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Monday, January 9, 2006

09 Jan 2006: Empress Biko & Her Recipes

Hey Mike - thanks for askin for some recipes, coz it got my brain working and I finished work on some recipes that i've been meaning to write down. I like the fact that Mike put a challenge edge on it...Strictly ground turkey, chicken tenderloins and boneless chicken breasts to go with various pasta dishes and can be made within 30 minutes or so. I simply asked if he had one of those foreman grills...he had a witty retort.

You know I never used a grillation until I stayed with Ep and Linda prior to their wedding last fall. That shit makes life so easy, ie) you can have 2 hefty steaks or 4 chicken breasts in like 14 minutes. bwaa hahaha. I think I'm the last person that uses the stovetop. I almost went and got one, but how could I do that shit when we have a SIX burner gas range and a double convection oven with separated digital controls. I might change my mind for my birthday - but for now I'm stickin' to the stovetop.

These are the recipes I wrote up for Mikey








<> PEANUTBUTTER PIMPIN...mike loves peanutbutter, so i gave him some variations and how to grill a PB sammich...


Bear in mind these recipes are altered for speed and mikey's convenience. Feel free to substitute ground beef for ground turkey...or even pork or beef for chicken. Coming next week, chicken arrozcaldo, nak jae bokkum and pickled jicama.


Parmesan Meatball Soup...

for meatballs:
1 lb turkey
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 egg or egg whites
1 handful of ground oatmeal (ground in coffee grinder)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 t rosemary or basil
2 Tbsp parmesan
mix thoroughly and shape into balls and start browning in a pan. Saute them in the same pan you will use for the soup - I think they taste better browned with a bit of onion for sweetness. Cover and start chopping the other ingredients...If they cook through before you are done chopping...just turn down the heat.
soup ingredients:
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 small carrot, cut in half lenthwise then in halfmoon
1 pc celery, cut in c's
2 tsp parsley flakes
4 tsp parmesan
2 cups of cauliflour or broccolli - bitesize
1 zuchinni - cubed or rounds
1 half red or yellow pepper - bite size
2 cans of any tomato sauce
2-3 tsp lemon juice
salt, pepper and lemon pepper to taste
1 cup pasta (rotini or cellentani are best for this)

add a bit more olive oil to the pan containing the turkey meatballs and add the carrots, onions and celery and dried parsley...cook until onions are clear then add 4 tsp of parmesan cheese. turn the heat to high and add the tomato sauce and 2 more cans of water. You can even add 4 cans of water. It is important to salt and season at this point. Cover and boil HIGH while you finish up the cauliflour/broccolli. Add the pasta and when the pasta is half cooked add the veggies. If the water seems low - add more water or one more can of tomato sauce. serve with a bit of cut chives or green onion and a bit of parmesan on top.
Variation One...
use orzo pasta and cubed red potatoes
Variation Two...
add Brown Rice instead of pasta and Beef Kielbasa
Recipe 2
Turkey 'Gyros'
Red Onion
Provolone or Monterey Jack
Greek Seasoning
Season Salt
Garlic Pepper
Build the burgers in an oval to fit a pita, but slice a picket from the side and tuck the cheese inside with a bit of raw onion then press the burger closed again. Put them on the grill and start cutting the other stuff...
Pita Pockets or Gordita Tortillas
Romaine Lettuce, Chopped
Red Onion, cut in rounds
1/2 cucumber, baby cubes
garlic feta cheese
Italian Dressing, any brand.
In a separate bowl add the lettuce, red onion, cucumber and throw lightly with the italian dressing/vinaigrette. Add pepper and Lemon to adjust if necessary. tuck burger into pita, top with 'salad stuff' and sprinkle feta cheese generously...

The Variations...
I add jalapenos to the burger and crushed red chili to the salad stuff...


chicken pasta salad

start boiling water
marinate chicken
1/2 cup milk or soy milk
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp pepper AND salt
1 tsp lemon juice
whisk those together and
marinate the chicken
set aside and begin choppin up veggies
salad ingredients
5 TBSP italian or vinaigrette dressing
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small white onion diced small
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
garlic pepper
lemon pepper
1 red bell pepper, chopped bite size
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped bite size
1 small carrot, grated on cheese grater
2 eggs for hardboiling

once water starts boiling, throw in pasta
and egg. then throw the chicken on the grillator.
mix together salad ingredients.
once the chicken is ready you can set aside.
drain the pasta and drizzle with olive oil and
a touch of salt. If you need to flash cool it
after you stir in the olive oil throw in some
ice cubes and stir it under cold water.
chop eggs and set aside
Once everything is about the same temp
you can mix it all together and either chop
the chiicken in or top the salad with it.
This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days
and it's a killer lunch thing or side dish.
Satay Pasta
angelhair pasta
sesame oil
1 pound tenderloins or boneless thighs
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, sliced into slivers
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
4 green onions with tops, cut into 1-inch pieces
1. Defrost Chicken in cold water
2. Combine soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons mixture; cover and refrigerate. Add vinegar to remaining mixture. Pour over chicken; toss to coat well. Cover; marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, stirring mixture occasionally.
3. Start Boiling water for pasta, when ready drain and set aside drizzling gently with sesame oil
4. Meanwhile, for peanut sauce, brown the minced garlic in a pat of butter, combine coconut milk, 3 tablespoons reserved soy sauce mixture and peanut butter in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 2 to 4 minutes or until sauce thickens. Keep warm. For crunch you can add some sesame seeds
5. Drain chicken; reserve marinade. Put on the Grillation and brush chicken with reserved marinade and sear one more time. Discard remaining marinade.
6. chop the chicken and place atop the noodles and put as much peanut sauce as you want on it then top with green onions and cashews.
a great side salad with this is spring greens with 'oriental' dressing - just buy a bagged salad. haha.
Quickie Chicken Pastas...
boil out your pasta
4 or 5 pcs of tenderloin or boneless thigh
seasoned with salt and garlic pepper
then thrown on the grill

1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tsp parsley flakes
2 tsp oregano
1 green onion minced
1 chive minced
2 cups spinach cut chiffonade(just use scissors)
any kind of pasta sauce in a bottle.

heat pan with olive oil and butter, saute garlic until golden, then add herbs and onion...add a bit more oil then add green onion, chive and spinach...then add the sauce plus about a 1/2 cup of water or milk and let it simmer.
Once the pasta is ready you can plate it, add sauce and chicken then grub. Great sides are grilled asparagus and/ or zuchinni.
the Machado/Afritada Strain...and here comes menudo

chicken variation


chicken pieces (just buy 1 whole cut)
4 garlic cloves
1/2 onion cut about nickel size
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tpsp REAL patis muhfuqqa
1/2 tsp black pepper

3 cans tomato sauce ( the little ones)
1 can tomato paste (sweeter)
plus 3 cans of water

1 red bell pepper (about 1/2 x 1/2 inch)
1 green bell pepper (about 1/2 x 1/2 inch)
4 - 5 potatoes (cubed)
1 small bag frozen peas

personally, while the chicken is cooking
i like to roast the potatoes in the oven
with a bit of sesame oil...

heat oil, brown garlic then add onion...before onions are half cooked add the bay leaf and stir thoroughly...add the chicken and brown all sides of it. Let it caramelize as much as you can stand...Once the chicken is carmelized add the soysauce, patis and pepper. Add the Tomato Sauce and Water...Stir thoroughly and peek a boo cooking. Raise the temp to high and let it ride for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes. Once the potatoes are half cooked then add the bellpeppers and peas...cover with lid again until bell peppers are tender but still bright.

before serving - i serve topped with a bit of tiny diced yellow bell pepper just for freshness...

Meat Variation...

same as the chicken...
but use 1 1/2 lbs of cubed beef
it shrinks a lot so use a bigger pan
and add more water while boiling
for up to 30 minutes to make it tender...

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here is an excellent empanada filling...

1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground chicken
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp patis
1/2 tsp sri ri cha hot sauce (like at the pho joint)
salt and pepper to taste
3 squirts ketchup

3 cloves garlic
1/2 finely chopped onion

1 sm bag frozen peas and carrots

4 potatoes finely chopped
drizzle these with olive oil
and some red chili flakes
and roast them in oven
or at least broil them

cut and soak potatoes in water. Drain, drizzle, spice and pop into oven...

saute garlic and onion and brown the turkey and chicken

once the turkey and chicken are browned add the soy, patis, and sri ri cha. Incorporate thoroughly...taste and adjust to your liking. pull potatoes from oven and mix in. add the frozen peas and carrots...mix thoroughly, cover and leave on medium for 5 minutes. Uncover and give it like 3 squirts of ketchup and stir completely. It's all done...with mine I add jicama and jalapeno for crunch...

As for the can just buy PIE CRUST and cut it to size then bake it off per instructions. and there is your faux but yummy empanada ...



Toast Bread
Cool in Fridge

Slather on PB and whatever
i could suggest banana or
cocoa jam, or half pb half nutella,
or pb sprinkled with roasted almond slivers

then don't even get me started
about the wonders of caramel sauce
by smuckers. bwaa hahahaha

Put in Freezer for like 5 minutes

Remove from freezer then lightly brush outsides
with butter and put on foreman grill...

LMFAO - have fun with this one.


might i suggest Peanut Butter Sliders
made with pieces of PandeSal or Pan de Leche

if anyone wants a creme anglaise recipe to DIP

your PB sammies - pop me a note

bwaa hahahha

i'm so evil aren't i

ps)per RayRock - patis is AKA fish sauce. otay!!!

...end recipes...

is that all? no it's not uh mom is back from manila and discovered my yellowman cd in the kitchen cd player...and she's decided she likes yellowman - hahahha...mung bean soup it's what for dinner. If I didn't know better I would think she ate some weed brownies...


okay Lyric is my most funkiest god baby in the world, for years and years she was my shadow. I mean I had my own carseat in my ride for gods sake. Well she's turning 5: she wants a hello kitty backpack. So tomorrow I will be driving around town avoiding fashion square on camelback coz it's full of asshats, and I am going to look for a hello kitty backpack. I will also be purchasing a set of watercolour pencils and brushes and looking for a grande size colouring book. I think I saw some 2 foot tall ones at borders once. If there are no hello kitty backpacks I have no idea what to do - I saw these rollaway metal hello kitty luggage pieces - I don't think that's a bad piece - the carry on one with wheels. We'll see.

...on flava flav..

haha those girls are not fighting over him. And that one girl did not tell that other girl that she looks like shrek. And they did not have a screamin' match at 4am over flava flav. It's frighteningly addictive...And even though he has moments that he acts overtly cracked out, then he has these bizarre moments of almost buddhist introspection - and THAT is fear...

..on being a bridesmaid...

April is the last homie to be married...So this is my UUMPTEENTH wedding i'm going to be into one way or another. Much to my relief and chagrin, April is the most easygoing bride ever. Personally, I've worn everything from hideous to nothing would have shocked me. But April is unbelievably kind in her choices. I'm tan, I can wear everything - but the original choice of mint green has now changed to black...**claps hands** now i can wear my sexy ass bebe shoes...or my prada shoes...or my lovely ringed enzo angiolinis...bwaa hahahaha. It's not just coz I'm makin the cake and the truffle topiaries, but this is gonna be the dopest san francisco wedding ever. nuSun has NO idea what he's getting into.

After the wedding we're gonna see my people all over Northern Calie...bwaa hahahahaha. I can't wait. We're gonna rock the mini cooper convertible IN san francisco...IN the middle of july. FUCK YAHHH

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