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Our First Christmas Dinner | ONE COOK, TWO BOOKS | Greek Fava and Grape Salsa with Mint

When it comes to December, my family goes all out. Christmas music is always playing, Christmas decorations are everywhere, and we all wear Christmas-Themed clothing.   I had quite an exhausting day. When I did finally get home this night, I decided that it would […]

A Brief Photo Diary of Missed Recipes!

Well hello there viewers! Welcome back to my blog. Today I’m just writing a very brief post that I promised to write. Though I continued on my journey with the cook-through challenge, I began to post less and less. These following pictures are of recipes […]

The Hottest Day of Vacation So Far | Spanish Style Gazpacho | One Cook, Two Books

Well my friends… This is it. Thursday, August 17th was the hottest day of the Summer so far. Or at least, that’s how it felt.

 

I’m guessing it’s because we have had guests over for the past week and we’ve been spending the majority of our time outside on the patio. Our timing seems to correlate to when the sun is at an angle in which our umbrellas are deemed useless. I watched from the kitchen on countless occasions as the umbrellas would end up being shuffled around, and my family was huddled in the small section of shade that they could get.

 

Anyways, I happened to put on a cute outfit yesterday. It was a nice flowy top with long sleeves and an open back, nice platform flats… and jeans. When we arrived home from our excursions and sat down to relax, I regretted my outfit. I also happened to be too lazy and not motivated enough to move, even as the sun slowly crept its way onto my already hot body.

 

Okay, enough is enough. Time for lunch to cool us down.

 

I have to say, I could not be more relieved that I had scheduled Mina Stone’s Spanish Style Gazpacho for lunch today. What better day than the hottest day of the summer to enjoy a cold, refreshing soup?

 

We make gazpacho all summer where I work. It turns out… we make it quite wrong. Mina’s recipe called for soaking bread that would then be added to the soup. I had only heard of this once before, when a customer asked if we do that with our gazpacho. Our answer was no.

 

That sounds a bit silly, right? A bread bakery not using bread in their gazpacho?

 

We try to keep our soups free of gluten, so that’s the only reason why I see us not doing it. I’m alright with that because it gave me the opportunity to experience something new! The recipe was super easy. I also went to my garden and used the first San Marzano tomatoes of the season in the soup. I let it chill a bit, and then it was time for serving!

 

Something else I had never heard of doing was putting ice in the gazpacho. I questioned this and was a bit concerned, relating it to how some people put ice in their milk and cereal, but followed the recipe.

 

Boy am I happy I did.

The ice truly cooled down the soup even more than my refrigerator did.

That was a dumb statement. Obviously it cooled it down more. It’s ice.

 

Anyways, the now even more chilled soup was perfect in the midsummer heat. Everyone devoured their soup, and I even sent our guests home with some.

This is going to be a new summer staple.

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 […]

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!

A Single Recipe with Multiple Lessons | Kotosoupa | One Cook, Two Books

Of all the recipes in this book, this is the one that I have been waiting the most anxiously to do.   The first time I ever had Kotosoupa, was just within the past year. I was visiting my dad’s family in long island. There, […]