Cookout, hotel style…

December 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm (Food)

Haha, I love it! I don’t think hotel owners would appreciate this much. And you’d have to bring some dish detergent to get that ramen stink out. I don’t think it would improve on the hotel coffee!

How to Cook Food in a Hotel Room

Anyone tried these ‘recipes’?

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Nomnomnom. VeryGoodTaste foodie meme.

November 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm (Food)

Wow, I’m surprised at how many of these things I’ve eaten/tried…. many fall into the ‘once is enough’ category! 🙂

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From the folks at VeryGoodTaste comes this foodie meme…

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jello
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
(never again!)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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Coffee Cake for Cats

June 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm (Cats, Food) ()

<sigh> How does one teach cats not to go on the worktops (aka kitchen counters)???

Oven, or pie safe?I just busted my two little darlings eating my freshly baked applesauce coffee cake.

One the one hand, I’m glad they like American foods, but on the other hand, I would rather not share with them. They have their own food!

The oven also doubles as a “pie safe”:

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Healthy Potato Salad

June 7, 2008 at 8:31 pm (Food) (, , )

Potato salad lunch in bad lightingDay Two of the elimination diet! Potato salad! But since the husband doesn’t like mayonnaise and I shouldn’t be eating anything fermented, I instead made a dressing:

  • lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • other spices / seasonings according to mood – today I added an a yeast-free bouillon powder (Marigold vegan Swiss vegetable reduced salt), dry mustard and some fresh thyme

Then I add this to the usual suspects – boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs and celery. Today it got served with lettuce and cherry tomatoes, with a drizzle of goat’s yogurt. All of the veg came out of our organic veg box – it’s very nice using up the veg while it’s still fresh. Normally our potatoes lurk about until they sprout!

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Rye Bread – how badly do I want it?

June 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm (Food) (, )

Earlier this evening, I spent 40 minutes deciding just how badly I wanted to try out the dark rye recipe. I was missing a key ingredient. It’s raining, and the kitties are being cute. As most expats know, you can’t get a dark rye bread like they make back home in the US of A!

In the end, I caved and went to the supermarket to get white bread flour, as apparently rye bread isn’t 100% rye flour!

It’s in the bread machine now, and it also decided to make an experimental batch of Jaffa cakes, except they will be in the bar form when done.

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Watercress Pesto

May 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm (Food)

In the most recent organic veg box, we got a bag of local watercress. The most enticing idea I could find was to make watercress pesto. The result was yummy garlicky goodness. Last night was saute veg with pan fried* polenta and watercress pesto over the top.

For lunch today, we made mini pitta pizzas with watercress pesto over the top.

Tonight… roast veg with, you guessed it, watercress pesto over the top.

Maybe I should go freeze some so we don’t OD

* as opposed to deep fried, for the smarty-pants out there 😉

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Mini Pitta Pizzas

April 24, 2008 at 7:23 pm (Food) (, )

My favorite quick dishes these days is the mini pizza on wholemeal pitta bread.

First, I lay my pitta breads on a cookie sheet. Then I squeeze out some tomato paste and a bit of chili paste. I smear it around with a spoon to create my tomato base. Then I assembled my pizzas with whatever ingredients I have on hand, such as fresh bell pepper, frozen spinach (defrosted!), and sometimes a bit of sausage or pepperoni. Then I finish it off with goats cheese or some feta.

Then it’s just bake ’til hot and eat. Sometimes we don’t even bother with plates or forks.

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2006 at 6:35 pm (Food)


Merry Christmas!

We have been having a break from work on the house and instead have been baking holiday goodies and making chocolates.

Clockwise from top: cocoa crinkles, chocolate dipped dates, jam (cherry) almond cookie cutouts, pfeffernusse, almond truffles, and ginger brandy truffles. Today we made more candies — dark chocolate dipped marzipan balls in four varieties of chopped goodness (French glace cherries, candied citrus peel, dried blueberries, and pecan), dark choc covered almonds, and caramel pecan clusters.


When we went shopping for baking ingredients, I was amused to see that the eggs were nearly completely sold out. The only ones remaining were the very cheap battery hen kind (no thanks) or these fancy ones that come in pastel shells. Since I probably won’t buy them again, I took a photo 🙂

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