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Mexican Food- Sunday Meal

First Sunday meal in the new place

Well, that went ok. The kitchen performed flawlessly. The new gas range is a pure joy to cook with. I think it’s been since I lived in Rapid City, South Dakota since I had a kitchen with a gas stove. Cooking on that stove was a thrill in its self. Now that the thrift stores are open again, I’ll see if I can find some decent pots and pans. I was able to use my brand new Japanese chef knife that I paid $11.99 for on Amazon. It did pretty good. I have a genuine Ginsu knife arriving tomorrow. I’ll be able to slice through an aluminum can AND a tomato. I won’t take that kind of power lightly.

Enchiladas

The main dish today was enchiladas. We followed a recipe from allrecipes.com. We didn’t follow it to a tee, but we didn’t stray to far from it either. The seasoning on the chicken breasts was Feiya’s idea. We mixed paprika, salt, chili powder, and cumin together. It was pretty tasty, but in the end you really couldn’t taste it in the finished dish. The salsa verde was the highlight of the day! Very easy to make- chicken broth, flour, butter, onions, chilis, and some cumin. I followed the recipe and turned out pretty good. Could use a little kick from some jalapenos or such.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
These are the chicken breasts we tried to spice up with a little concoction. The spices were pretty good, however they were lost in the finished dish.

Over all the enchiladas turned out pretty good. It was a little bland, but had a lot of potential. Hopefully someday soon we’ll revisit it and try to spice it up a bit.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The enchiladas before the big bake.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The enchiladas after the big bake.

Chili Rellenos

Another recipre we tried from allrecipes.com was Chili Rellenos. This was a disaster in the making. I think what saved it was I talked to the produce guy at WinCo Foods and he told me that his grandmother soaks the chilis in saltwater for about 10 minutes before stuffing and cooking them. I did as he said the the ckilis turned out very favorable and sweet. Feiya made the batter and I think she went a little heavy with the milk making the batter a little runny. Not the end of the world. The recipe called for rolling them in flour and then dipping them into the batter. I did that on 3 of them. On the fourth chili I dipped it in an egg was and the batter stuck a little better when I fried it. Still not the greatest, but would like to try battering and frying something again soon. So I can get it grip on it.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
This looks a lot worse than it actually was.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The batter wasn’t too bad.

Feiya wasn’t on her game today. We started at 11:00am and she had just woken up at 10:30am. I think there was too much coming at her too early in the day. Getting up for school this fall is going to be a real treat. She did prep the chilis and make the batter before she checked out. She accidentally rubbed her nose with a finger tip that had pepper on it. I think that was a lesson she needed to learn for herself.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
Feiya admiring her handy work with the chicken.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
She made a smoothie and went to her room after the pepper incident.

Presentation

The final presentation could have been better. I’ll have to work on that. Overall I would give today’s meal 7.5 out of 10. It was a success overall, but we can improve. Which, for me, is the best part. Progressing. I used to think of myself as a pretty good cook. However, over the years my nomadic lifestyle has moved me away from cooking. I’m so glad Feiya has a such an interest in the kitchen. I’m hoping her passion can ignite my passion for cooking once again. I don’t think that’s a long shot.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
My plate could look better.

Next week we’re going Mediterranean. Feiya and I would go to this restaurant in San Mateo a lot- Cobani Gyro and Kebab. It was a Californian twist on the gyro. Very fresh and flavorful. Not like you get in the Midwest, which are good in their own rights. We’re going to try to miic the chicken gyro and greek salads we used to order there. Wish us luck!

Tonight’s music, an oldie but goody- Midnight Movies.

I used my trusty Sony A6000 with a 16-70mm lens from Sony Vario-Tessar. Like a doofus I had the butterfly lens hood on wrong and the wings showed up in some of the wide shots.

Lose leaf tea brewing

Amazon Black Tea

Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Amazon.com

Tonight is the eve of the big dinner tomorrow. We’re going to cook our first Sunday meal in the new place tomorrow, if you haven’t been following. I’m excited to see Feiya, our daughter, cook in the new kitchen. Really looking forward to it. I’ll take pics and write about it.

Tonight was kind of a dry run for tomorrow. I wanted to see how well our new kitchen performed in front of the camera. It did outstanding. So, I thought why not do a write-up on some tea. I haven’t posted about tea in a long time. I’ll make this short and sweet and of course there’s photos below.

Over last couple of months I calculated how long my supply of tea from Sri Lanka via teakruthie knowing I was moving in 2 months. I finished the supply about 2 weeks ago, and instead of ordering a new batch from teakruthie I dug into my cabinet. I found what I had always knew was there, a pouch of loose leaf English Breakfast tea I bought off of Amazon.com. I remembered finding it a bit to bold and turned to the internet to finds a new strain.

More Than Just a Backup

Always knew that pouch was right there on the shelf just above the bread shelf. I’ll use it in case of an emergency. The first couple of times I brewed it I was pleasantly surprised. It was bold, but smoother than I remembered. In fact, the more I brewed it I noticed it was consistently smooth. I could achieve that with the Ceylon Orange I bought from teakruthie. I finally got it down to about 4th or 5th brew it would be bitter. About ten or so brews after I returned to the Amazon tea I realized how consistent it was. I even increased the time I steeped the tea from 4:30 mins to 5:00 mins. A little bolder, but never bitter.

I’m starting to think this tea is bullet proof. Except for tonight, of all nights. I must have steeped it a little too long. I must have not got the timer set fast of enough. Tonight’s brew is a little strong and just this side of being on the tangy side. So, this tea isn’t as destructible as I thought it was. Good to know!

On my 2nd cup I poured a little half and half in with it and that really knocked it down a notch, but you could still taste the tea. This is a very good tea with milk. However, I like the golden smooth taste of a well brewed Orange Pekoe so, I’ll still continue to fight the good fight. I like my odds with this tea and I think I’ll buy another pouch. You purchase it off of Amazon here: English Breakfast Tea. Oops, I see it’s not available anymore. Looks like I’ll have to search for a new black tea as well. Let the tea chaos begin!

It’s a good tea if you’re into the strong stuff. I’m also going to look into Oolong teas as well. I haven’t had an Oolong tea since I was in China in 2018. I had a lot of different teas there that time as there were a lot of gatherings and celebrations. Some of the teas were pretty good, some not so much. So, I think that will be my next tea adventure, finding a good Oolong. So, while keeping with the consistency of the English Breakfast on hand, I’ll search the world for my favorite Oolong. I’ll try to post all about it.

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Tonights music- Black Market Karma- Animal Jive. Good stuff!

Sunset in Summerlin

May 2020 Update | Summerlin

It’s May 7th and they just announced today that Vegas will start reopening this weekend. It’s a slow reopen, as expected, but its a step getting past this pandemic. Good news to start a new month. Last month was a tough one. I’m sure everyone shares my sentiments.

We finally moved. We’ve been in our new place for a week now. We love it! We’re planning our first Sunday meal this coming weekend. We’re going to cook Mexican food- enchiladas, chile rellenos, and roasted corn. We pretty well much have everything on hand, just hope we’ll be able to get some chicken. Rumor has it there’s a meat shortage. We’ll see when we go shopping.

I’m hoping to take some photos and I’ll try to write about it. I know it sounds like any of our other Sunday meals, but it’s not. Although, the kitchen still needs to be better equipped, this will be the first real kitchen Feiya will cook in. Since arriving in 2013, Feiya has shown a passion for food. I hope this is where she learns to cook and takes that skill through her entire life. So, stay tuned…

It took us longer than we thought to get the new place ready, but we did it. We’re very happy here. We repainted the cabinets in the kitchen and the bath. We did that ourselves. We had vinyl flooring installed in the kitchen and bath. We had carpeting installed in the rest of the house and we had it painted throughout. We also updated the appliances in the kitchen. Can’t wait to see what Feiya does in there.

The best thing about our new place is the view. We’re on the very back side of the condo complex. There’s a Mormon church just off the South East corner of our unit. In front of us we have a drainage ditch and the very nicely landscaped parking lot of the church. From my couch I see mostly sky through the patio doors. There’s no buildings or trees just the sky. It’s been since before I moved to California that I had any kind of a view outside my home. This is a real treat for me. Last night I stepped out onto the balcony and smoked some wowy gazowy weed from the dispensary and took a deep breath. It was a nice moment.

Work slowed down a bit this week. So, to fill in the spaces on my schedule I worked a little bit with a new app our creative director wants us to start using. It’s called Lumineer and it’s one of photo editing apps that you can use with filters and create “looks” for your photos. Pretty elementary stuff for photo editing. However, it does have a pretty damn impressive sky swap feature on it. I’ve been building a library of skies (from my moments on the balcony) to use with it this past week. We’ve had some amazing skies here in Summerlin. I posted some below.

I hope everyone is weathering this time well. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. At least we won’t know until we start moving forward. But sooner we start moving forward, the sooner we will know.