Costco was having a demonstration on the vitamix this past weekend. The first time I’ve ever heard of this machine was on a post from Christy @ The Actor’s Diet. This girl sure loves her vitamix. I snapped a shot and quickly walked away so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy one cause God knows, I’m a HUGE sucker for kitchen products. Unfortunately my credit card can confirm that too 😉 I still don’t know what this machine does but I’m afraid to find out (must stay away from temptation).
Since it was the long weekend and I had extra time on my hands, I took the opportunity to try out two recipes from two other fellow bloggers. I wanted to try a thrid recipe but that one involves a very ripe avocado and my avocado wasn’t ripe yet 😦 By the way, I heard if you put fruit into your rice container along with your uncooked rice, it helps speed up the ripening process. Or if you put different fruits together in a bag, one fruit will help the other ripen. Anyone ever heard of this? Not sure if those are true though so don’t quote me on that.
Sorry for getting sidetracked. Anyways, blogging has opened my eyes to a whole new world and has inspired me to try new dishes. Now stir frying and steaming I can handle, but when it comes to making dessert or trying out other people’s recipes, I’m like a fish out of water. So with that said, I’m going to take the time now to apologize to Stella and Denise because my pictures don’t do their recipes justice. I actually contemplated on whether to put up the pictures or not but then I needed proof…..teehee.
And here’s what it was supposed to look like: (Stella’s)
See what I mean about not doing it justice? Huge swing and miss on the presentation, BUT….I’m pretty sure I had the taste dead on because I followed the recipe and instructions exactly and boy was this delicious! If you like coconut you have to try this! It was coconuty, smooth, the perfect sweetness and YUMMILICIOUS! I exaggerate you not 😛 Please click on the name of this dessert above for the complete recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again!
12 large fresh red chillies, remove seeds (the blender doesn’t crush them)
15 red bird’s eye chillies, remove stalks,leave seeds in
3 level Tbsp red hot pepper flakes (I used Maldivian red pepper flakes)
4 medium red onions, peel
4 medium sized knobs of ginger (each 7 cm or 2 1/2 in long) peel
4 large potatoes, peel and cut each into 6
3 level tsps Colman’s Mustard powder (or finely ground black mustard seeds)
500 g (about 1 lb) smoked cocktail sausages
2 cups water
1 medium store bought rotisserie chicken (ready roasted) cut into 10 or 12 even pieces
2 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar (no wine/cider/balsamic please)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 – 1 level tsp sugar
Please click here for the complete recipe. Now once again here’s my swing and miss on presentation dish:
I had it along with some whole wheat pasta and shrimp.
And here’s justice: (Denise’s)
Her dish looks so much better than mine. What I AM proud of though was how great this tasted. I left out the Italian sausage cause I forgot to buy them but still made the dish anyways. Maybe that’s why her’s looks so much better. When I saw the spiciness of this recipe I knew I had to try this. I’m so glad I did because it was one smokin’ dish! I couldn’t have asked for a better tasting, more spicy, beyond satisfying dish! Talk about clearing my sinuses. This dish took me on a roller coaster ride. From tearing and crying from the spiciness during preparation, to pain (that kind of satisfying good pain though) from my burning lips, tongue, and stomach, to pure enjoyment of the DELICIOUSNESS exploding out of this dish. I can’t wait to make this again with ALL the ingredients next time 😛
So here’s what I learned this weekend:
- How to make two awesomely delicious dishes.
- I need a new camera and photography lessons cause my pictures obviously suck. (any suggestions on a camera?)
- Looks can be deceiving.
- Give credit where credit is due (even if it makes you look like a really bad cook ;-).)
- Food blogging rocks!
So thank you Stella and Denise for always sharing your wonderful and delicious recipes. You two charming ladies are truly an inspiration. I still have a lot to learn from the both of you and the blogging world. Happy blogging everyone. Don’t forget to check out my giveaways page. Until next time friends and family.