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.

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!