said_scarlett: (waste time (kyouyaxtamaki))
Whoot, spent the last hour getting caught up on tags! I've been a bit preoccupied with Behind The Scenes things these last few days and kind of failed at that. But Chaos is settled and going smoothly - I'll be posting more on that in its own entry - and the Other Thing I'm working on might be done a lot sooner than I'd thought.... Still having a ton of fun at [livejournal.com profile] rapturereborn! Eddie and Reno get along pretty much exactly as was predicted. :D

I need to update my LJ user info.

It's the day before grocery shopping day, which means supplies are down. And I'm going to be cleaning out the fridge as soon as I can convince my body it wants to get off the couch. :D Lunch is a mystery! ;)

I found an amazing rice pudding recipe yesterday that I want to share with you all:

Lychee coconut rice pudding:

* 1 lb fresh lychees, peeled, pitted and torn into pieces (can substitute canned lychees)
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
* 1 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice
* 2 cans coconut milk (400ml each)
* 3 cups milk (low-fat or whole)
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp ground ginger
* 1/4 tsp salt
* dusting of cinnamon (optional)

Mix the lychee pieces with the sugar in a bowl. Let sit about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. The sugar will draw the juices out of the fruit and create a syrup, which you'll add to the cooking rice. (If you're using canned lychees, open the can and drain the fruit, reserving the juice.)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until brown and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the rice, coconut milk, milk, brown sugar, ginger, salt, and the syrup from the lychees. Bring to a simmer and cook gently, uncovered, until the rice is very tender, at least 90 minutes. There should always be liquid covering the rice - if the mixture starts to look at all dry, add more milk or some water. You want it like soup. When the rice is tender, stir in the chopped lychees and the toasted coconut, remove from the heat, and cool. Chill in the refrigerator at least four hours before serving.

Serve sprinkled with cinnamon, or with more toasted coconut if you have it.

Lychee coconut rice pudding, close up
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Oh man, I still have so much to do today but I'm about ready for a nap already. I've been up since 7:30, and while I've gotten a godly amount accomplished, there's still miles and miles to go before I sleep.

I've looked up some raw food recipes, and I think this will be my first attempt at something other than a fruit salad or veggie plate:

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

2 cups cranberries
1 orange, juiced
1 orange, cut into pieces
peel from 1/4 of an orange, finely grated.
3-4 tbsp. raw honey or raisin syrup
allspice to taste

1) Put all ingredients into a food processor and process to a sauce consistency.

Very simple, I know, but I'm just starting out here! :D For breakfast I had a big hunk of watermelon, and for an early lunch I had a PB&J made with organic peanut butter and tart cherry preserves. It was delicious. I'm going to be making a fancy rice pudding later on today, after I've scrubbed the pots and reorganized the cabinet.

Someday I'll get to my bedroom.
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Fridge is cleaned out.

Dishes are done.

SomeTrash has been taken out.

RPs are posted to.

Bean dip is made.

Internet is fixed! (For the moment, at least, and through no doing of my own.)

So why the hell do I still feel like I've done essentially nothing today? Ah well.

Made homemade pizza last night that came out quite good. It's a simple, quick, honey and garlic herb dough:

1 packet Quick Rise dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder (no salt)
1/2 tsp onion powder (no salt)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil


Mix yeast and water in a glass bowl. Add other ingredients and mix well by hand. Let sit in bowl 5-10 minutes, covered by towel. Flatten on a greased pan. Add your toppings! I just did a mild, smooth pizza sauce and a blend of cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.

I served it with Garlic Mediterranean Dipping sauce, which complimented it quite nicely.
said_scarlett: (memory)
First of all, look at what [livejournal.com profile] clover_elf_kin drew me!

Link/Zelda Fanart Thisaway )

Yes, yes, I'm a dork and love the stupid 80s cartoon. :D I'm tempted to make this my phone wallpaper....

And thank you to everyone who responded to my flailing and whatnot yesterday. I really appreciate it, and I'm definitely following the very good advice I was given. *hugs to Flist* You guys are awesome. :D

And second! Sunday brunch recipe! Black Cherry Chocolate French Toast!

Filling:

Black Cherry Jam (you can use any flavor you like, really)
Cream Cheese

Blend together in whatever amount you'd like. I use a cup of each, myself. Blend until the mixture is smooth and has a pale coloration to it - should be some shade of what the jam was. Set aside.

French Toast:

Mix two large eggs, a dash of sugar, 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/4 cup of milk in a bowl. Dip bread in the mixture, cook up like French Toast - make sure you make two! Set aside and spread with the filling, then put together as a sandwich and drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve warm.
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The Monte Cristo, in my opinion, is one of the royal members of the sandwich family. I'm still not sure how these ingredients come together to taste as good as they do, but stranger things have happened. It is one of my favorite sandwiches, and one that can be difficult to replicate perfectly at home, depending on your cooking equipment.

This is a simple recipe for a Monte Cristo sandwich.

Ingredients:

Sliced ham
Sliced turkey
Four pieces swiss cheese
Egg
Milk
Cinnamon
Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Blackberry jam (or strawberry, if you don't have blackberry)
Two slices of bread

Mix the egg, milk and vanilla together to make a french toast batter. Butter your pan and soak the bread in the mixture, then place in pan. Once you flip it the first time, place two slices of swiss cheese on the top side of the french toast so it melts as the french toast browns on the other side. Repeat this with the other piece of bread. Add your ham to one piece of bread and cheese, the turkey to the other. Combine to make a sandwich! Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon, and add a dollop of jam on top.

To those who have never had this sandwich before, I know what you're thinking. "Meat...sugar...and jam?". But believe me, it's absolutely delicious. A lot of people also use clotted cream instead of the jam, but I have no access to clotted cream. Which is sadness, because I've a wonderful recipe for scones I'd love to try.
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I got the base of this recipe from the [livejournal.com profile] cooking com, but adjusted it. :D

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup hot chocolate mix
1 cup sugar

Beat together peanut butter, vanilla, and butter until well blended. Combine cocoa and sugar then stir in. blend well. Roll into 1" balls and place on wax paper. Chill in the fridge until firm.

They're extremely simple, very quick, and taste absolutely delicious.

And today for lunch I wanted something a bit more fancy than the usual salad and sandwich. I had some breaded frozen chicken patties in the freezer, so I cooked two of them, ground some chipotle flakes into powder and mixed it with some mayo, spread the chipotle mayo on a tortilla, added some monterey jack and cheddar shredded cheese, cut the patties into strips and put them on the cheese, rolled it up and grilled it lightly. Delicious.

I've basically decided that since we can't afford to eat out, I'm just going to have to make restaurant style and quality food at home. :D

I may not be able to get a job or a date, but by god I'm going to keep a beautiful, clean home and cook delicious food for the household.

SPAM!

Oct. 13th, 2008 02:33 pm
said_scarlett: (shana; all that I am)
Okay, sorry to spam you all, but!

One, I made cheese soup (and garlic cheddar biscuits) for our big meal today, and thought I'd share the simple, tasty recipe!

2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
As much cheese as you want, shredded, any type. I use about two cups of a blend of cheddar, swiss and colby. With Parmesan on top.
Salt
pepper
Galric powder

Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Let simmer. Mix flour, milk and dry ingredients in a bowl. Add slowly to the chicken stock. Bring to just bubbling, add cheese, stir until melted. Remove from heat and serve!

It's nummy with bread of any sort - breadsticks, biscuits, garlic bread, whatever. easy, quick, and deliciously filling!

SECOND!

I HAVE STARTED MY OKTOBERFEST FIC! 100 WHOLE WORDS! GO ME!
said_scarlett: (imagination chii)
In my downtime, I'm working on copying over recipes from my mother's cookbook onto the computer, to be stored here in my LJ to ensure they aren't lost. I considered making the posts private, but since a lot of folks on my Flist cook, I thought I'd leave it just Flocked so anyone can snag whatever recipes they might like.

This list is under construction, and will be updated at my leisure.

Big List of Cookie Recipes )
said_scarlett: (ice cream by coramegan)
1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
2/4 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 cups hot water
1 egg
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 or more cups flour - one half white, one half whole wheat

Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water, allow to sit for fifteen minutes. Beat egg, add oil. Add oil and egg to yeast mixture. Stir in the salt and start beating in flour a little bit at a time cup at a time until dough is dry and doesn't stick to your hands. Knead for five to ten minutes, place in lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Roll dough and divide into rounds of about four or five inches and relatively thick so they won't fall apart when you fold and press them. Fill with filling, fold over into a half circle, brush with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I like ham and cheese, beef and cheese, and chicken and herbs for the fillings. But really, you can stuff them with anything.
said_scarlett: (squee)
So first off, thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] nekokoban and [livejournal.com profile] zinjadu. The package came today! Well, yesterday, actually, but the stupid Fed Ex guy left it in front of the garage. We saw it this morning when we opened the garage before errands. THANK YOU! Seriously. *hugs* I have delicious Japanese snacks and... The Dresden Files books! Huzzah!

Got my shuttle tickets for the airport next week! This time next week, I will be in Salt LakCity with [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi! Huzzah!

I went to Safeway with my folks, and was in search of Starbucks' seasonal peppermint dark chocolate mochas. But they didn't have any. Frustrated and wanting my caffeine indulgence - one a month is okay, I've found - I actually went to the starbucks. I came away with a giant peppermint raspberry mocha...thing covered in whipped cream and four different kinds of sauces. I don't know, they guy just put whatever I wanted in it. And I got it for the price of a small. Plus, uh, Starbucks guy's number. Yay boobs!

Last night I was craving savory meat pies. We had a ton of left over chicken, so I mentioned to my folks what I was feeling like. They thought chicken pie sounded delicious. So I made some from scratch, and they each had two and are still raving about the recipe this morning. Since it was such a big hit, I thought I'd share the dough recipe with you all!

Quick And Easy Savory Pie Crust )

So yeah, I'm in an awesome mood.

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