Thursday, January 29, 2015

French Onion Soup!

This post is a bit long overdue... but anyway... for Christmas, MVamos bought me a set of 3 Denby mini casserole dishes. They're so cute! I've always wanted to make French onion soup especially with a lovely presentation. French onion soup is incredibly easy to make- it's simple but very rich in flavor.. so I don't recommend eating this too often.. not for a person who looking to go on a diet.. hehe..

2 Yellow onions (you can use all kinds)
3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 Beef bouillon cube (or a can of beef broth- if you want to avoid MSG)
3 Cups of water
Gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole wheat French baguette (you don;t have to use whole wheat)

Directions: Slice the onions and throw them in a pot with the butter on medium heat. Cook them until they are fairly caramelized. Once that's ready, throw in the beef bouillon and mix it with the onions. Pinch of salt, a dash of pepper and dump in the 3 cups of water. Turn up to high heat, let it boil and then bring it down to a simmer at a low-medium heat until it has reduce or thickens a bit.

Ladle the onion soup in your tiny casserole dish and place a slice of the baguette on top and then a nice helping of Gruyere cheese. Place it under your oven broiler (if you have one) for a few minutes or until your cheese completely melts with hints of lightly brown color. If you don't have a broiler, then just put it in the oven (maybe 400 degrees) until the cheese melts.

Take it out of the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes (because it's incredibly hot) and then.. bon apetit!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bone Marrow!

The first time I had bone marrow was in my early 20's and it was at a restaurant called JRDN. It was a small piece of marrow- it actually came with my order of mac and cheese.. fancy, right? lol.. Anyway, the bone marrow was good! I don't eat it much.. actually, I rarely eat bone marrow because they're typically expensive at restaurants and not a lot of places serve them... but anytime I go to the grocery store (Asian market) I look for inexpensive bone marrow, but I never seem to find it. I'm sure you're going to say 'go to a butcher shop', but I don't want to because they're so expensive! Anyway.. today we went to our biweekly grocery run and I found some nice looking marrow at Food4Less. Nice! I was excited to make these because they're so easy to make!

I first blanched the bone marrows in hot water and a tad bit of salt. I then placed the marrows into a glass baking pan and drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic, and a little bit of rosemary from our rosemary plant. Placed them in the oven (450 degrees) for 20 minutes and viola! Roasted bone marrow! We ate these with toasted French bread. I think they turned out fantastic especially for the price!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Canh, Vietnamese Soup.

Canh. What is canh? Canh is a clear-broth soup often made with a protein and some vegetables and is typically eaten with a bowl of rice. Canh is easy to make and it's quick! I decided to make canh because I really didn't have much ingredients to make something complicated and I wanted something fairly healthy.. and easy. Oh! If you happen to have a bottle of fish sauce lying around- then you can make canh with any vegetables. So the version I made only had seven ingredients and it's a tad different from the traditional canh because I added quinoa and Vietnamese dishes do not have quinoa. This is healthy because it has plenty of veges, you can control your own sodium level, and I added quinoa!

I'm not great about writing directions so I won't... but I pretty much threw everything in a pot until it boiled (medium-high heat) and everything was cooked (approx. 15-20 minutes). Also you probably have a different taste preference of how much fish sauce to put in.. so.. measure to your own taste!

Serving Size: 3-4
2-3 tablespoons (or to taste) of fish sauce
3 cups of water
1 cup of shrimp (fresh or frozen)
1 squash (diced)
1 cup of green beans (chopped)
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 tablespoon black pepper


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mixto Con Huevo.

One of the things I really enjoyed most during my trip in Madrid, Spain last October was our morning routine. We found a local breakfast joint that was probably one of few that opened that early called Eduardo's. I really enjoyed it there because the clientele were locals. For the two morning we were in Madrid, I ordered their Mixto Con Huevo and I'm sure other establishments had this on their menu as well, but I was in love with first bite at Eduardo's. The sandwich was simple. It consist of Jamon (ham), cheese, and a fried egg. The egg was cooked to perfection.

Today, after my typically Saturday morning run I decided to attempt in making a Mixto Con Huevo. My version was a tad healthier.. instead of ham, I just turkey deli "ham" and instead of white bread I used whole wheat. I also was very careful on the amount of butter that was used. It was pretty tasty! Now.. if I used the typical ingredients and a ton of butter, I'm sure it would be heaven in my mouth... but I'll stick to the "healthier" version.

On a side note.. its been over two weeks since Kiddy passed away.. I've been feeling better.. time heals all (I suppose), but I will always have moments about her and yeah.. a tear or two will occasionally run down my cheek, but I'll be okay. Damn. I miss her.


Friday, November 21, 2014

I Love My Kiddy..

1998 - 11/20/2014

My heart aches today from a broken heart and will probably continue to ache for quite some time.. Last night I had lost the love of my life, my cat- Kiddy. Words cannot describe the emotions and pain I feel..

I wish I was there when it happened so I could have been the last person she would have seen...

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Birthday !

Just like many of my posts, this one is a bit overdue... So my birthday was a little over a week ago.. it came and went. I always told myself it was just another day, but what the hell.. it was my birthday! It was a good and productive day. Had brunch with two of my dearest friends, had a fantastic afternoon nap (haha), and went to a very romantical (not a word) dinner with MVamos. Do I feel older? I always feel older. Do I look older? Probably not.. haha. It was a good year as far as my personal goals. I finished my degree before I'm 30 (I've mentioned this before) and I've FINALLY traveled internationally as a friggin' adult!

On a random side note.. When you've felt like you've hit rock bottom, the best way to approach this is to be optimistic by setting small realistic goals because at some point you can only go up from there. Even if it takes a few tries and there's nothing wrong with that. Some progress is always good progress.

18 + 11 x 25 x 4 / 100 + 6 x 15 / 5 - 95 + 19 = My Age.