Microwave brownies? Is such a thing possible? Betty Crocker seems to think so.
Testing Banana Slicers
The title of the video pretty much tells you everything you need to know. I’m going to test two different banana slicers, one where I just push a banana shapped cutter down over the banana and another where I have to insert the banana in the cutter. Which cutter will be victorious? Will I end up injured again? Will I ever buy anything useful from Wish? How many times will Scout walk in front of the camera? Watch to find out the answers to these and many more questions!
Testing a Recipe: Pulled Banana Peel
In this video, I ask the question “Are banana peels edible?” by making pulled banana peel.
Here’s my recipe:
4 banana peels, stems removed, white pith scraped out
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp brown sugar
pinch ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch chili powder
1/4 cup water
3 shakes liquid smoke
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
Shred banana peels with a fork.
Heat olive oil in pan, add banana peels. Stir to coat banana peels with oil. Add spices, stir for a few seconds until spices become fragrant. Add water.
Cook until banana peel begins to soften.
Add liquid smoke. Continue cooking.
Add your favorite barbecue sauce.
Continue cooking until liquid reduces and banana peels are soft.
Serve with vinegar slaw or pineapple salsa.
Link to the inspiration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYPXkrWy7iY
Testing a Gadget: Jiffy Fries
Gobble, Meal Subscription Kit Review
Dish 1: Skillet Eggplant Lentil Moussaka with Greek Salad
Dish 2: Pesto Lasagna Rolls with Broccolini & Cherry Tomatoes
Dish 3: Almond-Crusted Barramundi with Arugula and Tomato Olive Relish
Will it Waffle? Mozzarella Sticks
Do frozen mozzarella sticks waffle? Watch to find out!
Testing a Gadget: Citrus Zester Reamer from Talisman Designs
This seems like an elegant solution to the problem of zesting and juicing citrus fruits, but does it work as well as the packaging suggests? Watch to find out!
Testing a Gadget: OXO Good Grips 3 in 1 Avocado Slicer
In this video, I try to avoid a serious case of avocado hand by using the OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer. It splits, it pits, and it slices, but does it do a good job with any of those tasks? Watch to find out.
Real Eats, meal subscription review
New Meal Subscription Review! I’ve been getting meal subscription boxes off an on for the past two years, but most of them have been ones I’ve already tried. This week, however, I decided to try something new: Real Eats.
Real Eats is a little different from the normal meal subscription service. It’s all boil-in-bag and ready in 6 minutes or less (great for my busy schedule). You just pop the packets in a pot of boiling water to heat them, and voila, you have delicious meal. Another benefit of Real Eats is that you can order single servings of up to 12 different dinners, so if you’re cooking for one, you won’t get bored!
Like other meal delivery services, the meals come in an insulated box with ice packs. The packaging was fairly standard, but there were no recipe cards since there’s no real cooking.
The major downside is the price of the box. The 4 dinner meal plan is $15 per meal or $60 per week. The cost per meal decreases with the number of meals, so the 6 dinner meal plan (the one I ordered) is $13.50 per meal or $81 per week, and the 12 dinner meal box is $12.50 per meal (or $150 per week). By comparison, the 6 plate plan with Blue Apron and Home Chef is $60. Real Eats also offers breakfasts which range from $6 per meal for 4 meals or $4 per meal for 12 meals.
Dish 1: Mushroom Ragout with Cheesy Polenta and Roasted Carrots
I was extremely impressed by the meal. The carrots needed a few flakes of salt, but the ragout and polenta were amazing. I wish I had the recipe because I would love to make it again. The sauce was silky smooth and the mushrooms were flavorful. The dish was garnished with marinated tomatoes which added a delightful hit of acid to the dish.
Removing the food from the bags kind of made me feel like I was eating like an astronaut. The downside was squeezing the hot food out of their bags. It was not fun for the fingers.
I don’t think I can understate how much I loved this dish. It was absolutely perfect. It was a great meal to start my experience with Real Eats. It doesn’t look like they change the entire list of menus every week. If I could afford to get this service without the new subscriber discount, I would totally order the mushroom ragout again. It was that good.
Dish 2: Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Root Vegetables and Red Rice
This meal wasn’t great. The meatloaf needed some kind of sauce and the rice was undercooked and very bland. Some of the root vegetables were ok, but there was something in there that was extremely bitter. The whole thing just seemed a little incohesive and lackluster, especially compared to the mushroom ragout from Wednesday.
I was especially disappointed because I had been craving meatloaf for ages, but it’s not a dish that I’ve ever made myself, so I’ve been putting off making it myself.
Dish 3: Chicken Ramen
It was wonderfully flavorful, if a touch salty. The noodles were broken, but I didn’t mind because they had a great flavor and texture. The chicken was a bit too toothy, but because of the cooking method, it wasn’t dry. It was a perfectly acceptable ramen which helped to soothe the grumpy belly I’ve been suffering with all day.
Dish 4: Miso Salmon with Sesame Rice and Roasted Bok Choy
Dish 5: Maitake Cod with Mushrooms and Parsnip Puree
Dish 6: Honey Soy Salmon with Ginger Carrots and Scallion Brown Rice
Testing a Gadget: Gourmia Healthy Frozen Treat Maker
In an effort to be more health conscious, I test out the Gourmia Healthy Frozen Treat Maker which converts frozen fruit into a creamy frozen treat.