Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Moon Promise

Today's a new moon, to honor Kuan Yin on this day, I've chosen to detox and eat vegetarian just on this day.  Well, every new moon.  Today I made iced Green Mint Tea, Jasmine Rice, and a combination of the rice and sauteed zucchini (I guess, I don't know culinary terms).

Iced Green Mint Tea
  • Fairly easy, I just boiled some water.  
  • Poured the water into a container and allowed the 2 teabags to steep for about 15 minutes.  
  • In another container, I added some honey, crushed ice, and then poured the tea over the ice.
  • Stirred it all together and put it in the fridge.  
  • Honey has a tendency to sink to the bottom as it cools, so I have to stir before pouring.  

Jasmine Rice
  • Boiled water
  • Poured into a container with my jasmine tea.  I used one bag, because I know that jasmine, like rose, is fragrant, and I didn't want the flower aroma to overpower the rice taste.
  • Added equal amounts of rice and popped it in the microwave for 4 minutes or so.
  • Tada, fragrant smelling and tasting rice.

Zucchini & Fried Rice
  • First I poured some olive oil into a hot pan.
  • I placed my chopped zucchini in the pot.
  • Added pepper, garlic salt, and thyme.  
  • I frequently stirred and tossed it about in the skillet, until brown and delicious looking.
  • I sat it on my plate.
  • Without cleaning the pan, I added a tiny bit more of olive oil, then through in my Jasmine Rice and Soy Sauce.  
  • I just eyed it, I've never fried rice.  Tossed it about in the pan.  
  • I added more Soy Sauce and just let it sit for a minute. Toss it a bit more, then added it to the plate.
I tasted them separately, which was delish, then it was mind blowing when I ate a zucchini that had fallen beneath the rice.  So I mixed them after that.  Yum!

*Next meaty day, substituting chicken for zucchini, is pretty good too!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chicken Quesodilla Mouth Orgasms

Mmm, best lunch ever!

Lately I've been getting more creative with my foods, like adding fruit and chocolate to my pancakes.  I know, really daring, huh?  I didn't go to a cooking school, clearly (although I'd like to) and my mom only taught me the basics.  I have a ton of recipes, but generally when make something, I glance at the recipe, unless it's my first time or it's a complicated recipe.

Last night, I made a homemade pizza.  My experiments fails.  It was chalky, oddly enough.  I'm going to try again tonight and tweak it.  I also have a low carb recipe for the crust that I want to try, one consists of eggs and cheese and the other of cauliflower.  One harder than the other, but I'm getting serious about my low carb diet, as I'm recovering from having my son and am...filling out.  I'm up to 307 lbs.  Ugh.  But change is up to me.

Anyway, onto my awesome quesadillas.

Normally when I make them, they're heavy and via microwave.  Due to their weight in the stomach, I haven't made them in a few years.

I don't like veggies in my quesodillas, I'd much rather use seasonings.

I have fajita seasoning, but I chose to make my own, just looking up the basic spices used.

I didn't measure anything.

Ever the Kitchen Witch, I just used what I had.

Chicken Quesodilla Mouth Orgasms

  • 2 Cans of  Chunked Chicken (because I'm lazy)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • A pinch of Cayenne (I'm not a huge fan of cayenne, unless I'm working with spell)
  • Red Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Onion Powder (my love)
And I think that's it.  I wanted to try cumin, because I don't know what it tastes like, but alas, I didn't have any.  So I put a bit of olive oil in my hot skillet.  Added the chicken.  Tossed them around in the oil for a few minutes, then added the spices in no order, and by eye.  Obviously some flavors I wanted more than others, like the Onion Powder, and less of, like the Cayenne.  As it was nearing completion, then I sprinkled in some dried Chives (and wished that I had fresh cilantro).
  • Queso Blanco
I cooked it medium heat, until I was satisfied, then sat the chicken to the side on a plate.  Using the same unrinsed skillet, I poured in a bit more olive oil, put in my tortilla, with half of it touching the skillet.  I layered the cheese, thick.  Layered the Chicken.  Put another layer of cheese on top.  Folded the tortilla and flipped it over.  

I didn't cook it for minutes, tortilla is thin and was laying on a bed of olive oil.  I just cooked it long enough that it took me to fill it on the other side, so maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute.  It made the tortilla nice, brown, and crispy.  

I let it set for a few minutes and dove it.  Crispy, cheesy, moist, flavorful, not greasy or oily in the least, nor was it heavy.  SO GOOD!

Soon I'll be trying to make taco sauce.

Friday, July 18, 2014

PG-13 Butterbeer (Butterbeer Float)

I have a couple recipe books of food and drink from Harry Potter, and I finally got around to making some Butterbeer.  I have an adult version with Butterscotch Schnapps and a PG-13 kind, a Virgin Butterbeer, if you will.

Here's my PG-13 recipe, tweaked from others I've seen:

It calls for Vanilla Butter.  You can find the flavoring in the spice aisle (sometimes--I couldn't) or you can just make your own.  If no vanilla bean--which I do have--do what I did, and just use vanilla flavoring.
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla flavoring
  • 1 tsp. Almond flavoring (or walnut or any other type of nut flavoring)
  • 1 stick Butter
I made enough for more than one serving.

Melt them together in the microwave.

  • 2 scoops of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream in the glass.
  • 1 can of Cream Soda, pour it in with the Ice Cream.  Stop when the foam gets to the top.
  • Add 2 tsp of the Vanilla Nut Butter to the cup (or to taste, because it can be overpowering) and stir.
  • Add more Cream Soda
  • Stir
Tada!  I don't know what it's actually supposed to taste like, but I liked it.  I may add less of the extracts next time, maybe take away the vanilla extract, since I use vanilla bean ice cream.  I'm actually going to try that later tonight.  This is my first time making it, so I still need to tweak it.

I bought reddi whip for the topping, because other recipes call for heavy whipping cream, but that's doin too much.  At least for tonight.  I'll try the heavy stuff later (with real vanilla bean), but yeah, I bought the reddi whip for the topping, but I didn't need it, because when the ice cream and soda combine, foam is born.  

Cool, so I just re-made it and it tastes better--it's not as overpowering:

  • 1/2 tsp of Almond flavoring
  • 1 tsp of Butter
Melt it together, give it a stir, add it to your Cream Soda and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  Mix and Enjoy.  

Yeah, I know it's not exactly real world Witchy, but its fun.  And who says that you can't make it Witchy?  I will be exploring this myself.  I've learned that Butterbeer is fairly versatile.  Then again if you haven't have the Universal kind or go by-the-book like me, then you can be fairly creative.  I mean really, the popular ingredient is cream soda, and you can make that yourself:

Here's others:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunburns & Weeds

Still around and very busy, juggling a 18-month-old and a 2-month-old!  Plus I'm trying to keep up with my daily devotionals, house work, the Pagan Blog Project, and overall sleep.

Had a fun 4th of July weekend.  Was out in the sun sun sun, having fun fun fun with my kids, while hubby played baseball with his family.  We put sunblock on our kids and I on myself (hubby claimed he didn't need it).  We've used this genetic brand before, but man it did not work this time.  I looked as bad as my husband!  At least my oldest didn't burn as bad, he was just a tad pink.  And my youngest didn't burn at all, due to me having him in his carseat on the stroller the entire time.

Mommy and daddy were red!  So I went home and tried a solution that I had seen around the internet a lot, and that friends had also advised.  I took an Apple Cider Vinegar bath to take the sting out.  I added nearly two cups to my bath water (because I didn't know if I was going to have a reaction to it, like I did with the diluted vinegar a couple months before).

The problem I faced was that I'm 6'2.5 and weigh 300lbs, and my apartment tub isn't exactly big or tall person friendly.  I actually got stuck in the tub and got water all over my floor!  So I wasn't able to soak my burns for 30 minutes, like instructed, however, I did get around to cleaning the floor.  Next time, I think I'm just going to soak some towels or rags in the APC and try that.  Because my friends swear by it, that it takes the sting out of sun burns!

And I will recommend that you use aloe lotion afterwards, because the vinegar will dry out your skin.  That and lotions feels amazing!

I'm not ruling APC out just yet.  And I'm still going to experiment with cleaning.

Another solution I tried was the Natural Weed Killer, comprised of vinegar, a squirt of Dawn dish soap (or any dish soap), and 1/4 cup of salt (although I used a 1 cup, because I can't read apparently).  I made a little bit first, and you should make sure your squirt bottle works before hand, otherwise you'll be pouring like I was, and tried it out on some weeds and morning glory.  I did it in the middle of the day, so the sun could bake the plants (normally, if you water your plants, you should do in the morning or evening, depending on plants, since some don't like having wet roots at night, or so I've read).  The next day, the weeds were wilted and brown and I was happy.  So I made a larger batch, pulled the weeds and morning glory, and doused their stubs and roots with my vinegar solution.

Of course, it's not as powerful as say Round Up, but I'm not into poisons, especially when it comes to areas that my kids might be playing.  And I don't think that the Spirits appreciated it.  If I have to repeat the process, I'm okay with that.  The only thing I can grow and keep alive are weeds, but my garden needs to be managed, looks like a jungle out there!  That and it feels good.