All posts tagged: Food

Food Aboard The Carnival Fantasy — Day 3

Sunday was our day at sea. I spent this day relaxing around the pool with a few cocktails. We napped, and we ate… It was magical! Day 3: For both breakfast and lunch we just went to the buffet. For breakfast I had grits, ham, chicken flautas, fruit, and bread. For lunch we had the glorious burritos (my husband’s mission for the trip was to eat as many burritos as possible… somehow he only ended eating two though). Dinner — My husband ordered the caprese salad. It was good, with a basil pesto and oil, it was pretty yummy. I got the wild mushroom soup (one of my favorite soups). It was very good! My husband got the chicken parmesan as his entree (I guess he was feeling like Italian food that night). It was ok, nothing that exciting about it. The small side of potatoes au gratin was just blah, and the veggies were good. I ordered the lobster. I have to say I was very disappointed. It was just a tiny lobster tail with no …

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 — 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 …

Bento Series #14 — Healthy Joes

I love sloppy joes. They are a no frills, delicious food that is pretty fun to eat since the whole purpose of it is to get sloppy with it 😉 Another huge benefit of it is that you can hide any veggie you want in it. Have a picky eater, such as a child or a husband? Then don’t fret, you can hide a lot of goodness in here and your fussy eater will never find out, neither will your child. This recipe in particular has a lot of vegetables so I renamed it “Healthy Joe.” Bento Components Healthy Joe Strawberries Tamagoyaki Healthy Joe — -1 package ground beef -3 carrots shredded or grated -1/2 zucchini diced -1/2 onion diced -1 small squash diced -1/2 red bell pepper diced -2 garlic cloves minced -1 cup ketchup -1 cup tomato sauce -1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce -1 dash hot sauce -1 Tbsp lemon juice -1 Tbsp brown sugar -1 tsp garlic powder -1 tsp onion powder -1 tsp cumin -salt and pepper to taste In a pan add …

Gabose Korean Barbecue

Name: Gabose Korean & Japanese Cuisine: Korean, Japanese Location: 4991 N University Dr Lauderhill, FL 33351 Gabose has won a lot of local awards. A lot of publications named it the best Korean barbecue in the area, therefore we decided we had to try it! A little information on how it works. You can choose to sit in a normal table and have food brought to you from the kitchen (boring), or you can choose to sit in the barbecue area, where you get to cook your own food. These tables are equipped with a great big whole in the center of them, this is where they will put in a bat of extremely hot coals with a metal grate on the top that will serve as your grill surface. There are exhaust vacuums hanging from the ceiling that will pull in most of the smoke and the food smells so that you wont leave smelling like a kitchen. Also it will help you control the fire, if you are getting too much flame-ups then bring the …

Bento Series #13 — Potato Chip “Fried” Chicken

This bento is a little bit mysterious… a little tricky… The reason being that potato chips are unhealthy, and fried chicken is unhealthy… but this meal is still super healthy. How did I manage to pull that magic trick? Let me explain. First off it is oven “fried”, second of all the oil used is coconut oil, which we all know is the cure for all ailments in the world O_O. The last part of this magic trick is that I don’t actually use potato chips, I use potato starch flour which can be found at any Asian market. The amazingness of this “fried” chicken is that the potato starch makes it super crispy and adds a delicious potato chip flavor to the chicken. Nevertheless if you can not find potato starch then you can use panko or flour instead. Healthifying (is that even a word o_O) a meal: 1- Always try to oven “fry” things when possible. A lot of the time you will get that delicious crunch without getting all the calories of …

Bento Series #12 — Salmon Fillet

I am very proud of this bento, it is one of the prettiest I have made to date! Lets take a minute to admire my beautiful creation… admire… admire… admire it, I say! For all of its beauty it is actually pretty simple to make. Bento Components: Salmon Fillet Sushi Rice Fried Okra Baby Carrots Radish Flowers with Parsley Leaves Salmon Fillet– Ingredients: -salmon fillet (1 per person, seasoning per fillet add more if more than one fillet) -1/4 cup soy sauce -1 Tbsp sake (or white wine) -1 clove of garlic -1 tsp grated ginger -1 Tbsp olive oil -1 tsp sugar -salt and pepper to taste Mix all the ingredients in a resealable bag and place the fillet in it. Marinate the salmon for at least 30 minutes before cooking. In a frying pan saute the salmon with a little olive oil. Leave the skin on the fillet, cook the flesh side down for a minute, then skin side down for five minutes. Do not over cook, salmon can get pretty dry if …

Quickie Smoothie

For this recipe there is not a lot of foreplay *cough* I mean before prep necessary. It is quick and easy, which is exactly what I am looking for when I drag my semi-awake body to the kitchen Mondays at 7 in the morning. I don’t want to be awake yet, much less be cooking at this hour. Which is why this smoothie recipe is great to start your week. Now if you want to freeze your own fruit, milk your own cows, or press your own almonds (for almond milk, get it?) be my guest. However this recipe is about convenience and speediness. About the constant struggle of mankind against the clock, against society’s preconceptions of what adult life must be like, against the cruelty perpetuated upon the individuals that are made to wake up at an ungodly hour after having a sleepless night thanks to their toddlers deciding to practice bed karate in their sleep… But I digress. For this recipe all you need is the following: -1 cup frozen strawberries -1/2 cup frozen blueberries …