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Fancy Snacks

Sometime in your life you’re going to think it’s a good idea to invite a few of your closest friends over to your place for drinks.  You’re not wrong!  When I have friends over I typically create some of the happiest memories of my life.  You just need to go about this with some tact so your cupboards aren’t left bare when the affects of the alcohol takes effect on your friend’s stomachs.  I suggest a preemptive strike by supplying snacks if you’re not going all out with dinner.

Now, my friends know that I’m fairly capable in the kitchen so their expectations are relatively high.  Here is a simple favorite that wont clash with most beverages you may be consuming (pairs best with white wine and bubbly).

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This is literately a slap it together kind of appetizer, snack, or hors d’oeuvres which you may have all the ingredients you need (besides the fish eggs) on hand already.  I took Chicken in a Biscuit, topped it with garlic cream cheese mixed with some chives, and topped it with lump fish roe.  I know lump fish roe may not be readily available at your local grocer so instead you could top it with crispy bacon bits or smoked salmon.

Serve these up at your next cocktail party and I’m pretty sure you’ll be asked more than once, “When is the next time we’re all getting together?”.

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in food, Snacks

 

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My Favorites: Chinese Bread

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While western bakeries are busy pumping out flakey croissants and crusty baguettes that take hours and sometimes days to make, Chinese bakeries here in Hong Kong are making a single dough into every shape imaginable. They then stuff it with meats and cheeses and turn them into tasty soft bready goodnesses. My favorite Chinese Bread is the one pictured above. It’s filled with corned beef and cheese and topped with a crunch that I really have no idea what it is. Do you have a favorite baked good?

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in food, My Favorites, Photography, Snacks

 

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My Favorites: Potato Chips

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Walkers Salt & Vinegar.

Lay’s, I’m sorry but you’ve met your match, for now.

Walkers seems to make a slightly thicker chip that doesn’t shatter once bitten.  It also seems to be covered in a better vinegar as now when I taste Lay’s it tastes a little chemically.

I’d like to be all American on this one but looks like the Brits win the chip battle…for now.

What’s your favorite chip flavor/brand?

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in food, My Favorites, Photography, Snacks

 

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Amy’s Snacks – Cheese Pizza

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When the word “organic” appears on a frozen junk food item I instantly become skeptical.  It seems to me that the powers that be would like to decimate the term organic so they can continue pumping chemicals onto our foods and creating a bigger profit for themselves.

This is not me campaigning for the organic food movement…although I would like less chemicals being sprayed on my food…but simply over stating that healthy almost never equals tasty in the frozen food section.

And then you have Amy’s.

Now…I’ll admit.  They have a long way to go before I stop buying Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but as Totino’s doesn’t wish to sell my favorite microwave snack to me in Hong Kong I may have found myself a fair substitute.

I was scared to go the Pizza Rolls way and just toss them in the microwave due to the above reason’s so I took the box’s directions to heart and put them into a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.  Am I the only one that goes straight for the middle every time there is a variance on the length of suggested cooking time?  That’s right.  13 minutes in the oven.

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Although their crusts could do with a bit more crispyness, and the filling could use a dash of salt, I’m going to call these a winner in my book (temporarily until I can put some in the nuke-box) as a simply snack for a rainy day.

On a side note…I have been notified that today is my 5th anniversary of blogging.  We’ve had our ups and downs (in views) but I’ve got a good feeling this year we’re going to be running on top!

Keep on Eatin’!

 
 

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Ramen

Ramen

In honor of nutrition month I would like to show everyone what I like to do with ramen.  For me, instant noodles aren’t a meal.  I wouldn’t even really classify them as a snack because 10 minutes after eating them I’m hungry again.

I started playing with ramen around the time I was in 6th or 7th grade.  At the time I realized I was no longer satisfied with 1 pack of noodles so the first thing I tried was simply eating a second pack.  This worked for a time or two, but then my mind began to wander.  Now, I don’t suggest eating a lot of instant noodles as they really aren’t that great for you.  Yet on the occasion when you find your self being drawn in to their simplicity keep this post in mind.

Now that I live in Hong Kong there are quite a few more options for instant noodles and I have found a new favorite, but this can be done with any pack you prefer.

My pack of choice is the Ajisen Ramen.  The flavoring packs have a deeper taste to them and the noodles tend to have a nicer bite.

They also come in a two pack so it’s great for couples!

 

 

We simply begin by ignoring all of the cooking instructions and boil a pot of water.  (For a healthier version boil a pot of your favorite stock instead and ditch all the flavoring packets!)

Dump out the flavoring packs into a good-sized bowl that you’re planning to eat out of.  When the water (or stock) comes to a boil add about 1/2cup to your seasonings and stir to combine.

 

 

Dump your noodles into the boiling water and cook them until they just start to get tender.  Trust me on this one, if you wait until they are cooked through by the time we’re finished here your just going to have a pile of mush in the bottom of your bowl!  Remove the noodles from the water but keep the water in the pot either using chopsticks or a noodle spoon.

Top your noodles with a handful or 2 or greens.  Dark leafy veggies are an excellent source of nutrition and they are darn tasty as well!  You and boil up some asparagus, broccoli, choy sum, or bok choy ahead of time and add it at this stage as well for an even healthier treat.

My favorite thing to do when playing with ramen is to add an egg.  Today I decided to poach my egg as I’m feeling quite lazy and don’t want to dirty another pan but you can scramble, over easy, or sunny side up if you’d like!  Another option would be to have some hard-boiled eggs on hand.  They make a great snack as well!

If you’re going to poach keep the noodle water, add a teaspoon of vinegar, stir your water, drop in the egg and let it cook for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Scoop out the egg, top up your bowl with water (or stock) and enjoy!

*Side note* You may notice my ramen flavor today is pork bone broth.  This is about as close as this lazy chef was getting to a roast crown of pork to celebrate today’s holiday.  Happy roast crown of pork day!

 

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Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Shortbread!

I mentioned to the wifey that today was going to be shortbread day and I saw her eyes light up a bit.  I had planned on coming home tonight and slapping some dough together and hoping for the best.  Instead I come home to wonderful smells and shortbread with chocolate chips and toasted macadamia nuts!

Yes, it is ok to be jealous.  Shortbread can be a great base for a numerous amount of cookie flavors.  You can add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and have a chocolate cookie base, or add nuts, or marshmallows, or cranberries!!  Basically the flavor combinations are only limited to your imagination.

Where did your imagination take you for shortbread day?

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Dessert, food, Photography, Snacks

 

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Better than it looks!

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Although this may look a bit disgusting or possibly even obscene, I assure you it is indeed much better than it looks!

Yesterday the wifey and I left the house a bit early for our dinner date with the in-laws so we killed some time exploring K11 for the first time.  *Side note*  We will be going back to K11 soon as they have a restaurant I’d like to try and boots the wifey thinks are pretty.

While wandering the shops we stumbled into La Creation (Shop B103, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui).  Basically a small coffee shop/bakery with eat in or take out options.  While drooling over their offerings I had the same reaction I’m sure many of you did at first looking at my picture above.  Upon further inspection I learned that instead of a pile of poo, it was actually squid ink dyed bread stuffed with bacon and topped with cheese!  With my new knowledge I look over at the wifey and tell her, “I think I’d like to try that one”.  Without a word she disappears for a moment and returns with a tray and tongs, allows me a moment to pick the most disgusting looking one before carting me off to the other side to pick out the doughnuts she had been eyeballing for the past 5 minutes.

Bacon stuffed, cheese topped, squid ink dyed bread…much much MUCH better than it looks!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in food, Photography, Snacks, Where to Eat

 

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