Welsh Rarebit

I hope everyone had a wonderful turkey day! I know I did! I went to a friend friendsgivings because well, I can’t go home and no one celebrates it in Japan for obvious reasons (at least not if you’re Japanese). I made lots of chocolate cream pies, which were great because everyone loved them! You can find the recipe here. Trust me, if you make this, everyone will love you. You can also make a super easy pumpkin pie! I just used a classic recipe from bon appétit. I would write a post about it, but I don’t have photos (everyone ate it) and well, it would have just been the same recipe as the one I linked it to :p

Anyhoo, after all that thanksgiving grub, I made Welsh Rarebit. I know, I know! It looks like rabbit and it does mean rabbit, but there were absolutely no rabbit harmed in this recipe. I solemnly swear it! This is basically your classic cheesy toast. I was obsessed with making it as a little girl because a) it was cheese and b) because it was super easy. It’s simply a mixture of cheese, spices and milk, topped on butter toast and broiled until nice and melty. If that doesn’t sound good, I have absolutely no idea what does. Now you can use whatever cheese you like, but I think it’ll probably taste good with a creamy gouda or a sharp gruyere.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:
-1 cup of cheese (Shredded or crumbled)
-1 tbsp dijon mustard
-A dash or two of milk
-salt, pepper and paprika to taste
-2 slices of bread
-butter

Directions:

  1. Mix together the cheese, milk, mustard and spices in a bowl. Try and mush together the cheese into a paste
  2. Butter your slices of bread
  3. Top with the cheese mixture, you want to also pour the milk parts onto the bread so it soaks it up!
  4. Place in the broiler until the cheese is nice and melted

And that’s it! I would have photos, but unfortunately Pat and I scarfed them down before we even thought to take a photo. Oops?

Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

 

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New Blog Awards!

This is a little late, but I was so busy when I got these awards. So thanks Fae for the nominations and sorry that it took me so long to write a post about these awards!

The first award is the Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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So here goes!

7 things about me you may not know:

1.   I would love to have a cooking show
2.   I am dying to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
3.   I’m definitely confidant that my dream job is to work at a food magazine
4.   I’m obsessed with making banana chocolate cream pie
5.   I can’t wait until I can foster dogs from Badass Brooklyn
6.   I’m obsessed with Minion Rush
7.   I wish I had more time to read books!

Nominees:

The Wine Wankers
Rebecca Anne
Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen
Pepperminting
An Appetit for Running
Ice Cream Magazine
Pawsitively Delightful
 

The rules for Dragon’s Loyalty Award are:

1   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2   Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3  You must share  7  things other bloggers may not know about you.
4   Nominate up to  15  bloggers for Dragon’s Loyalty Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5   Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

The second award is the Liebster Award!

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Fae’s Questions

1.   As  a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Vet!
2.   What is your dream career? Working at the a food magazine
3.   If money were no object, where would you live and why? I would live in NYC and Tokyo, because those cities are just so near and dear to my heart.
4.   What is the place you most want to visit? Greece!
5.   What is your favorite meal?  Dessert? I’m going to say, I’m quite partial to Bareburger, but the Todd English Food Hall is where it’s at. Not to toot my own horn, but my favorite dessert is my banana chocolate cream pie.
6.   What historical figure do you think made the greatest contribution to the world? Oh that’s also a hard one. I guess Albert Einstein.
7.   What person currently living do you think is making the greatest contribution to the world? Jennifer Lawrence. Because she’s standing up to what our image of beauty and what our bodies should be and I think that’s important to teach to the girls who look up to her.
8.   If you had magical power and could solve one global problem, what would it be? Oh goodness that’s a hard one. I’ll say the extinction of many animal species in our world because that in a sense affects our environment and so our entire world.
9.   Who are three of your favorite artists? Well supposing artists includes singers, authors, painters, etc. Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Lawrence, Jiro (from Jiro Dreams of Sushi)
10. If you were to give a speech on any topic, what would it be? Food. I can talk hours about food
11.  Favorite movie? The Avengers

Nominees

Pawsitively Delightful
Andriana Kahealani
Stupid Good Rachel
Fight for the Bite
Literary Taco
The World’s Top Ten
Just Nice Stuff
Mocha 2 Test
 

My 11 Questions:

  1. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
  2. What prompted you to start a blog?
  3. Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
  4. If you could travel to the past, where would you travel to?
  5. What’s your favorite TV show?
  6. If you could combine two animals, what would it be? For example (taken from Avatar) a turtleduck
  7. What’s one book that you’ve been dying to read lately?
  8. What’s have you done that you’re most proud of?
  9. What’s your favorite sport?
  10. If you could only have 5 more meals, what would they be?
  11. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

The rules for Liebster Award are:

1   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2   Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3   Answer the 11 questions proposed by the blogger who nominated you.
4   Select 5 ~ 11  bloggers for the award, who have a less than 300 followers, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5   Pose 11 new questions to the new nominees.
6   Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

DIY Granola Bars

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It’s definitely been a while! Thanksgiving is so close (next week!), so be sure to stay tuned for some thanksgiving posts (aka pumpkin pie or something). In the meantime, here’s a quick granola bar recipe! Granola bars are always a great to snack on the go and as a college student, I always on the go. Whether it’s running to class, to club meetings or late night study sessions, it’s always a good idea to have a granola bar or two handy. But being allergic to both peanuts and soy products, it’s hard for me to find a granola bar I’m not allergic to. Not to mention the fact that some granola bars aren’t really as healthy as we think they are. Either way, making granola bars at home is definitely a better investment. It takes less than $20 to make a single batch and it’s completely customizable for your own tastes. Choose your own nuts, dried fruits and sweeteners to make your homemade granola bars your new favorite.

The base of your granola should include:

2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you can’t eat gluten)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, hazelnut, sunflower, nutella)
1 egg white or egg white substitute (this is the binding agent and you can totally omit this, but you’ll have to bake them for a few more minutes)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)

Optional Ingredients:
Chocolate chips
Roughly chopped nuts of your choice
Dried fruits
Flax seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Assorted spices (Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, just to name a few)

Chocolate Raspberry Granola Bars

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Ingredients:

-2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
-1/4 cup honey
-1/2 cup almond butter
-1 egg white
-1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1/2 freeze dried raspberries
-1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prep your baking pan by spraying it with nonstick spray and lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix your egg white with a whisk until nice and frothy. Add in the honey and the nut butter. Mix to combine. Add in the rolled oats, melted butter and roughly chopped nuts.DSC_8828
  3. Fold in the optional ingredients (chocolate chips, dried fruits, seeds, etc.)
  4. Using a rubber spatula spread the mixture into the baking. I would use a 8 by 8.DSC_8829
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the granola is brown along the edges. Turn off the oven and let the bars cool in the oven for 1 hour
photos by Patrick Domingo

photos by Patrick Domingo

Philippine Relief

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I was actually in Boston for a Career Forum, which is basically a recuitment event for Japanese Bilingual students to look for jobs. I went through some interesting experiences like my first ever case study interview and talked to some great people! Anyhoo, I hate bombarding you guys with requests (my last post was a plea for NYU Spoon subscriptions), but this is a very important issue for me and it would mean the world if you guys could help out!ONDOY_Help

Last friday, the Philippines was hit with a incredibly massive typhoon (Typhoon Haiyan to be exact) which resulted in about 800,000 people to be evacuated from their homes and into emergency shelters. So many of these people have been affected and I think it is important to help out as best as we can (even if we’re on the other side of the world). If you could donate something, anything ($5 will buy a food pack that will feed 4 to 5 people) that would be amazing! There was so much incredible response from everyone when Japan was hit with the double earthquake-typhoon in March of 2011, I really hope to be able to see that kind of response for the Philippines as well. 🙂

You can find some links here, to donate to a organization of your choice. Just scroll down!  

Hugs and puppies! Mimi

Please Subscribe to the NYU Spoon!

Hey everyone!

I hate to bother you with this, but I have to help spread the word! I’m not sure if you guys know, but I’ve been editing for Spoon at NYU for this past semester. Spoon at NYU, a branch of Spoon University, is a student-run online food magazine that broadcasts on both a local and national level. We recently launched the New York University site and we are looking to spread the word. But, we need your help!  By adding your name to the online subscription, Spoon will send you one email a week with recipes, tips and tricks for the kitchen, and restaurants reviews.  Please fill out the google doc form below to sign up for the newsletter!

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It’s a pretty awesome website, full of restaurant reviews, recipes and other articles. If you would like to subscribe, please do!

Hugs and puppies,

Mimi

 

 

After Halloween Shenanigans

Hey Everyone!

So, I know I promised a Halloween treat. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time or ingredients to make one 😦 Instead I decided that I’d share with you my top Halloween candies (I know some of us are too old for trick or treating, but that doesn’t stop me from consuming candy during Halloween). I also know that it’s usually AFTER Halloween that we struggle with what to do with left over candies, so I’ll try to come up with some recipes for those!

So without further ado, Mimi’s top Halloween Candies!

1. Skittles

imagesI absolutely love skittles. I love the green and yellow ones, but I’ve recently discovered the different types of skittles (i.e the berry flavors and tropical flavors) and I’m absolutely hooked. Luckily I’ve had the self control to not go straight to the nearest store and stock up on these colorful, addictive candies

2. Midnight Milky Ways

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Chocolate is always going to find it’s way on my lists and the milky way midnight bar is my pick. Not only is it absolutely delicious with chocolate malt nougat and caramel, but this baby is wrapped in dark chocolate. The dark chocolate, in my opinion counteracts the sweetness of the malt and the caramel and so it’s my favorite. I mean if you know me, you know that I love my dark chocolate

3. Starbursts

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These colorful squares have always brought joy to me when I upended my halloween candy bag and found a few of them in my stash. I mean these were like candy gold (at least to me and my sister). I loved the starbursts, especially the pink and yellow. These were one of the candies that I hoarded.

4. Smarties

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Another sugary love, smarties was perfect for when I was in class. I loved that I had a small stack of them to go through. They melted on my tongue, but not too fast. In a sense they were long lasting. They were sugary without being tooth achingly so (that being said, eating more than one pack of them at a time was a little too much). I still love these and love keeping them in my bags in case I need a quick sugar fix.

5. Kitkats

 

 

Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that kit kat bar! While I may not be a fan of milk chocolate, I will never turn down a kit kat bar. It’s just that good. In Japan there’s a ton of different kit kat flavors like green tea, cherry blossom, custard cream, etc. My ultimate favorite? The dark chocolate kit kat. Oh my goodness, I can eat those all day, every day.

6. Hershey’s Dark Chocolate

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Um…it’s dark chocolate and I love dark chocolate. No explanation necessary

7. Tootsie Roll Pops

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These were delicious. I love them. I found it odd that some people hated tootsie rolls and I guess that’s understandable, but I loved these tootsie roll pops. I mean it was a lollipop with a tootsie roll. It’s like two candies in one!

8. Chupa Chups

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Talking about lollipops, I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with chupa chups. But these were amazing and they were really popular in Japan. I think my favorite flavor was the chocolate banana. I also loved that the lollipop sticks were hollow, so I used to use them as straws afterward. A chocolate banana chupa chup with a glass of milk was delicious. It was like flavored milk.

9. Sweetarts

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If I was lucky enough to go to the American Embassy for trick or treating, I was so excited for these babies. Sweetarts were definitely one of my all time favorite candies and if I got it during Halloween, I would pick them out from the other candies and save them. And by save them I mean hide them in various corners of my room for later snacking. Of course they never lasted long, but boy were they savored.

10. Nerds

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Another Halloween favorite. I think due to my Charlie and the Chocolate factory book, I was obsessed with anything Wonka and nerds and sweetarts were no exception. Although they’re at the bottom of this list (which is in no particular order), I’m pretty confident that these were my absolute favorites. When I was little, my mom would only let me choose a few candies to keep from my Halloween stash and the first candy I picked to keep was definitely my little box of nerds.

Well those are my favorites! As a kid, my favorite thing to do was sort through my candy after trick-or-treating. My sister and I would swap candy for at least an hour. She got all my butterfingers, reeses, anything with peanut butter (I’m deathly allergic) and I would get her smarties, tootsie rolls, etc. It was one of my favorite holidays and it still is. I mean the costumes, the candy, what’s not to love about Halloween?

Now that I’ve told you my favorite thing about Halloween, I’d love to hear about your favorite candies and what you love about Halloween! Leave a comment!

Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

P.S none of these photos are mine, I found them all courtesy to my friend Google. Hope you all had a lovely, spooktastic Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hi everyone! I hope every one had a pretty good Halloween last night! For me, I dressed up as a lady bug and enjoyed the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade with some friends. It was quite a blast. For those of you who don’t know what the Greenwich Halloween Parade is, it’s a annual halloween parade that began in 1974 by Ralph Lee. Ralph was a Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer. He had started the parade in the neighborhood for his children and their friends. After the second year, Theater for the New City stepped in and made the event bigger for their City in the Streets program. Ever since, the parade has played a key role in bringing people together and is even known as the “Best Event in the World” for Halloween. Last year, it had been cancelled for the first time due to Hurricane Sandy, but last night was the 40th anniversary for the Halloween Parade and it was wonderful. The parade starts on Spring street and 6th avenue at 7 PM and makes it’s way up 6th avenue to 16th street. It usually ends around 10:30 and anyone is welcome to join the parade! If you’re ever in NYC during the Halloweekend, I definitely recommend that you check it out!

On another note, Patrick is having a Halloween party tonight, so hopefully I’ll have some Halloween-y goods to post. I’m so sorry that it will probably be posted after Halloween. Next year I promise to post Halloween treats BEFORE it actually happens so you don’t have to wait a whole year to try them out on your own.

Also a huge thank you to Fae from Fae’s Magazine for awarding me with yet another blog award! This time I have been awarded the “I’m Part of the WordPress Family” award and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a year (maybe a year and a half) since I started my blog and I honestly don’t think I would have continued if it weren’t for my readers! So thank you so much for supporting me. I’m a very very lucky blogger and I hope that you’ll all stay with me for the many blog posts to come!

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To pass on the good feelings, I now nominate these bloggers for the award!

Pot Soup
A French Girl Cuisine
Mocha2test
Kitchen Cici
Wokking it
Sweet Sixteen’s Country Kitchen
Chef Mimi Blog
Sugared Pecan
Crafted in Carhartt
At 350 Degrees
 

The rules for I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award are:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3  Nominate up to  10  bloggers for I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
4  Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

Hugs and puppies!

Mimi