Thursday, October 25, 2018

Korean Sloppy Joes

We love burgers and sloppy joes but I hadn't fixed the latter in a long long time. I was going through my recipe list and looking at previous post. Like the yummy original homemade Sloppy Joes or the even better Philly Cheese-steak Sloppy Joes . Then I thought, what can I do to make another version?
Asian sloppy about Korean? YES!
Now I must add, that it was delicious but would have been better with a slaw on top. Which I plan to add next time. Something like: (minus the chicken) Clean Asian Slaw
My son and I really enjoyed them, my husband said it was okay at first but the more he ate of his "joe" the more he enjoyed it. For the record, he's not a fan of sesame oil or sriracha.
Korean Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup, I used all natural no sugar added
1/2 cup hoisin 
1/2 cup water
2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP rice wine vinegar (important! not regular vinegar)
1/2 tsp sriracha (or another type of Asian hot sauce)
4-6 buns (optional toasting)

In a large non stick skillet cook the meat, break it down and cook until nice and brown. Add the garlic, hoisin, sesame oil, ketchup, water, soy sauce, vinegar and sriracha together. stir well and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. IF you want yours drier, not as sloppy, cook until thick and moist. If you want it sloppy, just as it starts to thicken, turn off the heat and allow it to sit for a few.
This is sweet, hot, sticky, messy and just the right amount of Umami. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Picadillo and FOTW October

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

This is a Cuban comfort food dish, my husband loved it. Me...not so much.
Have you ever burned incense? Well, I had not.
So we had mildew in our storage closet due to a roof leak. I'm very sensitive to smells and having just come home from the hospital I did not want to get sick. So my husband thought he was helpful, he bought incense.
So, I light one, go in the kitchen and come back out in just a few minutes.
I step outside. "Dang honey, those things were expensive and they don't last worth a dang! I just lit one and in less than 3 minutes it's gone! Burnt up!"
He cracks up. Did you blow it out?
I said no how  would it burn?
He is cracking up big time now.
Trying to catch his breath he says "NO no you blow it out and it is the ember that burns slow".

So thankful to now be living away from the hurricane threat area of NC coast but I miss my home, what is left. Hurricane Flo really did a horrible number on my hometown. So many lost everything. Just like I did two years ago. We had to evacuate one of our sons, he lost his job and apartment, so until further notice, this mama bird has one of her babies back in the nest.
The below photo was sent to me by my Aunt, the tree barely missed her home. So thankful she is okay.

Quote of the month! "She's a serial monogamists, next week she'll be in a new relationship."

While at the hospital doing my pre-op and admission, I noticed the phone on the desk...two receivers?! I guess this is old school conference calls?
Picadillo - Cuban Comfort Food
2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onions, diced
4 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (drain would be better I forgot)you can also use ripe tomatoes and dice 4 large. the traditional recipe calls for 28 oz can)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar (or a good cooking red wine)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
pinch ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins (up to 2/3 cup) I used the small amount but tradition calls for the larger
2/3 cup olives sliced and pitted (I used the ones with pimento)
In a large pan over medium heat put the olive oil, onions and cook until onions soften. Add the ground beef and allow it to cook, season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg, stir and lower the heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Covered. Now uncover and add the raisins and olives, allow to cook another 15 minutes and serve over rice. (traditionally it also calls for chirizo but I didn't use it)
My youngest son's daughter, he sent me this text and said "I don't know whose kid this is" LOL right! He was my only child that loved dirt, yes I had all boys but he was the only dirt lover. Like father like daughter.
Beau, my big love bug, he will not leave my side and as you can see, he likes to help me blog.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  

One evening I'm sitting on the couch and all of a sudden, there's a foot in my ear! Didn't bother him in the least. 
A lot has happened this month.
My oldest granddaughter got married. She's 21. (my adopted daughter's oldest).
My Sissy's daughter got married.
My husband's truck transmission went out so we bought him a Jeep Renegade.
The hurricane hit my hometown and it is devastated.
Our oldest son is living with us and working already.
We bought furniture! Our second NEW set in almost 30 years, everything has been second hand. I love it.
I had another surgery. Hopefully the last.
AND Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 8!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate Friendly

Hi all, just a post about my newest life change. On July 29, 2018 I was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. After test I was told I had a kidney stone and an UTI. Given medication and sent home. For the next 8 days I continued a dangerous downward spiral. I went septic and was taken back to the ER on August 8. After less than an hour of being there I crashed, they almost lost me, they spent 3 1/2 hours trying to stabilize and keep me alive. There are a lot of details I left out but you really don't need them all, even though they are very vivid in my mind. I am thankful to the staff, once nurse in particular. She started the ball rolling as soon as I was wheeled in. I have a fantastic doctor who has worked tirelessly to keep me alive and healthy.
Why do I bring all this up on a food blog you ask? Well, because of the stone, 9 mm in size by the way, I have had to change, drastically change, how and what I eat.
I've learned a lot about nutrition over the years and I've tried a lot of different 'ways of eating' but this one by far has been the most challenging but I am determined because it has changed my life. It is also helping keep me around which I enjoy.
My kidney stones it seems are due to high oxalates. Oxalates form when ...this is from the website
Oxalate is a natural substance found in many foods.  Your body uses food for energy.  After your body uses what it needs, waste products travel through the bloodstream to the kidneys and are removed through urine.  Urine has various wastes in it.  If there is too much waste in too little liquid, crystals can begin to form.  These crystals may stick together and form a solid mass (a kidney stone). Oxalate is one type of substance that can form crystals in the urine.  This can happen if there is too much oxalate, too little liquid, and the oxalate “sticks” to calcium while urine is being made by the kidneys.
what does this mean? Well, it means no more chocolate, spinach, collards, okra, nuts, seeds, wheat, sweet tea, and a host of other foods. It means I have to eat 1000mg of calcium a day, no supplements, 12 eight oz glasses of water a day or more, no stevia, no tomato sauce or cooked cans of tomatoes. Raw tomatoes are okay. No potatoes. No strawberries! AND no chocolate! Gosh do they know me?? BUT if it means being healthy, I'm all in.
Most of the recipes I've posted lately have been dishes that I prepared and had written up prior to my first trip to the ER. I've been creating new dishes and revamping yet again old dishes.
Funny how when I was keto, carbs were off limits, now they are no concern, I still am cautious of them.
I love fruit and am happy to be eating it again, well the allowed fruit anyway. I also love vegetables and missed them when keto, but some of my favorites are big no nos now.
Here is a dish I made a few days ago and it is low oxalate and delicious to boot.

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate friendly
butternut squash, diced
brussel sprouts, sliced in half
broccoli, spears
white pepper (black pepper is high oxalate)
olive oil
All of my veggies were frozen with no additives, I placed them on a piece of parchment paper on a baking pan. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled on the salt and pepper. Sliced the bacon and placed on top.
Baked for 30 minutes. I then removed the pan and drizzled the  sauce on top.
Sauce: 1/3 cup maple syrup and 2-3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce. Mix well and drizzle over vegetables. Stir and spread out. Roast another 10 minutes.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cat Poop -Spooky and Fun - BWF

Spooky and Fun...well I'm not into spooky but who doesn't love fun, right? Some might say this is gross not fun but I thought it was fun over ten years ago and still do.
Wait, ten years ago? Gosh, it was about 11 years ago and my boys were in youth group at church. Me being who I am, I was there helping out, bringing food, hauling a bunch of sweaty smelly boys around and jamming out to music. Yep, I was that mom. So it was early Fall and the weather had turned cooler with a wonderful crispness in the evening air. The youth were having a bon fire/cook out. Complete with their own version of competitive  gross games. We parents were asked to help provide food. As luck would have it, I was asked to help with desserts.
Since I knew the games were "slimy" because it was October, I thought why not make a gross slimy dessert. I told my boys what I wanted to do and Jesse was totally on board, Joey however thought it was gross and disgusting, I said PERFECT that's exactly what I was going for.
AND this is how the cat litter box dessert was born.
When I arrived, early so the kids would not see it coming, I snuck over to the picnic table and placed an extra large cat litter box firmly in the center, (it was new and clean) along with a litter poop scooper. Jesse laughed, Joey cringed and I stood by and watched as the unsuspecting guest arrived.
The girls squealed and moved away, the boys were like ugh who put cat litter on the food table. I will admit that one was WAY better and realistic than this one and I so wish I had pictures. But that was back in the day before cell phone cameras and I didn't carry my camera that night, well because it was night and I knew the photos would not turn out.
Jesse broke the ice, he walked over, took a turd out and ate it. The girls screamed, the boys were like "DUDE!" and the parents looked on in disgust. After a few bites, I confessed it was a dessert and perfectly okay. The parents still thought I was weird and my kids even weirder but we didn't care. It was fun.
The games were totally gross and I made the boys hose off before allowing them in my car!
So if you have an upcoming party with kids , a Halloween themed party or wait until April Fool's this is a fun, easy and delicious dessert.

Cat Litter Dessert
1 large box instant pudding, I used banana but you could use vanilla or white chocolate
1 family size package of Golden Oreo
10-20 Tootsie rolls, roll and shape
3 cups milk
Prepare the pudding in a large bowl, set aside. Crush the Oreo's in a food processor or in a large zip top bag. Mix half in the pudding, spread in the litter box, sprinkle the remaining on top.
shape the rolls into little turds and roll in the cookies, bury in the pudding to form the "dirty box"
Be sure to check out the other participants, this post is part of Blog With Friends, a monthly post where we pick a theme and each blogger interprets that theme in the style that suits their blog.