Apr 29, 2009

Cajun Seasoning Mix


I like to make my own spice mixes. It’s not just fun, but at times it’s the only way for me to get my hands on spice blends that aren’t sold here; like my Old Bay Seasoning (copycat recipe). You can come up with the strangest combinations, adjust the amount of salt and add whatever flavor, spiciness or zing you like to ‘authentic’ mixes. No artificial colors or MSG whatsoever, which is a big plus as well. This is how I like to make my Cajun Seasoning Mix. I use this one to spike up chicken or turkey burgers. And I especially like it when sprinkled over a ground beef kabob.



1 1/2 tbsp sweet paprika powder
1 tsp garlic salt (I’ve used Lawry’s)
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp black pepper
3 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme


Real simple. Just throw it all together. Adding a little curry powder might not keep it authentic, but it sure tastes pretty good! Give it a try sometime. Adding dried bay leaves also works like a charm!


Looks so pretty, doesn’t it!


Give it a good swirl. You can put in the blender, mortar or spicemill for a few moments to powderize the oregano & thyme as well. I never do, though.


Of course I’m merely posting this so I can shamelesly pry you out of your homemade spice mixes! Care to share your kitchen secrets? Please? Pretty please? (Never did get that phrase; how can please be pretty?)

Apr 28, 2009

Photoshop: creating actions

  Creating your own actions isn’t just fun; it’s also a huge time saver when you automate the editing techniques you use a lot. I have a enormous collection of my own actions. Each and every editing technique I’ve ever done over the past 10 years or so, I literally transformed into an action. Anywhere from simple borders, to special color pop techniques, sharpening, resizing, favorite B & W editing and foggy overlays. You name…

Apr 27, 2009

Mexican Layered Dip

  Nothing beats spending a Friday (or Saturday) evening vegging out on the couch. After I’ve tucked my little guy in, picked up the roughly 7.342 toys scattered around the floor, wiped the peanut butter smudges off of my furniture and clothes, it’s “me” time. “Me time” usually translates to popping a chick flick in the dvd player, opening up a bottle of cold white wine and a big bag…

Apr 26, 2009

Photoshop: sunlight touch up

  New type of posting, new section. Welcome to Kayotic Darkroom. No worries, nothing shady or illegal going on here; just a category where I’ll share a few photoshop editing tips and tricks. Been receiving so many emails with questions about my editing, I figured this might be a fun thing to add. I’ll take requests! If there’s a technique you want to know more about/learn, just let me know and I’ll…

Apr 24, 2009

Kay’s Pork Strips

  Don’t freak out! It’s me… Kay! *waves* Trust me; I’ve freaked out enough for the both of us when I woke up this morning and found my blog completely inaccessible. Still not sure what happened, but the culprit seemed to be my theme. No warning, nothing. Just like that. Boom. Not having much luck with wordpress ever since the last update. So for now I’ll have to use a different…

Apr 22, 2009

Toffee Brownies

  I was seriously craving chocolate last weekend; brownies in particular. Yet there was one thing standing between me and my raspberry cheesecake brownies fix; our pathetic Sunday shopping ordinance. How dare they!! So basically that left me with no alternative than to make do with what I still had in my pantry/fridge. These turned out a little sweeter than my usual recipes, but nonetheless, I ate 2 big pieces! Then I weeped all the…

Apr 20, 2009

Gouda – The tour

Hi, I’m kay. I’ll be your guide for today. Slightly different posting this time around! But you’ll live, right? It’s easier on the thighs anyway.  So here’s what I did; I took my camera with me on my last trip downtown and took some random shots of, well, stuff. Just in case you’re curious to see where I spend my days (and nights). This was basically a very, very small part of Gouda….