Showing posts with label Chili pepper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chili pepper. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hot-and Spicy Chickpea Cakes with Pico de Gallo...and Guest Post

Hot-and Spicy Chickpea Cakes with Pico de Gallo from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook



I am so honored to guest post for my dear friend Swathi, @Zesty South Indian Kitchen... who at this time, needs all the rest she can get. Glad to know she also has a few other blogger friends that will guest post for her, while she is recuperating. She needs a lot of "mommy and me" time at this very fragile first few months!

I am so thrilled to celebrate the birth of Swathi's little prince...Nikhil! A beautiful, and healthy baby boy! Such a perfect addition to the happy family, and a pride and joy to his big sister, Nidhi.
Swathi dear, I just want you to know, that I wish you and your precious baby all the best of health, and happiness. Congratulations to you, your hubby, and princess Nidhi!
May you, enjoy your new bundle of joy!


This dish is one of may favorite dishes to have for lunch, and for the Pico de Gallo, it's zero points so, healthy, spicy, colorful and delicious! I will be back to add more good news, but in the meantime...here's an easy way to cut the veggies perfect!

Linking to: Full Plate Thursday, @Miz Helen's Country Cottage




just click over to: Swathi's blog  to get the recipe!
 
Thank you Swathi, for giving me the opportunity to guest post for you, again!



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Restaurant Review, Pets...and Awards!

This is organic green iced tea, served in a glass, and a separate carafe $2.50
As you can see, I'm having a better week this week, thanks to all of your kind words of encouragement, I thought about each and every comment that you posted, and it made me feel so happy that you shared with me. I do have two posts from this week, but I'm saving it for another day to post it...instead, I thought this would be more fun and versatile!

So, I get a call from my daughter, the other day from Lora, (cake duchess) asking me if I want to go to get a "quick bite" for lunch...OK, I'm thinking, she's asking me at the last minute, not giving me time to even get ready, just to jump in the car and go with her, thinking, she wants to go to the Bagel place downtown, that is a very casual trendy breakfast and lunch place where they make the most amazing bagels, and the service is great, no waiting, and you are in-and-out in no time. She says, "we're going to Joy's Noodles"...what the heck is Joy's Noodles? Oh, it's an Asian "mom and pop" little place, for lunch and dinner...no reservation required, and it's around the corner! OK...how come I didn't know about this place when I pass by almost eerie day?...oh, it's "low key"...they never advertise, and the place is always packed, because of the great food, amazing owners, service, and great staff! Well, that explains it all!

This is the menu for Joy's Noodles
http://www.joysnoodles.com/

located at:
2200 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401





A beautiful sunny Wednesday, on the right is the main street, which is S. Dixie Highway, and on the left, is the back of the building which is the parking, You can enter from either side of the building. I took this photo quickly, on the way out. We were really in a rush, and a fabulous fresh and warm lunch was served within about 25 minutes...I kid you not!






As you can see, I ordered a Sautéed Spicy Khmer
Noodles, with squid, $14.95
Udon noodles, with a mixture of spices and herbs, and let me tell you, this was the freshest, and most succulent squid I've ever had, with the most amazing spicy sauce...not overly spicy, but just right, with a mixture of vegetables of scallions, carrots, and tiny broccoli florets...yumm! oh, so delicious!




Now that I've taken a closer look, there were of course chili pepper flakes, as well, and edemame too!
I shared some of the pasta with Lora, as she shared her rice and tofu with me!



The best thing about the noodles, and the rice dishes, is that you get to choose about about 8 different sauces, vegetables, and combination of chicken, beef, and seafood with your sauce. So many choices!

Lora chose the White Rice, with Mixed Vegetables, and Tofu, in a Lemongrass Coconut Sauce...$11.95
so amazingly mellow, and absolutely divine!







Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chili Con Carne and Buttermilk Corn Bread

I had this yummy Chili post up for about 10 minutes earlier, and for some technical problem, lost the entire post...so here I go again, repeating the post, and my recipe.
Also, my apology to Sandra @ Sandra's Easy Cooking for having to remove her kind comment to re-do the post.

As I mentioned earlier, we've been having some pretty chilly weather here in South Florida, as an example, last night the temperature dipped down to 31 degrees and the wind chill made it drop down an additional 10 degrees or more. It was unbearable for the Palm Beaches, but than again, at least we only had to just watch all the snow storm up north.
The best thing to make when the weather is as CHILLY, is to make a nice batch of CHILI...to take the CHILL off.
Wow, it even rimes...chilly...chili...and chill, as long as I get the spelling right, you know what I mean.
Lora @Cake Duchess  has a wonderful recipe called: Grandmother's Buttermilk Corn Bread...no clue as to whose grandmother, but it sure is the best, with real butter, and the buttermilk.
As you can see, I photographed this with my awesome new camera, and this is the actual color, and the moist texture, and also the nice wedges cut, from the cast iron skillet, which it was baked in. If you would like the recipe, you will have to click over to Lora's blog. My recipe for the chili is to follow. It's my very own recipe, and I did not want to even check for references, because I prefer the simple, yet homey and tasty chili, without all the mystery ingredients added to it. This doesn't have any kind of peppers, so the kids won't complain, so it's just the beans, and the meat sauce, with a medium spicy flavor to it.

Chili Con Carne
my own recipe

1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lb. organic ground beef
1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2-15 oz. cans light kidney beans
2-15 oz cans dark kidney beans
2-15 oz cans black beans
1 teaspoon good quality chili powder
(more if you want it spicier)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dry oregano
a dash of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Saute onion and garlic in the oil, until it starts to wilt. Add the ground beef, all the spices, and cook until it loses all the pink color, and starts to get brown. Now, add the crushed tomatoes, the Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for about 30 minutes till it gets thick, and the excess liquid starts to evaporate. If it doesn't, you can always ladle out the excess, from the top. At this point you can add all the beans, but drain the liquid from them, before adding them to the sauce. Simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and serve with a dollop of sour cream if you like, and some shredded Cheddar, or mixed Cheddar, and Jack cheese.
Very delicious, and filling. Serves 6.

note: You can also make this vegetarian if you omit the ground meat, and follow the rest of the recipe, after sauteing the onion and garlic
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