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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tomato Soup

I picked all of the tomatoes in my garden.  There are so many greens but they are starting to ripen up now.  I have a medium sized basket full of ripe cherry tomatoes so I decided to make a tomato soup.  This is something that I have never made before but I am giving it a try  as I don't want to waste the tomatoes.
You need:

1 medium size white onion, diced
1 stick butter
2 quarts chopped cherry tomatoes
10 tablets of NuStevia sweetener (you can use sugar if you prefer)
3 chicken cubes
1 tsp of black pepper
1/4 cup  mirin, optional
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tbsp dried  basil
1 tbsp parsley
3 quarts of water
Hawaiian Seasalt (to taste)
Crushed  Riceworks chips
Grated Cheese

  • Put the chopped   tomatoes in the wok or pot.  Add the water.
  • Add all the ingredients except the half and half  and let it  boil.  Lower the  heat to medium high and let it cook for   about one hour.  
  • Using a spider skimmer or strainer, scoop up the tomatoes and put it in the blender as shown below.
  • Blend it till everything turned into a sauce.

  • Put the   tomato sauce back to the wok and let it cook for  another 30 minutes.  This time add the half and half.  When the  creamer is  incorporated,  cook for another 30 minutes in low heat.  The longer the soup cooks, the better.  .  

Serve it with crushed riceworks chips or any  kind of chips that you prefer.  Add some cheese and  fresh parsley.  Sliced french bread slightly toasted is so delicious to dip  in the soup.
The soup turned out really delicious!  I am planning to  make  some more  when the other tomatoes ripen up and freeze it so we will have some for the Winter.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fried Rice with Kimchi

This is what we had for dinner tonight.  Hubby love the fried rice with kimchi I made last night that he wanted to have some again tonight.  I have never  made fried rice with kimchi before but watching the Korean Food Made Simple hosted by Judy Joo in Cooking channel inspired me to try it.
We had fried rice, pork chops, steam veggies, and  meat loaf.  
This is hubby's plate.  I  gave him a little extra as he needs it.  
The fried rice has  garlic, shredded carrots and scallions seasoned with  soy sauce and steak seasoning.  You can also add eggs if you want to.  

Turkey Meatloaf

As you may have noticed, the price of the beef is  getting so expensive these days.  We  replaced ground beef with ground turkey because of the price.  It's not as good as the beef but her, you have to do what you have to do to  make your budget fits  right?  Anyway, I made  this meatloaf out of ground turkey.
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Seasoning mix or you can add your own spices (onion, paprika, black pepper, celery seed, salt, and garlic)
  • Mix all the ingredients except ketchup in a large bowl.  Shape meat mixture into a loaf.  Place in a baking pan. Top  with ketchup.
  • Bake in pre-heated  350 degrees  oven for an hour until cooked through.

It tasted really good but it didn't hold up like  a ground beef would.  It was kind of soft but it is all good since it tasted good anyway.  

No-Bake Energy Snacks

I was blog hopping  last night and saw this simple  recipe of no-bake peanut butter  energy snacks.  I thought of trying it but I did not have peanut so I used the left over  trail mix that we have in the kitchen. 

 Here's what you need:
2 cups quick oats
1 cup trail mix (with almonds, raisin, and cranberries).
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp M&Ms
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

  • In a bowl, mix together oats and trail mix.

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  • Add the  honey and brown sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil and stir for 2 ½ minutes. Remove from the heat. 
  • Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until blended, then thoroughly mix in the oat mixture.

  • Spread the mixture evenly in a greased container.

  • Allow to set before cutting and serving.
It tastes so good and I will be  putting a slice or two of these in my husband's lunch tomorrow.
You can try making it, it is quick and very easy to make.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chicken Fajita With Fried Rice for Dinner

Fried rice with kimchi and chicken fajita is what we had for dinner tonight.  It was my first time  incorporating kimchi into a fried rice and it was a hit, my son even  loved it!  I always ask my husband's opinion whenever I made something new so I would know what to improve or what to change or add the next time I make it.  He said that the only problem of the  fried rice is  that, I did not make enough hahaha.
Glad he  likes it.  We have a bog jar of kimchi  in the fridge so I can use this for fried rice from now on.
I am glad that I was able to shift my interest in cooking.  I used to hate it but now  I love it!  I still don't like baking though.

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