Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cooking With Us - E14 - Wienerschnitzel and German Potato Salad

At the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany!

Theron and I have recently (well, fairly recently now) returned from a three week trip in Europe!

 The last couple spots we visited were Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany.  

For this reason, Wienerschnitzel and German-style potato salad were fresh on our minds when trying to think up our next episode of Cooking With Us

Not to mention, Theron just really wanted it!

So we did our best to recreate authentic German potato salad and German/Austrian Wienerschnitzel - the latter being delightfully simple to make, not to mention delicious!

The video is a bit longer than normal, so my apologies for that! 
 Don't forget to uprez and watch full screen. 
(And, as always, please share!!)

Also - the 2nd camera angle is Theron trying out his new canon point and shoot.
The recipe and transcript will follow, as well as a plug for the rad page I got these recipes from!
 (For the most part!)

 And just for a little added incentive, here is what your finished product will look like:

Yummy yummy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Leigh's Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

So I took these photos a month ago, when my friend Leigh came over to cook four batches of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

Yes. Four batches!

She knew we had a big kitchen and that, thanks to my husband, we also own all kinds of gadgets that would make her endeavor easier than what she had on hand.

 Namely: the Mixer.

The recipe is simple, and I will post it below - for one batch. If you want to be as crazy as Leigh and make four, by all means - go for it! 

Also, I am posting this bc the photos are just kind of crazy ;)

As you can clearly see, Leigh knows her endeavor is nuts, but she's totally ready for it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cooking With Us - E13 - Nee's Chicken Jasmin Rice

Hola Peeps!

If you remember our delicious chicken satay from the last blog, you should be equally excited about the main course that Nee made to go with them!

What was it, you ask?  Why none other than Chicken-Ginger-Jasmine Rice!

^ Here is a photo of the final plating ^
I wish I could send smell through this website, because it was out of this world!

Here comes the part two of the podcast! As always, full screen and watch in HD!
And as usual, the photos, recipe, and transcript will follow :)

Fun with bunny ears! And hugs! Who doesn't love hugs?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cooking With Us - E12 - Nee's Amazing Chicken Satay

This woman is the bomb!
Hi Gang!

As many of you know, Theron, the fam, and I are headed to Europe in a couple days, but didn't want to leave you high and dry!

Therefore, I present to you a simply A-MA-ZING dish from none other than Nee!
A fantastic Thai Chicken Satay!

Without further ado - watch the video below!
As always, full screen and high-rez!
And I'll try my best on the photo-post part :)

Start by slicing your chicken breasts into thin strips.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cooking With Us: e11: Marcial's Chipotle Chicken

Hola Everybody!

Ready for another episode of Cooking With Us?

This time we tried out a recipe our friend Marcial gave us!

That's me and Marcial the night he debuted the fantastic Chicken-Chipotle-Cabbage dish that wowed us both so much we begged him to give us the recipe!

Luckily for us (and you guys) he did!

Now I will say - I think we sauteed our cabbage and onions a little bit too long, and I also would have pulled the chicken a lot more before adding it to the sauteing mixture. Next time!

It still turned out great, however!

Below is our video. Be sure to watch it in high res and full screen!

Can you tell we felt pretty accomplished? ;D

Read on for a step-by-step photo blog, and as always, the recipe and video transcript!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cooking With Us: e10: Nee's Salsa

Hi! Welcome back to KumoCafe and to our newest episode of Cooking With Us!

We had the pleasure of having Nee, Jim, and Rosie over again, and this time we learned how to make Nee's Famous Salsa!

Awesome friends are the Awesomest!!

You too can learn how to make this gorgeous looking salsa to the left.

All you have to do is watch our super-terrific video in which Nee shows us how to make it!  
(So Simple!)
And then scroll down for a picture blog!  
As always the recipe and transcript will follow. :)


Oh yeah, and as always, High-Res and Full Screen this bad boy below! :D

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cooking With Us: e09: Tom Kha Kai

Time for another Cooking With Us - and this time we tackle a Thai dish on our own! 

Well, with the exception of my friend Nee answering a question for me via facebook ^-^

What did we whip up?  One of my favorite soups of all time - Tom Kha Kai!  (Aka Tom Kha Gai) 

As you can see via the photo on the right, there were more ingredients than I normally saw when eating it for lunch, pretty frequently, in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

As usual I totes suggest you watch the video in high res and full screen!  (Also you can view it on youtube as well.)  

After that, come back here for a semi-photo recipe, with the actual recipe below (and transcript as always), as well as what I will do differently next time!

Yummy yummy!
Or as I titled this photo: sluuurrrp!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Two More Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Recipes!

I rarely write a blog for two recipes at once, but I see
More or less to eat over rice
no point in making three solo slow-cooked chicken
blogs, or am I just being silly?

Either way, here are two recipes coming at you in one post. One is a little more spicy than the previous pulled-chicken post, while the ingredients are a bit less hearty in all (serve over rice if you desire.)
Spicy and hearty! Perfect for winter!

The other is spicy as well, and also heartier with more vegetables added. I would say it is much more of a stew than the first one I'll talk about.

As the second was spicy, I served it with delicious avocado - now who can complain about that?

Now let's get started with those recipes, shall we?  

Of course, in photo-post form!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cooking With Us: e08: Massaman Curry and Krathong Tong

Can't you see the excitement?!
I can't begin to explain how excited I am about this episode of Cooking With Us!  The video follows a few photos and my intro description ^-^

Our dear friend Saowanee (Nee), her husband Jim, and their niece Rosie came over to show us how to make some traditional, and some slightly Americanized, Thai dishes!

The first thing Nee showed us how to make is called Krathong Tong, a Thai appetizer.

Traditionally, apparently, this is made with crispy Thai pastry cups, filled with seasoned pork or chicken, and veggies. We cheated and used Tostito's Scoops chips! And added ghost pepper salsa to the completed appetizer... Why?  Because - Ghost Pepper Salsa!

Krathong tong in the foreground, and me holding one!
They also showed us how to make Massaman beef curry!  My sister and her husband love Masssaman curry, so I was even that much more excited when Nee said that would be our main course!

Massaman Curry, almost done cooking!

Please watch this video on high res, and full screen. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!  
As usual, I will follow with screen grabs and more instructions, the recipe, and transcript!

(Full screen it - you know you want to!! oh, and share! Share and Like, like and share - and subscribe!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Val!'s Savory Pulled-Chicken Stew(ish)

Finished product of my pulled chicken 'stew'
Sorry it's been two months! We've been traveling a ton and life has just been hectic and odd... but I'm back!
Now on with the show!

I shan't lie, I was hoping this would turn out spicier and somehow more Tex-Mex-y... but it turned out delicious and super-healthy, so who can complain about that?

Something that is good about that eventuality is - anyone who loves delicious food but not very spicy food can still use all the ingredients in this meal and still eat it and enjoy it.  I mean really, it had no spice. But - it was fantastic!

Why am I quoting 'stew'?  Well, I wasn't planning on making a stew... but I find our culinary vernacular lacking in other phrases for such concoctions... little help? ;)

Like my mom, and I think many cooks out there, I am weird about recipes... Rarely (lest I'm trying for something specific or to recount for you guys) do I ever know exactly how much of something has gone into... well... a dish.

This is no exception, but I will try my best to tell you what all I used.