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April 2012

Grilled BBQ chicken wings (straight from the freezer)

It was the Saturday before my sons 4th birthday and we had a party planned out at Gymnastics for him.  He was way stoked.  We also got suckered into saying yes to chuckee cheeses the night before.  How did that happen?   As if birthday parties aren’t expensive enough?! Luckily this spoiling happens once in a blue moon.  My fears of raising kids in this entitled generation  gets the best of me.  So my should be yes’s end up being no much of the time.  My son being able to finagle us into saying yes to chuckee cheese  for his special day was something I was willing to overlook. Our little man is way worth it.  So of course we made it happen on his special day. Luckily, Robert printed out two coupons for 40 tokens we got to use for his birthday.  He felt bad that we used both coupons.  But hey, I didn’t.  The workers accepted both with no qualms. So I have no shame in this game.  I guess that’s the scam artist in me.

Too make our dollar go further, we decided to make dinner at home before all the gaming.  BBQ to be exact!.  I was watching the cooking show “BBQ U” on PBS and my ears perked up like a dog when I overheard the hosts talking about bbq’ing frozen wings on the grill.  The convenience in  bbq’ing frozen wings  is that it not only eliminates the thawing process, but it prevents the skin of the wings from sticking to the grate and making a mess.  Now how clever is that?!  I decided to give it a whirl!  They turned out spectacular!  And it was probably the easiest bbq I ever made! What a hit!  After grilling, just toss them in your favorite hot wing sauce or bbq sauce!  We loved it so much, we already made it again less than a week later!

There is really no ingredients to this.  The hot wing sauce I made has 3 ingredients. Super simple!

Ingredients:

24 frozen chicken wings

For the sauce:

3 cloves minced garlic

3/4 cup of Franks red hot

3/4 stick of butter

Procedure:

1.  Take your garlic, butter, and franks red hot and melt slowly in a pan a sauce pan.2. Pour into bowl and set aside until later.  I also set aside a cup of sweet baby reys vidalia onion BBQ sauce for the kids chicken wings too.

3.) And now time for the grilling wings part.  Place FROZEN wings on bbq grill  for 30 to 35 minutes, turning once in a while.  We closed the the grill as well between turns.

4.) Then when the wings were done, we tossed half the batch in our home made hot wing sauce and the other half in sweet baby reys vidalia onion bbq sauce!  Perfecto!

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, vote 5 stars 😉 or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

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Vancouver-Long layover!

I think I’ve decided to start writing about good eats and fun things to do on my layovers.  I’m morphing a section of my blog  dedicated to this.  Not only will this help me remember where to eat and things to do, but will help other airline crews out and I’m all about helping fellow front line workers.  We’ll see how my dedication goes with this section, fingers crossed.  Hoping that laziness won’t prevail and I’ll keep at it.  So I had one of my most favorite layovers ever in the Continental system the other day!  I was perusing open time shopping and there it was.  A 32 hr YVR layover! Vancouver, yeah buddy!   I snatched it right up too.  Was very excited because I haven’t been to Vancouver since before my first born.  Which was around 7 years ago.  I didn’t mind the five drink minimum the other FA’s forewarned me  about either because the Canadians are for the most part, super nice!  And the destination is way worth it. There is so much to say about this beautiful city. Robson street, the food, the sea planes taking off and landing like your on fantasy island when you look outside your hotel window, the whistler and biking the majestic stanley park around the English Bay.  It’s the creme de la creme of Canada.  That and I kept hearing that the hotel we stay at now is oober nice!  There was a mall, the metro, and foodcourt in the basement of the hotel.  So in theory, I didn’t really need to step outside the hotel if I didn’t want too. But that ain’t how I roll.  The only thing I regret about this trip was not being able to rent a bike and huff it around Stanley park because in my opinion, that park is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever been in an urban environment.

For starters, I’ll first put up a pic of the F.O. who got me hip to the Japa-Dog!  I had a chance to talk to him for a bit up in the pit and he briefed me about this Japanaese hot dog.  He was right on point too.  They are known for their Kobe beef hot dog with various Japanese toppings!

Shout out to Dan and the Japa-dog for the great recommendation.

The Japa-dog are outside vendors, but I wanted to enjoy my meal inside so I walked down Robson street and found the restaurant.  I was greeted by the most friendly Japanese fast food crew ever!   I ended up getting their signature dog which came in the number one combo.  “Teryiamo” an all beef hot dog served with  mayo sauce, a terriyaki mayo and seaweed combo.  Along with shoyu butter browned bag shaken french fries!  The fries were the  bomb diggity yo!  For the realz!  This place was packed too.  Standing room only!

Afterwards, went right next door to Beard Papa for dessert also on Robson street!

I got myself a green tea cream puff.  Creamy and whipped!  Not too sweet.  I think I might favor their vanilla custard better,  although this wasn’t bad! But not sweet at all compared to the other fillings I’ve tried!

I walked the shops of Robson.  Was really wanting to go for a bike ride but it started to rain on me and after an hour,  I went into a Blenz coffee house because this sign suckered me in….

Damn sign got me.  But who wouldn’t want hot chocolate made out of pure Belgian chocolate on a cold rainy day?  I thought this was a mom and pop owned coffee shop, but found out this is more like a Canadian  version of Starbucks,  but better as far as hot chocolate is concerned.

I thought I died and gone to heaven when I tasted it.  They asked if I wanted dark, milk or white and I chose the milk chocolate.  Got the kid size because I was trying to count calories!  Funny since I has just hossed down on fries an hour earlier!  This is the best tasting hot chocolate I ever had by far. The picture doesn’t do it any justice.

Went back to my hotel room and rested up for a bit.  Called the crew to see if they wanted to go ride bikes at Stanley. No dice! Then went shopping for some Parada at the Pacific Center. Was way thirsty so went and got me an orange Julius at the food court!

Waited some more to see if the rains would die down so I could rent a bike.  No luck.  After a few more hrs of window shopping, I decided to go to Ramen Sanpachi Japanese noodle house for dinner to wrap up my food adventure of the day.  This is located off bute and robson street.  Since the cold windy weather was such a drag at this point. Nice hot soup was calling my name.  I wanna say this was the miso ramen I got.

Good stuff!  Hit the spot too! I was cashed after eating half!

I decided to walk towards the board walk to coal harbour and watch some water planes take off and land.  On the way, took pics of spring at its finest next to my hotel…..

Then to Coal harbour and took some mediocre photos.  I’m thinking I need to take a photo class because these photos aren’t doing the scenery any justice.  That or you tube might be able to teach me a thing or two on digital photography.

Floating Gas Station for Marine vessels

Went walking towards Stanley Park to the other side of the city to English Bay and got a wonderful surprise.  Sun came out. @  English Bay Beach

Here is the entrance to  Stanley park in the upper left corner of pic below.  I would have walked it but my feet couldn’t carry me anymore. That and it was already dusk.

Pretty sunset

English Bay Beach and the the huge logs.

Watched this dude do back flips for a while, while I basked in the peacefulness of the sun setting!

Before I caught a cab back to the hotel, I took one last shot!

4 a.m. wake up the next morning and back to the grind.  What a wonderful crew.  It always makes working so much better when you have a great crew!  Shout out to  Steve, Nick, Kim and Sharon.

 Back to dtw on the commute.

With the morning line up

Alas,  home sweet home! Walked off the plane and captured one last shot while I waited for Robert and the kiddos to come get me!

Turmeric milk with raw honey and cinnamon recipe

MY NEW NIGHT CAP!!

YAY! I made this for my kids and added chocolate syrup to mask the turmeric flavor and they absolutely loved it!  Next time, I think I’ll just add dark chocolate cacao powder instead of the syrup and see how they like it. How exciting.  Here is the recipe without the chocolate syrup.  I very much hope you all enjoy this. Turmeric, cinnamon and raw honey have awesome potential health benefits.  But before I share with you my short story of how I got this wonderful concoction, I listed the health benefits I found for each:

Health benefits of Turmeric

-prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s

-Natural antiseptic and anti bacterial agent

-prevents prostate cancer when combined with cauliflower

-prevents and kills melanoma cells

-has prevented breast cancer from entering lungs in mice

-used as an antidepressant by the Chinese

-liver detoxifier

-prevents metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

-aids in metabolism and weight loss

-natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

-natural painkiller

-potent natural anti-inflammatory without side effects

Health benefits of Cinnamon

-regulates blood sugar

-reduces LDL cholesterol levels

-effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria

– reduces pain linked to arthritis

-natural food preservative

-cinnamon holds promise for various neuro-degenerative diseases, including: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis,

Health benefits of  Raw honey

-balances blood sugar

-helps with cholesterol

-has a large amount of friendly bacteria

-used for ulcers

-aids in digestion

-aids in sinusitis

-anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties helps to heal wounds

-boosts immunity

-great cough suppressant

I come across some of the most intriguing people flying.  Perks of the J, O, B! So I was commuting into Newark the other day.  Sweatin bullets because I didn’t think I was going to get on.  Luckily,  I got the last seat in the house.  Low and behold, we ended up having a  2 hour ground delay going into Newark. No surprise.   We sat on the hard stand for a good while waiting it out.  This is where I usually take the opportunity to clonk out for the entire delay.  And I rarely talk to people on my commute, but the lady next to me said the last time she flew into Newark, it was really delayed.  My response, “it’s typical air traffic for the Newark/New York area.  It could be clear skies and sunny but the air space is always so saturated.  It doesn’t phase those of us who are use to it though.  That’s just the way the northeast corrider  rolls.”  We were about the same age and she looked pretty cool so I asked what  she  was reading.  I also noticed she pulled out what looked to be a green tortilla.  Interesting.  Being the die hard foodie I am, I asked what it was.  Well, we got to talking and she ended up being a writer that traveled to and from L.A.  We struck up a conversation about writing and she was quite informative. (P.S.  I had no idea that most famous writers don’t write their own books, they hire folks like her, cheaters!) We talked about flat breads from India, which was what she was eating.  She was from the North, I think Punjab, Spoke 4 languages and very much liked to talk about her ethnic cuisine.  She schooled me on why North India is better known for there breads because the land is better adept to growing wheat.  And the south is better known for their rice dishes because  the land and climate are better adapted for the growing conditions.  I had no idea.  Pretty cool.  Makes sense from a geographical standpoint. She not only shared her recipe for “thepla”  the flat-bread she was eating, but she also explained to me how it is cooked on a “tava”.

After over an hour of talking non-stop food.  I finally asked her what she thought about turmeric.  Her response, “I have turmeric everyday, without fail.”  She even had the stuff in her carry on bag.  If she doesn’t have turmeric in a dish everyday, then she would have it warm in a glass of milk with cinnamon  at night.  She said roughly 1/4 tsp  per cup, if my memory serves me correctly.  I have always wanted to incorporate turmeric and cinnamon in my diet because of the wonderful healing qualities both posses, but didn’t know how to, I thought this was ingenious.   I always read in health magazine on the jump seat  about how wonderful cinnamon and turmeric are, but the recipes are always too high maintenance for my liking.   So I was really wanting to jump out of my seat and do cartwheels when she told me she had it in her milk every night without fail.  I told her I can’t wait to make it.  She said go easy on the turmeric at first so I cut the amount down by half.  I added the raw honey, another component I don’t think I get enough of.

Here we go……..

Turmeric Milk Recipe

This recipe is for a jumbo coffee mug so you can cut the ingredients by half if you are using a standard sized mug

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp turmeric

16 ounces milk

1 heaping tsp raw honey

one 2 inch cinnamon stick

Procedure:

1.) Pour milk in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until hot but not boiling

Then add turmeric and cinnamon stick:

2.) Pour in a glass:

3.) Then add raw honey.  Mix well, done!!!!!

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, vote 5 stars 😉 or even follow me. I would love that!  I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

Spinach and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Top ten reasons I love me some Sundays

Hello ya’ll!  I love Sundays.  I always look forward to ’em.  Here are my top 10 reasons:

1. Sunday dinners.

2. Sunday lunches,

3. Sunday breakfasts.

4. Lazy Sundays.

5. Church on Sundays.

6. Chillaxin with the Sunday paper and a cup of joe in the morning Sundays.

7  Sunday family gatherings.

8.  Pajamas all day long Sundays

9.  Sleeping in on Sundays and last……

10.  Brunch on Sundays.

The Quiche I made this past Sunday was phenomenal.  I never make Quiche the same way twice.  This time, I wrote down the recipe.  It was the bomb diggity yo!  For the  realz!  This is great for brunch on a Sunday or any day of the week really!  And it keeps well too!  Hope you likey!

Ingredients:

9 large eggs

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1/2 pound bacon

4 slices pepper jack cheese

two 9 inch frozen pie crusts

Procedure:

1.  With kitchen scissors, cut bacon in 1/2 inch pieces and brown in skillet until crispy,  drain on paper towels and set aside.

2.  In large bowl, beat eggs, salt, pepper and heavy whipping cream thoroughly.

3.) In frozen pie shells, place dry fresh spinach on the bottom of each shell.

4.) Then pepper jack cheese slices and bacon.  I tear off the slices of  pepper jack to space it out evenly.

5. ) Pour in egg mixture in both shells and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.

6. ) Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until quiche is set.

7. ) Let cool for 10 minutes.  Serve warm

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, vote 5 stars 😉 or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

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