Easy Garlic Naan

All the bread and one of fuss!

*See the video for directions here are the measurements below*

Recipe:

3 – 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of plain yogurt

3/4 – 1 cup of whole milk

1/2 stick of melted butter and 3 grated garlic cloves (for brushing)

Easy Chicken Masala

1-3 lBS of boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped 
The marinade

  • 1 teaspoon tarmac powder
  • 1 teaspoon gar masala 
  • 1 chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups of plan yogurt 

Combine all ingredients including chicken into a large mixing bowl. Stir until all the spices are worked through the yogurt. Set aside and let marinade for 1-2 hours. 
On a stove-top grill or cast iron skillet cook chicken pieces for 3-5 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned.
The sauce 

  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 8oz can of evaporated milk
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 diced peppers (chillies)

In stove-top pot on medium heat combine all ingredients and chicken and stir together. Cover and let simmer for 15-25 minutes and serve over rice.

3 plastic free disposable utensil brands

Recycling in the the united states has been on the decline on an industrial level for a few years now. Mainly because countries like China and Indonesia aren’t buying our recyclable materials like they used to. So it falls on us the consumer to reduce our plastic consumption and maybe the corporations will reduce the amount they produce.

World Centric

World Centric was founded in 2004 to raise awareness of large-scale humanitarian and environmental issues and how our pursuit of a good life was severely degrading the planet’s ecosystems and at the same time creating vast inequalities where 2.5 billion people live on less than $2/day, without access to basic necessities such as adequate food, water, healthcare, education, housing, sanitation etc. We started by hosting award-winning documentaries and speakers on environmental, social, human rights and peace issues, offered courses on sustainability, simple living, and globalization and started to work on a Conscious Living guide. World Centric is based in California and sells a vary of products at super markets all around the country. Such as knifes, spoons, plates, and coffee cups. You can check their website https://www.worldcentric.com/ their products are also available on amazon and target.

Repurpose

Repurpose is another California based brand of plastic free picnicware. Repurpose is the newest kid on the block and although it is not as readily available in stores as some other brands I find their general price point to be lower and their quality to be higher. The plates and cups are great for parties or events. AND THEY MAKE STRAWS!!! So if you have kids or love straws but worried about the environmental, worry no more. http://www.repurposecompostables.com/shop

Vaneerware by Bambu

Vaneerware is a line of disposable flatware made from, you guessed it! Bambo, the company is based in Oregon but sustainably made in China. The products are 100% biodegradable and reusable to an extent. They’re very high quality and perfect for everyday home use or professional events and catering. If you like fancy plates these are the fanciest! Bulk orders are available on their website. They even have sample boxes starting at $15 USD. I will definitely be ordering some for my next party. https://www.bambuhome.com/collections/compostable-dinnerware

Easy Game Night Menu

Asian Style fried chicken wing

5-10 LBS of chicken wings

2 cups soy sauce

2 tpbs. chilli garlic sauce

1 tps.  Chinese 5 spice

2 tpbs. Minced ginger

4 cloves of minced garlic

3-4 cups of flour with ¼ tps cornstarch and ¼ tps baking power mixed in

to clean the chicken:

In an extra large bowl or pot add the chicken wings and several cups of apple cider vinegar until the chicken is covered. Add ¼ cup of kosher salt and ¼ cup of lemon juice and stir until the salt dissolves. Cover and place and the fridge for at least 3 hours to overnight. Skim off white film/foam off the top with a spoon before draining the chicken.  

In the same bowl or large Ziploc bag combine wings, soy sauce, chilli garlic sauce, 5 spice, ginger, and garlic. Marinade chicken for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oil to 325°F in a deep fryer or stove top Dutch oven/hard bottom frying pan .

There is no egg wash needed for this recipe just coat the chicken in the flour mixture and fry until chicken in dark brown and crispy. Drain the a strainer lined with paper towel.

Puff pastry turkey patties

2 lbs ground turkey

5 scallions

1 tps cumin

1 tps chilli powder

salt & pepper to taste

2-4 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed and lightly floured

in a large skillet coated with a few tablespoons of olive oil combine the ground turkey, scallions and spices. Over medium heat cooked turkey until lightly browned. Set aside and let cool.

In the meanwhile, on a floured board cut puff pastry into 4” squares. In each square add 1-2 spoonsful of the meat. In a small bowl or dish prepare an egg wash of 1 egg, 2-3 tbps of water and 1 tbps of melted butter. Dip a finger in the wash and go around the inside edge of the pastry, fold on a diagonal (triangle) and press to seal. Once all the patties are complete brush them with the remaining egg wash and bake them in an oven that been preheated to 350 for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.

Guide to the ultimate game night

There’s nothing like a good ole fashion game as a reason to get your loved ones together and have some fun! Sometimes the pressure of planning a house party can be overwhelming and thing can go left pretty easily. Here are few tips to getting your game night up, running, organized and fun!

The invitations

There are a fews ways to get the word about your party out. The simple and most straight forward way is a facebook invite. Facebook allows you to create and event, invite your friends, keep track of your guest list and share updates and info about your events to your attendees in real time. Here’s a short video of how to create an invite on facebook if you’ve never done it before.

Now if everyone you’d like to invite isn’t on facebook another thing you can do is send a text invitation via sms. Personally like to make a little graphic to go long with the text I’m sending out to give it that special touch. It’s very easy to do using and app like PicCollage or Picstich. And you can do something simple like this:

When preparing your guest list here are a few things to keep in mind. The size of your space, how much setting you have, will you need to buy more chairs?

A principle in marketing is 10% of your outreach will show up at your event. So if you invite 30 people on average only 10 will rsvp/show up. In catering a stick to the rule of +5. Meaning that invite 30, expect 10, prepare food for 15. So if you want a guaranteed 10 people at your game that means you should invite AT LEAST 30 people!

The Games

You know you friends best so you probably know what they would enjoy playing. But it’s always a good idea to have some opinions. I even go as far as posting a game schedule so different things happen through the course of the night.

  • Game night Agenda
  • 1. Snack / Mingle 7pm-8:15
  • 2. One round of cards for humanity 8:15-8:40
  • 3. Video game/ card break out 8:40 -???
  • 4. Group game of trivia

Don’t be anal about the schedule let the night flow organically the agenda is just there to keep the night moving along.

Last but not least is the food. Party food should be simple to prepare and comprised mostly of food you can eat with one hand in my opinion. One thing you must not do is EXPERIMENT ON YOUR GUEST!!! DON’T serve anything you’ve made for the first time ever to your party goers. Frankly because it’s rude because so many things can go awry on a first time dish. Instead make thing that you’ve made at least 3-5 times before and have had a few people taste. If you used facebook to create you invitation send a message to your guest and ask about food allergies or special diets. You also post a poll to help figure out menu options.

I’m gonna go another post with some great game night recipes late today, makes sure to follow and subscribe so you can get those notifications

Mussels with wine sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of whole grain pasta
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 l cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 pound mussels
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 medium sized zucchini diced

Bring a few quarts of salted water to a rolling boil, add 1 box of any kind of whole grain pasta you like and cook until al-dente. in a stovetop dutch over or large skillet add wine, salt and pepper, rosemary, thyme, dice zucchini and mussels over a medium. Cover and let simmer until mussels open. Reduce the heat and add butter, garlic, parmesan, and red onion. Cook until the butter is melted and the onions are soft. Drain pasta and plate, spooning mussels and sauce over pasta, garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

What the F*#% do I do with all these jars?

If you’re anything like me, a trend whore… Then when the mason jar wave hit about two years ago you probably went a little overboard. Now your looking at kitchen cabinet that’s over flowing with glass prisons, thinking to yourself “why the fuck did I buy all these?” The novelty of using them as fun drinking glasses has long since worn off. And if you take one more jar of overnight oats to work your going to hang yourself with a quaker hat! Presented for your approval are few different ways you can put those jars to use.

Pickled Pepper Mangos are a common snack found all over the caribbean and parts of Mexico. I personally hate mango but there’s something about pickled mango that just does it for me! You can eat them alone, put them on kabobs, in salads, tacos and tons of other sweet and savory dishes.

First you want find a few mangos that are just under ripe (mean they’re still a little hard to the touch) 2-3 should do the trick depending on the size of your jar. You want to peel them and cut them up like so,

The Brine

in mason jar of any size combine the following

  • 1/2 cup of kosher salt
  • 1 tps Cheyenne pepper
  • 1/2 tps black pepper
  • 1 tps red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tbs cumin
  • 1-3 cups apple cider vinegar (depending on the side of the jar)

Close the mason jar and shake until on the salt is dissolved reopen and add in mango slices. Seal the jar a refrigerate for four days minimum before serving.

Microwave cake

You’ve been eating overnight oat and heaven only knows what gods awful concoction of juiced greens all winter, it’s time to treat yo self bitch. Who says you can bring cake for lunch at work? I mean as long as it’s discreet…

Microwave or mug cake is super easy and dumb good! And if you put it in jar it’s simple to pick up and take to work for lunch or out on a picnic.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray, such as PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2 cups whipped cream,
  • 1/4 cup eggs
  • 1/2 cup dry devil’s food cake mix with pudding in mix
  • 2 tablespoons caramel flavored syrup
  • 3 mini twist pretzels, crushed

Directions

Spray insides of 2 large microwave-safe mugs with cooking spray. Whisk together whip cream, eggs, and cake mix in medium bowl. Place half of batter in each mug.

Microwave each mug individually on high for 1 minute to 1 minute 15 seconds or until set. Invert each cake onto plate. Top with caramel syrup and sprinkle with crushed pretzels. Serve immediately with additional whip cream, if desired.

Cumin seeds/Geera

Lastly I use small jars for storing fresh spices and seasonings. I make my own cumin from geera/jeera seeds because cumin tends to get stale pretty quickly the seeds stay fresher longer than the ground powder.