Monday, June 20, 2011

HELLOTUNA's B DAY!


it's been one year... whaaat!?
i remember being stuck at the monstrously hot arapahoe apartment last summer...
seeking solace from the heat by sitting still and browsing endless food blogs via tastespotting
and finally deciding to wing it for myself.

here, gawk at my silly awkward beginnings:

i still plan to make my blog birthday meal and post, but this weekend was quite busy!
hopefully this week that will happen.

but first, let me tell you about my weekend.
 a pizza lunch for family friends moving back to korea :(

prosciutto, red pear, gorgonzola, parmesan, garlic.
on thin crust, topped with arugula and olive oil.
i thought the light toppings would work well on a thin crust. 
sweet pears, salty prosciutto, stinky gorgonzola, bitter greens. 
well balanced indeed!
deep dish before entering the oven
after the oven.. like a crazy flower!
mozzarella and extra sharp cheddar, hot italian pork, bacon, artichoke hearts, onion.
i put twice as many toppings as usual this time! two layers of meats and 3 layers of cheese.
 the crust bloomed over the pan while the middle became a rich and delicious sinkhole.

southwest style: mole sauce, pepper jack and cheddar, black beans, corn,
ancho chicken, chipotle peppers. topped with fresh cilantro and sour cream.
a fun, colorful pizza. mole sauce really made the difference!
fettuccine in vodka sauce w peas and shrimp
we also prepared this pasta dish, and a salad that i forgot to take a picture of.
but here is most of the ensemble... ate sooo much!
bombbbbbb
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also, this weekend was father's day weekend.
for s's dad. cricket bat!
s and his dad love cricket! the icing job is a bit sloppy,
but i made this cake under a serious time crunch.
2 layers of vanilla cake, whipped cream, homemade mango caramel sauce,
diced fresh mangoes and bananas.
all sealed with a ginger-cream cheese frosting. tropical and yum!

of course i had to make my dad a cake as well. 
this past may our family went to las vegas... it was my first time there since turning 21!
the first day out on the gambling floor w my dad, we discovered an exciting slot game.
THE WIZARD OF OZ!!!
mixed emotions for the wizard (please ignore my odd smile)
i dunno what it was.. maybe the bright colors, or the surround sound? 
but the wizard of oz sucked us dry! so addictive. 
we shared much frustration as we continued to return to these slots a few times a day.
to commemorate our defeat, i made a wizard themed cake.

beh....blurry pictures...
emerald city!
first of all! in my defense, i did this cake in 3 hours. 
start to finish...mixing, baking, cooling, filling, frosting, decorating. 2am - 5am. (don't ask)
in addition, i did not have ANY of my decorating supplies w me.
so this cake really tested me, and it did not turn out too horrible, considering.

remembering my dad likes pecan pie, and of course chocolate cake, i married the two ideas.
turtle cake! 
2 layers of chocolate-pecan cake, whipped cream, homemade caramel sauce, chopped toasted pecans.
all blanketed in a delicious chocolate sour cream frosting, topped with buttery crackers and vanilla frosting.
not cloyingly sweet, a good crunch from pecans, and pleasantly rich. 
the chocolate sour cream frosting has such a good mouthfeel.

we enjoyed this cake after a father's day full of fishing and burgers. quite classic :)
my dad is so great
ah what a long post! so many blessings and lessons throughout the last year of blogging.

to my family both here and overseas, 
my friends who put up w my constant pics of food, 
random people who have skimmed through my page, 
talented bloggers w gorgeous sites who graciously gave me tips...

thank you to you all...! what a year it has been. 
can't wait for this next year..hungry for more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

untitled??



fruit salad: diced cantaloupe + blueberries.

turkey burger: patties w soy sauce, paprika, red chard, poblano, sriracha.
fresh diced vidalia, tomato, clover and radish sprouts, dijon, ketchup.
all on 1/2 a toasted bolillo roll.

pasta salad: mix of tri-color and whole wheat rotini, thinly sliced vidalia, roasted tomato.
tossed with garlic, basil, oregano, grapeseed oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt pepper.

simple food, simple post.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ooh, saucy



kc masterpiece... the bbq sauce of my childhood.
my mom would slather it on pork back ribs..
(many napkins were needed to take on that meal.)

it's not until a few years ago i realized the main ingredient in the sauce:
.....tomatoes! yes! (always assumed it was just ...."brown"....)
anyway... i love tomatoes so i wanted to tackle a sauce of my own.


pulled chicken in 3-vinegar bbq sauce

for the chicken:
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • salt, pepper
  • canola oil
in a medium sauté pan, heat a generous amount of oil over medium-high heat.
slice each breast in half (not butterfly).
sprinkle spices, rub to coat evenly.
add salt and pepper to taste.
sear chicken about 4-5 minutes on each side, til a dark crust forms. (need not be fully cooked through).
set aside.

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for the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 finely chopped whole roma tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion, grated (you can use another sweet variety, like walla walla)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • ground pepper
  • salt
  • honey
in the same chicken pan combine tomato paste, tomatoes, and water to reach a thick consistency. 
(keep in mind the sauce will thicken as it cooks).
bring mixture to a simmer, add garlic, onion, and sugar.
cook for about 5 min, stirring well.
add vinegars and spices.
continue to simmer for about 20 more min, adding water as needed.
season to taste with salt, pepper, and honey.

(keep the sauce on heat for the next step: adding chicken!)

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for serving:

using your fingers, pull the mostly-cooked chicken into thin strips, and add to simmering sauce.
cook chicken in sauce for about 5-7 more minutes, til meat is thoroughly cooked.

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like many simmered recipes, it was good the first day... and BOMB the second.
wish your sauce sweet dreams in the fridge and let the flavors mingle... trust me.
also, this is relatively healthy. not a smidge of dark meat to be found.
a bbq fix to sneak in during swimsuit season.

i did mine up on toasted hamburger buns
with vidalia, cilantro, and dijon mustard.
it would be lovely to serve with some spicy radicchio slaw...
or as a topping for nachos... ah yum.
experiment and g'luck..!

Friday, June 3, 2011

i forgot to post...


hash. 
(not that kind of hash...)

it doesn't photograph too pretty..
but it's hearty and comforting.

diced marjoram chicken breast, roasted garlic new potatoes, 
seared zucchini, spring onions, farmer's cheese.

tired, so i dont have too many words today. ehhhh til next time!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

all aboard


...the friend ship!
or the wellness wagon.
for the millionth time this year (SIGH)

my eating habits fluctuate between 
obsessively healthy, whole foods......and......ravenous munchies √† la Boulder..
yeah! woo...

so here's to climbing back on... and hopefully staying on for a biiiit longer this time :0
it all starts w breakfast.

the goal is to make this a regular, not just a schoolday, bfast.
steel-cut oats boiled with a roma tomato and some bean sprouts. poach an egg in said mixture. 
(yes... the whole egg. who are you kidding, egg white people?! all the vitamins are in the yolk.)
sprinkle some white vinegar and soy sauce. add spring onion, paprika, and chia seeds.
add a glass of coconut water w cucumber garnish 
and EL FIN....!!!