All posts tagged: dinner

Our First Disney Vacation — Day One

I find that the times right after a vacation are the times when life gets the busiest. Which is the main reason why it always takes me so long to write a blog about our adventures. Our Disney vacation was, in one word, MAGICAL. Months of planing really paid off, guaranteeing that our experience was wonderful in every way. I will recount day by day what we did and what it cost us.  So let us jump in! Day 1: We live in Florida, so we only had a 3 hour drive to get to Disney World, nonetheless we woke up early and were loaded up and on the road by 9 am. I had several little presents wrapped for our daughter which doubled as birthday presents and kept her entertained on the drive. Every half hour or so I gave her a “Tinkerbell Present” such as a Disney themed golden book, or a play set from the Disney store, or the wooden magnetic princess dress up. Since I planned in advance I was able to …

Curried Chickpea Wraps

This is one of the easiest, yummiest lunch or dinners you can put together. It is a vegan recipe, however it is extreme filling and satisfying. I recommend you save this recipe for a really busy night. You know, one of those when you get home late, and dump all your things on the floor, and just stand there with a glassed look in your eyes, starring at the kitchen and thinking of ways of setting it on fire so that you don’t have to cook, but opting not to since it would be too much work in the first place… Or is that just me? Regardless of this is the perfect meal for one of those nights. Very little effort, big rewards. Curried Chickpea Wraps Ingredients 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained 1 Tbsp curry seasoning (several options out there, just choose your favorite) 1 tsp cumin salt & pepper to taste 1 tsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp sesame oil 1/4 cup coconut milk Spinach or any other leafy green Pita bread or Naan …

Food Aboard The Carnival Fantasy — Day 2

The next day dawned with a clear, sunny sky, which I enjoyed with a cup of coffee from the highest deck, and took lots of pictures of the sunrise… Lots! Breakfast — Since we wanted to debark as soon as possible, we had an early breakfast. We went to the dining room for this one, not the buffet. It was actually a pretty disappointing breakfast. There weren’t that many customers around, but they still had a hard time getting our drinks (coffee, milk, orange juice). We actually got our food before we got the juice. As far as breakfast I had eggs benedict with a side of corned beef hash. The eggs benedict were pretty bad, the hollandaise sauce was in mousse form (why?) which had dried up when they put it under the broiler (again, why?) and at that point it was a pretty dry flavorless paste on top of the eggs. The corned beef hash was more of a mashed potatoes with corned beef, it was a bit odd. All in all pretty …

Braised Short Ribs

This is a low and slow meal. Perfect for weekend entertaining, or a “cena” (late night dinner). Short ribs cooked slowly in a wine sauce, need I say more? With a little time and preparation you can make this dish and look like a star to your guests! Or just make it for yourself, nothing wrong with indulging yourself every now and then… or always! Braised Short Ribs — (Serves 4-8 depending on how willing to share your family is o_O) Ingredients: -8 short ribs -3 carrots diced -2 celery sticks diced -1 onion diced -4 garlic cloves pounded into a fine paste… Or minced, depending on how much aggression you have pent up. -salt and pepper to taste -2 cups of red wine -2 cups beef broth -1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce -1/4 cup tomato paste -2 bay leaves -chives for garnish -olive oil Season your short ribs with salt and pepper. Let sit and come to room temperature while you prep all of your veggies. In a big, heavy bottom, oven safe pot (a …

St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza — Nutty Soda Bread

Soda bread is a great thing, because it is so incredibly low maintenance. It does not require yeast, which can take quite a bit of work to prepare. You can literally mix the ingredients together, throw it in the oven and fuggetaboutit! Which allows you to have fresh, homemade bread at dinner without spending ten hours kneading, letting it rise and such. Soda bread is also extremely versatile. You like sweet bread? add more sugar, or honey, and raisins. You like herbs? Add rosemary or thyme. Like nuts? Add whichever one you like. The bottom line is that soda bread is very forgiving, which gives you room to experiment without it turning into a disaster. I particularly like walnuts, and thought that they would be great in soda bread. Well, they are! Here is the recipe — Ingredients: -2 cups whole wheat flour -2 cups self rising flour -1 1/2 tsp salt -1 tsp baking soda -1 tsp baking powder -3 Tbsp sugar -3 Tbsp honey -1/3 cup melted butter -1 cup buttermilk -1 egg …

St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza — Honey Mustard Corned Beef Roast

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! We continue our series with the main star of our meal (though that colcannon certainly gave it a run for its money) the Corned Beef roast! Now, as you might know, corned beef is a brisket cut, and like any brisket it needs to be cooked at a low temperature for a long time (low and slow) in order for it to be soft and tender when we eat it. Therefore this roast is going to take a bit of time to prepare, but never fear, your patience will be rewarded!! Honey Mustard Corned Beef Roast — Ingredients: -corned beef brisket -2 Tbsps honey -2 tsps whole grain mustard -2 1/2 Tbsps Dijon mustard -2 medium-sized onions quartered -3 garlic cloves, puréed -1 cup chicken stock -salt and pepper Mix whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic and pepper. Lay the onions in the bottom of a roasting pan and set the corn beef brisket on top. Brush the brisket liberally with the honey mustard mixture. Use about half and preserve …

St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza — Colcannon

I love St. Patrick’s Day! It is a day we get to celebrate the culture of another country… and by culture I mean FOOD. Glorious corned beef, soda bread, potatoes, good beers, and whiskey… It brings a tear to me eye! Therefore I have decided that for the next couple of days I will give you some of my best Irish food recipes. The objective is to have a full Irish food spread by the end of this series, so you can impress your loved ones this weekend with your culinary know how of Irish cuisine! We will start with an Irish staple; the potato. Just like the Hispanics and Asians have the rice, the Irish have the potato. A gloriously versatile and delicious tuber that truly does not mind taking the backstage to other ingredients, or being the star of the show, and today it is the star! I could have made a simple mash, but why be boring? Mashed potatoes is something we are ALL familiar with. So for today’s recipe I went with …