Sunday, 26 February 2012

Improvised Refried Beans

I don't have a lot of traditions or rituals that I follow. I like change, and I get bored easily. But there is one food-related tradition I will always enjoy: Friday Night Burritos. 

Burritos, like most Mexican food, are very versatile. However, there is one make-or-break ingredient to having top-notch burritos, and that would be refried beans. Refried Beans are red kidney beans cooked down into a mushy paste and seasoned to perfection. They supply the texture and flavour that make burritos so delicious. Despite what others might say, they truly are the magical fruit.

So you can imagine how upset I was Friday night when, halfway through making burritos, I opened up the kitchen cabinet and found no refried beans. Normally a quick trip to the grocery store could've solved this, but the beauty of Friday Night Burritos is that the cooking is part of the festivities. My roommate and I had already had a few beverages, so driving anywhere would not be an option. 

Desperate to have a complete burrito night, I dug back into the cabinet and pulled out a can of black beans. 

"Aha!" I surely exclaimed as I ran to my computer to google if you could make refried black beans.

Turns out you can, and it's ridiculously simple.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Due to technical difficulties...

I had an excellent post planned for today. I made a stir fry. It was delicious. I took pictures, lots of them, and they looked good.

Unfortunately, my phone neglected to tell me there was no room to save the pictures, so they pretty much evaporated as soon as I took the next one.

So, unfortunately today there is

Monday, 13 February 2012

A Vegetative State of Mind: Chick Pea Pasta

 If you haven't already noticed, there's a theme in all the previous meals I've posted here on Bachelor Chow....

Meat. And lots of it.

Now, as an unabashed carnivore, this is just in my nature. But I've been asked by some loyal readers to branch out and try making something a little more vegetarian friendly.

However, I am a firm believer that every proper meal should contain complex carbohydrates, fibre and protein, the latter of which is hard to find in vegetarian cuisine.  Essentially, I needed a meat substitute. Tofu wasn't going to cut it. My solution?

Monday, 6 February 2012

Superbowl Snack: Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

It's funny how our society associates events with some weird nutritional traditions. 

Take the Superbowl, for example. The Superbowl represents the pinnacle of athletic achievement - the world's most highly-trained athletes facing off for four hours of brutal competition with the whole world watching. Reaching this game has taken each participant years of training, practice, and self-denial. 

So how do we honour these modern-day gladiators that populate our televisions for one Sunday early in February? 

We get drunk and gorge on fatty foods, of course.