Smashed Sweet Potato Delight

There is no link for this recipe because I made it up myself with some help from my mom and dad. This recipe serves 5.

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 dried habanero pepper, flaked (any spicy pepper will work)
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

 

Directions:

1)      Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2)      Scrub the sweet potatoes to get the skins clean

3)      Boil the sweet potatoes in a pot of water for 40 minutes on medium high

4)      While the sweet potatoes are boiling, add oil and butter to a frying pan and heat on medium high

5)      When the oil is hot, add the onion, red pepper, garlic, and dried habanero pepper

6)      Sauté until the onion and red pepper are soft

7)      Add the turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper

8)      Stir thoroughly to mix the spices and turn down pan to low

9)      When the potatoes are cooked, remove from water and place on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray

10)   Using a potato masher, smash the potatoes about halfway flat

11)   Spread the frying pan mixture over the smashed potatoes

12)   Sprinkle cheese over potatoes

13)   Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is golden brown

 

I added cheese because I was afraid that the habanero pepper would be too spicy, but it turns out that it wasn’t, so next time I might leave the cheese out. Overall, it turned out very yummy and I liked how the spices and the potato went together. You should definitely try this recipe.

 

P.S. I added radishes fresh from out garden with butter and salt as a small side dish. They were really great too. But be careful – they can be really hard to chew!

 

By Turtle

 

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Kentucky Shakespeare’s Henry V

Today we went to Shakespeare in the Park’s Henry V. It helped us when the park put a Facebook post on our mom’s wall (They probably put on other grown-ups walls too) with a link to a trailer about the show. It helped us understand the play a lot. It was a very good play.

So you don’t get confused all the characters stay on stage for most of the show. The French were on the right and the English were on the left. This helps so you don’t get confused because of the large number of characters. We liked all the characters but our 2 favorite characters are the Dauphin (played by Tony Milder), heir to the French throne, because he always had good ideas about what to do next. We thought a scene that was funny was when Henry V got some tennis balls from the Dauphin. But they weren’t green and fuzzy; they were brown and solid which I found a bit creepy. He also came up with most of the ideas to win against the English. Mr. Milder also played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We also liked Princess Catherine (played by Megan Massie) because it was funny when she was learning English. She seemed really into figuring out how to say hands, fingers, nails, arm, elbow, neck, feet, and gown. Ms. Massie played Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our favorite part of the play was the big fight scenes near the end because it was full of action and the actors show a lot of strong emotions. Also, the people that were in the fight scene were always coming on and off stage. While watching the show, if the wording gets confusing in the play then don’t worry – it will get less confusing later. This is a great example of a show that has everything. It has plotting, battles, inspiring speeches, and even some romance (if you’re into that).

To top it off we want to say this is a very excellent play and you should come see it. It shows Tuesday July 1st through Sunday July 6th and again in repertory July 15th through the 26th. Also, if you watch all 8 plays and get a card stamped (they have them at a table in the back of the audience next to the building), you will get a Festival t-shirt.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Today I went to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and it was very fun. On the 3rd floor there were designs for pavilions for the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. They were all really cool. My favorite was called the Inflatable Wonkule. It had a cool hexagon pattern on it.

On the 1st floor they had super cool art activities. The first was making living art where I painted with moss. It was kind of disgusting. The second was making a mask and putting on tissue paper to decorate it. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is on the Louisville Cultural Pass which is an added bonus

So to top it off I want to say that you should definitely go there because it is very fun and there is a lot to see.

By Turtle

 

I went to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. I had a lot of fun and it was interesting. I saw lots of art. There was a goat running through a mirror that if you look into the mirror it looks really weird because you would see your reflection and half of a goat. There was another piece of art where 2 squirrels where fighting and it was called “prize fight”. The squirrels actually had boxing gloves and clothes on. The last and my favorite is one called “drool”. It had a squirrel, a boar, a deer, and wolf with drops of water coming out of their mouths and it looked really cool.

By Moose

Tofu Enchiladas

I cooked Tofu Enchiladas yesterday and it was fun and really cool.

Ten Minute Tofu Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 2 12 ounce packages firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 16 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar
  • 5-8 flour tortillas

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pan, crumble the tofu and sauté in olive oil with taco seasoning until lightly golden brown and coated with spices.
  3. Transfer the sautéed tofu to a large bowl and add approximately 1/2 cup enchilada sauce and half of the cheese. Combine well.
  4. In the bottom of a baking pan or casserole dish, spread a thin layer, about 1/4 cup, of enchilada sauce.
  5. Place a few spoonfuls of the tofu mixture in each flour tortilla. Roll up and place in baking dish, stacking each enchilada closely.
  6. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the tortillas in the pan, and sprinkle the remaining of the cheese on top.
  7. Bake your tofu enchiladas for 20-25 minutes, or until done.

I pressed the tofu, poured the enchilada sauce, poured the taco seasoning, and poured the cheddar cheese. (Note the taco seasoning smelled a lot like the filling used for vegetarian tacos.) I loved this recipe because it’s delicious.

By Moose

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Indian Fish Coconut Curry Recipe

Indian Fish Coconut Curry Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless fish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 fully ripe tomato, diced or 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (cayenne)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 fresh chili peppers, cut in half lengthwise (optional) If you add chili peppers be careful because they are spicy. I didn’t add it because there is already chili powder.

Directions:

  1. Wash the fish and pat very dry. Cut the fish into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and swirl in the oil. When the oil is heated, add the onion, ginger and garlic. Turn the heat to medium-low and let the aromatics cook slowly. Sauté until very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Take care not to let it burn! If you hold the spoon closer to you when you stir it won’t be so hot.
  3. Add the tomato and sauté for another 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Use your spatula and smash the tomatoes a bit, to break them up. When we made it we didn’t smash the tomatoes since they were diced. I think it would be better if you didn’t either.
  4. Add the garam masala, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes. This is the masala (spice base).
  5. Turn the heat to medium-high. Pour in the coconut milk and the water. Add in the chili pepper if using. When the mixture comes to a good boil, add in the fish and cook for 4 minutes or so, until the fish is cooked through.

In my opinion this is one of the best recipes I have ever tasted especially with the fish and it was not that spicy so to top it all off I want to say you should try this recipe. It is GOOD.

By Turtle

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Music

We haven’t spoken about music for the WUOL Summer Listening program for a while. But here it is – 3 blogs for the price of one!!! (Note these are all music pieces.) They are called Orchestral Suite No. 2 by Bach, Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Brahms, and Flute Concerto in A Major by Carl Phillip Emanuele Bach.

I did an activity for each one. For Orchestral Suite No. 2 I colored a pattern full of words I thought of while I was listening. For Variations on a Theme of Haydn I drew lines to represent pitch and tempo. For Flute Concerto on A Major I wrote about the setting of the music, and what the characters do, and the conclusion. I wrote mine about the legendary ninja lumberjack that makes lots of sandwiches. But my mom didn’t like my epic idea; apparently she didn’t see ninjas in the music.

 

By Moose

StageOne Camps!

(I am writing because I got my registration for a StageOne Family Theatre DramaWorks Camp at Lincoln Performing Arts School)

I went to a StageOne Camp last year and it was AWESOME!!!!! They have great teachers like Ms. Talleri and Ms. Linsey. What I liked about camp was you got to play lots of games and learn a lot of things about DRAMA!!! One of the things you learn in camp is working together. I practiced this by playing a game where you mirror each other’s actions. Another lesson was raising your imagination beyond its limits. Last summer I was a detective, an astronaut, and a superhero!!! I can’t wait for camp this year!

By Moose