Thursday, May 17, 2018

My Version of One, Two, Three, Four Cake

Last week I made that cake, following the Old-Fashioned recipe. 
I decided to give it a try as, frankly speaking, I had no 'cake from a box' to use.
I had not made one from scratch for quite a long time but the recipe worked well. Even though, I followed the instructions rather randomly.

I did not have vanilla, butter and nut flavoring and the vanilla extract either, I used lemon extract instead. I was afraid that the flavor might be a bit flat because of that substitution so I covered the cake with vanilla icing and added some colorful sprinkles to it.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Real Mexican Tacos

Some time ago, we visited (for the first time) Real Mexican Taco place which had been recommended to us. We had never eaten real Mexican tacos before, so we decided to have some.

The interior of the diner was simple but clean. Mexican (recorded) music was played there. Very soon after we entered and sat down at the table, a waitress appeared. She took our order and brought us a complimentary entree - warm, crispy chips accompanied by queso and salsa. The little cup of queso was a nice surprise - at other food places only salsa is usually served.

After a short while, our tacos arrived. Surprisingly, they were totally different to Tex-Mex tacos which we are used to. What each of us got on big (plastic) plates you can see below. There were two small flour tortillas, slices of grilled pork, pieces of grilled pineapple, some pieces of red onion, diced onion with cilantro, grilled green pepper and some lime (while you make an order, you can specify what you want with your tacos). Besides that, two kinds of hot sauce were served as well.

The food looked nice and tasted really good! The meal seemed pleasantly light in comparison to Tex-Mex tacos. Despite that, we were quite full when we finished eating it all. The visit at the place was quite satisfying. Not only we enjoyed our lunch but it did not cost us much money as well. Both means a reason to come to the place again.

Before leaving the diner, we also took a couple of pictures of us disguised as Mexican mariachis. Next to the tables, on a side, there is a colorful 'put your head in a hole' board which you can use to do that. Some after meal fun for kids and grown-ups!


The bathroom in there was clean.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Family Lunch at Joe T's

Some time ago, we had a family lunch at Joe T Garcia's which is one of our favorite food places. It was a very enjoyable meeting and quite a feast too!

First, chips and salsa arrived on the table.

Then, cheese and beef tacos + nachos were served.

I love nachos at Joe T's but if I had had more than two, I would not have been be able to eat the main course.

More tacos came then + an enchilada plate and corn tortillas to share...

Great fajitas to follow...

Of all the family, only I like pico de gallo so it was all for me.

After the meal, a walk in the restaurant's backyard - beautiful gardens full of various plants, flowers, statues and other decorations.

We had a great time!

What is your favorite restaurant/food place?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Peach Cobbler Experiment

Cobblers are not popular in Poland. Actually, I did not hear about them when I lived there. I learned about them when I moved to Texas.

Last week, my husband brought home some fresh peaches (which were 'straight from a peach tree') and asked me to make a peach cobbler. The fruit was great so I thought it was a very good idea. The only problem was I did not know how to make one.

I read some peach cobblers recipes online but each one of them was different and called for different ingredients (besides peaches of course). Some suggested adding water and cornstarch to peaches, some mentioned lemon and orange juice as well. I decided a Southern recipe would be best. None of such included pie crust as part of the dessert, though.

I peeled, stoned the peaches and cut them into pieces. I do not know how much fruit we had that day - when sliced it was about 5 cups, I reckon.

What I did

First I melted 1/2 stick of butter in a pan. Then I added 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the sliced peaches. I intended to use about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar but I made a mistake and added almost 1 and 1/4 cup instead. I cooked the mixture for a few minutes and tasted the juicy part. There was a problem — my peach cobbler mixture was too sweet so I decided to save it adding about a glass of cold water and about a tablespoon of potato flour (I do not have cornstarch). I cooked it all for about ten minutes. I tasted and tasted and tasted the cobbler mix and the peach slices again. It seemed alright, not overly sweet. However, I was not sure how it would be after baking it in the oven. I had never had such a cobbler before. Anyway, I placed the mixture in a Pyrex dish.

Next, I took a layer of ready-made (bought in a store) pie crust (maybe home-made would have been better but I needed to make the procedure simple). I cut it into strips and placed them on the cobbler mix (see in the picture).

Then, the baking time came - about 50 minutes in the oven (350F).

I still did not know what the results of my work would be, hoped for the best, though. I was happy when it turned out to be really tasty. And my husband was happy too. He said he had not had such a peach cobbler since he had lived with his mom (ages ago, when he was a school boy) and she had made that. Could it be a better compliment? I do not think so.

The cobbler was maybe a bit too juicy, due to the water which I had added to dissolve the sugar and make it all less sweet. Nevertheless, it tasted soooooooooooooooo good! I saved the juicy part and it was a perfect topping for the vanilla ice cream which we had later.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cinnamon & Cocoa Cake

I made that cake not long ago - I felt like making a cake but did not have any raisins or anything special to make the cake with so I used this recipe. The cake was quite tasty and rather light - not too sweet. I am not a big fan of cocoa cakes but that one was good.


What you need to make it:
  • a loaf cake tin,
  • flour: 2 and 1/4 cup,
  • sugar: 3/4 cup,
  • eggs: 2,
  • milk: 1 cup,
  • butter: 170g,
  • cinnamon: 1/2 tsp,
  • cocoa: 4 Tsp,
  • baking soda: 1Tsp,
  • jam/marmalade: about 30 dag (1 small jar).
For the icing: about 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1-2 Tsp of milk, 1 Tsp melted butter.

What to do with it all:

1. Grease and flour the loaf tin (do not use too much flour - just a bit).
2. Warm up the oven (375F).
3. Mix the melted butter with marmalade, add eggs and (gradually) milk. Mix it of course.
4. Mix all the dry ingredients and add them to the liquid ones, Mix again.
5. Pour the cake mixture into the greased and floured tin.
6. Bake it for about 45 minutes - check the cake with a toothpick at the end of baking.

When the cake is cool, you can decorate it with some icing. I made it with powdered sugar, milk and a bit of butter.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baked Potatoes and Summer Meals

This recipe is a good option for a simple, meatless dinner. It also reminds me the summer meals we used to quite often have on summer days when I was little. What we had then was/were: Boiled potatoes sprinkled with fresh dill - scrambled eggs and cold buttermilk to drink. It was nothing sophisticated but very enjoyable and I really liked it.

The Southern version of the summer meatless dinner option is a bit different.

What you need to make it:
  • some potatoes,
  • chives/green onion - cut into pieces,
  • some salt, black pepper, vegetable oil, and butter,
  • shredded cheese,
  • + corn on the cob (and some lemon pepper to season it) to accompany the baked potatoes.
The recipe for the baked potatoes (by The Southern Lady who cooks) is here. It is easy and the dish tastes wonderful (according to us). You can serve the meal with a cold drink of your choice e.g. iced tea or chilled buttermilk.