Friday, February 27, 2009

Vegetables Stir Fry

One of the easiest meal that you can make. I have red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic salt and pepper to taste. Sauteed in olive oil. You should probably know by now that I eat rice with almost anything. You can also mix it with anything you want, including meat. I also use this recipe to make a veggie wrap and cheese steak. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dishwasher Broke

It's been broken for quite sometime now however, we still manage to use and still cleans up the dishes. We think that our nephew broke without knowing how to open it. Anyway, after that incident I notice that it was hard to open and close. I told DH about it and we tried to make it better.

When doing so, DH broke the lock the picture is below. But we are still able to use it. With the lock being broken we can't open it while its washing. And then since it does not lock anymore, I think the computer inside got moist from the water and one night over the weekend I can't even turn it on. Then Sunday night I saw the light on and push the button and it started. Now the problem is it don't want to stop. It usually wash for 2 hours and this time it was washing forever. I had to turn off the circuit breaker to stop it this time. DH had to use the fish tank vacuum to get the rest of the water out. So my kitchen was a mess until today.

My kitchen is very tiny and feeding 7 people and having all the dirty pots and pans and dishes on the kitchen is not a pretty site. I never used dishwasher until we had 3 kids. I can't find time to stand in front of the sink washing dishes anymore. And the only kitchen counter I have left to prep food is full too. I was almost crying yesterday because the broken dishwasher is sticking out under the counter (first image). Then the only counter I was talking about is the one I can't get to because of the dishwasher. The stove top is in the other left side of that dishwasher and the refrigerator is at the right side. I found it very difficult to work on. (image above)

Before going to bed last night I manage to wash some dishes, pots and pans. Mind you, DH remove the hose from the dishwasher to the pipe under the sink. While I was running the water I can hear some gushing sound, then when I turn it off I can't hear it anymore. I just realize what was going on when I saw water running on the kitchen floor. The stuff under the sink was soaking wet, not to mention the floor where the dishwasher used to be and the kitchen floor too. I put some towels down and went to bed. I couldn't take looking at it and getting mad about it.

And after all this long narration, we have a working, almost the same (same brand) old dishwasher. DH found a free old dishwasher on Craiglist and that is what we are using starting today. Ours is just 3 or 4 years old, and we are trying to color coordinate the kitchen with black. Now our dishwasher is white though, I find it making my kitchen much brighter (which I like, BTW).

The new dishwasher in place.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Keeping & Caring for Olive Oil

Good olive oils are as complex and varied as wine, yet buying the healthiest kinds is easy.Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil contains the most phenols, the source of much of its healthfulness. Exceptional olive oils have the flavors and aromas that are far beyond those of the bland jugs at the supermarket. They can taste of such things as pepper, citrus, grass, and almond. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is especially good for drizzling over vegetables and pasta noodles, or for dipping bread. Virgin olive oil is next best, and is fine for sautéeing. "Light" olive oil refers strictly to color and mild taste. It is not reduced calorie.

Light, heat, and air will spoil your stash, given enough time. Keep oils in an airtight bottle, in a cool cabinet, away from sunlight for up to a year. Even the best olive oils come in a wide range of prices, so experiment until you find a few brands you like at a reasonable price.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Can't Get Enough Of..

Have I mentioned that I cooked my first roast last year? Yes, and I can't get enough of it. I love the aroma, the taste and it is very easy to make. So far I made the herbed type and that is my favorite. I don't really want to try cooking it any other way unless I can taste anything better...:). Here is another one I made this week. This is my dinner plate, you can see I eat every thing with

Friday, February 13, 2009

I've Been Tag

Thank you Peace Cooking for this tag. What other 7 weird things can I pull out about Time to embarrass myself

The rules for being tagged are:
1. Display The TAG (you can download it above)
2. Blog about seven weird facts about yourself
3. Tag 7 blogs in your post
4. Comment on each of the 7 blogs to let them know you tagged them.

7 Weird Things About Nedekcir:
  1. I sleep with one foot out of the cover.
  2. I can't leave the house without changing my clothes, or look in the mirror to see how I look.
  3. You can leave me in office, craft, and fabric store any time. (with money to shop of I can shop there forever.
  4. I love the smell of office supplies.
  5. I can eat cook fish with heads and eyes staring at me. ( I can see you now while reading it saying ewwwwww)
  6. I can pick up something from the floor using my toes.
  7. I guess I'm pretty boring person, I can't even come up with 7 things about me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Super Blog Chef Award

Thank you Mr. WindMill for an amazing award. I can't really say that I am a chef but I do love to cook for my family. Furthermore, trying to learn anything new everyday from all the professional chef in the blogosphere.

There are only two simple Rules for the Super Blog Chef Award.

1. On receiving this Award, the blogger must post a new Recipe at his/her Blog.

2. This Award is given only to Blogs that are dedicated to all the various forms of Cooking, Pastry, Baking, etc.,

I would like to nominate the following people with the food blogs:

  1. Barbara
  2. Sher
  3. Martha
  4. Rose
  5. Overseas Pinoy
  6. Ladynred
  7. Manong Ken
  8. Kelly
  9. Cely
  10. Tina
  11. Iyrel
  12. April

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chili Mac and Cheese

A regular macaroni and cheese with chili. You should try it, the chili recipe can be found here and mac and cheese is very easy to make. Cook macaroni and shredded cheese only.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How to Make Quesadillas

Gather all the ingredients, cooked chicken slices, salsa (hot, medium or mild), roast vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, onions or anything you like. I used shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Lay one burrito tortilla on a baking pan, spread the salsa on the bottom, add the chicken slices and vegetables.

Add the shredded cheese on top.

Put another tortilla on top then bake in a 400° F oven for about 10 minutes or until crispy.

Here is the finish product cut into quarts with a pizza cutter, enjoy.

It is so easy to make if you have left over chicken. All you have to do is cook the vegetables and put it together. I serve this as a meal or snack too. I think you can also use stove to cook this. However, I think it will be hard to turn it over unless you have a wide spatula to flip it over. It's doable if you don't have oven or toaster oven.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

January Top EC Dropper

A post of appreciation to my top EC dropper for January. For those who did not make the list and for those who are not using EC, I appreciate your visit also. Please keep it coming.