Thai Beef Larb With Egg Fried Rice. New Music From New Arcades.

Thai Beef Larb With Egg Fried Rice

This is the best vine I have seen in awhile.

Would you like an easy and delicious dinner?

Yass!

Larb, for the uninitiated, is a seasoned, spicy/sour beef salad served with fresh herbs. Here the larb is served with a simple fried rice for a light and flavorful meal.

If you like the recipe, you might want to try this refreshing Thai Larb Salad I made awhile ago.

Thai Beef Larb With Egg Fried Rice
Thai Beef Larb With Egg Fried Rice

Ingredients:

300g basmati rice
Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
500g ground beef
Large pinch dried red chilli flakes
1½ Tbs fish sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
2 eggs
2 limes
Large handful fresh cilantro leaves
Lime wedges, to serve

Directions:

1. Cook the rice then spread over a large baking tray to cool.

2. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, taking care not to let it burn.

3. Add the beef, chilli flakes, fish sauce and soy sauce. Turn the heat to high and fry for a few minutes, breaking up the beef with a spoon. When the meat is cooked through, remove the pan from the heat.

4. In another large frying pan, heat a little more oil over high heat. Crack in the eggs and leave to set for a few seconds, then move them around the pan with a spatula to break them up. Add the cooled rice, season with salt and pepper, then stir for a few more minutes until golden.

5. Return beef to the stove to quickly reheat, then squeeze in the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, then toss through most of the cilantro.

6. Divide the rice and beef among bowls, then serve garnished with the remaining cilantro and a wedge of lime.

Serves 4

Recipe from Delicious. Magazine

Thai Beef Larb With Egg Fried Rice

Here’s a sweet song and it isn’t even a short and sweet day. :)

‘Wherever You Are’ is a full out slice of happy, romantic, electonica.

Yass!

Check out New Arcades on the band’s Website, where you can link to buy their music.

Cheers!

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Beet And Burrata Tart. Cool New Music From Your Underdog.

Beet And Burrata Tart
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Beet And Burrata Tart.

Wow. When I saw this recipe I was intrigued. Roasted beets, burrata and phyllo. Yum.

What you get is a colorful tart with cheese melting all over rosemary scented sweet beets in a flaking, crisp crust. Very different and supremely delicious.

Beet And Burrata Tart
Beet And Burrata Tart

Ingredients:

6 medium purple and gold beets, peeled and thinly sliced
4 Tbs olive oil (divided)
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
10 sheets phyllo dough
8 oz burrata cheese, roughly chopped
1/2 pound small bocconcini balls, halved

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Toss the beets with 2 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar and rosemary.

3. Place beets on a large baking sheet in a flat layer.

4. Roast beets for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

5. Lay two sheets of phyllo dough on another baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Repeat until all 10 sheets of phyllo dough are stacked up.

6. Fold the edges of the dough over to make the crust. Brush with the remaining olive oil.

7. Place the roasted beets on top of the phyllo dough.

8. Bake tart for 10 minutes. Scatter the burrata and bocconcini cheeses across the top of the tart.

9. Return tart to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Serves 6 as a light dish or 12 as a starter

Recipe slightly adapted from Little Leopard Book
Beet And Burrata Tart
Beet And Burrata Tart
Beet And Burrata Tart
Beet And Burrata Tart

I’ve got my Friday synth on with this new tune from NYC-based Your Underdog.

The ‘Band Interests’ on their Facebook page cracked me up: “I just saw Scream 4, which horrified me.. so whatever those guys didnt do.”

Check out Your Underdog on Facebook and Soundcloud, where the song is being offered as a free download.

Cheers!

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Short And Sweet. Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts.

Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts

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Sweet and super rich, these Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts are not for the casual chocolate lover. Crisp pastry shells are filled with an intense ganache laced with whisky. The black salt is not only visually striking, but adds a luscious contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate.

Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tart
Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts

Ingredients:

Refrigerated pie crust dough
1/2 cup (125ml) single (light) cream
200g dark chocolate, chopped
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) whisky
Black sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300℉/150℃.

2. Cut rounds from dough and use to line tartlet tins. (I used 12 (3 inch) tins). Prick dough all over with a fork.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is cooked but not colored.

4. Place the cream, chocolate, sugar and whisky in a small a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

5. Pour chocolate mixture into the tart shells. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set. Sprinkle with black salt before serving.

Makes 12

Recipe from Donna Hay Magazine
Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts
Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tarts
Dark Chocolate, Whisky And Black Salt Tart

A short song.

And a beautiful, sweet song.

“If you ever need someone
to simply adore you
I will be there
standing right by your side”

Check out Dune Rats on Soundcloud, where you can link to buy their music.

Learn more about Odessa on her Website, where you can buy the music.

Cheers!

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Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Cinnamon Bun Pecan Pie

Need some recipe ideas for Thanksgiving or an upcoming Holiday feast?

You can check out this post that has some really good turkey side dishes such as Green Beans With Shaved Parmesan, a rich Brussels Sprout Gratin, Classic Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes and an Herbed Stuffing With Bagels.

Here are other good options to accompany the big bird.

Cheesy Onion Casserole
Cheesy Onion Casserole

Green Beans With Almonds, Oregano and Lemon
Green Beans With Almonds, Oregano and Lemon

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

To start things off you might like these appetizer recipes.

Brie Crostini With Cranberry Salsa
Brie Crostini With Cranberry Salsa

Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds
Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds

Buffalo Wing Hummus
Buffalo Wing Hummus

Then to end the meal, what could be better than a selection of pies? All of these are delicious options.

Double Crust Apple Pie
Double Crust Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Praline Topping
Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Praline Topping

Cinnamon Bun Pecan Pie (The whole pie is pictured at the top of the post.)
Cinnamon Bun Pecan Pie

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

Chunky Mince Pie Slices
Chunky Mince Pie Slices

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie

Portland, Oregon band Thanks released a new album back in January. It’s full of moody, slinky tunes that are completely addictive. I love the lead singer’s raw voice.

Check out Thanks on Facebook and Bandcamp, where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Beefy Nacho Soup

Beefy Nacho Soup

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Okay friends, walk this way on over to today’s recipe for Beefy Nacho Soup. It’s super easy to make and really delicious. Tastes like a warming bowl of creamy tacos. It’s a shoe-in to be a family favorite.

Beefy Nacho Soup
Beefy Nacho Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 (1 oz) pkg taco seasoning mix
1 tsp cumin
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed nacho cheese soup
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chiles (Ro-tel), undrained
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed corn tortilla chips

Directions:

1. In 2-quart saucepan, cook ground beef over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in remaining ingredients except shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Cook about 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.

3. Top individual servings of soup with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.

Serves 4

Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker
Beefy Nacho Soup

How about a little sole from The Shoe Ins?

Check out The Shoe Ins on Facebook. You can buy their music on Bandcamp.

Cheers!

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Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. Stargroves On The Stereo And A CD Giveaway!

Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

ZOMG!

These brownies!

I’ve made Insane Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes and a Mini Cupcake version. Then there were the PB Cup Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (made into sundaes!)

Today’s recipe is also outrageous, but gets the ‘Ultimate’ crown because it’s a mash-up of all of the other over the top ones I have made. Only 4 ingredients and Boom! A peanut butter, cookie and brownie lover’s dream.

Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Ingredients:

1 (16.5 oz) roll of refrigerated cookie dough
48 Double Stuf Oreos
48 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—3 (3.3 oz) pkgs
1 box brownie mix, batter prepared according to package instructions.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Press cookie dough into bottom of prepared pan.

3. Top with an even layer of Oreos.
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

4. Top each Oreo with a peanut butter cup.
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

5. Pour brownie batter over the top. Don’t worry if all of the Oreos and PB cups are not covered. The brownie batter will rise as it bakes.
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

6. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a tester inserted between the Oreos/PB cups comes out clean.

Recipe from Instructables
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Ultimate Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Stargroves, who I first featured here, have released a new song titled ‘Hafnarfjörður’.

Back in 2012, NYC-based frontman Teddy Watson spent 3 months in Iceland to immerse himself in his music. He was there in the winter when there are only a few hours of sun each day and tons of snow. It turned out to be the perfect setting to write songs, some inspired by his Icelandic experience, without the distractions of the big city at home.

Hafnarfjörður is a town six miles south of Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík. It’s also an arresting tune, with lovely lyrics and a super catchy swirling electro beat.

Now about that CD giveaway.

Stargroves sent me a mighty fine packet of goodies including a cool T-shirt, band photos, stickers and my favorite: 2 copies of the demo CD for the band’s self titled debut album. It’s a fantastic collection of songs, two of which (Westfjords and Within Me A Lunatic Sings) are on my 2014 Festive Fifty list.
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I would love to share the love and offer up one of the CDs to my readers. All you need to do is leave a comment with a recipe you think I should try or a song you think I would like. Even better, pair the recipe with a song. I’ll assign each comment a number and place the numbered squares into a bag for an old fashioned drawing.

If you’d like a chance to win the CD just comment away. I’ll draw the winner in one week on November 24th.

Check out Stargroves on the band’s Website, where you can buy the music and get yourself a cool T-shirt, too.

Cheers!

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Cheesy Tortellini Bake. New Music From Johanna Glaza.

Cheesy Tortellini Bake
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This Cheesy Tortellini Bake is a lovely dish full of contrasting textures. A mix of tortellini and broccoli is coated in a creamy, smoky cheese sauce, then topped with even more cheese and a crispy topping of panko crumbs. It’s a fabulous play on mac and cheese.

Cheesy Tortellini Bake
Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Ingredients:

1 pound cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional to taste
2 1/4 cups shredded smoked gouda, divided
2 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Panko Bread Crumbs (recipe follows)
1 pound ham, cut into small bite sized pieces (I left this out)
8 ounces of broccoli, cooked

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

2. Melt butter over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add in the flour and whisk well. Cook for about 2 minutes, until it reaches a pasty consistency.

3. Slowly add the heavy cream and whisk well. Gradually add milk, whisking continuously to remove any clumps.

4. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add 2 cups of smoked gouda and 2 cups of the sharp cheddar cheese. Stir in cooked ham, if using, and the cooked broccoli.

5. Add tortellini to the cheese sauce mixture and pour into the prepared baking dish.

6. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of gouda and 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese over the casserole. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over the top.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. For an extra crispy top you can then broil the casserole for 1-2 minutes until the panko bread crumb topping is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Panko Bread Crumbs

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup panko

Directions:

1. In a small bowl combine melted butter with panko.

Recipes from Center Cut Cook
Cheesy Tortellini Bake
Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Today’s hearty and rib sticking recipe couldn’t be more different than this new song from Johanna Glaza. ‘Paper Widow’, with its ethereal vocals and dreamy music, is the ultimate in light and airy. Really pretty tune.

Check out Johanna Glaza on Facebook and her Website, where you can link to buy the music.

Cheers!

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