Sunday, 23 June 2013

Warm Chicken Fajitas | Food & Drink

Good evening everyone! We just had some chicken fajitas for supper, and I'm going to share with you how I made them. I don't like to toot my own horn, but they were SO delicious. Not to mention they smelled heavenly in the oven! I hope you guys like them. They are not very expensive, and quick to make for someone who doesn't have a lot of time.

First you will need: 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a large onion (or 1 medium one), 3 cloves of garlic, 3 medium chicken breasts. Slice all of these up and put into a casserole dish.

Now you will need the following: 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, dried oregano, garlic plus, and basil. (You can substitute your favorite spices if you'd like). When adding spices I just make sure the food is coated well. Here are approximate measurements for the amount of food I cooked:
  • 3 tablespoons of oregano
  • 2 tablespoon of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic plus

Once you have stirred everything together it should look like the picture below. Put it into the oven for approximately 45 minutes at 375 degrees celcius or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

When it comes out of the oven it looks like this! Then I sprinkled on some cheddar cheese for good measure ;)

Put your tortilla shells in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then wrap your fajita mixture up in the tortilla shell! Here are the tortilla shells I used, and we also had a few flour tortilla shells left over from another night. You can serve with sour cream, salsa, or even guacamole if you wanted to! 

I hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Homemade Rainbow Chips for Cake | Food & Drink

You know the yummy Betty Crocker rainbow chip icing? Mark's birthday was at the beginning of June, and I told him I would make his cake. He told me his favorite cake was the box mix rainbow chip cake with rainbow chip icing.  Well, did you think I could find the rainbow chip icing anywhere? No, no I couldn't. So, I did some research and improvised for the icing. I don't have step by step pictures, but I have a picture from the internet, and the final product on the cake.

Go out and buy some white chocolate chips. I used about one large bulk bin scoop of chips, and I still had a lot left over after putting them on the cake. Your first step is to melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. DO THIS VERY SLOWLY. It's very important you only put them in for approximately ten seconds at a time because they burn fast. After about ten or fifteen seconds they may not look like they are melting, but they are. Give them a stir, and if there is still chocolate lumps, throw them back in for another ten seconds.  Next step is to separate the white chocolate into how ever many colors you want to use; I did four. Have some fun mixing different food coloring into the chocolate. Then once they are mixed well, spread them out on a hard surface. I used a plate, but you could you parchment paper or even a cutting board, it really doesn't matter. You can see how they are spread out in the above picture. Put them in the fridge until they return to their solid state. Once they are hard, bring them out, and just start chopping them up into tiny pieces like you see in the above picture on the left hand side. Remember to put them back into the fridge if you aren't going to use them right away. This is to keep the colors from bleeding together once you've mixed them. You can mix them into your favorite icing or place them on top of the icing in a creative arrangement on the cake.

I will soon post a quick and inexpensive way to make the actual cake as well as my favorite icing. So watch out for these posts in the future to make a cake like the one I made for Mark!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Cheesy Zucchini | Food & Drink

Whilst perusing Pinterest I came across this recipe. I love this recipe. It's super quick, super easy, and best of all super cheap!  Start off with how ever many zucchini you want. Mark and I had two small zucchinis tonight. Normally I make one each (2 halves), but we only had rice with it so I made more.  I like it best with baked fish. I will post that another time! Okay, anyways -zucchinis...

Chop off the ends and split them in half. Lay them on a baking sheet (I put foil down on the pan so it's a quick wash after). Drizzle on some olive oil -but don't get too crazy with it or your oven will be all greasy, and well, so will your zucchinis. Then I add a seasoning called garlic plus as well as oregano. You can add whatever you want, these are just my favorites.

Then I whip out a tomato- bet you weren't expecting that! Dice it up and throw it on top of the zucchini.  After that, get out some cheese and grate it on. I like old cheddar cheese because it's a bit stronger than other cheeses. Zucchini isn't SUPER flavorful on it's own, so this is a good combo. Be creative!

Once you're done, throw it in the oven around 350 degrees for maybe 20 minutes. You will start to smell it and the ends will start to shrivel. This is what it will look like when it comes out:

Enjoy! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.