Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cowboy Beans

This recipe here is slightly modified from other versions that I have seen in the past. Basically, for those not familiar, cowboy beans are really smoky, stewed beans. Almost like a cross between a good bean chili and baked beans. This is actually very easy to make. Here is the recipe:


½ cup Diced Bacon
½ onion diced (any color is fine, to your taste)
5 cloves garlic minced
1.5 cups stock (chicken or beef)
2 cups black beans (divide into 2 batches of 1 cup each)
2 cups red kidney beans
1 cup white beans
1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
½ cup Spanish cured chorizo, sliced
2 sliced jalapenos
1 whole jalapeno, chunked for pureeing
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
Thyme and oregano

Thani Thai

Thani Thai
11025 International Dr Ste F, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-9733

Siddharth and I have a love-hate relationship with Thai food. There are times we really enjoy Thai food and its flavors but we've had our fair share of unimpressive offerings.

On our third day in Orland, we had planned to venture to Sea World. Instead of eating theme park food, we decided to look for a restaurant in walking distance to the park. Sea World is located on International Drive, along with several chain restaurants catered to the tourists. Siddharth and I are not fans of chain restaurants and their marked up prices on bad food. A hotel employee suggested Thani Thai as an alternative.

Indochinese Fried Rice

Rice. Now there's something that billions of people around the world can agree on. And it also turns out to be something that Tricia and I both enjoy! There's so many things to do with rice, but one of my favorite ways to prepare it is fried. Fried rice is a highly variable dish- it originated as a way to take care of leftovers. Basically, you take last night's dried out rice and combine with other leftovers and maybe some fresh vegetables/sauces to create a new dish. Both Tricia and I have our own trademark versions of fried rice, differing in the sauces, vegetables, and seasoning we prefer to use. I like to experiment a lot though, so I recently decided to combine some Indian elements into fried rice to create something more distinctive. So here, I present the results for my "Indochinese fried rice"!