Thursday, April 16, 2015

Food Challenge #3: Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk

Mission: Completed

Yes, chicken in milk! Supposedly, it is a twist on a classic roast chicken. I initially went with a recipe for garlic roast chicken, but all the garlic burned. Yep. Steve suggested this one, and we're pretty happy with the result. The final cooked portion is very ... um, beige. It did not photograph well. I will try again and add that photo another time. I also tried this recipe with lemon juice instead of the rinds, and I like the more subtle flavor. The meat is incredibly moist, and you end up with curdles of milk that taste like sage and lemon and garlic. I can imagine that this flavor is not for everyone though. It is unique, but both my children happily ate it. That's a win win for me.

Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
Recipe source: Food52
Overall flavor: A
Aesthetics: B
Changes to recipe: Peeled the garlic
Tip: Use tongs for browning the whole chicken and cover the pot for the first half of cooking

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dónde Está: La Biblioteca

Food Challenge #3: Lemongrass Chicken

Mission: Completed?

This dish turned out good, but not amazing. Also, you barely taste lemongrass so I'm going to rename it myself. The recipe calls for chicken thighs, but my local market only had chicken breasts at the time. So to tenderize white meat, I followed the first step in this recipe from Rasa Malaysia.

Mild Chicken Curry Stir Fry
Recipe source: Rasa Malaysia
Changes made to recipe: Used white meat instead.
Overall flavor: B
Aesthetics: B+
Verdict: Add chillies next time + extra lemongrass

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Artist: Red Paint

Elsie was painting, and then she suddenly wasn't interested and left the table. I went to check on what mess was left behind, but I found this instead.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Food Challenge #2: Faux Pho

Mission: Failed

So I got a little lazy and used what I had in the fridge except for the oxtail, which I actually bought. I know that the noodles are not right or the veggies or the herbs. No need to school me on that. The goal was really just to get the same flavor of the soup broth. I wasn't trying to replicate an entire pho dish. The meat turned out perfect and tender. The soup was quite fragrant and smelled just like the real thing, but it was awfully bland. I told my mom about my misgivings, and she gave me 3 additional spices that were not in the recipe at all. Blarg. I'll have to try it another time with my mom's help!

Oxtail Pho
Recipe source: I am a food blog
Overall flavor: F (for no Flavor)
Aesthetics: C
Verdict: Will have to try a new recipe.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

When You Have Kids: Ariel Lego

Things you find around the house when you have kids: A perfectly positioned Ariel lego on the window sill.

Food Challenge #1: Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle

Mission: Completed

For several months now, I've been cooking the same handful or so recipes. I finally decided to venture out and try new recipes on roughly a weekly basis. I wanted to keep the first challenge fairly simple, but I ended up spending more $$ than I was expecting and taking longer to prepare the dish as well. So far, each one of my food challenges will have either few or poorly taken photographs because I feel like a bad Top Chef contestant during a Quick Fire round. Anywho, so first up:

Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle
Recipe source: Blogging Over Thyme
Changes made to recipe: Doubled it to yield lunch leftovers
Overall flavor: A-

Aesthetics: D
Verdict: A heavy but rather delicious dish.

Update 3/17/15: I tried this dish again, and I have to say it turned out better just with the practice. I substituted the pappardelle with linguine per Elsie's request. The next time I made this dish, I'll probably go back to the pappardelle though. The chewy egginess of it does add to the overall flavor.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Doodle: Trees

I did this sketch on the airplane, but didn't complete most of it until the ride back. It's filled with errors, but I figured at least I got started! #DrawnWithoutErasures

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Quote: Life

Source: Pinterest

Gift: Santa

Now that Christmas is long over, I will finally post a gift I got over the holidays:
Scotch tape in a donut dispenser and a very dainty (yet practical) pencil from Japan. Thanks Marie!