My Hobbie My Headache!

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I love to cook.  I love to eat.  I absolutely love food.  But!  I don’t eat drink and sleep recipes.  I can’t stand all day in a kitchen preparing meals for others that I’m simply not going to be able to sit down and enjoy for myself.  Though I love the critics, and I enjoy the compliments, if I’m going to endure a full day stand in the kitchen I’m going to inherit a headache.

Moderation is the key for good cooking I think; at least it is for me.  I’ve got to resonate after I take in a good meal and process what I can do better next time.  Putting it down on paper doesn’t seem to help.  In fact it’s actually something I avoid wholeheartedly.  Doing the blog, the facebook page and the Youtube channel weren’t even things that I originally wanted to do, like, at all.  My brother talked me into it.  And the problem I find myself repeating constantly is making the time to write down these recipes that I’m constantly perfecting on a daily basis.

As you can see here, I’m clearly cooking.  There’s the evidence right in front of you.  But, I ask myself, “Is this something others want to be cooking?”, “Are these secrets that I even want to be giving away?!  It’s really tough to swallow sometimes.  A ton of hard work goes into making a dish something that everyone wants and loves to eat, then just hand over the recipes.

Why do others do it?  We see it all over the web these days right?  What’s the payoff?  Advertising!  Commercials, product placement and pay per clicks.  Guess what though.  You’ve got to be getting hundreds if not thousands of ad clicks a day to see any results from that kind of gig before you even see a dime.  I haven’t.  not even one red cent.  Not that I’m complaining, I just want you to recognize that some people just love what they do so much they feel like keeping things to themselves.  That way our hobbies don’t become headaches and we don’t become slaves to the pills that stop the pain.

I don’t want that for me; headaches that kill the passion I have for my hobbies.  As long as I can share the things that I’ve learned through my education and experimentation, I’ll keep cranking out recipes for Poor Mans Gourmet Kitchen.  But like any true artist out there, sometimes you’ve got to wait for the release of a masterpiece! ;-)

On a lighter note, here are a few concoctions I’ve been thinking about writing about.  If any of these recipes catch your attention I’d like to know about it.  There’s a Lo mein noodle that is as good as any restaurant or fast food I’ve ever had; grilled Salmon smothered in a sweet and sour sauce with veggies; Nachos… baked; Ceviche Tilapia; fresh Chicken Tequitos; and last but not least, a Chicken Wrap with a Peanut Lime sauce!

Chili Relleno Recipe

Chili Relleno RecipeChili Relleno Recipe

Chili Rellenos are so good, and so easy to make

I’ll admit that my Chili Relleno Recipe can be a little bit tedious the way I like to make them, but they are most certainly well worth it.  I like to stuff them with a lot more than just cheese which for me makes them taste so much better than just a battered chili.  This recipe I use Spanish rice which I prepared just before I started broiling the chilies, but I believe you can stuff them with any of your favorite cooked meats.

This Chili Relleno Recipe requires just a few items that you can get from any regular grocery store.  Of course the number one priority on your list should be some large green Chili’s.  The only other item’s you’ll need is some jack cheese, eggs and some Spanish rice or your favorite meat.  I think you could stuff these chilies with more vegetables if you like and they would be fantastic; maybe some spinach, or tomatoes, or even some sautéed zucchini; all of the above even.  Get creative and don’t be scared about it.  The best thing I think you can always do when you follow someone else’s basic “how to guide” with their personal take on a recipe is to take it with a grain of salt; meaning, you should realize that yes they may have some good experience cooking what they’re teaching about but what they are teaching is also based on their own personal tastes as well.  So when it comes to any recipe you make, I strongly encourage people to improvise and throw in items that are personal favorites.  I’m not saying you should get crazy and change out the seasonings and the overall preparation of the recipe, especially if you’ve never made anything like it before.  I’m just saying that if you know for sure that you would possibly prefer vegetables over meat for example, then swap it out and go for it!  Especially when it comes to this Chili Relleno Recipe Okay, enough said!

Chili Relleno Recipe steps and preperation

Now the best way to start any Chili Relleno Recipe is of course with your Chilies.  Wash them, clean them and get them ready for a broil in the oven; or if you would like to take it a step further, throw them on a grill.  It doesn’t matter really.  You’re just going for the general desired color and texture of a fired cooked Chili.  Just make sure which ever you decide, you give them a turn now and then to make the coloring even on every side.  In the oven, I turn them every 2 minutes or so.  After you’ve cooked them evenly, pull them out and throw a moist towel over them so the chili can soften up a bit.  5 to 10 minutes is all it will take.  Then make a small incision in each one of the Chilies and stuff each one with only enough rice and cheese to be able to close back with a partial flap.  This will ensure that there isn’t any spillage.  At this point you can pull the seads out as well if you’ve got your mind set on all of the tedious pet peeves of traditional authenticity, but if your not trying to impress the President of the United States, I’m pretty sure you can live without doing it.  Traditionally you’re also suppose to peal the skins off at this point, then you roll them in flour and dip them into the egg mixture and fry.  Just so we’re clear, I don’t peel skins.  I think it’s pointless and it adds a chard effect to the flavoring of the Relleno.

When it comes to the egg mixture, you’re going need to separate the yokes from the whites, and blend the whites separately with a little bit of water and baking powder to make the eggs frothy.  Then slowly add the yokes one at a time, all the while mixing the eggs on high speed.  This is very important.  The yokes have got to be very frothy and bubbly or the batter is going to run all over the place when you drop the chili in the fryer.  All you have to do from here is dip and submerge one chili completely in the egg mixture ever so gently to ensure the flap doesn’t open and dump out the filling, then slowly add the chili to the hot oil in your fryer or your pan with oil.  Oil in a pan doesn’t need to be more than one inch, and once you’ve browned one side just flip it over to the other and do the same.  Then strain on to some paper towels and serve.  Hope you enjoy my Chili Relleno Recipe!

Carne Asada Recipe with lengua (Beef Tongue)

Carne Asada RecipeMy Easy Carne Asada Recipe

A friend of mine introduced me to Lengua, which is Beef Tongue.  He brought it in to work one day all prepared and ready to eat.   I’m sure you can imagine my hesitation when he offered me a taco full of the meat.  Long story short, to my surprise it was delicious and I use it now for a Carne Asada recipe. This by far makes some of the most delicious tacos I have ever eaten! A slow roast in a Crockpot starts first thing in the morning before I go to work and it’s ready to shred, season and sear when I come home. Throw in all my favorite fresh vegies and some white corn tortillas and we’re good to go!

About this Carne Asada recipe

This recipe is very simple and practically all the work is done for you.  If you’ve sought out this recipe I’m sure you’ve had beef tongue before and you’re probably not looking to expand your horizons just to try it for the first time now are you.  So you are well aware that you are going to have to remove the skin once the tongue is fully cooked.  You’ll need a slow cooker(unless you prefer the oven), a sharp knife, a Beef Tongue, Canola oil, fresh garlic, your favorite onions and/or scallions, cilantro,1 lime, salt and pepper, and last but not least your favorite tortilla’s.

Introducing my Carne Asada recipe

1  Beef Tongue
1 handful chopped Cilantro
1 Lime (squeezed)
½ Diced Bell Pepper
1/2 Diced White or Yellow onion (your preference)
1 tsp. Minced garlic
2 Green onion stalks diced into Scallions
Salt and pepper to taste

Carne asada recipe instructions

10 hours of cook time in a slow cooker on low heat. Then separate the meat from the tongue skin and slice the meat into your desired portions.  Once that is completed, sear the beef in a skillet with Canola oil, garlic, onions, and cilantro. One whole lime is added during the sear which is really important because this is what really gives the Lengua its additional flavor.  This Carne Asada recipe is going to require salt and pepper to your personal taste, and in my experience a lot of salt.