Sunday, January 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Jonathan and I made CARNITAS in the slow cooker this morning. Jonathan found an awesome blog where a woman used her slow cooker everyday for a year and blogged it. This blog is going to be our new resource for slow cooker meals.

 These are the ingredients
 It was pretty simple to prepare for the slow cooker. We doubled the meat, salt, garlic, and cumin but we didn't anticipate doubling the meat so we didn't have a second lime and orange.
 This is what it looked like after cooking all day in the slow cooker. It smelled GOOD!
 Jonathan pulled the pork with a fork!
 More pork and pulling with a fork!
 We decided to eat ours like Mondo Burritos from Taco del Mar. We added rice, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, sour cream, and Valentina sauce.

The verdict: We will make them again! YUM!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Awesome Easy Pad Thai


Here is the link, since I can't seem to load it up onto this.

A couple notes:

a. apologies for the camera work. I used Lukes cam, and its tiny, and takes me a sec to get used to.

b. It's not terribly clear on the directions, here they are written out:

soak the tamarind in 2 tbsp of water overnight, or whenever you remember

before cooking, add the 4 tbsps of fish sauce, 4 tbsps sugar, and the chili flakes (I used Sambal) to the tamarind mush.

I also like to squeeze half of the 1 lime into the sauce mix, then the other half over the finished product.

With a little oil, cook the meat that is cut into strips in a big pot.

Everything will be added in on top of this, so the big pot is important.

Add in the chopped onion, and garlic, and cook for 4 or 5 minutes, until onion is a bit clear.

To this, add the half a loaf of extra firm tofu, chopped in little sticks, and the mushy sauce mixture.

Remove from heat, the sugar in the sauce can burn.

Add 1/2 pack of rice noodles to boiling water for 2 minutes.

Transfer them into the sauce/meat/tofo mix and stir the sauce through over heat.

Make a space in the bottom and crack the egg in, mixing it up as it cooks.

Then add the green onions, bean sprouts, and peanuts, and squeeze the other half of the lime over it.

c. check out my new stove!