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NZCaligal


NZCaligal
 
Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: Wellington, New Zealand
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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December 2007
About this Cook
I'm a California girl recently transplanted to New Zealand. Also a newlywed enjoying getting back into the kitchen after being a student for most of my adult life and living dorm-style! I loved cooking and baking as a kid, so having fun trying new recipes and remembering old ones. Plus, I try to cook/bake wheat and sugar free as much as possible - I like the challenge, and when the results taste good it's even better!
My favorite things to cook
Things that make my husband groan with delight:) No preference yet, really; I just like making things that taste and look delicious! Right now one of my favorite meals is Indian Chicken Curry II (with my own little modifications), and hubby makes the chapati bread - yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always got to make the cranberry relish at Thanksgiving and Christmas by grinding up whole oranges, cranberries, and walnuts with the old hand grinder - I thought it was fun, and it sure tasted good! Christmas baking brings fond memories. Now, using sugar substitutes in all those old recipes is the challenge.
My cooking triumphs
Most things I make from Allrecipes.com (following reviewers' tips) turn out great! Banana cake got excellent reviews; chicken curry is always a hit; and my husband LOVES potunas:)
My cooking tragedies
Well, the hot cross buns I tried the other day were a bit disappointing, but they were a wheat/sugar free experiment. They're edible... with lots of butter! My funniest tragedy was my very first batch of chocolate chip cookies at age 10 or 11 maybe? Following the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips, I mixed up the measurements of two ingredients and ended up adding 1/2 cup of salt!! My cousin tried to be encouraging when she tasted the first one, but it was no use!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Buttermilk Pancakes II
These are great! I actually modified a bit based on what I have and the fact that it's just me and hubby and we didn't want leftovers. I did 1/3 the recipe (4 servings), which made 4 thick 6-inch pancakes - perfect! Also, used self-rising flour and left out the baking soda, salt, etc (didn't have all-purpose). Also didn't have buttermilk, so used 1 Tbsp white vinegar and then topped it up with whole milk to reach 1 cup. Sizzled each one in butter in the pan over med-hi heat till full of bubbles and edges looked done - YUM!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2008
Indian Chicken Curry II
This is one of our favorite recipes. I've actually used different meats (depending on what we've got): lamb, beef, or chicken as called for - they're all good! I use only 2 Tbsp of curry, but usually pop in 2 bay leaves. Also use 1 Tbsp of honey instead of sugar, and powdered ginger instead of grated fresh. If I have it I use coconut oil instead of olive oil (cooks much better at higher heat). Finally, have never added the lemon juice or cayenne pepper as it's spicy enough with the other ingredients for our taste (well, for mine - my husband would no doubt appreciate the added kick, but then I couldn't eat it!).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2008
Taco Bake II
My husband adores this recipe - he requests it! I make it differently every time; I've added black refried beans and salsa to the mix, or corn. I've tried leaving out the sour cream, which was good. Once I added strips of steak (husband's favorite). I always cook the meat in onions and coconut oil (best for cooking), and top with Tapatio sauce, avocado, and more sour cream. This recipe (8 servings) makes plenty for us to have dinner and several lunches as well - good stuff!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2007
 
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