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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Making do without, with shrimp

The other day I was home alone and I wanted something nice to eat, but wasn't very hungry (which was odd since I'd woken late and hadn't had breakfast). Since hubby is allergic to shellfish, I decided to treat my self. 

I was really feeling for this...
 
from one of my favourite sushi places in St. Andrew. It was on the way home from work, so whenever my husband was on call it was a quick option when I didn't feel like cooking for one. Or two if my sister was with me.

But I really haven't found a favourite sushi place here in Nassau. Still looking. And I didn't have a car anyway. So I made this. I keep cooked shrimp in the freezer for moments just like this.


The noodles come rolled in single servings, so I boiled one, threw the shrimps on top with some chopped scallions( green onions) and let them simmer for a bit. I was also feeling super lazy.
 It was good comfort food for a cool day.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Apple cake

Yesterday got off to a late start, or an early start, depending on how you look at it. At almost 2am while I was trying desperately to fall asleep before hunger took over, hubby announced that he felt for apple dumplings. Really. So we got up to make him apple dumplings. I couldn't find a recipe for one, but saw one for a lemon cake that seemed simple enough. And the picture looked good. So I tweaked it a bit, and then a lot and we made this apple cake instead


The good thing about the recipe we came up with was everything went into one bowl for mixing. No creaming butter and sugar and all of that.


8 oz butter
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
 

Then the hard part of peeling, coring and chopping up 4 small apples went to hubby.


The apples were sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar and microwaved for for 2 minutes,

 

then folded into the mix. The batter on it's own could use less flour, but we had to increase it to account for the juice from the microwaved apples. 


Which also explains why it took almost 50 minutes to bake at 350F.


It was good while still warm, and even better the next day. Fortunately the batter was enough for two 9x9 pans.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Lazy sausage breakfast

Night shifts are hard for me. No matter how awake I seem, I know my brain isn't functioning. And then afterwards I want something nice for breakfast, but feel too lazy tired to cook. The other morning I remembered we had sausage in the fridge, so...


  
Ridiculously quick breakfast. I chopped onions and mushrooms and did a quick saute in a little bit of oil and then added sliced sausages. I like mine with a little char on it. I can maybe fool myself into thinking they were grilled but then I killed the healthy vibe with some grated cheddar. Yummy and done in less than 10 minutes with toast (or fried bread, I know just killing the health blah blah blah).

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Homemade hamburgers

Last week I had planned to make lasagna, but forgot I had sprayed the oven after a baking incident/accident. But I had beef mince and needed to do something with. A picture of lamb burgers caught my eye, so I made hamburgers.


So of course I started with my mince and really I eyeballed most of the stuff I used. I seasoned the mince with salt, garlic powder, chopped parsley, thyme and let that set in the fridge overnight (optional I guess, really it was because I had forgotten to clean the oven). The next day I added 1 medium onion, chopped.


Mixed in around 1/4 cup of cornmeal


1 egg beaten


a teaspoon or two of coarse ground mustard


I put pieces of sliced cheese in each patty


 Fried them on a pan lightly oiled with canola.


Next time I'll do the patties a bit bigger, I didn't realized they'd shrink that much.


 I put a bit of muenster cheese on top of some of the patties before taking them off the stove.




Built our sandwiches,




and enjoyed lunch. It was really good if I do say so myself and didn't take long at all.




Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Ramblings

So I've been back at work for a while now and still adjusting. It's great to not be at home all the time. But now that we're in our own place and I can drive myself to more places than just the shopping centre down the road (I love browsing through the beauty section of the pharmacy and looking at bags and shoes), I have work. To make up for that, I have a pool that I haven't seen any one else using and a weird schedule that allows me to have use of it during the day when we're the only ones home in the complex. Only been in once, but I'll be working on that. And the supermarket near here is much nicer. I really am turning into a housewife (except for the cleaning bit) just as I'm back out in the working world.

So we're all unpacked now, but in need of just a bit more storage. A small bookshelf should help clear up the last bit of stuff I have no idea where to put. But it's nice to have all this space just for the two of us. And the location is great. There's a beach nearby.


And further down the road

past a couple roundabouts (also the way to the supermarket),

there's a boardwalk leading down to a natural habitat and a pond

with the cutest ducks.

So when we work mornings or have a day off, we can go there to walk. Maybe at some point I'll even work up to using the jogging path.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Herb roasted pork (still trying for jerk)

It's funny how some of the things I miss are things I didn't have that often when I was home. Like I've been feeling for jerk pork for a while now. I tried to make it, but as usual did my own thing. Ended up with a really nice herbed roast pork with a mild jerk flavour. 
I really didn't measure anything besides the rub, everything was eyeballed.


1 medium onion
3 scallions
5 cloves garlic
parsley
cilantro

Everything was thrown in my favourite kitchen accessory and blended with 2 tbsp olive oil


 All the marinate was poured over a 4-5 lb pork shoulder
 
 

 After about 30 minutes I rubbed on a mixture of spices

4 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg

 Everything then went into a ziplock bag and in the fridge overnight.

The next day I took it out of the fridge and let it reach close to room temperature and put it in a covered roasting pan and into the oven at 400F for 30 minutes, then I lowered the temperature to 275F. It took about another hour and a half before it was done.




We had it with a salad and english muffins that I toasted with butter and garlic powder. Not quite Jamaican jerk pork, but still really good.



Thursday, 2 May 2013

Cilantro lime fish fillet

The other day either Wendy's or Burger King had a lime cilantro fish sandwich. So after the success (in my mind) of the last fish dish I did and since I hadn't started working yet and had nothing but time on my hands, I decided to try my hand at something similar.

2 scallions
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped parsley



1 lemon juiced

1/3 cup olive oil (or 1/4 cup to be healthier)



And everything was poured over 2 swai fish fillets (tilapia would work as well) and left to marinate for 20-30 minutes. It can either be baked at 350 for 25 minutes (or until fish flakes) or sauteed in a frying pan, no extra oil needed.

Both are really good, this one was done on the stove top and we had it with a three bean salad and broccoli.

I'm trying as much as possible to cut back on eating out so I can control what I eat, and more importantly so I can make exactly what I feel for instead of searching through a menu trying to see what I feel for. Hopefully now that I'm back at work I can keep it up.