This goes in your fridge, then it goes in your mouth


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This! Is not a pickle.

Inspired by pintrest post and eventually finding the recipe on Recipes We Love, I tweaked the recipe… I know, but you use what you have on hand.

Also if your preference for one type of ingredient is more than the other, go with it. Try it out. Get messy. As Neil Gaiman said, Make beautiful mistakes.

This is 2 sliced english cucumbers, 1 red onion, and one green bell pepper. 2 cups of rice wine vinegar, 3/4 cup of cane sugar, and for the spices…

Red Chili Flakes, Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Celery Seeds. I toasted them up a little in the pot before adding in the sugar and vinegar. As soon as it was all mixed up and came to a really low rolling boil, I dumped in a couple of handfuls of ice cubes to chill it down immediately. I could have added in whole peppercorn, but that will be for the recipe for pickling.

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I consider this to be a vegetable brining, and according to the website, the veggies will be good for 2 months. I got a little taste of the brine and cucumber while creating… and this will be a very good burger topping. As of 24 hours, it’s got a very good heat and flavour profile, reminiscent of a bread and butter pickle, but with more character. North American cucumber kimchi?

The lovely Laura McWriter put it in her salad. So, why not! Added arugula and spinach, little bit of shredded coconut, some shredded cheese, some chicken breast… mixed and it’s really damn good.

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Anyone else try out recipes and tweak them just a little bit?

Cheers!

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Christmas! Food Misdemeanor! Silly Wrapping!


Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Happy Ho Ho! And whatever you celebrate!

I have many amazing hats.

As usual, the food fest for Christmas was huge! But I got a little creative on the wrapping for gifts.

Ho Ho Ho! It's Santa Time, Bitches!

And more…

Ho Ho Ho! Look at my enormous sack!

And another…

Ho Ho Ho! Stand back! I only come once a year!

It’s true… Santa has an enormous sack and he only comes once a year.
(Just remember, 32 percent of people suffer from a dirty mind, the other 58 percent enjoy it.)

Tree!

Tribute to saturnalia and walls of plants everywhere...

 

Unusually full of decorations this year. Usually my mother goes for the simple decorative version, elegant, but this year, everything was loaded up, including the antique birds from 2 generations back. Somehow, it balanced and didn’t come across as gaudy or overdone.

And now onto the Nom-Fest of Food Misdemeanors!

Warning : Carnivore friendly pics ahead.

The usual slice of coldcuts, but with a little more care…

Chunks of Ma’s garlic roast chicken, ham sausage, smoked ham slices.  All ready for devouring with fresh baked buns.

Which lead to desserts and Veggies! Round 2 of stuff that was brought out…

More food... will it ever end?

Photo courtesy of Tim Holtorf, check his stuff out at the following websites. WordPress here and Tumblr here.  Home made poppy seed and lemon loaf, plate of desserts, chocolate chip cookies, PICKLES! veggies and dip, and…

Enough shrimp to choke a lower suburb of smurfs.

 

Now onto the really fun stuff!

Deceivingly good, and spicy hot popcorn.

I call this popcorn insidious… deceiving, and almost too good to feed your children. My mother made candy popcorn by melting butter, sugar and corn syrup together, then lightly drizzled it over the popcorn. I know, not that interesting, so what… it’s just candy popcorn right? WRONG! She dusted the popcorn with finely ground cayenne pepper. And that addition makes a world of flavor difference. The heat and spice from it makes you want to get another shot. The sweetness of the sugars plays off the heat.

 

So very good… but as per a high protein household has, I cannot omit the inclusion of the bacon.

So much goodness right there. Hotter jalapenos this round, must be from a different batch.

And a variation from a Kraft recipe.

The original recipe called for blue cheese, almond slices wrapped with bacon then baked. I could see how this would work for a single taste with a really good red wine to counter the taste… but in other testing of this version, it was “Like eating hot mould that ruined a good piece of bacon.”

So the variation above was brought up, with the maple bacon, the inclusion of honey or syrup is a natural progression. So the maple bacon was wrapped around honey date, but it seemed too sweet and needed a tangy counterpart, the addition of 5 year sharp cheddar stuffed into the date made the absolute perfect combination. Bake and watch as these are so small you could almost get away with prebaking the bacon, then using the hot pan to heat through. Smaller than the size of a golf ball, all you need to satisfy flavor crave is one or two of these AMAZING morsels. Can substitute maple bacon for smoked bacon if the honey and maple doesn’t suit your tastes.

And so with last nights food fest came to a close. Late night as well, talking about other things. More Christmas moments including my stepsister complaining to her father about his threadbare shirts and how it was nice to have a Christmas without having to see his nipples. Also the inevitable end of jokes about Uncle Joes Mint Balls.

And hence after all that, food hangover… We didn’t eat all of it, there is a lot of leftovers, enough for a week.

This morning, I ran my daughters backpack over to her, got a hug (best christmas present out of all the swag I got) then got back home to have my coffee in my DAD mug, enjoy my new Pook and start the recovery from last nights foodfest. Tonight, it’s rumored that there will be beef wellington… I must nap this afternoon.

Coffee in Dad mug, Pook, and Food Hangover

Oh yes, I’ll be doing a lot of geocaching on foot in the next few weeks. As long as the weather holds out. So be on the lookout for new blog postings…

One more blog post for the year, and it will be a little different, so stay tuned!

I’m still here. To you and yours, I raise my mug,
Burp,
Pearce

Food – Taco feast


A long time tradition in my family is to have these taco feasts. These are the same types of feasts that the lords of Rome would have hundreds of slaves scouring the countryside for food and bring them into a large pile, gorge themselves, then go to the vomitorium, then repeat.

Well… not exactly like that, but there is mass consumption of tacos.

Out at the lake there is a cabin, all afternoon long, there would be preparation of corn tortillas, hamburger, cheddar cheese, large baking sheets of these tacos all nicely laid out. Like yummy bundles of crunchy carb wrapped goodness.

I got a craving for them, and never prepared them myself, only in the mass consumption. So off to the grocery store I went. Here’s what you would need to complete your taco feast… short 3 or 4 retired nurses who like to cook way too much.

1 small package lean hamburger
1 package CORN tortillas (12) These should be about 7 – 8 inches in size
1 can beans
1 lettuce head
Salsa and Hot Sauce

Brown up the hamburger, add pepper and salt, sprinkle some chili or chili flakes. Now in the other frying pan, (yes I do this, to make sure you read the whole thing first before going ahead and cooking like madmen) you want to get a teaspoon of oil heated up per tortilla.

Put the corn tortilla in the hot oil, add some hamburger, sprinkle some cheese on it. Now watch it. As soon as the sides of the tortilla start to curl up, you want to flatten the taco over into half. Squishing it in half actually help harden up the sides.

NOM

Corn Taco

Apply even pressure to help cook

So imagine if you would, 2 large cast iron pans on medium heat, frying up these tortillas for a couple of hours. And it doesn’t take a long time to get them fried up. Have a baking sheet at the ready with some paper towel. That will suck up the extra oil that will be on the tortillas. If you are making these in mass quantities have 2 at the ready. One with paper towel to rest, and another to put on a pan to keep warm in the oven.

Tacos resting after a hard days work in the frying pan.

Just like that.

So then, it’s time to plate up your own.

Voila! Arriba! Tacos!

Of course by this time, once I had this already to eat, I wasn’t hungry, as I had been tasting and sampling and snacking all afternoon long… They are still good for leftovers.

Food misdemeanor activities for next time I’m doing these :
Sunflower oil with jalapeno infusion for frying up the tortillas. Extras to add onto it, fried green and red peppers, smoky beans, more salsa and hot sauce.

I’m still here,
Pearce

Next food coming up… Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Oh yeah, this is food too good for your own children

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers