Month: February 2016

Sesame Teriyaki Cauliflower Steaks

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I couldn’t believe that this was cauliflower. It looks like the real deal. Something to definitely try!


April In The Kitchen


Cauliflower is fast becoming my favourite vegetable.  As lame as that sounds, it’s fantastically versatile and can be used in so many interesting ways – like cauliflower steaks!  While not particularly tasty when plain, the cauliflower acts as a blank canvas ready to take on any flavour.  Here the ‘steaks’ are smothered in a sesame infused teriyaki marinade, absorbed by the cauliflower while it cooks making it extra flavourful.

The thing that really makes this dish is the garnish, so don’t skip that step!  The fresh coriander and spring onion really bring the cauliflower to life.  A squeeze of lime for some zing and black sesame seeds for a nutty note.

Prep time 10 Minutes Cook Time 30 Minutes


1 head Cauliflower

3 tbsp. Teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp. Sesame oil

2 tbsp. Soy or Tamari

1 tsp Miso Paste

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp. Shaosing rice wine vinegar

1 Spring Onion, sliced

Handful Coriander leaves, roughly chopped

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Birthday Celebrations…

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What a great mom you are! Everyone needs to celebrate their very own special day. Your son is one lucky person!


Creative Crafts DIY

I made cake for him…here it is, have a look.

I used sugar to trace out the shape…my kiddo loved it very much and my hubby too!. :-).
I prepared some part hats too.. from my kid’s choice…

Here are some birthday snaps…we celebrated party at my kids room


Look at him…. how funny he was…… :-):-):-)
He make us laugh whole day…. with his funny looks and behavior…He was soooo happy because of his dad’s birthday….:-)

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think!. I’d love you hear from you guys … 🙂
Happy Weekend 🙂
From your Usha 🙂

thank you 3

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Guacamole Onion Rings

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From The Chef Cat!


I saw Guacamole Onion Rings and I thought how delicious.  Then I thought how the heck did they do that?  Well, it is so simple.  The results look wonderful.   If you want to find out how it was done, go and check out the recipe!


Source: Guacamole Onion Rings




Homemaid hotdog buns, or… I can bake!

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From “Blood, Fire and the Pillars of Smoke”!


Don’t you love the name of the blog?  Very piratical!  I thought of high seas and swashbucklers!  It’s really a food blog.  LOL!  One that was started with grilling in mind.  Being from Texas, cooking over coals or smoking is a big deal.


What really caught my eye was this recipe for hot dog buns.  Don’t they look wonderful.  Instead of the pasty ones you get in the store, these look toothy.  They look like they can hold a hot dog or sausage with all the trimmings and not fall apart!  A definite must make for me(I love bread making!)


Source: Homemaid hotdog buns, or… I can bake!




There Are 2 New Starbuck’s Offerings?

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Starbuck’s has come out with 2 new beverage offerings post Valentine’s Day.  However, I have to get something off my chest.  Did you know that they had molten chocolate beverages? 

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Some Valentine Limericks!

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I hope you all have had a great Valentine’s Day.  That you spent today with someone special.  It could be your husband.  Parents.  Or that special friend that you have known forever.  Who is there for you no matter what.

allthewayJim and I celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday by going to the play “All The Way!”  You have got to go and see it if it comes near you.  It’s about President Lyndon Johnson.  What was so great about it was how it was staged.

Afterwards we went to dinner at Baba Yegas in the Montrose area in Houston.  A wonderful restaurant!  One of the most vegetarian/vegan baba yega frontfriendly restaurants I have been to.  I always find something ON the menu that I can eat.  Last night it was roasted artichokes.  I will be posting on that later.


For today, I want to wrap up Valentine’s Day with some limericks.  I am not much with poetry.  I like the extremely romantic poems.  Then I like limericks.  Limericks are funny.  I like that things actually rhyme.  Limericks are recent inventions in the scheme of things.  It came  from social gatherings where a group sang “Will you come up to Limerick?” after each set of limericks spoken and then the members of the party had to make up their own limericks.

Jim likens limericks to the Japanese Haiku.  Or if you want to compare it to our present day,   rap.   Rap is much more free form however.  Limericks are big in our family.  We have a shelf of books.  Some of the limericks would make you blush!   So here you go! 

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Red velvet ice cream

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From Ice Cream Magazine!

Doesn’t  this look wonderful?  When we were kids, my mom would make us a red velvet cake for special occasions.  A real Red Velvet cake is made with cocoa and buttermilk and butter. It is very tender and moist.  And to me, it tasted like a red devil’s food cake.  The only other cake that my made that was better was her Million Dollar cake!


I saw this post and thought what a great idea.  A southern Ben & Jerry’s type of recipe.  The recipe does call for Mascarpone cheese.  It’s Italian cheese or thickened cream really.  You can get it at any supermarket.  Red velvet cake?  I am not so sure, but it’s worth a try to look!

Source: Red velvet ice cream




The Best Brownies Evah!

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With Valentine’s Day almost here, I have gotten the chocolate out of the freezer to bake.  Carlitos2 5After all, what is Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  This was my son’s favorite thing to do for Valentine’s Day.  Of course, when he was little, we use to do them in the microwave.  That was much easier for him to help with.  Safer too!

As he got older we started using this recipe that I had gotten from the Betty Crocker cookbook.  This is so good!  Rich and moist.  It’s the real chocolate.  Instead of just nuts, I add a mixture of half walnuts and half raisins.  It reminds me of Chunky bars, except a lot easier to bite into.  I hope you enjoy the recipe! 

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Valentine Mosaic Jello

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From Once Upon A Spice!


I love this recipe!  It reminds me of “wigglers” which my son and I would make when he was little.  The jello is so concentrated that you can easily pick it up with your hands and it doesn’t melt.  We had little molds that we would pour the mixture in.  Different molds for different seasons and holidays.  I think this recipe would be wonderful to make with your child for Valentine’s Day.


Thanks to Lana for the idea!


Source: Valentine Mosaic Jello



An Irish Love Poem For Valentine’s Day

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From John Boyle O’Reilly


THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest

Has a kiss of desire on the lips