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What to do with extra Cilantro … Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing !!

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Cilantro has an acquired taste not everyone likes it and some say it tastes like soap and some find it a delicious herb to add to salads, soups, tacos, etc. I enjoy Cilantro and buy it often. But sometimes you end up with so much Cilantro you don’t know what to do with it all. A few days ago there was a sale on Cilantro of 5 bunches for $1. So being I loved Cilantro I jumped in on this deal and bought 5 bunches. I used one for DIY street taco night and another for a salad night. But I still had three(3) large bunches left and they were starting to go bad.

When storing Cilantro you untie the wire band around them, pluck out any yellow or bad leaves, then plop the bunch of Cilantro into a glass with about a ½” or inch of water at the bottom, and cover the glass with a plastic bag. This keeps the Cilantro fresh for longer period of time. But I still had way too much Cilantro to even know what to do with them. So I went on another one of my culinary experiments. I took whatever I had in my fridge to make something with the bunches of Cilantro. What I came up with actually was very delicious !! (nDn”)

So this is what I came up with. Upon experimenting with my Cilantro bunches I created a Creamy Cilantro Dressing/Marinade that is great on Salad and over fish or chicken. Now keep in mind the recipe is not exact as most of my CR8TiV culinary experiments aren’t pre-measured or measured at all. Just winging it so my ingredient amount is just a guess-timate of how much I actually put in. So adjust according to your tastes.

Ingredients :

[] 2 bunches of Cilantro : Washed with Stems and all

[] 2-3 Tablespoons of Vegetable oil : Can use Olive oil

[] 2 Teaspoons of Pepper

[] 1 Teaspoon of Tajin : A Chili Lemon seasoning

[] 1 Teaspoon of Salt

[] 1 Teaspoons of Garlic Parsley Salt

[] 3-4 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise : Probably about ¼ cup amount

[] 2-3 Tablespoons of Water

[] 1-2 Cloves of Garlic

[] 1 Lime

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STEP 1 : Take your Food Processor *probably can use a Blender* and put one bunch of Cilantro in and pulse into a fine puree or mush. You can add a few tablespoons of water to help the food processor/blender along. Take a Spatula and scrape down the sides and add in your 2nd bunch of Cilantro. *Note : this is alot of cilantro going in*

STEP 2 : Open your Food Processor/Blender and add in the Salt, Tajin, Black Pepper, and Garlic Parsley Salt. Put the cover back on and give it a quick whirl.

STEP 3 : Turn your Food Processor on and drizzle in the oil and water til it’s all incorporated.

STEP 4 : Open your Food Processor/Blender and add in the Mayonnaise and Garlic cloves

STEP 5 : Put the cover back on and let everything blend up real well and everything has a creamy consistency.

STEP 6 : Taste ! Grab a spoon and give it a taste. Now is the time to add anything that it might need like more salt, pepper, etc.

STEP 7 : Once it tastes perfect to your taste buds … take your spatula and scrape everything into a bowl or plastic container. Give it a good stir to make sure everything has been mixed together well.

STEP 8 : For a final added kick cut a lime in ½ and squeeze in ½ of the Lime into the Creamy Cilantro mix. Give it a stir and taste. The lime I had was pretty small so I used the whole lime.

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               RESULTS ….

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\(n D n)/ TADA !! A wonderful Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing which you can pour over salads or use as a marinade on fish, chicken, and probably even beef. Tonight I’m gonna take some a pour it on over some Pasta. This MYT CR8TiV culinary experiment was another successful one. This dressing/marinade/sauce is so versatile and can be used in many different ways from a dip for chips, spread on sandwiches in place of regular mayo, drizzled over hot baked potatoes, mixed into mashed potatoes, drizzled over a salad, etc. It’s just so delicious !!

So next time you have an abundance of something and not sure what to do with it before it goes bad. Think CR8TiV-ly and experiment with things you have in your fridge/pantry and who knows what you create might be SUPER delicious and remember don’t forget to share your creations with friends and loved ones. Who knows you might start a chain reaction where your culinary experiment is sharing from person to person and becomes a recipe loved by all ! ( ‘u^) Hope you’ll try this culinary experiment that I created and remember …. B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 B0LD … B3 CR8TiV … MYT CR8TiV !!

 

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Masterchef : Bringing out your inner Foodie (n_n)

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Horray it’s finally Friday !! Hope you have some fun things planned for your weekend. Don’t forget to spend a little time with Dad on Sunday as it is Father’s Day. My blog post today isn’t exactly a MYT CR8TiV art topic but still in the range of Art. How many of you watch the hit TV show MasterChef where ordinary people compete and show off their culinary skills ? I Love watching MasterChef ! Cooking is also a form of Art ! Art isn’t confined to just a canvas and paintbrushes. Art can be anything and Cooking is definitely a form of Art. The way you decoratively garnish a plate for dinner or how you elegantly design a cake for a wedding.

What I find interesting is watching MasterChef …*At least for me* it brings out my inner foodie. I mean I’m no pro chef or even an intermediate chef. But I’ve watched a good deal of cooking shows to have learned a few things here and there. When I was watching this weeks episodes where they had to build burgers in Gordon Ramsay’s Vegas restaurant I was literally shouting at the TV regarding what type of burger they should make. My husband was surprised at how I was able to create such a mouth-watering burger idea. I was a bit surprised myself. My idea would of been to take some blue-cheese and mix it in with the ground beef along with some minced garlic. Then serve it up in a bun with arugula, red onion slices, pickles, and a tomato with a drizzle of a balsamic vinaigrette. My husband looked at me and said … Wow ! That sounds delicious !! Can you make one now ??

I seriously had this look on my face … (O~o) Did that just come outta my mouth ? I’ve watched MasterChef since it first began and every time I watch it … I find myself shouting out how I’d cook the mystery box ingredients or how I would of chosen the meal for the Red/Blue team challenges. My husband joked you should go on MasterChef and blow them away. I admit I don’t follow any recipes but more or less a let’s see what happens type of cook. I just toss whatever in without measurements or recipe to follow and oddly the things I cook always come out delicious by just randomly adding a dash of this, touch of that, pinch of this, etc.

I just wanted to share how MasterChef seems to evoke the inner foodie in me and turn me into this culinary pro that I never knew I was. Remember that Art isn’t just on a Canvas but it’s all around you. Life is an Art form in itself !! So think outside the canvas and pallet ! Anything and everything can be a form of Art even when it’s on a plate. So this weekend … B3 B0ld, B3 iNSPiR3D, B3 CR8TiV … MYT CR8TiV.

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Wire Armature Sculpture using Polymer Clay

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Above is my recently completed sculpture of everyone’s favorite Hero … Mario ! This is my 1st wire armature sculpture. I’ve made sculptures before but never with a wire armature or any frame to start. I’ve made sculptures from Air-Dry clay being 100% pure clay and the end result was that the sculpture was heavy, had cracks, and fragile/brittle. But this sculpture was made using a wire armature made of 16 gauge galvanized wire and heavy duty aluminum foil. There are videos on YouTube that teach you how to make and bend the wire for a wire armature.

There are some tools you will need while you’re at the hardware store buying the galvanized wire. While you’re at the hardware store pick up ….

[] A pair of pliers – both Needle nose and Blunt nose

[] Wire cutters that are strong enough to cut through galvanized wire “Some Blunt nose pliers have wire cutters on them”

[] Workman’s Glove *Optional* The wires has a chemical known to cause cancer and reproductive harm. But you can just wash your hands afterwards.

A few other things you’ll need but can be found at a your local craft store is a wood board to display your sculpture on and some paint to hand paint any finishing touches and to paint the wood board. I found some mini pliers @ Walmart for under $2 each and they have decorative wood boards for signs and plaques that look great for displaying your sculpture on. Also their mini bottles of Apple Barrel paints are like .57¢ to .97­¢ and their FolkArt paints are about $1-2 dollars. I think that’s the cheapest price you can find these paints.

Now another MUST HAVE when making a wire armature sculpture that I learned was important was to have a Photo, Print-Out, or a WiFi device such as iPad, Laptop, or Smart Phone to look up images of the sculpture you’re trying to make. I made my Mario sculpture from pure visual memory and found a few things in my sculpture that wasn’t accurate or perfect. One of them being the height of Mario and his body size. Apparently Mario is very short and fat. He does not have a waist or upper torso like my sculpture does. Mario is just a plump round ball with arms and legs. Maybe my sculpture might of been better as Luigi instead.

But this was my very 1st wire armature sculpture so I will get better after several attempts. Now about the clay I used 1 lbs. of Sculpey III white clay underneath for the beginning layers and with the help of a AMACO Clay pasta machine I made sheets of clay on setting 8 then 6. After several layers of the white I then added the colored polymer clay.  Buy and use the 2oz. blocks of colored polymer clay. I originally used the blocks that come from the 30 pc. Sculpey III sample pack and the colors aren’t labeled on those 1oz. blocks so I started using a blue from the sample pack but ran out. I went to the craft store to buy more blue but the blue I bought from the craft store was a different blue than what I had used from the sample pack. (>~<) D’Oh !! Luckily the 2oz. of blue polymer clay I bought was enough to cover up the wrong color.

Now be sure that when you layer on your clay that you press out any air bubbles with your fingers bcuz any air trapped in the clay will cause your clay the crack during the baking process. On my Mario he has a small crack running down his belly which means I didn’t press out enough air and the clay wasn’t tightly molded together allowing the air bubble to escape during baking and cracking the clay. The final stage was hand-painting and hand-painting clay is never an easy task. It’s always a pain in the butt !! (>3<)

IMG_1660Mario’s head was all completely hand-painted. Except for his Mustache which I made using some small leftover black clay. But his skin, eyes, hair, and eyebrows were all hand-painted. ( ‘ ~ ‘ ) I originally painted his eyebrows brown then saw on one of my Mario Tshirts that his eyebrows are black. Hmm … do you think Mario dyes his hair ? He’s got brown hair but black eyebrows and black mustache ? Anyways I had to paint over and over bcuz while painting on part the color would get on places I didn’t want it to. So I had to paint over many times to cover up the boo boos.

Overall I think for a 1st time wire armature sculpture it’s not too bad. Thinking maybe next I’ll make an animal maybe try making a sculpture of my dog “Leila” or make another one of my Favorite characters like Pikachu or Rainbow Dash ? Either way making a wire armature sculpture is pretty easy and the results are wonderful for a gift or just to decorate your bachelor pad, dorm, or game room.

B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPIR3D … B3 CR8TiV … MYT CR8TiV™.

 

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