Thursday, July 10, 2014

Panda Bento- Easy Sushi Rice

Here is my daughter's lunch this morning.  Easy sushi rice made of Seeds of Change brown rice packet (I used two, because I wanted leftover rice for egg pancakes)- heated for 1 minute, and combined with 1/4 cup of seasoned vinegar which had been heated with 2 TBS sugar- until the sugar dissolved.  Then I stirred the vinegar mixture in to the rice.  Voila.  That forms the base of the top compartment- packed tightly.  On top of that I arranged carrot "flowers" cut with small cutters, and the "stems" are parsley stems.  In the other compartment you see peanuts, Sproutzels (sprouted wheat pretzels) and 2 Lindt truffles as "dessert".  Here is Mr. Panda as he is ready to go:



Saturday, July 5, 2014

More North Shore Goodies



You will notice the pineapple syrup is almost gone :-(  Turns out pineapple syrup goes with everything.  I wish it came in 50oz containers like the peanut butter!

North Shore Goodies Coconut Honey Peanut Butter on Pancakes- wtih Pineapple Syrup

You might not think this would be good, but it was!  So good.  Really it was dessert, for breakfast.  These are peanut butter chocolate pancakes made with a Short Stacks mix (peanut butter chocolate) and after the cakes were done, I spread them with about 2 TBS of  Coconut honey peanut butter, and the drizzled pineapple syrup on top- what's not to love?  You might think the flavors would compete- but they don't.  They just blend in to fruity, peanutbuttery deliciousness.


North Shore Goodies Jam and Syrup- with Pancakes!

I could not resist ordering a few other treats when I ordered my peanut butter- so I got some lilikoi syrup, some jaboticaba jam, and some pineapple syrup, as well as some guava jam and guava butter.

Of course I tried the jaboticaba jam right away- because I haven't had it since I was a kid, and I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered.  It is!  It's quite a bit like raspberry- but without the seeds, and it's got a better flavor than raspberry, imo.

Here is jaboticaba jam and pineapple syrup on a meyer lemon blueberry pancake (from a Short Stack mix- see photo at the bottom of the page for pancake mix):

Pancake mix:
I use half and half when I make the pancakes instead of milk- imo it makes a richer and more delicious pancake!



North Shore Goodies- delicious, wonderful food from Hawaii

http://northshoregoodies.net/

I was lucky enough to buy a 10 oz jar of macadamia coconut honey peanut butter at a local restaurant.  I was a little put off by the price, but the woman in the store assured me it was worth it, and it was.  This isn't peanut butter.  This is dessert!  It's wonderful.  Fabulous.  And a bit dangerous- our 10 oz jar was gone in no time- which is why I am so glad I can order the 50 oz jar from North Shore Goodies- although it is coconut peanut butter (it tastes almost exactly like the macadamia coconut honey peanut butter to me!)

I also bought the chocolate coconut peanut butter- which I can also happily recommend:


Monday, June 30, 2014

Chicken with Salsa and Pineapple

I wanted to use up some large BBQ chicken breasts, so I striped the meat off the bones, and chopped the cook breasts up and put them in the slow cooker with a jar of pineapple salsa (Jardine's, was the brand), a can of pineapple cubes and the juice, and put the cooker on low for 8 hours.  Turned out some very delicious chicken.  Tasted great with rice- and as you can see, it's very easy.  You could cook this while you are at work, and come home to a delicious meal.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pickled Pears? You bet

I used Forelle pears- because I bought a giant bag of them.  I also cheated on the pickling brine- I just used the brine from our Farmer's Garden bread and butter pickles:

Yes- I am a cheater.

Slice the pears any way your want- I prefer lengthwise sections, and drop them in the brine (I didn't even bother to fish out the red peppers that were left from the bread and butter pickles).  After 12 hours they were already pickly- but I'm sure they will get even more pickly!  They are delicious:

I did NOT pickle the whole pear- just put it in there so you could see it.  I also add a little ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the pickle brine- not sure if I need to, but I don't want brown pickles.  I think these would be awesome on a pork sandwich!!!!  And I want to try them baked on a pizza with blue cheese.