My “Ferry” Godmother … Chinese Style

6 Aug

Isn’t it funny how you crave Chinese food at the most random times?  Well, I do.  I’ve found the most wonderful solution to this problem, all I need to do is keep some chicken stocked in the fridge/freezer {We will not go into how much I hate frozen meat that has been thawed. I think you can taste the difference and I will argue with anyone who says otherwise!} and a few boxes of my new love; Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kits. Chinese food fast and easy to your table without the delivery man and his tip. In the box you get a package of seasoned corn starch, some sauce and vegetables or chili peppers depending on the kit you choose.  Tonight, we had Orange Chicken.  All you do is cut up some chicken, shake it around in a zip lock bag with the aforementioned corn starch, add a little oil to the pan, cook the chicken, add the sauce, add the veggies or chilies … cook, cook, cook … and BAM, dinner!  A little side note. I don’t like the rice that comes with the box. Seems that I can never get it to get soft enough. My remedy is two bags of “boil-a-bag” rice. Simple and I know I can’t screw that up! I didn’t get any pictures tonight because my camera was full and I was too lazy to clear it out… so you will have to make do with the picture of the box. Really that’s all you need … go to the store and try it. You’ll thank me when you’re craving Chinese food and don’t feel like waiting on the delivery boy and tipping him for inevitably being late! … Night Ya’ll

Sprite Pound Cake | Heaven on a Plate!

4 Aug

Prepare your hips ladies, I want to talk about cake.  Sweet glorious cake.  I’ve posted before about the wonderful recipe I have for “Sprite Pound Cake” … well, I made it again last night.  I actually planned ahead {shocking, I know} and baked the cake before dinner because I knew there was no way I would feel like baking after cooking dinner, unloading/loading the dish washer, feeding the dog, etc…  I did however learn a lesson from baking said cake early: Don’t get impatient and try to flip a cake out of a bundt pan while it’s too warm. My beautiful cake lost it’s top {which ended up being the bottom} … I was pissed, but it still TASTED like cake! I had also cut some strawberries the night before and put them in a bowl with sugar and grand marnier to marinate overnight.  They where delicious on the cake topped with some whipped cream! Good lord,  I think I may go have another piece as soon as this blog is done!  Check out the recipe … and if you have blueberries, you can use those as topping too! Enjoy Ya’ll!

Dijon Mustard Crusted Pork Chops | Welcome Back Blog!

2 Aug

This blog post marks my renewed promise to begin blogging again when I cook meals that are blog worthy. I forgot how much fun it is to share my laughable attempts to cook a ‘good dinner’ … and to chronicle that via photography and this here little blog of mine. Do you KNOW how many people search for Julia Child garlic mashed potatoes and end up on my blog … oh, about 10-15 a day.  That’s 10-15 people who perhaps prior to my blog had never tasted such heaven in their mouths! So… I blog. And, I hope my posts bring laughter, creativity and an urge to try something out of the box!

 

Tonight my friends, one of my favorite {and simple} recipes: Dijon Mustard Crusted Pork Chops.  Now, you can use bone-in or bone-out but my personal favorite are bone-out, thick cut pork chops. Mmm, delish.  In my house, you have to disguise pork as something wonderful and amazing or the foodie bf may turn his nose.  So, rest assured knowing that this recipe may get a pork-loather into a pork-lover {ha, isn’t that clever}

 

You will need: A box of some kind of “shake n’ bake” style crumbs for pork. The ones I used tonight were Kraft brand, ‘extra crispy.’  A jar/bottle of Dijon mustard. Which, I’ve used everything from fancy Dijon to the spicy brown stuff to grey poupon. Just use what you have handy. Although, I don’t think I’d recommend yellow mustard. That could be disastrous. And of course you need the pork chops!!!

 

Disregard the directions on the box and follow me … tempting I know … Instead of using egg to make the shake n’ bake or ‘oven fry’ stick to the chops, coat your chops in a very good helping of mustard. Make sure you get all the sides too! Slather it on good and don’t be shy.  Then, just how you would imagine, plop the chop down in the crumbs and cover it well. Once you’ve done this with all the chops, lay them on a cookie sheet that you’ve sprayed with a bit of cooking oil.

 

So, after this:

 

 

This…

 

 

And this …

 

 

You end up with ….

 

 

Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.  I’m afraid of pink pork {thanks, mom} so I cook mine longer, sometimes too long.  But, I’m sure you can judge the ‘doneness’ of your own pork.  Serve with whatever you’d like … tonight I made boiled red potatoes with salt and butter and some peas I found in the pantry because I was too lazy to shuck corn.  {Now, that’s a mental picture for those of you who know me … shucking corn!} Anyhow… here’s my finished product:

 

And, after dinner … she rested. Enjoy ya’ll!  {And welcome back to Emerging Domesticity}

I’m Gonna Let One Rip …. One of these days

14 May

Sometimes there are not enough minutes and hours in the day to gather all the thoughts in my head. They swirl around in there, but I can’t ever manage to get them out. Put me in front of a computer or a pen and paper and I can tell you exactly what I’m thinking … catch me off guard, ask me when I’m not ready, confront me, and I’ll mumble and stumble and spit out something that may not even resemble the thoughts in my head. And, I hate to offend people or make them unhappy or uncomfortable, so I watch my words and mold my sentences to fit what I think you want to hear and sometimes this prevents me from ever getting close to what I really wanted to say. What does this make me? How will I ever be heard?

Ever want to stand up and scream? Jump on the table and belt one out? Ugh…

How does one learn to speak their mind without feeling any kind of remorse for what they have said? How does one get so confident that they can say exactly what they are thinking without hesitation? I need to learn this ….

Hello Hairy Visitor

17 Apr

 

Dear Blog,

I’ve missed you.

Love,

Emerging Domesticity!

 

It’s sad when it takes a posting on Facebook to realize that you haven’t touched your blog in weeks. I thought that I would be a great “multi-blogger” .. but, my goodness .. I don’t want to send junk out into the blogosphere, I gotta put some thought into it … and that, my friends, takes time! Not to mention, I haven’t cooked anything new in weeks…

So, yesterday was a beautiful day. Perfect for riding around with the top down, sunglasses on, singing at the top of my lungs – also good for early dinners sitting on a deck enjoying the marshside view. Yes, we went to a tourist trap, seafood restaurant where we succumbed to crab legs and Corona. We also ordered a “Captains Plate” where you got a sampling of different seafood – unfortunately – we found a little curly hair of a visitor on our food and had to send it back. YUCK! Way to spoil a nice dinner…. Needless to say, I may have to stick to cooking at home for a little while. At least then if we found a hair in our food – it would be mine! Ugh…

Well… Thats all for this post. Lets see what I can come up with for dinner tomorrow. You may see a great post outta that!

 

Scattered – Smothered – Covered, Amen!

30 Mar

This was my dinner last night… Just thought I’d share!

Habitat for Humanity – A Wonderful Weekend

28 Mar

Just an FYI, this post will not be food related …. I have much more wonderful things to talk about today!

 

I am so excited to tell you that I participated in my first Habitat for Humanity House this past Saturday. I loved every single minute of the experience {including the pain in my out-of-shape legs} … I don’t know anyone that wants to get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday, but let me tell you – given the chance – I’d wake up every Saturday at 7am to help this great cause. We are participating through my office in building a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home for a lovely lady who is legally bind. She was being taken advantage of because of her disability and people were breaking into the family home where she was staying.

We woke up and headed to the job site early Saturday morning to find a simple concrete slab. When we left four hours later an entire house was framed – both exterior and interior walls. Now, I’ve never framed a house before and I’ve  barely used a hammer, but the gracious people who are there leading the way show you just what to do and are there if you have any questions. We literally built the walls out, raised them, braced them and got the whole home ready in about 4 hours with 10 volunteers. When all ten of us stood along side the first wall and lifted it upright – I was so overcome with excitement for this wonderful woman. She was there all day – sitting listening to the activity and periodically coming over to feel the walls, studs, and foundation of her new home. You could see her appreciation and happiness. It truly was beautiful.

 

Not only will it be personally rewarding to learn how to “build a house”, but to drive by that house a year from now and know that we were able to help a woman who really needed it … that we hammered the nails in the studs and lifted the walls of her home. It was amazing. If you are looking for a way to be involved in your community – I really suggest Habitat. And, women, don’t be discouraged – I was nervous when they said we would be framing the house. I though – surely there would be nothing for me to do – but I grabbed a hammer and some nails and carried some lumber and together with the other 9 volunteers … we got her home started! And, I can’t wait to do it again next weekend!

 

That’s all for tonight, Ya’ll! Hope you had a great weekend … bring on the summer!

God Sent a Lobster to Bite Me in the Face!

22 Mar

Woah! A whole ten days since I last posted. I swear it doesn’t feel like that long … I feel like I just sat down and ate those Dijon mustard pork chops yesterday. Things are crazy in my life right now.  I’m working a lot , but am not seeing the fruits of my labor as fast as I would like to .. and that is stressing me out. On top of that – I just haven’t had the time to cook. When I get home, I’m exhausted and there isn’t anything worth anything in the fridge. I’m trying to be better about looking into the fridge/cabinets and pulling some random dinner out .. but I’m not good at that. I’d much rather order something or go to the grocery store and buy a rotisserie chicken. {god, I sound so terribly lame} In the last week … We’ve had pizza {Dominos}, Sea Bass {that someone else cooked}, spaghetti {again}, Tacos {a pretty good meal}, followed by Taco Salad {to finish up the leftovers}, and Steak with Potatoes {also a repeat} …. Nothing exciting – nothing new – Just the same ‘ole again. 

  

Now … on a much funnier note. Saturday was the most gorgeous day of the year so far. After working until about 1:30pm, I ran  home and put on my bathing suit and headed straight to the beach. One of the amazing benefits of living only 5 minutes from the sand. I hate sunscreen, but I understand it’s necessity … so, I compromise and have a tanning lotion that has 6spf. I put it on my body… but seeing as how I had just come from work and had a full face of make-up on … I didn’t put any on my face. Two hours later… I feel wonderful and am ready to go  home. Several hours later, I check myself out …. LOBSTER. My face has never hurt so much in my life. The bf felt so sorry for me that he proceeded to slather my face with aloe, solarcane, and lotion .. gave me some benedryl and I slept the rest of the day. Sunday I felt so bad, I took some more benedryl, aloe and solarcane that I again slept the whole day. I think I had a little bit of sun posioning… not pretty. And, my face is going to look even more amazing when it all starts to peel off. Stamp DUMMY on my forehead. At twenty seven years old – you think I would have learned my lesson… but I promise I have learned it this time. Ouch. 

  

Well… that’s all ya’ll. More to come sooner than 10 days this time. Promise!

Dijon Mustard Pork Chops

12 Mar

Yes, I’ve been missing in action. And, I was terribly depressed this evening when I logged onto my blog stats and saw how low my numbers had fallen. Don’t run away yet … I’m just adjusting to a new blogging schedule where I have to find time for my personal blog and the blog I’m writing for my new job which hopefully will translate into $$!

Needless to say, I thought of you all when I cooked tonight. {Yes, I actually cooked!} Pork Chops were on sale at the grocery store … and being the thrifty person I am {ha} I decided tonight would be a great night for Dijon Mustard Chops! They are so simple, that you just may laugh at me!

You will need: Boneless Pork Chops {I prefer thick cut}, a jar of Dijon Mustard, and a package of plain Shake-n-Bake or something similar. All you are going to do is coat the pork chops in the mustard, roll them around in the crumbs, and bake at 450 for approx 20-25 minutes depending on thickness. Piece of Cake. May I repeat: Piece.of.Cake! I served mine with steamed asparagus and some mashed potatoes. And, it all worked out nicely. No, I didn’t take a picture .. because I just plain forgot… But, I’m sure you will forgive me. Not much to see .. just a tasty pork chop!

Hope you all are doing well. Spring is in the air. I can not wait for some warmer weather. I took a little walk on the beach the other day with the dog and let him run around and play in the water. It was so nice to be outside enjoying the afternoon without freezing my toosh off! …. I have a recipe for Seafood Gumbo that I really want to try this weekend. There are some ingredients that I’m not too sure of, and some that I haven’t cooked with before… so it should prove to be very interesting. I WILL take picture! Until then… Night, Ya’ll!

Momma Says “Red Meat and Chocolate!”

6 Mar

 

I may officially be turning into my mother. When we used to go on mini-vacations {every other month or so} our treat to each other would be red meat and chocolate… Tonight, that is exactly what I wanted! And, let me tell you, that is exactly what I got! Now, my mother and I differ on how we like our meat cooked. She will send a steak back if it even remotely “moo’s” at her … I on the other hand, like it to “moo” at me, I just don’t want it to run off the plate!

 

 

You’re viewing the best meal I’ve cooked in months!! Medium-Rare Filet {ok, the foodie bf grilled that for me}, creamed spinach, and garlic whipped potatoes. And, yes… I’m too lazy to wash wine glasses, so those are good ol’ juice glasses. Wine tastes the same no matter what glass it comes in!  And, further back is a nice basket of warm french bread. Who’s a good domestic goddess? Yes, that would be me! And, to top it all off .. I’ve got brownies baking in the oven with some Vanilla-Bean Ice Cream in the freezer waiting to be added to the bowl! Goodness… I deserve and award tonight! {ha ha}

 

Anyhow, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I have to tell you, it is so nice to relax and be lazy and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having right now. I can only hope that full-spring gets here soon, soon, soon! I’m ready to put the top down, put some big sunglasses on, turn the girly music up, and sing at the top of my lungs!! Night ya’ll

 

By the way … you can find recipes for the potatoes and spinach on my blog  HERE and HERE … Enjoy!