Monday, August 24, 2009

Wanchai Ferry Giveaway Winner!

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Devri!


She said:

"orange chicken, sweet and sour pork, and beef and broccoli.. oops that was more than one!"

You won the Wanchai Ferry
"Stay-at-Home" Prize Pack!
I am emailing you now!!


Thanks to all who entered!
Come back again for the next giveaway!!

Mahalo!




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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wanchai Ferry Review/Giveaway!

My Blog Spark sent me a Wanchai Ferry gift bag which included


this cute Asian inspired dining set and also a coupon for a free frozen entree. (They are even sending me the Orange Chicken entree!) I chose the Shrimp Lo Mein entree. It was so easy to prepare, I love to cook. However; this particular day I was so busy, it was a great day for cooking something quick. I felt at ease cooking this meal. However, that didn't compare to eating it with my hubby using the cute wooden bowl, chopsticks and place mat set. One thing I noticed was the freshness of the vegetables. The entree all together was great! I also loved that the sauce that was included in the meal was tasty, it was a soy, ginger and garlic sauce. (One of my favorite combos!) One of my favorite time savers was that noodle steaming bag. All it took was 2 minutes and the noodles were ready. All together this meal took me about 15 minutes to cook. The only negative part of this meal was that it was a little greasy, but that is ONLY because I added a little more oil than suggested. Overall this product is a definite winner! Especially on a busy day when you don't
have time to cook but want something tasty!
THANK YOU MY BLOG SPARK!

I would rate this with 5 stars!
'Onolicious!




Rating Scale :

1- Don't waste your money- NOT 'Ono!;(
2- Might buy it if I had no other choice
3- This was okay
4- This was almos
t perfect-
5- I will continue purchasing this! 'Onolicious!

YOU WANT
SOME OF THIS
'ONOLICIOUS G
OODNESS?

HOW ABOUT A FREE WANCHAI FERRY ENTREE COUPON?
A COUPON FOR $1.50 off is now available at www.wanchaiferry.com!
For meal tips to enhance your Wanchai Ferry frozen entrée check out their website at: http://www.wanchaiferry.com/MealTips.aspx.



AND.......NOW...

(DRUMROLL)

MY BLOG SPARK IS OFFERING ONE OF MY LUCKY READERS
A "STAY-AT- HOME PRIZE PACK:
JUST LIKE THE ONE I RECEIVED WITH
TWO COUPONS FOR

FREE ENTREES!


FOR ONE ENTRY TELL ME:

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE
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THIS CONTEST will END:
August 22, 2009 @ midnight MST

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fiber One Prize Pack Winners!


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giving you each a Fiber One

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Thanks to all who entered!



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Friday, August 14, 2009

Fiber One Review and Giveaway!

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I love yogurt! I also love Key Lime Pie. However, what I don't love is gaining weight. I am currently making a habit of healthier eating. I recently received a Fiber One Healthy & Fit Weight Management gift bag from My Blog Spark. In this pack, I received a coupon for a free pack of Fiber One Yogurt. I redeemed it and picked out Key Lime Pie. I love the taste of this yogurt! It has a lime taste at first, then it seems to have a Graham cracker taste at the end of each bite. I loved it so much that I didn't share it with anyone...lol! (Well, a mama has to pig out have something for herself every once in a while.) After all it is the only nonfat yogurt with 50 calories and 5 grams of fiber.
So there's no reason to feel guilty about indulging in this healthy snack!

Look for Fiber One Yogurt at your local retailer! Here is a free $1 off coupon link for you to indulge in this yummy yogurt, thanks to My BlogSpark!

And if that's not cool enough, My BlogSpark has also been generous enough to
give away 3 Fiber One Gift Bags for 3 of my lucky readers!
Each bag comes complete with a Fiber One VIP
coupon for a free pack of yogurt (4), and a fantastic cooler pack set as pictured below.

To enter this giveaway simply leave a comment answering
one
of the two questions below:

1. What is your guilty snacking pleasure?

2. What are your secrets to diet or weight loss success?



That's it!
No extra entries this time...sorry..;(

This contest will END August 17th, 2009
@ 10 pm MST.

(Winner announced August 18th, 2009.)

Good Luck!







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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pasteles (By Request)

I have never heard of this dish but Country Cookin' Mama had mentioned
it here in her comment:

Looks yummy! Have you ever made pasteles? They are a Puerto Rican dish, but where I grew up in California, there was a place called The Pastele Factory and Polynesian folks ran it. So maybe it's Polynesian too? I don't know. I'm part Puerto Rican, but I've never made them. Just wondering if you knew. Thanks!




Pasteles
Recipe and Image Source: Whats for eats.com


(Puerto Rican savory cakes in banana leaves)

Pasteles are Puerto Rican special occasion food. The whole family usually gets together assembly-line-style to make large numbers of these starchy, tamal-like cakes and get them ready for the boiling pot. No Boricuan Christmas is complete without pasteles.
Makes about 12 to 15 pasteles, enough for 6 to 8 people.

Masa (dough)

* Green bananas, peeled and chopped -- 5
* Green plantain, peeled and chopped -- 1
* Yautía (taro root), peeled and chopped -- 1 1/2 pounds
* Russet potato, peeled and chopped -- 1
* Salt -- to taste

Filling

* Onion, chopped -- 1
* Green pepper, seeded and chopped -- 1
* Garlic, peeled and chopped -- 3-4 cloves
* Oil -- 2-3 tablespoons
* Pork butt or shoulder, cut into small cubes -- 2 pounds
* Tomato sauce -- 1 cup
* Water -- 1/2 cup
* Cilantro, chopped -- 1/2 bunch
* Oregano, dried -- 2 teaspoons
* Salt and pepper -- to taste

For Assembly

* Banana leaves, hard spine removed and cut into 12x6-inch rectangles -- 15 pieces
* Parchment paper, cut into 12x6-inch rectangles -- 15 pieces
* Kitchen string --15 (20-inch long) pieces and 30 (10-inch long) pieces
* Achiote or vegetable oil -- 1/4 cup

Method

Masa

1. As you chop the bananas, plantain, yautía and potato, place the chunks into a large pot of cold, salted water to keep them from browning.
2. Drain the water and puree the chopped ingredients in batches in a food processor. Add a little water or milk as needed to make a soft dough with the consistency of cooked oatmeal. You may have to let the processor run for a while, and make sure to scrape down the sides. Remove the masa to a large bowl and season with salt. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

Filling

1. Add the onion, pepper and garlic to a food process and pulse to chop finely.
2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium flame. Add the onion-pepper mixture and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning and allow to cool.

Assembly

1. Get the masa, the pork filling and all of your assembly ingredients together in a workspace. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, then center a piece of banana leaf over it. Wipe the banana leaf dry and then brush the top side with achiote or vegetable oil.
2. Scoop up 1/2 cup of the masa and place in the middle of the banana leaf. Spread evenly over the leaf, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Place 2-3 tablespoons of pork filling in the middle of the masa.
3. Fold the top edge down over the filling. Bring the bottom edge up over this. Then fold in both sides to make a rectangular packages. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly or the filling will squeeze out. Flip the package over on the parchment so it is seam side down.
4. Fold the bottom of the parchment up over the wrapped package. Fold in each side, then roll up, burrito-like, to complete the package. Tie one of the 20-inch pieces of string around the pastel lengthwise and then three 10-inch pieces across the short side.
5. Bring a large pot of well salted water to boil on the stove. Drop in the prepared pasteles and boil gently for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
6. Remove from the water with tongs, remove the outer parchment and serve the pasteles with or without their banana leaf wrapping. Goes well with arroz con gandules.

Variations

* The recipe above is a basic pasteles filling. Additional items are often added to the filling when the pasteles are wrapped. Add 5 or 6 capers and 1 pimento-stuffed olive to the filling of each pastel. Or add 5-6 cooked garbanzos.
* Pasteles can also be made with chicken, shrimp or ground beef. For vegetarian pasteles, substitute 2 (15-ounce) cans of drained garbanzos for the pork.
* Stir a little of the sauce from the filling into the masa to give it extra flavor.
* Puree 1/2 pound of peeled, chopped calabaza squash with the masa if you like. Or substitute yuca (cassava root) for the yautía.
* If you want to avoid all the string tying, use aluminum foil to wrap up the pasteles instead of parchment paper.
* Wrapped, uncooked pasteles freeze well for later use. Cook them directly from the frozen state.

Notes

* Pasteles are a favorite Puerto Rican dish. They are special occasion food, and no Boricuan Christmas table is complete without them.
* Don't worry if your first few pasteles look kind of funny. The work will get easier and you will get better at it as you make more of them.
* Spread the work over more than one day by making the masa and filling up ahead. Chilled masa is much easier to work with. Then gather some family or friends and make the pasteles in an assembly line. The work is much faster this way, and it makes for good family fun.
* The special ingredients for pasteles--taro root, plantains, banana leaves--can be purchased at most Asian or Latino markets.






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Monday, August 10, 2009

COCONUT- GINGER RICE

I haven't tried this recipe out yet, but it sure sounds and looks so good! I just found this website called Recipe Girl and I love it! Here is one recipe that looks 'Ono-licious!




  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 Tbs sushi ginger, drained and chopped (ask at your market’s sushi counter)
  • 2 Tbs fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ cup yellow onions, finely diced
  • 2 cups rice (Uncle Ben’s Converted)
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1 Tbs basil pesto

1. Melt butter in medium-sized pot over medium heat.

2. Add ginger, garlic and onions, stir frequently until onions are transparent. Add rice, turning frequently until well coated. Add coconut milk, water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes (until liquid is absorbed.)

3. Remove from heat and let stand 5-6 minutes. Turn rice into serving bowl, add basil pesto and toss with fork to fluff and distribute flavor.

Servings: 8

Recipe Source: Blue Mesa Grill







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Changes....

I am working on a few tweaks to make the Polynesian Kitchen much easier to use and more organized. I am adding a print feature to make it easier for you to print my blog posts! If you have any suggestions or recipe requests please leave me a comment about them and I will do what I can to help!



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