elessa: (wyveri)
Today I fed my inner Eastern European. I have been craving braised red cabbage for a few days. I decided to take care of the need for the comfort food by making a deep skillet worth. Braised the head of red cabbage along with an onion and granny smith apple. Seasoned with salt, caraway seed and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

I also roasted some Yukon Gold fingerling potatos to serve alongside the cabbage.

Oh so very tasty. Lots of leftovers for the upcoming week.

I prepared two servings of yoghurt for breakfast as well. Plain yoghurt with sliced banana and grapes with a few dashes of cinnamon. I like how sitting in the refrigerator overnight allows the banana to infuse the plain yoghurt with sweetness naturally.

Any other ways to save money on food consumption will be incorporated as I have motivation.

It also helps towards the latest health challenge at work. I signed up to maintain, not gain between Nov 3 through Dec 31. Object is to maintain or not gain more than three pounds with the upcoming deluge of sweets coming for the holidays.

The challenge is a requirement in order to save $30/month off my contribution to my health insurance premium. I will take every cent I can finagle.
elessa: (autumn)
...there is a shortage of canned pumpkin pie filling? i wanted to buy some pumpkin gunk today in order to start baking pumpkiny flavoured stuff now that it is autumn. mmmm... muffins, pancakes, bread, pie.

there was someone else also looking. seems she had been to a competing grocery chain. neither store had any and didn't know when they would be getting another shipment. the stock clerk at the store i was at said they had sent requests to the manufacturer but so far were unsure if they would have any until maybe next month.

i don't want to wait. i want pumpkiny food stuff now!
elessa: (aargh kitty)
well isn't this just peachy?

a few months ago i located a deli/grocer which specialises in indian food. i was specifically looking for some spices for cooking that aren't available in a regular grocery. i was happy to have found some of the more esoteric spices called for in indian cooking.

i decide today to make chana masala which calls for a pinch of hing (asafoetida) powder. this is a pretty pungent spice which means a little gets you a lot of flavour.

i get all my ingredients out and begin cooking only to discover the damn bottle of hing i bought has been opened and is half empty.

yeah.

when i opened the flip cap i saw foil. alrighty then. i unscrew the lid to remove the foil. i discover that someone has removed the foil seal and pushed about half the crumpled remainder beneath the shaker holes to make it appear that the bottle was sealed. the bottle is empty down to just above the bottom edge of the label that covers the full way around the bottle. wtf?

into trash the bottle goes, unused by me. and it isn't like it is a small bottle either like those dinky ass bottles of spices from McCormick or Spice Islands from the regular grocery. i bought 3.5 ounces of the damn powder as that was the smallest bottle there was.

peachy. just peachy.
elessa: (Default)
dear trader joe's:

when preparing the trader joe's shrimp gyoza according to the instructions as outlined on the packaging, i discovered a serious flaw.

now, while instinctively i knew when i read them that there was going to be a problem, i proceeded anyway.

i thought you would like to know that if you have been browning said gyoza in a skillet on an electric stove with two tablespoons of oil on medium high heat for four minutes, it really isn't a good idea to then add four tablespoons of water. even if you reduce the heat to medium as instructed, there is no safe way to place the lid on the skillet for the steaming process without being spattered by hot oil and water mixed into searing drops. granted grabbing the handle of the skillet whilst it is spattering its molten charms to coat the counter, stove top and other objects to move it to an area with no heat source does quell the eruption. it also enables the chef the ability to come close enough to actually place the lid onto the skillet with minimal damage to self.

thank you for listening.

sincerely,

the speckled one

p.s. the shrimp gyoza are very tasty!

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