Friday, October 5, 2012

Cat vs. Human

Seriously, it's like this blog knows my life. Cat versus human. In my household it's human versus cat. And Raven always wins. Jerk.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DIY #BonefishGrill Bang Bang Shrimp

Have you ever had Bonefish Grill? They are very yummy. The hubby and I love Bang Bang Shrimp. Seriously. I could eat a whole helping. Don't judge me.

Because we are really trying to save money (being a grown-up sucks!) we've decided to cut back on our eating out and recreate dishes at home. Nom.

So, I present you with the DIY Bang Bang Shrimp recipe.

Yes, I need a fancier title....

And a more appetizing picture.......

Thank you Fake Ginger for this delicious recipe, below!

Bang Bang Shrimp
Yield: 2 – 4 as appetizer
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
For the sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4-5 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
For the egg mixture:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
For the breading mixture:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
For frying:
  • 8 to 12 cups vegetable oil
  1. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.
  2. Combine beaten egg with milk in shallow bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, panko, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil in another shallow bowl; set aside.
  4. Bread the shrimp by first coating each with the breading mixture. Dip breaded shrimp into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the breading. Arrange the coated shrimp on a plate and pop them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This step will help the breading to stick on the shrimp when they are frying.
  5. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Use amount of oil required by your fryer.
  6. When oil is hot, fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on rack or paper towels.
  7. When all shrimp has been fried, drop the shrimp into a large bowl. Spoon about ¼ cup of sauce over shrimp and stir gently to coat.
I followed the directions and recipe to a T and I wouldn't change anything. Except I didn't have onion powder, so I omitted that. I'd add it next time.

C and I then made Bang, Bang Tacos. We used spanish rice, the bang bang shrimp, lettuce, tomato and sour cream in tortillas and man. I'm fat and happy!

Have you ever recreated a recipe from a restaurant? I'd love to hear your finds!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DIY Hair Tie

Have you heard of Twistbands? If not, I talk about them here.I love them. I really, really do. However, I wanted to create some of my own because, let's face it, I'm cheap.

I found a fabulous tutorial here and got to work!

First, I poured my elastic on the counter. Because, you know, counters are the best place to work (so close to the fridge! NOM)

I then mastered my game plan. So, the tutorial says measure 9 inches. Since my lazy butt was already plopped at the table, rather than getting up and walking upstairs to grab a tape measure I used a dollar bill, which is 7 inches and eyeballed the extra two. I never claimed to be a measuring wiz, folks.

Step two:

I tied a knot, and used a lighter to burn the edges, so it wouldn't fray. Viola. Easiest DIY EVER!

And there ya have it!

Now I shall never lose a Twistband again!

Happy crafting!