Saturday, May 29, 2010

Day 104- Homemade Junk Food

I don't know if I mentioned this last time I made it. Knowing me, who knows.

But first, a story.

I used to *love* Long John Silvers. Total honesty, I grew up eating clams on the half shell, fried clam strips, fish pretty fresh from the water, and all sorts of other coastal north-east-y food. Ok, not lobster- that's always been a step too far. But otherwise, if it came out of the water, there was a good chance I'd at least try it.

The part of all that fish stuff I miss most (other than salmon) is the batter-dipped deep fried goodness that was fish and chips. Which is funny, 'cause I didn't like the *fish*, I just wanted the deep fried breading. So that's what I had at about 2am today.

Thick Batter
  • 1/2C flour
  • 1/3C water (+/-)
  • 1tsp-1T salt
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2tsp garlic powder
mix the dry stuff in a bowl until it's all the same color, add water and mix until all the flour is included in the batter. As written this batter is thick enough to *pat* onto something for frying. If you want to use it as a normal batter, add water by the T until it's thin enough to dip into.

I fried this in oil, chunking it off with the spatula as the outsides cooked, to get about a dozen T sized triangles. Fry (or bake, I guess) until crispy outside, and no longer doughy inside.

Spice measurements are approximate.

I also had noodles with onions, garlic, and about 1/2 a pound of cabbage. Some of the Cabbage is still in the bowl, I'll use it later.

Oh, yeah, and when I went out to stock back up on soda I brought home a bag of chips too, which are now making my stomach unhappy. Or maybe that's hold over from the pita. If I die of e.coli, I blame the spinaches. It's always the spinaches.

So, people who (might) read blogs on 3 (or4) day weekends, what junk food have you made at home? Or are you strictly from the shop junk food eaters?


  1. My junk food is deep fried pickles, onion rings, and zucchini chips. I make them because I love my little fryer the boyfriend got me. And everything is better deep fried.

  2. With me junk food always has sugar. I make cookies, brownies, etc from scratch fairly regularly. I also make some awesome cornbread and have been known to just grab a piece of cornbread and snack on that for a while. I try really hard to snack on fruit or vegetables but they are so much less delicious than baked goods!

  3. Popcorn is easy-to-rationalize junk food, so I make it a lot. Just throw some kernels and some oil in a covered pot, shake it around a lot while it pops, and sprinkle with lots of salt and toppings (cinnamon sugar, nutritional yeast). Delicious, filling, and cheap. And healthy?

    I recommend it, if you have a pot with a lid! Maybe you can make it taste like chips . . .

  4. but.. popcorn is *healthy*. Maybe if I made caramel?

    Rachael- I hear you on the fruits and veggies. I'm thinking about trying out making some crystalized ginger if I can find it fresh for not-too-much. Then maybe I'll try it with some other fruit.Fruit as *fruit* is just so dull.

    Alyse- I'm not so sure *everything* is better deep fried, But I'll go along with it until I find something that isn't.