Now this one seems simple. Breaded chicken breast. Done that before with pre-packaged mixes.
It called for dry bread crumbs but I figured it would be faster and easier to cruch some soda crackers instead. I also started with frozen chicken breasts I had in the freezer. I put them in the microwave and thawed them properly. Or so I thought. They seemed unfrozen all the way through.
Now, I didn't crush the crackeers fine, but I figured it would give it a nice texture. But the chicken's center being colder then the outside, it required me cooking the chicken longer and checking iften for doneness. So, the outside nicely burned and fell off and the breasts were a cut up mess.
It tasted okay, but looked awful. *sigh* A fail, I believe.
That was delicious. One of the best turnouts I had.
I didn't have any white wine called for in the recipe, but it gave chicken broth as an alternative, which I used. Very good indeed. The sauce is easy to make. I should use corn starch more often noew that I know how. I'd been using it wrong and it would always come out lumpy.
You have to dilute it separately in a little bit of water BEFORE adding it to hot liquids. No lumps!
This was good.
I used some pre-cut beef that was sliced for stir-fry. It was a little bit too think and the pieced were a little bit too long. I should have cut them in more mouth-manageable pieces.
Also, I saw some long macaroni at the store and decided to substitute them for the noodles. I had never had them before. It's like super fat spaghetti!
My sauce came out runnier then the picture. It was good, but I think I didn't put enough beed for the proportions.
Still good! Even though I managed to make the picture lood disgusting.
This was a last minute idea and I used stuff I had in my kitchen. And no bean sroupts, because I don't like those. Blech!
I used a can of mushromm and it's confirmed : canned mushroom although they can save in a pinch taste horrible. Much rather have fresh ones. I also used some leftover from fried chicken I had at lunch.
This makes for a nice quick supper with anything you like thrown in. Great for leftovers!
Now that I have a regular job, I felt less intimadated at buying a choicier grade of meat. I will usually go for the cheapest or on sale. But I was determined to follow the recipe and get the piece it called for.
What a difference GOOD meat makes! So tasty!
Also, I substituted half the water for the rice with beef broth. Nice and tasty too.
A definite success!
Okay, I've been doing that meat loaf for a good while now, since I got the book a couple of yers ago.
But, fur accuracy's sake, I decided I would still do ALL the recipes in the book, even the ones I've done before. In fact, what better opportunity to improve myself!
So here is my meat loaf. I like it knid of sweet, so I made a few changes. I covered the bottom of the pan with brown sugar, which gets caramelized when the leaf bakes. Yum! And I covered it with honey-garlic BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. And left out the onions.
My ancient computer is acting up and keeps crashing without a moment's notice. So, I'm just going to post this week's three recipes just as images and hopefully will edit coments on them later this week.
Okay, before I post about the recipes I did (because I did them!) I have to catch up with a few of the things I've done beforehand.
Pita pizza: it's like pizza ... but on a pita!!!!
I had some hamburger meat that I needed to use because it was getting past due-date. So I searched the we for something easy that could be tasty, with the ingredients I had. And here it is! Hamburger soup. I modified it quite a bit, adding lots of veggies and some chili powder for taste. Pretty delicious!
And last but not least, I was craving some stuffed crepes and decided to make shrimp ones. I tried to do some crab ones a few days later, but they weren't as good.
Here's the shrimp ones, straight out of the oven. I also realized that I needed a square cooking dish.
It was truly delicious and decadent though!!! It's hard to see them, because they are smothered with sauce and cheese!!! :D
Okay, so this blog has been stagnating and I've been in a cooking "blah" for a while.
So, I decided to kick my behind in gear and set myself some goals, since it seems that's the only thing that works.
Inspired by, but way less ambitious/impressive then the Julie/Julia project, I will be going through the heftiest cookbook I have, from cover to cover.
I will not be holding to as rigorous a regiment as doing the entire thing in a set time, but have decided that for now, I would be doing a minimum of three recipes a week, until done.
The book is actually two, an contains a variety of admittedly easy level recipies for the most part. But they give the basic of cooking techniques, and are delicious foods. :)
So the book is Betty Crocker Basics: How to Cook and Entertain With Confidence.
I won't hold to the recipes as law, being that I consider recipes guidelines more then rigorous instructions. I'll try to be as faithful as possible, but still substituting ingredients when appropriate or when unavailable.
Right now, I'm waiting for the first result to come out of the oven!
When I moved from Halifax to Charlottetown, my good friend Hilary made me some challah bread as a parting gift.
It's a traditional jewish braided bread. Very yeasty and tastes sweet. I love all breads and was glad to accept it.
The dough gets frozen and you take it out for five hours. It rises and you just stick it in the oven to get some fresh bread! Simple, yes?
Well, a dumbass would put the unfrozen bread on a plate, as opposed to the sheet on which it would expand.
So when I came home, the bread had wonderfully bloated to a nice and plump unbaked bread. And also stuck firmly to the plate. So, I had to pull and fight to get it off the plate. Then, I had to fight to get it off my hands and unto the darn sheet. It got all stretched out and lumpy.
Well, I wasn't gonna throw it away, so I still stuck it into the oven to bake.
Here's the result in ALL IT'S GLORY!!!!
It still tastes awesome, even though it looks like something that died. :)