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Should’ve listened to Mom

Published June 6, 2018 by lynn k scott

There are some chores in the house I just do not want to do.  The solution?  Easy – make your tween do them.  I mean, it’s her house too and learning to take care of it is part of growing up.

Now, I will mention my husband is Filipino and my daughter is half Filipino.  Both of them live on rice.  Me…I’ll stick to my potatoes.  While I have no problem making rice, several times a week, I don’t like cleaning the rice cooker.  Hence, my daughter has been assigned a new chore.

When I told her to make sure she cleans it, I got the typical, “ok” which was followed by her forgetting.  I was going to make a point in this case.  Yup, I’m that type of mom.  So, I let the rice cooker sit there.  I knew there was a bit of rice left in it.

Last night, right before dinner, I pointed to the rice cooker and stated, “after dinner you will clean that”.  She reluctantly agreed (as if she had a choice).

What ensued was hysterical.

She opens the rice cooker and there was a bit of a smell.  Cue gagging noises and her holding the rice pot as far away from her as possible while she takes it over to the garbage.

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I start laughing.  Well, it was funny.

Then, she has to glove up because as she said, “I’m not touching that with bare hands”.  I think if a hazmat suit had been available, she would have suited up.

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It was then time to interject some motherly advice.  I said, “I bet you’ll remember to clean it after each meal now, huh?  There is a reason I ask you do things within in a certain time frame.  I knew what would happen if you let it go too long.   Your mom does know a thing or two.”

She completely agreed and I don’t think she’ll be forgetting to clean the rice cooker anytime soon.  Sometimes kids have to learn by doing in order to appreciate the wisdom of their parents.

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The culinary bug bit me….again

Published May 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

I admit it. Since being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemo and just functioning has consumed most of my energy. I haven’t canned a thing all year. I haven’t even been baking as much as I used to. This simply won’t do.

The culinary bug has been buzzing past my ear and I have been itching to get back into the kitchen. Saturday, I picked up three dozen eggs from a local farm. Ok, so I pay a bit more for them, but they are fresh, they taste great and I LOVE getting blue-shelled eggs.

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Yes, they taste the same as a brown-shelled egg, but shouldn’t you appreciate the beauty of something so simple?

Sunday is our busiest day of the week. We have church in the morning and my daughter has youth group in the evening. During that time, we have to eat, normally run errands; including grocery shopping.

As soon as we got home from shopping, I went to work. I had the best intentions of making a gluten-free loaf of bread, but time wasn’t on my side. Instead, I prepped veggies for the work week. I take them to snack on.

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I wanted to use the tomatoes that I purchased last week. What popped into my mind? Roasted totato soup! I roasted the Roma tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Since I needed to roast onions too, I used my air fryer. LOVE that machine!!!

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While that was roasting, I made peanut butter. Yup…super simple. Just use peanut powder, a bit of salt and almond milk. Now, I have something to dip that boring celery in. That’s a win in my book. I also put some beans in a bowl with water to soak.

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It was time for a nap…yup those are still needed as chemo all but destroys your body and being over 40, I bounce back about as much as a deflated ball.

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We stopped off at the Asian market to get a few supplies the regular stores don’t carry. Then off to the she-child’s youth group. I stayed because there was a parent forum with a lot of useful information.

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As soon as we got home, I started a batch of yogurt. While that was coming to temperature, I diced an onion and pulled out the ingredients to make crock pot baked beans. Yup, that’s for tonight’s dinner. Need to keep it simple, so we can start making lumpia for a church potluck on Wednesday. I also made the base for ube ice cream. It’s my most favorite ice cream ever. Heck, I love ube in all sorts of dishes. By making my own ube ice cream, I can guarantee it’s gluten-free. It’s so worth it. I will be putting that in the ice cream maker tonight.

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Cleaned up my kitchen, took the dogs out and headed up to bed. The culinary bug is still in my house. Not sure when it’s going away, but dang if I didn’t get a lot accomplished yesterday!

Air Fryer XL

Published April 20, 2018 by lynn k scott

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to an air fryer.  I have been wanting one for over a year.  Kohl’s was having them on sale.  I received an additional 30% off by using my Kohl’s card and even received $10 in Kohl’s cash.  When all was said and done, I purchased this beauty at a great deal!    air fryer

I have used it a few times now and have yet to be disappointed.

If you follow my blog, you know I am a devoted mom to my now 12-year old daughter and my husband is Filipino.  That being said, I make sure my daughter understands her heritage, even though she is American.

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Last night, she learned the art of rolling lumpia.

Now, she had me cracking up; had to tell you.  She is methodical in her “rolling”.  There was a distinct difference in our technique.  My looked like traditional lumpia rolls.  Hers…well, they looked like perfectly little packages.  They were a tad flatter and looked exactly like a perfect package.  It was ADORABLE.  She was so proud of herself (as was I).

 20180419_190001.jpg   She’ll improve her technique.  Yet, we had another cooking bonding moment.  As homeschoolers, life skills are at the top of the list.  It’s great to have knowledge of history, able to do math, know some science, etc., but if she can’t function on her own, then I failed as a parent.  I do not have to worry where cooking is concerned.

As my daughter got into her rolling groove, she would start humming.  I’ve caught her doing this before.  She is very content in the kitchen, even if she says she wants to be a vet and take care of animals.  It’s nice to see her so relaxed when she’s preparing food whether it’s for herself or for a family dinner.

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Now, as far as the air fryer goes it makes perfect lumpia!  No frying, but all the crispy goodness that should be there when you bite into the perfect little roll.  I cook mine in a single layer (about 6 or 7 at a time).  I set the machine to 390 degrees and each batch took 10 minutes to cook.  I would flip each lumpia at the halfway mark.  You will need to cook in batches, but they are very hot when they come out of the air fryer, so they will still be warm when you go to eat them.

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Anyone who’s ever fried lumpia on the stove knows your house smells of cooked oil for days after making batch after batch of lumpia.  Using the air fryer, you only smell your food.  Not to mention, how much healthier this option is.  You lose nothing by using the air fryer over traditional oil.  Well, maybe you’ll lose a few pounds…but that’s a good thing, right?

Here chickie, chickie

Published March 23, 2015 by lynn k scott

This weekend I had an opportunity to stop by one of my favorite grocery stores:  Seafood City.  It’s not all seafood, but they do have a good selection of fresh seafood and meats.  Oh, I should probably mention it’s a Filipino store.  While I can’t do 100% of my shopping there, I do get to pick up on some staple items that I don’t always get at other stores.  I used to go there all the time before I moved, but now, I only go if I’m in the area.

One of my daughter’s favorite Filipino dishes is chicken adobo.  Depending on the province the family comes from, will depend on how the meal is prepared.  It’s a simple recipe:  chicken legs (or thighs, wings…you choose), soy sauce vinegar, bay leaves, fresh garlic and whole peppercorn.  I’ll make sure to leave the recipe before all is said and done.

I headed over to the meat counter to see what was available.  Remember, I always shop the sales.  I didn’t read the sale ticket correctly, because my husband had to point it out, when I overlooked the chicken legs.  I read, “50 cents off”.  The ticket actually read, “50 cents per pound”.  Wait!  Seriously?  In a time when meat prices are rising through the roof, there’s a store offering chicken for 50 cents per pound?  Sure enough, that was the price.  Their regular price was $1.39 per pound.  This chicken isn’t frozen either.  It’s cut up fresh and sold at the meat counter.

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I couldn’t help myself.  I mean at 50 cents a pound, that’s over half the price I normally spend.  If we are what we eat, I expect my family to start sprouting feathers soon.  We eat a lot of chicken because it’s the most affordable meat right now.  I also misread the ground pork sale tag, but didn’t realize that until I was at home.  I thought the ground pork was $2.99 per pound.  Turns out it was only $1.99 per pound.  I would have gotten more had I known.  I guess the chicken score threw me off my game.

I continued my shopping.  My daughter was elated that she would have her chicken adobo for dinner.  I needed a few more supplies though.  When I make adobo, there is no substitution for the Filipino soy sauce and vinegar I use.  It has to be these exact items or I just don’t make it.  I once tried a different vinegar and then again, a different soy sauce, not the same.  The reason for the variations, I had sent my husband to pick up the items.  That was before I sent him with a picture of what was needed.  I always use Silver Swan – Special soy sauce and then Datu Puti vinegar.  These were both on sale, so you know I had to scoop them up.

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We decided to get some pancit noodles.  Again, variety galore and preference when choosing noodles.  I prefer the bihon noodles.  These are thin, rice noodles (think rice angel hair pasta).  My husband on the other hand, prefers the canton noodles, which are an egg noodles and a lot thicker.  Thicker than spaghetti.  Pass.  As I am the only cook in the house, guess which noodles we picked up?  You got, the bihon noodles.  He wants canton?  Then he can go buy some from the Filipino restaurant when he’s at work.

Gather up some coconut milk, some carrots and a few other items and head to the register.  I just needed those items. Not related to the dishes I was preparing.  When all is said and done, I’m still in a state of shock over the chicken prices.  I told the hubby, I need to go back and get more.  It’s just too good a deal to pass up and it’s not like we won’t eat the chicken.

I headed back to the meat counter and ask for another 10 pounds of chicken legs.  They must think I’m throwing one hell of a party.  Now, if you’re keeping track, this family of 3, has just purchased 20+ pounds of chicken for $10.80.  Ok, so I would be wrapping and freezing chicken legs, but it’s a small inconvenience when savings like that are in play.

I made the adobo for dinner, using five pieces of chicken.  Then I set to wrapping and freezing the remaining chicken.  I put 6 legs in each package.  I ended up with 10 packages of chicken.  The math on 11 meals is 98 cents per meal. There’s only one thing that can be said; SCORE!!!20150321_201904

I didn’t forget about the chicken adobo recipe.  This is how we make it.  Again, there are many, many, many version of this dish.  Just depends where the family originates from in the Philippines as to how it’s made.

Ingredients:

Chicken legs (thighs, drumettes, wings)
1 Cup Silver Swan Special Soy Sauce
1 Cup Datu Puti Vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. Whole Peppercorn
3 Garlic Cloves – smashed
1-2 Bay Leaves

Directions:
Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients, minus the bay leaves, for several hours or over night. (This step is optional).

Place all the ingredients in a pot, bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer, cover at an angel to allow some steam to escape. Cook for 45 -60 minutes. Serve over steamed rice.

Note: Cooking time may vary if you choose to use a different cut of chicken. Adjust accordingly.

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