Perfect meal for when you are too lazy to actually do any cooking
Picked up a bag of cabbage slaw from Costco which included cashews, almonds, and black sesame seeds. Sauteed 1lb of ground beef with minced garlic, added in the slaw, a few splashes of soy sauce and srirachi. Dinner was ready in minutes
5 slices hardwood smoked bacon
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
½ cup (~4 stalks) celery, chopped
1 cup (1 small) yellow onion, chopped
1-2 serrano peppers
2 cans (15 ounces each) chili beans in medium (or spicy) sauce
1 can (15 ounces) chili beans in mild sauce
2 (28 ounces each) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste
2 pounds (32 ounces) ground beef chuck
1 pound (16 ounces) Italian sausage
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove on to a paper towel lined plate and dab off the excess grease. Set aside.
Reserve the bacon grease in the skillet.
Remove the stem and seeds from the red pepper. Chop. Remove the stem and seeds from the green pepper and chop.
Chop the celery. Remove the peel of the onion and chop. (My husband HATES onions and could not detect them in the chili – chop super fine as they add a lot of flavor!)
Chop the serrano pepper and remove the seeds if desired – leave them in for extra heat.
Add the chopped red pepper, green pepper, celery, onion, and serrano pepper to the skillet with the reserved bacon grease. Saute the veggies over medium heat until tender. Transfer to the crockpot.
Add in the three cans of chili beans (undrained and do not rinse), petite diced tomatoes, and tomato paste to the crockpot.
In the same skillet used to cook the bacon and veggies, cook the ground beef chuck (better flavor and texture than regular ground beef) and Italian sausage until no longer pink over medium heat. Stir that into the slow cooker.
Add all the seasonings to the crockpot. Crumble up the bacon (or chop) into very small pieces and stir that in the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Enjoy with fresh cilantro, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
Responding to a request, today I show the recipe of かぼちゃのコロッケ (kabocha no korokke), pumpkin croquettes.
¼ pumpkin peeled, boiled and mashed
½ onion minced
100g ground beef or chicken
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ tablespoon olive oil
Beaten egg, flour, breadcrumbs and oil for deep-frying
Heat ½ tablespoon of oliveoil in a saucepan over medium heat and stir the onion and fround meat for 3 minutes.
Combine mashed pimpkin, onion, meat, salt and pepper and make about 2.5cm diameter balls.
Coat them with flour, dip them in beaten egge and coat them with breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan around 180 degrees and deep-fry them until golden.
On National Burger Day, Papa Hemingway’s Favorite Hamburger Recipe
“There is no reason why a fried hamburger has to turn out gray, greasy, paper-thin and tasteless. You can add all sorts of goodies and flavors to the ground beef - minced mushrooms, cocktail sauce, minced garlic and onion, chopped almonds, a big dollop of Piccalilli, or whatever your eye lights on. Papa prefers this combination.”
Bring on the Piccalilli.
-from the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library
A friend asked me for my recipe for lasagna and my mind went blank. I just buy the ingredients and put it together. What are the details?
There are two options for making lasagna, the faster one, using oven ready noodles, tomato sauce, and even packaged shredded mozzarella cheese.
Or you can invest a bit of time and boil the noodles, make your sauce and shred your own good quality mozzarella. Most of the time I go for the second option.
My sauce comes out thick and chunky. I also often used minced chicken instead of minced beef. This isn’t an authentic recipe, it’s just the way I make it.
Lasagna Sauce With Minced Chicken
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cups diced onion
1 carrot diced
1 celery diced
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 lb. minced meat or chicken
1 680 ml. bottle tomato passata verace
1 ½ cups water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup white or red wine
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
ground pepper to taste
1 - 2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 container 475 ml. ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
12 lasagna noodles
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
First make the sauce. In a large pot heat the oil and add the onions, carrot, celery and cook for about five minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to soften. Add the garlic and continue cooking for a few more minutes, still stirring occasionally. Add the beef or chicken, stirring, breaking it up until it is cooked through, about five - 10 minutes.
Pour in the bottle of passata, if a lot of tomato passata still is left in the bottle, I add some water to it, shake it up and pour it into the pot. No waste! Then I add 1 ½ cups water, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1/3 cup white or red wine, 2 teaspoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, the bay leaf, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ground pepper to taste. Stir everything up, and let it simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes, you may want to add a bit more water if it gets too thick. Remove the bay leaf and add the lemon juice to taste. Adjust for seasonings. Let cool, can stay covered, refrigerated for 2 days.
Boil the noodles following package instructions and drain them.
Mix the ricotta with the two eggs.
Using a 13 X 9 (3 L) baking dish, spread about 1 cup of sauce on the bottom. Layer 3 lasagna sheets on top, spread the meat sauce first over the lasagna, then ricotta cheese on top. Sprinkle mozzarella over it. Continue layering until all the sauce and noodles are used up, ending with the mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for about 15 minutes more, until the cheese is lightly golden.
This is a lot of work, but worth the effort when it is done. Comfort food at its best.
“You have a visitor” Frypan said, smiling widely at me. I was almost done mincing the beef, i washed my hands and let Frypan do the other things. I went outside the kitchen to see Newt eating his sandwich. “Really, Newt? You’re eating again? It’s past break time” i said, smiling at him. He took a huge bite, not breaking eye contact. “So? I kinda want to see my best friend” “ha, that’s an invalid reason and we both knew that” we both laughed and i sat beside him. “How’s your work?” I asked and he’s got that look again, for the past few days he has that look so intense like he wants to tell someting but he’s afraid that it would ruin our friendship. “You see, i didn’t get here to talk about work” i just chuckled and rest my head on the table. “You okay?” “Hmm, just tired” i said and he continues eating his sandwich. “Hey, lovebirds” Thomas said, sitting besides me then Minho followed behind. “What?” I asked and they’re just smiling widely at me. What is wrong with these weirdos? Frypan got out of the kitchen, carrying two sandwiches for them. The maze is about to close and they were back in time. I talked to Thomas and Minho, we all laughed when Thomas joked what happened when they’re in the maze, i glanced at Newt and he’s finished eating but he looks upset. “You okay?” I asked him and he just nodded, stood up and thanked Frypan for his sandwich. “Sorry to bother you, Y/n, gonna get back to work” then he left, i didn’t get the chance to say good bye or see you later. I furrowed my eyebrows and looked at Thomas and Minho “oops, lovers’ war” Minho muttered and Thomas just smirked at me. “What is wrong with you guys? We’re just best friends” i said “suit yourself” Thomas said and they all nodded, even Frypan.
After work, i went to find Newt who is wandering alone at the tower, staring at the structure of the maze. I climbed up and sat beside him, he looked at me and just nodded. “Long day, huh?” I asked and he nodded again, i rest my head on his shoulder and i feel him tensed up but he didn’t say anything. What happened a while ago has been bugging me all night, and clearly, Newt avoided me at all cost because of the teasing but we both know he can’t get rid of me that easily. “Can i ask you a question?” I said and he flinched but he muttered a yes. “Why are they teasing us? We’re just friends and they’re acting like we’re together” i laughed nervously, it’s never been awkward between us but right now. “I don’t know, just don’t mind them” he said, i just nodded and then there’s silence between us. We heard a screeching familiar sound and i looked at Newt, he’s got that intense look then we both got up and went straight to the box. Gally’s already inside and some of the boys are gathering up. I saw Minho and Thomas running, we all both stop when we reached the box and some of the boys are smirking. “A girl again huh? Looks like Y/n has a competition” Gally said and i just rolled my eyes, i was about to go when i heard Newt “She’s unconscious. Let’s carry her Medjacks” i tensed up, he’s inside now, carrying the girl. I don’t know why but i got jealous easily, i brushed it off and went inside my room.
“Are you okay? You seemed a little bit off” Frypan asked and i nodded slowly, i’m washing the dishes while Frypan sweeping the floor. “Is it about the girl?” I looked at him and i shook my head. “Of course not, why would you even ask about the girl?” “Maybe because they’ll focus their attention to her oh shuck” i furrowed my eyebrows at him “it’s not about her, it’s about Newt. I saw you walked out when Newt was carrying her” i huffed and went back washing the glasses “it’s not about him either, oh please. Frypan, shut it” i said, badly want to get out of here. “Y/n, i know you have feelings for him, maybe you’re just in denial or you still don’t know it but you’ll realize soon. Anyway, i’m done. Good night” he got out before i could say anything. Is he right? But Newt doesn’t like me that way…
“She’s awake” Newt said as i entered the room, he’s been here all night even though Medjacks are already here to check up on her. Thomas, Minho and Alby are already here, asking some questions about her. I found out her name is Teresa and now she’s talking to him, i went outside because i don’t know if i can handle it anymore. His attention is focused on her and i wasn’t okay with that. “Y/n, wait up” i looked around to see Newt catching up on me. “Go back, she needs you” i said and he furrowed his eyebrows. “Alby’s there, he commanded me to stay there all night. He wants me to look after her.” I got furious inside but i didn’t say anything and walk again. “Hey. Are you okay? I haven’t talk to you since yesterday” well you’re busy with her, i was about to answer him but Alby shouted at us. “Newt! Get your ass back here. This will be your new job for now, look after her okay? They’re going back inside the maze” he nodded the he looks at me, got that intense look again. “Go. She needs you” i forced a smile and he frowned. He just nodded slowly and went back..
For the past few days, we never got the chance to talk, he’s been with her all the shucking time and i got busy on my own work. I miss him already and i stayed in the kitchen most of the time to avoid finding him in the glade just to see him with her, laughing and talking. I can’t help but to feel jealous and irritated, even Frypan and Thomas stopped teasing me which is okay for me too. I don’t want them to rub it on my face that Newt already found his new girl. “You okay?” Asked Thomas, who’s eating his sandwich in the kitchen, i jumped up because i didn’t know he was here. “You startled me. How long have you been here?” I said and he just chuckled “‘bout five minutes ago. Frypan went to see Chuck and he said that you refused to go out” “it’s too hot outside” i muttered and he laughed, he took a bite then sat besides me. “We both know that’s not the reason. It’s been a few days since i last saw you with Newt. Everything okay?” “Yeah, we’re just busy. And Alby said that Newt should look after her” “are you jealous?” Again, i was shocked when he asked that question, it was true. I was jealous but i found myself shaking my head. “I know you’re jealous, you still haven’t realize it, don’t you?” He said as i rested my head on the table. “Why are you teasing us the other day? We’re not lovebirds or anything” i asked, avoiding his question. “It’s shucking obvious. All of us already knew that you guys both liked each other, you’re just too oblivious or denial whatever and Newt just doesn’t want to bring it up because he’s afraid it will ruin your friendship. Look, think deeper or i think you already know your feelings for him. I gotta go back, talk to me if you stopped answering us that you don’t like him or i’m not jealous” he finished his sandwich and sauntered off.
I think about the times when Newt took care of me when i was sick, he never leave my side and when i woke up, he’s holding my hand and he snored quite loudly. When we laughed and teased each other, when i felt scared and afraid, he was there to comfort me. When he hugged me so tight then kissed my forehead, that’s what i really like most about him, he showed affection and when he smiled at me, shuck i want to rip my face to hide my blush. All this time, i knew i have these feelings for him but i never acknowledged them, i was afraid that it would ruin us, that he might never liked me back. “Oh fuck, i really do like him” i went outside to find him, i asked Chuck if he saw him and he said he was at the tower. I ran and when i heard voices and laughter, i stopped. Chuck failed to mention that he was with Teresa and it broke my heart because few moments ago, i thought he reciprocated my feelings. Or maybe he was but Teresa is already here and everything has changed. His attention was now focus on Teresa, he was with her all day and i didn’t realize that i was crying. “Y/n?” Thomas said, walking towards me. I hugged him and he asked me what was wrong, i just shook my head, letting it all out. “He doesn’t like me now, he’s got Teresa” i muttered, he just patted my back. “What’s wrong? Y/n?” I tensed up, i turned around to see Newt and Teresa looking at us. “It’s not what you think, Newt” Thomas said “shut it, Thomas. I should have never said it to you” Newt is furious and i just looked at them, walking away. “What just happened? Explain everything. Now”
A/n: message me if you want part 2!!! A bit too long i am so sorry…