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Mistakes Happen | Tah-Dig with Potato Crust | Red Cabbage, Pistachio, and Mint | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Wednesday, August 2nd. 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 are some days that just […]

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 […]

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, […]

Taco Party! | Fish Tacos with Lime Crema and Mango Salsa | One Cook, Two Books

I think that my favourite time to cook food is when I’m cooking for a crowd.

 

Yes, cooking for myself is nice. I can take my time and I don’t have to worry about what other people think. But… there’s something about making food for people. I love getting to serve my family and friends and know that what they are enjoying is something that I worked hard to put an effort into.

 

This evening’s dinner is one of those times. The best part was that it was easy, too! I made Mina’s Fish Tacos with Lime Crema as well as her Mango Salsa and it was surprisingly a lot easier than I expected it to be.

There was a decent amount of ingredients for the recipe, but, surprisingly enough, it was actually incredibly easy to make. I feel like I want to say it may be one of the easiest recipes I’ve made thus far!

 

After getting the fish in the oven I was able to make the crema in a matter of moments, and the mango salsa was easy as well. Honestly the most time consuming part of the entire thing was cutting the mangoes, and that was easy too!

So that’s that. I set it up the way Mina suggested: Party Style. I set up the fish and salsa with avocado, radishes, the crema, and some romaine lettuce. My mom also made this weird dish that’s from the 1940s. It’s called “pressed chicken,” where you basically make your own gelatin stock with chicken bones then let it solidify around shredded chicken. It essentially just tasted like cold, shredded chicken.

 

I have to say, I was regrettably not a fan of the flavoring of the fish. I’m usually okay with cayenne pepper, but it was way too powerful for the fish and made the entire thing way too spicy. It overpowered the other flavours that I was oh so excited to be able to taste! Having said that, I only had one fish taco and then also made one chicken taco.

 

The mango salsa, on the other hand, was perfectly appetizing. I was nervous at first because the recipe called for a jalapeno pepper, and I’m a bit sensitive with spicy food. Even so I mustered up the courage and threw it in there. Sure glad I did! It added just the right amount of flavour. Because I’m not sure when I’m going to be needing mango salsa again, I plan on reducing it into a jam. Going to try and do that tomorrow!

Anyhow, Mina Stone did it again! The lime crema was to die for. The fish was easy to make. The mango salsa was delicious. I can’t wait to see what else is in store this week!

Dinner Party Round Two | One Cook, Two Books

After yesterday’s meal prep, I was quite terrified to dive into tonight’s cooking. Though the family explained it was okay for us to eat out, I was determined to cook them yet another delicious dinner. I knew that nothing would match up to how laborious […]