Friday, September 16, 2011

Get a free cooking app!

Smartphones are IT these days. We can play games, video chat, listen to music, MAKE music, etc all on the same little device. I mean, I never would have thought that when I was a kid. Oof, "thinking"? Never mind thinking, there is probably an app for that now anyway ;)

If your app hunger involves delicious mouth watering recipes that make you want to roll up your sleeves and pop into the kitchen to show off your inner chef, check out Trufflehead who came out with an awesome app for cooking. If you are like me, when seeing is believing, watch for yourself :) You won't be disappointed.

Months ago when I came back from my trip to Asia (where I ate and ate my days away in Vietnam) I was completely in withdrawal with food, Trufflehead's red Thai curry with cauliflower and tofu was the first recipe I wanted to make after weeks in cooking hiatus

...Plus, a crockpot recipe is always a plus when your day is filled with running around, just saying.... (Other than going to Chinatown for the Thai basil, everything else is available at any grocery store. If you don’t have access to Thai basil, you can just use the “other” one. All you have to do is wash, chop, pour, stir and wait. All the prepping took about 30 minutes, and cooking time is 3 hours)

So dear beloved readers, Trufflehead is giving away TWO free download for their app. This offer is good for ONE WEEK, so hurry up and email with Tramie's Kitchen in the subject line. The first two to do so, will get a code to download the ap.

Good luck and enjoy the freebie!!!! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ginger syrup

I like ginger, in food, in tea, in candies, but I was never a fan of Ginger Ale. I find the taste is too subtle. Basically not worth my tummy space and so, it remains one of the things I never even look at in grocery stores.
Now, that's all changed. Forever. Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker, who led me to discover ginger syrup.

(P.S: Thanks Joy!!! I would really love to hang out with you one day and watch you cook/bake while rambling away about your life. LOL!!!!)

I kid you not, it's frigging delicious!!!! My better half promptly declared that I have ruined store-bought ginger ale for him. And he loves ginger, not just the red-haired sexy ladies, but everything ginger, so he is pretty much the best critic there is beside myself.

No, there is nothing left for me to say but GO MAKE IT, if you are a ginger lover. I refuse to try to convince you any further. See for yourself how easy it is to make it:

Ginger Syrup:
( from Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo, owners of Grub)
makes 2 cups of syrup

2 cups unpeeled, washed, fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 cups sugar
6 cups water

Process ginger chunks in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Place in a large stock pot (I couldn't find the blade for my food processor, so I placed the roughly chopped ginger into the pot with about 2 cups of the water, and used a handheld blender to mince it) Add sugar and water to the pot and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for one hour until a rich syrup is created. Strain the syrup twice through cheese cloth or a sieve into a large jar or bottle. Refrigerate.
Get yourself some tonic or soda water. Pour about 2-3 Tbsp of syrup for each cup of soda, or according to your taste. Add some ice. Squeeze in some lime if you have. Add some mint if you're feeling trendy and enjoy!!!!!

See? What did I tell you??? SO. AWESOME.