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Monday, May 24, 2010

Arepas ... and a giveaway


update: 5/31 @ 5:42pmEST. Congrats to Carter @ The Kitchenette. Please email or DM your info, as well as let me know what Angry Asian Creation you're interested in. thanks to everyone for participating!

as promised, there is going to be a giveaway. but first, my submission for June/July's Beet 'N Squash Battle Corn.

arepas



i'm early but i have a wicked busy june. i used Nuria's friend's recipe for arepas and kinda felt my way thru the process. Nuria helped out tremendously and as luck would have it, our friend Andreas came over for dinner and he taste tested. he's from columbia and so is very familiar with this dish. it was denser than i expected but both Nuria & Andreas enjoyed it, they just kept snacking on it throughout the meal. i served it with a very light yogurt mixture of lemon, chopped cilantro, jalepeno and onions.

Arepas
adapted and inspired from Nuria's friend Ana and sixoneseven

2 cups super fine cornmeal
2 tsp salt
1 TBL, heaping sugar
approx. 15 TBL warm skim milk, added one by one. could require more or less*
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 jalapeno, diced, to your taste
cilantro, minced fine, to your taste
1 cup corn kernals (i used canned & drained it till VERY DRY)
veggie oil for frying

from Ana, she said to knead the cornmeal, salt & sugar together, adding in the liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is elastic. the dough is ok when you can make them into balls without breaking. from there, add the minced onion, jalapeno and cilantro. if more liquid is needed, add it, again 1 tablespoon at a time. then fold in the corn. allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.

when ready to cook, form small patties, about palm size, 1/2" thick. fry in hot oil until golden brown. drain on paper towels.

it was all around lovely...

140/365

ok, as promised on Friday, i am hosting a giveaway this week. the prize is the cookbook itself (which showcases gourmet meals on a budget) but to sweeten the pot, i will also include an original angry asian creation, be it yarn, stuffed animal or art on canvas. the publisher will only ship in the US but since i am international and i seem to have more international readers than domestic, i will keep this giveaway open for outside the US as well. should a non-US reader win, i'll just have the publisher ship the cookbook to me and i will then forward to the winner myself. done.

onto the rules:

1) Leave a comment telling me what your money saving tips are in regards to food consumption/prepping/shopping? Tell me all about it!

2) For a second chance to win, tweet about this giveaway, be sure to include my handle @angry_asian and come back and leave a comment linking me to the tweet. (and seriously, don't be a stranger on twitter, i don't bite).

3) Visit Poor Girl Gourmet's page (she is also hosting a giveaway), comment on her most recent post, and come back & leave a comment linking me to it.

that is THREE ways you can enter into this giveaway.

Giveaway ends Monday May 31st, 2010 at 5pmEST. One winner only. Winner chosen by Random.org.

44 comments:

  1. Great giveaway, thanks!
    To save money I shop often enough and in quantities not exaggerated. Buy fruit and vegetables in season and when prices are at their lowest increase in the quantity and frozen.
    Barbara
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

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  2. I visideted Visit Poor Girl Gourmet's page and commented on her most recent post:
    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2579316918993282990&postID=5946881957104618448

    Barbara
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

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  3. Awesome! Thanks, Lan! I'm looking forward to reading your readers methods for saving money on food!
    Take care,
    Amy

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  4. Oh, wait! P.S. I want a giraffe and art on canvas, and a blanket! What a great giveaway! YAY!

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  5. I try to use as many coupons as possible and check flyers for sales on things I need :D

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  6. Saving money for us means a little extra work for me (but hey, I've got the time). I clip coupons (only for the things we buy), search out savings, buy local produce (and very occasionally meat), and buy pantry essentials as much in bulk and/or on sale whenever I can. I've started a very small veg garden alongside the backyard fence, and I'm starting to forage now that things are coming into season (like blackberries).

    Of course, the husband doesn't know or think about me doing all this, and I'd just as soon not tell him. :)

    Kate

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  7. Aaaaaaand I hung out at Amy's for a while and left a comment on her blog.

    I feel like I've comment-raped your post enough now. :)

    Kate

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  8. I cook most things from scratch which is tiring but it is healthier as well as cheaper.
    I pop into the local shop a couple of times a week to catch the special offers espcially on 'market day' when vegetables are often less than half-price.
    I am also an expert at turning leftovers into delcious meals.

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  9. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/14669143270

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  10. Carter @ The KitchenetteMay 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    omg YOU MADE AREPAS. I love you. I saw a recipe for these in Gourmet a few years back, and I've been saving it to make with my cousin who LOVES arepas, but now I think I'll do a "dry run" haha... and eat them all myself. MWAHAHAHA.

    oh, and to save money with food costs, i try not to waste any food. I freeze any and all leftovers I have - pesto, biscuit dough, etc. I even froze extra red wine I had the other week and have been adding it to stocks and spaghetti sauce.

    I need a bigger freezer. Want to give away one of those???

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  11. those arepas look ridiculously good. i'm excited to read more money saving tips as well as reading more of amy's blog. we're continually trying to stay within budget and eat mostly vegan/raw foods. it's crazy how easily you can go through the entire budget in one trip.

    So i buy in bulk, no meat/dairy/eggs, cook from scratch, buy in season, a csa, sales, coupon (when i'm lucky enough to find one for something i actually buy), garden -including my window sill herbs, and i scrounge. let's be honest now, i love shopping from my parent's pantry. am i too old for that?

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  12. I'm all about coupons...coupons! :) When grocery shopping and going out to eat.

    thelittlekitchenblog (at) gmail (dot) com

    BTW- Your sock zebra is sooo darling!

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  13. hmm, i guess i just wait for the sales and stock up. so when my favorite brand of pasta goes for $1/box, i buy ten at once. i only wish i had more space.

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  14. I try to repurpose my leftovers. With extra Risotto I'll make Arancini or risotto cakes. I hate to waste anything : ) I also try to buy my meats on Wednesdays {when they're on special at my grocer}

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  15. Awesome arepas!

    I shop frequently, only buying what I plan on using in the next couple days. Otherwise, things have a tendency to get overlooked and end up being thrown out.

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  16. My friends have always been in awe that I prepare a weekly menu & shop once a week. With the downturn of the economy I had to get creative as our budget for EVERYTHING shrank. Now I menu plan & shop once a month & join my friends in agreement that, I Am Awesome! The meals I plan are simple yet balanced, flavorful & beautifully plated most of the time. I use fresh vegetables & fruits the first half of the month & start using the frozen veggies & fruits towards the end. All the leftovers get eaten & we no longer have waste. I think I do very well since I buy as many organics as possible & spend only 400 a month. This includes wine & household items like toilet paper, dish soap etc. My budget is for 2 people & we rarely eat out. I make time to cook because I enjoy it & feel it is the secret ingredient to our delicious marriage. REALLY!

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  17. umm. honestly?? ok, my dirty little secret - I shop at casa de mommy sometimes. it's REALLY cheap there. plus she's got so much crap she never even notices.

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  18. How can I pass up the chance for a handmade Angry Asian Creation? :)

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  19. Here's the link to my comment on Amy's giveaway.

    Oops. Money-saving tip? Don't shop at expensive grocery stores. Seriously. People complain about Whole Foods prices, yet they still shop there. Farmers' markets are great for organic or freshly-picked fruits and vegetables and the ones in SoCal sell them for $1 a bunch. Asian grocery stores are great for cilantro and green onions for less than a quarter. Look at local grocery store ads and buy when they have special sales and stock up.

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  20. And my tweet . I think that covered all my bases. :P

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  21. My money-saving tip is one I wish I followed more often: plan ahead. When I know what I'm going to buy at the store because I know what I'm going to make for the next week or so, I do so much better, financially speaking. But when I go in without a plan, it's ridiculous how crazy I'll spend. Bah.

    PS: Tweeted!

    PPS: Commented at Poor Girl Gourmet! (after Val S and before kittiesx3)

    PPPS: Does the contest end May 31?

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  22. I usually look for reduced meat and purchase it in big amounts. Last week, I found breakfast sausage in a tube (Bob Evans brand) for 99 cents per tube. It usually retails for $3.29. So, I bought 12 of them. Yup 12. I use it for casseroles, dirty rice, sausage gravy with biscuits, sausage patties for breakfast, stuffing etc. So, when things go on sale, I try to take real advantage of the sale.

    I clip coupons, watch sales, buy at the good will store and shop at the end of the season. Last year I got 4 pairs of shorts at K mart for 50 cents each. I just try to know what prices are like at stores, so when I see a good price, I get it.

    I also pick a lot of my own fruit, freeze it or make jam for the whole year. Pick it is cheaper then purchasing it at the road side and it is a lot of fun!

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  23. Love your blog! I have been trying to buy produce that is in season and learning how to use as much of it as possible. In the process I've become more aware of how to use my freezer to make batches of soups and other items that can be made in bulk.

    Here's the link to the comment I left at Poor Girl Gourmet.
    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2579316918993282990&postID=5946881957104618448

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  24. I buy a lot of foods in bulk (beans, lentils, grains, etc) and try to use spices to flavor things. I try to buy as little amounts of premade/prepackaged foods as possible!

    thewideworldof (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. commented on poor girl gourmet's blog:

    http://poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com/2010/05/poor-girl-gourmet-giveaway-with-all.html

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  26. Congratulations to Carter @ The Kitchenette! I love reading everyone's money-saving solutions - fabulous!

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  27. thanks so much everyone for participating. i LOVED reading your tips on how to save $.

    i enjoyed this giveaway so much, i just might have to look for a reason to do another one again soon.

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  28. thanks so much everyone for participating. i LOVED reading your tips on how to save $.

    i enjoyed this giveaway so much, i just might have to look for a reason to do another one again soon.

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  29. commented on poor girl gourmet's blog:

    http://poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com/2010/05/poor-girl-gourmet-giveaway-with-all.html

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  30. umm. honestly?? ok, my dirty little secret - I shop at casa de mommy sometimes. it's REALLY cheap there. plus she's got so much crap she never even notices.

    ReplyDelete
  31. My friends have always been in awe that I prepare a weekly menu & shop once a week. With the downturn of the economy I had to get creative as our budget for EVERYTHING shrank. Now I menu plan & shop once a month & join my friends in agreement that, I Am Awesome! The meals I plan are simple yet balanced, flavorful & beautifully plated most of the time. I use fresh vegetables & fruits the first half of the month & start using the frozen veggies & fruits towards the end. All the leftovers get eaten & we no longer have waste. I think I do very well since I buy as many organics as possible & spend only 400 a month. This includes wine & household items like toilet paper, dish soap etc. My budget is for 2 people & we rarely eat out. I make time to cook because I enjoy it & feel it is the secret ingredient to our delicious marriage. REALLY!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Awesome arepas!

    I shop frequently, only buying what I plan on using in the next couple days. Otherwise, things have a tendency to get overlooked and end up being thrown out.

    ReplyDelete
  33. hmm, i guess i just wait for the sales and stock up. so when my favorite brand of pasta goes for $1/box, i buy ten at once. i only wish i had more space.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I'm all about coupons...coupons! :) When grocery shopping and going out to eat.

    thelittlekitchenblog (at) gmail (dot) com

    BTW- Your sock zebra is sooo darling!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Carter @ The KitchenetteJanuary 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    omg YOU MADE AREPAS. I love you. I saw a recipe for these in Gourmet a few years back, and I've been saving it to make with my cousin who LOVES arepas, but now I think I'll do a "dry run" haha... and eat them all myself. MWAHAHAHA.

    oh, and to save money with food costs, i try not to waste any food. I freeze any and all leftovers I have - pesto, biscuit dough, etc. I even froze extra red wine I had the other week and have been adding it to stocks and spaghetti sauce.

    I need a bigger freezer. Want to give away one of those???

    ReplyDelete
  36. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/14669143270

    ReplyDelete
  37. Aaaaaaand I hung out at Amy's for a while and left a comment on her blog.

    I feel like I've comment-raped your post enough now. :)

    Kate

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh, wait! P.S. I want a giraffe and art on canvas, and a blanket! What a great giveaway! YAY!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Awesome! Thanks, Lan! I'm looking forward to reading your readers methods for saving money on food!
    Take care,
    Amy

    ReplyDelete
  40. Great giveaway, thanks!
    To save money I shop often enough and in quantities not exaggerated. Buy fruit and vegetables in season and when prices are at their lowest increase in the quantity and frozen.
    Barbara
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete