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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 […]

Warm Welcome

My lovely readers, I’m back!

I apologize for completely disappearing from my blog for so long, let alone right in the middle of a challenge! Towards the end of the Summer I began to spread myself too thin between this blog, my youtube channel, my family, my boyfriend, my job, school, and planning my future. I had to essentially cut everything down to the bare minimum and restart. That meant goodbye youtube, goodbye blog, goodbye boyfriend, goodbye to the majority of my work shifts.

Luckily now I have spent time to focus on myself, and can now slowly but surely pick up the pieces!

By now, I have already posted my first youtube video since August. It gives a very brief recap of everything that has been happening in my life in the past few months such as the very challenging break up, the friendships I’ve gained, and the life I want to fulfill.

I’m going to be honest. The past few months have been very confusing and challenging, but I am more than happy to say that I am finally finding myself and who I want to become. It’s such an amazing feeling to finally begin feel comfortable in my shoes!

What is to come on this blog

I have quite a few things planned that I want to cover on this blog in the next few months:
1 – I want to finish my cook through. Though I have failed the challenge, I still want to complete every dish from Mina Stone’s Cooking for Artists. I’m going to post a general update of her meals to my blog, for there are a ton that I made but did not share on the blog! Then I will continue to make more of her dishes and review them.
2 – Product Reviews. I have a ton of products I have been meaning to review that I have not gotten around to. Now is the time to do this. I’m kind of excited.
3 – I want to get a little more personal with you! It’s time for me to share a little more about myself by posting some personal posts as well.
4 – There’s so much more to come guys. I promise. I’m so excited!

Alright, so that’s it for now. Time to go to the gym with my best friend, Jack! When I return I shall be posting my challenge update as well as a little something else. Stay healthy, and stay tuned!

xoxo

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 […]

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, […]

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 the meal prep was yesterday, so I was quite confident in my skills that I would be able to make them two simple dishes: Makaronia Me Kima, and Early Spring Salad with a Tangy Sour Cream Dressing.

 

I actually planned out the production of this meal in an incredibly _____ way. It was so well planned, in fact, that I was essentially done by the time my family came back from being out!

 

Let us begin, shall we?

 

Part 1 – The Meat Sauce

Makaronia Me Kima is also known as Cinnamon and Clove Meat Ragu. The recipe was incredibly self explanatory. I also had a little helper read it to me (thank you, little brother Jake) while I stayed by the stove to ensure that everything went as fast as possible.

Easiness: 4/5. The onions literally killed my eyes as I sliced them, and it took quite a while for me to slice the onions. Those are my only complaints though!

Taste: Absolutely phenomenal. I ended up reading the intro of the book again before cooking. Mina Stone is described at one point as eating very slowly, almost in a trance as she ate her food. I decided to try out this “slow eating” taste test and it actually worked very well! I was able to catch the subtle flavours of the meat that I don’t taste when devouring it super fast. Pretty. Dang. Delicious.

 

Part 2 – The Salad Dressing

So as the meat cooked, I decided to work on the salad next since I knew how fast the pasta would cook. I was too nervous to set up the entire salad all at once, so I thought that I would start out by just making the dressing and letting it sit there. I originally intended on making a Green Goddess Spinoff dressing, but instead stuck with the original Tangy Sour Cream Dressing recipe in the book because, well, Master Mina says that’s what is best! It was super easy to make. I did not have sour cream, so I used the remnants of my buttermilk and some plain yogurt instead.

Easiness: 5/5. Mix three ingredients together then add salt and pepper? The only way this could have been difficult is if… wait… oh yeah. There is no way.

 

Taste: Really good! It was a very simple lemon yogurt dressing. I almost convinced myself to add poppyseeds and make it a lemon poppyseed dressing but didn’t want to alter the recipe too much. Maybe I’ll make another salad tomorrow and just add some poppy seeds to that dressing…

 

Part 3 – The Salad

Meat still cooking, dressing done. All that was left was to prep the salad and cook the pasta. Still knowing how fast the pasta was going to be, I decided I would set up the salad. I decided on the Early Spring Salad because, well frankly, the picture looked absolutely beautiful. It was rather easy to make, and took up the perfect amount of time to prep all of the vegetables. It was all very simple and very therapeutic. Plus, this recipe gave me a chance (like with the olives) to try something new! I got to try all different sorts of delicious vegetables in a salad, something I don’t normally do since I do not normally eat salads.

Easiness: 4/5. It was a little time consuming to cut all of the vegetables, but even so it all worked out since I spent just the right amount of time with this dish.

Taste: This was an absolutely delicious salad. Especially with the dressing. After a while of eating it I even threw some blueberries in because I thought it needed something a little sweet to offset the tang from the dressing. Best. Decision. Ever.

 

Seriously.

 

Part 4 – The Pasta. Easy Peasy. No Description Needed.

But I’ll give a description anyway. Boiled some water. Cooked some pasta. Put it in some pretty bowls. Bam.

Easiness: 5/5

 

Oh! Speaking of which, I did another really fun layout for the dinner. Besides dividing the pasta into two beautiful bowls, I also laid out a whole bunch of sides: pesto, snap peas, radishes, blueberries, cauliflower salad, and my dad’s famous garlic bread. It was all absolutely delicious.

 

Mina, you did it again. Your recipes created one heck of a dinner party! I thank you.

Cauliflower Salad and a Failed Main Course | One Cook, Two Books

I know I’ve had a good day when I can say I’ve learned something new. Today, I learned quite a lot.   … I also failed quite a lot.   Today consisted of five recipes from Mina Stone’s cookbook. That’s right. Five. Not too bad, […]