Monday, August 1, 2016

Kitchen Creations

It is no surprise to anyone that is friends with me on Social Media...I have been busy in the kitchen this month!! It has been so nice to have a spacious kitchen again. We also made a pledge to do no restaurants all month of July to help save money for house furnishings, etc. (Restaurants are SUCH budget-suckers!!! Good Lord!)

Ryan has been working a ton lately - and weird hours it's his "finals week" w/ grad school. - so had lots of "me time" to spend in the kitchen and wanted to spoil him with good food.

I like to send him with baked goods to bring to his squadron on the weekend's he works. And his request was White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. I went to make them Friday night, and realized I didn't have any Macadamia nuts. So I improvised: and crushed up almonds, and used a little pure almond extract.

They turned out SO GOOD!!! I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!!

Saturday I wanted to send him with a good "comfort food" meal for dinner. And our favorite comfort food is ordering Indian food. But since we aren't doing restaurants....I had to create it ;). I made Chicken Vindaloo. The only thing missing was some Naan. Next time!! 

My chicken vindaloo recipe is listed below. I look at to get the idea on how to make chicken vindaloo...and then improvised.Next time I will slow cook the chicken in a crockpot, so it is more shredded.
  1. Take 4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks, and season with curry, crushed cardamom, pepper, himalayan salt, tumeric powder, ground mustard, ginger. Allow to marinade for about 1 hour.
  2. In a pan, heat to medium heat. Sprinkle those same spices into the bottom for about 1-2 minutes, and allow the heat to bring out the seasoning's flavor. 
  3. Add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add 4 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup tomato paste, more salt, 1 can crushed tomatoes, 4 sliced potatoes, 1/2 red onion sliced, 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Allow to simmer. 
  4. Add in the chicken. Cover, bring to a heavy simmer. Once potatoes are tender, remove from stove.
When I do this again, I will add a little cornstarch at the end to thicken up the broth. 

I also added in some jalepeno powder and sriracha to give it a little kick It was deliicious!!! Best served with jasmine rice.

And finally, Sunday morning, I made quite the decadent breakfast. I did a 6.5 mile hill repeat workout. It was 83 degress and 60% humidity (at 5:30 am). I seriously wanted to cry - I was so hot. I ran 3 miles uphill, 2 miles downhill, and then did 1 mile of a .15 mile hill repeat. 

Let's just say by the time I was done, I was SO hungry!!! And sweaty. I had to lay in our pool for a good 10 minutes to get my body temp down!! Oh darn ;)

Breakfast was Fresh Blueberry Waffles with a Blueberry Compote. I totally made up the compote recipe, and I was quite pleased. It had blueberries, fresh squeezed lemon, stevia, a splash of orange juice, vanilla, and a little corn starch! Next time I make this, I think a little ricotta cheese needs to go on top, too!

What have you been creating in your kitchen?

What is your favorite breakfast cheat item??


Diwakar said...

Hello Abby. I am a PASTOR from Mumbai,India. Those pictures of delecious dished looking at them bring water to your mouth. I am blessed and feel privileged and honored to know you as a nurse as well as get connected with you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry forlast 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and theh poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbia to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to MUMBAI to work with us during your vacation time. Since we have medical camps in the slums for the poorest of poor people who can not afford to go to Doctor for the treatment of their sickness, your would be a blessing and would bring physical and spiritual healing to such people. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum, all of this food looks so good. We are such opposites when it comes to cooking because I need to follow a recipe to the t whereas you are so good at just whipping things together! I know mom, Kevin and Chad are similar to you as well. I wish I was a bit more like you guys! Indian food is one of our favorite cuisines so I will have to try your recipe for Vindaloo as that's a dish we love, too.

I'm glad you are back in a home with a big kitchen so you can be doing what you love!!!

Marlys said...

Those cookies are picture perfect and I bet they tasted wonderful! I have never tried Indian food as there are no restaurants in our area that serve that, but that recipe sounds really good.
I know you are really enjoying having a real kitchen again and to get all your cooking utensils back to work! What is your favorite thing about your new kitchen?

Marlys said...

I recently, or I should say one hour ago, went to the PW website and got hooked there! She is one of my favorite TV cooks! Now I best work like heck to catch up!