Friday, August 28, 2015

Cajun Shrimp and Tilapia Recipe

I took my mother to Alligator Cafe seafood restaurant in Garland. It was our first visit and we liked it very much. I felt I could recreate the meals if I could find the right recipe to modify.  I went to Allrecipe and looked up "Cajun shrimp".  Here's what you will need to make MY recipe.This was a super easy recipe and fun.

I didn't measure any of the ingredients. For the measurement please stick to the Allrecipe for guidance. I will add my measurements at a later time.

Cajun Seasoning:
Red Pepper Flakes
Slap Yo Mama or any Cajun mix seasoning you have
Shrimp De-viened
Olive Oil

Cream Sauce:
Heavy whipping cream
1/4 stick Butter
Crumbs left behind from fish and shrimp

Heat the skillet and add the butter. Let it melt and add the heavy whipping cream and stir up all those flavorful crumbs from the fish and shrimp. Let it simmer until thick about 7 minutes. Be sure to stir often.

The spinach I prepared would make Popeye extremely strong!
2 tsbp Garlic
1/2 c diced onions
1 tsbp of Olive oil

Heat the skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and onion. Cook till the onion is transparent (clear). Add the spinach and toss it with the onion and garlic. Saute for 5 to 7 minutes or until done.

These pictures ↓ are from Alligator Cafe. This was my inspiration right here!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The End of Krystal and Weina Take Dallas

Image result for ice cream in china on coneEach time I see my good friend, we embark on  an adventure. I want her to have the best memories of the US. She loves ice creams very much, so I took her to Braums. She explained that in China the ice cream is so expensive. It is small scoop on a small cone for around $6. Something similar to this but smaller scoop. →

When she ordered the ice cream she was giddy with excitement. She whispers to me "what does it taste like?" I asked the the guy for a sample of the flavor she wanted. Her eyes had gotten so big, followed by a big smile! She was SO happy and ate this huge double scoop quicker than me!!

Since our last adventures, Weina has gotten a roommate. She is from China also. She is very cool and up for any new adventure. When I arrive at their apartment... Weina is dressed like she is going out on the town! I said why are you so dressed up?? She says because I have so many nice dresses and I want to wear them. I only get to where them when we hang out. I had to laugh but she rocked her outfit, honey! They enjoyed every last bit of  Pappadeaux! We were all happy.

Weina's roommate Yanmin loves to jam out and dance to music. I got a small recording of her jamming to some tunes in my car.
On our way to the movies to see Jurassic World.
Trying new foods! Hawaiian BBQ in Dallas, TX

My language partner is going back to China. I should be very happy for her. We are both not ready for her departure.
I'm trying to make these last couple of days, the most re-memorable! Yesterday we had a ice cream party for her. Like I mentioned earlier, she LOVES ice cream!

We visited Bubba's restaurant. I wasn't so thrilled but she was.

Tuesday was our last day together. Weina, you will truly be missed! But you will see me in the near future!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Copycat Potbelly Cookies

This post was supposed to be up Monday! Forgive me for being a day late and a dollar short, lol. This past weekend was so nice. Mostly because I was able to bake and my family and friends enjoyed it. That makes my heart rejoice!! So, let me tell you how this recipe came about. My co-worker told me on Friday how she loves Potbelly oatmeal cookies. She was trying to recreate the recipe from the Quaker Oat container and the Hershey's chocolate chip bag. Nothing worked out for her. I told her did you do a copycat recipe search on Google. I looked for the recipe and came across a couple of websites. I picked Pardon the Dog Hair because I like the name of her site. I love dogs!!!

I modified the recipe for my next batch of cookie mix. I have a lot of Asian friends and they told me the cookies were too sweet. All my family and American friends thought the cookies were just right. Next time, I will make 2 batched of cookies mix and cut the sugar half on one batch!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup lessen sweetness)
  • 1 cup white sugar (1/2 cup lessen the sweetness)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups quick oats (or regular, food processed)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (1 or 1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of your favorite nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large deep bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add in egg one at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix together then slowly add into the butter mixture. Add one cup at a time, mix till moistened, then add another cup. Do this until it is all blended together. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Form dough into large size balls, place on cookie sheet with parchment paper, and bake for about 12 minutes or less. It depends on how gooey you want them. My cookies were chewy and delicious!

The fun thing about cookies are you have modify the recipe to your liking. If you don't want chocolate chips but you want cinnamon and nutmeg. Omit the chips and add any ingredients you like! How did you make your cookies? Leave a comment and let me know!

By the way-These cookies were brother-n-law approved!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Austin Roadtrip

My trip to Austin was very much so enjoyable! I posted on Instagram (@realtalkrealfoodblog), asking "Where should I visit in Austin?" My follower gave me ideas right away on the best spots for food, pastries, history, and fun. Plus, I checked Yelp for the place my followers mentioned and additional places. 

On the long drive down 35S, we saw Buc-ee's. I was so excited!! I told my friends we have to stop here! I got my usual things...crème brulee almonds, peppered beef jerky, and almond brittle!!! I go buy all these things and we had a car full of junk food! 

I want to share a couple of picture of my trip and some places you should visit in Austin.

I heard so much about Franklin's BBQ and was looking forward to eating there. Until... we saw the line. I thought this must be the best barbecue in the world for people to come hours early and wait in lawn chairs with umbrellas! Unfortunately, we had to go somewhere else because we were starving and didn't want to wait all day long.

We had lunch at New Awlins Cafe. It was amazing!! I'd never had fried crawfish and decided to get the crawfish platter. It was delicious, and by signing into Yelp, I received a free pie of my choice. I had the peach pie and it wasn't bad. I should of gotten the chess pie!

We took a tour of the State Capital. It building was beautiful but the tour was too short and boring.

Toastie's sub sandwiches were go delicious! I wish they would open up a spot here in Dallas.

Sweet Ritual
Delicious coconut milk based ice cream!

Go see UTA and visit some of the cool eateries on the strip!

888 Pan Asia Restaurant The Pad Thai, The Pho, and the Orange Chicken was amazing! We will visit this restaurant again. Did I mention it's open to 2am!!!

Tell me some of the places you visit when in Austin!