Saturday, October 31, 2015

Food 'n Film October 2015 - Roundup

Monday, October 26, 2015

Baked Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

The seasons have changed in the Northern Hemisphere, Days are getting colder, Nights are getting longer, Trees are changing color and Halloween is right around the corner. With that comes the commercial onslaught of Pumpkins...and Pumpkin Spiced Everything! I am a fan of pumpkin...real pumpkin, and the spices usually used to cook pumpkins, so I thought... Hey why not add my own recipe!

These Baked Spiced Pumpkin donuts are soft and fluffy, and the Vanilla Glaze just gives them the right amount of sweetness! :)

Here's my recipe for Baked Spiced Pumpkin Donuts:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ellis Island, USA

I’m excited to join up again this month with fellow blogger Fiona Ryan's  A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup over at Tiffin Bite Sized Adventures. This travel tale link-up goes from October 15th - October 22th, this time travels with the letter "E".

"E" is for Ellis Island, NY but mostly NJ, USA. Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States and was the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. Today, over 100 million Americans, can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island. 

You can reach the island via a short Ferry ride from NY or Liberty State Park NJ. We went last Autumn with my Parents, my Abuela, and my Tío (Grandma's brother), every one of us having experienced different aspects of the American immigrant experience. I'm 1st generation American on my Mother's side and 2nd on my Father's. It was quite an emotional ferry ride, slow and steady up to that red beautiful building in the shadow of Lady Liberty. 

I suggest taking a headset and a map for a self tour. As you walk from room to room, and hear and read stories of immigrants who've passed through these walls you'll encounter a range of emotions. Moving shoulder to shoulder with numerous other visitors from one room to another, you'll start to experience what it must have felt like for those new arrivals. Immigrants who were approved and passed the health inspection spent only a few hours there. They were asked 29 questions including name, occupation, and the amount of money carried. It was important to the government that they could support themselves and have money to get started, at least between $18-$25. Only about 2% were denied admission and sent back to their countries of origin for reasons ranging from contagious disease, and criminal background, to insanity.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite recollections from a young lady, circa 1917. She was being asked questions on the proper way to clean stairs by the doctors to determine her mental fitness and her capacity for finding a job. Her priceless retort, "I didn't came all this way to clean stairs." Needless to say she was allowed to enter and started her new life.

Ellis Island - USA

For more Letter "E" travel stories, visit A-Z Guidebook LinkupStay tuned next month for more travel, centering around the Letter "F"!

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Crispy Okra Salad w/ Shrimp

We've had a lot of okra this summer. Between what we grew in our backyard and the generous offerings from work (Perks of working in Plant Bio! :))

Okra, also known as Ladies' finger or Bhindi, is a member of the mallow family and is related to those beautiful tropical Hibiscus flowers. It is most often associated State -side with the South, Louisiana and Gumbo; a reflection of the area's African, and French culinary influences. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and is also a good source of calcium and potassium.
For most people Okra is slimy and unpleasant, but just like any other vegetable you need to learn how to cook with it before you can enjoy it. This thin sliced salad gives a different take on Okra, quickly frying it to make it crispy and crunchy, but retaining its unique flavor. Thinly sliced crisp red onions, bright red peppers, and sweet carrots are mixed with fresh cilantro, tangy lime juice, and homemade Cajun spice mix, then topped with crispy fried okra. It's a great light and tangy salad. Adding cooked shrimp to the mix makes it more of a fusion meal, or as I call it, Cajun ceviche.
Here is my recipe for Crispy Okra Salad:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Food 'n Film - New Blogging Challenge - October 2015

"Tombstone" - Mustache Sugar Cookies

For the inaugural Food 'n Film post I thought long and hard as to which movie to choose. It all came down to timing, and a few signs. I've always loved Westerns and I was thinking to start with one, while mulling it over I came across these really cool mustache cookie cutters and the light bulb went off. That's when I realized most people would see those cookie cutters and think ironic hipsters instead of what I saw...

In My Kitchen - October 2015

It's time for another round of the very cool monthly happening called "In My Kitchen" run by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. I can't believe it's already been over a year since joining in the fun!

So here we go....

This Month in my Kitchen...

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