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Mango Hot Dogs

My dad got creative and made a new dish! :D I may attempt to recreate it sometime with chicken and more veggies, if mangoes are ever at a reasonable price over in WV. :O

Mango Hot Dogs

-chicken hot dogs, sliced
-mangoes, cubed (save the mango skin shells!)
-onions, diced/sliced
-baby bella mushrooms, diced
-1 tbsp sake
-celery, diced
-brown sugar

1) Heat up some EVOO in a skillet. Add onions and mushrooms; let them cook for a couple minutes until somewhat browned.
2) Add the celery and hot dog slices with a couple sprinkles of salt and brown sugar.
3) Add sake and mangoes. Cook for a while longer or until sake boils down.
4) Scoop into mango shells and serve!


Beef Wellington

Once upon a time, otherwise known as back in high school, my family went down to LA for my cousin’s engagement party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I remember my other cousin’s sweet 16 birthday there most vividly because of the orange juice there (best I’d ever tasted), and we remembered this occasion best because of the waiter who kept coming around with plates of beef wellington. We would’ve eaten it by the plate if it hadn’t been so unbecoming, so instead, we just sheepishly flagged him down whenever he passed by. ._.

Well, here it is! :D One childhood-ish (“ish” because we were in high school) dream realized! The recipe is adapted from here. Adapted because my house doesn’t have flour (…yep) and we also couldn’t find the garlic, so we subbed it with garlic salt. We also forgot to turn them upside down after folding em’ up, but I think this turned out really well for out first attempt! My mom actually woke up from her nap to wander downstairs to figure out what smelled so good (she hates eating meat, but she actually ate two of these and wanted more, so I think that’s sayin’ something. :O ). This recipe makes 8 pieces (~4 servings, 2 per person!).

Beef Wellington

-4 4 oz. pieces of filet mignon (or some other cut of steak)
-2 cups baby bella, finely chopped
-4 tbsp onion, finely chopped
-4 tbsp white wine (we used moscato)
-2 sheets puff pastry
-egg wash (1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water)
-1 tbsp EVOO
-garlic salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
-dried parsley (or fresh), to taste

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2) In a large skillet, preheat 1 tbsp EVOO over medium-high heat. Add onions + mushrooms and cook for ~4-5 minutes or until browned. Add garlic salt + pepper, then cook for 1 more minute and add white wine + parsley. Cook for another minute until wine reduces.
3) Remove mushroom mixture from skillet and wipe clean. Add remaining 1 tbsp EVOO and preheat over high heat. Season both steaks with garlic salt + pepper on each side and cook for ~2 minutes on each side.
4) Place steaks on plate to cool slightly.
5) Lay puff pastry on lightly floured surface and roll out an inch more on each side. Cut them in quarters and lay 2 pieces on work surface. Divide mushroom filling, making sure it’s placed in the middle of the square. Place a piece of cooked beef on top.
6) Brush egg wash around all edges of patry and seal the pastry over the beef mixture (fold opposite corners to the center; pictured below!).
7) Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with pepper.
8) Bake for ~15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

This is what the inside looks like! :]

Don’t be like us and forget to flip it upside down before baking it. :O

Tangerine-Peach-Plum Juice

I really don’t feel like coming up with random ways to blend the names together. We’ve already established that I’m not very creative. :[ The best I could come up with was “Tangi-Pleach” and that reminded me too much of bleach, so nope.

Tangerine-Peach-Plum Juice

-2 plums
-2 tangerines
-2 small donut peaches

1) Cut all the fruits into bite-sized pieces (except perhaps the tangerines, which can just be into slices) and throw into a blender/Magic Bullet.
2) Blend until smooth and serve!

Peach-Plum Juice

It’s been really effing hot lately, so right after I got home on Monday, I promptly lay down on the family room floor (because it’s not carpeted). Cold fruit drinks are especially awesome right now, so here’s Monday’s concoction!

Peach-Plum Juice

-8 small donut-peaches
-6 plums

1) Cut fruit into bite-sized pieces and throw into Magic Bullet/blender.
2) Blend until smooth!

lovely parental gems

This is probably the first of many. My dad has a ridiculing sense of humor that I’ve come to appreciate (y’know, now that I’m not a spineless wretch :O ), and if I’ve never mentioned it before, my mom is really sad that I’m not super girly. I think she was really looking forward to a daughter that she could dress up and go shopping with and such (which I do, on occasion, but they don’t last long because I’m frugal as hell and just really don’t tend to bother dressing up).

DF: (my dad)
MF: (my mom)
S: (my brother)
F: (me)

(During an epic cleanse of my room so I can declutter + donate or sell all the stuff I don’t need/want.)
F: Thoughts on this dress that I don’t know how to put on? :O
(In my defense, some things in Asia are really effin’ hard to figure out, okay? We’ll not talk about the time I was a model for a charity fashion show and they gave me a garment that I could not, for the life of me, figure out. To this day, I still don’t know if it was meant to be worn as a top, a bottom, or something else. ._.)
MF: That looks really good on you! It finally makes you look like a– (cuts self off)
F: What? >:O It finally makes me look like I’m actually female?
MF: (trying reallyyyy hard not to laugh) That’s what I was going to say, but I stopped myself.

DF: You’re a good kid, Farrah!
F: Thanks! I try, I try. :O
DF: It’s like I have 1.75 sons.
F: …Uh, excuse me?
DF: Well, there’s Sam, and then there’s you, and you’re basically mostly like a son.