Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bacon Spaghetti

This is a classic in our house. I definitely prefer it over beef spaghetti... by a lot! 
6 slices bacon (half a package-ish)
1 onion, finely chopped
Fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (391 ml) tomato sauce
Spaghetti noodles (for 4 people)
Chop bacon into small pieces and then fry. In a medium pot, fry onion. Add mushrooms and spices and fry. Add bacon and tomato sauce, simmer as the noodles cook. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. 
Serve sauce over noodles with parmesan cheese. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Butter Chicken

Last November I went to India for a business trip. It was amazing! It was cool to experience a new culture and, of course, new food. A few months after I got home I decided I wanted to try some new food and so I decided to hunt for some good Indian recipes. I know that butter chicken isn't 'real Indian food' but that's what I tried first. So here's my recipe, which is actually a combination of many other recipes. 
2-3 chicken breasts
1 onion
2 cloves garlic (I use about a teaspoon pre-minced garlic from a jar)
1 can diced tomatoes (large can)
1 can coconut milk 
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garam masala 
1 tsp curry powder
(Spice amounts are estimates, change to your own preferences)
Rice or Indian bread (such as naan or chapati) as a side
Chop up chicken breasts into small pieces and fry in a wok or other large pan with high sides. 
Chop up onion and garlic. Add to cooked chicken and fry. 
When onions are soft, add the spices to the pan and fry for a minute or so. 
Purée the tomatoes using a hand blender or food processor. Pour puréed tomatoes into chicken/onion/spice mixture. Pour coconut milk in and stir. 
Simmer for 15-20 min. While it is simmering cook rice or bread. 

Serve by pouring sauce over rice or with bread. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

UCM Grad Cake 2013

For the third year in a row, I made the grad cake for my church. Grad was in April... but I'm posting the cake now. Oops...
I wanted it to be a three tiered cake... but I had some structural integrity issues. So it ended up being a two tiered cake with an extra cake off to the side.

Covered in grad hats of course!

Panda Cake!

I made this cake for my summer roommate's birthday. She loves animals and all things cute. And her boyfriend told me panda's were her favourite.

Isn't he so cute? I think its the cutest cake I've made. It was hard to cut him up and eat him.

Gummy Birthday Cake

One of my close friends loves gummy candy of all kinds. So for her birthday I made a cake... and covered it in gummies.... lots and lots of gummies.

 There were a lot of gummies on this cake. The goal was 95% gummy coverage... I think I made it.
 If you look closely the cake say 'Lisa' on it. But this turned out to be hard to see.
 Wrapped around the base of the cake were 3 foot long gummy snakes. They ended up having to take scissors to the cake to cut them.
Gummy overload!

Flamingo Cake

I made this one for a co-worker's 40th birthday.

Apparently flamingo's and 40th birthdays are a thing... I really don't know why, but I've been told they are.