Some recent eats and treats.

Eats Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Credit C.K.

It "speaks" for itself. 😀

It’s been quite some time since I last posted an article on my frantic adventures in cooking and feasting. My responsibilities for charlieuniformtango and my relocation to Seattle among other pressing issues prevented me from doing so.

I intend to fix that immediately! Lol, I have amassed a extensive collection of foodie pix that will need to be touched up before they go live, especially since I have the most recent version of Photoshop again to bring more life and lighting to these dishes (it was either going to be Photoshop or a brand new camera).

But I won’t bore you with those minor details. When July rolls in, I hope to share with you a visual buffet of summer snacking compliments of watching episodes of Rachael Ray, Cupcake Wars, Chopped!, The Next Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, The Next Foodnetwork Star, Top Chef and Top Chef Masters.

Cheers,

Anthony

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Finally…

…here’s the cinnamon swirl pecan and oatmeal cookie cake that I baked twice in one week. It goes great with chai tea, hot chocolate, and coffee. Believe me. I’ve tried all three combinations.

These were a lot of fun to make. I added organic blue agave and white chocolate coffee syrup to the last cake. The recipe will be up soon. I hope. 🙂

Brochette de Poulet (Chicken in Skewers) (via Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for “It’s Delicious”))

Hello foodies and should-be-foodies; this Brochette de Poulet recipe reblog is critical in terms of enhancing your fine dining experience. I have had the blessed opportunity to feast on this dish while I was visiting family in the Philippines and please believe, it was glorious.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire

– Anthony

Brochette de Poulet (Chicken in Skewers) Brochette is a French term for mixed meats and vegetables skewered then grilled. Not to be confused with satay and yakitori which is also grilled but no vegetables are added, on the other hand kebabs are not always grilled.  Brochette is also the term for the equipment used to skewer the meats, the metal counterpart for the bamboo sticks us … Read More

via Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for “It’s Delicious”)

Mr. K. is cooking it up.

While I was busy gorging on a DQ bacon cheddar GrillBurger and a Cookie Fudge Blizzard, Casey fired off these pictures reminding me of how much I do enjoy home cooking much more than your general fast food fare.

Tonight he prepared rib-eye steak with genuine spinach salad topped with olives and feta cheese. (Sigh) Seriously, I melt at the sight of olives and kosher pickles.

According to Casey via his Android:

Heat the skillet… put butter and garlic in the pan.. pan-sear the steak slabs until brown on both sides.

And coming up: the bloody, down-right yummy mess.

Dip, dip: some mayo with ketchup, mixed… great for slipping up with your steak.

Anthony: And enjoy, he did.

Cassava cake on Thursday, I want to visit Tortola, and food art with “the f word.”

Cassava cake, a Filipino dessert.

Tomorrow, I’ll be spending quality time with my aunt and niece beginning at 8:30am sharp.

This means I’ll have plenty of time to convince my aunt to cook one of my favorite desserts, cassava cake, while I film, photograph, and document the entire process for your viewing pleasure and envy! 🙂

Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, I’ve been receiving these e-letters from Jetsetter, an exclusive site that offers great deals to exotic locales and resorts for its private members. If only I had the ka-ching to visit one of these spots, especially Tortola! (See below)

Image courtesy of Jetsetter.

A Three-Bedroom Villa in the BVI

Frenchmans Paradise – Tortola

[from Jetsetter:

Lounging at the infinity pool of Frenchmans Paradise, a hillside aerie in Tortola, you’d swear you can see all of the Virgin Islands, tossed like dice into the sparkling waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Indeed, this three-bedroom villa was designed to maximize Caribbean views (even from the master bathroom’s sensuous indoor-outdoor shower). There literally isn’t a bad seat in the house, especially when the setting sun triggers a laser show across the calm, lapping water.]

If you’re already a member of Jetsetter’s online community, don’t forget to bag one of these trips beginning Monday, 1/17, at 3pm Eastern Time. Tortola is located in the British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean. For that reason, I’m going to be partial to this island of luxury.

 

A piece from Angela Marklew’s “the f word” collection.

Angela Marklew is a wondrously skilled photographer…need I say more?

Chocolate mousse quickie.

How to make muy delicioso Chocolate Mousse…add one cup milk to a package of mousse…whip it, whip it real good on high speed for 5 minutes.

Whip that Cream, not to be mistaken for Stewie’s infamous pronunciation of “cool wHip.” Pour heavy whipping cream into metal bowl. Having bowl pre-chilled aids in the quickness of cream becoming whipped. Add a lil vanilla and sugar to taste before mixing.  On HIGH SPEED whip for 5 minutes!

– Casey

Anthony: No way. That’s genius!

Shepherd’s Pie & Inspiration from Kori (via ReFresh and Foodbuzz)

My cousin, Alice, cooks up some Shepherd's Pie.

For those of us who are temporarily unfamiliar with this particular piece of food history, Shepherd’s Pie is a dish that originated from the English – specifically, in the 1870s under the lesser used “cottage pie.”

I must admit that this piece took some time to finally post. But the experience of witnessing my cousin Alice bake this on the spot was truly memorable and enjoyable, albeit, nearly a year after the fact. 🙂

From what I recall that night, Alice’s version had a bit of a bite to it. Perhaps the addition of cayenne pepper in the mix?

I’ll have to catch up with her to affirm whether that’s true.

To be clear, I borrowed the recipe below from an established website but the essential ingredients and methodology remain the same. Do enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Method

1. Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6. Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Serves four.

(The original recipe is located at Simply Recipes.)

And to end this on a high note, Kori, a friend from Foodbuzz, shared the following quote on her blog ReFresh. I wanted to pay forward the inspiration.

Inspiration for the day…

I just love this quote… and the person who shared it with me! – Kori

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.   (Unknown)

Fresh spinach salad and cream puffs!

Casey sent these perhaps to make me feel jealous. It worked. :/

Pink Champagne Cupcakes (via College Cookbook)

Seattle is notorious for its numerous cupcake boutiques. Simply Google “Seattle cupcakes,” and you’ll get Cupcake Royale, Wink Cupcakes, Look Cupcakes, Trophy Cupcakes, The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company and more.

We Seattlelites are loco for a fabulous cupcake. So, don’t judge. Indulge!

– Anthony

Pink Champagne Cupcakes God Bless my co-workers who feel this urge to bake up a storm to celebrate their birthdays. Especially when those friends share their tasty morsels by the coffee pot. These pink delights found their way into the workplace last week. They are light and flavorful. Makes 24 cupcakes. Ingredients 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix 1 1/4 cups champagne 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 egg whites 4 to 5 drops red food coloring   Champagne Fros … Read More

via College Cookbook