Posts tagged ‘kitchen’

December 7, 2011

Rice with Pigeon Peas

So what’s all the fuss with my pigeon pea bushes?  Well, our traditional Christmas Eve dinner depends on them.  Oh yeah, I could buy the canned ones but nothing beats fresh ingredients for taste.  If you can’t get them fresh, try frozen.  You can find them at your local Spanish bodega (market).

A large cast aluminum or cast iron pot works best.  Remember to always keep in mind the rice to water ratio.  That will make the difference between uncooked rice and mushy mess.

Arroz con Gandules

Rice with Pigeon Peas


  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup diced smoked ham
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs of ”Alcaparrado”
  • 1 packet of “Sazon with coriander and annatto/ Sazon con cilantro and achiote”
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbs of chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 8oz can “Spanish style tomato sauce”
  • 1 ½ cup fresh/frozen or 16oz can pigeon peas
  • 2 cups “Canilla rice”
  • 3 cups water
  • Adobo seasoning
  1.  Heat pot on med.  Coat bottom of the pot with olive oil.  Add smoked ham.  Sauté ham and stir occasionally until it starts to turn a little brown.  Add chopped peppers and onions and stir.  Cook until onions are translucent.  Add garlic, olives/capers, sazon, cilantro and oregano. Cook and stir until garlic is fragrant.  Add tomato sauce and pigeon peas, stir until bubbly.
  2. Add 2 cups of Canilla rice and stir mixture coating the rice.  Raise the temp to high and quickly add 3 cups of water (some people combine the water with broth or beer to give more flavor).  Stir the rice occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Taste the liquid.  Sprinkle adobo to taste.  When the liquid bubbles, stir once scrapping the bottom of the pot, quickly cover and lower the temp to low.  Do not touch the pot or uncover until 20 minutes have gone by.  If you do, you will release the steam and the rice will not cook.
  3. After the 20 minutes, uncover, turn the rice and taste.  Make sure the rice is cooked all the way thru.  If not, cover and cook for another 10-20 min on low.  Enjoy!

What kind of traditional hand me down recipes do you make for the Holidays?

Linking to Transformation Thursday

December 20, 2009

An Apron for my Favorite Baker

I’ve been gone for a while. This project took me a little longer than expected. It’s nice to be able to make crafts your own with a couple of changes.


The apron intructions come from the Coats and Clark website. I didn’t add the crochet trim. Instead I embroidered cupcakes to the waistband before assembling the apron. I also used different fabric for the ties and pockets.


And now I must leave again. The Holidays are here and we all need to unplug and spend time with family and friends. It is the simplest way of bringing cheer to your life!

November 18, 2009

Crochet Placemat & Napkin Rings

PlacematI am still working on my quest to make handmade gifts this year. I ended up creating my 1st crochet pattern in the process. It is fairly easy to make and it is possible to add a third color in the band where the fork is. I will try doing this for my own table after the holidays.

Lilly Sugar and Cream 100% cotton
-120 yds 2.5oz #00084 Sage Green 4 skeins
-95 yds 2oz #00228 Natural Ombre 1 skein.
Makes 4 placemats & 4 napkin rings.

5mm, US-H

4 sts x 4 rows = 1″


1) With A ch 45. Starting on 2nd chain from hook, sc in each ch, ch1.
2) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 9 times. Change to B in the last ch. Fasten off A.
3) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 3 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B.
4) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 36 times. Change to B in the last ch. Fasten off A.
5) * sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 3 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B.
6) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 10 times. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Napkin Ring
1) With A ch 16. Starting on 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch. Change to B and ch 1. Fasten off A.
2) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Reapeat from * 2 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B
3) Sc in each sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

November 7, 2009

Fall Veggie Crops


(Summer Squash, Cabbage & Broccoli)

In Florida we are blessed with two growing seasons. One in the Fall and another in the Spring. I found out the hard way by trying to grow veggies in the summer and failing miserably.


(Green Beans. Compost bins in the background)

If you think the meals you cook from scratch taste good, you should try growing your own produce. Why not treat yourself with fresh veggies grown organically with your own two hands? It’s also very budget friendly.


(1st summer squash of the season)

Start with potted herbs if you have never grown anything before. I promise you will notice the difference when you use the fresh herbs in your meals. Slowly incorporate 2-3 veggies to your garden per season.  Use a gardening journal to keep notes of what works and what doesn’t.  Just like everything, the more you practice, the better you’ll get.


October 22, 2009

Dish Liquid Apron

Dish Liquid ApronI’m still on my sewing kick. This time I made this cute retro apron that goes over the bottle of dish soap. Nice little stocking stuffer for the domestic diva. I’m all for anything that will bring a smile to my face… especially when it comes to chores.  The dish liquid apron pattern can be found at the site along with other free sewing patterns nicely organized by skill level.