Posted in Cooking, Lifestyle

Recipe Review: Brocoli Beef

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to be reviewing a recipe for Brocoli Beef that I found on Facebook.

I really loved this dish and I for sure will be making it again because it is fabulous!

By now I’m sure that all of you know that I cook like a maniac and use the recipes that I find as guidelines and not requirements. I sometimes substitute ingredients for others, leave out ingredients that I don’t have, or add in ingredients that I like.

So as always this cooking review will be a little all over the place because that is my cooking style.

Ok! Lets get started!

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Brocoli Beef with Lo Mein

Ingredients:

  • Lo Mein Noodles 
    Of course I forgot to get lo mein at the store, so I just used spaghetti and that was apparently a very controversial cooking decision. But I promise that spaghetti noodles work fine. I probably cooked like 1 1/2 handfuls of spaghetti
  • Brocoli
    I really like brocoli so I just threw in as much brocoli as I could stand, which was an entire frozen bag. I tend to use frozen vegetables when I’m cooking because I’m lazy but of course feel free to use whatever you prefer
  • Flank steak
    The recipe calls for flank steak but since Mike and I hunt, I just used a deer roast and I really hope that doesn’t offend anyone
  • 1 shredded carrot
    I had some left over carrot chips in the fridge when I made this so I used those instead
  • Garlic
    I’m sure you can remember from my last post that I have a huge tub of minced garlic from Sam’s Club. Whenever I make anything I just add as much garlic as I need to make whatever I’m cooking taste good. I feel like that’s probably around 1 tsp?
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Sauce Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar
    I actually followed the recipe for this part and used the recommended amount which is 1/4 c packed.
  • Sesame oil
    I never measure oil when I’m cooking. I always just pour it in until it looks right. If I had to pick a measurement, it would be around 1 or 2 tsp?
  • Soy Sauce
    I think I put around 1 or 2 tsp as well
  • Ginger
    I think the recipe called for fresh ginger, but its hard to find fresh ginger where I live so I usually end up using the spiced form and then I have to guesstimate. When I’m unsure of how much to add, I usually just do 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce by mixing the brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and soy sauce together
  2. Get a pretty big pot and cook your lo mein/spaghetti noodles
  3. When your noodles have about 5 minutes left until they are done, add in your brocoli to warm it up. I also added my carrot chips during this step because they needed to be cooked. In the original recipe you shred your carrot to garnish your dish and add it at the end. Either way is perfectly acceptable
  4. Drain your pasta, brocoli and carrots and set it aside
  5. Then either in the same pot or in a different frying pan, cook your meat and garlic. I also added in the salt and pepper during this step but its really up to you when you want to put it in
  6. When the meat is as done as you would like, add in the noodles and sauce, and mix it until it becomes really yummy looking
  7. Set the table and eat a super tasty dinner!

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you like this recipe!

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Posted in Adventure, Cooking

Recipe Review: Curry

Hello everyone!

As you can tell, this is going to be a cooking post because I’m always looking for ways to keep my blog from getting too stagnant.

This is the first time I have tried this recipe and I got it from Pinterest. If you have read any of my other cooking posts, you already know that I use Pinterest for most of my recipes. I also never follow a recipe completely, but I do use the original recipe as a guideline.

I will tell you right now that I substituted some things, I left out a few things things, and I didn’t even measure some things. So this is my take on the recipe, but if you want to look at the original, I did provide a link.

So let’s just get into the cooking!

Recipe: Simple Curry

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Please excuse the quality of my picture, I am not a professional photographer in any way.

Cooking Time: Maybe around 10 or 15 minutes?

Ingredients

  • Olive oil – To make sure nothing sticks to your pan.
  • 1 Shredded rotisserie chicken – The original recipe calls for ground turkey, but I’m lazy so I just substituted that for a rotisserie chicken from Albertsons.
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Curry powder – Its curry so of course this goes in.
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne powder – The original recipe called for 1/8 tsp, but I don’t have that small of a measuring spoon so I used the 1/4 one.
  • Salt – Just put in a regular amount so that it tastes good.
  • Pepper – Again just add a normal amount.
  • 1 Onion – For some reason I couldn’t find an onion so I used onion powder and didn’t measure it because I just throw in some and then taste it to make sure it isn’t going to be too bland. If I think it needs more, I’ll add more. I think it was about 1 tsp or so?
  • Garlic – A while ago I went to Sam’s Club and got a giant jar of chopped garlic and I just threw in some and it tasted pretty good so I didn’t add any more. I also think it was around 1 tsp.
  • 1 Can coconut milk – The original recipe calls for 1 cup but I don’t like to have leftovers so I just put the whole can in.

Instructions

  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken. If you don’t know how, just grab two forks and go to town on that guy until it looks shredded.
  2. Combine all your spices into a small bowl. If you don’t want to you can always just add them as you are cooking.
  3. Warm up your pan on lowish-medium heat. Also throw in some olive oil so nothing will stick to the bottom.
  4. Add your chicken to warm it up.
  5. Dump in all your spices.
  6. Add the coconut milk.
  7. Mix that around until its well mixed, warm and smells good.
  8. Make some rice or quinoa. I have a rice cooker that works really well and since I was in the mood for some rice, that is what I made.
  9. Eat dinner and feel very proud of your cooking skills!

I hope you liked this recipe and if you did leave a comment so I can say hi!

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Posted in Cooking

Follow the Recipe

Hello everyone!

I have noticed that each person has a unique style of cooking.

My sister follows the recipe exactly and makes sure she measures each ingredient precisely. My mom looks at her recipe cards and decides what to cook. Then she sort of dumps or pours ingredients together until it looks and tastes right.

I tend to use a combination of my sister’s and my mom’s cooking styles. First, I spend hours on Pinterest looking at food. Then I print out a recipe I like or I find a recipe in one of my cookbooks because I like to have hard copies.

Then I read the recipe until I get tired of reading it and decide what steps I can leave out because they seem unnecessary. If I have never made something before, I will usually follow the recipe pretty exactly until I realize that I forgot to buy an ingredient and then I will give up and improvise.

When it comes to spices, I hardly ever measure. I do rely on several taste tests to make sure that I’m not going to serve something too bland or too flavorful.

Baking is a different matter entirely. I rarely bake, but when I do it is either chocolate chip cookies or cheesecake.

I have both of those recipes memorized so I sort of just throw it together. The chocolate chip cookie recipe I use is from the back of a Nestle chocolate chip bag and the recipe I use for my cheesecake is my mother’s.

The first time I asked her how to make a cheesecake, she took out four different cookbooks and said “I use the first one for steps 1-3, the second I use for steps 4-6, I use the 3rd for to make the crust, and I use all four recipes for an ingredient list.”

Thankfully I had the good sense to write everything down on a recipe card so now my mother’s famous cheesecake recipe is no longer kept in her memory and everyone can make it.

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Posted in Cooking

Newlywed Cooking..??

Hi Everyone!

My latest brainstorm for expanding my blog is to talk about cooking so if this post isn’t too boring, I will probably be writing about this subject again in the future. So how on Earth did I learn how to cook dinner every night for my husband after barely cooking dinner for myself once a week?

Obviously I helped my mom in the kitchen growing up and cooked for myself in college, but I realize now that I wasn’t really cooking. At home my job was basically to stand there and make sure dinner didn’t burn. In college, I only had a microwave so I got the Betty Crocker Microwave Cookbook for One and did my best to make something edible in a bowl or a mug.

Because of this, I had a semi-difficult and pretty comical transition from being single to being a fabulous married cook. To make things more exciting, the only cooking utensils Mike had when I first moved in were a medium sauce pan, one small frying pan and a crockpot. This made learning how to cook an adventure.

Since I had very few resources, I went on Pinterest and searched for “easy crockpot recipes” which changed my life. I no longer had to interact with the kitchen and the stove. I could just chop up some vegetables, throw in a few spices, add some protein, turn on my crockpot and forget about dinner until Mike came home.

After about 6 weeks of marriage, Mike quietly asked if I would mind making something besides soup for dinner. Naturally, I was more than a little shocked because to my knowledge I had never once looked at a soup recipe. He went on to explain that everything I made in the crockpot was a little soupy because to cook properly in a crockpot, you have to add a fair amount of broth or water.

So I bravely decided it was time to graduate from crockpot cooking to cooking on the stove. The first thing I did was buy some pots and pans. Once I had a few more resources to work with, stovetop cooking became a breeze.

I could now make things like macaroni and cheese from a box and chicken nuggets. It took a while but eventually I became so confident in my skills as a cook that I could make dinner without burning the main course and having the kitchen threaten to catch on fire.

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Posted in Cooking, Moving

Mike’s Birthday!

Hi everyone!

As you all know, Mike and are moving. A few days ago in the middle of frantically packing and trying to downsize by getting rid of nonessential household items, I remembered that it was nearly Mike’s Birthday!

It might sound silly, but his birthday marked an important milestone for us as a couple. We started dating in college three years ago and because we would go home on breaks between semesters, we always missed each other’s birthday.

So this year was a big deal. For the first time in our relationship I would be able to give Mike his birthday present in person. Naturally I wanted to surprise my new husband by making his cake instead of buying it, but since we are moving I decided to have a combination cake.

The next day while he was at work, I baked him a two layer red velvet cake from a mix and frosted it with store bought cream cheese frosting. I had already packed my cake stand and most of our dishes so I improvised by serving it to him on the back of a cutting board along with his gift and a card.

Later we went out with some friends which made Mike’s birthday the perfect way to finally get to celebrate together as a couple.

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