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An Ode to Oreo

If this is your favorite cookie of all time, I’m sorry to disappoint, but we do not share a common interest. In all honesty, I can only eat this cookie in one of two ways: either Double Stuffed with lots of water to chase the intense chocolatey flavor, or crunched up in some Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream (under no circumstance will I eat cookies and cream flavored ice cream‚ĶNO! I MUST mash the cookies up myself and put it in my own ice cream). However, I do respect my elders. And seeing that the Oreo cookie has celebrated its 100th birthday earlier this year, why not give it some shine?

So the plan was to come home and make myself a nice Oreo milkshake. I came home to two packages of Oreos but no Haagen-Dazs. Guess who was NOT going back outside just for some ice cream! But I did have some other scraps, like pancake mix‚Ķ.So I devised a plan B, something I’ve never attempted, or even tasted before‚ĶFRIED OREOS!!

The recipe was not tedious or time consuming at all. Unless, you follow it and make 30 cookies. Since I don’t have an army to feed, just myself, I only made six.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/deep-fried-oreos/

I must say, these things tasted better than I was expecting! Not something I would eat on a daily basis, but a nice little retreat from the norm. And the best part is that I can make it myself! Shove that street fairs!

While we’re on the subject, I figured this would be a great opportunity for me to digress and talk a little bit about one of my favorite books of all time, coincidently titled,¬†Oreo,¬†by Fran Ross. This book is an oldie but goodie! It was published in 1974, before I was even a thought in anyone’s mind. The main character, Oreo, is a half-Jewish, half-black teenage girl with a kick-ass attitude who sets out on a Theseus-like journey to find her father. Along her journey, she encounters all types of weird characters that she must defend herself against, namely Parnell the pimp. Oreo is not the least bit intimidated by any of them and unleashes the wrath of her self-created hwip-as karate on anyone who asks for it. Embedded in every chapter is pure comedy.¬†All I can say is that this book is hilarious and it should be on every reader’s bucket list (for those who don’t know, that things to do before you kick the bucket). About two years ago, there was speculation about this book being turned into film and my heart sang with joy but sadly, I’ve heard no more about it. While I’m partially upset that I got my hopes up for nothing, I’d be even more angry if they just threw some half-ass movie out there for such an amazing book. So they can keep it until they have plans to do it right! Until then, I advise everyone to read this book while enjoying “Milk’s Favorite Cookie.”

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Cookies, Desserts, Sweetness

 

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Cookin’ Jamaican with a JaFAKIN

Cookin’ Jamaican with a JaFAKIN

Wah gwan mi yutes. Mi a gon talk in mi fake Jamaican accent for dis here post. Dis week I felt di spirit of di Carribbean in mi blood. I guess I’m tired of eating Yankee food all of the blasted time. So I found dis here cookbook fi teach me how to cook up someting nice.

Dis here book say dat you can jerk anything: shrimp, pork, chicken, even turkey!! But I don’t wan go thru all dat trouble. I just want to keep it simple, ya know. So mi say to myself “Aye gal, why not try fi jerk di chicken?!?” And mi never look back…

Here’s di recipe, follow along mon!

Authentic Jerk Chicken Recipe
This recipe tastes a lot better because the meat is allowed to marinate for 2 days.
INGREDIENTS
2 cups finely chopped escallion
2 scotch bonnet peppers minced
2 tbsps soy sauce
2 tbsps fresh lime juice
5 tsps ground allspice
2 bay leaves
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 tbsp salt
2 tsps sugar
¬ľ cup dried thyme crumbled
1 tsp cinnamon
5 lbs chicken parts
vegetable oil for brushing the grill
 
PREPARATION
1.      Make the marinade in a blender by puree the escallion, the pepper, the soy sauce, the lime juice, the allspice, the bay leaves, the garlic, the salt, the sugar, the thyme and the cinnamon.
2.      Divide the chicken parts place in plastic bags and spoon the marinade over them, coating them well.
3.      Seal the bags pressing out the excess air, and let the chicken marinate, chilled turning the bags over several times, for 2 days.
4.      On an oiled rack set 4 to 6 inches over glowing coals grill the chicken, in batches if necessary and covered if possible, for 10 to 15  minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through.

I make di marinade….

FYI- Yes I actually did let the meat marinate for two days!

Two days later mi ready to fire up di grill!!

Click here to see all di action mon!

And here is di finished product!

*recipe courtesy of getjamaica.com

 
 

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Almond Moon Cookies and Me

Before I begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ameena and I have a mean sweet tooth. I might be the only person I know that gets a toothache from NOT eating sweets…thats how real it is. I’m no master chef, but I love to experiment, even if it goes terribly wrong (which it does from time to time). Above all, I’m just a skinny black girl with a bottomless pit for a stomach.

So, today was an unfulfilling day………..okay let me be real: IT WAS BORING AS ALL HELL!!! The weather depressed me and made me wish I was home in my bed taking a 3-hour nap, waking up to eat, use the bathroom, and then going back to sleep! Work was dead!! Like really! It was freezing cold in that office and just too quiet for me. If it wasn’t for the computer in front of me and the occasional phone ring, I might have thought I was in an Alaskan mortuary! Smh. I tried to hang in there but I couldn’t do it. I did something I’m ashamed to admit but phuket these things happen……I fell asleep at work. My coworker passed by and woke me up (lucky for me she’s also my cousin) and we just laughed. If it were anyone else I would’ve had to be quick on my toes and try to play it off. (I always thought that if I ever got caught sleeping I would just say “In Jesus name, AMEN” and told whoever that I was just saying a short prayer. Who can argue with that?)

So in an attempt to stay awake, I went on amazon.com and browsed through the Top 100 Free Kindle Books.¬†Sweetness: Delicious Baked Treats for Every¬†Occasion¬†by Sarah Levy was somewhere in the top ten, so I figured why not? Free and informative; can’t beat that.

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So I had the book, I began flipping through the pages, only half interested because one, my kindle is in black and white and that took all the thrill out of the pictures and two, because I was half asleep and not in much of a mood to read a black and white cookbook. But anyway, I flipped to the recipes and I had to laugh at the first recipe I stumbled upon, The Almond Moon Cookie.

I wasn’t laughing at the recipe itself, or the name of it. I was laughing at the opening line on the page. “Do you sometimes feel sluggish in the late afternoon? These¬†almond moon cookies will give you just the jolt you need.” Smh, Sarah boo I need these like right now!

So I leave work early, still depressed because I have to go home and do a ish load of homework. Now, little miss Sarah said that her moms’¬†almond moon cookies give you energy right? Great! I think I’ll put them to the test! If she lied, I shall sue her….just kidding……….maybe.

So I gather all my supplies….

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and I say to myself “It’s about to go DOWN!” (Kevin Hart voice)

I’m getting my chef Boyardee on, when suddenly tragedy strikes..

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one of the damn whisk on the hand mixer breaks! Granny is NOT going to be happy when she finds out about this! But I can’t stop now! One whisk just gotta do the work of two! Like Granny always says, “One monkey don’t stop no show.”

So I keep doing my thing, following miss Sarah Levy’s directions…..well not exactly, she said to make them into nice round balls (pause) so they resemble a full moon, but I really didn’t feel like it, not tonight….

ImageSo at this point, I’m looking at these unbaked cookies thinking that this was a bad idea. I tasted the cookie dough and I was not pleased at all. It tasted bland as hell. But I went too far to not finish the job. So into the oven they go!

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Imageabout thirty five minutes later, they come out looking good and smelling good too! Who would’ve thought?

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I let them cool, and put the finishing touches on these bad boys….

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I call in my test dummy…..

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She gives me two thumbs up, and I pat myself on the back. But before I gloat too much… I have to see for myself….

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Seal of Approval! Can’t speak for the energy part yet but the cookie itself is mmm mmm good!

 

Here’s the link to Sarah Levy’s website and the recipe for Almond Moon Cookies for those of you who want to try it yourselves.

http://slevyfoods.com/favorite-recipes/moms-almond-moon-cookies/

 

Oh yeah, before I go I gotta say R.I.P. to the homie B&D. Gone but not forgotten.

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Cookies, Desserts, Sweetness

 

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