Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sometime ago I signed up to join a club, Cooking Club of America (http://www.cookingclub.com/). In the process to become a member,you can opt to become a product tester. The Club will send certain products to members that needed to be tested and reviewed. You test it, and fill out a product test card and send the review card back within a certain amount of time. The product is yours to keep for free- really it is!
The product I received to test is called On-The-Go Portable Knife. It is an 8 inch stainless steel knife that has its own protective case. All in all I didn't really like the knife. Nevertheless, it is lightweight, and comfortable to use. I know it is supposed to be compact and portable but I thought the handle was just a tiny bit short. The protective case stops you from having a blade exposed but seems a little cheap and unless you realize that there is a button to press, you could have trouble taking the knife out.It was sharp (like a knife should be) and sliced through the food easily - I kept it because it was free but I would not have bought it myself.
Hopefully, the next test items wil be better!
I was also given the opportunity to purchase a really great cook book for just $10.99. Thats was definitely worth the price and I would have bought it - but I already have too many cook books!!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I found my old recipe book and this was one of my favourite marinades for ribs. They need to marinate of 24-48hrs to be really good. Then cook as you normally do - I would either grill, bake or bbq them.
5-6 lbs ribs
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups soy sauce
1 cup sugar
10 garlic cloves, crushed
4 green onions, chopped
3 tbs sesame seeds
3 tbs sesame oil
2 tbs fresh ginger, ground
1 tbs honey
2 tbs hot pepper sauce.
Mix all the ingredients except the ribs, then pour over the ribs and marinate - the longer the better!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I love seafood - and nothing is better than fresh mussles and Italian Bread to soak up the juices! I like to add as much garlic as possible. Since there is no sea here in Arizona i have to buy fresh frozen...not quite the same but still good.
1 Kg of mussels
Lots of fresh parsley
2 or 3 large garlic cloves
6 ripe tomatoes (about 600gms)
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
4 slices of Italian style bread
Clean the mussels, washing well and getting rid of any 'beard'.
Chop the parsley, garlic and tomatoes.
In a large pot, place the oil, the mixture of garlic and parsley and bring to an almost boil.
Add the chopped tomatoes, some salt and cook for about 10min on a low heat with the cover on, stirring often.
In the meantime, grill the bread and rub with some garlic.
Add the mussels and cook on a rolling heat until the mussels open - about 5-6 mins- stirring from time to time.
Serve in a soup plate in their own juice, adding a slice of bread, some freshly ground pepper and a piece of parsley for decoration.