Summer BBQ

I keep cooking and never get around to posting pictures, luckily I had my phone at the bbq and was able to grab some pics before it got devoured!

Mango Shrimp Kebobs:
These were my main contribution, I saw a picture with mango shrimp kebobs and wanted some all summer. I found this recipe which includes an amazing sauce that made these super tasty. My friend who doesn’t like shrimp even had a couple since the sauce changed the flavor. I am a huge fan of mango but I found the pineapple was better than the mango on the kebob, the mango was also hard to work with and slipped around I would skip the mango and add another piece of pineapple if I were to do these again.



Blue Cheese Burgers:
My friend Josh, the bbqer, came up with these based off something he saw on TV, where they made burgers by putting blue cheese between two patties. Well he changed it up a little, he mixed blue cheese crumble in with the generic homemade burger stuff. These were delicious, although very strongly flavored – if you aren’t a fan of the cheese you won’t like the burgers.


Jello Dessert:
This was based on a triple layered chocolate pudding I saw in my Jello cookbook, but I just went in my own direction. The bottom layer is regular strawberry Jello. The next layer is strawberry Jello mixed with 2 cups of cool whip and chopped strawberries. Then I did a layer of Jello chocolate pudding, also mixed with cool whip! I topped it with a sliced strawberry, and a piece of chocolate.

How did I get star chocolate? I melted milk chocolate chips in the microwave. I stirred it up and poured it on some tinfoil (waxed paper would be better but I had none!). I let it sit in the fridge until it was cool and then I took a cookie cutter and peeled it off the tinfoil.



Bleh

I have been neglectful of this blog! So here is a huge post with a bunch of little things.

Today I did a “what is your transformers name” test on facebook, I got Laser Claw. Obviously this is another casette to come out of soundwave to be friends with laserbeak, but what would Laser Claw be? I asked my facebook friends for the answer and was told it’s a rabid “lucky cat”. So here is me in transformed mode:

 


Last week was Kevin’ birthday and to celebrate I baked him a cake. It was originally going to be a Bartz cake since Bartz is his favorite final fantasy character, but he requested a Rainbow Dash cake last minute and I threw this together for him.

The cake was delicious! I didn’t have much time to bake so I used a packaged cake mix for vanilla cake. I chopped up some milk chocolate chips and threw them into the batter. Once cooked and cooled I cut the cake in half horizontally. I filled the center with a chocolate fudge frosting and some more chocolate chips. I replaced the top layer and let it cool in the fridge some more. Then I iced it with vanilla frosting, and decorated it. Did you know they have spray on food coloring? Best thing ever!


This birthday party resulted in the scariest picture of me, and the realisation that my friend’s iphone steals pupils


The reason I have been so busy lately, I joined World of Warcraft!  I’m Iradecima, a affliction warlock on Wyrmrest Accord. 😀 Though I have also been working on cosplaytutorial.com, particularily working on the first newsletter which went out at the beginning of the month!

oh and if anyone was wondering, my cosplay for fanexpo is going to be the UDON version of the taskmaster!


Sweet and Sour Meatballs Sauce

This is one of my favorite recipes, since it’s fairly quick, very easy to make and tastes great. I usually double the recipe and eat it throughout the week. I prefer it on rice but it also goes well over pasta or on it’s own.

Meatballs
* personally I like to buy a box of meatballs to save on preparation time. Boxed meatballs can be cooked in the oven or in the sauce
1-1/2 lbs Ground Beef
2 Eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup Dry Bread Brumbs
2 OXO onion cubes
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp each salt, pepper

Sauce
1 – 14oz can pineapple chunks
* the pineapples shrink with cooking, chunks end up keeping their size!
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 OXO Beef Cubes, or 4-1/2 tsp OXO Beef Liquid
1-1/2 Cups boiling water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 sweet red, yellow or green peppers cut in bite-size pieces
2 carrots, diagonally sliced and cooked
* I prefer two handfuls of baby carrots, sliced, for quicker preparation
(optional) 3/4 cup small sweet gherkin pickles
*my mom likes them, however I dislike them and leave them out

(meatballs) Combine beef, eggs, bread crumbs, OXO onion cubes dissolved in boiling water, salt and pepper. Shape into 1-1/4″ balls. Brown in 2 tbsp oil. Drain. (Sauce) Drain pineapple chunks reserving juice. Combine cornstarch, sugar and pineapple juice in saucepan. Add OXO Beef cubes dissolved in boiling water, vinegar and ketchup. Cook, stirring constantly til thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; gently stir in meatballs, pineapple and remaining ingredients. Heat Through. Serve with rice of as an appetizer.

Serves 6-8

*Bonus tip 1: Rather than combine the oxo cubes with water, I use liquid oxo and add directly to the pot. I use the water to quickly stir in the cornstarch with a whisk or fork 1bsp at a time. This prevents it from  clumping when added to the main mixture!

*Bonus tip 2: Is it not thickening to your desiered consistancy? Add more cornstarch and let it cook a bit longer. The cornstarch will help thicken the mixture.


More Food

Naybe I should have something healthy the next time I post. This is a waffle with icecream, chocolate sauce, icing sugar  and whipped cream that my boyfriend had at Williams, I had a less delightful looking BLT but I definately stole a few bites of the waffle. It was delicious!


The Start of a Food Blog

What is a food blog? It’s when someone takes the time to write about food in a blog. I love food, I enjoy cooking and ocassionally go out with friends, I have a soft spot for dessert and am on a quest to try more flavors of kitkat. I want to share my food adventures here, hopefully some recipes and reccomendations, but mostly just do more with my love of food!

So back to the thing about kitkats, I’m sure you were confused when I mentioned more flavors of kitkats since the stores pretty much only carry chocolate. But what we are missing out on is a variety of kitkat flavors that are available in Japan. My friend who is living there right now has had tried 45 flavors and counting, and while I don’t think I can catch up I want to try as many as I can since chocolate has gotten boring.

My first was a strawberry kitkat, and I have a very soft spot for strawberries so I loved it! Following that was trying vanilla, which was also delicious. However those are still fairly plain so I have started trying some more unique flavors. My most recent was “Green Tea” which was sweater than expected and was really good! I really want to try some green tea icecream now because the flavor was not what I imagined at all!

also look how cute the packaging is for these! You get two little packets in a box