Thursday, 25 July 2013

My 2 year adventure, week 19: Pear and prosciutto pizza/ Tuscan cake with citrus compote

Week 19:
Do you ever feel like life screws you up in something you love just to test if you'll keep doing it after you messed up so badly? I do. I really feel like life was taking notes to see how I'd react to these barnyard disasters of dishes. The pizza was almost perfect in my opinion, except for one minor detail... I was supposed to top the pizza with baby arugula and I went to the store, completely missed the baby arugula and bought dandelion greens instead. What was I thinking? Those greens were so bitter and nobody ate them. We ended up throwing them all out. This very minor flaw sunk the dish's rating to an 8. Don't even get me started on the cake... I pulled it out the oven and it looked great. Then it sunk, it died, whatever you want to call what happened to it. It sunk, revealing completely uncooked batter and ever after another 15 minutes of baking it was just as raw and we had to eat around the center. The cake itself was pretty good though. The compote... I couldn't eat it because I hate grapefruit and that and oranges were the main ingredients. Great, the fruit I hate and the fruit I'm slightly allergic to. I really do feel like life is laughing at me at times. The cake and compote got a 7. 

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :)    

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

My 2 year adventure, week 18: Salmon croquettes/ Spanish-style tuna and potato salad

Week 18:
My croquettes went well but once again I bought and un-pin boned fish but to add to that it had the skin on the filet as well. I combined all the ingredients for the croquettes and the dough almost had the texture of ground meat. I made a big mistake though... The recipe says that one of the ingredients in 1/4 cup of mayo, divided. I didn't notice the "divided" part and I put 1/4 of a cup of mayo in instead of 2 tbsp. But that wasn't the mistake. I was able to take the the extra 2 tbsp of mayo out but... I was about to put it in the sauce when my great-aunt said "Hold it! That touched raw fish!!!" I was so lucky that she was there to catch that cause that might not have been the best decision... The croquettes turned out really well though and my family gave them a 9. I think... :) The salad was okay, I guess. I don't know something about the flavor was too much. Maybe the red wine vinegar. My great-aunt was a giant help today with prep. I'm pretty sure my family gave the dish an 8. 

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :)    

My 2 year adventure, week 17: Roast chicken with balsamic bell peppers and mascarpone mashed potatoes

Week 17:
So this collection of recipes has many opportunities to learn new things and I learned how to roast chicken breasts. It was one of those simple yet delicious dishes. The spice rub was really strong in flavor and I liked it a lot. My brother on the other hand barley even touched his chicken and only ate the peppers and potatoes. That gave me the chance to steal off his plate a bit...The pepper were a very kid-friendly side dish which was nice considering my brother is definitely a kid. The potatoes would have been good if I had mashed them some more. The chunks of potato were kind of big and slightly unpleasant. But overall I really liked the dish but I don't get to vote and it got and 8.3333 if I remember correctly. 

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :) 

My 2 year adventure, week 16: Chili con carne/ overnight honey-almond multigrain cereal

Week 16: 
My poor prep skills have shown the consequences again... There was a lot of drama surrounding the poblano peppers. It ended up making my dish extremely late to the table. This was a veeeeery meaty, comfort food type dish. Personally when I think of chili, I think beans. Maybe I'm just weird that way but that's what I think and there was no trace of beans in this dish although there was a whole lot of meat, poblano peppers, and tomatoes. I wasn't the biggest fan but my family gave it a 8. Then we move on to the cereal... What a train wreck. *sigh* It was pretty much oats and barley with a couple other things mixed in like honey and cinnamon. Too bad that nobody in my family really like oats and barley mixed together. So ALL of it went to waste. :( More out of pity, I feel, than anything else, my parents gave it a 7.5

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :)   

My 2 year adventure, week 15: Creamy garlic and seafood soup

Week 15:
To give you guys an idea on how behind I am today is July 24th and I made this on father's day. This was my first time making my own broth completely from scratch.  It had shrimp shells (fished out at the end of course), onion, 18 cloves of garlic, jalapeno peppers, white wine, and water. I think wine smells and tastes as bitter as it gets so once I added in the wine the kitchen just filled with this overwhelming bitter smell which, personally, wasn't pleasant to cook in. Maybe when I'm older I'll appreciate wine more... The seafood was snapper and the shrimp. and I was cutting up the snapper filets and I realized that there were sharp bits in some of them and I realized that I didn't pin bone the fish. So I had to go through every piece of fish to check it. The soup ended up pretty good but... improvable. My family gave it a 8. Happy extremely belated father's day!

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :)     

Saturday, 6 July 2013

My 2 year adventure, week 14: Pan grilled halibut with chimichurri and charred vegetable rice

Week 14:
Let's start off by saying when I told my parents that I was making charred vegetable rice my mom said "Hopefully this won't end up more charred than you expected". I made the chimichurri and it was really runny... I don't know why but it kind of flooded the fish... The rice was really good but not even close to enough of it and..... I DIDN"T BURN THE VEGETABLES TO A CRISP!!!!!!!!!!!!! They actually turned out slightly charred. But this was a really good dish and my family gave it an 8/10. It was my first time trying to intentionally burn something and it worked!

See you next time internet! Love Alexa :)

My 2 year adventure, week 13: lamb sliders with blue cheese/chocolate-cherry cookies

Week 13:
It's unbelievable how behind I am! It's been over a month since i actually cooked this! Anyway, my mom's friend was having a housewarming party and it was a b-b-q and you were supposed to bring your own meat which was perfect because I didn't even plan it like that. We ended up making like 20 sliders and bringing them to the party and having them as an appetizer for everyone. The patties were pretty simple, just lamb salt and pepper but it went beautifully with the blue cheese and caramelized onions and they were a big hit. My parents gave the sliders a 9/10. I also made chocolate-cherry cookies which were okay. They weren't as good as I expected but still... I can't remember the rating since it was a while back... oops!

See you next time internet! Love, Alexa :)