Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Arigato Sushi

There are still no Vietnamese restaurants in Kamloops. My count since my last Vietnamese meal is approximately 9 months.
But sushi rules too. And tempura, noodles.......yum.

I've been to Arigato twice recently, and we enjoyed both visits very much.
The first time was for a family birthday and the family fell upon each dish like rabid badgers, so there are no photos.
We tried the vegetable and shrimp tempura, a sushi roll that I can't remember the name of, but it had salmon in it, so I didn't try it, gyoza, salmon salad, bento boxes, yakisoba, and chicken donburi.
It was all so, so good.

So, so good that we went back a couple of weeks later.

 The madness began the moment the green tea and miso soup hit the table.

As you can see, the 4 year old is pulling the soup over to him.  2 of his FAVORITE things in the world are green tea and miso soup.  I love it.  Except when I lose my green tea and miso soup to him.
This was, I believe, the crazy california roll.  It was.......crazy good.
They arrange their tempura quite nicely, and then my child knocks it over to get to the shrimp.
 Biminbap. Which is one of my very favorite dishes, but I've never seen it with lettuce before.  Pretty cool.

And also?  They are open on SUNDAYS.

Arigato Sushi
70-1395 Hillside Dr
250-314-1185
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Friday, May 02, 2014

Haute Dogs

"The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it." ~ Lawrence J. Peter.

 Hot dogs - what's not to like?  BBQ'ed, pan fried, cooked over a fire.  With ketchup, or sauteed onions.  Maybe some cheese?

I can't say we are overly adventurous in our hot dog toppings, which makes it cool to come across a book like Haute Dogs by Russell van Kraayenburg.

 This is a fun but serious book all about the lofty dog - after an introduction to the history of the dog, the author moves into the anatomy of the dog and instructions on various cooking methods - more than I would have thought -that go from microwaving to roasting to steaming.

There are more than 40 recipes, many with variations for other delicious creations, and if that wasn't enough - buns and batters, sausages, and condiments and toppings.

We tried the El Completo from Chile:


Scott had his with sauerkraut, I had mine without.

Next was the  Columbian Pineapple Dog from Columbia.


This one made me a little nervous - we made a pineapple relish, and salsa golf, then added ketchup, mustard, cheddar, and potato chips.  But it was quite delicious.

I also made the Classic Hot Dog Buns


And our final, and favorite of the 3, the Danish Hot Dog - topped with the MOST delicious Remoulade sauce ever. 


Thank you Quirk Books!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Smackdown - Drop Biscuits

Ok! Let's do another Smackdown, shall we?

 This time we're moving into the land of carbs with biscuits. Drop biscuits.

First up is Trisha Yearwoods Easiest Muffins recipe. Yes, it's called a muffin, but I think that it's more like a biscuit, and this is my blog and my Smackdown.
Anyhoo.

What drew me to this recipe was the incredibly short list of ingredients, and the addition of sour cream. These came together super quick and looked pretty darn good.


They tasted good too - and I loved the tang from the sour cream.
Unfortunately, I found these were best eaten right after they were made, which for a small family caused a problem - we can't eat 12 biscuit/muffins in one sitting.
I took one to work the next day with my lunch, but I did not enjoy it. The many leftovers were tossed a few days later.

Competing against Trisha is The Pioneer Woman's Cheddar Chive Drop Biscuits.
A few more ingredients and a bit more time than the easy muffins.
 But they too came out of the oven looking like a biscuit should:


I usually only buy mild cheddar,so the cheese didn't particularly add anything to the biscuit. The green onion was nice, and they had a good texture. 
These held up well as leftovers, and got the seal of approval from my father. 

The winner - by a hair - 



The Pioneer Woman. 

The texture, appearance and leftover factor pushed it over the edge.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mexican Brunch Tart Pizzas

I wanted to make a meatless brunch today before our big Easter dinner. 
 I was thinking I'd have to go with my usual pancakes and smoothie, but I had some pretty awesome ingredients in my fridge - guacamole, salsa, and pillsbury wiener wraps.   
Breakfast tarts!  Breakfast pizza?  Whatever.

 I unrolled the wraps and preheated the oven to the suggested 375'. 
I put the wraps (6 to a package) on a parchment lined baking sheet and gently stretched each piece of dough out a bit to make a slightly larger tart/pizza. 

I started with a spoonful of salsa on each piece.
Then scrambled 2 eggs and topped the dough with the eggs and some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
Baked for 12 minutes, until the crust was browning.
We topped our tart/pizzas with sour cream, more salsa, and guacamole.
I love these!  Easy and really really good. These have infinite possibilities for any meal.