Friday, October 26, 2012

The Lazy Girl's/Busy Med Student's Self Assembled Eggnog Banana Cream Pudding

Mom had accumulated a population of brown banana slugs in the fridge, and I was craving banana cream pie post block exams. I was going to follow a recipe but ended up inventing one since I

1) didn't feel like separating eggs
2) didn't have any heavy cream/whole milk and thus subbed eggnog
3) eliminated other ingredients I didn't have
4) reduced sugar and removed butter (hey, med school showing how we're all dying of obesity doesn't mean dessert must be removed completely!)
5) mashed the bananas into the pudding since these slugs weren't fit for presentation
6) added chocolate because chocolate makes everything better
7) was too lazy to make a crust so I froze the banana cream pudding and will add graham crackers when I actually eat it. It all mixes in the belly anyway

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup half and half mixed with eggnog
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas
Topping: shaved chocolate, whipped cream, graham crackers

Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt in heavy medium saucepan. Whisk in half and half/eggnog. Add egg and vanilla extract; whisk to blend. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until pudding thickens and boils. Mash banana into the pudding.

Chill until filling is cool, then freeze. Add shaved chocolate, whipped cream, and graham crackers.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gentleman's Mom Chicken Ginger

Bryan made this dinner for me while I napped. What a good boyfriend! :) It's very home cooked and nourishing. Stewing for a few hours makes it so tender too!  

My roommate liked it so much that she asked for the recipe (note: she has never ever asked for any of my own main dish recipes lol). I concede he is a much better cook ... but I will be always the baker/dessert maker of the household!

2 chicken breasts

2 tablespoon of sugar
3 gloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup of water
olive oil
3 tablespoon fish sauce

Cut chicken breasts into cubes. Drizzle with olive oil and black pepper and set aside

Add sugar to pot and heat on medium-high. When sugar starts to caramelize, add olive oil to stop the caramelization process. The sugar can quickly go from caramelized to burnt so be diligent. Turn heat to medium-low

After adding oil add the chicken. Cook chicken till outside light brown

Add water. Add fish sauce. Add ginger. Let pot reduce until flavorful. If you want it sweeter, add a little more sugar. If you want it saltier, add more fish sauce.
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Roasted Corn, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

Had the most amazing salad today thanks to Chef boyfriend, who learned this from his roommate (originally My Recipes). Flavor and healthy are not mutually exclusive! I like it as a topping for salads and white fish like hake. It reminds of the Southwest Salad I loved at Stanford, which cost a whopping $7. The ingredients for ALL of this = a little over $7 --> I may not be a math major but I know this is an awesome deal!

2 ears fresh corn kernels
2 diced peeled ripe mangos
chopped red onion
1 chopped red bell pepper
fresh lime juice
cilantro, chopped
ground cumin 
olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
greens (optional)

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in corn; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Place corn mixture in a large bowl. Add mango and remaining ingredients except greens; stir well. Arrange 1 cup greens on each of 8 plates. Spoon 1 cup corn mixture over greens.
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