Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tomato Bisque!

Oh Yum! Creamy, tangy, tomato bisque!

Before I get to my recipe, some exciting news, in a few days I will be starting my new job as a production chemist for a winery! Yes, I am leaving the spirits world and moving onto classier drinks now, wines. However new job also means relocation... I hate moving... I loathe it. I have to admit I have not procrastinated this much since my college days when I know I eventually needed to study but don't and just stare at the books hoping the information will just download into my brain... no luck. Well just like then, I know I'd eventually need to pack but every bone in my body wishes that my stuff can just pack themselves... THEN after the pain of packing comes the pain of MOVING. My current apartment is upstairs... *sigh* which only means one thing: what goes up must come down. Just thinking about lugging all my belongings downstairs makes me sad.

Therefore, I will now choose to ignore the situation some more. Procrastination will continue.
SO instead of packing, I choose to update my blog. In my efforts of cleaning out my fridge before I move, I came up with this wonderful recipe to make tomato bisque soup using a potato instead of flour to make the nice thick creamy luscious soup.
 It made a fantastic dinner! Throw in some bread and I think I've just got heaven in a bowl!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SF Street Food Festival 2012 and Zucchini Soup with Prawns!

By now it should be no surprise that where there is food, there is me. The San Francisco Street Food Festival 2012! The festivities I drooled over this past weekend was actually an accidental discovery my friends and I found last year when we were wondering the streets of SF (okay so we were nerding it at the Science Academy in Golden Gate Park) but the previous year we arrived so late that they were already getting ready to shut down... we didn't get a thorough run.

This year, we made it a point to focus just on street foods and clearly we succeeded! 

A weekend well spent in my eyes! I even ran into a booth that sold Brazilian Cheese Breads! Now I finally know what it tastes like and to my greatest satisfaction, they taste almost identical to the ones I've made (recipe here)! Nothing more exciting than making something that matches spot on with the professionals.

Now to the random part of the post:

Creamy Zucchini Soup with Giant Prawns!

I suppose it's not that random as I feel obligated to include a recipe/creation with every blog entry...

I must say this is one of the best dinners I've made in a while. Craving shrimp for some time now, I finally decided to break into the bag of shrimps I've bought a while ago (unfortunately not fresh shrimp but served its purpose) and make something of it!

Playing with my Creamy Summer Squash Soup as a base for the shrimp, I decided to cut the yellow squash out of the recipe and used 3 zucchinis instead. For the shrimp I decided to keep things simple and threw them onto a saute pan with a little bit of garlic olive oil and salt and pepper for taste. Threw in a jalapeno pepper for an extra kick. 

Finishing details for the soup:
(makes 1 serving)
  • 16/20 shrimps (6-7 shrimps per serving) 
  • salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Creamy Summer Squash Soup Recipe. Follow the recipe exactly except replace the yellow squash with another zucchini
  1. Heat a medium saute pan with olive oil and once the pan is hot place the shrimps onto the pan, season, and cook until about 80%cooked
  2. With the shrimp still in the saute pan, pour about 1-2 cups of the zucchini soup into the saute pan and finish cooking the shrimp in the soup. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Peach Tarts Revisited!

An easy no bake fresh peach tart with mascarpone cream filling. Unfortunately I don't remember where I obtained this recipe for the mascarpone cream filling... sorry to the original composer for taking it and not giving credit...

Mascarpone Cream Filling:
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 4oz fresh mascarpone cream
  1. Beat cream cheese, heavy cream, powder sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Fold in mascarpone
  2. Spread on the bottom of pastry shell (recipe for shell found here)

I had left over pastry shell dough from my last run of peach tartlets so I thought I'd venture into another recipe of peach tarts and here we are! So much easier when I only have to make the filling!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SU Holiday Catalog 2012 Post #2

Here's another batch of cards made with another stamp set from the new 2012 SU Holiday Catalog:

Featuring: GOOGLY GHOULS stamp set
(*note: card projects may contain some retired items)
Halloween also came a little early this year!

Card 1
(pumpkin pie, wisteria wonder, perfect plum, basic black, wicked cool stamp set, spider web embossing folder) 

Card 2
(pumpkin pie, peach parfait, basic grey, basic black, whisper white craft ink, spider web embossing folder, got treats stamp set) 

Card 3
(pumpkin pie, peach parfait, lucky limeade, concord crush, basic black, more mustard, houndstooth embossing folder, teeny tiny wishes stamp set, wicked cool stamp set)

Card 4
(pumpkin pie, peach parfait, lucky limeade, basic black, hand penned stamp set, wicked cool stamp set) 

P.S. $0.99 on Retired Stampin' Up Designers Fabric!! Click here to check them out!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Garlic Cheese Knots Round 2!

What will make garlic cheese knots even better.... hmm... how about a little bit of prosciutto!?! Yes please!
Made exactly as before but this time around, I decided to use pepper jack cheese, garlic seasoning I bought from the garlic festival, and of course the main player prosciutto!

For recipe, click here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lazy Friday Night: Cheesy Garlicy Mash Potatoes!

What a week! With the Olympics my sleep schedule is definitely taking a toll. Why does the swimming events always get broadcast last!!? Rhetorical question... but still sucks since I have to wake up at 4 am for work and sleeping at 12am doesn't help. Definitely going to load up on coffee for the next few weeks...

So technically where I'm getting at is after 5 days of that, now I'm just too lazy to cook and clean  so why not some mash least the way I make it is lazy enough. 1 pan, 1 wooden spoon, 1 potato, and some spices + cheese = Cheesy Garlicy Mash Potatoes (recipe here)!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Peach Tartlets with Peach Mascarpone Cream!

The result of being too excited and purchasing a case of peaches... not too shabby. One more experiment to come later but for now we have peach tartlets with peach mascarpone cream! Originally it was just suppose to be peach tartlets but after trying one, it seemed like it was missing something so I added the mascarpone cream.

Definitely better with the cream. I wish I had the cognac the recipe called for too but unfortunately since I didn't I decided to just skip it. Seems like it turned out okay.