Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rate: Quiki Post

I have to apologize for the lack of posting this past few months. Life gets to everyone and I've been distracted here and there with different activities and such. But I do want to continue posting, I want everyone to know my love for food and sweets. Even if it's been harder than usual for me to eat those things.

I'd like to think I was cured from my eating disorder but the truth is, I'll never be 100% and I never have. I have to adjust to my disease and cope with it. Some days are harder than others but I'm managing. The positive thing right now is that I'm alive and trying my hardest everyday to combat this disorder.

In any event, I have some quiki reviews for you guys! While I haven't been able to take pictures of my test foods, I've been able to make some clear reviews. Here's the low down,

Let's start off with MiO: Blueberry Pomegranate.


When I heard of the choices I had in MiO flavors, I was excited. Fruit Punch, Peach Mango and Blueberry Pomegranate? Sounds good to me! But I did notice when I saw this at the store (Target), it was more expensive than I thought. On sale it was 3.50. Pricey! Not when I can get 'Market Pantry' drinks for 2 bucks. But I sucked up by penny-pinching ways and picked up a bottle to test. Blueberry sounded best, so I went with that one.
When I brought it home, I wasted no time in testing it! I grabbed a cup and filled it with water. I opened the package and sniffed. I have to admit, it smelled a bit...chemically. But I squirted twice into my cup anyhow. When I drank I have to admit it tasted quite a bit like Nyquil. Is it supposed to taste like that? Not to mention it tasted like WATERED DOWN Nyquil. Needless to say I gave it a third squirt and it made little difference. I wouldn't waste my money on another bottle of Blueberry Pomegranate or any other flavor.

Mc Donald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.


When I saw that Mickey D's had a new creation at there Mc Cafe I was in such a good mood! Frozen lemonade, my favorite! So yesterday I took a trip down to my local restaurant to get a taste. I ordered a small and was amazed at the pretty yellow and pink colors in my cup. Then I tasted it. At first it was a lovely blend of tartness and sweetness, just how lemonade should be. But then I allowed the liquid to settle in the back of my mouth. What did I taste? Utter bitterness. It made me gag, really it did. It was a terrible taste. So I thought this might be do to the strawberry flavoring at the bottom of the cup so I swirled my straw around in my cup and took a second sip.

Terrible. I gagged for a second time. This was just awful, the worst lemonade I'd ever had. But I tried to look on the bright side, when I got home, I tried adding a bit of Sweet 'N Low. It did change the bitterness a tad but not enough for me. My Dad finished the rest off for me. To quote him he said, "Does this have vodka in it?"

Enough said.


All in all I have to give both of these items a 0 out of 5. The only thing good about the MiO was that it was sugar-free. The lemonade? It was pretty to look at! Not a great way to start off the month but I'll keep trying new foods and reporting on them!

Much love,
Cat

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rate: Lean Cuisine: Chicken Parmesan

So, right now I'm eating Lean Cuisine, Chicken Parmesan. Its something random I know, but I had to try it. Let's get the low down.

It takes about 6 and half minutes to cook this bad boy in the microwave. The smell that enters the air is heavy. I can smell the basil sauce, for sure. So it smells promising.

When I get it out of the microwave, I see very thin noodles. Okay, I can dig that. The piece of chicken is huge which is a plus. Also, a bit of cheese is sprinkeled on the top for my pleasure. I pull off the plastic and begin to chow down.

There isn't alot of tomato sauce in this meal. In replacement, there is a lot of tomato chunks. Am I a fan of this? The kid in me would say 'no', but I'm willing to try it. I wrap a small bunch of noodles on my fork and manage to grab a tomato chunk in the process. Hm. The noodles are cooked perfectly. Nice. But there isn't a lot of depth to the sauce. The basil I had smelled while it was cooking? I tasted more basil in the air then I did in the sauce. Although I am surprised by the amount of flavor in the tomato chunk. A pleasant surprise. Not for the chicken.

I take a chuck of chicken and place it in my mouth. Wow, why does this taste deep fried? Whatever it is, I like it! It is a tasty, juicy piece of chicken, something I wasn't expecting. Although on the downside, I notice that this chicken is a bit hard to cut and a bit chewy.

Overall a nice dish. I'm sure I'll be hungry again in a few hours. Not bad but I've had better in the frozen section of my grocery store. I wouldn't buy it again. I'll give Lean Cuisine: Chicken Parmesan a: 2 out of 5.

Much Love,
Cat

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bake: Oatmeal Scotchies

Tryin' it on new grounds.

I love oatmeal cookies. Who doesn't?When I saw Hershey's Butterscotch chips at the store, I had to give them a try. On the back of the package was a recipe, THIS recipe! I was nervous about making it at first, but then I gave it a try! And let me tell you, they were superb. The best cookies I've had in a long time. Now, the recipe's cookie doesn't turn out very big or very fluffy. Its a dense, small cookie. But it is SO good. You have to give it a try, even if you don't like Butterscotch. I didn't, but I gave it a shot anyway. And boy was I surprised! Here's the recipe,

Hershey's Oatmeal Scotchies
-3/4 cup: butter
-3/4 cup: granulated sugar
-3/4 cup: packed light brown sugar
-2 eggs
-1 teaspoon: vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cups: white flour
-1 teaspoon: baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon: ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon: salt
-3 cups: quick cooking or regular rolled oats
-1 3/4 cups: Hershey’s butterscotch chips

~Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with tin foil.~

In a smaller bowl, sift together your dry ingredients. Set aside. Then in a larger mixing bowl, cream together your sugars and butter. Add in your eggs and vanilla, mix well. Then add in your dry mix, a little at a time until it is completely combined. Add in your oats and butterscotch chips. Bake in your oven for 8-10 minutes.

Much Love,
Cat 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rate: Snickers Peanut Butter Squared

Testin' out the square.

So, at my local Walgreen's I saw a special on the new Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. This is a Snickers bar, cut into to halves, and filled with a layer of creamy peanut butter. Is it worth it? Well, I'm here to fill you  in! Here's my low down.

When I first open the package I see two pieces of candy. The serving is, of course, one piece. Would this be enough to satisfy my chocolate/peanut butter craving? It wasn't looking so good for the Snickers bar! I was very tempted to eat the whole thing and hey, why not? I deserve it. Before I take my first bite, I slice the candy bar in half. I wanted to see how much peanut butter I was getting in to. Here is what I saw.


I can see that a large amount of this candy bar is indeed peanut butter. (Its the the stuff in the center.) I can also see that they use whole peanuts in this small candy bar. Hm, this should be interesting. When I take my first whiff of this candy bar I don't smell anything out of the ordinary, it smells like a Snickers bar. When I take my first bite I notice the caramel and whole nuts. Crunchy, that's good. But wheres the peanut butter? I chew and chew and begin to notice that this candy bar is very, very chewy. Not so good with my jaw. Its popping all over the place! I begin to taste the very faint flavor of peanut butter. Then the nougat. You know, for as much peanut butter that appears in this candy, I can hardly taste it. This disappoints me. The nuts have more flavor then the peanut butter itself!

So what do I do when I finish this first piece of candy. I find that the single piece has satisfied my hunger. It's just the right amount of sweetness for me...for now. So I put my Snickers Peanut Butter Squared in the freezer for later eating.

But I notice when I go back later to eat my candy bar, it actually tastes better! When frozen, the peanut butter flavor is enhanced. Whatever magic my freezer did to this bar, it was nice.

Over all would I recommend this? No, not really. I wouldn't buy it again so I can't really recommend it. It had little peanut butter flavor and even when it was frozen for a long period of time, it wasn't enough peanut buttery goodness for me. The whole peanuts do add a good crunch but its not enough for me. Since I wouldn't purchase this again, I can't give it a high score. Sorry.

Snickers Peanut Butter Squared gets a 2 out of 5.


Much love,
Cat

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bake: Strawberry Shortcake

Out of season

At a recent trip to Japan Town, I tried a small slice of strawberry cake. While I was eating it, I discovered that it had little to no taste at all. At three bucks for a single slice, I was saddened. Then I was inspired to make my own! Although, I wanted to try making a shortcake. This was my result. I found this recipe and modified it just a tad.

When I went to cut this cake in half (to place the berries inside the cake) I noticed that this cake was very dry. It began to crumble and fall apart in my hands. I was sad at this sight. My cake had fallen apart before I had a chance to taste it! I continued and placed my shortcake on a plate and topped it with strawberries. It wasn't pretty, but it was done.

The taste. It was alright. Like I saw from cutting the cake, it was dry, but this IS a shortcake. It did taste better once I allowed the strawberry juices to sink into it. It was better but not what I expected. Would I try this again? Maybe, if I had more strawberries. (And of course, I wouldn't attempt to cut it this time.) Its a basic recipe that is simple to make. Worth the time if you don't have a lot of extra ingredients or time.


Strawberry Shortcake
-1lb of sliced strawberries
-1/2 cup: white granulated sugar
-2 cups: all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons: white granulated sugar
-3 teaspoons: baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon: salt
-1/2 cup: butter
-1 egg
-1/2 cup: milk

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Then in a medium sized bowl combine the sliced strawberries with the 1/2 cup of sugar and set aside. In a larger bowl sift together the flour/sugar/baking powder/salt. Cut in the 1/2 cup of butter until the mixture's texture is crumbly. In a small cup break the egg and beat t. Add the milk after and slowly combine it with your dry mixture. Place in a greased 8 inch baking pan and bake it for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before releasing it from the pan and letting it cool on cooling rack. Add your berries and sugar and serve with whipped cream.

Much love,
Cat.