sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
I'm not going to get fancy on this one. ;)

Who would imagine I needed to go to a Chinese grocery for an Italian/Tyrolean sweet biscuit? Loacker is an Italian company with a headquarters tucked into the foot of the Alps, the South Tyrol area. One of their tasty products is their Quadratini 'bite-sized wafer cookie'. The Quadratini come in an amazing variety of flavours: Napolitaner (Hazelnut), Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Almond, Lemon, Coconut, Blackcurrant, Apple, Tiramisù and Cappuccino.

I got the Apple, and they were delicious! The creme was not too sweet, and they use real apple-juice powder for the flavouring. The State of Florida paid US$3.25 for a 220g bag (9 cookies to a serving, 7 servings per bag) at the Chinese grocery, which had apparently all the flavours in stock. Well worth looking for, next time you're out and in a likely area.
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
This is completely unrelated to Thanksgiving. :) I mean, other than it's about food.

Kettle Brand Potato Chips: Spicy Thai flavour

I have died and gone to umami.

These chips hit all the taste categories: Sweet (as the potato breaks down from saliva, and the honey powder), Salt, Sour (citric acid, lime oil)... well, wait, I guess it mostly skips Bitter. Oh well. Spicy is obvious, look at all those peppers! I guess Umami is technically skipped as well, but my goodness, these are so rich in flavour, I'm surprised if it isn't in here somewhere.

Less than US$5.00 (I don't remember exactly, and sometimes they're on sale) at Whole Foods Supermarkets at least. Other supermarkets seem to carry a more limited range of flavours.

Nutrition label behind the cut! )
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
I'm going to have to say EGGNOG SEASON frequently, because aside from the fact that it does not Google, the first person to answer the Farm Stores customer service number mumbled something about 'the next couple of weeks'. Um... it's mid-November. People are revving their engines, waiting for this stuff. You think I'm kidding? Google '"Farm Stores" eggnog' and see how often the word 'best' comes up.

Farm Stores was founded in 1935 in Miami Beach, Florida, as Land O' Sun Dairies, Inc.- a manufacturing operation producing high quality dairy products for the South Florida market.

In 1957, Farm Stores drive-thru outlets were created as direct full-service retail outlets for the dairy operation. In the late sixties, the company moved to its present location near Miami International Airport. Farm Stores, a recognized institution in Florida, is highly regarded in the marketplace as a provider of high quality dairy and grocery products.

In 2001, management launched various strategic initiatives, including the newly expanded grocery merchandising strategy as well as online grocery shopping with pick-up at Farm Stores drive thru locations. Currently, Farm Stores Grocery focuses exclusively on its patented double drive-thru, full-service markets with over 100 stores throughout Florida that serviced over 20 million customer visits in 2000.

Farm Stores is shaping a bright future by taking advantage of the market need of time starved grocery shoppers for a fast, well priced and convenient grocery service (i.e. customers can shop for groceries without getting out of their cars), as well as, soon offering the added time savings benefit of online ordering combined with drive-thru only pick-up at www.FarmStores.com.
And now, the dietary information for EGGNOG SEASON!

Farm Stores Eggnog Nutrition Facts (mostly for Blade, who can't do the corn thang):

Nutrition label behind the cut! )

ingredients: milk, corn syrup, cream, high fructose corn syrup, non fat milk solids, water, sugared egg yolks, stabilizer (guar gum, carrageenen in dextrose), turmeric (Color)


(No vanilla? Really?!)

...drat, Blade! :( No EGGNOG SEASON for you, at least not from Farm Stores.

Possible stand-ins for the Real Thing (different locales): ...and just to toss in a recipe that is being frequently repeated in Google results: Luscious Eggnog

Oh - EGGNOG SEASON actually started around three weeks ago. Maybe right after Halloween? Corporate are idiots.
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
As introduced to me by Annechen.

Non-zero values:
Sodium 100mg (4%)
Vitamin C 380%

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, citric acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavors, sodium citrate, green tea, malic acid, aspartame, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), acesulfame potassium, calcium disodium EDTA (to preserve flavor).

Each 8 fl. oz. serving contains 200mg of antioxidants from Green Tea Flavonoids and Vitamin C.
sff_corgi_lj: (Food too)
Appropriately, this is [livejournal.com profile] sydpad's birthday, so - pen-blwydd hapus, if you happen to read this!

Kuro = black, goma = sesame. Matcha is a variety/grade of green tea. Japanese-inspired Western treats!

The story of how these were created is here, at this Delicious Coma blog entry, but the recipes themselves for cupcakes and frosting are behind the cuts.

Kurogoma Cupcakes )
Matcha-Cream Cheese Frosting )

Dog food

Apr. 6th, 2009 02:17 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (Twa corgwn)
Help! Our dog exploded! Part 1
Help! My dog exploded! Part 2

Poor Zeus! D'Argo's kind of like that, bless him. My main question is... why the blazes did they latch the crate door closed at night?? Tchah.

[livejournal.com profile] stormrunner is a BARF diet devotee; [livejournal.com profile] myfanwy does a mixed diet following some of Stormrunner's suggestions, and for the life of me I can't remember what [livejournal.com profile] xianghua feeds her pack.

Mine get kibble once a day, a blend of the rather expensive Hund-n-Flocken by Solid Gold (recommended to me by a breeder in Indiana), slightly less expensive Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe, and a little less expensive again Prairie Lamb Meal & Oatmeal MedleyNutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice is last choice on the list when I'm that low on kibble as to need a fourth bag (wish they were 40 lb. bags instead of 30-odd).

Why the mix? Because Solid Gold alone is too expensive to feed all these guys, but the quality of the food has been really beneficial in ways you really don't want details on. The lamb and rice is due to D'Argo's irritable bowel - something else you don't want to know about. He has to be on a single-protein food, and I don't want to get, say, cheap stuff with mixed ingredients for everybody else, with the bother of separate storage et alia, and have to stand and watch everybody eat to make sure the special diet goes where it's supposed to. Why punish the other dogs, too?

I don't have the freezer storage for a raw diet, unfortunately - it was harrowing enough when Meissa was on liver and spinach to try to keep her blood elements built up.

I do have to say that tinned pumpkin is great for fiber, and the dogs seem to like it just fine. I saw this story about a ferret who ate an eraser once....

Anyway, here's:

Incandescent Dog Loaf

Ingredients: 

  • 2lbs ground beef (Beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, or buffalo in any combo)
  • 1 Cup Cooked Whole Grains - Brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, etc
  • 1 Cup Ground Flax Seed or Flax Meal
  • 1 Cup Dried Parsley * (I will explain this)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Veggies - NO GARLIC OR ONION - (I use the mix of peas, carrots, corn & green beans from the freezer section)

Instructions & Info: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix all ingredients together by hand very well in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Place in greased Pyrex meatloaf dish and bake for 1 hour.  Let cool for 45 minutes before serving. 

You may double (or triple) this recipe if you have multiple dogs to feed - the loaves freeze and keep well in zip-lock freezer bags.  We like to take one loaf out, leave it in the refrigerator to cut off pieces as we need for Zeus, and freeze the rest.  We make loaf about once a week.  As for feeding instructions, we feed three times a day, just enough to keep Zeus as his optimum weight.  If the dog loses weight, we increase food...  and if he gains weight, we cut back a bit.

That's it.  About as simple a recipe as it gets.  I've tasted the stuff myself - it's completely edible and made from human grade ingredients, but it is very, very bland.  Dogs seem to like it without spice or salt, though.  (I suppose you could add ketchup if you wanted to eat it yourself.)

[snip]

Oh... the parsley.  I promised to explain the entire cup of dried parsley in the loaf, didn't I?  Well, suffice to say that including an entire cup of dried parsley in the loaf is more for us humans than the dog.  It freshens his breath and has the added bonus of neutralizing that scourge of dog owners everywhere - dog gas.

(No, he didn't say how much goes into each meal.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Politics - Canadian Orange)
Today...

Today I had poutine.
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wulfenblimp)
MIMMOTHS ON A STICK! (Done badly, in 1/11th proportion)

When I say 'badly', I mean that I didn't use the meat as soon as I got it home, the panko were kinda stale, I forgot to add the chopped dates, and I didn't have anything decent to baste them with. However, I did throw in a little Japanese blended pepper and dribbled shoyu on them before putting them in the oven. I was right about the time variance -- instead of the hour or so for Rats on a Stick, a half-hour is about right. If my oven had bothered to register the temperature correctly, they might have even avoided being a little dry on the inside -- so to sum up, that's 350F for about 30 minutes. Don't forget to soak your sticks.

I wasn't, for obvious reasons, able to take pictures of me molding the little guys, but I think that part's self-evident. The pepperoni ears stuck better than I expected (relief!). Oh, and they're even good cold, mimmoths.

(Sorry for the blurry, I was using my phone for convenience.)



Crossposted to Girl Genius Lab: Agatha's Minions, Girl Genius Yahoo! Group and Lunch in a Box Forum: Recipes
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
Recipe for Taco Bell Baja Sauce

1/4 red bell peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 large jalapeno, chopped in half
2 tablespoons diced Spanish onions
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash cumin

1. Using a food processor, puree peppers and onion.
2. Mix 1 cup mayonnaise and 4 teaspoons of the vegetable puree in a medium bowl.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Chill for several hours to let flavors develop.
Hmmm... why doesn't this sound quite right?
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
4 ounces shredded monterey jack pepper cheese

Melt butter in a sauce pan.
With a whisk, mix in flour and allow to cook for about 1 minute.
Slowly whisk in milk.
Cook for 1 minute.
Add cheese, keep whisking until cheese melts.
OK, that makes sense, but again, does it cover all the flavour bases?
And, y'know, for homemade? MUST add garlic. Foodies, what seems like might be missing?
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
I won't bore you with my foray into turkey soup, because really - it'd be hard for it to go badly, just blandly, if I did something wrong (although I did have rice stick to the bottom of the pot, despite stirring).

No, this is an article I came across - late now, good for Christmas dinners.
Cranberry Marinade Makes Turkey Safer

'The study is the first ever to document the antibacterial effects of the American cranberry' )
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
Y'see, she wrote about Cake In A Mug. So I had to try it, having a burble of creative impulse — except I don't really have hot chocolate around, and as it turned out, if I do have any non-weevilled flour, it's hiding behind the Great Wall of Edamame in the freezer.

Therefore. [puts on Urahara hat]

I had to experiment.

I did have instant cider mix (for Mouse Tea, and because the stuff's really good); and I did have Quaker Oats which somehow escaped being infested, yay. Per the measurements in the instructions (can you really call it a recipe? hm, what are the parameters....) I used 9 tablespoons of cider-mix (3 envelopes), and 4 tablespoons of oatmeal whirred into powder in my mini Cuisinart. After adding the egg, 3 tbps of water but only 2 of oil, it seemed awfully thin.

(Incidentally, I made it in a measuring cup. Pyrex is our friend.)

Sure enough, microwaving for 3 minutes did not do the job - was it the difference in the flour? In the hot-chocolate mix, in that the cider has no milk proteins? Maybe. Another 2.5 minutes, after dumping it back into the cup, and I had scorched spots - overcaramelised sugar - but it was entirely edible, nice and appley, if not particularly attractive.

It also kind of exploded. Gotta wash the microwave now.

Maybe some milk... or a second egg? Or more oatmeal. Hm.
sff_corgi_lj: (Eeek!)
I am being invaded by Mexico here. Why couldn't I have been invaded by rosemary, or edible berries? No, seriously, these things grow to about... what, eight feet tall? I had to go ask the nice people at the Dave's Garden forums what the thing was because I had NO other way of looking it up. And it had to go be an herb? One I'd even heard of, but only in little plastic envelopes in small crumbly portions.

Anyway, there's a bunch of things below to do with them, all of which involve either ingredients or time I'm not interested in; anybody else have any good ideas of how to make this sow's ear a purse? (See, no lipstick involved with this pig!)


Mole Verde con Puerco )


Huachinango en Acuyo )


Weekend Herb Blogging: Holy Cow, what a leaf! )


Mole Verde )


Sopa de Hongos y Nopales )
sff_corgi_lj: (Food too)
(I wish I had a picture, but trying to find the camera, take the picture, upload the picture from the camera, crop and resize... you're getting the idea.)

Over on the other side of the planet from me, give a time zone or two, they have a sort of rice salad dish called Nasi Kerabu (I've mentioned it, but a while ago) in which the rice is tinted blue naturally using bunga telang -- which happens to grow very happily here. I finally had enough blossoms to decide to experiment with it the other night.

I decided to make only a small batch of rice, in case the flowers had more of a flavour than I suspected they might - three cups per my rice maker's measure. The flowers didn't require much preparation, as I just snapped off the green bases. I think I had about 2 dozen ('a large handful'). I put them and some salt and water into the rice maker while I washed the rice, then let it cook normally. When it was done, it was the prettiest light-sky-blue rice (with little bits of translucent green here and there) that you have ever seen (very much like this). The flowers themselves dissolved almost entirely in the cooking, and left no particular flavour that I noticed. Beautiful! And 100% natural, and possibly even organic. ;)

The full recipe was beyond my materials at hand, but I had to try the rice first anyway. I'm thinking about finding some way to send a bag of frozen flowers to [livejournal.com profile] myfanwy, since her son is chemical-sensitive and can't have red food dye at all. Blue is, of course, Not Red, but any elimination of artificial colours would be good. Also, I have roselle hibiscus seeds for a pink/red/red-violet effect that also adds a sweet tang to the rice (a little acid keeps it pinker, rather than violet), if I can ever get them planted to harvest the calixes (calices?).

A Westernised version of the recipe: Nasi Kerabu
Other commentary: Malaysian Food, Jules Eating Guide, Quote: 'The Malays eat plenty of raw herbs to consume with daily meals. These are called "ulam". ' (since ulam is often mentioned as an ingredient), How to Prepare Nasi Kerabu, Video: Eating Nasi Kerabu
sff_corgi_lj: (Food!)
The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme: bold those you have tried, strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
2a) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
2b) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.

Snipped with kitchen shears )
sff_corgi_lj: (Food too)
Wish me edamame.

Ow.

Aug. 11th, 2007 08:18 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (Eeek!)
Gemma just gave me tether burn around my right ankle. Three times.

And in other 'ow' news, the only independent pizza place in my neighbourhood (delivery and everything!) has closed after two years of business. I really had my mouth set for Italian, too. :(
sff_corgi_lj: (My Fandom (SF))
Tipped off by SuperSelene the Tellarite: You can have your tricorder and eat it, too!
sff_corgi_lj: (Food too)
Since we were talking about else-stream, I was just told by mylunch that she got her Spongebob Squarepants edamame at Kroger, in the health food freezer. I know Krogers are pretty much everywhere-but-here, so there's a start.

Yes... Spongebob Squarepants. You read me right.

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