So last year for my birthday, I bought some vanilla beans. I used some to make vanilla sugar that I gave out at Christmas and I used some to make vanilla extract. I am sure someone out there is rolling their eyes thinking, "Minjenah, why would you make something that is so easy to get at the grocery store?"
Well: 1) I wanted to see if I could do it 2) Many commercial vanilla extracts contain sugar and coloring and stabilizers. 3) It was cheaper to make it then buy it. I used 12 beans which were three and a half dollars and a fifth of vodka which was ten dollars. Eight ounces of vanilla extract is $14.74. I made a little over 25 ounces for fourteen dollars. 4) It tastes a lot better. When you bake with it, it has a purer vanilla flavor and much more pronounced.
I am also the weirdo who has made her own vinegar and pickles.
This is a two times leftover dinner. I used leftover meatloaf meat to make the spaghetti sauce. I used the leftover spaghetti sauce to make these shells. I used the recipe on the back of the box but I added some broccoli to the ricotta stuffing so there was some veggies in there.
So I got this: It is the Dreamlang Egg Mold. It makes eggs with yolks into shapes. I love the Japanese for inventing this. In a meeting in Toyko, "You know what the problem with eggs is? They don't have heart shaped yolks!"
So a comment on my blog got me thinking about making cheese popcorn at home.
So I got some of this cheese powder stuff: (I made the label.)
and mixed it with three tablespoons of melted butter (Do you know that Yohboh and I have never had margarine in our house? I think it attests to the strength of our marriage. That and the rockin' nooky.) I made this:
I should add the popcorn was oil popped because I have to say that once you go oil popped, you never go microwave.
There was a deal at Kroger last week that resulted in me being paid to take some pop the can biscuits home. Yohboh was a little bewildered by this because I normally do not buy pre made food. I told him I would come up with some use for them.
So I got creative and made these:
These are apple turnovers.
Apple turnover in a bowl.
Apple turnover with everyone's best friend, vanilla ice cream.
They were good.
Minjenah's cheater apple turnovers
Filling: One apple, peeled and bruniose (this means cut into tiny cubes, like smaller than peas--don't think I am Cheffy-I learned this on Top Chef) 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Sugar 1 Sprinkle nutmeg (I grated a whole nutmeg three times on a microplane grater) 2 Sprinkles cinnamon Juice of half an orange One pinch of salt
One can of five pop the can biscuits, rolled out until they are twice their original diameter.
Milk Pearl Sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Take the first six ingredients and leave them in a bowl so the apples get all juicy. You can do this and then roll out your biscuit dough.
Put about one heaping tablespoon of the filling on a pop the can biscuit and seal it shut with a fork. Use the fork to stab little holes on the top.
Brush a little milk on top and sprinkle a little pearl sugar on top. (This step is optional but it made them look very pretty)
Since it was wicked COOHLLD (said with a Bostonian accent), I overcooked. Also, I got a good deal on some proteins today so here is what I made tonight for dinner:
These two chickens were six dollars total. There had to be sold today and so I bought them. I also baked potatoes on the same pan. You can see there is a wing on top because Yohboh and I are people who like to nibble for dinner.
These are mini meatloaves. It is Alton Brown's recipe. I like to make little ones because: 1)They are cute and 2)They cook faster. I had some ground pork, beef and lamb frozen so that is what is in here.
There were also baked potatoes and broccoli. The toddler liked it.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.