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Farfale Pasta with chicken

13 Jun

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Farfale (1 1/2 cup)

Chicken (Cooked/Cubed)

Chicken Stock (1 cube)

Salt/pepper (pinch)

Cheese 1/2 cup (cheddar)
Garlic (2 cloves)

Spinach or greens (optional)

Oil (2 tablespoon)

Cook farfale in pot of boiling water. Add 1 tsp of salt. Drain. In a saucepan, add oil or butter and 2 flakes of garlic. Mix in the chicken pieces or other cooked meat. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and a half cup of stock. Stir until thick gravy forms. Add vegetable or herbs to liking. Garnish with cheese.

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Dates Bread

29 Apr

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Dates (dry/1 small packet)

Flour (1 1/2cup)

Eggs (1)

Spicy rum (1 cup)

Sugar (1 tablespoon)

Baking Soda (1 tsp)

Baking Powder (1/2 tsp)

Salt (1/4 tsp)

Soak dates for at least a couple of hours in spicy rum. Mix dry ingredients. Add eggs slowly dry ingredients and add dates mixture and beat for a minute.  Grease loaf pan and put the mixture in. Bake in 350 degree until done. Check with toothpick or fork. If sticky then wait for another 5 or 10 minutes and check again.

 

 

 

Costa Rica PURA VIDA

21 Apr

Spring break in Costa Rica – adventures in foods!.

 

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Cake Heaven

30 Mar

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Mini Pineapple Tarts

23 Mar

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PINEAPPLE TARTS

 

PINEAPPLE DICED. ADD SUGAR, PINCH OF SALT AND 1/2 TSP LIME JUICE. COOK PINEAPPLE OVER MEDIUM LOW HEAT. COOL. 

FOR DOUGH – USE FLOUR, SALT, BUTTER, AND LITTLE MILK. USING A FORK, BLEND BUTTER AND FLOUR AND SALT. ADD LITTLE MILK AND CONTINUE TO MIX INTO A BALL. REFRIGERATE. ROLL OUT DOUGH AND CUT INTO SMALL DISCS.  SPOON PINEAPPLE MIXTURE INTO EACH DISC. USE A MUFFIN PAN TO BAKE (350 DEGREE).

WHEN COOL DUST OFF WITH POWDERED SUGAR.

Appetizers and snacks

14 Mar

This is the ultimate lazy day snack recipe you can put together in no time!

Tortilla Corn Chips half bag

Avocado (1)

Salsa (medium) 

Lettuce (optional)

Leftover fish or meat (cubed)

All these ingredients are ready and easily available at stores. But alternatively, use pita bread or bagel. Slice bagel or break pita into bite size pieces. Add salt and drizzle a little olive oil. Bake in oven at 300 degrees for 5 or 6 minutes until crisp. Delicious with hummus too. Here’s some pics I uploaded for some inspiration.

 

GRANOLA BARS

Cranberries (1 cup dried)

Oatmeal (2 cups)

Almonds or other nuts (1 cup)

Honey (1 cup)

Salt (pinch)

Break almonds up using a kitchen towel and rolling pin. Toast the almonds and oatmeal in oven for about two minutes. Add the cranberries, honey and salt. Mix well quickly. Use foil or plastic wrap to press down into square shape.  Refrigerate for half hour. Cut into bars when completely cooled.

 

BAGEL PIZZA
Bagels 

Marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce (1 cup)

Mozarella Cheese (sliced)

Basil Leaves (4)

Salt (1/4 tsp)

Use half bagel for making each pizza crust. Put the marinara sauce using a spoon. Sprinkle salt and distribute mozarella slices on bagels. Top with basil leaves and bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts (7 – 10 min).

 

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Chang appetizer!

10 Mar

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This lettuce wrap combination is served at PF Chang’s (restaurant) as an appetizer. Use rotisserie chicken or leftover meats. Dice and stir fry with onions. Use a little soy sauce to finish. Serve with large lettuce leaves, tomato slice and light ranch dressing on the side.