Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Recipes: An Update!

I know, I know I have been neglecting the blog...but there are sooo many things going on right now. Work is crazy hectic, I am doing a second blog now with a bunch of friends called Brunchaholics DC, busy with Source Theater Festival, getting ready for Capital Fringe Fest, studying for a certification exam at work, and trying to enjoy the summer! So this poor blog is getting a little neglected....and I havent really been cooking at home...I've been eating out alot. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to try to make more of an effort to pay some attention to my poor little blog--so keep an eye out for some new summer-y recipes as well as several restaurant reviews!!

For today,  I wanted to do a quick update on some of the recipes I have shared....I have made a couple of them again....with some variations....

So a couple of weeks ago I made this Heaven on a Slice of Toast sandwich--bread brushed with artisan olive oil, delicious guacamole from trader joes, eggs with a little bit of creme fraiche, scrambled in a little bit of butter until it just sets, topped with salmon....well I've done this sandwich 3 more times....1 just like the first time, then I did one with egg and proscuitto, then one with just egg and guacamole....I cant get enough of this sandwich....I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with it!

I also took a second stab at the Spring Pasta. I was mad that I couldnt afford the avocado (lols) so I went to the Asian grocery store (where they were only $1.49 each, rather than $2.49 each!) and got some and re-tried the pasta....and I also got some pea shoots, but then I get home and realized I didnt have any eggs....so this version is slightly different:  pea shoots, peas, and some avocado and parmesan on top--super fresh, super delicious! Yum! Yum!

I hope you give these recipes a try--they turned out super yummy....so much so that I have repeated them a bunch of times....stay consumed!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

One Pot Wednesday: Papaya Chicken

I know, I know...I've skipped this for 2 weeks...but it was a busy week at work...I think I worked like 60+ hours......and today isnt Wednesday...but I forgot yesterday was Wednesday cuz the work week started on Tuesday this week....lols.

So here is the one pot recipe for this week. I have thinking about making this for a while now....I think it came from the Cooking Channel....cant remember where I saw it now...

So I bought the papaya like over a week ago...it started to get pretty ripe...in fact, the 2nd papaya i bought was molding and kinda started to melt....so ummmm....eeeeeeeew.

The papaya I ended up using for this was pretty big...1 papaya was actually closer to 2 cups so I ended up making a double batch of this. The papaya are pretty easy to work with....Use a peeler to peel the skin, cut it into 4 pieces and scoop out the seeds and then cut the papaya into chunks.

The dish turned out pretty good.....I added a little bit of chili pepper flakes to give it a little bit of extra kick. The smoky-ness of the herbs (cumin, paprika, etc.) goes really well with the sweetness of the papaya and the tartness from the yogurt. I definitely would make this one again.

2 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoon grated garlic
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
2 lb chicken breast
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup papaya chunks.


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute until the onion is softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin seeds, coriander, fenugreek seeds, and paprika and toast for 10 seconds
  4. Add the chicken pieces and cook until it is nearly done, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add the yogurt and finish cooking the chicken, about 2 more minutes
  6. Stir in the papaya chunks.

See how easy that was! I would suggest serving it with roti, naan, or rice. Give it a try and let me know what you think...and as always....stay consumed!