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Soup’s On! | Red Lentil Soup with Cumin and Lime | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Tuesday, August 1st. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!   If you were only allowed to […]

Sometimes My Meals Truly Come Out Perfect | Smokey Spiced Chicken Kebabs | Raw Corn Salad with Toasted Almonds and Lime | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Monday, August 31st. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!   It is rare that I can […]

A Lesson I Still Have Yet to Learn… And that Gross Looking Food Doesn’t Have to Taste Gross | Aginares Me Araka | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Thursday, July 27. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!

 

There is one continuous struggle I find myself facing when making particular dishes. For some reason, I just cannot seem to thicken meals correctly! If I’m making an Asian dish, the sauce is never thick. If I’m making soup that needs a slurry, the broth is never thick. Gravy of mine is never thick.

 

Today was just another one of those days where I hoped to be successful with thickening a recipe… but again fell short.

 

I really didn’t know it was going to be so hard!

 

Nevertheless, I made Aginares Me Araka, or braised artichokes, peas, and potatoes in lemon and olive oil.

 

Mina Stone’s dish came out so incredibly colourful. The pease were bright green. The artichokes were light and bright. The potatoes popped. The dill added a crisp look to the dish.

 

Mine, on the other hand, looked like one of the saddest dishes I have ever seen. The colours all faded, leaving a murky, greenish yellow. The dill wilted and turned brown. It didn’t have any sort of cream texture. Just wet.

It was just sad.

 

BUT! I learned not to judge a book by its cover. After trying the dish out, I found that the flavours really did mix well together! Of the entire dish, my favourite part were definitely the peas. They added just the right amount of sweetness to counteract the tartness from the lemon.

 

Would I make this recipe again? Probably not. Will I keep working towards attempting to successfully thicken a dish?

 

Of course.

I tried to Be Gluten Free but then This Recipe Came into My Life | Egg Noodles with Garlic, Chili, Lemon Zest, and Parsley | One Cook, Two Books

I tried to Be Gluten Free but then This Recipe Came into My Life | Egg Noodles with Garlic, Chili, Lemon Zest, and Parsley | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Wednesday, July 26. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!   I started to watch a documentary […]

I Used to be Afraid of Parsley | Herb Salad with Feta and Toasted Almonds | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Tuesday, July 25. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!   As with many of the lovely […]

Dessert for Breakfast Isn’t Always a Bad Thing! | Maple Yogurt with Berry Compote | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Sunday, July 23. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!

 

Brunch: The best meal of the day, in my opinion. I feel like it’s a cheat for anything. You can have something sweet, or you can have something savory. You can have something big, or you can have something small. You can have something like tea or coffee, or… you can have alcohol.

 

Who doesn’t like brunch? I don’t think I’ve met someone who doesn’t!

 

The Tritchonis Clan and I decided that every Sunday for the summer I would host brunch for the family. This Sunday was just like all the others, but I decided that I should use a recipe from Mina Stone’s book… should I not?

 

I went straight to the dessert section because, well, desserts man… Desserts are delicious. Not only that, but it turns out that one of her desserts is actually very similar to that of a breakfast item!

 

Maple Yogurt with Berry Compote

 

Aka, yogurt parfaits!

 

I was really excited to make this one because it seemed so incredibly easy. Basically all that had to get done was boil down some fruit (I chose strawberries and blueberries) into syrupy goodness, and add some maple syrup to yogurt. Well, about 20 minutes later I was completely done and brunch was ready!

The meal was actually quite perfect. The yogurt was just lightly sweetened from the maple syrup, but the tartness of the greek yogurt was still able to come through. The berries were sweet where they were liquidy, and still tart where the fruit still held structure. And the colour? I mean really! Look at that amazing “violet”/”magenta”/”someone needs to tell me what colour this is because I love it.”

So that was our simple brunch. It was absolutely delicious, and I had leftover berry compote that I have been using quite often! In fact… I’m going to be making some pancakes tomorrow morning for breakfast. Maybe instead of maple syrup I’ll use up more of that compote!

Dinner for One | Seared Duck Breast with Roasted Grapes and Sour Cream Mustard | One Cook, Two Books

Today was another one of those days this summer that contained a lot of firsts. It was quite fun, if I do say so myself.   Tonight, I was cooking dinner for myself. This is the first time I’ve done this in a long while, […]