Ultimate Pizza Sauce
LOVE this recipe. It truly is the best.
LOVE this recipe. It truly is the best.
Yummy recipe for Cream of Poblano Soup.
check. check. check one.
Check out this great resource for making all kinds of homemade mixes and condiments. I'm loving how easy it is to make Sweetened Condensed Milk and Ricotta Cheese/Cottage Cheese. Yogurt too. Oh, and kettle corn. Yum. Fall is slowly arriving and this sounds perfect for a cool September afternoon snack.
this salsa which is pretty good and fresh tasting on them.
(picture coming soon!)
Remember i was looking for a good aloo gobi recipe. I found one here. Way yummy! I added a little extra spice than they said though. I think i doubled the garam masala and added a little extra chili powder and cumin as some reviewers had suggested. I think i added a little ginger and garlic paste too. Like a teaspoon. I would definately used diced tomatos on this and cook a little longer than they suggest. It was very good though.
She does it better than me! This lady can spend $45 or $70 for a weeks worth of groceries for a family of 4-6. That's pretty good. That's exactly what i spend on my family of 3. There's some good tips on there. And look at this guide about eating healthy and thrifty meals. Here's another one preparing healthy meals with minimal cost. Here's one on menu planning. This blog is a great source of information. Check it out!
I want to make aloo gobi this week but haven't made it before. Does anyone have a recipe for it?
Desserts this week: Lemon coffee cake, gingersnaps, fudge
Our freezer is officially empty of leftovers. Time to cook.
I'll be back here on Monday. With that trip, a deadline and Thanksgiving and no school break i haven't been able to post but I have a heck of a menu for next week. Was going to be this week until i realized it was thanksgiving and we know what i'll be eating the rest of the week.
That's how much this last trip was...we're going over the $200 mark but not by much. And there were extras this month...pumpkins, squash, etc.
Dessert for the week: Apple Pie, double ka meeta (maybe)
There was a request from Safa for baby food - i'll do a whole post on that this week or next week.
Been sick and just can't seem to get computer time. I'll hopefully catch up early this week.
Vinegar is a wonderful cleaner. I use it for cleaning the air too. After cooking pakistani or indian food it stinks, i filled a bottle with vinegar and a few drops of essential oil (i use eucalyptus or lavendar) and spray around the room. It really freshens the place up naturally.
I really don't know where it goes sometimes. Well, we are actually on the last week of this project (the $ spent on grocery test) but i've decided to keep part of it going. I will continue to post tips, my menu each week and recipes. I don't know how often i will post but i'll definately do the menu each week since it's something i do anyhow.
Whew, busy week! Sorry I'm late...it seems only 1 or 2 people are actually reading these anyway...
I believe the only recipes that were requested were:
See, whenever i go without a list, i'm forced to go down every aisle and when you go down every aisle you pick up things that sound or look good. I forgot my list but since we were there i had to shop. After all, it's almost the weekend and i'm just doing my week's worth of shopping. Thank God for the freezer because that's what we've been eating. I had to rearrange things and tonight I had a strong craving for butter chicken so goodbye chicken jalfraizi and hello butter chicken.
Comments have been responded too. I'll post on Thursday how much i spent and the recipes. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Hope you guys are enjoying these posts. :-)
Here's my list so i can skip this step tomorrow. This is how i write it out for my husband usually too. I sometimes go too. Tomorrow I'm going.
Phew what a day.
Boy, it's been one of those days. I have no clue what's for dinner at it's 4:19. Sigh. Better get to it. I'll respond to comments and get a menu up hopefully tonight.
I'll post more each week. Here's some links to get you started...
I haven't lived up to my promise this week...been busy. I had the intention of sending out eid cards and a few presents and haven't done that either (sigh). Okay, let's catch up.
I'll post a picture soon too. I don't have a seperate deep freeze. My refridgerator is a typical side by side so bigger than the top freezer but i think you can do the same thing i do but rotate meals more quickly. This is what is typically in my freezer:
Now the shopping list is going to be very small for this week because i'm in the habit of planning ahead and tend to buy for two weeks except for milk, eggs, cheese, vegetables and fruit which i usually have my husband pick up once or twice in the week along with any missing ingredients. I don't need much this week so the shopping is very light but this is the way i do things so I'm not going to be spending much. I will add $25 though for ingredients used this week although it won't be accurate. I still think i'll spend less than $200 so I'm not going to worry about it. Okay, here goes...
Monday's: Menu for the week and shopping list.
Boy, it's been a long while since i posted in here, but the good news is that once Ramadan is over and we are back to our normal eating I'm doing a whole lot of posting. What is coming is this:
I've tried several RR recipes in the last month and am surprised at how well they turned out. I think the trick is to use fresh herbs...it just makes everything taste good. I'll post the ones i tried soon.
I just got done making this and had no idea it was going to taste so good so i didn't take a picture but I want to record this recipe now so i don't forget it. It was delish! Everyone loved it. Next time i make it i'll take measurements and a picture and repost.
I do believe this is one of the most beautiful things I ever made. Rich, bold, and unapologetic.
(from The Joy of Cooking)
Heat 1 inch water in a large skillet over low heat until bubbles form along the bottom; adjust the heat to maintain the water at this temperature. Combine in a large heatproof bowl:
6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons coffee or water
1 teaspoon gf vanilla flavoring (if using water)
Set the bowl in the water bath and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the water and set aside.
Whisk together thoroughly in a heatproof bowl:
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons coffee
3 tablespoons sugar
Set the bowl in the water bath and, whisking constantly, heat the mixture until thick
and puffy, like marshmallow sauce. Remove from the water bath and whisk thoroughly into the melted chocolate. Let cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl, beat on medium speed until foamy:
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Add and beat until soft peaks form:
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Gradually beat in:
1/4 cup sugar
Increase the speed to high and beat until the peaks are stiff. Using a large rubber spatula, stir one-quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in the remaining whites. In another bowl, beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form:
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
Gently but thoroughly fold the cream into the chocolate mixture. Turn into a 5- cup bowl or six 6- to 8- ounce individual cups. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve with:
If you wish, sprinkle with:
1 ounce semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, grated.
I just finished compiling all the Iranian recipes. That was a lot of work to make all this food, cook it, write up the recipes and make it all pretty enough to be filmed! Here's what I made:
(sorry no picture - camera was broken at the time)
LD loves this...
I haven't posted much on here because my camera broke...well it was always broken from the time i bought it but I sent it in for warranty repair. I hope it gets back soon...until then, i'll post a few recipes but they'll be pictureless. Now that i'm caught up on things, i should be posting more often too.
I had this yesterday and it was awesome. LD didn't like it though. I think the feta threw him off. If you don't like feta, add something else...it's still good. I was using up some leftovers from my huge iranian feast.
Homemade sausages. :-) cause halal breakfast sausage stinks...i made my own and they were yummy!
Here's the basic recipe - add to it as you wish... I haven't quite perfected it yet but here's where I'm at with it:
2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped apple
1 garlic clove minced
seasonings - salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme, sage, chili powder
Last time, i added maple syrup and that really made it good. It's not quite perfect yet, i'll post again when i get it right where i want it. I've only made it twice so am working with it, but this is it so far...
Okay, so saute the onions and apple in oil, add minced garlic. Saute for another minute. Let cool. Add this to the chicken or turkey along with the spices and mix well. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Freeze leftovers and just pop them in the microwave.
Does anyone have any tried and true Persian/Iranian recipes? Please send to me asap...