar as needed
4. Enjoy it hot. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life's disposable animal

Above is pictured a mouse that I murdered with poison. I wanted an old fashioned trap as it seemed more humane, but couldn't find one anywhere.

The mouses mate (not pictured above) was wiser and became immune to the poison. But in the end the second mouse didn't get the cheese either, instead he got Wilmer's tennis shoe crushing down on his head. It squirmed there for a while till its death. I felt no pity. No one shall feel pity on our... horrifying planet.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Pick up Line of the Week

I decided to go out and buy what I needed to make supper in one of the stores on my street. A fancy car filled with young boys stopped in front of me and one asked, "Hey Gringasha! Do you know where La Parroquia (street corner) is???"

I shook my head no and hid my smile.

Gringasha is the true love of a young psycopath Gringasho who escaped prison to meet her. Their names are such because both are light skinned and light eyed Peruvians. After the capture of Gringasho, Gringasha let herself become a risque, Madonna-like celebrity here in Peru.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Mostly normal

My good friend Cynthia makes you think she is a normal, steady person. And then she surprises you with her out of the box weirdness. She made juice and needed the extra jug space.

Friday, July 05, 2013

What to do with old bus tickets

A small quick flower drawing I created using old bus tickets and a little bit of paint and pens. It was a going away present for my ex roommate Amanda. Here is a picture of the roomies when we met 5 years ago combined with one of us we took just recently.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mere Christianity Illustrations: Faith

"Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason ’has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.
"The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?"

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, "Faith"