Wednesday, April 16, 2014

McDonald Copycat Fries - Awesome



McDonald Copycat Fries

Aw !!  The classic  McDonald  fries, so good, so crispy  and  tender in the inside.  Now I know, I know that fries can be fattening and eating too much can give you some extra pounds where you do not want it.
So!!  Good news,  you can really eat fries and enjoy yourself  without the guilt and keep the weight off, if you just follow a few rules.  Take a moment and check my  Cookingaround   on  “Can I Eat Fattening Food Or Fast Food In Order To Lose Weight”, by clicking on the is link below.


I hope you really enjoy this recipe and let me know how it turned out. 

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Recipe;

Potatoes  best suitable for fries.

1/3 Cup sugar per  2 Lbs.

Salt and/or vinegar to taste.

Plenty of cooking oil.


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Choose a potato that is most suitable for making fries, remember that not all potatoes will give you that crisp crunch.  Here I 'am  using what they call a "new potato" in  Canada. 

If you have a question on the potato that would be best, then ask your Supermarket Clerk to help you in finding the best one. Also look for the lager ones and with a few knots as possible.



Most potato cutters will not cut them this thin, so, try it by the old fashion way.

Go ahead and cut them by hand "Like My Momma Taught  Me", remember that "practice, makes perfect.



Make sure that you use plenty of water in order to make the potato process more effective. Please make sure that the fries are not wet before it goes into the hot oil, for it could  pop back at you. 





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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Old Fashion Hamburger - Awesome



Old Fashion Hamburger - Awesome


Aww !!   The famous North American Hamburger now what could be closer to Heaven then this when it comes to comfort food. In recipe the meat will always be soft and juice. Just awesome with a side of fries.

Yeah, I know fat, calories well ?  Just  go ahead and have one and do not feel guilty for it because you can have your desired meal once in a while and still keep your diet and weight.  I have lost about  42 kilos and  I eat whatever I want twice a week and still have managed to keep my cravings under control. How ?
Well just click here –

  Can I Eat Fattening Food Or Fast Foods In Order To Lose Weight?


Please tell me how yours turned out and did you make any changes to it…:)   


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Recipe; 


1 Lbs. - Medium ground beef.

1/4 Cup - Bread crumbs
1/2 Tsp. - Garlic powder
1 Tsp. Maggie, HP or worcester sauce 
3 Tbsp. - Milk

1 - Sm to med. egg

Salt and pepper to taste. 

Options; 

1/2 to 1 Tbsp. - Soya sauce 


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I like to use a medium ground beef because it has just the right amount of fat content to give it a nice round beefy taste. Make it the way you like for in this recipe even if you use a leaner meat it still will be moist and awesome.









Remember that the hamburger patty will shrink depending on the amount of fat in the beef.  Here I made the patty about 1/2 an inch larger then my bun, and it turned out to fit perfect.








Fry or BBQ your hamburger  until it is done about half way up the patty and then flip it over. Do not keep on flipping it more than necessary for it will tend to dry it out and then it will be tough and dry tasting.









Now go ahead and add your favorite toppings and make it your way.











Go ahead and enjoy for life is to short, bet yeah can not eat just one....:)









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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Old Fashion Beef Stew - One Pot Dish



Old   Fashion  Beef Stew - One Pot Dish


This old fashion beef stew is one of my favorites,  a great  Family pleaser,  really filling and satisfying .  Some like to make the sauce a little more  watery and that’s all good, but I think that a stew should be hearty and thick so it can stick to your ribs, a working man’s soup.  Really anyway you make it, I know it will turn out awesome..  

So easy to make, all in one pot. Try it in a slow cooker  and  just set it and forget it, it wouldn't  it great to come home on a winters day to this awesome stew. Your Family will all love it.


Try it and let me know how it turned out. 


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Recipe 

1 Lbs. - Beef.

4 Med. - Potatoes
1 Cup - Celery
1 Med. - Onion
2 Med. - Carrots
3 Tsp. - All purpose flour
1 to 1 1/2  cube - Beef stock
1 Cup - Tomato juice
1 Tsp. - Tomato paste
2 - Bay leaves

 Salt and pepper to taste

Options;
 1/2 Cup - Tomato sauce instead of juice



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You can really use any kind of meat from a top grade to a lower budget cut. Now here I was using medium grade beef sirloin filets because I like the faster cooking time of the stew and  I also like to have the beef cut in smaller pieces. Anyway you dice it I am sure that it will turn out just great.







Make sure that you coat and brown the beef on all sides so it can have all the juices locked in and not diluted in the stew. Also I would  not remove the beef from the pot because all that extra flour will help make your stew more thick. I would also do this if I was going to use a slow cooker, because just throwing the meat in makes it too soggy and mushy and that for me would not make me happy.





If you use a low budget cut of beef, then after the browning process I would  let the beef simmer for about  20 mins more or to the point that the beef is a bit more softer before you add the vegetables. In this way the beef will be soft and the veggies will not be overcooked or too soft.







To get a more thick and hearty stew I used a a starchy potato and gave it a few more minutes of cooking time to get that thick creamy liquid. If you want it more watery than I would advise you use a more firm potato (french fry type)  and stop the cooking right up to the point of your fork penetrating into the potato.  Either Way it will be out of this world.






I really hope that you will try this dish and let me know how it turned out and if you added something your way. 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Best Double Decker Clubhouse Sandwich



Best Double Decker Clubhouse Sandwich

Now what could be better than a American Classic Double Clubhouse Sandwich. The crisp lettuce, toast combined with the crispy bacon and all comes together in an awesome taste. I just love this sandwich because it is so easy and fast to make, just add fries and wow a meal fit for a King.

If you are worried about the fat in the mayo and the bacon, a little once and awhile will not keep you off your diet, trust me. Please see   Can I Eat Fattening Food Or Fast Food In Order To Lose Weight?

hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed showing you it.


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Recipe....

Bread for toast North American type.

- Crispy bacon.
- Mayonnaise (fat free or Reg.)
- Iceberg lettuce
- Lg. tomato

Salt and pepper to taste.


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Here I was using what I call a North American toasting bread. This bread is more square than the normal bread and is easier to work with. Now you really can use any type, but I kept it as close to the original  Clubhouse as possible. 









I like turkey on my Club but you can really use any type of cold-cuts you like. Try it with chicken it is just   as  good.  I  added  only  two   slices,  so you
can add as much as you want with different combination. 









Add lots of bacon if you want, now  if you are counting calories  just use  turkey bacon and/or a  low calorie Mayo. Anyway you have it, it will turn out awesome.  








In the traditional way you are suppose to cut them up into fours poked with  frilled toothpicks and have the triangles pointed up side by side on the plate with fries on the side. As for me this is the way I like it, right down the middle and that makes me happy. 






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Monday, February 3, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake



Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Now what can go better together then  apples and cinnamon, a great  combination.  I had some friends from my local Pub ask  me to bring them some cake  after  watching one of my videos, so off  to the kitchen I went.  Hi ho hi ho  off to work we go.

I  really like cake but I do not like all the work of  making it the regular  complicated  way, that’s way  I use a loaf  pan.  Just  mix   and bake,  if you want something on top then just added it to the top and there you go……..Done  fast and easy with no fuss.


Try it and please let me know how it turned out…..:) 



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Recipe....

1 1/2 Cups - all purpose flour
1/3 Cup - Brown sugar
2/3 Cup - White sugar
1/2 Cup - Butter
1 Lg. -  Apple
2 - Eggs
1 Tsp. - Cinnamon
1 3/4 Tsp. - Baking powder
1/2 Cup - Milk, more as necessary

Options
1/3  Cup - Almonds
1/3  Cup - Walnuts

Please see video below for more information. 

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Apple and cinnamon really goes good together and it gives off an awesome aroma  while you are baking it. Now at this point you can add some walnuts or almonds, whatever you want, make it your way.










At this point add only half of the mixture and half of the  apple and cinnamon. Do not press it down but allow it just to stay on the top.










Add the other half to the loaf pan and the half of the apple mix. We do not want to press or blend it in for we want it to bake on top for an awesome topping that all your friends will cry for.








Grab a toothpick and stab it around the middle of the loaf  and see if it is dry and if it is done. Just remember that the apples are still moist and it could give you some off readings. Now if it's been in the oven for the at least 50 mins., then it's probably done. 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chicken To Die For - Budget Recipe



Chicken To Die For  -  Budget Recipe


This recipe “Chicken To Die For”   is one of my favorites because it is made so  fast and it’s really easy,  no one can make a mistake here.  Not only does it have an awesome taste but if you use a skinless breast  then it is becomes a  low-fat dish that’s perfect  to keep your waistline under control.

Now what could you ask for in a dish like this, so simple and tastes out of this world.


Please  tell me how yours turned out or did you change something. 


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 Recipe...

2 - Chicken skinless breasts.

1/2 Cup - Plain yogourt
2 Tbsp. - Parmesan dry cheese
1 to 2 Tbsp. - Seasoning salt or Chicken seasoning

Homemade seasoning salt
1/2 Tsp. - Cornstarch
1/2 Tsp. - Turmeric
1/2 Tsp. - Paprika
1/2 Tsp. - Garlic salt
1/4 Tsp. - Pepper
1 Tsp. - Sugar

For more information please see video below;

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Here I' am using skinless chicken breasts to keep it low fat. If you want you can leave the skin on, but you should  fry the skin part down and then add the mixture to the top and  then to the oven. Really you could use any part of the chicken, experiment and see for I have done this and it turned out great.








By using Seasoning Salt or Chicken Seasoning you really cut the downtime  time in half and sometimes it does help you in the Kitchen when you are a bit tired. For me I like about everything homemade, so please check the recipe above for the homemade version. 



Don't worry about not coating the bottom with the mixture for it will turnout better this way by having the sauce on top and the breast searing  on the bottom. This will give an even cooking all around the chicken with different textures. 









How can something be so fast and easy like this recipe and taste so good. 











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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sloppy Joe's - Awesome



Sloppy Joe's  -  Awesome

Sloppy Joe’s  an awesome  North American  treat,  always good and everyone will always ask for more. So make sure that when you add it to the bun  that you pour it on thick for if it does not fall as you eat it then it’s not a sloppy Joe’s.  The Kid’s just love this because it’s messy and an adventure in eating,  never  seen one that did not like it.

I love this recipe because it is so easy and fast to make and it can be made ahead of time and  frozen  for a later date.  Also  try to add this to some pasta dish and just see how you would like it, better than any sauce that you have tried, just mmm,  mm  awesome…

Please let me know how yours turned out or what did you add to it. 

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Recipe...

1 Lbs. - Med ground beef

1/4 Cup - Onions
1/4 Cup - Diced green pepper
1/4 to  1/2 Cup - Ketchup
2 to 3 Tsp. -  Brown sugar
1 Tbsp. - Soya sauce
1 Tsp. - Mustard
1/4 Cup - Water

Salt and pepper to taste

Options;
1/3 to 1/2 Cup - Tomato sauce
Diced carrots

For more information please see video - "Click To See Video"
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I like to use a medium  ground beef because the flavour comes out in a little bit of fat. Now you can use a lean ground and it will be just as good, but I would add more of the soya sauce. 










Here I added  some green sweet pepper because some Children are more fussy when you try to add some veggies to there hamburger.  What can also be added here would be some diced carrots and it will be even better, try it by adding other things to your liking.










A good idea is so make a big pot of the sloppy Joe's and  separate it into bags according to your Household portions and freeze it for a later date.  It really freezes well.  Also try it on a pasta dish and see how you Family would like that.  One easy and fast dish with so many ways to serve it.







Remember if it does not spill over and make a mess as you bite it, then it's not a Sloppy Joe's. So go ahead and make a mess...






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Friday, January 24, 2014

Meatball Sandwich - Awesome



Meatball Sandwich - Awesome


I just love this recipe because it is so easy to make and the taste is really awesome, and not to mention that because it’s baked it’s better for you without all that frying.  Make sure that you make some extra  for it will go fast.

Now I like my meatballs a little larger  and it does look very big on the beget,  but  believe me it all fits and I just enjoy  biting into it and getting the full flavor of the  savoury meat. 


Let me know how yours turned out. 

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Recipe.....

1 lbs. -  Med ground beef

1/2 Cup - Bread crumbs
3 Gloves - Minced garlic
1 Cup -  Tomato sauce -  Tomato Sauce - Homemade
1/2 Tsp. - Rosemary
1 Tbsp. -  Parsley
1 Tbsp. - Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste.


Using regular tomato sauce;

Add
1/2 Tsp. - Basil
1/2 Tsp. - Oregano
1/2 Tsp. - Thyme

See Video for further instructions - " For Video - Click Here "


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Now here you can add really whatever you like but please keep in mind that if you are making this for the Children then watch how spicy you make it. Also one thing I did not show on the video is that most of the time I make this ahead of time and let them stay over night in the fridge.








The size of the meatballs really depend on you. I for one like them to be a little larger for I like the meatball  overwhelmed the bread  so I can get the maximum full taste of the savoury meat.  









Let the meatballs savoury slowly in the tomato sauce to get the full flavour of the tomato sauce to infuse into it. Give a turn every now and then, also if it becomes a little thick then add a bit of water, but just a bit at a time. Also if  you want you can make some extra for it freezes very well and you will be sure not to run out.






Add any type of cheese you want, after all it's your sandwich. Don't forget to  slid it under the grill for about 30 seconds or so, just to get the cheese "right on". I usually add the tomato sauce last after the grilling because I do not want to dry it out. Anyway you make it, make it yours.






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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Roti Roti - Awesome



Roti Roti - Awesome

Now what could be better than a nice piece of  roti bread to go with your Indian dish’s or really any other one.  I like this  bread so much that sometimes I have it with just  jam or try adding some cheese to the top and put it under a grill  for about 30 seconds.

I ‘am sure that you will find this recipe so easy that you will be making it again and again.  Try it you will love the simplicity and  the simple taste that goes with everything.


Let me know how it turned out.  

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Recipe....

1 Cup - All purpose flour
1/2 Cup - Water, as needed
1 Tsp. - Cooking oil
1/3 to 1/2 Tbsp. - Salt

Makes two servings of Roti.


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Roti has to be one of the simplest bread recipes I know, just a few things from your Kitchen and your off.  Make extra for you will need it for it disappears fast.








In India and other places they use there hands to mix the  dough. Now I really believe that does a better job of mixing and I have to confess that I do use the method, but because of touching  my camera and   taking some scenes over again it  would cause problems with sticky dough on my hands. 







Don't  sweet, for you do not have to over work the dough, if fact too much kneading will give it a tougher texture. Just get  it to a point that it will not stick to your fingers nor your roller. 









First roll it into a ball and  press it with your fingers into a round flat disk. By using a roller or even a bottle will work-out just fine, also do not worry of it does not turn out perfectly round, it's all good.










Get a heavy fry pan and make sure the heat is up high, but keep an eye on it for it can burn really fast. In Indian they have a special  flat pan (called Tawa) the makes the perfect roti every time, but when you do not have then we use the next best thing.







I like to roll it around a open flame on a gas stove, but if yours is electric then it work also work. Now you will have to keep the heat setting down lower and move it around more because of the hot rings. Either way it will turn out great and everyone will love them.







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