Our Foodie Friends: Imani’s Short Rib Pasta.

Have you ever seen a meal that looked SO good that you just have to know how to make it?

That’s felt when I saw my good friend Imani (aka @_AOImani aka @AOmarkerlove, go follow her if you don’t already!) made, get ready for it, short rib pasta.

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*drools all over my keyboard.*

Here’s how she made it:

Ingredients:

a handful of spaghetti noodles, a handful of angel hair pasta, 3 short ribs, crushed tomatoes, onions, red wine, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, lemon, sugar butter, olive oil, and a shit ton of parsley.

Okay so quick story behind the mixture of noodles. i didn’t have enough angel hair so I added some spaghetti. Anyway…

In a small pot, I seasoned my short ribs with salt and pepper and seared them in a butter/olive oil combo until meat is all goldenly brown. After that I threw some red wine, the onion, 3 smashed cloves of garlic, crushed tomatoes, a dash of sugar and seasonings to accompany the meat. I allowed the food to cook for 2 hours and some change.

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I took the meat out of the mixture and gave ’em a rough chop. During this time I had water boiling for the pasta. I added the spaghetti in first and then 4 minutes before the spaghetti was done I then added the angel hair. Aside from pasta being easy to cook, for whatever reason I was too eager to eat and didn’t blend the sauce together (eventually the crushed tomato mixture turned into a legit sauce). Therefore, in a pan I added the sauce, the meat and the noodles, together…Then I chopped up a shit ton of parsley and sprinkled it on top.

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I must say, I was thoroughly impressed with everything. My short ribs were mad tender and the noodles were surprisingly cooked perfectly. The parsley brought freshness, and even though I wished to have parmesan cheese on deck, this dish was still very VERY delicious!

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Doesn’t that look ah-mazing?

I can’t wait to try this one out myself.

Thank you so much Imani for sharing this recipe with SnaxNTheCity!

Happy eating!❤

#BiteSized: The Jagged Fork.

So I’ve been trying to make it a point to not curse in my post but when I went to The Jagged Fork,

I lost my black ass mind.

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I know I can be a little #Dramatic (what can I say, I’m a Taurus), but honestly the Jagged Fork gave me the best French toast I’ve ever had.

The Bouncing Banana French toast is stuffed with banana cream cheese, coated with graham crackers, & topped with banana flambé.

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*sigh* where do I even begin?

Each bite was decadent & had me wanting more.

#Boyfriend had an equally amazing brunch experience with this Monte Cristo,

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which left him feeling as stuffed as my french toast!

Also, the waitress at the Jagged Fork was so helpful, she offered many suggestions & was more than willing to answer all of our questions.

Make The Jagged Fork your next destination for brunch, you will not regret it!

The Jagged Fork:  18480 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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Food Truckin’: The Wolverine Sandwich from Hero Or Villain.

Hey guys!

Food Truck season is well underway & I am lucky enough to say I’ve experienced some of the best food trucks Detroit has to offer!

Monday, I tried Hero Or Villain, which is a superhero themed sandwich truck.

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My first instinct was to try the Thor which is very #onbrand for me.

The Thor is essentially a BLT with cheese & when I saw it I was like, “oh, yeah, that one.”

But then I saw it.

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Chicken. Cherry Sauce. Gorgonzola Cheese. Cherry Walnut bread.

The Wolverine.

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OH. MA. GAWD.

You guys, I honestly feel like I found the perfect sandwich.

The cherry sauce was tangy but sweet which perfectly balanced the saltiness of the blue cheese.

Also, chicken was the perfect choice of meat to balance these bold flavors.

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Oh yeah, they have curly fries too (which are ovbi the best types of fries)!

So yeah, needless to say, you need to catch Hero Or Villain before it’s too late.

Seriously guys, don’t miss out!

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Check out their website for their schedule: http://www.heroorvillaindeli.com.

Broke Bitch Meals: Spicy Vegetable Ramen

Ok y’all so let me give y’all a disclaimer: this was the struggliest, most delicious meal I’ve ever thought up. Like epitome of broke bitch meals.

I basically used everything that I had in my cabinet and improvised the FUCK out of everything I could. 

This is a recipe that I just measure and taste as I go tbh. 

What you’ll need is :: 

  • Part of an onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Fish sauce
  • Sriracha (I used two types)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Roasted seaweed
  • 3 packages of ramen without the chicken seasoning


First you’ll put 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and Sriracha into a pot and let it simmer.

After you simmer that down, you’ll add the onions and garlic powder, a couple tablespoons and occasionally stir until soft and fragrant. 

After they’re so enough, add in about a tablespoon of grated ginger and cook that for a couple minutes.

To this I then added two cups of water and let it simmer on down. 

Now this is where things for super struggly

Being that my cabinets are still fairly empty, I totally didn’t have any vegetable broth to cook with. So what I do? My ass improvised. 

I took about 4 cups of water and just started adding a shit ton of dry herbs, pepper, sea salt and brought that to a boil. 

When it tasted flavorful enough pour moi, I added in the Sriracha and onion mixture. 

By this time, I simmered all those flavors together. About 10 or so mins. 

Now for the easy part! Adding in the noodles. Obvi, these cook in only a few minutes. 

Let those get tender enough to your liking.  

I added a few more drops of Sriracha for that extra kick. 

Just top it off with some of that roasted seaweed and leftover chopped onions (if you pls). 

Easy meal for tight nights. Enjoy.❤

#BiteSized: Sauteed Kale.

Hey loves!

So the other day I had my lovely friend Andrea over for dinner & I wanted to make a simple, yet flavorful meal for her.

I made a honey garlic salmon, roasted potatoes & a sauteed kale.

Now I thought the star would have been the salmon but we couldn’t stop reaching for the kale.

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Even her husband loved it when she brought some leftovers home!

If you want to know how I made this yummy side dish, keep on reading.

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1 pound of kale

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of chicken stock

2 tablespoons of chopped garlic

1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes

Start off by removing the stems from the washed kale (don’t forget to wash your veggies before cooking them!), then soak them in the  apple cider vinegar for about 10 minutes.

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While you’re soaking your greens, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan & let the garlic and crushed red pepper saute until fragrant.

After that, put the vinegar-soaked-kale in the pan & cook it or about 3 minutes.

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Then add the chicken stock & toss the kale around in the pan a bit to make sure all the leaves are coated.

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Saute until wilted.

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There you have it, your new favorite side!

Happy eating!

 

15 Minute Meals: Salmon “BLT”

Hay guys! So I was hungry and wanted something quick, easy and yummy and naturally I wanted to make sandwiches. 

It’s just nothing better to me than a good ass sandwich. 

I thought about making salmon BLTs but in all honestly, I hate BLTs. Lol. 

So I tweaked it. 

Sub lettuce and tomato for spinach and avocado and you have salmon “BLTs.”

Or salmon BSA, as Jazzmin called them.

This is a quick and easy meal for those lazy/tired nights after a long day. 

All you’ll need is ::

  • Thick cut bacon
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Lemonaise (omq)
  • Avocado
  • Sourdough bread

So since I’m going for easy with this recipe, I’m just going to pop the bacon in the oven to bake nice and crispy. 

While this is going on, I can sear my salmon! 
All I did was season it with garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper and black pepper. 

In a lightly oiled pan, I sear it for about 7 minutes. 

I tore the skin off cause I didn’t want it for the sandwiches.

After searing, my favorite trick is to flip the salmon over, turn the heat off and cover it so that it can cook to about medium. 

This next part is the easy part: putting the sandwich together. 

Layer your lemonaise, spinach, salmon, bacon and avocado on the sourdough. 

For added flavor, I sprinkled some sea salt and pepper on the avocado. Mouthgasm. 

Put it on the sandwich press until desired crunchiness et voila! Salmon “BLT” 

Happy snacking.❤

Ps: Jazzmin said that she was absolutely horny for this sandwich. Her words, not mine. (For once)

 

Bitches Be Cookin’: Korean Fried Chicken 

Ok y’all so I’ve been very into Asian flavors lately. Like super obsessed to the point where I crave it. 

And I figured it was fate when I just so happen to be watching Giada At Home on Netflix and this episode just so happen to be about Korean type dishes. The universe be knowin’ man. 

So I figured I’d make Korean Fried Chicken for my first meal in my apartment! 

Let’s get started! 

*sidenote: I paired this with my fried rice that I previously posted. You can check it out here: {https://snaxnthecity.com/2016/08/10/bitches-be-basic-fried-rice}*

What you’ll need is ::

  • 1/2 cup Potato starch
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Rice wne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 4 tbsp Gochujang (Korean chile paste)
  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of elephant garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • Chicken wings and drumettes (I used about 8)

Before coating the chicken, be sure to pat it all the way dry. 

Toss the chicken in the flour and potato starch with salt and pepper to taste. 

When frying, just submerge chicken into hot canola oil at about 375 degrees for 15 mins. This is how they’ll turn out!

Set those aside to drain. Now we make our sauce. 

Mince the garlic into fine pieces of use a press and let go and let God. 

Toss that and the grated ginger into a skillet pan. I grated about a tablespoon or so. 

Add in the fish sauce, sesame oil, Gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar and rice wine vinegar. Bring that to a simmer for about two minutes to thicken slightly. 

I chose to let it simmer a minute or two longer cause I wanted my sauce to be thicker. 

Transfer the sauce to a bowl and toss the fried chicken until fully coated.

Have some fried rice on the side and Bon Appetit! 

Enjoy, mes amies.❤

Bitches Be Basic: Fried Rice

Hey guys! I decided to share this recipe because I feel like fried rice is a staple in a lot of Asian dishes. Plus, who doesn’t like fried rice? Amirite?

Ok! So all you’ll need is ::

  • Boil-in-a-bag rice (chose this route because lazy)
  • Half an onion, chopped (however, you can add more if that tickles your kitten)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter

I honestly would have added more veggies but I couldn’t find the carrots that I wanted and got super frustrated and said fuck it. ~maturity~

But you can use carrots, broccoli, green peas (yuck), anything you’d like, tbh.

Anywho, you’ll prepare the rice as directed on the box. While that’s cooking, it’s time to melt the butter in a skillet and toss your chopped onion in. Let those cook until soft and fragrant.

Next part is pretty fun, in my opinion. I’m vv easily amused.

Beat the eggs and pour them on one side of the pan, separate from the onions.

After letting those scramble for a little, you’ll mix the eggs and onions while simultaneously pouring in your soy sauce.

By now the rice is all done, so you’ll just add the rice into the pan and mix everything together.

Super simple, super easy and super versatile! Throw in some chicken or shrimp with some more veggies and BAYBEH. You got yourself a meal.

Happy eating.❤

Taste Test: Lemonaise 

Hey guys, Wonda here! How y’all zoing? 

Ok so as a lot of you may know, I moved into my first apartment last weekend (yay!!!). I love it, it’s amazing. Just wow. 

With that being said, I’m a broke bitch this week so I’ll be limited to cereal, ramen and sandwiches. 

So while at Meijer, I was looking around for some fancy mayo to use because nothing is better than a good sandwich spread. It’s like destiny or something, I hear. That’s when I came across this interesting specimen: 

Like, what? Lemonaise? I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean lemon is what brought me in. I also took a gander at all the ingredients and everything was recognizable so I was definitely sold! 
 Tried it by itself and bbbbbbbbbbbbb……

……iiiiiiiiiiiiitchhhh……

When I tell y’all that this might be the best spread I’ve ever used. It was so tangy yet garlicky and lemony. Just amazing. Nothing overpowering, just flavors mixing and mingling. 

It also tells you what you can use it on! 

I just used it on a regular sandwich but hey, why not dress up my regular degular sammich? Tasted like something straight from the deli. 

If you love to make sandwiches that aren’t dry as the Sahara, you should totally try this out. 

Happy snacking y’all.❤

Bitches Be Cooking: Spicy Thai Noodles.

Hey loves!

So the other day I had some really good friends over the other day & I decided to flex my cooking skills. But my dear friend Cher (hey Cher!) can’t eat cheese (WAAAAH!!) but I remembered that she loves spicy food. And what is some of the BEST spicy food you can have? Why it’s Thai of course. I made this spicy Thai noodles complete with sriracha, green peppers, and peanuts.

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Stick around to see how I made this wonderful meal!

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One pound of linguine noodles

1/3 cup of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of sriracha

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1/4 cup of brown sugar (white sugar works too!)

3 green onions, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, cut into strips

1/4 cup of peanuts, crushed

Cilantro, chopped (use as much as you want!)

I started off by boiling the noodles. While they are boiling, I chopped up the green peppers into slices & chopped the green onions.

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In a medium sized pan, I added a tablespoon of olive oil & minced garlic and let them sauté. Once the garlic is aromatic, the the onions & peppers to the pan then cook them until they’re soft.

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This meal is really about multi-tasking so I hope you have like a ton of pans. I literally had like, 2 pans until last week. So when I was cooking, I had to like stop & wash my pans so it was really an ordeal.

Anyway, time for the ~eggs~.

There’s a lot sneaky ass eggs in Thai food & this dish is no exception! I scrambled two eggs & added crushed red pepper flakes to add some kick.

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Set those aside & start on the sauce for the noodles.

Add the soy sauce, sriracha, ginger, garlic, & sugar in a bowl & whisk until it combined.

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By this time, I’m sure the noodles are done, so that means it’s time to combine everything together!

Using the pan you cooked the peppers & onions in, add the noodles & sauce. Toss it around in the pan until all the noods are coated in the sauce.

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I then added the eggs & a TON of cilantro.

Sprinkle some peanuts on top for some extra crunch & voila!

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A spicy meal that will have you wanting more.

Happy eating!