Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sometimes cooking days are just what you need!

Anna and I had a cooking day yesterday in which we made lentil soup, sushi and some blackberry pie. Here are the pictures to prove it: it was fun, cheap and exhausting. I enjoyed it a lot!

Everything turned out great! We eat some sushi, and lentil soup for a late lunch while we let the pie cool. I am now addicted to eating the pie, and really want to much them more often, they're relatively easy and fun to create.

Twas Anna's first time making sushi, and it was darn good! Smoked salmon, fake crab and tuna salad make for some yummy stuff to eat! And making the ingredients isn't really that laboursome, it only sounds that why when you try and explain it.

The soup took the longest to cook, I've never cooked with lentils before, them and the potatos we put into the soup were the culprits for why it took so long to finished. And now, some pictures as proof!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spiced Bulgur!

Here's what I made for my poor-lonely-man's dinner! What I love best is that it's filling and cheap (well, cheap if you bought the bulgur in bulk like I did).

If you haven't cooked with bulgur, DO IT. It's a simple, light and delicious grain! This recipe is not as light as tabbouleh but lighter than rice.

Spiced Bulgur with Tomatoes
1 cup bulgur
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion
1 large tomato

Start by pre-soaking a cup of bulgur. Pretty much one cup of bulgur=1 cup of water. Let it soak for 1/2 hour.
Dice the onion and cook them in a pot with the olive oil (a pan wouldn't work as easily) until the onions are clear. Add the bulgur, tomato (including all the juices), and the spices. Don't over spice the dish, but put in a little of each, focusing on the allspice and cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir it all together and cook on medium until the spices become fragrant. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it though! I cooked it for about 25 minutes and added an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of water. You want to make sure the bulgur isnt crunchy (and since mine was, I added more water and let it cook longer).

THEN BAM! You're done!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Interesting Nutritional Questions Answered by the Mayo Clinic

Some interesting questions and answers by a Mayo Clinic doctor! These are pretty cool!

Monday, August 17, 2009

10 Ways to Barter for Food

So we're all looking for some way, any way to save some cash, especially on food.
I like food, I really do, but don't you ever have those days you wish you could just feel full and get back to what you were doing?

Well this article from CHOW doesn't tell you how to do that but it does give some really good ideas on how to get good food for free.

10 Ways to Barter for Food: I’ve got zucchini if you’ve got tomatoes by Roxanne Webber

What do you think?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Easiest Pizza Dough

I found this awesome recipe for pizza dough! The recipe is simple and there isn't a lot of kneading or much of a mess. Pretty much you can make it all in one bowl! EASY!

So here is the dough recipe and then a simple recipe for pesto pizza using some leftovers I had around the house.

Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dry-active yeast (another reason this recipe is good! A packet of yeast can last a while)
1/2 cup lukewarm water (and maybe more later)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir together all dry ingredients, including yeast. Add water and olive oil and mix until it becomes one ball. If the mix is too dry add more water, a little at a time. Knead it for about two minutes (you can need it in the bowl!). Add a little olive oil to the sides of the bowl once done so the bread doesn't stick when it rises. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then leave it for about an hour and a half to two hours. It should double in size.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it on a floured surface to get the air out. Put it back into the bowl and leave it another 20 minutes. Then roll it out and punch it with a fork!

Now go ahead and cook the dough at 400 or 500 degrees for a few minutes. This will help the dough cook all the way through since the ingredients I have for the pesto pizza don't take too long to cook. After it's started to cook just a little, (5 minutes maybe?) take it out of the oven and let it cook a moment. Then smear on pesto! I had about 1/4 of a cup leftover from dinner a couple nights before and it worked out perfectly. Then layer on FRESH mozzarella (only fresh!), tomatoes, onions, and whatever else you desire. I sprinkled a little bit of parmesan cheese on the pizza as well. Back into the oven for 8-15 minutes (until everything is melting and the cheese starts to turn brown).



Thursday, July 16, 2009


Look at this revival of food blog! Now if only I could get all my other friends post....OH WELL.

Alison and I made Coconut Curried Tofu with Green Jasmine Rice a few weeks ago. It was a little more complicated of a recipe than I usually go for, but it was darn good!

Coconut Curried Tofu with Green Jasmine Rice
The rice:
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
1 cup (packed) coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup coconut milk

For the rice
--Take the unsweetened coconut (make sure it is UNsweetened!) and brown it in a pan for about a minute or two. Puree the cilantro, coconut milk, ginger, lime and garlic together. Heat up the water and salt until boiling and then add in the rice. Once the rice is cooked, mix the coconut and the cilantro mixture into it.

Tofu and veggies:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
16 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup red peppers
1/2 zucchini-thinly sliced for quicker cooking

The veggies for this recipe are really flexible. We added red peppers and zucchini but you can probably do a mix of whatever you have around the house. Heat up oil and fry the tofu into cubes. This was tricky for us because the tofu stuck to the bottom of the use a non-stick pan. Add the zucchini, onions, peppers. curry powder, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper and fry for a minute or two. Add tomatoes and 1/4 coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper!

Add yummy rice mix into a bowl and top with yummy tofu and veggie mix! ITS AWESOME!


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More Food Blogs

Okay okay. So I haven't cooked pretty much AT ALL for the past two weeks. It's tragic I know!

Here are some photos of some Mango Lassi's that Evan and I cooked! I'll try to remember the recipe!
Pretty sure it goes something like this....

Mango Lassi

1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 chopped fresh mango (check out the farmers market for some for cheap!)
4 teaspoons sugar, or too taste. We had ours a little sweet, a little savory
1 teaspoon ground cardamon (thats the savory right there!)

In a blender, blend.
Actually, I thought we had ice in ours? I can't remember. Here are some photos!

YUM! I totally recommend this drink during the summer! It is SO good and SO refreshing!
Ok, it ends up I have a lot to say so more posts soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How about OTHER food blogs?

OK! Summer! No more school! No work!

Yet still no Edible Sensations blog posts!?!


In the mean time, check out these other food blogs!

Smitten Kitchen

This food blog has wonderful recipes and the most FANTASTIC photos ever!

Cake Wrecks

Cause sometimes, cakes turn out ugly!

Cook To Bang

Because cooking ALWAYS leads to sex. And sometimes, sex leads to cooking. (click that link. I dare you.)

OK! Now look at this awesome cake Evan made me for my birthday. It was amazing!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I WISH I MADE THIS. heck! I wish i was eating this! Evan made this on the ONE NIGHT we're not hanging out and I'm totally jealsies!
Anyways, here is an unrelated recipe.


Fettuccine (12 oz)
2 red peppers
3 garlic cloves
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese

Cook pasta. Saute peppers, garlic, and cayenne pepper for about five minutes. Stir in sour cream and broth and let it simmer for another five minutes or so, depends on how thick you want the sauce. Toss sauce in with pasta and add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with fresh grated parmesan. I think tofu or chicken would be a nice addition but I havent tried it yet!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not Your Mama's Macaroni

Now I have a thing for comfort foods-I could eat them everyday. Just thinking about casseroles, mashed potatoes, and homemade soups make me warm n' fuzzy. Now this recipe, alas, is not my mothers recipe, but it was darn good regardless. It combines pepperjack and sharp cheddar into spicy-cheese goodness.

Baked Macaroni

2 1/2 cups dry macaroni
1 small onion
3 cups milk
4 tablespoons buttah
1/4 c flour
a couple drops tabasco sauce
2 cups sharp cheddar
2 cups pepperjack cheese (or a combination of whatever cheese you have lying around. I added a little bit of parmesan for flavor).

3/4 c bread crumbs-Italian style!
1 tablespoon butter

OK! Cut up the onion and cook it till soft. Cook and drain macaroni and set aside. In a pan melt the 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low and add flour. Whisk this till the taste of flour is gone, about two minutes. This looks kinda weird but just deal. Slowly add the 3 cups of milk, stirring till the mix thickens and begins to simmer. Add the tabasco, pepper, nutmeg, salt, and any other spices you want to play around with. Add the cheese, a little at a time to make sure it melts and gets stirred in with the mix. Add this sauce mix to the macaroni in a casserole dish. I recommend using one that was made in the 1970s. THATS QUALITY!

For the topping melt the butter and add it to the bread crumbs to make it crumbly and layer on top.

Cook for 25-35 minutes at 350, till you can see the cheese start to boil. Then put the oven on broil and make the top brown n crispy.



Also, what's everyone else favorite comfort food? Mine is definitely pastaaaaaa.
I also drink a lot of tea when I need to be comforted.

My favorite tea is this Russian black tea a friend bought me while traveling.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stina's Fried Rice!

Here's my recipe for fried rice, it's easy to make, delicious and filling:

1 cup uncooked rice
1 egg
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
frozen vegetables (preferrably peas, corn, carrts and green beans)

Step 1: cook that rice!

Step 2: find a suitable frying pan that will fit your cooked glob of rice. Put about a tablespoon of oil in the pan and about two tablespoons or soysauce. set the pan on about medium low.

Step 3: put rice into your span and with a wooden spoon or spatula start to mixed the rice with the canola oil and the soy sauce until thoroughly coated.

Step 4: add the frozen vegetables and continue to constantly mix and coat the ingredients, you don't want to burn your rice. If it starts to get dry, mix in more soysauce or oil.

Step 5: crack and drop your egg into the mix and immediately mix it into the pile, sit and wait, mixing until it looks to be cooked thoroughly!

Step 6: serve and be merry!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Make something with all that....

So you ever open the fridge and wonder what to do with all that shit in your fridge?
Well our good friend Google has come through for us again. And let me just say, when they go to the dark side I'm totally running for the hills because Darth Vader doesn't hold a candle to 'em.


Monday, January 5, 2009