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Fancy melons, to get fruit into kids.

In Dessert, fruit on July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The secret to getting veg into kids is soup, and the secret to getting fruit is the freezer. This is an alternative to the frozen banana.

Half a melon (or a box of the cubed kind)

1 cup yogurt (whole, low fat or non, they all work)

1/2 bag frozen raspberries (cheaper than fresh)

a couple of dashes of honey.

a blender

ice pop molds

First puree raspberry with a little honey, set aside.

Puree down the melon with the yogurt, (you can add some milk to get the machine going) add a little honey if its not sweet enough

Starting with the melon mixture layer the ice pops with melon and raspberry, Take a skewer and run up and down the sides for the swirl look.

They should be frozen in around 5 hours.

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Frozen Strawberry lemonade for lazy summer days

In Drinks, fruit on July 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The juice of 4 lemons

1 bag of frozen strawberries

1/4 of sugar or honey, to taste

a blender

Add the frozen berrys, the sugar, and the lemon juice to the blender, start it up, Stream in enough water to get things moving. This will create a great thick product, lovable and easy.

You can also make this with frozen blueberries or mangoes.

 

Open the box and see all the veggies: Strawberries, and other sad tales of doom

In fruit, Veg, Vegetables at the Door on June 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

One little tiny thing of strawberries, what! After trying to kill me with watermelon!? But it gets worse

Quality

Good strawberries are always a little rotten, they’re usually a day away from complete destruction, thats why a non rotten strawberry never tastes good, the ones that rotted on the truck were the best. These were just as they should be, about to start falling apart. So far so good. I did taste a couple the first day, they were sweet and friendly, and well red.

So what did i do with the sucker,

Here’s the sad part, i took them to work, and left them there on a Friday, certain DOOM. Had to call the office and donate them to the crowd still there. At least they werent wasted

The others in this category include cilantro, which is untouched

untouched lettuce

untouched carrots

Conclusion Hmm, i should consider changing my vote to mostly fruit…

On the post next time Avocado Salad, woohoo!

Open the box and see all the veggies: Tomatoes

In fruit, Vegetables at the Door on June 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

They seem to think i have a thing for tomatoes, one thing i would never take to work for fear of early refrigeration, i found myself cooking not just one or two but all 8. And some of them were big.

Quality

There’s nothing like a tomato in the summer time, in fact i wont even eat a tomato other time of the year, well not willingly anyway. These had the scent, and were all red, though i have learned to love and respect the green and yellow. They held together well, survived the heavy chopping and the lazy, this thing is going to cook for an hour, what does it need chopping for melted away as beautifully as i imaged it would.

So what did i do with the sucker,

I stuck 7 of them in Moroccan meatballs which shockingly turned out really spicy, probably should cut down on that in future. Had to made so many extras to take the heat away. Couscous, (what a shock) But then found myself having to take it further, embarrassingly, like a true California girl i found myself cooking onions down til slightly charred and adding gypsy peppers (cause they came in the box) and garlic, *Can you tell where this is going?) Then serving with sour cream, yes i will admit it, i mexified moroccan food, and may in fact need help, or salvation or something. Oh well, tasted good.

The last lone tomato, (though huge) ended up lazily cut up and toss in a pot with chicken and salsa, garlic, pepper, paprika, and anything else red I could get my hands on.

Tomorrow’s post should focus on strawberries

Open the box and see all the veggies: Watermelon

In fruit, Vegetables at the Door on June 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh the first box of a new (for me) organic to my door plan. The excitement and builds you open it up and find a small watermelon lurking inside. 😦 I’m allergic, not like this is going to kill me one day (that’s cherry) but in the discomfort is just not worth it way. Plus it was cracked, a huge wedge right down the middle. So sad.

Quality

I have many uncalled for talents, one of which is picking watermelons, i can thump on them and tell you if its ripe or not, youre looking for a B flat, though seeing as how 99% of people cant tell what that is (expect possibly if there’s a piano beside them) What you’re really looking for is an echo. I play drums with them all til i hear a deep echo and then don’t eat it afterwards.  With the crack the echo was lost, so took a risk and had a little taste, it was ok, not as sweet as it could be, but watermelony enough. It was dark seedless, they’re never white seedless, in fact when was the last time you saw the seed? Aside from the toasted and salted variety I havent seen one since i was a kid.

So what did i do with the sucker,

I cut half up into little piece and then attempted to blend them with the blender that features the never turn on motor. Was planning on making watermelon lemonade and attempting to sell it at work, oh well. Lost that half to that and second half sits in my fridge mocking me. In its inedible glory. 😦

Tomorrow’s post should focus on tomatoes

Sundays and Furniture

In Dessert, fruit on March 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

We spent the entire weekend dealing with the new sideboard, from empting the old one (half of which is becoming the new telephone console, so we also emptied the old telephone console) to restocking, spring cleaning, and trying to logically rearrange our kitchen and dinning room. It sounds like a lot and honestly, it wasnt that labor intensive.  Though my grandmother managed to get on my nerves again. She came to help, which is almost immpossible for her to do, in reality her favorite grandson who lives with her was out of town, doing his uncharacteristic survival training, and she was lonely and wanted to hang out with us. She drove me nuts saying that we needed men around to help us move furniture, while the two other females in the room were moving it all. Meanwhile her favorite grandson, I suppose one of the absent men she was talking about, once refused to change the water cooler’s bottle “cause it would hurt his back”, which left it to me, his younger female cousin to do it, like i do on a regular basis. Needless to say there was a lot of eye rolling going on that day.

I ended up baking a quick cake on Sunday, as a reward of all the work we had put into the last few days. I wasnt a box cake fan till I came across this recipe. But I love moist cake and this holds a huge amount of moisture.

Apricot cake

1 box of lemon cake mix

1 can apricot juice

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup oil

4 eggs

Mix it all together, and pour it into a greased bundt, bake at 350 for an hour. Cover while still warm with lemon glaze.

Lemon glaze is just a mix of lemon juice and powdered sugar, Start off with like a cup of sugar and take it easy with the lemon juice, cause a little bit goes a long way.

Easy and Healthy Apricot Chicken: Part of the Zombie Love Affair Saga

In Chicken, fruit on February 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Two chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

Handful of dried Apricots

Some hot water

a tablespoon od mustard

Boil the dried apricots in water, til partially rehydrated, drain and process them with small food processor, add the mustard. Spread mixture on chicken breasts and bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Marmalade and a Zombie Affair

In Dessert, fruit on February 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

This dessert hails from the arab world, on a large glass platter the oranges sparkle.

Orange marmalade

Qranges

Remove peel and pith (skin) of oranges with a knife, cut into 1/4 in. circles. Warm marmalade in a small pot on medium heat till warm. Place orange circles on serving plate.  Top with marmalade.

This dish is light and very refreshing, plue naturally fat free. You can do this with any fruit you like, but oranges are traditional, you can use the peel to make your own marmalade, but eh.