Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stir fried beef and broccoli

2 Tbls. Soy sauce 1/2 tsp. salt 1Tbls. Pale dry sherry 1/2 cup oil 1/2 lb. lean beef (lamb or nilgai will do as well) very thinly sliced 1 Tbls. Red wine vinegar 1 Tbls. Sesame oil 1/2 tsp. black pepper 2 cloves garlic, mi need 2 bunches green onions Mix together 1Tbls. Of the soy sauce, the salt, sherry, and 2 Tbls. Of the oil. Add the meat slices amd leave to marinate for 5 minutes. Mix the remaining soy sauce with the vinegar, sesame seed oil and pepper in a small bowl. Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Add the meat and stir-fry until browned. Shred a few of the green onions and set aside for garnish. Cut the remainder into 2 inch pieces and add to the meat together with the vinegar mixture. Stir-fry for a few seconds. Serve hot, garnished with the reserved green onions. Serve over steamed rice. This is the basic recipe. We have made changes to it. We use at least a pound of meat, sometimes 2 pounds. We also add snow peas, carrots cut very small, and broccoli. We change the measurements of all the liquids to 1/3 to 1/2 of a cup for each liquid to make enough sauce. Be creative. This is just a basic recipe. Enjoy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Muffin-Tin Breakfast

muffin mix (I use Betty Crocker's blueberry or make them from scratch)
greased muffin pan

Preheat oven to 375F
Grease half of the pan
Prepare muffins
Line half of the muffin cups with one slice of ham.  Top with an egg.
Line remaining  cups with muffin papers (or grease them with Pam).  Fill these cups with muffin mixture (2/3 full).
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until eggs are desired firmness and golden brown.  Don't overcook unless you want the yolks hard).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Carrot casserole

2 pounds carrots (chopped and boiled)
1/2 cup butter
4 TBLS. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinammon
2 tsp. vanilla

Beat all ingredients except carrots until smooth.  Add to mashed carrots.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Then, add nuts and marshmallows.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Zucchini Casserole

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (brown and drain)
2 zucchini:( boil, drain, and mash zucchini and squash)
2 yellow squash
1 onion: chopped
1 box Cornbread flavored Stove Top Dressing (Prepare according to directions on box)
1 small jar Cheese  Whiz (may use jalapeno Cheese Whiz is you prefer a spicier taste)

 Mix and bake in casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until it begins to brown on top. 

Serves 6 to 8 people (I usually double this recipe)

This is a wonderful Autumn recipe and is so easy.  Even people who don't usually like squash like this recipe, I think because the squash is mashed and the other ingredients disguise it. My teenagers love this dish.  It is very easy to prepare so it is a nice dish to prepare when you are having company.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trip to Cairo, Egypt

Stephen making a new friend.
Inside the pyramids at Saqqara . 
Egyptian texting.
On our way to the Pyramids.
Truck carrying eggs to the market. 
It was interesting to notice that they were not packaged.

Cargo is packed as high as the workers can climb.
On my way up to Mt. Sinai via the camel taxi.
The trip took us about six hours.
I rode a camel 1/3 of the way up, but hiked the rest of the way.
Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments
from God.
I wondered if my poor, scrawny camel would make it.
Preparing for landing.
My son, Brian, and my two granddaughters, Emily and 
Savannah, who were real little troopers!
My son, Stephen.
My daughter, Sarah, at the top of Mt. Sinai.
The Sphinx.
We have reached our destination. This photo was taken 
with a wide angle lens, which gets the view, but
adds extra weight to the people.
Moses' well.
The burning bush, which as you can see is
a flourishing green bush.
Treats brought to us by Brian and Christy's neighbor,
Samka, to welcome us to Egypt.
I think this was called The City Gate.
I loved all of the  merchants selling fruits, spices, and herbs.
The markets looked like they stepped straight from
Bible times.
Egypt has the most delicious mangoes that I have ever
One of the many shops at Khan al-Khalili.
Khan al-Khalili
The streets are busy and full of people selling
and buying. If your eyes turn even for a moment,
to an object, you will enter into negotiations to 
buy the item.  You will hear pleas such as,
"I don't know what you, need, but I have what you want."
I thought that these ancient box windows were
interesting. They provided privacy for the women
to view what was going on in the market while 
preventing people from being able to see them.
This photo does not do justice to how crowded the
streets really are.
The Khan
A man making a hat.He is heating up the material
to allow him to bend the hat.
Fresh fruit market.  Many varieties of dates are available there.
I loved the bags of cotton.
The Khan at night.  This is not a place for day dreaming.
I was hit by a motorcycle because I wasn't paying
attention to his horn; I was dazzled by all of the
pretty baubles.
It was a common sight to see people selling these
loaves of freshly baked bread.

Trying on some of the exotic head scarves.
This was the merchant at the scarf shop and
she was very friendly.
More treats sent to welcome us to Egypt; I love the 
people there.
Uncle Stephen enjoying a morning cuddle with Sophie.
The entrance into the step pyramids at Saqqara.
Exiting the pyramids.
As you can see, there is not much head room going 
and coming from the pyramids.
One of the many groves of date palms.
Allen wearing  the gaff aha given to him by our son, Brian. 
Watching some lapis lazuli jewelry being made.
And now, it's time to say good-bye.
Mutt and Jeff must part.
Allen with two of his sons.
Sarah and Brian
Stephen, Sarah, and Brian
Mother and son
A good time was had by all.

The delicious feast lovingly prepared 
for us by Mohamed's wife, sisters
and mother. They cooked for two days.

We experienced true hospitality from the Egyptians.
A wonderful night of food and friendship.
Brian's (and now our) friend, Mohamed and his nephew
along with Brian, Savannah and Allen.
The kids finding some common ground on
the computer. 
Mohamed giving us a tour of his alabaster shop.
He sent us home with gifts of alabaster.
Eating dinner while we enjoy riding on a falukah  on the
Nile River.
Eating chicken tikka.
Allen and Becky with our youngest two children
and three of our grandchildren.
Emily, Savannah, Brian,
Sophie and Christy
Sarah, Stephen, Becky and Allen
Brian and Becky riding on the Nile.
The Citadel 

New friends.
Allen and Becky

Swimming pool at our hotel in Luxor.
It blends into the Nile River.

One of the colorful dancers at our hotel.
Brian's local vegetable market.
Brian's friend at the fruit market
who greeted us all with a welcoming pineapple drink.

Sarah and Savannah.
Stephen and Emily
Christy is getting up the nerve to kiss this camel.
Our camel train
The pyramids at Giza.
Allen and our guide.
The Sphinx