Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Cooked Snail is a Favorite Dish in Many Asian Countries – Food 18

It is common to eat cooked snails in Southeast Asia region, even as one of favorite cuisines.

Image 1- Cooked Sea snails, one of favorite cuisines

We might find snail as a menu from luxury hotels to street vendors with reasonable price.

Cheap, fresh and tasty.

Both freshwater and marine snails are popular as source of foods. We could find snails in many forms of dishes.

There, if we wish, we may try to cook by ourselves. Plenty of fresh snails is sold in the markets or seafood markets as well as recipes to cook snails in bookstores.

Image 2- Books, just for illustration

Image 3- Flowers in the garden, blooming

Image 4- Sea snail’s cuisine sold by street vendors

I mean in this posting that the South East Asian countries where cooked snails are favorite:

- Vietnam
- Thailand
- Malaysia
- and Indonesia.

Snails are popular cuisines in China and in Japan as well. Japanese eats abalone, turbo snails and whelks as sashimi. They eat raw soft meat of snail with special seasoning.

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Saturday, 2 July 2022

Homemade of Illegal Burrito – Food 17

What? Illegal Burrito?

You might wonder with words of “illegal burrito.” Actually, it is a burrito, a Mexican – American cuisine.

Image 1- Rolls of illegal burrito

The fact that illegal burrito or izzo illegal burrito is a brand name for a restaurant franchise which sell burrito.

The restaurant was open in our city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2021. Yes, about 21 years ago.

A quite long for survival times of a small restaurant in the campus area of just a state university.

The restaurant was designed to serve for students and faculty members at the beginning. Now, it has been developed into many branches.

Image 2- Filling of burrito

Based on our understanding that Izzo’s Illegal Burrito restaurants have been expanded throughout southern states of USA.

Image 3- Ingredients of burrito

We can find the Illegal Burrito restaurants in 14 locations, and at least in the following three states:

- Alabama
- Louisiana
- Mississippi

Image 4- Tomatoes in the bowl, ready to be used

I believe that illegal burrito is like other “normal” burritos with two main important parts: a wrapped of flour tortilla and ingredients.

We should grill or heat a wrapped of flour tortilla to make its softer before consuming its.

Image 5- Cutting of rolled burrito

Burrito ingredients are based our own tastes, since this is homemade, our ingredients are consists of:

- cooked dices chicken meat
- refried beans
- dice tomatoes
- shredded lettuce
- and sour cream

Have you tasted burrito?

What do you think?

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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Is It Safe to Consume Foods after Expiration Date? - Part 1 – Food 16

Surprisingly that no federal regulation to impose “product dating.” However, foods for infant are required to include “expire dating.”

Image 1- Sardine in the cans

The institution called as “Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)” requests voluntarily to label of dating some products.

Yes, quite strange for me that not all foods are required to put stickers or inks of expired dates, including:

- meat
- poultry
- eggs

Image 2- Infant formula

Image 3- Use by Sep 23 of infant formula

Image 4- Food preserved in the bottle

We may find the following phrases in the market, especially at the big groceries in the USA:

- use by
- sell by
- best if used before

Use by” phrase means “the last date recommended for the use of the product.” Thus, not a safety date.

Phrase of “sell by” is used by a store management to display the products for sale to consumers. It is not relate to quality or safety of products.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Shredded Rotisserie Chicken with Purple Bell Peppers – Food 15

We talked little bit of Purple Bell Peppers at previous posting:

- The Rainbow Before Evening : Purple Bell Peppers in the Farmer Market – Food 14

Image 1- Sauté of peppers and shredded rotisserie chicken

I believe the taste of raw pepper is crisp, but less sweet than red and yellow ones.

I prefer to sauté those peppers, added some slices:

- sweet yellow onion
- green onion
- and red tabasco peppers for flavors.

Image 2- Raw chicken in the market

Image 3- Cutting one half of bell peppers

Image 4- The purple color covers one half only

Then I mixed the slices of purple bell peppers with the shredded (cooked) rotisserie chicken.

As you know that sauté is a technique to fry food with small amount of margarine or fat.

We usually use little fire with oil to coat the food in order to:

- prevent sticking to the pan
- conducting heat to foods

The mixed of purple bell pepper with the shredded rotisserie chicken was very tasty and a little bit spicy.

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Saturday, 4 June 2022

Purple Bell Peppers in the Farmer Market – Food 14

We visit nearby farmer market couple days ago. It was quite surprisingly, we saw first time the purple bell peppers.

You may see the photos that we took.

Image 1- Purple Bell Peppers

These purple peppers have the same shapes compared to other color of bell peppers like:

- green
- red
- or yellow peppers

Actually, the bell peppers not really “solid” purple, but kind of “stripes” purple.

Image 2- Three Purple Bell Peppers

Searching through internet, we found many source, one of them reported by Goldy, R (2012: Green bell pepper showing purple striping due to cool temperatures in September).

Image 3- Cutting one half of peppers

Two possibility cause of purple bell peppers:

- if temperature too hot, immature bell pepper to be purple (stripes or half purple)
- if temperature too cold, green bell pepper will develop stripes purple.

We thought, in case in Louisiana, the temperature quite hot nowadays, about F 88* (C 31*) degree. Hence, the bell pepper tends to be stripes or half purple.

The difference with other bell pepper is that the white color dominates the inside part of the peppers and the texture of its flesh.

The purple is not covering all the fruit of peppers, it is just one half of the fruits (just stripes), so the peppers are look cute in this half purple.

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Monday, 25 April 2022

Blueberry is One of Fruits Rich in Antioxidants – Food 13

We have blackberry in our backyard, but the taste is not so sweet, hence, we rarely harvest its.

Our blackberries seem to be source of foods for wild birds which visit our backyard during spring and summer seasons.

Fig 01. Blueberries bought from grocery

We love to consume berries, edible berries off course. Just few of them to mention are:

- raspberries
- blackberries
- Cranberries and blueberries

By reading the article written by Kiersten Hickman, 2022 (Surprising Effects of Eating Blueberries, Says Science) that blueberry contain high concentration of antioxidants.

Fig 02- Blackberries, just for illustration

Fig 03- Blueberries, good for health

An antioxidant called as anthocyanin has multiple functions, they may include:

1) Lowering blood pressure:

- improve health of our heart

2) Lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol

- cardiovascular disease risk might be reduced

3) Helping to fight free radicals

- reduce risk to have chronic diseases such as cancer

4) Improve weight maintenance

- lowering type 2 diabetes risk

Finally, do you like blueberries? Or what kind of berries do you like most?

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

When the Georgian Chicken Came to My Kitchen – Part 2 – Food 12

You may read the previous post (Part 1):

- The Rainbow Before Evening : When the Georgian Chicken Came to My Kitchen – Part 1 – Food 12

Fig 01- Georgian Chicken in my pan is nicely cooked

Bay leaves and allspice give good-tasting in this dish.

Then, I looked what I had in my fridge. Okay! I had:

- chicken breasts
- tomatoes
- and celery.

Cilantro was out, I used it for cooking tom yum last two days ago, so I would use celery instead of cilantro.

Fig 02- Chicken, just for illustration

Fig 03- Chicken breast sold in the market

I also had:

- dried parsley
- dried chives and died dills.

These ingredients were good for me to get started a new recipe, a Georgian cuisine. It did not take long to prepare and cook it, and here, the Georgian Chicken from my kitchen.

For this moment, the Georgian chicken in my kitchen used celery instead of cilantro, but next time I will be well prepare for the ingredients and I will have the exactly Georgian Chicken with true Georgian flavor.

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Monday, 11 April 2022

When the Georgian Chicken Came to My Kitchen – Part 1 – Food 12

I was excited reading and commenting the Natalia's blog. She just posted the savory chicken recipe that she called Georgian Chicken:

- Georgian Chicken | Lessons in the kitchen (

Fig 01- Chicken breasts.

I had curiosity about this recipe. The name of this chicken recipe was intriguing for me.

I was not alone, one of my blogger friends also wondered about this name, and she asked Natalia: “The name of the chicken was George?”

This chicken recipe is from Georgia, the name of a country. I believe you know where Georgia is.

Yes, Georgia was a former Soviet Union, and became independent as a country in 1991.

Fig 02- Several colors of bell peppers in the grocery

Surely, my friend Valerie does not know this recipe, because this recipe might be not familiar in Georgia where is Valerie from.

Fig 03- Vegetable from backyard, just for illustration

Yes, Valerie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, Georgia is a name of state in the Southern part of USA.

Fig 04- A stalk celery and a tomato.

What is the special from this recipe?

In this recipe, Natalia used white meat chicken (chicken breast) and bunches of vegetables:

- a cup chunk tomatoes
- a bell pepper
- cilantro
- or parsley
- or dill.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Cooked Snail is a Favorite Dish in Many Asian Countries – Food 18

It is common to eat cooked snails in Southeast Asia region, even as one of favorite cuisines. Image 1- Cooked Sea snails, one of favorite cu...