Easy, budget friendly dinner!
Place Brussels sprouts on the bottom of a steamer. Place meatballs on top of Brussels sprout and steam for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the balls. Serve with warmed sweet chili sauce or homemade sweet and sour sauce. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.
For the balls:
- Ground pork
- Diced bell pepper
- Freshly grated ginger
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
For the sauce:
- Dark fruit jam (I used lingberry)
- Hot sauce
- White vinegar
This is not a 100% authentic, Abuela approved, recipe as I don’t have access to hominy or large dried ancho chilies to make my own chili sauce but the flavors were there. One of my favorite soups I’ve made so far.
- The night before: Brine your Boston butt (pork butt) in cold water, salt, brown sugar, cumin and 2 bay leaves.
- Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes.
- In a pressure cooker: meat cubes, an onion, 3 cloves of garlic, a heaping spoonful of ancho chili powder, a tablespoon of red pepper paste (roasted red peppers and garlic simmered until paste) and enough rich chicken or beef broth to cover the meat.
- Pressure cook on high for 45 minutes.
- Adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Add a can of huge white beans and half a can of corn (optional).
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Serve with radishes, shredded cabbage, limes, green onions, sour cream, tortillas, etc..
The gamy favors of the duck with the garlic sauce was unreal!
It all started with 1 bored girl and 4 innocent egg whites. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not very good at just sitting. Sure, I can watch TV and movies non-stop for hours on end but I’m usually cooking or crafting something at the same time. Last night the 4 egg whites sitting in refrigerator where driving me crazy, I hate wasting food and I know that egg whites have a short shelf life, what should I make with them!!?! After some serious Pinteresting I decided to make Royal Icing Sugar, looked easy enough; eggs whites, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, blue food colouring because why not, and a splash of vinegar (in lieu of cream of tartar). Whip, whip, whip and OMG, WHAT! I never read the recipe through, I just made a LITER of Royal Icing Sugar! I don’t even like desserts!
Ok, well now I needed something to “ice”. Wow, I really didn’t think this through. Back on Pinterest and a few minutes later I decide to make Old Fashion BAKED Sour Cream Doughnuts. I’ve made fried doughnuts many times before and they always turn out so delicious, why not attempt the healthier version. Mix, mix, mix, bake and TA DA!!!! I think I’ve nailed it.
Borzi city center rooms. Only 2 months old, very central and clean. cute place with young owners, great place.
Main pedestrian street.
Deep fried artichoke hearts.
Fleeing the scene.
Hello wonderful restaurant. Thank you for frying the catch of the from the fish market (2 meters away) so perfectly. Thank you for the octopus salad.
Skipline competition 2016.
Sunday street fish market in Catania.
Best homemade cannolis in the world around the corner.
Fancy train to Palermo.
In my element.
He’s happy I’m doing all the work.
Salty, salty, salty sardines.
Amalia and Matt.
Slice a thing cut of horse leg, salt, grill, brush with vinegar and herbs, salt and serve.
Etna at the end of the street.
Etna from our hotel.
92 year young man.
My favorite photo of the trip.
Using the whole kitchen at our B&B.
“Bad part of town”? We loved the non- touristic, vibrant, working –class area. Friendly people, old buildings and cars.
Mount Etna lava.
Lard warming up.
Horse meat…it’s a big thing in Catania.
These girls are sooooo adorable.
This part of town reminded me of Mexico.
New kids on the Catanian block.
Check out the Folklore room at B&B City Center Catania.
I missed the market by 20 minutes!
Ste Agatha is kind of a big deal around here. I looked her up on Wikipedia, Sainthood sounds like a terrible job/lifestyle. Not for me.
Sundried tomatoes, jelly meat, green onions wrapped in bacon and horse steak.
Arancini. Deep fried rice balls stuffed with meat ragu, whipped butter, pistachios, etc.
Mystery meat man. He comes out at night in front of the butcher shops, he boils large pots of broth cooking off cuts and offal. This is an illegal blood sausage.
Lungs, blood sausage, tendon and tripe of my!
Boiled octopus in lemon olive oil sauce with fresh parsley.
Deep fried catch of the day.
Roasted red peppers and local jet engine wine.
Made to order pistachio cannoli.
Sfincione. Not a pizza.
Brioche. Pistachio ice cream in a sweet bun!
Crocchette di patate.
Our micro “Easy” hotel was less than comfortable.
Hanging out at our new favorite place, a Korean fast food restaurant in the heart of Sofia. Homemade kimchi and K-pop on the TV.
Next stop Sicily!