Saturday, March 26, 2011
Date night. Anna was at a sleepover, a dresser full of gift certificates, nothing interesting to watch on the tube-a great excuse to re-live the days before children. Headed to Macaroni Grill where I got my indulgent fix of calamari and mushroom ravioli-very rich and creamy but the Margherita pizza helped to lighten things up. We were even treated to complimentary cheese cake which I found quite tasty considering that would be the last type of dessert I would order in a restaurant.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Food labeled vegan would send me running the other way but these cookies had me asking for more. My dear friend Josette shared this fantastic recipe that pleased kids, non-vegetarians and cookie lovers. Some ingredients I've never used before (Ener G Egg Replacer, Non-Hydrogenated spread, turbinado and vegan brown sugars) but were easy to work with. Simple to prepare and quick to bake, only 8 minutes that this will not be the last time I'll be baking vegan.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
A visit to San Francisco equals a visit to Zazie on Cole Street for their Banana Stuffed French Toast with Walnuts. It's a kind of dish when after taking the first bite, you close your eyes and savor every flavor.
Zazie uses challah for the bread. Unfortunately, there is not a large population of Jewish in Hawaii and no challah to be found. I found a Williams-Sonoma's recipe for this french toast and decided to give it a try after my parents sent home a huge bunch of apple bananas from their yard and Molokai sweet bread. Banana was sweet and thick after being caramelized with butter and sugar with sprinkling of candied walnuts adding a nice crunch. Nice attempt to recreate Zazie's dish but it still will remain one of my favorite stops in my favorite city.
Friday, March 4, 2011
I don't like to brag but this meal was awesome! I finally nailed it! Rice was easy to prepare and full of flavor with just a short list of ingredients-rice, chicken broth, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, and cilantro. You wouldn't believe how many recipes I've tried to achieve this perfection.
The tacos were fresh with no hint of a fishy smell or taste thanks to the simple beer batter. This meal was even better than Taco Del Mar's. A lot of credit goes to the cream sauce that took the fish to the next level.