Tuesday, April 5, 2011


So I invited our neighbor and her family over for dinner last weekend. I decided I will make beef biriyani but I have never cooked it before. So I used a package spice mix I already had I bought from the indian store. I will just follow direction on the package. How hard can it be? Well, it wasn't very hard but I had to guestimate. I used to work as a chemist and this method sucks! Why? Because it doesn't give a set quantity of how much of the ingredients to use! There were two quanitities. Rice and beef. I am supposed to use ginger-garlic paste and yogurt but the package had no amount listed. I ended up using about two table spoons but I have to say I was very nervous about how my dish is going to come out! Its okay to try but not on the day when I have guests coming over for dinner! Experiments are for your own to try fail and adjust. For guests, you want to try a no-fail recipe that you have prepared before. Anyway, it turned out fine in the end and wasn't too spicy. I was afraid it might have been and my two little guests who are 11 and 5 yrs old wouldn't be able to eat it. Ugh, I really gotta start taking pics before we eat it all up so I can take pics for you to see. Yeah, it didn't look anything like the indian restaurant biriyani! LOL!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Amish friendship Bread

Sometime one day last year my friend A from California sent me a starter bread of Amish friendship bread. I had no idea what that was. She was making the bread while I was visiting her and I watched her make her very first batch. She got her starter bag from her mom. Well, I am not a regular baker so I didn't think much of it till A gave me one to take home. I have been hooked on it ever since! No, I don't bake every ten days. Instead the "babies" that I get, I store them in the freezer and take it out when I want to bake one. So a few days ago I took one out and baked it yesterday! My husband J chose the flavors. One cheesecake and one vanilla pudding mix. Result: YUM! How do I know? Cuz I already had eaten a piece soon as it was ready! Hehehe!