Day in the life of a Food Ninja

A burnt out late 20's something guy tries to get back to normality

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Christmas Bling


I just wanted to show off some of the great stuff I got for Christmas this year and then it is back to making stuff and putting up recipe's, Oh yeah!!

1. The Greengrocers Kitchen an amazing collection of recipies that offer solutions to any vedge quandry, the author is Pete Luckett this gift was given by my sister, who buy the way has shopped at Pete's Frootique in Halifax

2. The Alcatraz Woman's Club Cook Book this retro 50's cook book is a collection of recipies that was gathered by the families of the jail guards that lived on the "Rock" Thanks Gill

3. A beautiful Trifle dish that was given to us by my sister there is just one small problem, I need a trifle recipe, Hmmm,,, I wonder who has one....

4. Not shown but a Hamilton Beach food processor, thanks mom.

5. A boat load of music that we have been wanting thanks, Steven and my gurl.

6. A screened awning for the killer mosquito's that invade ever summer, thanks dad.

now back to the tomcookery.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Only 29 Cents Each


One of the things I do that drives myself nuts latter on is that I pick up hoards of coupons while I am at stores, now when I pick up the stack of 30 or so coupons I don't by the item then Nooooo I wait till it goes on sale and get it for practical free. some time in about June ish I got a bunch of coupons for Dole juice 75 cents off, not too bad, but at the time the juice was 3.12 a liter. Well today it was on sale for 1.02.... Cha-ching.. stock up time.

Now some of you know that I work in a retail store that sells groceries, now that I have well over 30 liters of juice what to do with it?.. stack it of course.

The reason the coupon thing drives me nuts is that they expire so I am forever throwing out old coupons that I don't use, a small price to pay for several months of juicy goodness.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The work place dainty tray


Hooo boy what a season, I love Christmas and all that it brings, however when you work in retail. There are terrors that go along with it. I love baking for the staff when we do a pot luck or anything of the such. This is a tray of squares that made.. 3 different kinds. This is my 3rd tray this season, sad to say not my most photogenic, the one I made for my gurls staff party was smoke'n cool.

Square 1

Best Ever Brownies.

The Software
3 tbsp Cocoa
1/2 C Margarine
2 Eggs
1 C Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Flour
Dash Salt

The Application
Melt margarine in a small pot with cocoa. Beat eggs till foamy, add sugar while beating. Then stir in chocolate mixture, and vanilla. Add flour and mix till smooth. Pour into a 9x9 lined pan* and bake in a 350 Degree oven for 30 min

Square 2

Jason's wacky toffee bar????? I made this one up.. it doesn't have a name

The Software
1/2 C Margerine
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 tbsp of molasses
1 1/4 C of Brown sugar
2 Eggs
1 package of Chippets Score toffee Chunks

The Application
With an electric mixer cream margerine, then add vanilla, and molasses continue to mix with the electric mixer and add sugar. Add eggs and continue to beat on medium for about a minute.
Now with your spatchula blend in flour and then once mixed well add 1/2 package of toffee, mix and pour into a lined* 9x9 pan and bake for 35-40 min in a 350 degree oven.. these will be gooey... once out of the oven sprinkle with loose toffee chunks and garnish with a few mini-chips.

Square 3
Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies
stolen straight from another blog...

* I find it most benifital to line my 9x9 pans with tin foil and then spray them with cooking spray before putting in the oven.. this does a couple of things, first it makes clean up quicker, I find it cooks more evenly, and then if doing multiple squares you can just pull the foil out reline and pour in next batter.