Monday, November 21, 2011

Sometimes I just need a little spice in my life. Not much. My body can't handle a lot. I'm sensitive to the smallest amount of spice. Sometimes I just get a craving. I was in the throws of one of those cravings when I bought a package of Kraft Tex Mex cheese with jalapeño peppers. I'd seen the commercials. I figured I was going to pay for what my taste buds wanted.

I don't know if I got a bad batch or what but I was sorely disappointed in this product. It was extremely bland. I had to add some hot sauce just to taste anything. Me. I'm so sensitive to spice that even a quarter of a teaspoon of chilli powder can have me in tears.

If there's anything worse than not getting what you expect from a  food related product I don't know what it is. I think next time I crave Tex Mex I'll just by a block of cheese and a jalapeño.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Broccoli Rice & Shrimp Soup



Do you ever buy too much of something? I don't know how I ended up with a bunch of extra broccoli but I'm glad I had this recipe tucked away in my files.

Ingredients
1/2 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/4 pound small shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 small onion, finely diced
1 carrot, diced*
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup rice
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 head broccoli, trimmed and cut in to small florets
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives or scallions (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat oil in a soup pot. Add shrimp and stir over medium heat until cooked through (3 or 4 minutes). Remove shrimp and set aside.
  • Add onion to the pot and stir for one minute. Add carrot, stock, rice, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and continue simmering for another five minutes then remove from heat.
  • Add shrimp and stir to combine. 
  • Serve with a sprinkling of chives as garnish.
Serves 4.

*I like my soup "chunky" or rustic. I don't cut everything the same size or shape. Bigger pieces might take a little longer to cook. 

Mystical Connections
Broccoli - has a water element. Its energy is protection and its planet is the Moon.


As always, the magical information used in this post come from Wicca in the Kitchen.

Banana Bran Buttermilk Muffins


The other day I thought I'd be good and buy a high fibre cereal. Unfortunately I chose a no name brand.  I had to toss out my first (and only) bowl because it was just gross. So here I was, most of a box of bran cereal sitting in my cupboard. I had to find something to do with it. Luckily I had a muffin recipe filed away in my recipe box. I have no idea where it came from but it seems to be a pretty standard recipe.


Now, I've never made muffins by myself before. I've helped other people but this was my first solo effort. Who knew there was a trick to filling muffin tins with those little paper thingys in them? I ditched them for the second batch. I think those turned out pretty well. They're tasty too. This recipe makes 24 muffins.


Ingredients:


1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 cup hot buttermilk
2 cup all-bran cereal
2 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3 pureed bananas
4 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 teaspoons baking powder




Directions:

  • Set oven to 375 degrees F. Move the oven rack to second lowest position.
  • Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray, and line with paper liners.
  • In a medium pot, heat the buttermilk.
  • Add cereal to the buttermilk and let sit until the bran has absorbed the liquid.
  • Meanwhile purée the banana.
  • Once the buttermilk has been absorbed, transfer the bran mixture to a large bowl, and add in the puréed banana; mix to combine.
  • Mix the two sugars together, then add to the bran/banana mixture with the egg, vanilla and oil; blend well to combine.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and add to the banana mixture; mix gently to make a soft batter.
  • With an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.
  • Bake about 22-28 minutes or until muffins test done.
This recipe is pretty sweet. I know that there is a way to exchange the white and brown sugar for honey but I'm not really sure how it would work. Honey burns more readily than sugar so cooking time would have to be reduced. Maybe I'll try it the next time I make these.


Mystical Connections:

Bananas: Their planet is Mars. Their element is Air. Their energies are spirituality, love and money. 

As always, the magical information used in this post come from Wicca in the Kitchen.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kitchen Sink Breakfast Burritos


When I was a kid scrambled eggs were made with green onions and crisp bacon and served with toast. The first time I saw a burrito was at a 7/11 when I was in my 20s. Now I don't know how I lived without tortillas. Breakfast burritos are probably my favorite breakfasts. They're so easy to make and you can put just about anything in them.


This morning's breakfast was a bit of a mashup. I had some celery, green onions and an avocado that needed to be used up. I only wish I'd had some left over Italian sausage. I would have also liked some red bell pepper just for the color.


Ingredients 
2 green onions, sliced 
1 stalk celery, diced 
2 tsp. garlic, minced 
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded 
1 avocado, sliced 
2 tbsp. sour cream 2 eggs 
2 8" flour tortillas 


Directions 
Sauté celery on medium high heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add eggs and green onions; cook until eggs are done. Add cheese on top for a couple of minutes until melted.  Divide mixture between the flour tortillas add avocado and sour cream .


Mystical Connections:
Eggs have long been associated with fertility which only makes sense. Avocados belong to the planet Venus and have love energy.  Celery belongs to Mercury and are a fire element. They have sexual energy. The planet for cheese is Saturn. In ancient Greece wedding cakes were usually cheesecakes.

What was I thinking when I put these together?




About the image: I was too hungry to beautify my breakfast for you. I was about to dig in when I thought I should get a photo.


As Always, the magical information used in this post comes from Wicca in the Kitchen

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Foodspotting

I've joined Foodspotting. You can find me there as madison1964. I don't know how much I'm going to be adding this month. November is traditionally "hermit" month for me.