Thursday, January 29, 2009

Burger King Angry Whopper taste test

Ok, this burger is not anywhere on my list of healthy choices. It is probably around 900-1000 calories, and most of that is fat. But, I live dangerously.

Anyway, I've read that the burge is too hot (spicy) and the commercials also indicate it is painfully hot.

It has sliced jalapenos, jack cheese, and hot (spicy) onions.

Ok, first off, I like eating hot things. Not crazy hot, like habaneros, but I often will kick up things with jalapenos, and always sprinkle hot pepper on my pasta. I like putting Frank's Red Hot sauce on most things. On a 1-10 scale, I'd put Frank's at a 2. When I buy jarred salsa, I usually get mild because that is what the Mrs prefers, and she winds up adding jalapenos to it. Go figure.

The burger is not that hot. It's ok. I've had one for dinner a couple times, and once it was mild as could be, and the second it was much spicier. I counted 8 jalapeno slices the second time, but didn't notice how many the first. I doubt there were that many, though.

My final rating?

If you like your food hot and spicy, it is a nice change of pace. Don't expect it to be painfully hot, because it's not. If a bell pepper is your idea of eating spicy food, then don't even think of trying this. I'd rate the burger a 2 on the heat/spiciness scale.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My breakfast recipe

The official diabetic breakfast is oatmeal.

There are qite a few reasons for this. Perhaps the best is that is is metabalized slowly, which is best for diabetics. The second, of course, is the fiber, which is beneficial for everyone. And it turns out that the best reason of all to have oatmeal for a diabetic is that it tastes great with cinnamon. This spice has been shown to help regulate sugar in diabetics.

I don't eat the quick oats that everyone sticks in the microwave. I prefer McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal

This takes a while to cook (30 minutes or more) so what I do is make a double batch (8 servings) so I only need to make it every week or so.
In the morning, I ladle out a portion, add a raw egg, sprinkle on some cinnamon, and heat it up until the egg is cooked.
It makes sort of a custard-like dish and tastes pretty good. It has a good amount of protein, plenty of fiber, and enough carbs for good energy to start the day.

BTW, I did want to mention that this isn't one of those paid posts. McCann's isn't paying me. This is what I eat when I'm doing the right thing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Easy salsa recipe and bonus

My humorblogger buddy Ettarose
was kind enough to share these easy recipes. They sound quick and simple, and the ingredients are controlled, nothing unpronounceable.

Three 15 oz. Cans Fumanos brand canned tomatoes with green chilis.
Three large Jalapeno peppers.
Garlic powder 1 tblsp Onion salt 1 tblsp
Salt to taste
I drain the juice from the tomatoes into the blender. I add all spices listed, cut the jalapenos into pieces and blend very well until peppers are very finely chopped. Pour into large bowl. Add one can tomatoes to blender and blend for a couple of seconds, just enough to make the chunks a little smaller. Add each can one at a time and empty into bowl with base liquid. Stir well, add additional spices if necessary and that is it. Very, very good and so easy to make. For a variation I sometimes add a couple of small cans of salad shrimp and green onions.

Gringo Spanish rice
2 pounds hamburger
Salt/pepper to taste
3 tsp chili powder
2 cups minute rice
15 oz can stewed tomatoes
Grated cheddar cheese
Brown two pounds hamburger and drain. Add stewed tomatoes and spices. Add rice and approx. one half can water. Simmer until rice is tender. Top with grated cheddar cheese and cover until cheese is melted.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Attitude

I'm starting to try to find new recipes that multi-task (several different meals from one preparation) and also ones that don't usually store well. For example, in the past, I've made pasta fagioli in a slightly different way so that it may be stored. I'm going to start measuring so my recipes can be shared. Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is welcome to email me to share a favorite food or recipe or any food related stuff.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Coffee Contest

I just entered a contest to win a great coffee Keurig maker (list price $199) at

I have an older, less fancy model, but I can assure you, it is a really great machine. It brews one cup at a time, which is perfect in our household. It uses those little cups of premeasured grounds, but an adapter is included to use your favorite brew.

In sorta related news, I am working on becoming an affiliate with a coffee distributor, and will let you know more as the story develops.

I love coffee.