Happy 101 Award

>> Saturday, January 30, 2010

A couple of days ago I received a message from, Two Girls Cooking, notifying me that they wanted to give me the Happy 101 Blogging award. Wow, how neat is that two awards in one week! Two Girls Cooking is a blog by, Two Girls who love to cook whom add their own special flare to cooking and baking. Please stop by their site to take a look at their amazing recipes.

When receiving this award I am to share 10 thing with you that make me happy, and of course pass the award on to 10 blogs that I like. These is making me feel a bit self-conscious because the past two post have been all about me,me, me, (hehe). I promise a good recipe will follow very soon:)

1.My husband, he is the most amazing person,husband and my best friend in the world.
2.My Dog, unconditional love and affection every day is hard to beat.
3.My Family
4. The quiet serenity of snow falling on a cold dark night.
5. The learning and exploratory process of cooking.
6. Long walks on a hot sunny summer day.
7. My new iMac
8. Books, loosing myself in a captivating story or poem
9.A glass of red wine ( Syrah/Shiraz, is my favorite at the moment), with a piece of 80% dark chocolate that has blueberry pieces mixed in it.
10. Receiving and giving awards:)

And the 10 blogs I think will make you happy ....(in no particular order)

My Fabulous Recipes , her Kimchi recipe makes me happy

The Brown Eyed Baker , all her yummy baked good.
Tasty Eats At Home , her Chipotle Pork Tinga Tacos
The Winter Guest , oh so many
The Colors of India Cooking , the name says it all
Food-O-grafia , amazing photography(tutorials too) and delicious recipes
Le Grand Fromage , panini de chocolat et brie , you must read
Experimental Culinary Pursuits , Triple Play Pumpkin Gnocchi
Bucatar Maniac , a Romanian foodie blogger
Refrigerator Soup , an amazing site showcasing fabulous foodies and photos.


Honest Scrap Award!

>> Monday, January 25, 2010

A couple of days ago I received this "Honest Scrap" honesty award, and I am so excited and honored. A wonderful fellow foodie named, Scott who pens the Fight the Fat Foodie blog is whom awarded this to me. Scott's blog is one of my favorite blogs to read (even if I don't comment often), because it's a real honest and healthy approach to food. He blogs about his struggle with weight gain and how he is living a healthier life style and continuing to loose the weight. Though I don't have a weight issue I still believe in eating as healthy as possible without having to give up all of our favorite foods , Scott and I share this in common. He has so many wonderful recipes that will make your mouth water. My favorite at the moment is his peppered tuna steak with rosemary potatoes, yummy!!Oh yeah, for those of you who are members of Weight Watchers, you'll be thrilled to see that he gives you the WW points. Please stop by Fight the Fat Foodie blog and pay Scott a visit.

Accepting this award means that I have to pass on the award to 10 fellow food bloggers that are honest in their approach to blogging and food. I also have to tell you 10 honest things about myself.

10 honest things about myself....
1. I refused to listen to my Mother when she would try to teach me to cook, she should be proud of me now:)
2. My kitchen is the size of a closet and minimally equipped which makes me scream sometimes from the lack of work space.
3. Some nights I cook 2 different dinners , 1 for my husband and I and 1 special meal for my Dog. (He's spoiled since we don't have children yet.)
4. Sunday night we have roasted chicken because it's my dog's favorite dinner
5. I hate canned peas(fresh, raw or frozen are Ok -just not canned)
6. Fresh parsley makes me cringe and maybe a little bit nauseous
7. Fried food,Chinese restaurants and McDonalds give me horrible heartburn(antacids are a must if I want to eat any of these)
8. My American husband can eat spicier foods than I can, I'm very proud of him:)
9. I have one cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to spices, it's over flowing with them and I think I have an addiction:)
10. I get really angry when I'm hungry or starving and I have to wait to eat or be fed. At a restaurant if food takes too long, or on nights when my husband cooks when dinner is taking too long and I have to wait to eat past our normal 8 dinner time. My poor husband has to hear me complain, but I blame it on my hypoglycemia, really I can't help it:)) Hypoglycemic rage is not a pretty thing, lol .

And now for my 10 Honest Scrap Award.... in no particular order
1. Sense&Serendipity
2. Girl Gone Gourmet
3. In the Kitchen With Nick
4. Peas Love Carrots
5. Taste Hong Kong
6. Rambling Babushka
7. Russian Season
8. Jeroxie -Addictive & Comsuming
9. Simply Scrumptious
10. Cookin' Canuck

Please stop by Scott's blog and all the wonderful blogs above, I promise you like what you see on all of them.


Beef Pepper and Mushroom Barley

>> Monday, January 18, 2010

beef pepper mushroom barley
First I would like to apologize for not having shared a recipe with you guys in a while, things have been really hectic for me the past few months leaving me with little time to devote to Spicie Foodie. But being that a brand new year is well upon us and many people are back to thinking about healthier eating or loosing those " holiday Kilos/Pounds" , I will be sharing many of my healthier recipes or versions of recipes. So today's recipe is for my Beef Pepper and Mushroom Barley, not only healthy and low in calories but an extremely inexpensive meal.

barley grains
First some facts and nutrition information on this cereal grain , Barley. Barley is a very ancient grain that is loaded with dietary fiber which helps protect your intestines, it is cholesterol free and low in fat. Barley is high in niacin -B3, thiamine -B1, iron, magnesium, zinc, rich in antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals. The benefits list of barley is quite long and for further reading you can try these sites , Barley Food.org (many yummy recipes too), and WHFoods . Barley is a common food for livestock, it is also used for malting to make beer , whisky and some relatively unknown wine. In some latin American countries it's ground and made into hot beverages, and even barley tea water. If you ever bought coffee substitute drinks it's always and ingredient used.

It seems some people are turned off by barley because they think it's only good in soup, but that is not the only way to prepare it (in fact I have yet to try barley soup). I tried Barley for the first time only a couple years ago and quickly became a favorite in my home, I really liked the nutty taste to it and that it was a great alternative to rice. The first recipe I tried, a light Mushroom barley, was so good that every time I cooked it I experimented with it and have found it to be very versatile and easy to work with. (I have several barley recipes to share with you and will add them in the coming weeks and months.) In fact this recipe is a result of every time I cooked barley my husband and I would start thinking of what else to add to it, first it was the beef and then the peppers and so on.

raw and cooked barley

Your ingredients:
1 cup / 200 grams uncooked Pearl Barley, (boiled equals 3 1/2 to 4 cups )
Soft stewing Beef, a little under 1 lb. / 400 grams
1 small onion , chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Mushrooms 1/2 cup / 115 grams (either fresh or canned)
1 small green bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
1 small red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
1 beef bouillon , diluted in 1 cup /250 ml
1 tbsp. / 15 ml olive oil
1 tsp. / 5 ml each salt and black pepper
2 tsp. / 10 ml paprika

1. In a large pot prepare the barley by cooking it in water, follow the instructions on the bag, usually it's 2 cups of water for 1 cup of barley. Should take about 30-45 minutes, in the mean time prepare the other ingredients.
2. Slice the beef into thin slices , and chop and slice the onion, garlic, mushrooms and peppers. In a large pot heat the oil then add the beef cook for about 8 minutes or until the beef has browned. Next add the vegetables cook for 5 minutes, then add the bouillon and spices. Simmer for about 25 minutes or until meat is soft and vegetable cooked through.(The peppers can become very soft or mushy, if you don't like this you can add the peppers later to cook to the texture you desire.) Most of the broth will have cooked off and there should only be a little bit let, you will use it to mix with the barley.
spicy barley
3. Next add the cooked barley to the beef mixture and combine all the ingredients well. Taste for salt and pepper, you also want the barley to be well coated with the paprika to give it a slight red color, so if need to add a little more paprika. Continue to cook under low heat for another 5-10 minutes to get the ingredients well combined and until all of the liquid has dissolved.

That's all a very quick ,easy and inexpensive meal without giving up any taste!
healthy grain barley


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