Jicama, Mango and Red Onion Salad

Jicama, Mango and Red Onion Salad

A delicious and simple salad with only a few ingredients  Jicama, Mango and Red Onion.  Better tasting if made a day ahead, and using a very fresh and crunchy Jicama, and almost green/hard mangoes.

WP_20140909_005If you haven`t tried a jicama yet, I will say it is a hybrid between a raw potato and a chayote or a guinea arrowroot (lerenes).  It has no specific flavor at all, and can be easily use in any dish cooked or raw, like in this salad.

This is how a jicama looks like, and you can find it in all Latinos markets at a very low price.

WP_20140909_001Ingredients:

For the Jicama, Mango and Red Onions Salad:

1 big  jicama

1 big hard mango

1 big red onion

For the Salad Dressing:

1/4 c orange juice

1/4 c lime juice

1/4 c olive oil

1 t dijon mustard

salt and  pepper to taste

WP_20140909_006Directions:

Thinly slice or use a  Mandoline slicer, to cut the 3 mayor ingredients, the jicama, mango and onion.  Mix the dressing and add.

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Fabiola Garcia

 

 

Cranberries and Nuts Bread

Cranberries and Nuts Bread for Diabetics

Well my friends with Diabetes, this is a bread that we can all eat in moderation and without the guilt.  This bread is specially made for diabetics,  low in sugar and rich in dry fruits and nuts.

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I used this recipe here as a guide and changed some of it.  The original recipe calls for resting the bread wrapped in plastic or aluminum, one day before cutting and eating, but did not specify why that`s needed. Well I made two breads the same day, and cut only one.  I truly believe the reason for this is to make the bread moist, otherwise it will be a bit dry, if you cut it the same day of baking.

I made the same recipe twice, but substituted the 1 cup of regular flour with 1/2 cup of whole wheat and 1/2 cup of flour. The final ratio was 12 ounce of whole wheat flour and 4 ounce of regular flour.  I also added green pumpkin seeds and old-fashioned oats at the top for garnish before baking.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 C of whole wheat

1/2 C of ap flour

1/4 sugar

1 T baking powder

2 t orange grated rind

1 C orange juice

2 t vegetables oil

1 egg

1 C canberries

1/3 C raisins

1/3 walnuts or any combination of nuts like pecans, sliced almonds, brazilian nuts, pepitas or sunflower seeds
Swift and combine dry ingredients, and the orange rind.  Add the rest of the ingredients by hand and bake in a greased loaf pan for 45 to 50 minutes.  Cool in loaf pan and store in a plastic bag or aluminum sheet, before slicing at least one day.  The more you let it rest, the moister it will be.

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Hope you like it!!

Thank you for reading;

Fabiola Garcia

Striped Pillows

Striped Pillows – Recycling a Curtain

These were a pair of curtain panels that were used for a short period by a family member, and were given to me for recycling.  I put the fabric away for a while, until I decided what to do with it.  One of the panels, was missing a piece of fabric, and I could not use it again as a curtain, I decided to make some pillows for the living room`s vintage mid-century sofa.  This is an IKEA fabric, sold by the yard.

I wanted these striped pillows to be different, so I Googled it  and found lots of ideas, for striped pillows, some very easy to follow, others not so much.  Of all of the ones I looked up, this is the one I followed for my pillows, with a little change in the size.

I started by cutting a square of 18 x 18 inches, for a pillow insert of 16 inches, leaving 1 inch per side cut for sewing. With 1/2 an inch is also enough but I prefer to do 1 inch.
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I used a piece of scrap fabric for the square template 18×18.  I converted the square template into a triangle and cut the fabric making sure  the placing of the lines on the fabric goes vertical and horizontal, like in the pic below.

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This is what I get after cutting and pinned the fabric.

WP_20140918_008This is the face of the pillow

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For the other pillow I used the same template, folded once, and to be very accurate with the lines, I cut each 4 panel individually, making sure that the black lines matches the other panel black lines and the same with the white, like in the pic.

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For this the fabric was placed in vertical position, and matched the stripes before cutting. I did the same 4 times, always pinning, and checking how it would look before cutting.

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WP_20140920_017This is the back of the pillows, so they can be use in 4 different ways.

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For the Chevron pillows, I used the same 18×18 template, and used the Chevron pattern only in the front.

Thank you for reading my posts;

Fabiola Garcia

Mid Century Coffee Table

Mid Century Bench Style – Coffee Table

If you want to find the best mid-century, antique or vintage furniture, you most go to a local thrift store, like GoodWill or Salvation Army located near a mayor university or college. Most of the time, when young students go away home to college, they collect furniture from their family.  They always get that special chair, sofa, coffee table or other pieces of furniture that the family wants to get rid off.  That`s when the mid-century furniture take center stage in a dorm. Sometimes is a sentimental piece that they want to keep forever, but most of the time,  they want nothing to do with the piece after college, and it end up in a thrift store.

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That`s how I found my beautiful mid-century bench style coffee table, it was a beat-up with lots of water marks, and scratches.  Can you see my mid-century bench style coffee table on the magazine cover?? did I mentioned that I only paid $12.00 for it?? Score!!

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I sanded it with my palm sander to remove most of the old paint, varnish, and water marks.  I then applied 2 coats of Varathane wood stain, in Provincial, and waited 24 hrs between coats. I tried to keep the different colors variations on the wood, so I only went very hard on the water marks areas.

First stain coat

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Second and final coat.  Can you see the different colors variations in the wood?? That`s a natural look on wood, and that is what I was looking for.

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I did not apply a protector, because this is going to be a low use table in my apartment.  In order not to get anymore stains or water marks, I added a tray, that needs to be finished. In the meantime, no drinking vessel of any kind on the table!!

Thanks for reading;

Fabiola Garcia

 

Fall Foliage

The Fall Equinox just started “on the Northern Hemisphere”, but in Texas, we are still enjoying  90 degree weather.  Due do to these high temperatures, at this moment in time we don`t have any visible changes in the foliage.  I love the fall season with shorter, cooler days and the beautiful fall foliage.  I want to share with you the beautiful trees of  fall in Burlington, Vermont and Euless, Texas, from pasts Fall Equinox.  The Euless, Texas trees pictures were taken last year.  The Vermont pictures were taken some time back when I lived there in beautiful Vermont.  Due to their almost all year super low temperatures, you can enjoy the fall foliage since the beginning of September, or before.

Euless, Texas 2013

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Euless, Texas

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Euless, Texas

WP_20131118_007 But if you really want to see hundreds and hundreds acres of the beautiful colors of fall, Vermont is the place to go. They offer guided tours to the fall foliage in the mountains.  The following pictures were taken in one of  the neighborhoods of  Burlington, Vermont.

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Burlington, Vermont

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Hope you like the beautiful yellows, reds, and oranges colors of fall.

Thanks for visiting;

Fabiola

 

Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

Deco Mesh Fall Wreath.

Deco mesh is a plastic ribbon that resembles fabric. I`s flexible and very easy to use for doing bows, garlands, and wreaths.  I decided to do my own, reusing some existing  material that I had from previous year.  I had an 18 inches straw wreath, and some spools of ribbons to cover the straw wreath.    WP_20140901_004

For this wreath, I used 2 spool of ribbon  for covering the straw. For this part you can use any ribbons, because the back will be facing the wall or door.  A straw wreath is not the usual wreath to use with deco mesh.  The wreath recommended for working with the deco mesh ribbon, is the wire “work wreath”.  But remember that I`m reusing the last year wreath.

These are the materials that I’m reusing from last year: 1 straw wreath, 1 deco mesh in multicolor, and 2 satin ribbons to cover the straw wreath.

These are the materials that I bought :

2 deco mesh spool 5 1/2 inches wide in orange, and 1 in brown, 1 package of florist pins, and 1 satin ribbon for decoration

WP_20140920_004Directions:

For my 18 inches wreath, I cut the deco mesh 26 inches long for each bow.

Form a bow, putting the two ends together, and crumple together to the center and tied with the florist wire

Continue until you finish the 3 deco mesh spools

Place the bows with a florist pin in the wreath, alternating colors: multi, orange, brown. Continue until you finish covering the whole wreath.

Cut the decorative satin ribbons at 14 inches, and with a florist pin, inserted in the middle of the ribbon, then in the wreath.

Hope you like it!!

Thank you for visiting;

Fabiola

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Painted Vintage Chandelier

Well my friends after so many posts about travel and food, I also have so many non related food projects to share with you.  My first of those projects is my painted Vintage Chandelier.  After a little tweaking  here and there, I`m posting about my beautiful lamp transformation.  You know how much I like to spend the least amount of money, this only cost me, less than $12.00 dollars.  I only had to buy two cans of spray paint, as I had one  from a previous project, and a new set of bulbs.  I wanted to change the look a little bit, so I replaced the original light bulbs.

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This is a vintage chandelier lamp from a set of two that I bought from  my bff Anibal.   These two beautiful lamp were from his late mother`s house.  They went from dreaded gold to beautiful lacquer black.

The Golden Girl- before:

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The Black Lady – after
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The paint used for this project was Rust-Oleum Special Lacquer. I was looking for a shinny lacquer look.  It`s a wonderful paint to work with, with great coverage, and low price.

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The picture looks a little dark, because I took it at the night.

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Thanks for visiting!!

Fabiola

Citrus Sweet and Sour Salad

Delicious and fresh Citrus Sweet and Sour salad.  Only 4 main ingredients, raspberries, grapefruit, orange, and red onion. Serve with raspberries vinaigrette.

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Ingredients:

2 grapefruits, peel  and cut in slices

2 oranges, peel and cut in slices

1 red onion julienne

1 fresh raspberries container

 

 

 For the vinaigrette 

3 T olive oil

1 T lime juice

1 t mustard

1 raspberries container reserve some for garnish

salt & white pepper

Directions:

– clean, peel and slice the citrus fruits

– clean, peel and slice the red onion

– arrange in serving plate

– in a blender, or food processor mix the olive oil, lime juice, mustard and the remaining of the raspberries container.  Process and add salt and pepper as desire.  Strain, and serve over the Citrus Sweet and Sour Salad

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WP_20140907_027Hope you can enjoy this delicious Citrus Sweet and Sour Salad, like if you were in Summer, like we are!!

 

Happy Weekend;

Fabiola

Roasted Vegetables Salsa

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With Summer almost over, and with Fall around the corner, we still have a lot of fresh vegetables available. I had  a lot of tomatoes  from a previous trip to the grocery store.  Every time I go to the supermarket, I buy what I don`t have to buy, does that happen to you, too?, I ended up buying more tomatoes because of the special price of .79 cents a pound.

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Add salt, black pepper, and olive oil to the cut vegetables before roasting.

I got the inspiration for making  the Roasted Vegetables Salsa, after participating in the linking party South of the BorderRecipes at #Foodie Fridays#12, were you can also find the inspiration recipe.

 

Ingredients:

4# tomatoes

1 ea green, yellow, and orange peppers

3 big onions

6 garlic cloves

1/2 bunch cilantro

1/3 C of lime juice

1 T chili powder

1 T chili flakes

1 t cumin powder

salt & pepper to taste

olive oil for coating the vegetables

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Directions:

– clean and cut all the vegetables

– coat with salt, black pepper and olive oil

– place the vegetables in a sheet pan, roast for 45 minutes (this may vary according to your oven)

– remove from oven and place  the roasted vegetables and all the seasonings in the food processor

– process and place the salsa in a pot and cook in the stove for 10 minutes

– let it cool before serving

– serve  with chips

This recipe gave me a yield of 3 1/2  (12) ounce jars, we use one, and the rest was placed  in the freezer for future use.

Thanks, Fabiola

 

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken a staple dish in Hawaii.  Usually made on the grill, is a combination of sweet and savory flavors.  Huli huli means turn, turn.  And that is what you need to do every 10 minutes.  While baking or grilling the chicken, baste and turn or baste and huli huli.  The final outcome will be a very, very tender and delicious chicken.

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You need to marinate the chicken overnight or at least 4 hours before cooking. The brown color is from the sugar in the marinade. I reserved a portion of the marinade, to baste the chicken while baking.

 

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While looking for the ingredients in a huli huli recipe, I made the one from Mama Smith with some changes. You can  find her recipe here.  

Ingredients for Huli Huli Chicken:

1 whole chicken cut

1 C no sugar added pineapple juice

1/4 C heavy soy sauce or 1/2 C regular soy sauce

1/2 C brown sugar

1/3 C ketchup

1/4 C red wine

1 T grated ginger

4 garlic cloves

1 small dice onion

1/4 t dry mustard

1 T salt

1 T black pepper

1 T chili flakes

Procedure:

For the marinade, mix all the ingredients in a 1 gallon plastic bag. Reserve 1 cup of the marinade for basting.

Add the chicken and shake the bag to coat the chicken.

Refrigerate in the bag for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Next day or 4 hours later:

Heat oven to 375.F

Remove and drain chicken from the bag, and arrange in a sheet pan

Bake chicken for 30 to 45 minutes, basting with the reserved marinade and turn every 10 minutes.

Check for internal temp of 165.F

I served mine over brown rice.