Monday, February 9, 2009

2 PART POST: PART 1- I'M NO RACHAEL RAY and PART 2-DID YOU SAY BLACKBIRDS?

PART ONE OF POST:

Today I tried a new recipe (using that expensive spice "cardamon" I previously mentioned). I made Chicken Shawarma with Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad.
I saw this recipe made on Rachael Ray on the Food Network show. On TV the recipe really looks soooo good and hey, it only took her 30 minutes to complete the main dish with a side. Now that sounds great because I don't want to be in the kitchen for over 30 minutes cooking. Right? Well, I will never be a Rachael Ray. I started preparing this dish and side dish at 4:00 PM.
Slathering the paste like spice mixture as called for on the recipe onto the chicken breasts. I then put the chicken on the grill.

While the chicken is grilling, I started to saute the onions and bell pepper with lemon juice and garlic.

I then grilled the eggplant and zucchini which was brushed with EVOO (as Rachael would say) salt and pepper.
I also cooked the couscous, which this is the first time I tried it. Sorry how the pic looks as I took it at night time and the light was not that great. I did not finish cooking until 6:00PM, yes, it took me 2 hrs to complete Rachael's 30 min meal. Needless to say, I will not be making this again. The chicken is then sliced and put into the pita pockets with the grilled onions and peppers and a dollop of greek yogurt, but I used sour cream with lemon juice instead. The grilled veggies were put on top of the couscous.


SECOND PART OF TODAYS POST:
Yesterday was DH 61st birthday. If you are ever in Houston you need to stop by the "Flying Saucer Pie Company". They have the most fabulous pies. During the Thanksgiving Holidays there usually is a line out the door. My MIL and SIL called and said they were coming over and when they arrived they had two pie boxes with them. Goody! Goody!

The first pie box held a cheese cake pie with strawberries on top and whipped cream. Wow! we are hitting this first.


Ok, now this is where it gets interesting. We open the second pie box and what do we see?


My first thought was that nursery rhyme something about "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie, when the pie was opened the birds began to sing". I could just picture the birds singing and flying out of the pie. Well, what really happened is that it takes about 1 hr. from my MIL's house in Houston to our house here in Orchard. They got hungry and wanted to taste the blackberry pie and since they were given spoons with the pie, well, I guess you know what happened next.
Well, we had a good laugh after we saw the pie and then we ate some of the Banana Split Cake I made for his birthday and of course tasted the pies my MIL and SIL brought. This cake is so addicting and it seems to taste even better the next day (if there is any left, ha! ha!).


BANANA SPLIT CAKE
2 cups Cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter
2 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 box powdered sugar
5 medium bananas
1 cup chopped pecans
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 large container cool whip
chocolate syrup
1 jar cherries
Melt butter and combine with the Cinnamon graham crumbs in 9 x 13 pan. Pat down for crust. In a medium bowl using hand mixer, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Then pour on top of graham crust. Slice bananas on top. Then spread the crushed pineapple on top of the bananas. Then spread the cool whip covering the bananas. Place cherries on top, drizzle chocolate syrup all over and sprinkle with pecans. Best if refrigerated overnight.
Hope you try this out, its really good.
Hugs :)
Irma







7 comments:

Sand Flat Farm said...

O My Gosh! I love that second pie! That's exactly what my family would do!!! Too funny

Laurie said...

I love the banana split cake. Yummo!
Happy Birthday to your hubby! You know Rachel Ray already had her ingredients out and measured before her show starts doesn't she. There must be lot's of editing done on her show! lol!
Hugs,
Laurie

Laurie said...

I love the banana split cake. Yummo!
Happy Birthday to your hubby! You know Rachel Ray already had her ingredients out and measured before her show starts doesn't she. There must be lot's of editing done on her show! lol!
Hugs,
Laurie

Christine said...

Oh My Gosh, I am sooooooooo going to make that cake. I couldn't take my eyes off of it!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

Hugs!

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

That chicken dish looks divine!

Linda said...

Hey..I live in Houston and I've given up on Flying Saucer Pie Company....I hate lines. Maybe I should not be so stiffnecked. ???
Happy birthday to your hubby!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Goodness, Miss Irma- I'm starving after reading this post!! That was too funny about the pie...
That meal sounds delicious, even if it did take two hours... I'll bet it was better than Rachel's anyway!