Thai Beef Coconut Curry or The curry you can present to your mother!

I stepped in the kitchen with a new ideas. I was craving some sort of dry curry. Something with tons of flavor and as always I look up a million things and come up with my own set of ingredients inspired by 15 recipes. So far things have been going well in the kitchen and I havent yet plated something too heinous to enjoy!

This recipe turned out so great that I came up with the name “The Curry you can present to your mother”. I would no doubt plate this infront of my mom the queen of cooking without hesitation cause I personally believe that she will lick her fingers to the bone once she digs into it! It was soo good that I almost wanted to make it today. Now here is a quick note about me I tend to eat my favorite foods over and over till I get bored of them, so I had to refrain myself from that idea!

Anyhow give this dry yummy thai style curry a try and let me know if you were licking your fingers to the bones as well!

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 lbย  of cubed or stripped beef

Half an onion cubed

1 to 2 garlic clove (I like garlic so I went with 2)

1/2 tsp ginger paste (you can used chopped ginger as well)

8 Table spoons Lime juice

Pinch of Sugar

2 table spoon Soy sauce

7 to 8 squirts of Sirarcha(Rooster Sauce)

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 cup Beef stock

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon oil

 

Recipe :

1) Heat up the stock with the cubed beef and bring it a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer covered for about 15 minutes

2) Put Onion, garlic, ginger paste, 4 table spoons of lime juice, sugar, soy sauce, half the amount of sirarcha, oil, turmeric and cumin in a blender. Add a table spoon or two of coconut milk to help blend well into as paste.

3) Place the beef on a hot wok or frying pan and cover it with the paste you just blended.

4)Once the paste starts to simmer add the remaining coconut milk and 1/2 cup of beef stock used earlier.

5) Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 20 minutes untill the paste turns dry around the beef.
If you prefer liquid curry over dry curry you can go ahead and add some more broth and coconut milk at this point.

Serve with jasime or white rice!

 

 

 

 

 

Hump Day Snack Attack: Candy Corn Oreos! Limited Edition!

Yesterday was a day just like any other when all of a sudden the entire office was shaken by the landing of Candy Corn Oreos at all US Target stores.

My coworkers frantically called several Target stores in the area to see who has put theirs out on the shelves and after calling a few they hit jackpot! The target right by my house is the first one to stock its shelves with the Limited edition Halloween Special goodies!

So this morning the Candy Corn Oreos were being passed around the office and I got my hands on them.

Let me start with saying I am not a fan of Oreos but this version is quite interesting. They in all honesty do not taste exactly like candy corn but I did enjoy them as a cookie enough to proclaim out loud that I will be heading to Target some time this week to get some of my own. And no I am not going today right after work which means? I am not really that excited about them. I did get a quick kick of sugar when i bit into them. They seemed alittle overwhelmingly sweet due to the creme center but the cookie on the outside balanced it out. It to me has some uncanny resemblance in taste to Banana creme cookies minus the obvious banana taste, if that makes any sense? ๐Ÿ™‚

I will deem them a good Hump Day Snack to keep us going till Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what your thoughts are on The Limited Edition Candy Corn Oreo Cookies….would you try them or your going to pass on the fad?

Does this Starbucks makes your mouth water? โ€“ $2 Promotion July 18th to September 5th 2012

Hey guys!

I am rarely tooting the horn for promos but when I do they mean the world to me! We all know how expensive Starbucks is and then there people who would not touch any other brand of coffee because it just doesnt make the cut. While there are other set of people who just hate starbucks! Either way if you are in the US and Canada are and are a bigggg time starbucks fiend spending hundreds of your bucks on starbucks each month this deal is for you!

Throughout the Rest of the Summer Select Starbucks Stores in the US and Canada are doing the before and after 2pm deal! You buy something before 2pm and you can show your receipt after 2pm to get a grande sized cold drink for 2 bucks! And we all know what the cost of a grande sized drink is? Now I am not saying that you should just go coffee crazy and buy it everyday but if you are already spending that money maybe you can work around those times? Also not to forget Starbucks has non coffee cold drinks as well such strawberries and creme milkshake, vanilla milkshake and iced teas! Here is a link to the cold items menu Frappuccino , Smoothies and Teas

I am not sure why I didn’t hear any publicity on this deal. I actually bought something yesterday and found out at the store cause I told them they can trash my receipt. Has anyone else heard of it somewhere?

Oh Not to forget Today is Starbucks day! So if you believe in Equality for all Show some love and support to Starbucks today!

link to promotion on starbucks website: http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=553

A day well spent!

Hi lovelies!
I am planning to stick around tampa for longer than I planned! The day today was spent in Tarpon Springs which is an old greek community! Everything is set up like its straight out of some part in greece! Had some delicious cheese that was set on fire! leg of lamb and grilled octopus!!! it was scary at first but once i took a bite out of it I realized I actually like it! Then we headed to st. petersburg pier for a bit! Lovely place tons of pelicans ๐Ÿ™‚ I am exploding with pictures that I will share with you guys when I get back home ๐Ÿ™‚

With love from Florida!!!

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Jalapeno Lime Chicken Alfredo with a hint of Cilantro

So hunniesย  I have been a lazy chef lately! But that doesnt mean my creative juices have run dry! Oh how could that even happen to someone like me? I always have something to say, do , show or tell…there might be annoying moments in my life but never a dull moment ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway the best part about cooking this dish was the aroma!ย  You could smell it every where in the house but I loved the smell when the onions, jalapenos and garlic were sauteing in the pan! I know most people hate the smell of garlic but I have some strange love for it! Could be cultural cause I remember my mom always dumping ginger and garlic in everything and going aaahh smells so good everyday ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a quick and easy recipe for a day when you have no energy and want dinner wrapped up in 30 mins tops! Anyway enjoy and do let me know what you think if you give this recipe a try!

Ingredient List:

1 box Fettuccine

2 Chicken Breasts (cubed)

1 or 2 Jalapeno Peppers (chopped)

1/2 Onion (Chopped)

3 to 4 Garlic cloves (Chopped)

1 cup Parmesan Cheese

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 Cup Lime Juice

8 to 10 Cilantro sticks chopped

Salt according to Taste

1/4 Teaspoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions:

1. Cook the Fettuccine as per the directions on the box.

2. Start with sauteing Olive Oil and Butter in a large pan over medium heat.

3. After the butter melts add Jalapenos, Onions and garlic to the pan (prepare to bask in the delicious aroma!)

4. Once the Onion has softened (about 3 minutes) add chicken, salt, cumin. and lime juice.

5. Lower the temperature and Continue cooking till chicken is no longer pink and fully cooked.

6. Add Heavy cream to the pan and continue stirring till the chicken is entirely covered with heavy cream.

7. Add Parmesan cheese and cilantro and continue stirring.

7. I garnished with some baby tomatoes and fresh cilantro leaves. And for some added spicy Sirarcha ๐Ÿ™‚

8.ENJOY!

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Cupcake Lovers news for you! Gerogetown Cupcakes promotion! Don’t miss it!

CHECK OUT THE ANSWER ON MY LATEST POST HERE

So I was sitting at work yesterday when I received an email from Georgetown Cupcakes known all over the world as DC cupcakes thanks to their Reality TV Show “DC Cupcakes” that airs its second season on TLC this Friday 8th June 10pm EST. The email had me giggling like a little girl and I immediately texted my hubby that we HAVE TO participate in this promotion and get 40% off our entire order. Yes you read it correctly 40% off your entire order of Georgetown Cupcakes! Now what is it that you have to do you must ask to get this amazing 40% off? Nothing major at all! They want you to watch their Show this Friday and answer one simple question:

In Fridayโ€™s all new episode of DC Cupcakes, who accompanies Sophie and Katherine in the taxi on the way to the runway show?

Once you have the answer you have to rush to the Georgetown Cupcakes website and place your order on Saturday between 12pm -11:59pm (9th June 2012).

Enter the correct answer as one word (no spaces or punctuation marks) into the promo code box on the checkout page when placing your order online. Discount will be automatically applied. SIMPLE AS THAT!

They have branches located in D.C, MD and New York! So if you are in any of these three cities or in the neighboring area please take advantage of this promotion trust me you will not be disappointed!ย  They are opening a store in MA on June 16th and one is in plans to be opened in CA! Now the west coast will have a taste of the amazing cupcakes the entire East Coast is Raving about!

For those of you who haven’t tried Georgetown Cupcakes yet let me tell you! I have tried cupcakes in several different places on east coast including the all famous Cake boss in NJ but nothing comes close to Georgetown Cupcakes quality. The cupcakes are moist, delicious and just the right amount of sweet! The frosting is smooth and delicious. I hate when frosting sticks to your teeth and throat or is sugar sweet! I am not sure what magic Georgetown Cupcake does to its frosting but its the BEST I EVER HAD! My hubby and I always get a dozen cupcakes and I have a hard time sharing my 6 with anyone! Thats how addicting they are. There was one time we only got 6 saying eh we will be fine trust me we were both depressed by the time we ate the last cupcake! They always have some of the basics flavors available such as Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Birthday Cake, Milk Chocolate Birthday Cake, Regular Vanilla Red Vanilla etc but they have some amazing seasonal flavors that they rotate on the daily basis such as: Chocolate Banana, Coconut, Key Lime, Cookies and Cream, Honey Banana, Toffee Crunch, Cherry Blossom and oh God I cant even complete the list! If you are trying to figure out what is on sale on a certain day just go online and look over their Order Online menu! Select a date and time and it will tell you exactly whats on sale that day!

Can’t wait to get my hands on mine this weekend! mmmmmm

Ps: My Fave is Milk Chocolate Birthday Cake it is the best cupcake flavor ever! Try it out and let me know your opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

Ladies behind Georgetown Cupcakes!

Pupuseria El Buen Gusto(El Salvadorian Restaurant)

Pupuseria El Buen Gusto(El Salvadorian Restaurant) – Fairfax, VA

Hey everyone I know I have been MIA with my food posts. Its not that I haven’t been eating anything trust me my camera is bursting with pictures just like I am bursting after eating all the delicious food. It’s just that I have been too fashion inclined and have been slacking off on the food aspect! But worry not here I am with one of my fave food places that I found by chance on yelp! It was so worth driving close to 40 miles one way to eat there! And as soon as I get a chance I will do so again.

I decided to go shopping at Tyson’s corner mall just because I knew this gem off a place that I had read reviews about on yelp is only a 15 minutes drive from there. Yes I had to find a reason to drive that far for food cause I have been doing nothing but eating nonstop! Just like it was described by other customers it looks like a hole in the wall type place. But the promise of delicious El Salvadorian Food didn’t budge me at all. I walked in to find this really friendly lady working at the counter. And trust me she was very nice and friendly throughout the time we were there! I will rate them 20 out of 5 for their service!

I decided to try a pupusas which is one of the main attractions that brought me here. They are only 2 dollars a piece! Pupusas for those of you who don’t know are hand made corn tortilla. Very soft and filled with cheese, rice or beans or pork and beans. We ordered one cheese pupusa and one with beans! It was heavenly. As you can tell I have no pictures of it posted here. I ate it all and then realized oops too late ๐Ÿ™‚ They came with vinegary yellow cabbage and tiny bowl of salsa! Ah….I can just savor the taste on my tongue again! Trust me you don’t want to miss out on this!

Next we ordered chicken tamale. I haven’t had a tamale before so I had nothing to compare this to but all I have to say is it was scrumptious! The deliciously marinated chicken with chickpeas and peppers (not spicy at all) wrapped in a soft dough and steamed! I want one right now so badly if only they were closer, I would stop writing this post and just drive over!

For our main dish we ordered something called Lomo Saltado which when we read sounded interesting and weird but once you get past the “ah interesting” phase and order it, trust me you will not be disappointed. It is one of the best restaurant dishes I have every tasted. It is sauteed beef with peppers, onions, tomato and seasoned french fries…yes I said it french fries. And nowthe french fries are not on the side! They are part of the sauteed beef! And it comes with delicious side of buttery white rice which was cooked to perfection! It was heaven on a plate! I need to find a recipe to cook Lomo Saltado so I can savor this dish anytime I want. If I get that task accomplished I will totally share it with you guys! So all in all I give this place a 10 out of 10 for the food, the service and authenticity! And all our food came upto about 26 dollars for 2 people! Can you beat that? This is one good find that I will cherish for years to come!

Dessert: Sno Dream- Taiwanese Style Shaved Ice and Japanese Crepes

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One of a kind Dessert place for Maryland as far as I know. I had to try it when I saw them on Groupon. Japanese style crepes and Taiwanese Style Shaved Ice made from machines imported directly from Taiwan! Literally it is a DREAM you do not want to wake up from! Full Review