Yesterday I bought a dozen large eggs and as I was putting them away I noticed that they’re not all large eggs. They’re all eggs. But some were medium some were large some jumbo and one was even small! So, what’s up with that? I guess they (whoever they are) figure it all evens out to large eggs?
And how do I know they’re not all large? Because I do a lot of baking and cooking. And they are many recipes I’ve made that have to specifically have medium eggs or large eggs. There are tons of recipes where is really doesn’t matter. But because I bake a lot – or used too – I know the difference. It’s not that this really bugs me…just an observation.
Okay, so Friday at 6pm Rob tells me he wants to drive an hour up to Daytona to eat catfish at Aunt Catfish’s! I was all over that. It was spontaneous and I didn’t feel like cooking anyway. Plus it was a good reason to get out of the house.
If you haven’t been to Aunt Catfish’s then you need to go. It’s got the best seafood around (more than just catfish). Around Daytona anyway. And it’s not really in Daytona it’s just south in Port Orange. We haven’t been able to find a great seafood restaurant in Orlando in the 9 years we’ve lived here.
We hadn’t been to Aunt Catfish’s in….about 7 years. And yummmm was it good! Of course Rob had the catfish, which I don’t really care for but he grew up eating it. I wasn’t sure what to have until I saw on the menu they had Southern Style Shrimp and Grits. My mouth watered! If you’re going to have Shrimp and Grits then get it in South Carolina which the dish originated. However, I will say that Aunt Catfish’s version was VERY good and I enjoyed every bit of it. Our meal was definitely worth the hour drive up and back.
The grocery store close to our neighborhood was bought out by another and for the last month they’ve had stuff on sale. We’ve been going periodically to by stuff we need cheap. They kept lowering the prices and 3 days ago everything was about 75% off! We bought tons of stuff and saved over $100!! What a deal. And it’s all stuff we’ll use.
Today was the last day and everything was 90%! By the time we got there at 10:30am the place was already packed with people who had loaded up their carts overflowing! Despite the place being pretty empty we managed to find items we use. The original total: about $85. What we paid: about $15!!!
It’s funny to see what was left in the store – basically the things that people don’t like. For example, there was tons of white wine left!
Rob and I stayed home for Christmas this year. It’s the first time since moving here that we’ve stayed in Orlando.
My cousin Maria from Texas came to be with us for Christmas.
We opened presents on Christmas morning.
We had a Puerto Rican/American Christmas meal. I made Pernil (Puerto Rican traditional pork Christmas dish), sweet potato casserole, green beans, good wine, rolls.
We stayed busy in a relaxing way. We went to Downtown Disney and then to the Grand Floridian which is beautifully decorated as always during Christmas.
Maria made some really great Coquito!
I tell people that Coquito is a Puerto Rican eggnog. However, I must say that Coquito is much better than any eggnog ever! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few American’s hooked onto Coquito. It’s typically a Christmas drink so they have to wait until the holidays to get it, from me at least.
In the evenings we watched Season 1 of the TV show “24”.
Let’s talk about Rice Krispie Treats.
They’re good. I like them. I had one the yesterday at Sea World.
They’re simple to make: rice krispies, marshmallows and butter.
So why don’t we make them as adults? We had them all the time as kids.
But then we grow up and graduate to more fancy desserts, like cheesecake, or chocolate cake, or Dark Chocolate Amaretto cake.
I felt like a kid again having my rice krispie treat yesterday. We should start a movement to make them an adult dessert and not just for kids!
I was thinking last night about the different kinds of foods I’ve eaten that aren’t everyday foods. I have no idea why I started thinking about that. But here’s a list of “different foods” I’ve eaten.
These are givens: beef, port, chicken, turkey, fish (in general).
Odd meats or foods:
- lamb (ok not so weird, but oh so good)
- baked frog legs (tried a piece,not so good)
- goat (didn’t realize it at the time)
The traditional Haggis dish is usually served with mashed rutabaga and mashed potatoes. Despite what it’s made from it’s actually very good.
Can anyone add any other odd foods?
While we were still in Fort Collins, CO, Rob, me and a friend from Trinidad went out to eat at an authentic Ethiopian restaurant. Some friends had told us about it and that the mother makes all the food and the daughter works at the restaurant as well. I’ve been wanting to try Ethiopian food for a few years but there’s no place around Orlando that I know off.
Anyway, it was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!! But you all know that I love food, especially new cuisines and gourmet food. This was an experience. We ordered (don’t know the specific names) a tray of butternut squash, lamb and chicken all cooked in different Ethiopian ways with different spices. The big tray came out and we were given a type of bread (I feel stupid for not remembering the names) to eat with. No utensils or anything. You just pick up the food with the bread!
For a better taste you can take the bread that under the food and use that, since it’s already soaked up all the flavor. It was great! Our Trini friend wasn’t so sure of it to begin with but she ended up liking the food.
Okay, here’s a better description of what we ate from Wikipedia:
The best known Ethiopian cuisine consists of various vegetable or meat side dishes and entrees, usually a wat, or thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread. One does not eat with utensils, but instead uses injera to scoop up the entrees and side dishes. Traditional Ethiopian cuisine employs no pork or shellfish of any kind, as it is forbidden in the Islamic, Jewish, and Ethiopian Orthodox Christian faiths. It is also very common to eat from the same big dish in the center of the table with a group of people.
This is a Rambutan. It’s a bright red spiny Malayan fruit. It’s a little scary looking but it tastes good. Kind of like a big grape. Of course I didn’t try one until someone else did.