2014年04月28日

spicy Italian


You’d think that winter was the season of soups, but I barely recall making any soups during the California “cold” this past year. Instead, in the sunny, beautiful weather of these past few weeks, a deep soup craving has presented itself to me, and I’ve been more than glad to satisfy it eye cream.

The famous Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is something that almost every woman I know has swooned over at one point or another in her life. This is the soup that introduced a whole group of us to kale for the first time, and what a delicious introduction that was. While I was living with roommates, one of us girls would make a homemade version of this soup at least once every few months.

My own version of this sausage, potato, and kale soup is on the lighter side, so if you’re looking for something a little richer, feel free to add more sumptuous ingredients. Chicken broth adds flavor and thins out the broth, but whole milk still provides creaminess without heaviness, and the potatoes tend to thicken the soup up a bit more. If you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to substitute some of the chicken broth or milk with heavy cream. Also, I like to use chicken sausage (spicy Italian, please!), but pork sausage would make this dish a little richer bookcases.

And finally, if you’re looking for an over-the-top version of this soup that is bound to guarantee a crowd of sleepy dinner guests, you can take a tip from one of my roommates, who would fry up some diced bacon along with the sausage and toss it in the soup otterbox reflex.

  


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2014年04月28日

Coca-cola and chicken


It has that perfectly tastebud-mesmerizing combination of flavors that, once we start eating it, we can’t seem to get enough of; with that toasty and nutty warmth of sesame oil, the mild heat of freshly cracked black pepper, the slightly lemony and spicy kick from fresh ginger, the warm pungency from garlic, the sweetness of brown sugar, or my favorite, Coca-Cola, and the “umami-ness” (is that a word?) of dark soy sauce Советы туристам в Гонконге.

And all of those bold and aromatic flavors work so perfectly well together with meat when it comes to the marination of it, or when combined into a finishing glaze, especially for tasty finger-food types of meat like little chicken drumettes—the larger, more succulent part of the chicken wing.

Put Korean flavors together with those tender victuals, and you’ve got some stellar snacking, or the best , you’ve ever had, my friend.

Chicken wings are the type of finger-licking snack or appetizer that when you see them on a menu at a restaurant or local pizza chain, you get that hankering to order them. Heck, my hubs gets them as an accompaniment almost every time we place an order for pizza for our occasional pizza night .

But really, they’re not a menu item that is difficult to prepare, and to prepare deliciously well, to boot. The key is adding as much great flavor to them as possible, giving them a quick fry, and then tossing them in a glossy sauce that’ll leave your mouth shiny and your fingers messy. Anything less than a mess just wouldn’t be quite as fun, right?

So this week I thought I’d take the opportunity to “wing it” a little with a bone-sucking and sweet-sticky and spicy recipe for chicken wings to give us something umami-ful (let’s make that a word!) to get our fingers and possibly even our chinny-chin-chins good and messy over.

Korean tastiness, Coca-cola and chicken? Wings have never had it so sweet iphone screen protector.


  


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2014年04月04日

If you are eating low GI


I wish I could start this post with a pretty picture of spring flowers and a short story about how much we are enjoying spring weather Dentist Hong Kong.

I mean, yes, it feels like spring when the sun manages to peek through the clouds and it’s light outside up until 8 pm. But we still haven’t put away our winter clothing and the most of us haven’t been brave enough to change winter tiers

To make it a little bit more spring-like here on the blog, I decided to share with you this Potato Salad with Avocado recipe. The pictures turned out so light and fresh with so many shades of green and I thought they are a perfect reminder that the warm days are near.

If you are eating low GI, you are probably careful about potatoes. It’s true that baked and mashed potatoes are very high GI. Small baby potatoes, on the other hand, are medium GI and can be enjoyed as a side dish or in a salad dining in Hong Kong.
  


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