Archive for the ‘Cheese’ Category

I’ve tried different carnita-like dishes including the Taco Bell Cantina Tacos, the Del Taco carnitas, carnitas from a local pub and even had the pleasure of enjoying some very authentic carnitas prepared in an actual Mexican restaurant (me and my friend were the only non-Latinas there). I used to not enjoy corn tortillas very much and thusly, I didn’t really care for the carnitas I had tried at Del Taco – but luckily I was lucky enough to try those more authentic well-prepared ones which really got me into the whole cilantro, lime and corn tortilla combo. And also, corn tortillas supposedly don’t have gluten so it really helps me reduce the amount of gluten my body has to deal with.

I was happy to see that my boyfriend had brought back everything that I had asked for in order to prepare these carnitas. The picture of my carnita is very sloppy – this was because I had already eaten two carnitas by the time I found the camera and by then I was tired, full, had very little chicken left, and didn’t bother chopping the cilantro much.

Materials:

  • A fresh lime
  • Fresh cilantro  
  • Chicken, beef or whatever kind of meat you like
  • Salt
  • Chili pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onions

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  1. First of all, decide whether or not you’re going to barbecue (delish!) or cook the meat in the kitchen (stove, oven…)
  2. If you’re going to barbecue it, you really don’t have to do much to the meat in my opinion other than rub it a bit with chili pepper, lime juice and mix it in with chopped garlic.
  3. If you’re going to prepare the chicken in the kitchen, feel free to add whatever seasoning you enjoy. I like to use ginger powder and when I’m really in a hurry, onion and garlic powder.
  4. Toast a few corn tortillas. I don’t use two like you usually see because that makes it to heavy in my opinion but if you like to use two for one carnita that’s pretty much the norm.
  5. Cut the meat into small chunks and mix it in with freshly chopped cilantro, diced onions, a few squeezes of lime, and a dash of salt. Place it on the tortilla. You can also add chili powder and whatever else you would like to add. You can also add the raw onions and cilantro after adding the chicken and then go ahead and squeeze the lime on top of that. I usually do that instead because it’s faster.
  6. I like to add extra condiments like shredded cheese or sour cream. I also added a bit of freshly prepared salsa (well, not really fresh since the tomatoes were canned!).
  7. Fold it and enjoy!

 

The salsa recipe itself is really simple and tastes a lot better than the canned stuff. Since my boyfriend bought the cilantro on sale and ended up bringing back about a garden and a half worth of the stuff, I had to make salsa so it didn’t come to waste. Unfortunately, I still have a lot of cilantro still left…

Just chop up fresh cilantro along with raw onions, add to either a can of diced tomatoes or dice four fresh ones, add some lime juice and whatever seasonings you like depending on how spicy you like it. I added a bit of onion, garlic and ginger powder as well as chili powder and crushed pepper – and a secret dash of that hot sauce with the rooster on it (yes, I know what people call it).

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Here are a few dishes I put together some of which I created using ingredients I had to reproduce certain foods that I enjoy but didn’t have available. I started baking sweets for the first time and I’m actually surprised that it really is easy to bake cookies and cakes. Even if you don’t have all of the ingredients, the internet is an amazing resource to find alternative recipes such as my egg free oatmeal cookies which I baked because I had run out of eggs.

Included in the album is a pizza prepared with a flour tortilla, Brussels sprouts in butter and a bit of turkey broth, a hearty chicken soup, tortellini with bell peppers, mushrooms and parmesan cheese, teriyaki tilapia with wasabi (I managed to get the texture as close as possible to eel), pancakes with butter fried apples and bacon with home made caramel sauce, a rice bowl with freshly prepared katsu chicken and broccoli doused in a teriyaki based sauce, stir fried orzo with fried crispy slivers of garlic, spicy teriyaki shrimp sushi rolls, stir fried pasta with lima beans, sausage and mushrooms (and the same dish turned into a soup), chocolate and marshmallow covered frosted flake treats, chicken and mushroom soup in tomato base broth, two kinds of oatmeal cookies, stir fried millet with hamburger, hot sauce and sour cream, and my favorite first attempt success – broccoli, mustard greens, bacon, onion, and cheese quiche topped with the kind of fried onions I usually place on top of my green bean casserole.

If you’d like the recipe for any of these dishes please email me under the contact me tab. I will also be making some how-to videos as soon as I can.

This is a type of dessert I’ve enjoyed my whole life. It was definitely the number one treat me and my brother, and even my dad would ask my mom to prepare, usually for breakfast. I’ve never craved something so much as these cheesy, chewy, crunchy, fried honey covered delights!

You will need…

  • Won-ton skins of whatever size or thickness you prefer.
  • Your favorite cheese (I would recommend either a dry mozzarella, Monterrey jack, or even cheddar — brie or cream cheese would be good too).
  • A bit of water.
  • Your favorite honey.

How to prepare…

  1. If you’re using a harder cheese such as Monterrey jack, shred a good amount into a bowl. If you’re using a soft cheese like brie make sure to remove the skin.
  2. Lay down a won-ton skin on a clean plate and dip your finger in the water. Then carefully wipe the edges of the won-ton to soften them.
  3. Put the cheese inside the skin. Make sure you don’t put too much otherwise it will ooze out. The best way to master this is to keep making them until they come out perfectly.
  4. Close it up by folding it in half and press down on the edges. To seal it in completely you should make little folds. There are several different techniques for this. Here is a good example on how to do it.
  5. Heat up a pan with about a quarter of an inch of oil in it.
  6. Once the oil is hot (you can test it by dropping a small piece of won-ton skin in the oil to see if it bubbles) drop the cheese things in the oil.
  7. Once they puff up you can look underneath to see if they’re golden brown. If not, let it fry a bit longer. Then flip it over and let the other side fry.
  8. Place them in a plate with paper towels to soak up the extra grease.
  9. After a few minutes place in another dish and pour honey on top. The cheese things need to be hot enough to melt the honey.
  10. Enjoy!