Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Foodie Shares on myLot

Ever heard of myLot? It's one of those social networking sites that pay you for just having discussions and being friendly. It's a neat way to earn some extra income. You can start discussions or chime on discussions already going on. It's lots of fun. The discussions I initiate are varied but of course, several of them are about food and drink or something food-related. 

Here are a few examples.   But there are lots more!  Enjoy! 😊

Sushi vs. Sashimi - There's a Difference?

http://www.mylot.com/post/2966687/sushi-vs-sashimi-theres-a-difference

Life's Guilty Pleasures: French Fries


Life's Guilty Pleasures: French Fries / myLot

We probably all have our guilty pleasures don't we? Never prepared a list, but if I did, french fries would be on it! French fries, smothered with melted cheddar cheese, sprinkled with crispy bacon pieces. If I'm going to indulge myself, might as well go all the way! Right?





Store-Bought or Homemade. Which is Better?




Store-Bought or Homemade. Which is Better? / myLot

In high school we had to study Greek philosophers. One of the philosophers that stuck in my mind was Epicurus. He believed in the "pleasure principle"....



First Food Experiences – Zucchini Muffins




First Food Experiences - Zucchini Muffins / myLot

Years ago when I was a poor university student, a treat would be to catch a public bus and go to a mall, look in the stores and maybe grab a bite to eat somewhere. Somewhere ... cheap! One day at the mall there was this restaurant that had a wonderful aroma coming from it.



Root Veggies From Jupiter Taste Better!




Root Veggies From Jupiter Taste Better! / myLot

Sharing a tidbit from stuff that gets thrown into my "I would have never thunk it!" files. Have you ever thought that: "Plants grown on other planets...



World Cuisine: Spotlight on Jordan




World Cuisine: Spotlight on Jordan / myLot

Yielding to temptation again. Have to share something foodie oriented. A famous athlete was a guest on a TV cooking show and he was being interviewed by the host who asked him, since he had traveled so many places around the world, what type of food did he like the most.




Friday, November 25, 2016

Foodie Friday : Spice Spotlight: Cinnamon

I can smell nutmeg, apples and cinnamon.

I can sprinkle a little powdered pumpkin spice or a dash of plain old cinnamon in my morning cup of coffee.

For an evening meal, I can enjoy a hearty bowl of butternut squash soup or cook up a stew chocked full of root vegetables and meat, made with that special secret ingredient:  cinnamon.


It's my favorite time of the year to experience the joys of the season.  😍  


Shining the spotlight on one of my favorite warming feel good spices.  Cinnamon!






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Did you know:

- There is a mythological creature called the Cinnamon Bird?
- In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process?

There's probably lots of other things you didn't know about cinnamon as well.

If you're curious, read more:  18 Facts about Cinnamon.



Community Post: 35 Crazy-Good Ways To Indulge On Cinnamon This Fall


Community Post: 35 Crazy-Good Ways To Indulge On Cinnamon This Fall

Because it is the best of all the fall spices!





Links to a sampling of recipes using cinnamon that reflect world cuisine and global tastes: Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Soup, Apple Pie, Coffee Cake, Baklava, Biriyani, Chicken Mole, Roast Duck, Rugelach.




Kunafeh, the Middle East's Favorite Cheese Delight!



Kunafeh, the Middle East's Favorite Cheese Delight!

It's about time to share with you one of my favorite recipes ever. It´s not only delicious but also has a special place in my heart. Sometimes we feel strongly towards a dish or a dessert not just because it tastes great but because it brings back memories we cherish.




Chinese Cinnamon Beef Noodle Soup Recipe - Chinese.Food.com


Chinese Cinnamon Beef Noodle Soup Recipe - Chinese.Food.com

This was published in a Fine Cooking magazine a couple of years ago. I was so excited to have found a relatively easy yet very flavorful noodle soup for my family. My husband (the ultimate food critic) loves this and doesnt mind eating it for days.






A Taste of South Africa - Tomato Bredie (One stick of cinnamon required.)



A Taste of South Africa - Tomato Bredie

This Tomato Bredie photo was featured in Brazilian Magazine blog, Verdemar - Copa de Sabores: África do Sul One of my favorite book series is the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series writted by Alexander McCall Smith, a Zimbabwe born, Scottish writer.








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for your spice cabinet:






The Indonesian cinnamon sticks are one-inch long to fit in out tins. Our ground cinnamon comes from Vietnam and is highly flavorful and sweet. Both are great with desserts, beverages, breads, stews, chicken or lamb.

Cinnamon Sticks are best when used within a year.

Ground Cinnamon should keep it's peak flavor for about six months.






Enjoy the joys of the season by celebrating cinnamon!



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Previous #FoodieFriday posts? 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Let's Bake & Cook : Mango Fried Rice (Reblog)

Have a friend who is very active in several online communities and made a mental note to publish a blog post sharing many of her wonderful recipes she publishes all over the Internet. Her collection is impressive. Maybe one day she will publish a cookbook! This is my Shout Out to Peach Purple, fellow blogger and freelance writer. Beginning with a link back her food blog she publishes via Blogspot.  Mango is my favorite fruit and I love fried rice!  :)

Let's Bake & Cook : Mango Fried Rice



You can also view her recipes at HUBPages.  Here is one you may find intriguing.  Did you know you can make a cake in a rice cooker?






Peach Purple has four food blogs published via the BlogJob blogging community.  Here are samples from each one.  The name of the blog is in parentheses.






LiteracyBase is where she has been sharing her tasty recipes lately and I'm loving it!  You'll love them too!  :)


 

Chicken Gumbo Recipe


Chicken Gumbo Recipe - LiteracyBase

Have you heard of Chicken Gumbo? I didn't know that this chicken recipe is a well known dish in USA since the 18th century. One of my Facefriend had recommended me to try out her Chicken Gumbo recipe which she had uploaded online. I found it a very exceptional exquisite recipe, all-in-1 chicken stew that ...


Mustard Green Soup with Meat Balls


Mustard Green Soup with Meat Balls - LiteracyBase

If you had ever tasted Cai Xin soup, you should get acquainted with his green leafy vegetable today because you are going to love it as much as I do! What is Cai Xin Mustard Greens is fondly known as "Cai Xin" among the Chinese community.


Best Chicken Rice: Hainanese Chicken Rice


Best Chicken Rice: Hainanese Chicken Rice - LiteracyBase

Chicken Rice which is locally known as "Ji Fan " or "Sau Ji Fan" is a very popular main course meal that consist of roast chicken with steamed chicken rice and slices of cucumbers. There are 2 types of Chicken Rice sold in the restaurant; mainly: - Roast chicken -Hainanese chicken ( white ...


Homemade Prawn Dumpling Soup


Homemade Prawn Dumpling Soup - LiteracyBase

I started to fall in love with dumplings since my childhood days. Mom used to homemade dumplings which were large, fulled of generous fillings and super delicious soup. She always added generous heaps of mixed minced pork and 2 large tiger prawns for the dumpling fillings.


Chinese Soup: Tofu with Kelp Soup


Chinese Soup: Tofu with Kelp Soup - LiteracyBase

When I was young, mom used to make delicious Chinese soup for every day meal which is clear, not thick or brothy at all. Most of her Chinese soup was light, clear and comforting that soothes anyone who was losing appetite or sick over mild illness ( fever, cough, diarrhea, etc).


Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup


Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup - LiteracyBase

I simply LOVE my mother's Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup, compare to my mother-in-law's version. The soup itself is tasty , even though she had used Knorr Chicken Cube Stock and the additional fried chicken fillets, crab sticks, scrambled eggs and cooked white cabbages were just FANTASTIC !



Friday, November 18, 2016

Foodie Friday : It's Flipping Foodie Friday!

Are your weeks flying by fast or is it just me? Feels like it was a #FoodieFriday just a couple of days ago.  One week passed already and it's time for another post!





So this is what I'm sharing. Ever hear of Flipboard?

Heard of it. Tried it. Got confused because of my pea-sized brain and gave up on it! It's a good thing that my online friends are persistent. One fellow blogger says she is using this fantastic tool and enjoying much success! She was so bubbly and energetic, I decided to have at it one more time!  Eureka!  I DID IT!!



This time I created my Flipboard account ( https://flipboard.com/@cmoneyspinner ) and a brand new magazine. See content below.


My I Like Eating Channel on Flipboard


Tweeted it out for Foodie Friday. ( When I finally get something to work right, I have to brag! :) )



Just before I got started, received a link to an article in my eMail that explained how easy it was to publish successfully on Flipboard.  That really made things clear. After my account and my magazine were both created, I add the Flip.it bookmarklet sharing tool to my browser bookmarks bar. From that point forward, it's all been smooth sailing.


Did a search on Twitter with the terms “#FoodieFriday, Flipboard”. The results are fabulous! Wish there were more. Nevertheless … Enjoy! :)


My other #FoodieFriday posts? 











Friday, November 11, 2016

Foodie Friday : Raw Coconut Fig Slice (Reblog)

It's another #FoodieFriday. Even though it's late in the day, this post will be published before midnight. If not, I might turn into fig! (Just kidding!) 


Want to know my other #FoodieFriday posts? 

For this #FoodieFriday, the keyword is "fig".  (It was going to be "gumbo' but ... found this post about fig and went off in a completely different direction! :)  )  Before getting started, let me share this healthy tip.

TIP:  Need a pre-workout snack? Try figs! They are filled with calcium, magnesium and potassium.  (Source)

OK!  My first fig share is an awesome post found in a Google Plus Blogging community.




I don't know if the fig was really the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. As far as I'm concerned it's a fruit that was heaven sent!

Here is a little bit about the fig. It's an excerpt from my article published at Wizzley.com


FIG TREES

Genus Ficus
The fig plant can be either a low-lying shrub or a tall tree.  They grow wild; or domesticated in the Mediterranean region and in California.  In Israel, the fig trees usually sprout buds in late spring; by the month of June (early summer) the tree is full of leaves; and in just a few more weeks, the figs are ready for picking.

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An additional fact.  In the Bible, the fig has two symbolic meanings.  Hope (if the fig tree fruitful): Desolation (if the fig tree is barren).



Here are more shares.  Enjoy!

The humble Fig.

The humble Fig.

The Fig...You can get it dried almost anywhere in the world and fresh and luscious from September through to autumn. There is nought like the taste of a fresh fig and dried they are different but sweet, with a chewy flesh and crunchy edible seeds.The fig tree has no blossoms on their branches ...The blossoms are inside the fig.




Lemon fig & walnut cake (talesofakitchen.com)





Dalmatia Spread Fig, 8.5 oz

Bring Me Some Figgy Fig Recipes. (shewearsmanyhats.com)




Fig Jam with Vanilla and Black Pepper - Jenni Field's Pastry Chef Online

Fig Jam with Vanilla and Black Pepper - Jenni Field's Pastry Chef Online


Cracked Wheat Fig Halwa (affronplatter.blogspot.ca)

Cracked Wheat Fig Halwa

15 Sweet and Calcium-Rich Recipes With Figs

15 Sweet and Calcium-Rich Recipes With Figs
Spiced fig, coffee & hazelnut cake

Spiced fig, coffee & hazelnut cake
Last share!
Delicious Savory Melon and Fig Salad


Delicious Savory Melon and Fig Salad

Saturday, November 5, 2016

QOD: Homemade Pizza or Buddha's Delight?

Apologies for this late post. Last month, October, was National Pizza Month. But no matter. There are bazillions of pizza lovers in the world. So it's for sure that any foodie blog posts about pizza will be acceptable any time. :)


Originally published at Persona Paper on April 30, 2015.


Watched parts of two new cooking shows yesterday. Was torn between the two brand new episodes because they both came on at the same time, on different channels. (NO! Never learned how to program a VCR!)


- So on one show the guy lives on a #farm and he was making #pizza . He milked the cow that morning and used that milk to make fresh #mozzarella #cheese .

- On the other show, the lady was visiting a farm and planned to prepare dishes using freshly picked produce. She ended up serving a #vegetable platter. All sorts of root #veggies sliced thin like potato chips (raw; not cooked).

QOD (Question of the Day):
- If you have to choose between pizza and a veggie delight*, as your last supper, which would you pick?
(* Some folks call a vegetable platter or plate with all veggies, Buddha's Delight.)


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If it's my last supper, I'm going for the pizza – loaded with meat and veggies!! Extra large.  Extra cheese.  And I'm not sharing!!  :)  

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Have you visited my Pizza collection on Google Plus?















Thursday, November 3, 2016

Awesome Food Bloggers in Bloggy Moms Network

Spotlight on food bloggers who are members of the Bloggy Moms Network


Joined this community a few years back. Rather than repeat myself, here is an excerpt from a mini 2-part review of the site that was published at another community site called PersonaPaper.com (Part 1 and Part 2).
(Info as of Feb 2015) “The BloggyMoms Facebook fan page has over 7K Likes and their Twitter account has over 100K followers. The site is created as a community for WAHM (work at home mom) bloggers and last year, my account was approved. The network is comprised mainly of female entrepreneurs or mompreneurs . But there are some guys who hangout there as well.”
(Info as of Nov 2015) “Very happy to report that the owners of this site and network have worked hard and very diligently to iron out the “kinks” that occur when you change over from one system to another in an effort to enhance and improve. … owners set up the new system they gave me a new profile , ...”



(Image credit: Cooking woman using computer
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Was active in the beginning (under the old system) but when the owner decided to change the platform, it was difficult for me to hang around and go through the conversion process, so my activity at that network was “suspended”. It was temporary. Didn't delete my account. There was no need for that because I had confidence the owner would get it all together, iron out the quirks, and restore the fabulous-ness of the network or make it even better. 

Success! She made it better! Glad to have to kept my membership. Get regular eMails advertising events, paid blogging opportunities, etc. Also, it was and still is a great place to find recipes, cooking tips, and all kinds of food-related information. Found some excellent blog posts and sharing them here. Since the holidays season is here, the first share is about preparing a wonderful and healthy “healthier” Christmas feast. Some of the links were found at the Bloggy Moms site and others at blogs found listed in the directory at the BM site. Enjoy!!


6 Recipes For A Healthier Christmas Feast
(Don't worry. The meal is not just salad. But I love that picture! Don't you? If that's a part of the meal, wonder what the rest is going to be!)


6 Recipes For A Healthier Christmas Feast - Bloggy Moms

By Judy Pistolese How do you make your annual Christmas feast? My colleagues at Inner West Orthodontics are convinced that Christmas might just be the unhealthiest time of the year but with minor alterations, you can definitely prepare a delicious and healthy Christmas feast for the whole family!


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How to Cook for a Week without Even Thinking About It


How to Cook for a Week without Even Thinking About It - Bloggy Moms

Here are a few things that give me a serious case of the sads: daily grocery store trips, half-empty boxes of pasta in my freezer, beautiful veggies aging before my eyes. I'm always trying to cut back on waste, especially as the holiday season picks up and time and funds become more limited.

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Colorful Bow Tie Pork – Delicious!


Colorful Bow Tie Pork - Delicious! - Bloggy Moms

Standing by my side as I monitored the skillet and put the finishing touches on dinner, Joey grinned and then took off sprinting through the house. I found out later that he had rushed to Dan to let him know that dinner smelled "So good!!"

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Soup for Thanksgiving!


Soup for Thanksgiving! - Adriana's Best Recipes

This post is also available in: Español Thanksgiving is almost here and this time of the year calls for old-time favorites and today I am sharing easy Thanksgiving recipes using seasonal ingredients like sweet potatoes.

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Apple Pecan Chia Pudding – #SecretRecipeClub
(Dessert for breakfast? No wonder it's a secret!)


Apple Pecan Chia Pudding - #SecretRecipeClub

There are not many puddings that can be breakfast or dessert but this is one of them. Apple Pecan Chia Pudding is flavored with maple syrup and apple cider and topped with cinnamon apples and pecans for the ultimate sweet healthy treat. Wow!

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Going Green on a Budget


Going Green On A Budget

Going green doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to combine green and frugal living. Even if you don't have extra money in your wallet, you can still make some changes to make your lifestyle more environmentally-friendly and natural.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Improve Boxed Mac-n-Cheese. Is that possible?

Anybody who loves their macaroni and cheese would rather be thrown into a cage with starving lions than eat that boxed mac-n-cheese!! UUUGGG!!! YUK!!!


OK. Being tossed into a cage with starving lions is a bit of an exaggeration. But how many of you have ever had a choice between making your own macaroni and cheese or using the mac-n-cheese in a box and said: “Oh yes! Gimme that box stuff! I love it!”



Macaroni and cheese
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Saw this headline (below) about “hacking your mac”.


Well since it was in the food and drink section, figured it wasn't about a Mac computer, so it had to be about macaroni!  13 ways to make boxed macaroni and cheese taste even better? Well!  Everybody has their own tastes, don't they?  In my humble opinion, speaking as a non-chef or non-official food person in any way, a newbie learning to cook might want to test these ways using the box.  If the end results pass muster, they can adapt some of these ideas and add a twist to a real tried and true homemade recipe.


My tried and true homemade recipe?


Prepare 1 lb of elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions


Pour drained macaroni into a casserole dish. While the pasta is still hot, mix in the following ingredients in this order.

  • 1 lb of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can of evaporated milk


Once all ingredients are thoroughly combined, sprinkle more shredded cheddar cheese on top. (As much as you want.)


Bake in a preheated oven to 350 degrees F., for about 30 minutes.


This is how my late mother taught me and was really surprised when watching TV chef Paula Deen's cooking show one day and noticed that she prepared hers the same way. (I varied my mom's recipe a little by adding in chopped onions and bell peppers.)




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