Wednesday, April 25, 2018

kroger™ copycat pad Thai sauce (tried and tested, for keeps)

When you like those American-style Pad Thai served by your local Thai restaurant, then you will like this pad Thai sauce recipe.

My local Smith's™ store seldom drop the price of their Kroger Pad Thai sauce. Plus, I live on the south side of town. It's like 4 miles away from my house. When these reasons are a hassle, you make it yourself (That is-if you have the ingredients! 😆).

I did! And so I made enough for 2 servings.

Here's a recipe of my American style Pad Thai. Note: if you are using my Pad Thai dish recipe, omit the tamarind paste after the "jar of pad thai sauce" since you will be using this sauce recipe below which we already add tamarind paste in it. It is still optional though if you do not have the said ingredient.

Makes 1 cup. Good for 2 servings (4 cups) of pad Thai dish.

1/2 cup very hot water
1 T tamarind paste (optional)
1 T + 1 t chunky peanut butter
3 T sugar
2 T ketchup or 1 T tomato paste
1 T dark soy sauce or 2 T regular or low sodium soy sauce
2 T vinegar
2 T neutral cooking oil
1 t garlic powder
1 T oyster sauce

2 t fish sauce or 1 T anchovy paste (both optional). Use 1 t sea salt instead

Dissolve peanut butter in the hot water. Add the remaining ingredients starting with the sugar and ending with the fish sauce or salt. Stir until well combined. Set aside to cool at room temperature.

Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. Will keep for 1 month.

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated or connected to Kroger stores or Smith's and its affiliates-in any shape or form. I am not endorsing any of their company and if I do, I do it in my own free will. I am not being paid to do this. Thanks.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

pistachio-almond bostock and another version

I don't like french toast. sorry. I've tolerated so many french toasts-including the french toast I MAKE which is seldom and is actually pretty good-according to the hubby-bee.

I've had french toasts made by my mother in law, by a hotel kitchen, chain diners, local breakfast place, etc. Just because I thought the people making them was the problem. I realized after maybe my 12th french toast samplings, it was me who's the culprit. I just don't understand the sogginess of the eggs in the bread then more sogginess by the syrup in it. Sorry again.

Like the break-up line "it's me, it's not you" is true when it comes to french toast.

Without researching, I later found out there's an alternative for French toast: the Bostock. It's the real french toast from France and it's easier to make. It's not soggy after being cooked and there are other alternative ingredients to make it. Well, at least in my opinion. You know me: the 'substituter' (and yes-there is NO word like that!)

Bostock is typically made with a slice of brioche (an egg-y, buttery, French loaf of bread) smeared with  frangipane (almond butter or paste mixed with eggs and sugar) and topped with slivered almonds, baked for a few minutes and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I haven't blogged about the Almond Bostock recipe because it's actually all over the internet for you and me to find.

I have some jars of pistachio butter/paste laying around. I bought it on clearance. What better way to use it but to make a pistachio-almond bostock. I don't have pistachios but I have the slivered almonds, so that's what I used on top of the frangipane.

You will need: 

1 quarter sized pan/cookie sheet (9 x 13) or any size
1 pastry brush


4, 2" slices of brioche bread
1 cup pistachio butter or paste
1 egg
1 T sugar
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/3 cup anisette wine
1/2-2/3 c slivered almonds
2 T powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350° F. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper

In a small bowl, stir together pistachio butter or paste, egg, sugar and vanilla extract. set aside. Brush 1 side of the sliced breads with the anisette wine. Equally spread the pistachio-egg mixture on the anisette side of each sliced bread.

Bake on center rack for 5 minutes or when tops of each bread are bubbly and light brown. Remember, there's egg in this recipe. They are ready when bottom of each bread are slightly toasted.

  • PB & J Bostock. 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 2 T honey, 1/4 t vanilla extract. Stir to combine well. 1/2 c concord grape jam (crushed grapes) or jelly (juice of grapes). Raw, dried peanuts. Powdered sugar.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Special Tor-tang Talong (eggplant omelette or foo yong) with Ham. EASY recipe.

To print recipe immediately, click print friendly link on the top right of this post.

If your eggplant is large and wide instead of long, like the Chinese/Japanese kind-you "Improvise, adapt, overcome." (Quoting again Clint Eastwood from the movie "Heartbreak Ridge" 😁). 

Here I sliced the eggplant crosswise and grill them already cut instead of grilling it whole. I did not dip it but cooked it like an egg foo yong as I do not want the eggs mixture wasted. 

Some people brush it with oil first before grilling. Some even pan fry it to pre-cook the eggplant. And some par-boil it. I just grill it as it is since I do not want it too greasy or 'wet' or soggy before even the final cooking. Eggplant is a very watery vegetable, hence I don't want the extra liquid in it.

This is a recipe created around 1 jumbo eggplant. If you have the long ones, just work around this recipe to make your 'tortang talong' a reality.


1 jumbo or xlarge eggplant (About 8 x 4)
8 eggs
3 t flour
1/4 c milk 
1/3 c finely chopped onion
1/2 c finely chopped cooked ham (optional)
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t cracked black pepper
2 t sea salt
Cooking oil  


1/3 c low sodium soy sauce
3 T fish sauce (Optional; subs w/ soy sauce.)
2 T lemon juice

Stir to combine. Set aside. You can also eat this with (banana or regular tomato) ketchup instead.


1. Slice the eggplant crosswise 1" thick. My eggplant had 9 slices. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients (except the cooking oil) until well incorporated.

2. Preheat your grill to 450° F. Grill the sliced eggplants-2 minutes each side or until each side is black (but not burnt) and the middle/inside part is squishy wet. Try poking it with a fork or a quick press with your forefinger. It should not bounce back and feels like a wet foam.

3. Preheat 1/3 c cooking oil on medium high heat in a wide, flat frying pan; 2 minutes. Place the grilled eggplants in threes or fours, depending upon the size of your frying pan. Scoop 1/4 c eggs mixture on top of each eggplant. It will cook quickly if you preheated your pan well, so be ready with your spatula.

4. As soon as you notice that the bottom of the eggs has cooked, make a cut using your spatula in between the egg mixture in 3's or fours to separate the eggs. Then turn each eggplant to cook the other side.5. Pour 1 T of egg mixture on each eggplant to coat the hot/cooked side (facing you.

5. Flip two more times each side to fully cook and set the eggs-ham mixture on the eggplant.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    Crispy baked wedge potatoes with sweet-sour-creamy dipping sauce

    Perfect partners!


    2 long and large potatoes or 4 medium
    1/3 c cooking oil of choice (pref. w/ high smoking point: vegetable, corn, canola, peanut)
    2/3 c all-purpose flour
    1 T sea salt
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t onion powder
    1 t paprika
    1 t chili powder (New Mexico or California)
    1 t cracked black pepper


    Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly brush oil on a large metal baking sheet. (Or 18 x 26 cookie sheet.)

    Peel and cut each potato in 6 wedges (at least 1" thick) or slices or in fours if you are using a medium sized potato. Microwave for 2 minutes. The idea is to half cook the potato. Set aside to cool completely.

    In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients except the oil and potatoes.

    In a another bowl, coat the potato wedges in oil. Throw in the dry mixture and using a fish spatula or your hand, combine altogether to mix with the potato/oil mixture.

    Arrange potato wedges in 1 layer-2" apart-on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 mins or until medium brown on top and bottom or it makes a sound when tapped with a fork. (It means crunchy/crispy!)

    Cool for 15 minutes before sampling.


    Whisk and combine well 1 cup cold mayonnaise, 1/4 c cold sweet and sour sauce and 2 T sriracha hot sauce in a bowl. Chill for 20 mins if using room temperature ingredients.