Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Currently Brewing

a cup a day...not for me..for Mike.

From our local cafe. This cafe is in an area simliar to the Castro.

Salmon/Cuban food

Today was the first time I had Cuban food. The Ropa Viejo (it means "old clothes" it contains shredded beef stew with rice) was costed too much for the amount of meat that came with the platter. Mike got the Cuban steak was pretty damn good. After we finished eating I watched the girl make another sandwich for the guy next to us. It was pretty interesting. I wanted to take a photo of her and also of the food....but I didn't have the camera with me.

BUT this is what we had for dinner yesterday.
This time Mike actually ate the Salmon....and he liked it.
it's case you think it's something else...It was marinated with Montreal steak seasoning...yeah it's for beef, but fish is close enough....anyway....the seasoning plus balsamic vinegar, extra - virgin olive oil...garlic powder...and crushed red pepper)...and some lime. =) BTW Mike just told me that Montreal means Royal Mountain...I told him that I think it means "bridge." It was a guess....I told him it's close enough...yeah right.

I am going to TRY to make Tom Yum (hot and sour soup) on Thursday....and Yum Nurr on Friday...that's if we eat at home. We're suppose to pick up our pottery on Thursday so I am excited!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 24, 2006

The name of my favorite Thai dish

Today was fun. We left the house a little late, but were able to do a few things. We stopped by Earthen Fire and painted these. Can't you tell who painted what? =) I got lazy so I took a short cut and just painted the whole area inside the plate and just added dots. Mike's project didn't go so well. I told him that I didn't want to be mean, but everytime I looked at his mug I felt like throwing up because it reminds me of the American flag. He tried his best so I give him credit for that. He said that he didn't know what to do and plus the curves made it hard and he claims that he used red because I didn't let him use my pink...anyway, he thinks it's bad too...O could be worse. I kept suggesting that he paint in the white area...but he didn't. Oh shit, I forgot to take a photo of his little guy inside the mug. It's very cute. I think he should have painted a comic strip on the would have been hella funny. He said that next time I'll do the mug and he'll do the plate....hmmm...that won't be til another 7 month or so.

fter paint for over an hour...(we took SO long. These little girls came in after us and in 15 minutes they were done. I told Mike that it's probably one of their chores so they just painted their mugs in one color and got it over with. As for Mike and I, we took 10 minutes to choose our colors and then we took another 15 just to paint our name. Haha.)

After this we went and ate at my favorite Thai restaurant....Sawaddee...I think it means "How are you" in Thai. I'm not 100% sure though. We ordered the Spring Rolls..which I think are wayyy too pricy for the size..but whatever Mike wanted the dish.

We also had Tom-Yum soup....our's basically hot and sour soup...but Thai style. We ate and drank everything! It's that good! Plus we were hella hungry. Either way we would have ate and drank everything.

And then we got Pad Thai with chicken..I usually don't order this dish at most Thai restaurants because they are always dissapointing, but they have really good Pad Thai.

And of course we had to have my (now also Mike's) favorite dish....*drum roll* #44. Yes....I used to know it by "#44....but today I made an effort to say's called "Yum Nurr."

And there you have it favorite Thai dish...I went online to try to find a recipe...damn it was very hard to find one...I finally found 2...on the internet they call it "beef salad"...I guess sometimes they eat them with you can see above the only green thing in there are the scallions. When I make the dish this week or whenever I'll post it. =) I also plan to make Tom Yum's easy..all you have to do is buy "Tom Yum" paste...that's the hot part...for the sour just add lime juice. Why pay $3.95 for a tiny bowl when you can pay a little more for A LOT! =)

Thanks for reading...and drop a line if you enjoyed my post for today. =)


Saturday, April 15, 2006

Banana Cream Pie

So Kim asked me for some recipes....I gave her the recipe to that NY Cheese cake recipe that everyone seemed like. The directions were fucking long.

Then I typed up this banana cream recipe that I used to have on my computer before it crashed....mother fucker. Anyway....I made it only once, but it was good. I got the recipe from a magazine. This guy in NY bakes cookies and shit for celebrities and normal people too. He only gave us his good recipes, not his secret awesome recipes...but this will do.

It taste better than it looks:

Banana Cream Pie

Prep 30 minutes plus chilling and cooling

Bake about 30 minutes

Make 10 servings

1 (9-inch) homemade, frozen, or refrigerated pie shell


2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

Pinch of salt

3 cups whole milk

4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoons vanilla extract

3 ripe medium bananas

Homemade whipped Cream

1 1/2 cups heavy or whipping cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Bake pie shell as directed. Cool.

2. Meanwhile, prepare Custard: in 3- quart saucepan, combine sugar cornstarch, and salt. With wire whisk, beat in milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 10 minutes.

3. Slice bananas. Arrange half of bananas in bottom of pie shell; spread with half of custard. Repeat with remaining bananas and custard. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate pie until custard is set, at least 4 hours or over night.

4. To serve, prepare Homemade Whipped Cream: In medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla to stiff peaks. Spread cream over filling.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Pad Thai

Like some people I don't like to read when I cook. So when I decided to make Pad Thai, I took a quick look at the ingredients and just kind of made up my own version. I made up my own directions and used the ingredients that I had. I think I had half of what they wanted you to use. I had eggs, the noodles which was not soaked as directed, fish sauce, tamarind (I had the powdered version), homemade crushed red peppers, and oil ( I think the recipe called for sesame oil and maybe peanut oil too). That's it. I forgot the sugar, which I had. It turned out okay or good. It didn't taste like Pad Thai though. It tasted more like the soup noodles that I usually make, but without the chicken broth. I also don't use eggs for my soup noodles nor do I use broccoli.

here's a photo of my Pad Thai. I think the only ingredient you need is fish sauce.