A Americanized Curry- Not bad!

I used “She’s got Flavor” recipe.  Google “She’s got Flavor” Braised Chicken curry.  There is also a YouTube Vid.  Bottom line– the only “exotic” things in this are curry powder, and ground ginger.   It uses heavy cream for the sauce.  The other spices are very common,  Thyme,  garlic powder, pepper, sugar.  I also used half and half or even water to make extra sauce (I like the sauce).  It uses cooking sherry,  but I suspect it ain’t required.  I tried adding potato. Nah, wasn’t very good.  I added dried cranberries to it halfway through the simmer (this tasted good).

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It’s very creamy.  Has lots of flavor, but it’s not super strong.   Here is a shot of the bowl I just ate, and I like it a lot.  30 minutes to make, cheap to make too since chicken thighs and legs are very cheap in the USA.  The meat in this recipe cost about 70 cent for four thighs.  Easily 2 meals for me.  Heavy cream 16oz was $1.29 but you could use Half n half, or plain yogurt if you wanted.  Or perhaps even plain milk, with corn starch to thicken it, or Coconut milk.  I used Coconut milk last time.  Utokia’s website is  She’s Got Flavor 

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Well, I like it a lot and will make it again and again.

Mexicano Jalapeno and Cheese Bolillo

I went to the El Mercado Fresco.  They are having a grand opening sale,  so I tried a cheese filled Bolillo Roll with sesame seeds.  These are big football,  oval shaped rolls.  About 8-10″ long with sesame seeds on top.  Mexican bakery goods are generally,  not as sweet as American pastries.  This isn’t even a pastry, it’s a roll.  They are cheap,  $1 for 3.

I just now tried it after swimming.  BOY that thing was good!  The Jalapeno in it is in big pieces,  nearly a whole piece of Jalapeno so you can easily discard it.  There was a LOT of cheese, concentrated in the belly of the roll.  Very crumbly and tasty mild Mexican cheese.  That was very good.  This cheese had that crumbly texture.  A little bit like cream cheese, only it had more flavor.

The roll itself was very soft,  I think they just baked it.  That thing was great.  It’s not really a dessert,  but I ate it after eating 3 Sambusas (little meat pies) from the Safari Cafe.  The Safari is a Somali restaurant.

BOTTOM LINE: I am gonna get these rolls again and again!

Update:  whoop those things are $1 each..they changed the price.  So not that good of a deal.

My cup, it runneth over.

 

Mexican Beef Shoulder Clod

At the new Mexicano market,   El Mercado Fresca.  Anyways..  I tried some of the Beef Shoulder Clod cut of meat.  They are selling it cut thin, at a very cheap price $2.50.  They even marinaded it free for me, in Mexican spices, onions and cilantro.  I rushed home to try it for lunch.  It is pretty good, and it was tender, not tough as I had expected.  Not bad at all!  They are like Steak Ums, but lots better.  It is just the way they cut the Shoulder Clod into little steaks.   It is called Bistec espaldilla de res.  I bought some more up.Shoulder Clod

 

Excellent Food Sales this Week

I always check the Price Chopper, Aldi and Sav A Lot ads on Wednsday.  Price chopper’s $1.99lb Chuck ground beef is 80%, so it’s a bargain.  Bought up some of that, then noticed the SONS OF COLUMBUS spaghetti dinner on May 1st for $8.  It should be great.

THEN.. I went to the new Mexicano Market that is open where the old NAPA Auto parts store is, on Independence Avenue just up from the McDonalds.  They’ve got good sales on a lot of stuff.  Cilantro 4 X $1.  Shoulder Beef Clod for $2.50.  It is marinated and sliced, looks to be designed for tacos or sandwiches.  What a nice price.

Price Chopper has Peanut butter, the Peter Pan brand I believe, on sale for $1.49.  So, it’s time to stock up.

A fine Mexican Breakfast

I just gotta keep writing.  I am working on my eBook now,  a Kindle book, a novel of Northeast.  I decided to splurge on a breakfast across the street, at San Antonio Mercado.  They have the standard Desayuno.  Huevos Mexicano (scrambled eggs with Pico de Gallo),  Huevos Ranchero (scrambled eggs with Ranchero sauce).

I am a onion phobe.  I dislike the raw onions, I hate them!  So,  I ordered Huevos Con Chorizo.  Chorizo is  type of Mexican sausage.  It is kind of mealy, runny, not like American sausage links or patties.

Well, today I decided to customize them a little, and had him put tomatoes and Jalapeno in the eggs.  He took care cooking them,  grilling the tomato and jalapeno, and mixing it well with the eggs.  He took the tortillas and heated them on the grill.  The rice was soft and good, and the beans tasty.

That was $6.50 and it is the best Mexican breakfast I have eaten in a LONG time.  Only Migas are better.  These are also called Chilaquiles, I think.  I think Mexican food to be overall, the best food in the world.  They sure don’t play when it comes to cookin.  That stuff was like heaven.

Idahoan Mashed Spuds

Boy I just tried some of these.  Amazon reviews say they are great, and by George they were!  Don’t add seasoning until you have tasted them.  Super EASY to make, very fast just get the water hot, turn it off..stir in the spuds and let them set a few minutes.  These suckers were GOOD.  They have them at Sav A Lot..seems like they are always on sale, about 79cents .  This is the exact flavor I just had, Garlic and Parmesan.  They were good.  Next time I’ll add some milk, but just a tablespoon.  No complaint at all with them, not really!  FAST to make.  Faster than heating up a can of corn or making instant rice.idahoan mashed

The Safari Restaurant

On Independence Ave and Prospect is a Somali run,  East African restaurant.  I had tried the Sambusa a couple times, actually; 3 times in a row.  These are little fried meat pies, $1.  They are good.  Chicken and beef with Somalia spices.  Kind of Arabic spices.  I like them a lot.

Today the lady gave me a plate for $5 to sample the Kabob and chicken rice and the sauces they used.  It had green and red sauce.  The green sauce is hotter, but not that much hotter.  It isn’t as hot as Mexican Habernero sauce, for example.  Almost all of the Mexican sauces across the street are hotter than this.  (note; I am talking “real” Mexicano sauces.  They are very hot.).

The rice was that Basmati rice, that long skinny grain rice and they make it to perfection it is great.   They serve many times of meat, goat, liver, chicken and beef.  I like the little meat pies, she keeps running out of them.  They also serve lots of different types of middle east breads.. japati…and some other types of bread that I ain’t tried.

It’s about $10 for a plate with rice, so it isn’t as cheap as fast food, but it is very good.  Loved that rice.