Friday, July 20, 2012

Baked Swai Filet over Serrano Pasta & Banana Almond Brownie Cake

Happy Birthday to a great husband and father!

Yesterday was my husband's birthday- and we did celebrate it! First it was my kids and I making him a collage frame to take to work that would be like taking a piece of us with him. It including a hand print made with all 5 of our handprints cascading against one another in paint. His name cut out of a cereal and game box, a half done puzzle, easter grass, magazine clippings, etc. All put together to create a master piece that would be the buzz and talk of the day at his office. So proud of the creativity in this house!

Okay, you say this is a food blog! Yes, it is. So, the creativity did not, of course, stop there. 

May we present Ben's Birthday Menu!

I will present as my blogging experience today the dinner and dessert. 

                               Dinner:                                                     Dessert:                                                      
                 Baked Cheesy Swai Filet                      Banana Almond Brownie Cake                 
                 Serrano Chili Pesto Pasta                                Milk

We will start of with the main dish- Baked Cheesy Swai (Filet)

The star of the food show :) 

2 cups crushed crackers (I used 4 matzos)
4 Swai Filets (I used individual frozen)
1 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 tbsp Vegetable Seasoning
1 Egg

Say Cheese! 
1. Preheat your oven to 450.
2. Take your crackers and crush them 
3. Add cheese and seasoning mix well
4. Mix egg in as well.
5. Grease bottom of pan
6. Put mix down and take the thawed swai filets and coat them with the mix
7. pour the rest of the mix on the top
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes
9. Serve! (We served over Serrano Chili Pesto Pasta- recipe below).

We will move on with the Serrano Chili Pesto Pasta. 

Use my recipe for Serrano Pesto Sauce and put it over pasta. This has serrano peppers, ginger, peanuts, olive oil, parmesean cheese, basil- and is so easy to make, you need only a blender and do not have to cook it, just add over pasta. Best of all, you make this batch and you will have leftover sauce for a while.
If anyone knows my husband, they know spice is a must- so had to have spice in his birthday dinner.

Do not forget the biggest ingredient of them all, which is the more the merrier!
We got to enjoy the company of a good friend, James.
I, of course, pretended as if I knew nothing of it.
"La la la. Hmm, honey, can you get the door, I have to check the fish. Thanks."
"Did you know about this?" "I don't know, did I?"

Now, on to the dessert, the Banana Almond Brownie Cake.

This was actually Via's idea- to add the banana's that is. Way to throw in nutrition! A+.
She even helped make daddy's brownie cake!

1 Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1 Egg
1/3 cup Water
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
2 Ripe Bananas
20 Almonds

1. Preheat oven at 325.
2. Make the brownie mix, starting with the egg, oil, and water. Mix well.
3. Add in the bananas and mash with a fork into the brownie mix.
4. Crush the almonds with a fork and add them into the mix.
5. Pour into pan and bake for 35 minutes.
6. Sing Happy birthday and eat!

                           Happy Birthday to everyone born yesterday! 


cupcake couture said...

that dessert sounds divine! :) Happy Birthday to Ben! btw; i will try and add your blog to mine as a link! sorry for not responding earlier to your Facebook message - would love to be a guest blogger!

Ben Jamin said...

Mmmm. So good! The noodles were so spicy, but very flavorful. It was a wonderful birthday-- thank you love for making it a reality.

Victoria said...

Diana- awe thanks. If you need help let me know for adding links. I am SO excited to have you as a guest blogger. Just email me the info- yay! Miss you guys! Hugs!

dc said...

That fish and pasta looks SO good. Happy Birthday to him and thanks for sharing.

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