Tag Archives: Meal

Pub-Grub: American Style

18 Feb

 

There is something to be said about great bar-food. And, different countries have different ideas as to what constitutes bar-food. I remember traveling to Ireland and before leaving the United States hearing many of my friends and family tell me that I couldn’t miss the “pub-grub.” Now, pub-grub is completely different that the bar-food we have in the states. In Ireland, Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, and Corned Beef Sandwiches fall into the pub-grub category. Tell me where in the States you can go and get Shepard’s Pie in a bar at 2am? I mean really, where? The bars there have so much more character and life to them. I loved stopping in  random, hole-in-the-wall type bars and enjoying the music, camaraderie, and FOOD!

 

In the States, every greasy concoction and fried nugget of golden greatness is considered bar-food. Think about it: wings, cheese sticks, onion rings, cheesy dips … fat, fat, fat, grease, grease, grease! Not that pub-grub in Ireland is any healthier … but you feel like your eating a yummy meal. {and you know it all goes great with Guinness!}

 

I have to admit, the reason I’m even ON this topic is because that is exactly what I made for dinner tonight. American bar-food. {gasp} We had some really great wings {the frozen kind because I’m really lazy} and some ah’mazing homemade Yukon Gold french fries. This domestic goddess even remembered she had celery left in the fridge from the stew I made a week ago, and cut it up into slivers to serve with the wings! {what a great domestic feat, not} All in all though, it was a pretty darn good meal. Quick, cheap, filling, and now I won’t have to go out to a bar for at least another six months… {ha ha}

 

 

Hope you all are looking forward to Friday as much as I am. And, I hope you’re all warming up … it’s been too cold for too long & I’m ready for the Spring/Summer! I’m sure you all can agree! … Until next time, Night Ya’ll

Advertisements

Beef Stew A-La-Package {Picture Tutorial}

2 Feb

 

Ok, foodie friends… I have a question: Would you consider it cheating to use a pre-packaged seasoning packet? {for say, chili or stew} I’ve always thought of those packages as all your spices rolled up into one so you don’t have to spend $30 buying all the full size spice bottles that you may only use once in a blue moon. {mmm, blue moon. I need a beer. It’s been a long day} Anyhow… if you consider it cheating, I cheated. I however, think I’m a smart domestic maven who just saved herself a boat-load of money! {although the spice cabinet will continue to lack at this rate}

 

First of all, I don’t have a slow cooker or crock pot, so this whole “bag” idea is perfect for me! {just perfect} Wait until you see how this whole meal comes together in a bag!! It’s pretty impressive for whomever invented it!

 

Beef Stew a-la-package. Your cast of characters …

 

{Not pictured is the second package of meat I used & the flour which the package calls for}

 

My Irish ancestors are rolling in the graves … stew, from a package?!

 

This whole meal is pretty straight forward. Cut up some potatoes, celery, onion, and baby carrots. {I’m in a house with carrot-haters, so I added some peas for their liking} Season meat with salt/pepper. Mix the seasoning package with some flour and water. Throw all the ingredients in the really cool plastic bag. Pour the seasoning mix over the ingredients. Tie the bag, cut some slits, and bake for an hour and a half.

 

 

 

Are you not just utterly amazed at the coolness of this plastic bag… and the fact that it isn’t going to melt away into my potatoes? Love it. Without further delay .. I give you my From a Plastic Bag, Make your Ancestors Roll in their Grave, Save you $30 in spices, Beef Stew a-la-package!  Enjoy!!!

 

Sweaty Palms and Salad Forks

31 Jan

 

 

By now, I’m a relatively domesticated creature. I’ve been on this earth for nearly 28 years now {woah. gasp} I can make my way around a kitchen, even worked at a catering company for a while planning events and weddings. Yet, choosing a fork for my salad makes my palms sweaty, my heart race, and my tummy rumble. Formal affairs make me want to crawl under a table and hide. Well, I take that last part back…. I love to get dressed up, meet people, have a glass of wine {or two} and enjoy great food … that is, if I can properly navigate the table setting. {ha} I’ve learned … when in doubt, take a sip of your drink, watch the others and follow.

 

In all seriousness, we had a great time last night. It was a pleasure to get dressed up, meet new people, and enjoy the company of our colleagues. {Of course, seeing foodie bf in a tux didn’t hurt at all either! wink} The food was pretty good too! The salad was very visually stimulating … basically, it was Romaine lettuce {standing up vertically} held together by a crouton in the shape of a napkin ring, with caesar dressing drizzled over the plate. Pretty cool idea for a salad. The main course was free-range chicken that was served with a potato and sweet potato hash. It was very delish!  I’m going to try to find a recipe for hash similar to that.. it was really good. Then we had some kind of chocolate-raspberry cake for dessert which wasn’t too impressive, sadly. {I love dessert!} And, on top of it all… we won the centerpiece on the table. It has beautiful fall colors with some Magnolia leaves and looks beautiful on the kitchen island…. Oh, and the second best part of going out on the town … relaxing, cuddling, and being lazy all day today!

 

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I’m gonna continue to lounge around and procrastinate thinking about Monday …

Embarrassing Confession

14 Jan

 

I have an embarrassing confession … eh, maybe I should not tell you {you may never come back to my wildly addictive blog} … but it’s all about honesty right? I mean, you will still love me if I tell you all my deep, dark secrets. Right? … Ugh. You may want to sit down for this …. we had McDonald’s for dinner… shhhhh! {Shocking, I know} I haven’t put my mouth around a McDonald’s cheeseburger in months and, let me tell you, it was quite delicious. Oh, and the salty, warm french fries … Mmm!

 

{Stop it … you are emerging beautifully into a domestic being … do.not.waver}

 

Oh, who am I kidding? It was delicious. And, I have a good reason. The first day of my new career. Woke up early, got home late. Kitchen was a disaster. Haven’t been grocery shopping… It was easy, fast, and hit the spot. Sue me!

 

Tomorrow though …. tomorrow I’ll be back to my “emerging” self. {Pictures and all} Night Ya’ll!

Experiment Turned Edible Dinner: Ham and Cheese Quiche

4 Jan

 

Quiche Number Two: Complete. {Ham and Swiss Quiche}

 

Tonight, my second ever, mostly experimental Quiche turned into an edible dinner. {pat on the back} After my broccoli and onion debacle, it was necessary that I redeemed myself. And, of course the fact that the pie crusts were buy-one-get-one-free sure helped! Tonight it was ham and swiss {with a little bit of mozzarella}. I think I could get the hang of these Quiche! It’s pretty easy to slap one together with whatever veggies/meat you  have in the refrigerator. Who said being domestic couldn’t be easy!?

 

If you’d like to try to make this one, follow my directions from my previous post: Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche replacing the broccoli for ham, using 1/4 an onion instead of a whole, and substituting swiss for mozzarella.

 

However, I need to know how to make the bottom of the crust – crusty? I read on another blog that you need to put the pie crust in the oven for about 10 minutes before you put any ingredients in it. But then I read another one that said if you do this you need to line your pie crust with tin-foil. Any suggestions? The Quiche itself is not runny … but the bottom crust isn’t crusting. Any suggestions ladies and gentleman?

 

Well, thats all for tonight. If you get the chance to try this recipe, let me know how it goes! And, if you have any suggestions on the crust – I would love to know! Night, Ya’ll!

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

2 Jan

 

Last night, I watched nearly four hours of Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home. Everything from salads to beef bourguignon. Not only did it make me very hungry, but it sparked my little domestic bug. My emerging domesticity jolted me out of bed this morning {psh!} with an idea to bake a Quiche. Now, something about the word ‘quiche’ screams DIFFICULT to me. But, when I sat down and read over a few different recipes, I found there really isn’t that much to it. {to my delight} Armed with my camera and Julia and Jacques speaking to me like little voices over my shoulder, I set out to document the whole thing. So here we go:

 

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

{Adapted from: Allrecipes.com}

{Yields approx 6 servings}

 

You will need:

2 TBSP Butter

1 Onion – Minced {I’ll talk about this more later, but I really think 1/4-1/2 an onion is plenty}

1 TSP Minced Garlic

2 Cups Fresh Broccoli – Chopped Fine

1 Pie Crust – 9 inch

1 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Cup Milk

1 TSP Salt

1/2 TSP Pepper

1 TBSP Melted Butter

 

Here’s we go:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Over medium to low heat, melt butter {2 TBSP}, add onions, garlic, and broccoli. Cook slowly until veggies are soft.

3. Spoon into pie crust and add cheese

4. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Whisk well. Pour over the veggies and cheese.

5. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Until center is set. {or, if you’re like me.. attempt to wait patiently, peeking through the stove window every five minutes to ensure aliens haven’t taken you Quiche}

And, here she is:

 

Now, we need to talk about these onions. My Quiche looks beautiful… but tasted like an onion Quiche not a broccoli Quiche. I would strongly suggest using less onion. Perhaps a half an onion, or even a fourth an onion would be more appropriate. Needless to say, I could only eat one piece before the taste was too overpowering to continue. I will make this again, but next time with a smaller dose of onions!

 

She was beautiful though, and I really enjoyed making it. I think I’ll use the other pie crust {buy on get one free} and make a ham and cheese one for dinner?! I hope you enjoy. And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes!

 

Second Christmas Menu

28 Dec

 

My “Second Christmas” dinner with my family is fast approaching & I can’t wait. Since I didn’t get to go home for Christmas, when I finally get there I will be cooking dinner for my family.  This will prove to be amusing to some, because they have not been seeing my Emerging Domesticity. I’ve been working on a menu, and this is what I have so far:

Now I’ve got to sit down and work out a shopping list & send out cute invitations … my siblings will laugh at me, but I’m gonna have a blast planning this ‘dinner party!’ Now, back to my blanket {Which by the way I will run out of yarn in the next hour or so … and I’m annoyed I didn’t think about that while the craft store was actually OPEN! Ugh!}