Pork Picnic Recipe

Ingredients:

Medium sized pork picnic
Half a cup ginger Ale or sprite
salt
Pepper
3 tbsp redwine
1 piece onion
3 carrots, cut
3 celery, cut
6 cloves garlic, minced

Wash pork picnic and pat dry. Rub salt and pepper plus the minced garlic to the pork picnic. Pour Ginger Ale over the pork. Marinate in fridge for 2 hours or longer.

After marinating, sear pork picnic until brown, add carrots, celery and onion. Pour remaining marinade on pan and add the red wine. Let simmer for a few minutes.

Take out from pan and put on slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours.

Serve with mashed potato or use in sandwiches.

Also great with steamed rice.

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Pork Picnic Ham version by Chef Husband

Sweet Potato Muffin

The banana version is such a hit to our family that I decided to try it with sweet potatoes. 

And the muffins did not last long.

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, boiled, mashed
2 cups flour
2/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise

Process:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients. Mix mayonnaise and mashed sweet potatoes.

Mix together until well blended through.

Spray Pam oil in muffin pan and or use muffin cups, optional.

Spoon mixture to muffin pans bringing it up to 2/3.

Bake in middle rack for 25 minutes or until it has turned golden brown or when muffin is pressed, it springs back up.

Makes 12.

I have been giving this to my toddler as an alternative choice for breakfast and she can finish half a muffin. Makes mama feel good.

Food ….. and Celeste!

Celeste – my ever amazing toddler. Picky eater extraordinaire or it’s just mama.

Back when she started solid fouod, we were so proud of ourselves and of her. I would puree anything and she’ll ate it.  Baby cereal,  meat, fish, brocolli is a hit. We were into organic food and no salt. Feeding her is an event that I woudn’t miss for the world. It is a joy watching her scrunched her face if she think that you are to slow with the spoon. We were happy.

And she turned 1 year old.  Even before she turned one, there were signs but I just took it for granted.

Since I have started giving her “real” food in its “real” form, the trouble begun.  Everything you put in her plate goes to the floor. Note that she stopped eating baby cereal round 11 months.

Brocolli, floor. Rice, floor. Tiny slice of meats, floor. The only thing that didn’t end up on the floor is banana.

So I went back to pureeing her food. Worked for a while. At this time I started giving her pasta.

Lo and behold the pasta is the 8th wonder of the world.  She loved it.

I have cooked almost all of the pasta recipes out there that is appropriate for her but still she wont get tired eating it.

I liked giving her my version of macaroni and cheese with salmon flakes and broccoli on the side.  It is creamy and cheesy plus all the food group is present.

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Chicken curry

Cooking is my passion, not.

Through the years I have tasted and eaten different kind of curry. Traditional Indian, Thai version among others and either chicken or beef.

Once in a while I craved for spicy foods.

I really dont know how good my version of chicken curry is as I only have my husband’s words. But accordingly he has been trying to replicate it at work and he couldnt get it right. Yay!

My recipe has evolved from the recipe book to its present form.

Ingredients:

*Pound of chicken wings (can use more, depends on how many are you serving)
*2 medium potatoes, cut chunks
*2 medium to large carrots (i prefer 1 cup of baby carrots or cocktail ones)
* 3 or 4 tbsp of vegetable oil
*salt and pepper to taste
*curry powder
*soy sauce
*5 cloves garlic, smashed
*1 onion, julienne
*ginger, julienne
*cup and half of  water

Process:

Pour 2 tbsp of vegetable oil on frying pan, heat.

Sautee garlic till you can smell it, then add onion and ginger. Put some salt and pepper. Mix. When evenly mixed and browned a bit, add chicken wings. Mix. Add a bit of oil to help the sauteeing/frying of chicken wings.

When chicken turns brown and juices are coming out, add water. Bring to boil. Add 1 tsp curry powder, salt and pepper, just enough for  water to taste.  Bring to boil again. Simmer for 5 minutes and taste.

On 5 minute mark add potatoes and carrots. Bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Mixing every now and then.

Check the softness of potatoes and carrot. Simmer for another 10 minutes. By now potatoes has given your curry its starchy features.

Add 1 tsp curry powder or more depends on how spicy you want it. Add some soy sauce for color. Bring to a boil. Turn of fire.

Best with steamed rice.

Fire should be at medium (6 for some) thw whole time your cooking.

And that’s it. It is as simple as that and I don’t know if it really is exceptional but so far every time we have it for dinner, my husband cleans out his plate.

When we cook, it is mostly trial and error. Thats how we evolved established recipe and make it our own.

Happy eating!