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The portuguese in me! (late night kale soup!)

24 Dec

Okay so a lot of the time people are surprised to learn that I am in fact portuguese. I can even speak it some what fluently, gotta do some brushing up though. Sure my dads a very white american but on my moms side its all vovo’s, talks of the old country and Chouricio and TRUST me I am not complaining 😉 Growing up my grandma would make me kale soup ALL OF THE TIME, I loved it but I got sick of it and started not to appreciate it. Well when one of my very good friends Caitlyn of Against The Grain Designs, called me t 11:30 at night asking where she could get good portuguese soup at this hour I said no where…then realized I had all the ingredients at home and invited her over for an experiment of sorts.

Okay so I didn’t exactly have all the ingredients.. I didn’t have kale..and actually I wasn’t sure what the ingredients actually were so I improvised the hell out of this and it came out so fantastic.

I used canned spinach garbanzo beans,potatoes, a lot of chouricio obviously, a bit of vinegar, cayenne pepper, a lot of that ethnic adobe seasoning, mushrooms and to be honest I don’t remember what els I threw in there but either way it was delicious and I am so proud of the portuguese vovo in me coming and conquering that kitchen!

Caitlyn makes beautiful plugs with her grandfather out of wood, they’re all quality and all gorgeous!
She doesn’t have an easy yet but check out her Facebook and show her some support! :]

homemade potato chips

22 Dec

I really really really enjoy cooking. I just recently stepped into this interest though, for the first 19 years of my life the kitchen was a foreign concept to me. I would always screw up mac and cheese my meats were always over cooked and veggies over seasoned..now I’m better, but god do I love my seasonings!
Anyways I’m really hungry right now and I think I’m going to go make some potato chips, Ive made them before and they were fairly simple to make and tasted amazing, I’m going to try making another batch today but I’ll be tweaking the recipe a bit this time. This is how I made them originally.

* rinse potatoes
* cut potatoes into into chip shapes as thin or thick as you like.
* soak them in cold water for 30 minutes to release excess starch.
* heat up olive oil in a pan ( I threw some vinegar and tabasco in but thats just my preference)
* throw the potatoes in and let them fry, depending on how thick or thin you cut your potatoes timing may vary. I let mine sizzle for about ten minutes I think!
* take em out, get the excess oil off with paper towels
* throw some seasoning on those chips and let dry!( I put some cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt)

This time I think I may try baking the chips to make them crispier or something because mine were very moist..BUT delicious none the less. Also the fist time I made them I put seasoning on the potatoes before throwing them in the pan, it didn’t really make a difference I couldn’t taste any of the seasoning till I added more after I took them out of the pan.