Posted at 10:24 am , on May 24, 2016
Have you ever watched “Taco Trip” on the Cooking Channel? My sister Kat told me about this show hosted by Aaron Sanchez taking a look at the best tacos across several cities. I started watching and couldn’t stop thinking about all those tantalizing tacos. One that stood out was an Asian taco from New Orleans at the Pho Bistreaux that they called Bacos. It’s made with marinated strips of pork shoulder and topped with pickled carrots, cilantro and sliced jalapenos. A steamed bun or Banh Bao is used in place of a tortilla. You can make the dough by hand or there is a pre-made flour mix that you can find at an Asian food store. While looking for the mixed flour I happened upon some frozen pre-made buns which I thought would be easier especially for my first time making these. The frozen pre-made buns steamed perfectly but I think I will give the mixed flour a try next time. The chef at Pho Bistreaux gave away many of the ingredients but she wouldn’t disclose her master marinade sauce which she said had only 5 ingredients. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with my own 5 ingredients that I thought would make a tasty marinade. I was amazed at how yummy these tacos tasted. There are a lot of flavors layered on these tiny steamed buns and I can see why they are so popular!
Posted at 12:13 pm , on May 19, 2016
Z is a special little man in my life and has the most amazing story to tell. I call him my Wonder Kitty because of all the obstacles he faced and overcome in the first few month’s of his life. But let’s start at the beginning. In the Spring of 2015 I decided that I was ready to to start looking for a kitten. My Cheli cat was so lonely after her mate Sami passed on a couple years prior. I was hoping that a kitten would help Cheli and I was ready too. I’ve had several Siamese over the years and was hoping I would find one at a shelter. For several weeks I checked the listings with the local shelters to see what kittens were available, it seemed like there were no Siamese kittens to be found. But then on May 15th I came across a posting for a male 8 week old Seal Point Siamese that had just been brought in for adoption. I said to Joe “I have to be there when they open”. I had a feeling that he was the one. We arrived just as they opened and was escorted back to the kennels where they housed the cats and kittens. As soon as I saw this little guy my heart just melted. He was so tiny and sweet and innocent. I picked him up and he hissed at me in his tiny little voice. He was a bit scared but once I put him up to my shoulder and cuddled him he started to purr. We asked about adopting him and was told we would have to wait 3 days because he was brought in as a stray kitty. He would need to be checked out and given time for someone to claim him. It will always be a mystery of how he ended up alone and separated from his mother. And I will always wonder how long he was stranded before he was found and brought to the shelter. I try not to think about it because I fell in love with this little guy and promised to give him a good life. On May 19, 2015 I brought my Little Man Z home.
Posted at 2:31 pm , on May 3, 2016
This is one of my favorite bundt cakes. It’s also a Birthday cake for my youngest son Cameron who just turned 26. That sure does make me feel old! It’s always hard to make something sweet for Cam because he doesn’t like very many desserts. But the one thing I can count on is his love for carrot or zucchini or banana cake. Sometimes I make cupcakes so he can just pick up one on the go but this year I wanted to make something a little different. This cake is healthier with natural applesauce replacing the oil to make a very moist cake. And it has a layer of cream cheese filling that makes the cake so yummy as well as a pretty swirl in every slice.